Max's dad sees blue lights and knows its the cops.
Loretta tries to save Max but his dad starts to choke her
In chapter 17, Iggy takes Max and his dad into an abandoned old lady's house to live in. Max and his dad sit down to talk. His dad says that Grim and Gram think Max is a dysfunctional retard to make Max believe his dad. His dad ties Max up to him to make sure he doesn't escape. His dad explains to him that Grim and Gram didn't give Max the presents and letters that his dad sent. He promised max that he didn't kill his Mother.
In this chapter, Max's dad gets frightened by Loretta saying "Merry Christmas" and gives them pizza leftovers. Max's dad wants to see Iggy. They go through the food in the house. Max eats Corn Flakes with water and then Max's dad ties him up again. As they look through TV they see blue lights and Iggy tells Max's dad that they have caught on to what he did. His dad asks for a firearm and transportation and tells Max not to trust a crippled kid.
In this chapter, they leave the old ladies place and go to an old boarded-up building that got burned up a few years back. It is wet and gross inside because of the weather through the boards. They walk down soggy stairs and Max falls but his dad catches him. His dad tells him to be quiet or he will wake up the whole neighborhood. Loretta Lee came downstairs to untie Max and as she is his dad starts to choke her until she is dead.