Do We Have the Real Killer?
This story is a continuation of Frank Atanacio's "A Different Type of Torture". He offered us a challenge, if we wanted to accept, told us the terms and asked us to write a 'Part II' of his story - after we read his beginning. Above is the link to Part I of the story.
I chose to accept this and below is the story which I wrote, "Do We have the Real Killer?".
Dedicated to Frank Atanacio
This was written for Frank to choose for his story ending.
Here is the "Part II" which I have written to accept your challenge Frank, and you wanted to see whether I could do it. :-)
Detective Laura Kimber was a top detective who worked at a police station in the city of Bridgeport which happens to be in Connecticut. Usually she handled cases with the 2nd level Detective, Nathan Chambers. He needed to pass one more test to become the same level as her. Because of this, Chambers sat at the desk that was back-to-back with Kimber’s.
They were both working at their desks – Chambers was writing an important report and Kimbers was only looking on her PC - when the chief walked up to Laura. “Kimbers”, he inquired, “Are you still looking at the arson cases?” “You bet we are! Chief.”, she replied. “Good”, said Chief Birmingham, “This call just came in.” He handed her the address.
She got up and grabbed her purse, “Come on Chambers. We have another arson crime scene. We almost have this killer, maybe this one will bring us a lot closer to him or her. Although I think it is a him.”
“As soon as I finish this report and hand it in, I will meet you there.”, he said. Laura scribbled the address onto another piece of paper and gave it to him. “Meet me at this address ASAP. I will be waiting”, she said.
Detective Laura Kimber was the first on the scene, as always, and had already observed the scene when Detective Nathan Chambers pulled up. He walked in and they exchanged ‘Hellos’, then he asked, “What happened?”
Det. Kimber replied, “It is our friendly sadistic arsonist killer again. This one has the same M.O. as the last time. Nothing is different.”…pause…Then instinctively, she carefully unwrapped part of the tarp which the victim was wrapped in. “Wait, look at this.”
“What?” he inquired, looking at where she was pointing. “I do not get it”, he said.
She replied, “This time he used something similar to aluminum foil on the inside of the tarp, he very likely may have left fingerprints on the shiny part. I am having the fingerprint team go over the ‘mirror-like inside’ very carefully. I have a strong feeling they will find something, and I will have them tell me immediately.”
After telling the print team to dust it, she said, “I will drink coffee and wait here”, Laura said. Fifteen minutes later one of them replied, “We have something.”
Det. Kimber took the prints back to her desk and told Nathan, “They found prints which could be either the killers or the victims.” She sat down and began searching on her computer to find out. About an hour later, she found a name. “Hey, Chambers, where are the victim’s name and prints from this crime scene?”…(he handed her the folder)...”Thanks”. She looked and told him that it was not a match, so they were the killer's prints – Robert Greenley. “We finally have him, at least his name. Let us go get him.”
When Greenley walked in to the police station, he asked for Sgt. Williams. He told the Sgt. about the killings in detail and said that he was not that type of guy. The Sgt. was dumbfounded because he had not heard about anything similar to them in the area. Greenley was told that he would be talking to a psychologist, Dr. Samuels. Robert noticed that he was sweating heavily and he wondered why. Then he woke and remembered the dream, and what it was about. He relaxed.
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