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A Murder Mystery by Daniel Finneran

A Murder Mystery by Daniel Finneran

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Someone is killing cereal mascots. Cap 'n Crunch, Toucan Sam. Count Chocula. And someone is killing prostitutes the next town over, from Lieutenant McGee's town, in an almost 'serial' fashion. And Lieutenant McGee believes it could a local
college student, majoring in Leadership
Studies and Community Development in the Twenty-First Century. Lee Sarkisian is now the suspect's -- Roger Birch -- lawyer, and at an initial press conference, must try to begin to lay the groundwork for the defense, that these murders were not just, well, a big misunderstanding, while Roger was trying to 'help.' Sarkisian seeing Roger as just the result of ever-conspiring forces around him -- a Sacco and Vanzetti of his time.

This is the fourth story of a collection of satires entitled DIGGING TO NEW YORK & OTHER STORIES. The Table of Contents is as follows:

1] Digging to New York
2] Rise, Fall, Decline
3] The 'Vanity Fair' Portrait of David Sol'e
4] A Murder Mystery
5] The Bicycle (Helmet) Thief
6] The Man Who Went to Museums

If interested, more stories by Daniel Finneran can be found at:
http://scrib.com/nostromo10
Someone is killing cereal mascots. Cap 'n Crunch, Toucan Sam. Count Chocula. And someone is killing prostitutes the next town over, from Lieutenant McGee's town, in an almost 'serial' fashion. And Lieutenant McGee believes it could a local
college student, majoring in Leadership
Studies and Community Development in the Twenty-First Century. Lee Sarkisian is now the suspect's -- Roger Birch -- lawyer, and at an initial press conference, must try to begin to lay the groundwork for the defense, that these murders were not just, well, a big misunderstanding, while Roger was trying to 'help.' Sarkisian seeing Roger as just the result of ever-conspiring forces around him -- a Sacco and Vanzetti of his time.

This is the fourth story of a collection of satires entitled DIGGING TO NEW YORK & OTHER STORIES. The Table of Contents is as follows:

1] Digging to New York
2] Rise, Fall, Decline
3] The 'Vanity Fair' Portrait of David Sol'e
4] A Murder Mystery
5] The Bicycle (Helmet) Thief
6] The Man Who Went to Museums

If interested, more stories by Daniel Finneran can be found at:
http://scrib.com/nostromo10

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Published by: Daniel Finneran on Dec 05, 2010
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Daniel Finneran
 ‘Is it a good job?’-- George Bailey‘Oh, yes, very. Not much money, but a good future, you know.Harry’s a genius at research.’-- Ruth Bailey, Harry Bailey’s newwife, in response.
 
(
 It’s a Wonderful Life
)
 
A Murder Mystery
 byDaniel FinneranLieutenant McGee dipped his head forward a bit, looking over his readingglasses, looking around. He was not sure, exactly, when this happened. When all crimescenes began looking just like the crime scenes on TV. He wasn’t sure if it was one of those Chicken-or-the-Egg questions, or that Life- Imitates-Art type thing that you alwaysheard about now and then, or whatever it was. But there just always -- lately -- seemed to be just the right amount of yellow crime-scene tape, cordoning everything off. People pulling on, and off, white latex-gloves, the guy with the big still-camera, and now the guywith a video camera, and people with forensics kits. What he read once, about the Mob
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A Murder Mystery
really taking their prompts from
The Godfather 
. That that movie more or less told themhow to behave.He watched the ordered chaos for a moment more, and was about to look downover the side-table, at the few miscellaneous papers strewn about.‘Lieutenant,’ said Jim Cuthbert. He’d only recently made detective. A good kid, but possibly thought, at times, he was auditioning for one of those crime shows.‘Yeah, Sergeant,’ said McGee. Glancing down at the side-table, first, then over atCuthbert.‘Ahh, I think you might want to take a look at this. In the bedroom.’McGee gave Cuthbert a look, and Cuthbert giving the look that said that thisreally was something that could mean something.McGee followed Cuthbert into the bedroom. One cop, Yvette, the Korean gal,was in the room, standing, and waiting for them, and Cuthbert opened the closet. Hestood to the side, and put his hand on a suit, with blues and yellows, and with largeyellow -- yup, epaulettes. Next to that, hanging upside down, an enormous head, withsome sort of hat.McGee tried to process things, but wasn’t sure what he was looking at, andCuthbert bent down, lifted up the huge head, made of cloth, and plastic, and there werewires inside, and the head with a blue hat, with a big ‘C’ on the front of it -- and it wasthat Napoleon-sort-of-hat worn that a ship’s captain used to wear. On the tall ships or whatever.‘You mean -- that’s…?’ said McGee.‘Yup,’ said Cuthbert.
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