Mattingly turned out to be the woman who telephoned Norwood about a ride to Arkansas. Herring said the investigation showed that Larry Gray tried to hire five different individuals to kill Norwood.
Norwood and Cathy Gray, meanwhile, have married. Norwood sued Soldier of Fortune for $4 million and the suit was settled out of court this summer. He does not disclose the amount of the settlement, but he does say: "I don't have to work again if I don't want to."
And Herring keeps on being a cop with the university police. He is proud of the role he and Swearingen played.
"They tried to be the Walter Mittys of the adventurists," he said of the gang, "but it went beyond fantasy and it turned evil."
Norwood will continue to carry a gun because he thinks Larry Gray will strike again, somehow.
"All he'd have to do is hire someone getting out on parole," he said. And, no, he is not paranoid.
"People who are paranoid are people who only think someone wants to kill you. I \o7 know\f7 someone wants to kill me."