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Title: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 18, 2018, 11:49:40 AM
I know we're had Legends fan fictions written here before, but now is time to change the game. So, I present to you all...

Murder in Small Town X

Join 10 amateur investigators as they trek into a world unknown to some; The life of a police investigator.

Frank-"I haven't been apart of a case since I retired from being an officer 3 years ago. It kinda feels good to be back at it."

Benjamin-"As a lawyer, you need to know the inside and out of both police and suspects."


The group must work together to figure out who in the town could commit murder, while at the same time, they must all fend for themselves.

Gary-"It is now time to play the Killer's Game."

The group will be forced to turn on one another and send 2 out to their possible demise.

Gary-"At one location will be an important clue. At the other, the Killer is going to be waiting, and one of you will not be coming back."

In the end, only one of them will have the chance to apprehend and arrest the Killer.

Who will die? Who will win? And, most importantly, who exactly is the Killer?

Find out as you are brought to the small town of Sunrise Ridge for Murder in Small Town X.


Coming soon to Phantom's Temple
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on November 24, 2019, 07:57:45 PM
So, before I start posting the story, I want to introduce the Investigators.

In order of age, they are;

Kristen Reynolds
24 years old
Model
New York, New York

Harrison Adams
26 years old
Mixed Martial Artist
Providence, Rhode Island

Heidi Gillian
29 years old
Pharmaceutical Worker
Seattle, Washington

Chrissy Peters
30 years old
Aspiring Actress
Los Angeles, California

Deanna Landry
33 years old
Kayak Instructor
Tallahassee, Florida

Douglas “Doug” Graham
35 years old
Landscaper
Halifax, New Jersey

Mitchell Kennedy
40 years old
Youth Hockey Coach
Detroit, Michigan

Benjamin Sheffield
47 years old
Attorney
Mobile, Alabama

Stacey Towers
55 years old
Elementary School Teacher
Victoria, Texas

Frank Williams
62 years old
Retired Police Officer
Phoenix, Arizona

One of these people will have the chance to solve the case and win the grand prize. Place your bets.
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on November 29, 2019, 09:34:46 AM
Now that we’ve met the contestants, let’s meet the suspects.

Out of the 15 names, 1 of them is the Sunrise Ridge Killer. Who is it?

In no particular order, they are;

Cooper Davis
27 years old
Local Musician

Brad Stokely
49 years old
Construction Worker/Owner of Stokely Works Inc.

Jennifer Harris
37 years old
Teacher at Sunrise Ridge High School

Sydney Shields
26 years old
Singer/Songwriter

Daniel McGee
52 years old
Mayor of Sunrise Ridge

Tiffany Shaw
38 years old
Owner of The Shaw Shack Diner

Spencer Stevens
38 years old
Cook at The Shaw Shack

Robbin Evans
37 years old
Reporter

Rachel Neary
34 years old
Medical Examiner

Diane Pearlman
47 years old
Beautician

Jack Faye
33 years old
Police Officer

Jeffery Ardis
44 years old
Worker at Stokely Works Inc.

Georgina Seeger
68 years old
Retired Widow

Tyrone Cribbs
39 years old
Owner of The Hot Spot Club & Bar

Walter DuChamps
40 years old
Post Office Worker
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on November 30, 2019, 10:32:30 PM
I will start posting the episodes on Monday and the season will run for 8 episodes from December 2 until January 20.

The Rules;
If you have never seen the show, the game follows the (almost) same concept used in the 2001 version.

10 amateur investigators from around the US are brought in to help solve the murder that had taken place in the town, with the Killer leaving a list of 15 suspects, one of which is them.

Each episode will see 1 investigator be immune by ways of being the Lead Investigator. This investigator will have the power to make teams for the day, as well as having the final decision for the Killer’s Question.

Over the course of their case, the Killer will leave 2 colored envelopes. A red and a black.

The red envelope is the Killer’s Question. Inside will be a question based on their investigation during that episode. If the group can answer the Killer Question correctly, they will clear one of the 15 suspects. If they get it wrong, then no one will be cleared.

In the black envelope are 2 maps. This portion is the Killer’s Game. Here, the group (minus the Lead Investigator) votes for who they wish to receive a map. After the vote, the Lead Investigator chooses who they wish to receive the other map. The 2 selected investigators will venture out into the night to find a vital clue left by the Killer at their marked location. At one location is the clue, at the other location will be a fake clue. The investigator who finds the fake clue will also find the Killer and be eliminated from the game.

Before each Killer’s Game, both chosen investigators will make a video of their Last Will and Testament. In the video, they will name their choice for the next Lead Investigator.

In the end, any investigators that make it to the end of the case will have a chance to confront their choice for the Killer, and whoever chooses correctly will find the Killer, and instead of being killed, they will instead capture them and win the bounty reward in the sum of $500,000.


And now, a few tributes and acknowledgments;
First, my fiancé, Stephanie. This story was a 10 year project (originally conceived as a movie that was gonna premiere on YouTube that she helped me write at one point, which changed into a version of the show through PowerPoint, then turned into this). Writing it took the last 3-4 years and she knew how badly I wanted to write this and put up with me when I got cranky when I had writers block.

My family because if it wasn’t for them getting me hooked to shows like The Mole and Survivor, then I would have never watched Murder in Small Town X and I never would of wanted to write this.

A HUGE tribute to Angle Juarbe, Jr. He was the winner of the original and only season. Tragically, less than a week after he was declared the winner, he was killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks. A true hero who tried to save the lives of other while representing Ladder 12 of the FDNY, he will be sorely missed by fans of the show, along with the lives of everyone else lost that terribly horrible day. (My story has a few subtle acknowledgements towards him. You’ll know them when you see them.)

Lastly, I want to dedicate this story to you all here at Phantom’s Temple. I loved the written Legends episodes and loved reading other fan fictions here on the site. This is my thank you to all who wrote their own stories and kept me entertained on nights I was sick or bored or couldn’t sleep cause of my insomnia, or played the games in the Temple Games section, and everything from the links in The Treasure Room to Soundstage 18 and everything else far and in between.

Thank you to you all and everyone else I mentioned. I hope you all enjoy this ride.
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 02, 2019, 07:36:58 PM
Here it is. The debut of Murder in Small Town X.

By all means, you may comment between episodes on what your guess is for the Killer and what not.

In the words of The Joker from The Dark Knight...

And. Here. We. Go
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 02, 2019, 08:20:40 PM
Killing is not nearly as easy as the innocent believe.
J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince)



Episode 1; The Game Has Begun

It's 2:14 AM, the entire town of Sunrise Ridge slept peacefully in their beds. It was a cool spring night. The snow from the winter was just starting to melt and Day Light Savings meant the sun would start rising early again. However, before that sun could even poke up over the smallest hill in town, and before any resident would even start to stir from their peaceful sleep, one resident of the small town was moving quickly through the streets. In one hand, this resident was holding an infrared video camera, and just out of reach on the passenger seat was something sinister, something they wanted to use with evil intentions.

This person drove down the dark city as quickly and carefully as they could, avoiding the street lights as they moved. The person finally reached their destination; a dark house except for one light on, coming from the basement window. The resident turned on their camera, and a green glow of infrared illuminated the house for them. They got out of their van, walked up to the house and stared in the window. They did this with care, though, as a man was walking down the hall of the house and to a door. The person didn't want to get the man's attention, at least not yet. The man opened the door and disappeared down a set of stairs to the dimly lit basement. The person outside the house smiled menacingly, as they knew what was soon about to happen in this quiet town.

They walked up to the storm hatch to the basement, and ever so gently pulled on it, as so to not alert anyone. Thankfully, for this person, it opened no problem. They walked down the concrete steps, carefully picked the lock on the door separating them from the inside of the house, and entered into the basement. There they saw the man, sitting at his desk, going through his paperwork. Stacks of it just piled up on each side of him, but the person with the camera didn't care about paperwork, nor did they care for the man going through it.

The person stepped forward, but only got 3 steps ahead before they bumped into a table. The man quickly turned around and saw this person standing in his house.

Matthew-“What in the hell are you doing in my house?! It's 2 in the mor..."

He cut himself off. His face went pale as he saw what was in the person's hand, and not the hand holding the camera.

Matthew-“Oh my God! Stay away from me!"

The man yelled. But this person wouldn't listen if asked 1,000 times. They stepped closer and closer. The man threw the paperwork from the desk at them, and then threw the chair down to stop them from coming. It would only work for so long. The man took off up the stairs. Once half way up, the person jumped over the chair and raced after the man. He shouted out as he reached the top step of the basement staircase.

Matthew-“Ashley! Lock yourself in the room! Call the police!"

He took a sharp turn and made a bee line for the front door. The person was hot on their heels and chased after him. The man made it to the front door, but fumbled with the lock. It was his downfall.

FLASH! BANG!

Matthew Bundy fell to the floor. Dead.

Just then a lady appeared at the top of the stair case by the front door. She was in a white fuzzy robe and matching slippers.

Ashley-“What in the world is happ... MATTHEW! NOOOOO!"

She screamed at the top of her lungs. She then noticed the person standing next to Matthew's lifeless body.

Ashley-“AHHHHH!"

She screamed as she took off on the second floor.

"This is just too perfect", the person thought to them self. They ran up the flight of stairs and saw the lady slam the master bedroom door shut. The person took a running start and rammed the door with their shoulder. The door went flying open and partially broke off the hinge. The impact flung the lady away from the door and she fell to the floor just shy of the bed. The person approached.

Ashley-“Please God! Please don't kill me!".....

At 8:39 AM, the sun was fully up. It was already a nice and warm day for this early, already at 60 degrees even though it was still early into spring. The roofs were already dripping from the melting snow, and said roofs where already missing half the snow. A police car slowly pulled up to a set of houses. Officer Jack Faye stepped out of his patrol car and looked around. The station got a call during the night from a neighbor saying they thought they heard someone screaming, but not sure which neighbor it was. Officer Faye thought it was a joke, thinking to himself that in such a quiet town that no one in their right mind would do anything at that time to have to place a call to the police. Yet still, Faye took an oath and decided to check it out.

Officer Faye knocked on a door of one of the houses. He only knocked twice before someone answered.

Jack-“Hello there. We received a call about a neighbor screaming during the night. The caller didn't know which neighbor it was though and we just wanted to check on everyone in the area."

Lady-“Oh my. Everything is ok here. I didn't hear anything last night at all. I had to take some medicine for my insomnia so I was asleep all night. Sorry I can't help."

Jack-“That's fine. Like I said, we just wanna check. Have a good day."

As Faye knocked on the next door, he wondered if something would happen in his town. He knocked several times on this door, but never got an answer. Faye was thinking that whoever lived here might have left for work for the day. He knocked again just to make sure and the door surprisingly popped open a bit. He was worried that the owner was still inside and would think that he was breaking in. Little did he know how wrong he was. He yelled into the house

Jack-“Hello. Police Department. Just checking on a call we received."

There was no answer in the house and Faye was about to leave when he just happened to look down. It was blood. A puddle of blood. Faye stopped dead in his tracks, then reentered the house. He stared at the puddle of blood. Faye got down low to it and realized that whoever, or whatever, left that couldn't have gone too far. He ran off to the kitchen, then the living room, the laundry room. He then saw the basement door was open. He walked down the stairs. Faye saw the mess of papers all around the downstairs office. Faye took off back upstairs, ran back for the front door, and ran upstairs. He barely made it to the top step when he saw the broken door leading to the master bedroom. He looked back downstairs at the blood, then back at the bedroom door.

"Hello! Police Department! Is anyone here?"

He never got an answer. Faye then radioed the station.

Jack-“Officer Faye reporting. I think we got a possible homicide."

They responded back immediately.

Dispatcher-“We think you're right. Come back to the station and we'll show you."

 ***

In the quiet town of Sunrise Ridge, a Killer is on the loose. A reward has been offered to 10 ordinary people;

Deanna
Benjamin
Chrissy
Frank
Stacey
Harrison
Kristen
Doug
Heidi
Mitchell

They have been sent to Sunrise Ridge to play the Killer's twister game. Now, they must enter the mind of a Killer and solve the mystery, or else they will be eliminated, one by one.


Murder in Small Town X

***

A bus carrying 11 people was driving down the road passing the local farmer's market. At the front of the bus sat a man with slightly greying hair, but you can still see the dirty blonde clear as day. He had the look of a police officer, and a look to him that says he has been through this before. He looked at the camera.

Gary-"We are currently making our way to the town of Sunrise Ridge; a small, everyday town like you would read about on a "Best Places to Live" list, just miles south of Boston. However, the peace here has been broken, as a murder has taken place in this quiet town."

He stopped as the camera cut to the bus pulling up to what would be known to him and the other 10 people on the bus as their headquarters. The camera cut back to him.

Gary-“These 10 ordinary people have been invited to this town to play a game. A game of murder. But unlike your typical game of Clue, these 10 people are going to be playing for a lot longer than 45 minutes. Here, they will work 24/7 to solve the case. However, they must all be careful, as every few days 2 of them will have to leave the safety of the headquarters and play the Killer's Game. It is here where one of them will find a valuable clue to aid in the investigation. The other one, they will not be so lucky, as they will come face to face with the Sunrise Ridge Killer and be eliminated from the game."

The bus door opened, and each person started stepping off. The man's voice was heard as the camera watched each person step off the bus.

Gary-"The 10 people trying to solve the case and catch the Killer are;
-Doug Graham; a 35 year old landscaper from Halifax, New Jersey
-Kristen Reynolds; a 24 year old model from New York, New York
-Benjamin Sheffield; a 47 year old attorney from Mobile, Alabama
-Chrissy Peters; a 30 year old aspiring actress from Los Angles, California
-Harrison Adams; a 26 year old MMA fighter from Providence, Rhode Island
-Stacey Towers; a 55 year old grade school teacher from Victoria, Texas
-Mitchell Kennedy; a 40 year old youth hockey coach from Detroit, Michigan
-Heidi Gilligan; a 29 year old pharmacy worker from Seattle, Washington
-Frank Williams; a 62 year old former officer from Phoenix, Arizona
-and Deanna Landry; a 33 year old kayak instructor from Tallahassee, Florida.

They all walked inside as the man from the bus stands outside the bus with the camera on him.

Gary-"If you want to know just what these people are about to go through, do this; pick up a murder mystery novel, read the first page of it, set it down and close your eyes, then open your eyes, and you're there."

The 10 contestants all walked into the house. They greeted each other with hugs, hand shakes, and talk about their families and favorite things. The good moment didn't last long though, as the man from the bus walked in and asked for their attention.

Gary-“Good afternoon. I hope you all enjoyed the bus ride. My name is Sgt. Gary Fredo. I'm a California Police Officer with over 30 years of experience. Now, back in 2001, I assisted in a case eerily similar to what we look like we will be doing here. I will explain more about it in just a bit, but right now, I want you all to bring your bags upstairs and get settled in. Men's room is upstairs and to the left, women's is to the right. In 30 minutes, I want everyone in the briefing room and we'll go over what's going on."

Chrissy-"We just walked in and we are already going to go straight into a murder investigation. This is insane!"

Frank-"As a retired police officer, I've seen a lot. I've spent long nights at work, early mornings in patrol cars, and countless hours on cases. God how I enjoy being back in it."

They all filed into the upstairs Briefing Room. 2 rows of desks sat at the back of the room, 5 desk in each row. Each one with its own lamp so the user can do their work at night without disturbing the others. On the other side was a long table with a computer on it. Above the table to the left was a television set; flat screen and at least 50 inches wide. To the right of the table, sitting in the corner was an evidence locker. It had a big black bag-like envelope in it. Everyone walked in and took a seat. Gary walked in and started speaking.

Gary-“Hello again everyone. So, the other night a call was place to the Sunrise Ridge Police Department at roughly 2:30 AM, with a neighbor by the name of Penelope Rivers saying she was up to take care of her child and she heard a loud scream come from a neighbor's house, but she wasn't able to tell which one it was. At just after 8:30 AM, Officer Jack Faye arrived at the house of Matthew Bundy and his wife, Ashley. Now, when Officer Faye entered the house, he discovered blood on the carpet and a broken door to the master bedroom. When he radioed to the Police Department, they told him to come back, and when he did, they showed him this."

Gary then proceeded to take the big plastic black bag from the evidence locker and put it on the table in front of him. He continued to speak.

Gary-"Now, they opened the envelope shortly after Officer Faye returned to the station. Inside where 10 invitations, all addressed to you. Each one bore the words 'Coming Out To Play?'. Also inside was a DVD, and we would like to play that for you all now. Please bare in mind though, we have already watched it, and some of you might find it a little disturbing."

Gary placed the DVD into the computer, clicked on the play button, and it appeared on the TV. A green glow of infrared from the camera showed the darken house. The person holding the camera headed to a cellar hatch, walked down the stairs, picked a lock, and startled Matthew in his basement office. The camera chased after Matthew and caught him by the front door.

FLASH! BANG!

The camera chased Ashely up the stairs and slammed through the door to the master bedroom. Several of the investigators cringed as they saw Ashley land hard on the floor by the bed. The sound of Ashley scream for her life made all the investigators uncomfortable.

Just then the DVD jump and cut straight to Ashley. She was now tied to a chair around the waist. Harrison pointed out that the bed was bare and it looks like she was tied up with the sheet. Just after he said that, Ashley spoke to the camera.

Ashley-“Please. Please don't make me do this. Please let me go."

Her voice shaking through her sobs, the tears shining in the night vision. The camera moved off of her to the corner of the room. A loud CRACK was heard. The camera operator slapped her. The audio died for a brief second, but quickly came back on as Ashley wailed. Heidi said that they must of cut the audio to hide their voice. She was right as Ashley voice came back again.

Ashley-“OK! OK! I'll read it!"

The camera cut again, and was back to being on Ashley. She was slightly calmer now, but was still speaking in a shaking voice.

Ashley-"Hello, and welcome to the town of Sunrise Ridge. On this night, I have claimed Matthew Bundy for my own. He is dead and now belongs to me. Ashley, on the other hand, I have no use for, and she will be returned shortly."

She started to break down when she read that part, but then continued.

Ashley-"I have a proposition for you all; it's time for a game. I hope you will come out to play."

The camera cut out, but the audio of Ashley Bundy continued. As she spoke, 15 pictures flashed on the screen.

Ashley-"These 15 people all line in the town of Sunrise Ridge. I am one of the 15. If you wish to find me, you must answer this question; Why? I would wish you good luck... but you will need more than that. I will speak to you soon."

The DVD video died. Gary addressed the group again.

Gary-"I apologize if that was too much for you. Now, we did forensics on the blood at the house, and it matches the DNA of Matthew, so we are more than certain he is no longer with us. However, his body was not found, and Ashley has been missing ever since, and she is being considered missing and presumed kidnapped. Now, other than the invites and the DVD, we found a small red envelope."

He showed the red bag to the group. On it was several words that were made from a label maker. It read 'FOR THE LEAD INVESTIGATOR TO READ' on the front. Gary spoke again.

Gary-"As you can see, only the Lead Investigator is to read what's inside. In order to decide who will be Lead Investigator, we will take a vote. I know you don't all know each other well yet, so it will be a first impression vote. At the front of each of your desks is a blank card. What I want you to do is write the name of the person you wish to be the Lead Investigator, and you can not vote for yourself. Please do so now."

Each person thought about it. Deanna was shown to write Harrison's name. Kristen was seen writing Heidi's name. Stacey placed her pen to her lips as she thought it over, and eventually wrote a name down. Benjamin folded his paper up and placed it in a bowl held by Gary. The other nine followed suit and placed their vote in the bowl. Gary brought it to the front and counted each vote.

Gary-"Ladies and gentlemen, I have the results of the vote, and by a 5-4-1 vote, the first Lead Investigator is..."

 He paused. Then he turned a vote around displaying a name.

Gary-“Harrison. Congratulations!"

The group applauded him as he went to stand next to Gary.

Harrison- "You know, you see the muscles and the tattoos and you think 'He's a moron!', and 'He's a big, dumb jock!'. But I think when I pointed out something in the Killer's video, that must of made them think I was actually smart and trust me."

Gary spoke again.

Gary-"Harrison, this is for you."

He handed a pair of scissors to Harrison to open the envelope.

Gary-"Please open it and tell us what's inside."

Harrison cut the edge of the bag open carefully. He turned it upside down and a brown, folded paper fell out and onto the table. Harrison unfolded it and noticed the same label maker words on it. He cleared his throat and read.

Harrison-"WELCOME TO SUNRISE RIDGE. THIS IS MY GAME AND THESE ARE MY RULES.
1- YOU MUST, ATTEMPT, TO FIND OUT MY IDENTY. BEWARE, BECAUSE IT WONT BE AS EASY AS YOU THINK.
2- ALWAYS STAY TOGETHER IN GROUPS OF 2 OR MORE. IF YOU EVER DECIDE TO WANDER OFF BY YOURSELF, YOU RUN A CHANCE OF MEETING ME FACE TO FACE."

The investigators shot a worried glance to each other. Harrison then continued.

Harrison-"3- EVERY FEW DAYS, I WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU BY LEAVING ENVELOPES LIKE THESE.
4-INSIDE THE RED WILL BE A QUESTION ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION. IF YOU ANSWER CORRECTLY, I WILL CLEAR A SUSPECT. WRONG, AND I WILL NOT.
5-INSIDE THE BLACK WILL BE 2 SMALLER BLACK ENVELOPES. HERE YOU MUST TURN ON EACH OTHER AND VOTE ONE PERSON TO RECEIVE AN ENVELOPE. YOUR LEAD INVESTIGATOR MUST PICK SOMEONE ELSE TO RECEIVE THE OTHER. INSIDE EACH IS A MAP. THEY MUST FOLLOW THE MAP TO THE LOCATION I'VE GIVEN THEM. I WILL LEAVE A CLUE AT ONE. AT THE OTHER, I WILL BE WAITING, AND THAT PERSON WILL NOT RETURN."

The investigators gasped at this rule.

Harrison-"6-WHOEVER IS LEAD INVESTIGATOR IS NOT ABLE TO BE VOTED FOR OR SENT OUT TO PLAY MY GAME.
GOOD LUCK.
COMING OUT TO PLAY?"

Gary then addressed the group.

Gary-"Right. Well, like I said, I handled a case just like this back in 2001. Sadly, this is the only lead we had then, and it's the only lead we have now. It's our only option. Now, you all have the rest of the day to get to know each other, so enjoy your time. We will start in the morning."

Just then a siren started blaring outside of the headquarters. It was shortly followed by several loud thuds on the front door. Gary and the investigators raced out of the room and down the stairs to the door. Gary opened it and found Officer Jack Faye on the other side.

Jack-"Hello everyone. Sorry to barge in on you all, but they found her. Ashley Bundy. She was found just outside the woods near Harper Park. I have 3 police vans outside. Please guys, get ready in 5 and lets go!"

The investigators grabbed their coats and raced out the door. 4 jumped in the first 2 vans and the last 2 and Gary jumped in the third. 10 minutes later, they arrived at Harper Park. A scene of people have already descended on the area. Several officers tried their hardest to keep them back. One yelled out.

Officer-“Alright, I'm gonna say this one time and one time only! You don't move away right now, I'll cuff you and you'll have a cell to yourself tonight!"

Gary and Officer Faye were able to help the other officers disperse of the crowd. While they did that, the 10 investigators walked with the person who called the police. A retired widow by the name of Georgina Seeger.

Georgina-"Oh this is just a terrible thing! I was out for my evening walk and I saw the red snow and next thing I know I'm looking at this poor girl lying there!"

Kristen-"Did you happen to notice anyone near the area that looked suspicious?"

Georgina-"No honey, I'm sorry. I was just walking down the path like I said. I gotta walk because my doctor recommends it's for my diabetes. Wants me to get in at least a 60 minute walk a day to keep the blood circulating after my insulin shots. I walk through this area every time I go for my walk cause once I hit the end of the park I know I've hit the half way point. I got just shy of the park and I noticed the red color of the snow. I walked over and the poor girl was lying there. I went to see if she was ok, then I saw her head and knew nothing could be done. That's the moment I called the police."

Doug, Mitchell, and Stacey walked away to the red snow. They looked at the body of Ashley Bundy. She was still in the PJ's and her white fuzzy robe. Of course, it wasn't white anymore. What was worse was that it was painfully obvious she was no longer with us.

Doug-"Hey, look at this guys. Do you see the size of that hole?"

Doug pointed at bloody hole in the side of Ashley head. At least an inch wide.

Stacey-"Hey, do you guys notice this? Look at her hand."

Her ring finger on her left hand was broken. The ring that sat on it was missing.

Mitchell-" You guys think that the killer wants jewelry? Just to pawn and get rich and then run for it?"

Stacey-"I doubt it. Cause why did the killer give her back and we haven't seen Matthew returned? He wants jewelry AND a body?"

Stacey- "I mean, Mitchell seems nice, but that was a stupid idea. Murder for just a ring? There's obviously more to it all. We just need to figure it all out."

A man was going ballistic by Gary. He was screaming, crying, and by the looks of the officers, the man looked like he was gonna stay in one of the aforementioned holding cells tonight. Chrissy walked away from the group and tried to help calm him down.

Chrissy- "Sir! Please calm down!"

Man-"SHE'S DEAD! I LOVED HER SO MUCH!"

Chrissy-"Its ok sir. We're going to catch whoever did it."

Man-"You better before I catch them first!"

Just then an officer approached them.

Officer-"Alright pal, leave before you get locked up for the night! This is your one and only chance!"

The man walked away, telling the officer that he was “number one", but with the wrong finger.

Chrissy-"Wow. That was intense. I thought for a brief moment that he might have taken a swing at me. That guy scared me."

Frank-"Excuse me, ma'am, just wanna ask. Do you live around here?"

Georgina-"Yes I do. I live just about 30 minutes from here. Like I said, when I hit the end of the park, I know I'm about half way done."

Frank-"Alright, and do you know the victim?"

Georgina- "No, I can say that I do. I'm sorry."

Frank-"Ok, and can we just get your name, please?"

Georgina-"Yes, my name is Georgina Seeger."

Frank-"Alright, and your address?"

Georgina-"192 Mustard Mill Drive."

Frank-"Perfect, thank you very much ma'am"

Kristen-"Frank really took control of questioning Georgina on what she saw. He's very smart. Maybe I'll work with him to get to the finals."

The ambulance arrived. The investigators saw all they needed and took their pictures in case their memories faded. Unlikely, as this was a day no one would forget anytime soon. A lady got out of the ambulance and spoke with the group.

Lady-"Alright guys, thank you for your help. We will take it from here. We'll notify you when the autopsy is done."

Harrison-"Thank you ma'am."

The group got back into their vans and arrived back at the headquarters. Deanna's van arrived first, and she looked out the window of the van and noticed something. There was something hanging on the door by the headquarters.

Deanna-"Oh my God! What is that?"

Benjamin, Doug and Stacey all shot their glances at the the Shipping Company building, also known as their Headquarters. They each looked at the building as the van pulled up, and finally noticed it. Attached to the door was a noose. Their was some bloody flowers in the shape of an X just underneath it leaning against the door, with an angel attached to it. However, the thing the group noticed more was what was attached to noose...

Envelopes. One red, one black. Just like the Killer promised.

The group of them jumped out as the other vans pulled up. Gary came up to the door and looked at the X, the noose, and of course, the envelopes. He sighed.

Gary-"Back at it again. Luckily, though, these won't be used until tomorrow."

He showed the X to the group, the angel attached to it had the label maker words on it from the Killer. These words were simple, they said "FOR TOMORROW NIGHT".

Gary-"Tomorrow will be the last day for one of you. Right now, Harrison, bring these upstairs and we'll go over what happened."

Kristen-"The killer knows where we are! I'm so scared! And now one of us is not gonna be here much longer!"

Deanna-"This is insane! Not even a full day on the case and already the Killer is calling us out!"

The group walked upstairs. Gary spoke once everyone sat down at their desk.

Gary-"Right. Now then, what have you guys learned?"

Stacey-"We viewed the body before the medical examiner took her away. She was still wearing her robe and PJs from the video. Their was a lot of blood on her robe, and we found a hole on the side of her head, which may indicate a gun might have been used. She also had a broken ring finger and her ring was missing."

Stacey finished. Just then, Frank stood up.

Frank-"I spoke with the lady who found her, Ms. Georgina Seeger. She was out on her daily hour walk that takes her through the park and she located the body roughly 30 minutes into her walk. She did not see anything out of the ordinary and no people of witness. Her address is 192 Mustard Mill Drive."

Upon hearing this, Gary walked to the computer. He typed in the location of Harper Park and Georgina's address.

Gary-"Ok, so I typed in the location of the Park and her address. She lives just over half a mile away. So it is likely she walked in about half an hour and found Ashley's body. We can confirm that, but does that little bit of info help us?"

The group collectively gave him a "No."

Gary-"Anything else?"

Chrissy raised her hand. She then stood and spoke.

Chrissy-"There was a guy there. He was screaming and crying and broke down. I tried to calm him but he was really angry. One of the police officers came over to help me and told him to leave or he'd be arrested. The guy then flipped the officer off while leaving."

Several investigators snickered and laughed at this info.

Gary-"Perfect. You guys all did a great job out their today. I'm very proud of you all. Now, before I dismiss you all for the night, I want to go over the list of suspects we have. These are the 15 people that the Killer named in the video they left us."

Gary opened a file on the computer, and the images of 15 people were displayed on the TV screen.

Gary-"The 15 suspects are;
-27 year old Cooper Davis, a musician.
-49 year old Brad Stokely, owner of Stokely Works Inc.
-37 year old Jennifer Harris, a teacher at the local High School.
-26 year old Sydney Shields, a singer/song writer.
-52 year old Daniel McGee, he's the Mayor of Sunrise Ridge.
-34 year old Tiffany Shaw, owner of the Shaw Shack, a diner.
-38 year old Spencer Stevens, a cook at Shaw Shack.
-37 year old Robbin Evans, a reporter.
-34 year old Rachel Neary, the medical examiner.
-47 year old Diane Pearlman, hairdresser and the ex wife of Brad Stokely.
-33 year old Jack Faye, police officer.
-44 year old Jeffery Ardis, employee at Stokely Works Inc.
-68 year old Georgina Seeger, retired and a widow.
-39 year old Tyrone Cribbs, owner and operator of the club The Hot Spot.
-And 40 year old Walter DuChamps, postal worker."

He finished and then tacked each photo on a board just above his head. The pictures lined the length of the dry erase board. He turned back and spoke.

Gary-"Now, did anyone of you notice any one of them at the crime scene besides Georgina?"

Chrissy raised her hand.

Chrissy-"Jeffery! That's the man that was screaming and crying!"

Harrison spoke up.

Harrison-"Rachel Neary was the lady that came to pick up the body."

Gary-"Good job. And as you know, Jake Faye was the officer that picked us up to bring us to the crime scene. Great job today. Go rest now everyone, I'll see you in the morning at 9:00 AM. Goodnight."
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Kristen was in the kitchen starting to prepare dinner, Doug joined her to help her, with Mitchell coming in soon after.

Doug-"So, who do you guys think is the first person to go?"

Kristen-"Well, I know for one thing, it isn't gonna be Harrison. He's exempt being Lead Investigator."

Mitchell-"Well, here's the thing, their is technically 9 of us voting tomorrow night. 5 votes is going to seal someone's fate. We are 3. 2 more and we'll have the say on who goes."

Doug-"That's great, but here's the other factor; Harrison gets to pick anyone he wants. He could send you, or me!"

Kristen-"Why don't we talk to Frank? We were working together at the park and he's really smart."

Mitchell-"I don't know, him being that smart in this game, being a former officer. That's more of a threat than a good idea.

Doug-"Lets just figure it out later. I'm hungry."
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After the group ate, Harrison made his way back to the men's bedroom. He dropped on his bed, exhausted from the long day, but still had enough energy to go through the notes he took from the day. Just then, Benjamin walked in.

Benjamin-"Hey, you got a second?"

Harrison-"Sure, what's up?"

Benjamin-"I wanted to talk about the vote tomorrow night. I think you should pick Mitchell."

Harrison-"Mitchell? Why Mitchell?"

Benjamin-"I was standing around at Ashley's crime scene earlier. He made a stupid accusation about the murder and he's just not helpful."

Harrison-"What did he say?"

Benjamin-"He said that the Killer is doing it just for Ashley's ring. If that's the case, why is Matthew missing? Why did she die as well then? It just won't add up in the end. All these days for here for just a ring?"

Harrison-"Good point. I'll take that into consideration. I'm gonna turn in though. I wanna get a fresh start for the morning."

Benjamin-"That's fine. Goodnight."

Benjamin-"I want to make sure I'm here till the very last moment, then solve this crime and win this game. If I have to throw people under the bus, I will."
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The next morning at 9:00 AM, the group was settled into the Briefing Room. Gary walked in just seconds after the clock in the room hit 9:00. He took his place behind the table. He was just about to start speaking to the group when a knock on the door stopped him in his tracks.

Gary-"Excuse me, everyone."

He walked out, down the stairs, and answered the door. The investigators were quiet and listened to what was being said, but could not make out who it was or what was said. They then heard footsteps on the staircase. Gary walked it first, and behind him was a dark gray haired man. His hair was parted to the left, held nicely in place. His face showed the strain of his job, but he physically hid it well.

He is Mayor Daniel McGee.

Gary spoke to the group.

Gary-"This is a surprise, ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome Mayor Daniel McGee. He wants to speak to you all quickly. Mayor, please."

Mayor McGee stood in front of the table. He wore a light gray suit, a polar opposite of his hair, with a nice red tie and white shirt. He started speaking.

Daniel McGee-"Good morning everyone. I am Mayor Daniel McGee. First off, I want to thank you all for helping us solve this horrendous murder. Now, I am here for 2 reasons. Number 1; Later today at noon, we will be having a meeting at Town Hall about what happened over the last few days. I invite you all to attend. Number 2, and you all might enjoy this; There is a reward on the Killer's head. To the one of you who catches the Killer, the city of Sunrise Ridge is willing to give you a reward of $500,000."

At this moment, every investigators' jaw dropped open. Smiles were formed and gasps of excitement were heard.

Daniel McGee-"That is all, I hope to see you there, and again, thank you and good luck."

The group applauded the Mayor. He shook the hand of each Investigator before he turned and walked out of the room. Gary then took his place behind the table again.

Gary-"Ok guys, you heard the Mayor. There is a reward for catching the killer. But until even one of you is able to try to claim that reward, we need to get to the bottom of this case. Now, like the Mayor said, their is a meeting at Town Hall at noon today, and 3 of you are going to check it out. Why 3? Because their are 2 more tracks I want the group to do. Track 1 is going to the meeting at Town Hall. While there, talk to any suspect you see and get as much info from the meeting as you can. Track 2 is going to have 3 of you go to the Bundy household. I want you to look for any evidence you can find. Track 3 will have 2 of you go speak with Rachel Neary. Your job is simple; I got a call just before I walked in today, the autopsy is done. I want you to go collect what she has. Remember, she is also a suspect, so question her as well. Harrison, please come up here."

Harrison stood up from his desk and moved to where Gary was standing.

Gary-"As the Lead Investigator, Harrison gets to choose which one of you goes on which tracks. Harrison, I need you to select 3 people to go to the meeting, 3 to go to the Bundy household, and 2 to speak with Rachel Neary. Please pick now."

Harrison thought it over for a second, then gave his decision.

Harrison-"I'll send Deanna... Benjamin.... and Frank to the meeting. Chrissy... Doug.... and Kristen to the crime scene. That's leaves Stacey and Heidi to speak with Rachel Neary."

Gary-"That's perfect. Go out there guys and do a great job today. However, remember the Killer's Rules; if you are alone, you are at risk from the Killer."

The groups got ready and headed out. 3 vans waited outside for them. Deanna, Benjamin, and Frank got in one and headed to the Town Hall. Chrissy, Doug, and Kristen left for the Bundy's house. Stacey and Heidi took off to meet Rachel Neary.

Deanna, Benjamin, and Frank got out at the Town Hall and walked in. They passed a blonde lady in a red dress suit, looking over her notes and making sure her tape recorder was all set for the meeting. Her name is Robbin Evans.
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Chrissy, Doug, and Kristen all got out of their van and walked up to the house. They noticed the door was already open.

Doug-"Hello! Is anybody in here? Special investigators! If anyone is in here we will have to arrest you!"
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Stacey and Heidi walked into the hospital. They asked the receptionist which way it was to Rachel Neary's Office. She pointed them down the hall, to the elevator, floor 3, to the right, 5 doors down. They arrived at the door to the medical examiner's office. Once they entered, an attractive lady with her long brunette hair in a tight bun greeted them. It was the same lady from the other day. It was Rachel Neary.
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The meeting at the Town Hall was just about to begin. Deanna, Benjamin, and Frank spotted the gray haired walker from the day before, Georgina Seeger. She did not seem to have any trauma in her face that would tell the story of what she found a little under 24 hours ago. They also spotted a man with a near crew cut. His had very short, peppering grey hair and stubble on his face. He wore his construction boots, blue jeans, and a black, gray, and red checkered shirt. He also had a look to him that showed his displeasure of having to have to be there. The investigators knew that man is Brad Stokely. 3 rows in front of him were a man and woman. The lady was blonde and skinny, and man was dark haired and was thin as well but still had a build to him. They sat holding hands. Deanna noted that they must be a couple. They are Cooper Davis and Sydney Shields. The dark haired Diane Pearlman sat just a few seats away. She wore a purple top, and stared daggers at her ex husband Brad, just like he was to her. Standing at the front by the podium was officer Jack Faye, wearing his navy blue uniform, the letters SRPD emblazoned on a badge that he wore with pride.

A door opened to the right of the stage, and Mayor Daniel McGee walked in and up to the podium. Cameras flashed and Robbin Evans, as well as other journalists started getting ready for what the Mayor had to say.
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Chrissy-"Do you think anyone is here?", she asked the group.

Kristen-"I don't think so."

Doug-"Let's go in, but stay with me. Remember what the Killer said; 'If you wander off by yourself, you might meet me face to face'. I don't want either one of you leaving the group until we're back at that van."

Kristen-"Doug took charge, and made sure that both Chrissy and I were safe since we found the door open to the house in case the Killer is her. He really is a nice guy."

The group pushed the door the rest of the way open and walked in. The first thing they saw was the blood, mostly dried but still somewhat wet, by the front door.

Chrissy-"Remember the Killer's video? They were in the basement, right here where we're standing by the door, and then the master bedroom."

Doug-"We should dust for prints on the door, see who was here."

The group broke out the dusting powder and the brush and coated the front and back of the door. Chrissy gasped when she looked at the handle.

Chrissy-"Oh my! I got a couple of prints here!"
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Rachel Neary-"Hello ladies, I'm Rachel Neary. I believe your hear for the results of Ashley Bundy's autopsy?"

Stacey-"Yes we are."

Rachel Neary-"Very well, lets see. Bundy, Ashley. Caucasian female. C.O.D was a wound to the side of the head. Slight burn marks to the tissue show it was a firearm of some type. What was also found was her left hand ring finger was broke in 3 different places, but this was post mortem, after she was already dead."

Heidi-"Wow, did you happen to retrieve whatever was in her head that caused that wound?"

Rachel Neary-"We checked, and unfortunately we were unable to find a bullet, so we can't identify what type of firearm she was shot with."

Rachel handed the folder over to the two ladies containing all the info they went over.

Rachel-"If you ladies have any other questions, please call me."

Heidi-"Well, actually, we do have some questions for you."
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Daniel McGee-"Thank you all for coming out here this afternoon. I'm sure by now you've all heard about the horrible, horrible tragedy that has befallen our community in these last few days. For those that have not heard; a few nights ago, a married couple, Matthew and Ashley Bundy, were murdered in their home. Unfortunately, however, Matthew's body has not been found."

Gasps could be heard from the people in attendance. Comments about Matthew being the killer and running for it were whispered. Deanna, Benjamin, and Frank all knew for a fact, from the Killer's video, that Matthew was dead.

Daniel McGee-"Quiet please. Now, a group of investigators have been brought in to help solve the case, and..."

He was cut off.

Brad Stokely-"Yeah! You paying them with your big bonus, you crook!"

Daniel McGee-"No sir, and quiet frankly this has nothing to do with me or what I make, but about our community."

Brad Stokely-"Yeah, our community.... Bull crap! You belong in a jail cell, bunking with this 'Killer' you're talking about!"

Shock and awe rang out from these comments.
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Chrissy, Doug, and Kristen took the prints from the door, and walked down the hall and to the basement door. Doug went down first, Chrissy second, and Kristen, with her back to them, walked backwards down the stairs after them, acting as a lookout.

Doug-"Good Lord, look at this mess!"

The majority of the papers that adorn Matthew's desk were now lying in bunches all over the floor of the downstairs office. The group sifted through that paperwork, looking for any sign of a clue. It did not take long though before Chrissy shot up from the ground.

Chrissy-"Hey, look at this letter! It's for Ashley, signed by Jeffery Ardis. I remember him being the guy screaming at the park yesterday."

Doug-"Hey, put that in the bag, and put this next to it."

He handed a check made out to Matthew, in the amount of $2,500, from Jennifer Harris.

Chrissy-"Why in the world is she paying him all that money?"

Kristen-"I don't know, but here is something else as well. He's got paperwork on the Mayor and the election."
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Stacey-"We want to ask you about the murders. Where were you the night of the murders?"

Rachel-"I was home. I had a double shift the day before. I was exhausted and went out to get a drink and then... Well, never mind."

Stacey-"No, please, continue."

Rachel-"No, I can't. It's far too personal."

Heidi-"Well you need to tell us now or you'll be arrested for the murders!"

Rachel-"Excuse me! I haven't committed any murders. This job is the closest I'll ever come to being a part a murder investigation! How dare you! Leave my office NOW!"

The 2 ladies walked out. They got in the elevator and talked about what happened.

Stacey-"How could you just come out at her like that? That was extremely rude."

Heidi-"Nothing is 'personal' in a case like this. It's either you're guilty or innocent."

Stacey-"But you can't be rude like that! That will shut them out and then we’ll be with no answers."

Heidi-"Stacey really doesn't understand how it works. You can't be friendly to these people. That's where our worlds are different. She works with kids, I work with adults. You can't baby adults."
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Daniel-"Excuse me sir, but your comments are border line unacceptable! Please take your seat and....."

Brad-"Or what? Have me arrested? Then what? Rig my trial to get a fine and slap on the wrist turned into 25 years to life? Rig another thing just like you rigged the election!"

The shock and awe on the faces of everyone were priceless.

Daniel-"Leave here at once or you WILL be arrested!"

Brad-"Yeah, yeah, I'll leave, you crooked idiot."

Brad left the meeting, with Jack Faye following behind, just in case he tried to do anything drastic.

Diane-"Why in the hell did I marry him in the first place?"

Diane then buried her face in her hands, utterly embarrassed for herself and Brad combined.

Robbin-"Excuse me, Mayor? So are these rumors true that you rigged the towns election this past November?"

Daniel-"I did not! This meeting was to bring together a community, not try to trash me with this garbage! This meeting is over!"

The mayor walked away from the podium and out the door, while the shouts of the reporters questions seemingly the sounds of the wind to him.

Benjamin-"Well that was something. I've heard of corruption in politics, but never seen it up close and personal."
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Doug, Chrissy, and Kristen walked upstairs into the master bedroom. A large blood puddle was right in front of the bed. The bed sheets were thrown about the room, and the bathroom water was running.

Kristen-"Wow. Well, let's get a sample from in here and look around."

Kristen dropped down and swabbed the blood and put the evidence away. Chrissy looked under the bed, but only found a pair of slippers. Doug checked the bathroom and turned the water off to the sink. He looked in the mirror and let out a tiny scream.

Doug-"Ah! Oh crap, look at this!"

The ladies ran into the bathroom and saw the blood in the tub. It wasn't much, but it was enough to be noticeable.

Kristen-"Wow. Do you think the Killer killed her in here?"

Doug-"Then were did the blood in the bedroom come from?"

The group thought about it. Doug finally thought of something.

Doug-"Maybe he went to remove the bodies and cleaned himself off?"

Chrissy-"Lets take a sample and bring it to the lab. We'll figure it out there."

They swabbed the blood, placed it in a bag, and left the house. They shuttered at the though of what went down here just a few nights ago as they climbed into the van.
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The groups all arrived back at Headquarters and relaxed. At 3:00 PM, they all met up in the Briefing Room. Gary walked into the room at 3:05 PM and took his place behind the table.

Gary-"Ok, you guys have completed your first track of inquiry. Track 1, what did you learn out there?"

The former police officer, Frank, stood up.

Frank-"The Mayor confirmed to everyone about what happened to the Bundy's. We met several suspects, Cooper Davis, Sydney Shields, Diane Pearlman, Robbin Evans, and Brad Stokely. Mr. Stokely interrupted the meeting by yelling out that Daniel McGee rigged the election for money. He was kicked out and the meeting dispersed shortly after he left."

Gary-"Perfect. Track 2?"

Chrissy-"We wanted to check the blood again at the front door because we found blood in the master bedroom and master bathroom. We dusted for fingerprints on the front door and found several prints. In the basement we found a love letter from Jeffery Ardis to Ashley, a check for $2,500 from Jennifer Harris to Matthew, and some papers about the Mayoral election."

Gary-"Great job guys. We have the blood and prints in the lab right now. We'll have the results of them in a little while. Track 3?"

Stacey-"We got the info from Rachel. She believes Ashley was shot with a gun of some type, but they looked for a bullet and didn't find one. We then asked where she was the night it all happened, and she told us she worked a double shift and went to get a drink, but she stopped there and.... Well.... she became offended by our questioning and kicked us out."

Gary-"The thing is though you girls got a little something out of her. So you did some good work out there. Ok everyone, take a break, meet back up in here at 6:00 and we'll open the envelopes."
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Stacey walked into the women's bedroom and found Kristen sitting there going over notes.

Stacey-"Ugh. That was completely awkward."

Kristen-"Was it bad?"

Stacey-"Heidi completely caused us to not get info from Rachel. She snapped at her because Rachel said that what she was doing was 'too personal'. Heidi told her to tell us or she'd would be arrested for the murders."

Kristen-"What?! You're kidding?!"

Stacey-"I know we need to be strict in the investigation, but its still too early to start screaming our heads off at suspects."

Kristen-"Let's vote for her tonight. If she's gonna act like this then later down the line she might really lose her cool."

Stacey-"Yeah, lets do it."

Stacey-"I do feel bad, I really do, but we lost information because she couldn't keep her anger under control. If she goes out tonight and comes back, hopefully it'll be her wake up call."
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Mitchell sat at the table in the kitchen, his hands folded together and sitting quietly in thought. Heidi walked into the kitchen and he shot his eyes up to look at her.

Heidi-"Hey, who are you voting for tonight?"

Mitchell-"I have no idea. I was just trying to figure it out. Who are you voting for?"

Heidi-"Stacey. She was useless meeting Rachel today."

Mitchell-"Really?"

Heidi-"Yeah, she was pointless out there."

Mitchell-"I'll tell you what, I'll talk with some others and I'll tell them to vote her."

Heidi-"Perfect."

Heidi-"Stacey put herself in this place. She can't handle it."
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Mitchell walked to the downstairs lounge and found Kristen and Doug talking. He joined them on the couch.

Mitchell-"So what are we doing?"

Kristen-"We decided that Heidi is gonna get our vote. Stacey told us that her temper got them kicked out of Rachel's office."

Mitchell-"Really, cause I just talked to Heidi and she said Stacey was useless at their meeting."

Doug-"Oh damn. Well, should we just wing it?"

Kristen-"You know what, its the first vote. You wanna play it safe with anger or with messing up?"

Kristen-"Its a toss up for us right now. Was it Stacey at fault, or Heidi at fault. The way it sounded to me, it was Heidi."

Doug-"I have no idea who's getting voted now, I don't know who the Killer is, hell, is my name Doug anymore or is it Homer Simpson?"
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The group joined back up in the Briefing Room at 6:00 that night. Gary was already standing behind the table. On the table we're the red and black envelopes. Gary stared at them before shifting his focus on the group.

Gary-"This is the part I like, and the part I don't. At this moment, we will open the red envelope. Inside, the Killer has left us a question. They said if we answer correctly, they will clear one of the 15 suspects. I will read it now."

Gary careful cut the red envelope open, making sure not to turn the question into a jigsaw puzzle. He finished cutting it, and poured the brown paper onto the table, he unfolded it and the label maker worded question appeared in front of him.

Gary-"'WHAT AILMENT DOES GEORGINA HAVE?' We have an anonymous email address at the bottom of the page. Hang on."

Gary clicked and typed on the computer, and the TV screen became a dark, murky green color with several Matrix style letters and numbers flashing across the screen quickly before a single lime green line flashed in the top left corner. This is where the answer the group gave would go.

The group all looked around at each other, while also looking for the answer.

Chrissy-"Did anyone talk to her about it?"

Kristen-"I know I talked to her, but I don't recall her saying anything about it."

She quickly flipped to the first page of her notebook.

Kristen-"Crap no, all I got was her statement on Ashely's body."

Mitchell-"Wait! I think I know!"

The group all turned to the back row and looked at the youth hockey coach.

Mitchell-"I was walking passed her to check the body, and I swear I heard her mentioned something about insulin. I think she has diabetes. Never thought I'd be happy to say something like that, but I believe that's it."

Gary typed in 'DIABETES' into the answer section in the email link.

Gary-"Before I hit send, I want to make sure that this is the answer the group agrees to."

The group nodding in solidarity to each other. Harrison spoke up.

Harrison-"If it's wrong, we are wrong as a group, not just Mitchell. We are a team. Send it, Gary."

Gary hit enter, and a flash of Matrix lettering flew across the screen. Fingers were crossed, prayers were said, and the 10 seconds between the answer being sent and the message they received seemed like an eternity. The message appeared to the investigators....



YOUR ANSWER IS CORRECT. A SUSPECT WILL BE CLEARED.



Cheers and claps rang up from the group. Harrison darted from his desk to shake Mitchell's hand and hug him. High fives and pats on the back continued as the eliminated suspect's picture appeared on the TV with a message.



SUSPECT CLEARED; JACK FAYE. OFFICER



Gary-"Mitchell, tremendous work! Thanks to you, we can cross Officer Faye off the list!"

Gary proceeded to take a red sharpie and draw a big red X over Officer Faye's picture, effectively clearing the cop of the crime. Gary then turned back to the group, the smile slowly fading.

Gary-"Now, ladies and gentleman, comes the bad part. We must now vote for one of you to play the Killer's Game. One at a time, you'll go into the voting booth. It is completely sound proof, so please speak your mind. You will hold up the picture of the investigator you're voting for, say you peace, and place it in the box outside of the room. Mitchell, you answered the question, so please start us off."

The hockey coach walked into the booth, closed the door, and sat on a stool in the silver painted room. He looked through all the pictures and found 2. He looked back and forth between the 2 before deciding on Stacey's.

Mitchell-"I'm sorry, it was a toss up. You're really nice, and this is not personal at all. I wish you luck."

Kristen walked in, and after a quick thought, she grabbed the pictures, skimmed through them, and found Heidi's.

Kristen-"You yelling at the townspeople is not going to help the case. I'm sorry, but here is your wake up call."

Doug walked in, quickly placed his vote, and walked out. Following was Chrissy, who placed Benjamin's picture.

Chrissy-"I have no clue who to vote. It was a completely random choice and I hope you won't be mad."

Benjamin walked in and grabbed Mitchell's photo.

Benjamin-"I don't care if you answered the question, you are giving stupid reasons for the crime and you need to go to let the actual investigators work.

Frank walked in and put a picture up, and walked out. Stacey walked in, and went straight for Heidi's picture.

Stacey-"To think I voted for you to be the first Lead Investigator. You yell at a suspect and think it's ok? Bye bye!"

Heidi walked in and grabbed the picture of the grade school teacher. She waved to the camera, as if to say goodbye, and placed her vote in the box. Deanna was the last one in the booth. From the stories she overheard from the day, she had her choice of 3 people. That 3 turned into 2 as she put a photo away. As she stared between the 2, she through of the implications of what should happen if each person did return. She finally decided that one was more important to the investigation and placed the other photo in the voting box. Deanna then left the booth and returned to the Briefing Room. Gary stood at his table and addressed the group once Deanna was situated at her desk.

Gary-"I would like to commend each of you on a great investigation so far. Right now, though, I must ask you to please turn around so I may count the votes. Do not turn around until you are instructed."

The entire group turned their backs to the table as Gary walked out of the room and to the voting box. He took it and brought it back to the Briefing Room and placed it on the table. He opened it and looked at each photo, placing it in its appropriate pile. A vote here, and a vote there. Finally, all 9 votes were counted. He held a picture to his chest, facing the wrong way to not give it away. The group was told to turn back around.

Gary-"I have counted the votes, and by a vote of 4-3-1-1, the group has chosen...."

The picture in his hands was flipped over, and 8 collective breathes sighed in relief. The one left did not.

Gary-"... Heidi. Please stand.”

She bit her lip and stood up.

Gary-"Now, the Lead Investigator must also pick one member of the group to play the game. Harrison, if you please, step up and announce your choice."

Harrison stood up and walked to the front of the table and faced the nervous group.

Harrison-"Now, before I make this decision, please do not hate me or take it personally. My choice tonight, after looking back on the last few days, was going to be Mitchell for reasons involving him not contributing to the group. However, after being the one to single handedly answer the Killer's Question, my choice tonight will be the one who said he wasn't contributing, and that is Benjamin."

The anger in Benjamin's face was obviously noticeable as he stood.

Gary-"Benjamin, you will play the Killer's Game along with Heidi. Now, the Killer has stated that the black envelope will contain 2 maps, with each leading to a different location."

Gary cut the bag open, and took 2 small black envelopes out and handed them to Harrison.

Gary-"Harrison, please hand a map to the group's choice, Heidi, and please hand the other map to your choice, Benjamin."

Harrison held both bags up in each hand, in a way of telling Heidi 'choose your fate'. She grabbed one, and he handed Benjamin the other.

Gary-"Please tell us where you are going."

They opened the bags, unfolded the maps, and read the location of their possible final destination.

Heidi-"I'm going to the Abandoned House on Newton St."

Benjamin-"The Dry Cleaners on Herman Rd."

Gary-"2 cars will be arranged to come and pick you up tonight. Before you both go pack, I want both of you to go into the voting booth and record your Last Will and Testament. In case you don't return, you are responsible to name the next Lead Investigator. I wish you both the very best of luck.”
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Benjamin angrily packed his bag, throwing his shirts into the bag with no care.

Benjamin-"How in the hell does he think this is OK. That punk doesn't deserve to be here, and now this idiot sends me out because of a freaking question?! This is utter crap."

Heidi, on the other hand, was angry, but not as much. She spoke to Deanna as she packed.

Heidi-"Did you vote for me tonight?"

Deanna-"No."

Deanna-"I did. I heard the stories and thought what was best for the house."

Heidi-"Ugh! I shouldn't be going out tonight! You play nice and it'll get you nowhere. You play hard and it gets you almost sent home. Damnit!"

Heidi-“This is crap! I can’t wait to come back and send Stacey out and watch her meet the Killer!”
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 02, 2019, 08:25:27 PM
2 taxi cabs pulled up out front of the headquarters at 10:20 PM, Benjamin and Heidi said their goodbyes to the group and to each other, knowing that this was the last few moments being with them. They walked out and placed their bags in their respective taxi, and hopped in the back seat, and instructed their drivers.

Benjamin-"I'm going to the Dry Cleaners on Herman Rd."

Heidi-"You know the abandoned house on Newton St.?"

The driver nodded.

Heidi-"That's where I'm going."

Benjamin stepped out of his cab at 10:44 PM.

Heidi stepped out of hers 2 minutes later.

Benjamin tried the front door. It was locked.

Heidi walked up to the front door. It too was locked.

Benjamin walked around to the back of the building and saw the noose hanging on the door with the key attached.

Heidi walked around the back and saw a noose on the back door with the key attached as well.

Benjamin walked in and shined his flashlight above the top of the dryers.

Heidi walked into the kitchen. The floor creaked as she stepped.

Benjamin walked down a line of washers to the back of the building. He found a door.

Heidi walked through to the living room, shining her flashlight toward the staircase. She climbed up.

Benjamin walked through the door to find a bathroom. He turned around.

Heidi got half way to the top and noticed the last 5 stairs missing. She went back down.

Benjamin saw a second door, he opened this one and saw a room with dry cleaning equipment.

Heidi saw a door. She opened it and saw basement stairs. She headed down.

Benjamin walked down passed the steam press, and saw the X.

Heidi walked down, and an X was placed on top of an old desk.

A green, hazy glow watched an investigator walk up to their fake clue. Silently, they stood still and watched.

Benjamin saw the X with the angel. Attached was a small ceramic heart. He picked it up and noticed the cracks on it.

Heidi saw the X with the angel. On the desk was a sterling silver necklace, with a heart medallion attached.

Slowly, the Killer stepped out of their secret hiding place, watching the investigator look over their clue. The unfortunate investigator went to leave when the Killer ran up to them. The investigator let out a blood curdling scream. It was too late.

Investigator-"AHHH!"
FLASH! BANG!

The investigator that survived looked around, and when they were sure they were OK, they started walking, quickly, to the waiting cab. A smile formed as they started pulling away.
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Back at HQ, the 9 other investigators sat in the Briefing Room, waiting patiently as the survivor would be back very soon. A car door slammed, and the door to the Head Quarters opened and closed. The footsteps were heard. The anticipation was killing them, even though only 1 was killed on this night. The survivor walked in and sat their clue down in a fit of anger.

"I’m back, and you’re screwed! You sent me out, and now I’m gonna make sure you go out next!”

Benjamin yelled at Harrison.

14 Suspects and 9 Investigators Remain

***
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 09, 2019, 08:54:06 PM
Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
George Henry Lewis (The Physiology of Common Life)


Episode 2; Don't Get Mad, it's Just a Game

Last time on Murder in Small Town X;

A double murder shocked the quiet town.
FLASH! BANG!
Matthew Bundy fell to the floor. Dead.

10 people from across the country were brought in to solve the case, and their investigation started early.
Jack Faye-"They found her. Ashley Bundy."

They found evidence pointing to several suspects.
Chrissy-"Oh my! I got a couple of prints here!"
Chrissy-"Hey, look at this letter! It's for Ashley, signed by Jeffery Ardis."
Doug-"Hey, put it in the bag, and put this next to it."
He handed a check made out to Matthew, in the amount of $2,500, from Jennifer Harris.

One suspect threw out a claim towards another suspect.
Brad-"... just like you rigged the election!"

At Headquarters, Benjamin tried to get another investigator sent out to play the Killer's Game.
Benjamin-"If I have to throw people under the bus, I will!"

But when his target, Mitchell, single handedly answered the Killer's Question, Lead Investigator Harrison choose Benjamin to play the Killer's Game.

Benjamin went up against Heidi, who was voted by the group after a clash with suspect Rachel Neary.
Heidi-"Well you need to tell us now or you'll be arrested for these murders!"

Both went out into the night in search of a clue, and while Benjamin found his clue at the Dry Cleaners, Heidi wasn’t abandoned at the abandoned house, because she found the Killer there.....
Heidi-"AHHHHH!"
FLASH! BANG!
.... And was eliminated from the game.

Now, 14 suspects and 9 investigators

***

In the quiet town of Sunrise Ridge, a Killer is on the loose. A reward has been offered to 10 ordinary people;

Deanna
Benjamin
Chrissy
Frank
Stacey
Harrison
Kristen
Doug
Heidi
Mitchell

They have been sent to Sunrise Ridge to play the Killer's twister game. Now, they must enter the mind of a Killer and solve the mystery, or else they will be eliminated, one by one.

***

Deanna-"Last night was intense. Emotions were high and I feel like it's just gonna get more difficult from here on out."

Harrison-"I sent Benjamin out last night because he was the one who told me to send Mitchell out. He told me Mitchell wasn't helping and making bad accusations. Day 1 and he's mad about a theory? Plus, Mitchell single handedly got a suspect cleared. He deserved to stay then."

Mitchell-"Relief. That's it. When Harrison said I was going to be his choice, my heart dropped. When he said someone put it in his ear and he sent Benjamin out in my place, I could of dropped dead from relief right then and there in my desk."

Benjamin-"I'm on the war path now. If I gotta go on another damn Game again, I'm taking one of these idiots with me to make sure, if I pick wrong, the Killer takes them out with me!"

It was 9:00 AM the next morning. The group was exhausted, but no one was more tired than Benjamin, for obvious reasons. They all grabbed their breakfast, which was already in the kitchen and prepared for them by a short, black haired woman and a dirty blonde haired man who stopped by, their names are Tiffany Shaw and Spencer Stevens.

Tiffany-"Good morning guys!"

The group gave her a very sleepy 'Hello'.

Spencer-"We know you guys are trying your hardest to solve the case, and we want to show our thanks to you, so we wanted to make you guys breakfast."

Tiffany-"Its on the house, and we are more than happy to serve you guys whenever you stop by."

The group was very thankful, with hugs and handshakes for the 2 diner workers.

Spencer-"We're also here because we wanted to pass this invitation to you all. Tomorrow at 5:00 PM is a benefit for the Bundy's at The Hot Spot. We will be catering the event and basically the whole town will be there."

Gary-"We will be there, you can count on that. Thank you for your generosity guys."

Tiffany-"No problem guys. And good luck catching that killer!"

The 2 of them left the Headquarters, and the group dug into the food. Eggs, bacon, waffles, sausage, pancakes, fresh fruit, OJ, and toast. The group ate like kings and queens, but Gary had to take them out of their imaginary kingdoms.

Gary-"I hate to do this everyone, but, if your still eating, grab a plate of food and meet me in the Briefing Room in 5 minutes."

Chrissy-"You can tell it's gonna be a long day when you're pulled away from your breakfast. I grabbed a plate of fruit salad and went straight to the Briefing Room."

Frank-"Its not the first time I've been pulled from a meal to do police work. It comes with the territory."

The group met in the Briefing Room, some of them finished their meals, some of them still had plates of food with them. Gary stood behind the table, even he had a plate of pancakes with bacon with him. He addressed the group.

Gary-"Good morning everyone. Now, I know last night was a tough one, especially when you lose one of your own. We played the Killer's Game for the first time last night, and we lost a member of the team, Heidi Gilligan. However, Benjamin went out and was able to return. Congratulations go out to him. What happened last night out there?"

Benjamin-"I got to the Dry Cleaners and went to the back of the building and found a noose with the key attached. I walked in and found my way down the washers and dryers to a room containing dry cleaning equipment. I ended up finding the X back there."

Gary-"Great job, Benjamin. These X's mark the clues the Killer will be leaving us. Benjamin's Clue last night was this; A ceramic heart. It looks like it's seen better days though, because this one is cracked and looks like it might fall apart. It'll be in the evidence locker for anyone who wishes to see it."

He walked to the corner where the evidence locker stood and placed the ceramic heart carefully in it. He walked back to the table.

Gary-"Now then, before we name a Lead Investigator, I wanna go over the evidence. You guys brought back a lot, and this is what I wanna go over. First off, the finger prints from the crime scene, we have positive matches on Officer Jack Faye, but as he was cleared by the Killer, we know he's not responsible. We also have a match on Robbin Evans and Jeffery Ardis. At some point, each of them was at that house, whether it was before, after, or during the murders, we need to find that out. As for the blood, forensics has ID'ed the blood at the door being Matthew's, the blood in the master bedroom being Ashley's, and bathroom as being a mix of both Matthew and Ashley. Any idea on how their blood got into that tub?"

Doug-"We were under the assumption while we were there that the Killer might have cleaned their self off after taking the bodies away."

Kristen-"Yeah, maybe to make sure no one had a clear path to them when they walked away."

Gary-"Good idea. The Killer probably doesn't want to leave a trail of any kind. Now, these are our tracks today. Track 1 is going to go out to question Brad Stokely; he said during the meeting that the Mayor rigged the election. Figure out his source and his reasoning behind it. Track 2, you're going to speak with Robbin Evans. Her prints were found at the crime scene, but I want everyone to look at this."

Gary clicked on a web browser and a website came up. It's was 'Robbin's Scoop', her news website. Robbin appeared in a video on the home page that Gary played that appeared on the TV.

Robin-"Robbin Evans reporting; the town meeting about the murders has just wrapped up, and their are now more questions than answers. First of all, Mayor Daniel McGee refused to answer questions of his election victory back in November. As it is well know in the town, during the November election, a flaw was found with the voting machines that were in Sunrise Ridge High School. Daniel McGee was at the high school doing a rally and meet and greet for voters just hours before the polls opened. Could he have tampered with the machines before then? Also, with the Sunrise Ridge Killer still at large, the city has received help from 10 investigators from across America. The question now is, how are these people getting paid. A source claims that it will be with Mayor Daniel McGee's pocket change, as with the title of Mayor came a substantial pay increase."

The video stopped.

Gary-"Ok, so Track 2 will go and question Robbin about her being at the crime scene and the story she has surrounding the Mayor. Find her source. For Track 3, you are going to talk with Georgina Seeger. We only spoke a little bit with her the night she found Ashley's body. Make sure you get all the info that you can. In order to find out what tracks you will be going on, we need to ask the Lead Investigator, and to figure out who the Lead Investigator, we need to turn to the Last Will and Testament of Heidi."

Gary clicked a file and brought up a video of the departed investigator. He pressed play on the video.

Heidi-"If you are watching this, then I guess I didn't return, which is crap. I shouldn't have been sent out at all. So seeing that a good investigator got sent out with someone else who was doing a excellent job, I will be naming that person as the Lead Investigator, and that is Benjamin."

Gary-"Benjamin, congratulations, you are the Lead Investigator."

Benjamin-"Thank you Heidi. Now I hope the Killer can be in 2 places at once to get both people that play the Killer's Game later."

Mitchell-"The only question I have right now; Who's getting sent for the Killer's Game with me?"

Gary-"Benjamin, I need you to send out 3 people to talk with Brad, 3 to talk to Robbin, and 2 to talk to Georgina. Please pick now"

Benjamin-"I'll send Chrissy, Doug, and Frank to talk to Brad. Kristen, Stacey, and Deanna to talk to Robbin, and that leaves Harrison and Mitchell to talk to Georgina."

Gary-"Very well. Get ready and go out guys, and remember, if you are alone, you are at risk of the Killer."

The 3 groups got ready and headed down stairs. Chrissy, Doug, and Frank got in the first van, the group of Kristen, Stacey, Deanna left in van 2, and Harrison and Mitchell left soon after in van 3.
-
The first group arrived at Stokely Works Inc., the construction site owned by suspect Brad Stokely. They walked up to a trailer that had an 'Office' sign above the door. Frank knocked on the door.

Man's voice-"Come in!"
-
The van pulled up to the local news station, and Kristen, Stacey, and Deanna all got out and started walking up the stairs to the doors to the station. They walked in and quickly found a stage hand.

Deanna-"Excuse me, we are looking for Robbin Evans. Do you know where she is?"

Stage hand-"Yeah, she's down this hall and to the right. Second door on the left. Can't miss it."

Deanna-"Thank you so much."

They went down the hall, took a right, and found the second door on the left. They were right when they said you couldn't miss it; 'ROBBIN EVANS' was emblazoned across the front of the door.

Stacey-"Ummm... Think this is it?"

The girls giggled at the joke and then knocked.

Lady's voice-"Come in!"
-
Harrison and Mitchell arrived at the house of Georgina Seeger; 192 Mustard Mill Drive. They walked up the pathway to the brick house and rang the door bell. Georgina answered the door just seconds later.

Georgina-"Well hello. I remember you 2 from the day I found that poor girl's body. How can I help you 2 men?"
-
Chrissy, Doug, and Frank entered the office and found Brad sitting behind his desk.

Brad-"Hello. What do you want?"

Doug-"We're here just to ask a few questions about your comments at the town meeting."

Brad-"I'll give you the short version. McGee is a con artist. He rigged that election."

Chrissy-"How do you know?"

Brad-"There was a rally at the High School the day of the election, and that's also where the voting took place."

Frank-"So he was at a rally at the voting center and that's your theory?"

Brad-"Oh, trust me. He did more than attend."
-
Robbin-"I'm sorry ladies, I'm not signing autographs today."

Kristen-"No, I'm sorry, we aren't here for autographs. We are here about your video you posted to your website."

Robbin-"Ohh, I see. You got some extra details I can throw into the next one, right?"

Deanna-"No, we wanted to know about the story you broke. How did you get that information?"

Robbin-"The guy in the checkered shirt. I can't remember his name though."

Stacey-"Brad Stokely. He runs the construction company Stokely Works."

Robbin-"Ah, right! That's him! Yeah, I was able to talk to him after the meeting. He said that he knows for a fact McGee is guilty."

Deanna-"Did he give you any facts?"
-
Harrison-"We are here to just make sure we have our statements in order from the other day."

Georgina-"Oh ok, well please come in, I'll gladly go over everything."

The 2 men entered the house. Georgina showed them to the living room. They took a seat on the couch and she sat across from them in an armchair. Next to her was a second armchair that belonged to her husband.

Mitchell-"We just wanna make sure. You found her by the woods at Harper Park, right?"

Georgina-"Yes, that is correct."

Mitchell-"Alright, and you were sure you did not see anything or any one out of the ordinary?"

Georgina-"No, I'm sorry I did not."

Harrison-"If you don't mind me asking, you went out by yourself. Why didn't you go out with anyone?"
-
Brad-"You, see, this idiot had a chance to fix the polling machines. One of the High School teachers that helped organize the rally, this moron named Jennifer Harris, she was talking to him and told him about the machines being there and then they walked off together."

Deanna-"Did you see any of that happen?"

Brad-"Sadly no, and oh boy do I wish I did. I'd bury that idiot. Plus I don't trust him as far as I could throw him. Can't stand him or what he stands for, so you'd have a better chance of catching Bigfoot with a pack of chewing gum before I would be caught dead there. I got my info from a first hand witness that was there. Sadly, he's dead now."

Frank-"Matthew Bundy?"

Brad-"Yep. He was in attendance cause Ashley wanted to vote for the chump in charge and..."

He stopped when the door opened and his ex-wife, Diane Pearlman, walked in.
-
Robbin-"The only facts he gave were that McGee tampered with the voting machine just hours before the election was supposed to begin. McGee won by a landslide, but that Stokely guy was not having it. He went straight to the town hall and demanded a revote."

Kristen-"Were they running against each other?"

Robbin-"No. McGee was up against some guy named Jacob Anderson. Anderson conceded shortly before 10:00 that night, but after Brad's suspicion spread like a wildfire, there was a revote 2 weeks later. They actually had everyone that voted come back to the school and write down their vote. McGee still won. Anderson was super nice about it all. He works now in a state office, so I don't think he's that broken up about it."

Stacey-"Ok. Now we actually have just one more thing to ask you. We went by the Bundy household and, after dusting for fingerprints, we found a set that matches yours. Why were you there?"

Robbin-"I was asked to take pictures of the crime scene by the police department. Gotta earn that money somehow."

Deanna-"So if we call the department, they can confirm that?"

Robbin-"Yes."

Kristen-"Alright, that's all we have to ask. You have a great day."

Robbin-"You too, and here ladies. Takes these as well."

She handed them each an autographed 8.5X11 of her headshot. The group thanked her and walked out and back to the van.
-
Georgina-"Well, I used to take these walks with my husband, but he sadly passed away in 2013 from heart failure."

Mitchell-"Oh my, I'm so sorry."

Georgina-"Its ok, sweetie. Joseph lived a great life. He was the town judge. Well respected in the town. A good, sweet man."

Harrison-"How long was he the town judge?"

Georgina-"He worked up until the day he died, so about 35 years."

Mitchell-"That's incredible! He loved his job?"

Georgina-"Oh yes he did. He was a fair and honorable man. You came in with a parking ticket and couldn't pay the whole amount, he'd help them out by lowering the fine. If you came in for theft, he never talked down to them, but try to help build them back up. If he had to send them away, he'd set something up to make sure they got help once released."

Harrison-"He seemed like a one of a kind man."

Georgina-"He was. He was."

Mitchell-"Well, we should get going. Thank you very much for your time Mrs. Seeger."

Georgina-"You're very welcome. You 2 nice boys are welcomed here anytime."

The 2 men walked out of the house and down the path to the waiting van.
-
Brad-"What the hell are you doing here?"

Diane-"You're behind on the alimony. I'm trying to be nice so you don't get locked up again."

Brad-"Here! Take this!"

Very quickly Brad wrote a check for $7,500 and threw it at his ex wife.

Brad-"Take that and get the hell off of my property!"

Chrissy-"Well.. Thank you for your time."

The 3 of them walked out and saw Diane sitting in her car. Tears running down her cheeks.

Frank-"Excuse me, are you Ok?"

Diane-"Yeah I'm fine. He's just such an ass sometimes. Right before our divorce, he turned into such a jerk."

Doug-"How long ago was the divorce?

Diane-"Just over 10 years ago."

Chrissy-"I'm so sorry he's acting like that to you. If you don't mind us asking, what caused the divorce?"

Diane-"He was working one night and... and I found him cheating on me. His former secretary on his desk."

Chrissy-"Oh my. I can relate so much. I've been cheated on before so I know what it's like."

Diane-"Thank you, honey."

Chrissy-"it's no problem. Take care."

Diane-"You too."

The 3 left and made their way to the van.
-
After all 3 groups returned to HQ, they made their way up the stairs to the Briefing Room. Gary greeted them as each group walked in.

Gary-"Welcome back everyone, I hope you all got some good information to share. Track 1, what do you have?"

Frank stood up to address the group.

Frank-"We arrived at Brad Stokely's job and questioned him on his accusation. He told us that it was Matthew Bundy who gave the idea to Brad after Daniel was apparently seen with a Sunrise Ridge teacher going to look at the voting machines."

Frank sat, and Chrissy spoke up.

Chrissy-"That's not all, Diane Pearlman showed up to let him know he missed his alimony payment and that she wanted it so he wouldn't have to get arrested again. She told us that they divorced about 10 years ago because he cheated on her with his secretary."

Gary-"Thank you guys. Track 2?"

Stacey-"Well, we can confirm that Robbin got the story from Brad. The man he ran against was not angry at all and went on to work in a state office. She also said that she was contacted by the police department to take pictures of the crime scene. Which would explain the fingerprints."

Gary-"I'll check with Officer Faye, but good job. Track 3?"

Harrison-"Georgina's story never changed at all. We still can't confirm she is or is not responsible for the crimes yet though. We also did learn that her husband was the local judge and was a extremely nice man at work."

Gary-"Good job guys. Take the day to yourselves and we'll catch up at 9:00 AM. Good work today."

-

Harrison sat in the men's bedroom on the edge of his bed. Mitchell came walking in.

Mitchell-"We all know what's gonna happen when that black envelope comes into play. Benjamin is going to pick me to play the Killer's Game."

Harrison-"He needs to get the hell off his high horse and get the chip off his shoulder."

Mitchell-"Damn right, but he can't go out for the Killer's Game because he's the Lead Investigator. I'm gonna go out, it's a fact. If I do come back, alright. If not, I'll name you Lead Investigator and you can send him out."

Harrison-"Well, if that Killer Question is answered by you again, he might not and send me. If that happens and I don't come back, you send him out for me."

Mitchell-"Deal."

The 2 men shook hands, sealing their agreement.
-
Doug and Kristen were chatting about why the killer would commit such a crime.

Doug-"It could be Ardis. He loved Ashley and could of been 'If I can't have her, no one will!'. You know?"

Kristen-"That's a good point. Remember, we haven't met everyone yet. You hope we'll meet them at the benefit?"

Doug-"Defiantly. They have to be there. Tiffany and Spencer said the whole town will be there. Walter DuChamps, Jennifer Harris, Tyrone Cribbs. Hell, Tyrone owns the damn place. If he's not there he might as well be the Killer!"

-

It's 2:12 AM. The investigators all were asleep. It was a long day. In the morning they would eat another breakfast from The Shaw Shack.

CRASH!!!!!!!

It was glass shattering. It was so loud that the entire group jumped and woke up.

Deanna-"What the hell was that?!"

The group walked out of their rooms and down the hall. Some stayed upstairs and checked the Briefing Room and bedrooms. Some went down stairs to check the kitchen and lounge. Chrissy looked at the ground.

Chrissy-"Crap. Guys, grab shoes and a broom. There is glass everywhere."

She looked up at the former sky light window. Her head only got half way up before she gasped.

Chrissy-"Ah! Oh my God!"

There they hung. The red and black envelopes. They were hanging there from a noose with a brick tied to them. The Killer sent the group their message, as promised, by means of their own makeshift gallows. A sign of things to come for one of them.

Kristen-"What is it Chri..... Oh."

Mitchell-"I'm going to call Gary."

Mitchell grabbed the phone as Deanna and Frank grabbed a broom, dustpan, and their shoes. The glass was scattered all over the floor. Tiny pieces, large shards, and a snow like dust from what fell off as well.

Mitchell-"Hey Gary, its Mitchell, we had a break in just a bit ago... Yeah, the Killer threw a brick threw the sky light in the lounge.... Yes, it's with the envelopes as well....Well we're cleaning it up right now... Yes, everyone is here still. No one is missing... Ok, we'll see you in the morning. Goodnight."

He hung up and helped clean up the broken glass. They then cut down the envelopes and put them in the evidence locker. Everyone did all this in silence because they were not only tired, but they realized that, with the arrival of the envelopes, meant that two would depart soon and one would not come back.
-
At 9:00 AM, the group all met in the Briefing Room.  The local window repair company was already replacing the shattered window as the group tried to wake up to the coffee and breakfast dropped off by Tiffany Shaw and Spencer Stevens.

Gary-"Well, it seemed like you guys had a long night. Mitchell called me last night and informed me of what happened. So, I have good news and bad news. Bad news is that tonight, we go back to playing the Killer's Game. However, the good news is that you all get a rest until the benefit later today."

The news of having the morning off made each investigator sigh in relief as some, if not all of them, did not sleep at all after the Killer's sick version of a wake up call.

Gary-"Alright, so you all have the morning off. Go sleep for a bit, eat something, do whatever. Only thing is the event is at 5:00, so be ready by 4:00. We will meet back here before we head out. You're dismissed."

The investigators went back to bed. Alarms were set for 11:30 AM, noon, and 1:00 PM for everyone to get rest. Two investigators, however, did not sleep right away. They grabbed some food and sat down quickly, and quietly, at the kitchen table.

Stacey-"I'm just saying, after the issue with Heidi last round, look at how Benjamin is getting. He tried to get rid of Mitchell, and when he failed and got caught, he swore revenge on Harrison. He's gotta go."

Doug-"Definitely, but he can't now, he's Lead Investigator."

Stacey-"I know, that's the downfall. Someone who deserves to stay right now is about to leave. But who's the biggest threat?"

Doug-"Maybe Frank? He is a former cop."

Stacey-"Deanna? She sat back a lot last round and made it through. She could ride along to the end."

Doug-"Good point. You know, I'll talk to a couple of people and maybe we can get one of them out. See how a few others feel."

Stacey-"Ok. Now I'm gonna go and sleep."

Doug-"Same. See you in a bit."
-
The group got showered and dressed up for the benefit for the Bundy's. They filed back into the Briefing Room. Gary stood in his usually spot behind the table and spoke to the group.

Gary-"Ok, I see everyone is doing better since this morning. I hate to do this, but immediately after the benefit, we have the matter of opening the envelopes as soon as we get back. Until then, you guys can have some fun, but remember this is a perfect time to see our suspects. We still haven't met all of them, and this is the best time to see what makes them tick. Don't be afraid to question them. The vans are outside. See you guys at 8:00."

They filed out and hopped into waiting cars and drove off to The Hot Spot where the benefit would be taking place. When they arrived, they saw a man with an impressive black mustache with subtle hints of gray in it. He wore a white shirt with a pair of black dress pants, and the small pin on his shirt from the post office made it clear he is Walter DuChamps. He was mumbling to himself and seemed extremely nervous.

The group walked inside and found several town members, as well as the other suspects. Walter walked in, still mumbling to himself.

Walter-"No, no, no. Don't say that."

Frank-"The way Walter was talking to himself, in public like that. Seems highly suspicious."

Cooper Davis was up on stage with a guitar. Sydney was next to him at a microphone singing a song they wrote together. Across the room was a lady ordering a drink from the bartender. She had long brunette hair and was wearing a white and black stripped dress. He is a nice guy with his hair in short dreadlocks. He wore a light blue shirt with a dark blue tie.

Lady-"Thanks Tyrone. And great job putting this all together."

Bartender-"Well thank you Jennifer, but really, the whole town helped pitch in to help set it up. I'm just the guy with the club."

They both laughed. They are Jennifer Harris and Tyrone Cribbs.

After Sydney and Cooper finished, Cooper reached into his back pocket. He quickly swung his guitar to his side, and fell to a knee. Sydney turned toward him, expecting to see him eye to eye. Once she realized he was lower than expected, she gasped and covered her mouth with her hands.

Cooper had a ring in one hand, and a microphone in the other.

Cooper-"Sydney, with everything happening, I've realized that tomorrow is not guaranteed. Tonight, with the celebration of life, I want to have you for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?"

She didn't answer. She threw herself to him and kissed him. It was Sydney's way of saying 'Yes!'.

After the clapping, the Mayor walked up to the front of the stage. The DJ that was going to take over after the song handed him a microphone and he started talking to the group of people.

Daniel-"Good evening everyone. Before we continue, please give a hand to Cooper Davis and Sydney Shields for that fine performance and on their engagement."

Everyone clapped, and when done, the Mayor spoke again.

Daniel-"We are all here to pay respect to Ashley and Matthew Bundy. Umm... Goodbyes are never easy, especially in such a small town like this where we all basically know each other. When one is gone, there is no cure for the sadness. Hopefully tonight, we take one step in the healing process towards happiness again and we bring the peace back to our town. Here's to Matthew, Ashley, and to those affected by this horrible crime."

He raised a glass into the air. Everyone else followed suit.

Daniel-"This benefit is for them. May they never leave our sides."

The Mayor finished his toast, people applauded, and they started eating. Tiffany and Spencer stood behind a table serving the food. Since it was starting to get warmer out, they decided to do a cook out. Hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, grilled chicken, ribs, corn on the cob, fresh salad. The investigators each grabbed some food and took their seats. It wasn't long before Mitchell and Harrison both starred at each other, as if they both had the same idea.

Harrison-"Excuse me everyone."

Mitchell-"Pardon me."

They both left the group and walked away. The other investigators looked at each other, asking what they were doing. It was when they saw Harrison and Mitchell sit with Jennifer Harris, Cooper Davis, and Sydney Shields that they figured it out.

Deanna-"Let's do the same."

Chrissy, Doug, and Frank walked off in one direction towards Tiffany and Spencer. Kristen, Stacey, and Deanna walked off towards Tyrone. Benjamin sat at the table by himself. He decided to get up and talk with Brad Stokely.

Harrison-"Do you all mind if we sit with you all?"

Jennifer-"No, by all means. Please join us."

They took their seats and started eating. It wasn't long until the questions started.

Mitchell-"Before I forget, my name is Mitchell Kennedy, and this is Harrison Adams. We are in the town to help solve the murders."

Sydney-"Oh, that's awesome. How's everything going?"

Harrison-"Difficult, trust me."

Sydney-"Well, I wish you guys luck."

Harrison-"Thanks. Now, if you don't mind, we actually have to ask you some questions."

Cooper-"Go on. Fire away."
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Chrissy, Doug, and Frank stopped at the serving table that Tiffany and Spencer were just finishing handing out the food.

Chrissy-"You guys did all this? It's amazing!"

Tiffany-"Well there is more of us at the diner than just the 2 of us, but some people did stop by to help out. Tyrone came by, and so did Cooper and Sydney."

Chrissy-"That's so incredible."

Spencer-"It is. When one town member is hurting, we all get together to support."

Frank-"I hate to ruin the talk, I'm sorry, but can we talk to you 2 for a little bit?"

Tiffany-"Yes, sure. Let us just grab a little something to eat and we'll sit at that table over there."
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Kristen, Stacey, and Deanna walked up to Tyrone. He was at the bar, still pouring drinks.

Stacey-"Hey, is there a way we can chat with you for a bit?"

Tyrone-"Yeah, just give me five minutes."

Tyrone made drinks for the few people waiting in line still. Once done, he set a sign up that said 'Be Back in 5 Minutes' and proceeded to talk with the group of girls.

Tyrone-"Now what may I don't for you lovely ladies?"

Deanna-"We hate to bother you, but we just wanna talk to get to know you."

Tyrone-"Ok, that's cool with me."
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Benjamin found Brad. He had already knocked back 5 beers and was in the process of finishing off his sixth one when Benjamin sat near him.

Benjamin-"Hey, mind if we chat for a little?"

Brad-"I already spoke to your idiot friends the other day. What else do you want?

Benjamin-"I just want to know why you are so bitter. You yell at us, you start arguments  with others, I just want to know why."

Brad-"You wanna know why? Oh, I'll tell you!"
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Mitchell-"Well, Jennifer, when we went through the Bundy's home, we found a check for $2,500 from you. What exactly was that for?"

Jennifer-"Oh, wow. Just, you know, for a repair."

Harrison-"A repair?"

Jennifer-"Yes. My dishwasher broke and he fixed it."

Harrison-"That seems like a lot for just a dishwasher."

Jennifer-"He tried fixing the old one, but he couldn't fix it. He went out, bought a new one and installed it for me. I paid for the original repair, the new one, and for him to install it for me. Oh, I'm sorry, please excuse me."

Jennifer got up from the table and walked, quickly, away from the group.

Cooper-"Well, I heard that money was for something different."
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Tiffany and Spencer sat at a table with Chrissy, Doug, and Frank.

Tiffany-"So what's up guys?"

Frank-"We wanted you to give us a feel on the townspeople and yourselves."

Tiffany-"Oh, ok. Well, I've been living here my entire life and I've owned and operated The Shaw Shack for the past 8 years."

Spencer-"I've lived here years ago. Just moved back here about 5 years ago. Been working at the diner as a cook and server for about as long now."

Doug-"Thanks. Now, do you know anyone that seems suspicious?"

Spencer-"Well, there is this one guy. He walks into the diner, mumbles incoherently and then leaves. The mailman, Walter."

Tiffany-"Aww, don't say that. Yes, he's a little bizarre with the mumbling, but he doesn't seem like the type to hurt anyone. He seems really sweet."

Spencer-"Tiffany, think about it though; He walks in, mumbles to himself for 5 minutes, drops the mail off and rushes out the door again. I'm not trying to sound mean or anything, but that's got crazy written all over it."

Doug-"Is there anyone else you can think of?"

Spencer and Tiffany looked at each other and thought the exact thing.

Tiffany-"Brad Stokely. He's bitter and mad like, all the time."
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Deanna-"We wanted to ask you about the townspeople."

Tyrone-"There is some I like, some I can tolerate, and some I can't stand."

Stacey-"Who can't you stand?"

Tyrone-"Well, for starters, Brad Stokely and Matthew Bundy."

The ladies 3 thought about the names he just said. While Tyrone seemed nice, they all thought the same thing; Did he do it?

Kristen-"So, um, what reasons is that for?"

Tyrone-"Well, they're both alcoholics. Can't tell you how many times I've kicked them out for fighting with others. Hell, they tried getting me shut down several times. They had my liquor license questioned, the kitchen was inspected because of under cooked food, even the Fire Marshal got involved at one point too. One of them claimed the building wasn't up to code and couldn't hold a large amount of people as it posed a safety issue."

Kristen-"I'm not trying to say they didn't do it, but how do you know that it was the 2 of them?"

Tyrone-"There was a night a few months back. The 2 of them came in, like they'd usually do and grab drinks together after a long work day. They drank, and drank, and ate, and drank. Then someone else came up to the bar to order a burger, and Brad shoved them. Thought he was talking smack about him. This dude shoved back, and out of nowhere Matthew came up and decked this guy in the face. Broken nose and teeth. Guys friends saw it and a massive brawl breaks out. Called the police as soon as Bundy landed that punch. Somehow Brad and Matthew cleaned house. 5 on 2 and they still whooped them. I gave my statement to the cops and the 2 of them were arrested on a couple of charges; disturbing the peace, assault, and public intoxication. Thank God they were arrested because I know they drove here and I don't think they were planing on getting a designated driver that night. Anyway, the cops throw the cuffs on and take them away. The 2 of them are yelling at me that they'd bring me down and get me shut down. Couple days later, my first complaint comes my way."

Kristen-"Oh wow. That makes sense."

Tyrone-"Yeah. Now, that first complaint that came in, it was the first complaint this place ever received. 7 years this place has been opened, never a complaint or even a violation. Now after these 2 get arrested, in comes the complaint and the Health Inspector saying that I served undercooked food and someone almost died. Few days later, apparently my liquor licenses are forged. A little bit later, I'm getting a visit from the Fire Marshal. I apparently allowed a 300 person concert with pyrotechnics in here on a night we were closed. With that one, don't know how, but we were fined $5,000 for it. A concert that never happened! No proof except for a statement from 'someone who was at the concert' that night who claimed they got injured at it."

Deanna-"Do you know who that was?

Tyrone-"Nope. Not a clue. Report was made in confidentiality."
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Cooper-"Now, I'm not sure, but my friend's brother attends Sunrise Ridge High where she teaches. Apparently, the rumor going around was that she slept with a student."

Harrison-"Are you serious?"

Sydney-"Yes. I heard the same thing."

Mitchell-"So, that money is for blackmail?"

Cooper-"I'm assuming. Unless she's telling the truth about the dishwasher. Like I said, it's a rumor. Last year the rumor was that the principal had sex with the gym teacher dressed in mascot costume."

Sydney-"Yeah, the year we graduated, the rumor was that one of the students was actually a 45 year old that got cosmetic surgery and wanted to relieve their youth."

Mitchell-"High School is a lot different than I remember it. Most I had in school was we had my senior class show up early and park their cars in the faculty parking lot."

Harrison-"Some idiot threw a couple of stink bombs in the air vents my senior year.... They never caught me."

The group of them laughed at Harrison's comment. The laughter was short though.
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Brad stood up, bobbled a bit from the beer, and yelled at Benjamin.

Brad-"No one in this town deserves to live and breathe! They are as clueless as the corrupt mayor that they follow like the dumb little sheep they are! It's incredible that anyone in this town knows how to tie their own shoes! If it wasn't for the fact that my business is set up here, I'd have moved away years ago! This town is trying to celebrate lost life, but in reality it's a lost life in Matthew and a wasted life in Ashley!"

Cooper-"Hey! Why don't you shut the hell up for once in your miserable life!"

Sydney-"Cooper, please don't get into it with him. He's drunk and is just trying to start a fight."

Brad-"How about you put that dog on a leash, little boy, and keep your comments to yourself before I put you in your place like your daddy should of!"

Daniel McGee-"Sir, please, calm down and..."

Brad-"Shut the hell up McGee! Like I need a crook like you to tell me what to do!"

Cooper-"Hey Brad!"

Brad turned around and was met with a right hook to the face from Cooper. He stumbled backwards a tiny bit before regaining his balance. It was incredible that he remained standing not only because of the punch, but also because of the fact that he drank 6 beers and his world was probably already spinning before the punch hit him.

Brad saw the 27 year old, spit the blood out of his mouth, and went after Cooper. He put his shoulder into Cooper's stomach and ran him backwards a bit before both went down. Brad was on top of Cooper and delivered a hell of a punch to Cooper's face. Blood instantly came from his nose. Brad was not done though. He hit him several more times.

Cooper was able to grab a bottle and defend himself from Brad's punches. He swung it and cracked it across Brad's head. Once Brad fell over, it was Cooper's turn to land some hits. A right, a left, and another right. Cooper backed off. He was sure he knocked out Brad cold. However, Brad somehow sat up and then proceeded to stand up.

Brad-"Is that all you got you little bitch?! Ashley's dead body can hit harder than you!?"

Cooper went after him again and at this moment several towns people and the investigators stepped into stop the 2 men.

Daniel McGee-"Get out of here! I will NOT tolerate this behavior!"

Brad was quickly shown the door.

Brad-"Yeah, yeah. I'm leaving. Better hope I don't ever see you again or you'll be the next death in this town!"

Brad walked out, amazingly, under his own power. Before he could be stopped, though, he jumped into his pickup truck and sped off. Sydney sat down next to Cooper.

Sydney-"Cooper, babe, are you ok?"

Cooper-"Yeah, why, what happened?"

Cooper smiled when he said it. Sydney punched him in the arm for trying to mess with her. Daniel McGee grabbed the microphone from the DJ.

Daniel-"Alright, ladies and gentlemen, I, uhh.... I think that is the signal for the end of the festivities. Thank you all for coming out. We raised enough money for Ashley's funeral cost and for when we hopefully recover Matthew. Goodnight everyone.

The guest all left, Cooper was helped to his car by Tyrone and Sydney. She took his keys to drive the 2 of them back to their apartment.

Kristen-"Cooper, shouldn't you go to the doctor? You might have a broken nose and concussion."

Cooper-"I'm good. Trust me. I just need some ice and maybe a steak on my eye and I should be good to go. Thanks for caring though."

They left and the group gathered back to the vans and started off to the Headquarters.

Chrissy-"I just thought of something. What if Cooper didn't want to go to the doctor's because he felt he wouldn't get back in time for the Killer's Game."

Doug-"Great point. Wish he did go now. We could possibly eliminate 2 suspects tonight if we get the question right when we get back."
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Doug-"The vote tonight is gonna be one of the hardest ones probably. Everyone was on their A-Game these last few days and it's gonna be hard to pick."

Frank-"I don't know what's going to happen in that vote tonight. I just hope it's not me."

The group walked up the stairs and into the Briefing Room. Gary was waiting behind the table and, once everyone took their seat, he started talking to them.

Gary-"Ok guys, welcome back. I hope we met some of the suspects."

Harrison-"Mitchell and I went off and talked to Jennifer Harris, Sydney Shields, and Cooper Davis. We asked Jennifer about the check we found and she quickly told us before running off it was for a dishwasher repair. Once she left, Cooper and Sydney told us about a rumor about how she slept with a student."

Mitchell-"They then told us about how every year their is a major rumor that goes around the school. One year was the principal wearing the mascot costume and they had sex with the gym teacher while wearing it."

Stacey-"Kristen, Deanna and I spoke to Tyrone. He can't stand Matthew and Brad because they are both drunks. They got into a fight at his bar a few months ago and got arrested. They blamed Tyrone for it and filed numerous complaints against The Hot Spot. One ended up costing Tyrone $5,000 in fines."

Frank-"Chrissy, Doug and I talked to Tiffany Shaw and Spencer Stevens. We asked if their was anyone they saw as suspicious and Spencer said Walter DuChamps. Tiffany tried to defend him, but Spencer said that his stuttering and nervousness seemed off to him. They did both agree that Brad is probably the major one to watch out for because of the fights he starts."

Benjamin-"Oh he started a fight alright. I went to talk to him and he was already in his sixth beer when I got to him. I asked why he's so mad and he flipped at me, he yelled at Cooper and Sydney, then got into a legit fist fight with Cooper that we had to break up."

Gary-"Wow, you guys did seem to have your hands full tonight. Great job out there. Unfortunately, now we have the matters of the envelopes to deal with now."

Gary walked over to the evidence locker and took the red envelope out, walked with it back to the table, and grabbed a pair of scissors. He spoke while cutting it open across the top, again with care to make sure he didn't cut up the question.

Gary-"Remember, the Killer has said there is a question and if answered correctly, they will clear one of the suspects."

He reached in and pulled the brown paper out. Gary unfolded it and was met with the label maker words.

Gary-"The questions is; 'WHAT 3 SUSPECTS WERE AT THE SHAW SHACK TO HELP TIFFANY AND SPENCER?'. I'm going to bring up the address."

Gary clicked a few buttons, typed a few keys, and a Matrix like grid appeared once again, followed by a single lime green line for the answer.

Benjamin-"Does anybody know who they are?"

Chrissy-"I know she said Tyrone showed up. Makes sense because his club hosted the event..... Ugh, I can't remember the other 2 names."

Frank-"Pretty sure the young girl, what's her name... Sydney was one. Who was the other?"

Doug-"I don't remember the names she said, but if your sure Sydney was one of them, I can bet Cooper is the other one. They are a couple, right? It makes sense to me."

Frank-"I'm more than certain they said Sydney."

Deanna-"We saw them at the town meeting the other day sitting together, so I wouldn't be surprised if they were together helping Tiffany and Spencer. "

Gary-"So are those 3 your answers, guys?"

Harrison-"I'll side with you guys on those 3."

Stacey-"Same here."

Benjamin-"Ok, we'll say Sydney, Tyrone, and Cooper. That's our answer."

Gary-"Very well. I'll send it off."

Gary typed the 3 names into the computer. On the screen, the group saw the words 'SYDNEY, TYRONE, AND COOPER' appear letter by letter. Gary hit send, and the Matrix grid of letters and numbers flashed across the screen. Everyone held their breath as the screen continued to flash. Fingers were soon crossed and prayers were said quietly in their minds. After a few seconds, which seemed like an eternity, the message finally appeared to them.....




YOUR ANSWER IS CORRECT; A SUSPECT WILL BE CLEARED.



The group clapped and cheered. They all hugged each other, and gave an even bigger hug to Chrissy, Doug and Frank. The picture of the cleared suspect then popped up on the screen.



SUSPECT CLEARED; GEORGINA SEEGER. WIDOW



Gary-"Excellent job guys! Great teamwork all around! We can now clear Georgina."

Gary then pulled a red sharpie out and drew a red X over the picture of Georgina, the person that found the body of Ashley, effectively clearing the widow of the wrong doing.

Gary-" That was great teamwork and deduction to figure out the names, guys. I'm really proud of you all on that. Now, sadly, the fun must end. We gotta open up the black envelope. Remember, you can not vote for Benjamin. Tonight, we'll start with Chrissy."

Chrissy made her way to the voting booth just outside the Briefing Room. Once inside the sound proof room, she could speak her mind and freely choose who to vote to go out.

She thumbed through the pictures several times before she found a picture she wanted. She placed it behind her in the frame.

Chrissy-"I have zero idea who to pick tonight, but I have to pick, and I'm sorry Stacey, your my vote tonight."

She took it down and slid it into the slot of the voting box outside the room. Mitchell walked in after her, sat on the stool and went through his photos.

Mitchell-"Wow this is hard. I figure we got to start going after who we perceive as strong. Only problem is that everybody was on their game these last few days. With that being said, Frank seemed like the strongest being he's a former officer, so Frank, I'm sorry, but you're my pick."

Mitchell put his vote in and next was Stacey. She stayed silent and simply put  Deanna's picture up and walked out. Harrison walked in after her.

Harrison-"This is my first time voting tonight, and I hope I'm making the right choice. I'm gonna vote for Deanna. You were quiet last round and it was Chrissy, Frank, and Doug to answer the question today. I'm sorry."

He walked out and in walked Frank.

Frank-"Last round, I picked between 2 people. This week, I pick out of 7. That's how good we all were. This time, I just gotta go with Kristen. I think she might have been the worst of the best. Nothing against the young lady at all, but I just don't know who to vote for."

He walked out and Kristen took her place inside the booth.

Kristen-"We gotta start playing by who's a threat and who's not at some point. Tonight, I play that and, sadly, my pick is Frank. He's a great guy but he's the strongest player here being a former cop. He could win it all if we don't get rid of him."

Kristen put her vote in the box and Deanna walked in. She sat with her head in her hands for a few seconds before she placed a picture in silence and left. Doug was the last to walk in. He looked over his pictures and decided on his vote.

Doug-"This is insanity. To whoever goes out, I'm sorry, we all deserve to stay, but someone's gotta go. In this case, I'm sorry Deanna."

He walked out, placed the vote in the box, and walked back into the Briefing Room to his seat.

Gary-"What I need you all to do is turn around please while I count the votes. Please do not turn back around until you are instructed."

The investigators turned around and faced the back of the room. Gary left the room and retrieved the voting box from the voting booth. He returned and unlocked the box and took the pictures out one by one. Gary placed each vote in a corresponding pile. A vote in one pile, another vote in a different pile. He had a few piles on his table, and the results were tallied.

Gary-"Please turn around."

The group turned back to face him, a picture against his stomach.

Gary-"I have counted the votes, and by a vote of 3-3-1-1, we have a tie."

The group gasped. Gary showed that instead of 1, he had 2 pictures.

Gary-"That tie is between.... Frank and Deanna."

Both of them stood up.

Gary-"Now, in the case of a tie, the Lead investigator must break it. Benjamin, please."

Benjamin walked up and stood in front of the table.

Benjamin-"I really wish it was someone else I could pick. I don't want to choose between the 2 of you. I sadly do, and I have to pick...... Frank."

Frank nodded and Deanna sat back down.

Gary-"Frank, you will be playing the Killer's Game tonight, but you will not be playing alone. Benjamin, I need you to pick one other person to play the Killer's Game tonight."

Benjamin-"Like I said, I wish their was someone else tied so I could pick the 2 I wanted to go out tonight. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, but I can send 1 of them out. Out of the 2 people I wanted to send out, my choice for the Killer's Game tonight is Harrison."

Harrison laughed a little and stood up, smiling.

Gary-"Harrison, you will be playing the Killer's Game along side Frank tonight. Benjamin, if you please."

Gary used the scissors to open the black envelope. Out came 2 smaller black envelopes.

Gary-"The Killer has said that at one location will be an important clue. At the other, the Killer will be waiting, and one of you will not be coming back. Benjamin, I need you to hand one to the groups choice, Frank, and the other to your choice, Harrison."

Benjamin thought it over. Which map would lead to the clue and which would lead to the Killer? He then handed Frank one map and Harrison the other.

Gary-"Please open your maps and tell us where you are going."

Both men open the black bag like envelopes and pulled the brown paper out.

Frank-"I'll be heading to the Farm on Kovick Drive."

Harrison-"I'm going to the local Gym on Lambert Street."

Gary-"Very well. You guys have just over an hour to pack before your rides show up. Before you pack, I need you to go back to the voting booth to record your Last Will and Testament. If you do not return, you are responsible to name the next Lead Investigator."
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Harrison-"I'm a little surprised, but then again I'm not. I knew it was either Mitchell or I going the moment Benjamin was named Lead Investigator. It sucks, but what are you gonna do?"

Harrison started packing his bag. Soon after Mitchell walked in.

Mitchell-"Hey, good luck tonight, kid."

Harrison-"Thank man. By the way, I want you to know I stuck to the deal. If Frank comes back, you're the next Lead Investigator."

Mitchell-"Thanks Harrison."

Just then, Frank walked in to start his packing.

Harrison-"Hey Frank."

Frank-"Hi guys. Good luck tonight Harrison."

Harrison-"Thanks, you too."

The two men shook hands. Harrison finished packing and Mitchell and him helped Frank pack his bag.

Harrison-"I'm sorry you gotta do this tonight. You're a great investigator."

Mitchell-"I feel bad too. It should be me going out honestly."

Frank-"Guys, it's ok. I knew it was gonna happen at some point. Just hoped it wasn't this soon."

Mitchell-"Let's make a pack, right now. Which ever of you comes back, we work together to make it to the end. Take out Benjamin, everyone else, and catch the killer."

Frank-"That sounds good to me."

Harrison-"Same here. Good luck guys."

The 3 men shook hands, cementing their pack.

Frank-"I know that, after tonight, I'm a threat to the others for being a former officer. I knew that coming in, and I hoped it wouldn't bite me but it did, and earlier then I wanted it too. If I am to go home tonight, I'd wouldn't be upset. I'd actually be happy because I know they see me as a strong force and, after the other night with getting the envelopes, I'd rather get my sleep back and enjoy my retirement. Haha."
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 09, 2019, 08:55:00 PM
At 11:00 PM, the 2 taxis pulled up to the Headquarters. Both Frank and Harrison gave their hugs and said their goodbyes. The men walked outside to the cabs. Frank and Harrison shook hands and gave each other a hug before they got into their cab.

Frank-"The Farm on Kovick Drive, please."

Harrison-"Hey, I need to go to the Gym on Lambert Street please."

The 2 taxi cabs left in opposite directions. Only one will make the trip back.

At 11:19 PM, Frank's cab pulled up to the farm.

3 minutes later, Harrison's cab pulled up to the gym.

Harrison-"Hey, are you gonna leave and come back or stay or what?"

Cabbie-"I'm gonna wait here for about an hour. I believe that's enough time, right?"

Harrison-"Sure hope so. Thanks."

Frank got out, and walked up to the barn.

Harrison walked up to the doors of the gym.

Frank opened the barn door and walked in.

Harrison saw a noose to the left of the door. It held the key. He unlocked the door and walked in.

Frank shined his flashlight around the hay bales. He walked through and out the back door.

Harrison walked up to the sign in desk. He took a left and started looking.

Frank saw a second barn and started walking towards it.

Harrison saw a door. He walked through and found treadmills.

Frank walked into the second barn and found the farm equipment.

Harrison walked back out and down the stairs to the locker rooms.

Frank walked past the tractor and saw something hanging on the wall.

Harrison saw something hanging on the wall between the 2 locker rooms.

Frank read a brown paper nailed to the wall. It said 'HEAD TO THE FARM HOUSE. OUT THIS DOOR TO THE RIGHT' in the traditional label maker words. He walked out and to the house.

Harrison read the paper duct taped to the wall. It read 'GO THROUGH THE MEN'S LOCKER ROOM TO THE POOL'. He went through the door.

Frank found the door unlocked and walked into the living room.

Harrison walked past the lockers and past the shower stalls to the pool door.

Frank walked down the hall to another room, and here he saw the X.

Harrison got to the pool deck, and saw an X hanging by the pool office.

Frank shined his light on his clue; a family portrait. He looked at it, questioning it to himself.

Harrison saw his clue; a sheet of paper. It was the notes to a song. He looked at it, confused.

An investigator turned to start to leave, when suddenly a door flew open. A green glow ran out from behind the door and ran up to the unfortunate investigator. The investigator did not scream, but knew it was the end.

FLASH! BANG!

The man that survived took their clue, looked around, and retraced their steps back to their waiting car.
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The 7 other investigators sat in the Briefing Room waiting. Not a lot of talking had gone on, aside from who the Killer could be. In the final minutes before the cab with the surviving investigator returned, the entire room was deathly quiet. The sound of the cab pulling up and it's door closing broke the dense silence. The Headquarters door open, closed, and the footsteps were the only sounds that rang out in the building. Finally the surviving investigator walked into the room and placed their clue down.

Investigator-“I’m back, and I’m not going anywhere."

After he placed the clue on the table, Harrison shook Gary’s hand.

13 Suspects and 8 Investigators Remain.

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Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 16, 2019, 08:04:14 PM
There will be killing till the score is paid.
-Homer (The Odyssey)


Episode 3; Now Its Getting Fun

Last time on Murder in Small Town X;

The group was treated to a breakfast from the local diner owned by suspect Tiffany Shaw and her employee Spencer Stevens, as well as an invitation.
Spencer-"Tomorrow at 5:00 is a benefit for the Bundy's at The Hot Spot."

A new Lead Investigator spelt trouble for some.
Heidi-"So seeing that a good investigator got sent out with someone else doing an excellent job, I will be naming that person as the Lead Investigator, and that is Benjamin."

The groups did their investigative work, and found out about suspect Brad.
Diane-"He was working one night and... and I found him cheating on me. His former secretary on his desk."

As well as his and Matthew's theories on Mayor Daniel McGee.
Brad-"You see, this idiot had a chance to fix the polling machines."

And at the benefit, the investigators had to break up a fight between Brad and Cooper.
Brad turned around and was met with a right hook to the face from Cooper.

When the investigators returned, they were able to eliminate widow Georgina Seeger by ways of the Killer Question, and after a tie in voting between Deanna and Frank, Lead Investigator Benjamin choose Frank to go out and then picked Harrison go out out as well. Harrison came back with his clue at the Gym, while the retired officer bought the farm at the Farm, and was eliminated from the game.

Now, only 13 suspects and 8 investigators remain.


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In the quiet town of Sunrise Ridge, a Killer is on the loose. A reward has been offered to 10 ordinary people;

Deanna
Benjamin
Chrissy
Frank
Stacey
Harrison
Kristen
Doug
Heidi
Mitchell

They have been sent to Sunrise Ridge to play the Killer's twister game. Now, they must enter the mind of a Killer and solve the mystery, or else they will be eliminated, one by one.


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Benjamin-I sent Both Frank and Harrison out last night. Frank was a big threat, and Harrison doesn't know whats good for the sake of the group. Still, a big threat is gone at least."

Harrison-"We made a pack last night. Frank and I agreed that, whichever of us returned, we'd work with Mitchell to get rid of Benjamin and win the game. Frank, we won't let you down."

Deanna-"I saw my picture up there with Frank's and my heart stopped for a good minute until Benjamin picked Frank to go. I feel like I need to work harder to stay in this game."

At 8:30 AM, Spencer and Tiffany had just dropped off breakfast for the group. Harrison was the first person in the kitchen. 10 minutes later, Chrissy walked in.

Chrissy-"Wow, you're up early."

Harrison-"Its hard to sleep after a night like last night."

Chrissy-"How bad is it?"

Harrison-"It's bad. Pitch black. Just a flashlight."

Chrissy-"Oh my God!"

Chrissy-"I have a lot of respect for Benjamin and Harrison. They both returned to the game after going out. It seems so terrifying. I don't wanna know how scared Heidi and Frank were."

The rest of the group came in and grabbed their food; pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, tea, coffee, milk and orange juice. Everybody stocked up and made their way upstairs to the Briefing Room. Gary was waiting there at his usual spot.

Gary-"Good morning everyone. Now, we played the Killer's Game again last night, and a round of applause goes out to Harrison for returning. However, we sadly lost another member of our team; Frank Williams."

It was at this point Gary took the name plate that was on Frank's desk and placed it on the board behind of his table in the left corner. Gary had written 'In Memoriam' in the upper corner and placed the name plate under it. The only names up there were Frank's and Heidi's, who was eliminated before him. He returned to his stop behind the table.

Gary-"So, Harrison, what did you find last night?"

Harrison-"The cabbie dropped me off just short of the gym. I walked up to the front door and a key was hanging on a noose. I go in, found the treadmills, then found the locker rooms. A sign duct taped to the wall told me to go through the men's locker room to the pool deck. When I got there, I saw the X hanging by the aquatic office. I walk over there and found a sheet of paper attached to it."

Gary-"Great job last night. Now, this sheet of paper is for a song. That song is 'Bridal Chorus', which is more commonly known as 'Here Comes the Bride'. What can we make on that?"

Benjamin-"The Killer was going to be a bride?"

Gary-"Good idea. Our Killer could have been a bride."

Deanna-"Oh! Last night, Sydney and Cooper got engaged just shortly after we got there! This may be pointing to her!"

Doug-"Diane was married to Brad. Maybe it's a nod towards her as well."

Gary-"Great ideas guys. Now, before we get to the tracks, we need to find out who our next Lead Investigator is, and to find out, we will watch the Last Will and Testament of Frank."

He stepped over to the computer, clicked a few icons, and Frank appeared to the group. He clicked play on the video.

Frank-"Well... I never thought I'd be sitting in here this early in this game. I really hope I come back. If I don't, well then I wish that Doug will be the new Lead Investigator. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and is very responsible. He seems like a great choice."

Gary-"Doug, congratulations. Please come up here."

Doug-"That was completely unexpected. I was expecting one of the girls, maybe even Mitchell. I'm shocked. Thank you Frank."

Doug stood next to Gary at the table.

Gary-"Today's Tracks are as follows; Track 1, I want you to meet up Tiffany and Spencer at the Shaw Shack. They gave us some insight on Walter, maybe while you're there he'll show up and you can see first hand what they mean. Track 2, I want to send you to the funeral for Ashley. It's a combined funeral and memorial for her and Matthew. Some suspects will possibly be there, so it's a good chance to talk to them. Track 3, I want you to go speak with the Mayor. He has been accused of rigging the mayoral election, so your job will be to question him about that. Doug, what I need you to do assign 2 people to go to meet with Tiffany and Spencer, 3 people to go to the funeral, and 2 people to go talk to the Mayor."

Doug-"Let's send Kristen and Chrissy to meet Tiffany and Spencer. Harrison, Stacey and Benjamin to the funeral. That leaves Deanna and Mitchell to go to see the Mayor."

Gary-"Very well. Now 2 things; keep in mind that any suspect might make a mention of any clue the Killer has left us. Do not mention anything about the Killer Clues to them, they might get suspicious, and as well, remember, if you are alone, you are at risk from the killer. Get to it guys."

The groups set out to the vans to continue their work.

Track 1 arrived at the diner. A large sign hanging on the side said "Shaw Shack Diner" which welcomed them to their destination. Kristen and Chrissy stepped out of their van and walked in to the diner. They were greeted by a waitress shortly after taking their seats.

Waitress-"Hey, good morning ladies. What can I start you off with today?"

Chrissy-"Can I just get a coffee please? Little milk."

Waitress-"Not a problem. And you for you ma'am?"

Kristen-"Can I have a hot tea with lemon?"

Waitress-"Not a problem."

Kristen-"Well, this part might be a problem; We also need to see Tiffany Shaw and Spencer Stevens. Could you possibly get them for us as well."

Waitress-"That won't be a problem at all. I'll get you your drinks first then Tiffany and Spencer."

Kristen and Chrissy-"Thank you!"
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Harrison, Stacey, and Benjamin sat in silence on their way to the funeral. Stacey knew it was quiet for the fact that Harrison and Benjamin were at war with each other.

Stacey-"What in the world was Doug thinking? These 2 hate each other and he teamed them up on this track together. I just hope I don't have to play peacemaker."

Harrison-"When Doug team Benjamin and I up on the tracks, I think he did it in a way to keep himself safe at the next vote by having both of us fight and they all vote us all o leave."

Benjamin-"I wanted to get up and punch Doug square in the mouth! How dare he team me up with Harrison!"

They arrived at the cemetery for the funeral of Ashley and for Matthew's memorial service. A small group was gathered at the plot as the investigators walked up to them. Tyrone Cribbs was there, as well as Sydney and Cooper, who was also sporting a big, bruised black eye from his fight with Brad the night before. Georgina Seeger was also there to pay her respects, as well as Rachel Neary. Before they could talk to any of the suspects, or anyone for that matter, the Reverend Wayne Connors led the way as the pallbearers carried the casket containing Ashley Bundy. They placed her at the plot and left as quickly as they showed up.

Wayne Connors-"Good morning. We have all gathered here to pay our respects and say goodbye to Ashley Bundy and Matthew Bundy. Alas, only Ashley is able to join us today. This unspeakable tragedy has taken the lives of our 2 friends. Matthew was only 42. Ashley was only 40. Still so young, full of life.....

CRASH!!!!!!

A large vodka bottle smashed against a tree, shattering into thousands of tiny pieces. The mourners all covered their heads as the glass shrapnel went flying in each direction. A man's voice started yelling.

Man-"SHE CAN'T BE GONE! SHE JUST CAN'T!"

The group look over and noticed Jeffery Ardis.
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Deanna and Mitchell arrived at the Town Hall. They walked up the stairs and into the building and immediately found the desk clerk.

Deanna-"Hello, we need to speak with Mayor Daniel McGee."

Clerk-"Do you have an appointment?"

Deanna-"Well, not exactly."

Clerk-"I'm sorry, but you can't see the Mayor without an appointment."

Mitchell-"Is their any chance we could? We're with the investigation going on and we had a couple of questions to throw by him."

Clerk-"Oh, I had no idea. Give me one second."

Embarrassed, she picked up the phone and dialed the office of Mayor Daniel McGee.

Clerk-"Hi Gwen, it's Julia from downstairs...... I'm good, thanks. Listen, I have 2 of the investigators from the murder case down here with me, they want to speak with Daniel....... yeah I'll hold."

She looked up from the phone at Deanna and Mitchell. The hold music was just loud enough for the two of them to hear.

Clerk-"I'm sorry about this. Just 2 more seconds."

Deanna-"Not a problem, take your time."

Clerk-"..... Yes I'm still here........ Ok, thank you..... Bye bye."

She placed the receiver down and looked back at the investigators.

Clerk-"Sorry about that. His secretary said he got a call from someone named Gary a little while ago saying you would be stopping in. The memo never reached down here though. You're all set. Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor and his door is straight down the hall."

Mitchell and Deanna-"Thank you."
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Chrissy and Kristen's orders arrived. They weren't even able to enjoy them because Spencer and Tiffany arrived just as Kristen brought the tea to her lips.

Tiffany-"Hey ladies! How are you?"

Chrissy-"I'm fine. Thanks."

Kristen-"I'm good. So, we just wanted to come by and follow up on what you were saying about Walter from the other day."

Spencer-"The dude is a total creep."

Tiffany-"Spencer! Well... Yes, he does seem..... Off. But I don't think he'd hurt anyone."

Spencer-"Tiffany, please look at the facts. He walks in, mumbles incoherently to us, then mumbles to himself and leaves. Customers have said they're worried when he walks in."

Tiffany-"I know, I know. I just find it cute that he acts like that. He could be completely harmless."

Spencer-"Yeah, or he could be the psychopath that they are looking for."

Tiffany-"He could, but he just doesn't seem to me like he could hurt anyone."

Kristen-"Hey, is that him over there?"

The group looked out the window and saw Walter walking up to the diner. He seemed fine until he realized he was at the diner. Walter then started shaking slightly and started mumbling to himself.

Spencer-"You see that? He looks crazy doing that."

Tiffany-"Maybe he's having a nervous breakdown."

Spencer-"Maybe it's a guilty conscience."

Chrissy-"Well, he's coming in."
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Jeffery-"I LOVED HER! SHE CAN'T BE GONE!"

Wayne Connor-"My child, don't cry because she's gone. Cry because she lived."

Jeffery-"KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!! I LOST HER!! I WILL TAKE ANY AND EVERYONE DOWN!! I WAS GOING TO MARRY HER!!!"

Stacey, Benjamin, and Harrison all shot a glance at each other. Each one knew about the clue Harrison brought back, but didn't think anyone would mention it so soon.

Jeffery-"SHE WAS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!! I NEED HER BACK!!"

Wayne Connors-"Please, my child. I know it's hard. We are all in mourning here today. We all miss Ashley, and if we could bring her back we would but we can't and...."

He was cut off by Jeffery, who pushed him away. The shock of him pushing the elderly Reverend was cut short when he then started reaching into his jacket. Harrison and Benjamin, for once, got on the same page and put themselves in front of Stacey.

Jeffery-"I DON'T WANT A WORLD WITHOUT HER IN IT!"

Suddenly, Jeffery went flying to the ground. Hard. His body went to the left as his head tilted to the right. He had been football tackled.

Jack Faye-"You are under arrest!"

Officer Jack Faye happened to show up to pay his respects at just the right time. He snuck around and took Jeffery down. Harrison and Benjamin both stepped forward to assist the officer with detaining the drunk Jeffery Ardis.

Jack Faye-"What do you have on you?"

Officer Faye reached into Jeffery's coat.
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Mitchell and Deanna got off the elevator and walked down the hall to the Mayor's door. They entered and were greeted by the Mayor's secretary, a sweet lady named Joyce Piper.

Joyce-"Hello, you two are the investigators?"

Mitchell-"Yes we are. My name is Mitchell Kennedy and this is Deanna Landry."

Joyce stretched out a hand to both Mitchell and Deanna, which they reached out to as well to shake hands.

Joyce-"It is very nice to meet you both. Mr. McGee is inside waiting for you both."

Deanna-"Thank you very much."

Joyce-"No problem sweetie. If you need anything else, you know where to find me."

She smiled brightly at the two investigators as they walked into the office of Daniel McGee. They found him looking out the window, gazing at the streets of his small city while spinning his wedding ring on his finger. He heard the investigators walk in and started talking to them.

Daniel-"It's funny. You live in a place for so long. You grow up here, meet your soulmate here, marry them and start a family. I've worked and lived and breathed this city for my whole life, 52 years, and now, seemingly out of nowhere, some nut job comes in and..... You look at everyone a little differently after that."

He turned around and sat at his desk.

Daniel-"Thank you guys for coming in. Can I get you anything? Coffee, tea, whisky?"

Deanna-"Its a little early for that, don't you think sir?"

Daniel-"Mrs..... Uhh."

Deanna-"Deanna Landry."

Daniel-"My apologizes, Mrs. Landry, but you don't understand the amount of stress that's been going on here since the murders. The press, the phone calls from the public, the late nights."

Mitchell-"Pardon me, Mr. McGee, but what do you mean by late nights?"
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Walter DuChamps walked into the diner, mail in one hand, hat in the other. He walked up to the counter and handed the mail to the lady at the register.

Walter-"Ummm.... Hello, how are uhhhh.... you t-t-today?"

Megan-"I'm good. How are you today?"

Walter-"Oh, I'm uhhhh.... f-f-fine."

Walter stood there, awkwardly for a good 20 seconds before the cashier spoke up again.

Megan-"Is there anything else I can help you with?"

Walter-"Oh, ummmm... No. I mean... Uhhh..... No I'm g-g-good.... Uhhh.... Have a good day."

Walter hurried out, but stopped and looked over at the investigators, Spencer, and Tiffany. He gave a soft smile and a wave at them as his face turned red and then rushed out the door as quickly as he could.

Spencer-"That guy creeps me out."

Tiffany-"He seems sweet to me. He has to be nervous about something."

Spencer-"Then it looks like he's nervous about something every waking moment."

Tiffany-"Oh hush. He's obviously got something he's nervous about. That's why he's acting like that."

Spencer-"Tiffany, I can't remember one day when he didn't act like that."

Chrissy-"He does seem harmless, but crazy at the same time. It's difficult to get a read on him."

Kristen-"Hey guys, just wanna ask you about that fight from the benefit between Brad and Cooper. What did you think of that?"
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Officer Faye pulled out a flask from Jeffery Ardis's coat.

Jack Faye-"Are you serious? You make a threat like that and act like you're gonna pull a gun or something? You're going in the drunk tank!"

Officer took a pair of handcuffs out from his back pocket, placed them on Jeffery's hands, and led him away to his unmarked patrol car. Harrison and Benjamin followed the officer and the drunk while Stacey stayed back at the funeral, where they continued on as good as they could.

Wayne Connors-"I apologize for that. Now, back to celebrating life..."

The Reverend continued with the service, which concluded with each member of the funeral party placing a rose on the casket before it was lowered into the 6 foot deep plot.

The service ended, and Stacey looked around for Benjamin and Harrison. They were nowhere to be seen.

Stacey-"After the last vote, I know 2 things; You will get voted for if you don't do enough work, and if you work too hard, you'll still get voted for. Since Harrison and Ben aren't back yet, I have no choice but to work hard now. Hopefully everyone doesn't vote me to play the Killer's Game later."

Stacey started walking toward Rachel Neary. She knew full well that Rachel was probably not going to cooperate with her, but knowing that Heidi was gone, she hoped that it would go easier this time around. She called out to her.

Stacey-"Excuse me, Rachel."
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Daniel-"Well you see Mr..... I'm sorry I didn't catch your name as well."

Mitchell-"Mitchell Kennedy."

Daniel-"I'm sorry. You see, Mr. Kennedy, I've been stuck here every night since the murder. A lot, and I mean a lot of my time is in this office having to speak to reporters and taking to the police department about where to move on from here."

Deanna-"Mr. McGee, we completely understand. Between the 3 of us, the Killer has been playing a game. Every couple of days, the Killer sends us a red and black envelope. The red gets rid of a suspect if we answer a question correctly, and the black involves 2 maps to clues."

Daniel-"Well that doesn't sound too bad. You get 2 clues and we get closer to putting this psycho away for good."

Deanna and Mitchell looked at each other. They were able to see the look of grim in each other's faces.

Mitchell-"Not exactly, sir. You see, 2 of us have to go out to each location at night and find the clue, which is at 2 different locations. One clue is real, while the other is a decoy."

Daniel-"So 1 of you comes back empty handed?"

Mitchell-"No sir. At the decoy clue is the Killer waiting, and, well...."

Mitchell took his hand and made a cut-throat gesture to his own throat. The Mayor looked at Mitchell, then toward Deanna, whose expression of grim now had shades of fear etched within it. Slowly, Daniel McGee's eyes widened, his eyebrows so high that they might as well have been in his hair line.

Daniel-"You have to be kidding?! More murders?!"

Mitchell-"I'm afraid so. That's why we're working our hardest to figure this out before the Killer claims anymore of us."

Daniel-"That's insane! If that gets out this whole town can go under."

Deanna-"That's why we wanna question every suspect on their motives."

Daniel-"So I'm a suspect?"

Mitchell-"Unfortunately, yes sir. You were named a suspect by the Killer them self. They left us a video when we started and they said they were 1 of 15 suspects. You were one of the suspects in the video."

Daniel-"Well, I'm willing to cooperate. What do you want to know?"
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Spencer-"If you ask me, I think Brad deserved his ass whooping. He's just a straight up  horrible person."

Tiffany-"Without a doubt. He's been kicked out of places all over town. I wouldn't be surprised if he's permanently banned from The Hot Spot for life after last night."

Kristen-"Oh, believe me, what I heard from Tyrone during the benefit, he won't probably even be allowed to say the words 'The Hot Spot' ever again."

Tiffany-"If the former town judge was still alive he probably would."

Spencer-"I've heard the stories about him. He did seem like a great person."

Chrissy-"The town judge? Joseph Seeger, right?"

Tiffany-"Yeah, you've heard of him?"

Kristen-"Yeah, we went to talk to his wife after she found Ashley. Just to make sure we covered everything she found that day. Is their anyone else you can think of that might be a prime suspect?"

Spencer-"Well.... I know the Mayor might be somewhat guilty."

Chrissy-"Let me guess; the voting booths?"

Spencer-"Exactly."

Chrissy-"We're actually already looking into him."

Tiffany-"You really think McGee is guilty?"

Spencer-"Oh yeah without a doubt!"

Kristen-"Really?"

Spencer-"Well, in a way, politics is a weird, cut-throat game. There are behind the scenes dealings that we have no clue about. There are more skeletons in a politicians' closet than probably in the killer's closet. I know it's a small town mayoral gig, but you never know with them sometimes. They lie to us just like this Killer is to you. You get what I mean?"

Chrissy-"In a way, yes I do. Listen, we've taken up enough of your time so we're gonna head out."

Tiffany-"Ok, you ladies and your team are welcome anytime here. Everything's on the house while you're solve the case."

Kristen-"Oh my God, you are so sweet!"

Chrissy-"Thank you guys so much! Take care!"

Spencer-"Bye girls!"

Tiffany-"Bye ladies!"

They hugged, shook hands, and walked out of the restaurant back to their van.
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Rachel-"Oh, hello. I'm sorry but I must go."

Stacey-"No, no please. Please stay I just wanna talk for a minute."

Rachel-"I'm sorry. I don't want to be rude, but the last time I talked with you, your partner was very rude."

Stacey-"I can assure you that my partner is no longer working on this case. I just wanna talk about the case and only the case."

Rachel looked at her. She was hesitant, but shook her head in agreement.

Stacey-"All I wanna know if where you were the night of the murders."

Rachel-"I'm sorry, I know it's sounds bad, but I don't feel comfortable telling you about that info."

Stacey-"I understand dear. Can I just get some info on you then? How long you've live here and what not?"

Rachel-"Alright. I've lived here for about 15 years. I've been employed as the medical examiner for just over 10 years. I have no priors and no arrest."

Stacey-"That's perfect, hun. I'll let you be and get on your way. Have a good day."

Rachel-"Yes, you too."

Rachel quickly hurried away.

Stacey-"The way Rachel just keeps running off, I wouldn't be surprised if she did have something to do with the murders. She won't tell us where she was that night, so she is at the top of my list."

Harrison and Benjamin finally showed back up from assisting Officer Faye with Jeffery.

Stacey-"What took so long?"

Benjamin-"We talked to Jack about what was going on. He said Jeffery was gonna spend the rest of the day in the drunk tank to calm down."

Harrison-"Yeah, he tried putting up a fight. Obviously, with a cop and 2 big guys, he didn't win."

Stacey-"Well, I tried talking to Rachel again. She still wouldn't budge on telling us where she was."

Benjamin-"Well that's just great! Still nothing on her!"

It was quite obvious that Benjamin was angry.

Stacey-"Calm down, hun. I did get from her that she moved here 15 years ago and has been working where she is for 10. It's not much, but it's a start."

Harrison-"True."

The group looked around and saw that no one else was remaining at the funeral. The only person remaining was the guy that had to fill Ashley's grave plot back up.

Harrison-"It looks like everyone else has already left. I guess we should head back as well."

Benjamin-"Working the funeral was ridiculous. All we got was a drunk and a tiny bit of info from a suspect."
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Deanna-"Well, sir, we wanna know about you."

Daniel-"You wanna know more about me?"

Deanna-"Yes please."

Daniel-" Well, I've lived here nearly my entire life. My parents moved here from New Jersey when I was about a year old. I grew up in the area, went to school, Kindergarten through 12th, left and went to Yale in Connecticut. Graduated there, came home and started up into politics in the area. Worked for different areas in the Town Hall before I made my bid for Mayor a few years back. Lost a couple of times. Wasn't until the previous election I won, and I just won reelection back in November."

Mitchell-"What about your personal life? If you don't mind my asking."

Daniel-"I've been married since 1997. This is me and my loving wife, Kendra."

Daniel picked up a picture on his desk of him and his wife on their wedding day and handed it to Mitchell and Deanna.

Deanna-"Oh my, she's beautiful. You 2 make a lovely couple."

Daniel-"Thank you so much. I love her to death, but if I can be honest, she wasn't my first choice."

Mitchell-"I'm sorry?"

Daniel-"I could never tell her, but I was going to propose to my high school sweet heart while I was in college. She passed away due to a car accident during my first year at Yale. I was devastated, but you have to use tragedies like that to build yourself back up. It was also when I came back from college to attend the funeral I found her boyfriend sobbing over the casket."

Deanna-"You mean she cheated?"

Daniel-"Unfortunately, yes. She was upset when I left for college and she stayed behind and started working at the grocery store. Met a guy that worked there with her and they started falling in love. A few months later she got in a head on collision with a drunk driver."

Mitchell-"Oh wow."

Daniel-"I know, but like I said, you need to build yourself back up after the tough times. Like with the election scandal I've dealt with for the past few months. Matthew Bundy started that rumor after I won, Brad Stokely joined in, and Robbin Evans ran with it."

Deanna-"I hate to ask, but did you rig it?"

Daniel-"Absolutely not! I was talking with a teacher who showed me where the machines were being kept in the high school. We then chatted and we left the room as is. When they claimed I rigged it, they had a revote at the school, this time with the police present who collected hand written votes. Each vote was counted by hand as well, and I was STILL declared the winner. Then come the complaints that only people that voted for me were allowed into the building to vote. The vote was open to the public and announced in the Sunrise Ridge Gazette a week in advance. People came in and voted for Anderson, and at the end of the day he actually did receive more votes than the first time, however the amount of votes I had were still more. I think like 70, 80 more, I can't remember exactly. But after all that, I still get accused of rigging it."

Deanna-"That's insane."

Daniel-"You're telling me. I've dealt with a lot in my life, and I knew going into politics was going to be a handful, but to get this at a mayoral position? Didn't hear that much about it when the machines in Florida during the presidential election in 2000."

Mitchell-"Hey, we've taken up enough of your time, sir. Thank you so much for your help."

Daniel-"Not a problem. You're more than welcome back here if you need anything. Have a good day."

Deanna-"You too, sir. Thank you again."

Mitchell and Deanna shook the Mayor's hand, walked out the office past the secretary to the elevator. They rode it down to the lobby, and out the doors they went to the van.
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The investigators all arrived back to the Headquarters and filed into the Briefing Room. They took their seats and were greeted by Gary, who was standing in his usual spot at the table at the front of the room.

Gary-"Well, welcome back everyone. I hope we got some good info and insight into our case. Let's start out with Track 1. What did you guys find out there?"

Chrissy-"Kristen and I chatted with Spencer and Tiffany. Walter did show up and he acted just like they said. He mumbled and was very off. We then talked about who they thought was guilty and Spencer said the Mayor because he believes politics are shady."

Gary-"That's good work. Track 2, what did you find out at the funeral?"

Benjamin-"Not much really. Shortly after it started, Jeffery Ardis showed up drunk off his ass. He threw a liquor bottle that shattered everywhere. He reached into his jacket like he was gonna pull a gun on all of us when, and I still don't know where he came from, but Officer Faye came absolutely out of nowhere and tackled him. He pulled a flask out of his jacket and Harrison and I helped bring him to the car. He put up a hell of a fight. Officer Faye brought him to the station and was gonna put him in the drunk tank till he sobers up. We got back and everyone was gone."

Stacey-"I was able to talk to Rachel Neary. She still wouldn't budge on where she was that night and tried running off again, but I was able to convince her to give us some info on her. She told me she moved here about 15 years ago and has been working as the medical examiner for a little over 10 years. That's all I could get."

Gary-"We still got something so that's great. Excellent work you 3. Track 3, what did you get?"

Deanna-"We talked to the Mayor and he told us that he's been living here since he was a year old. He left and went to Yale, came back and got into politics. He's been married since '97, but he told us that he was going to propose to his high school sweetheart but she died while he was in college."

Mitchell-"Yeah, he also talked about the election he just won and that Stokely and Bundy accused him of tampering the machines. They had the revote and people hand wrote their choice and the guy he ran against still lost and Bundy and Stokely still said he rigged that as well."

Gray-"Great job everyone. We got a lot of ground covered today. You guys, take your break. I'll see you back here later."

The group dispersed. Gary stayed at his table, going through his paperwork of the case. Several investigators went down to the kitchen to start dinner for the group, but Benjamin and Deanna stayed behind.

Benjamin-"Hey, Deanna, can we talk for a second?"

Deanna-"Yeah Ben, what's up?"

Benjamin-"It's about the vote that's gonna happen later for the Killer's Game."

Deanna-"What do you have in mind?"

Benjamin-"We vote for Stacey."

Deanna-"Stacey? Why?"

Benjamin-"Think about this; She's had the opportunity to talk to Rachel twice and both times she got absolutely nothing from her. Everyone has gotten something from someone but she failed twice doing what she needed to do."

Deanna-"I'll keep that in mind."

Benjamin-"Ok."

Deanna-"The last time Benjamin wanted us to put someone in the Killer's Game, they answered the Killer's Question single handedly. I think Benjamin just wants to turn attention off himself so he can stay till the end."

Downstairs in the kitchen, Chrissy was chopping tomatoes and carrots for a salad when Doug came in to get the chicken for the grill outside.

Doug-"Hey, what do you think is gonna happen for the group vote? I want an idea for who I need to send out."

Chrissy-"I'm not sure right now. Off the top of my head, I'd say Deanna. She tied Frank last time and got spared by Benjamin. I'm not sure."

Doug-"If we still work together with Kristen, we can send at least one target out."

Chrissy-"True. I'll talk to her later so we can figure something out."
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The next morning at 9:00 AM, the group woke up to their usual breakfast smorgasbord provided by Tiffany and Spencer. The group was grabbing their food; pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, a fresh bowl of fruit salad, milk, tea, and orange juice. Just as the group was about to dig in, the front door suddenly opened and slammed shut. The 8 investigators all shot around and noticed the man in the doorway. It was Gary.

Gary-"Good morning. I hate to rush everyone, but please be upstairs in the next 5 minutes. We got some business to take care of."

Gary held up his right hand. A noose was clinched in his hand. At the bottom of the noose; a red envelope and a black envelope. Once again, the Killer's calling card for game time. Each investigator looked silently at the twine and colored plastic bags. In unison, they all knew they could clear a suspect and advance the case, but at what cost?

The group gathered breakfast and walked up to the Briefing Room. Not as quickly as Gary would have wanted them to, but he could understand how they felt with his arrival and his gift of future death for one of them. They all say at their desks and ate while Gary placed the envelopes on his table.

Gary-"Right. So, unfortunately, these were found just a bit ago by Walter DuChamps at the post office. He called me and I went by and picked them up. He said he didn't see anyone walk into the post office to drop them off and that they weren't there when he opened. The Killer just stepped out, in broad daylight, and called us out. Tonight, we play the Killer's Game again."

Kristen-"Wait!"

Everyone jumped as they were all caught off guard.

Kristen-"Jeffery Ardis! He was locked up yesterday for being drunk! If he's still there, we can clear him!"

Everyone became wide eyed. They all shot their stare up to Gary, also wide eyed.

Gary-"Lets call and find out."

Gary grabbed the phone from a side desk and placed it on his table. He put it on speaker and called the Sunrise Ridge Police Department. Everyone held their breath as the dial tone buzzed as the call was going through. The tone stopped and a familiar voice came on the line.

Jack-"Thank you for calling the Sunrise Ridge Police Department. This is Officer Jack Faye speaking. How may I help you today?"

Gary-"Hi, Officer Faye, this is Gary with the investigation team."

Jack-"Sgt Fredo. It's nice to hear from you. What can I help you with sir?"

Gary-"We just wanted to check up on the status of Jeffery Adris. Is he still being held there?"

Jack-"No he is not, sir."

The group all sighed in defeat.

Jack-"He was released from here, by my paperwork, at 7:08 AM."

Gary-"Ok, well thank you very much Officer. Have a good day."

Jack-"Thank you Sgt. You as well."

Gary clicked the speaker button again and it hung the phone up. He looked over at the group and saw the depression in their faces.

Gary-"Unfortunately, that doesn't clear Jeffery. He was released at 7:08, the post office opens at 8:30 today. He could of had enough time to drop them off."

He picked up the envelopes and placed them in the evidence locker and turned back to the group.

Gary-"While we can't clear him, we could possibly clear one later today, but for now, we are going to get started your tracks for the day. Track 1, Chrissy and Kristen, I'm gonna send you to see Walter DuChamps. Spencer and Tiffany told you how he acts and you saw it first hand. Let's see how he acts with us there. Track 2, Harrison, Benjamin, and Stacey, I'm going to send you to to see Cooper and Sydney. See what they know and talk to them about the fight at the benefit. That leaves Deanna and Mitchell, Track 3. Since Jeffery Ardis is a free man now, we need some insight on him. Go talk to him and figure out what is going on with him. As always, stay together. If you're alone, you are at risk of the Killer. Get going guys."

The groups finished eating and got ready. The vans were outside waiting for them as the last of them got their shoes on. They then all walked downstairs, out the door, and into their respective vehicles for the day.

Track 1 of Chrissy and Kristen arrived at the Post Office. They walked in the front door and up to the counter where Walter DuChamps was standing. He had his back to them as he was in the process of weighing and stamping a package for delivery. He finished and turned around and saw the 2 ladies standing in front of him.

Walter-"Oh, hello. H-h-how can I help y-y-you?"

Kristen-"Hello, we just wanna talk to you about our case."

Walter-"Oh, yes. G-g-go ahead."

Chrissy-"Are you alright?"

Walter-"Y-y-yes. I'm just naturally n-n-nervous."

Kristen-"Its ok, we understand. We just wanna know, we saw you at the benefit and at the diner the other day and you were a mess. What's going on? Are you hiding something?"

Walter sighed.

Walter-"I r-r-really don't want to h-h-hide anything."
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Harrison, Benjamin, and Stacey arrived at Sydney and Cooper's condo. They walked up to the door and knocked. After a few seconds, Sydney answered the door.

Sydney-"Oh, hey. How can I help you guys?"

Benjamin-"We just wanted to talk to you and Cooper about a few things."

Sydney-"Oh, yeah absolutely. Come on in."

The group walked and and Sydney shut the door behind them.

Sydney-"Cooper! Stop playing video games and get out here!"

Cooper-"Uggghhh!"

Cooper came out from his room and looked at Sydney. He was still sporting a nice shiner and a few cuts, but was healing up nicely.

Cooper-"Sydney, I was in the middle of a mission with the guys! We were that close to......"

He saw the group of investigators standing off to the side in the living room, which caught him off guard.

Cooper-"Oh. I'm sorry, I didn't know you guys were here."

Harrison-"What game were you playing?"

Cooper-"Its the new 'Call to Action 2'. A few friends and me were in the middle of a mission when you guys walked in."

Harrison-"I gotta get that game."

Benjamin-"Can we talk about video games later, please?"

You could hear the aggravation in Benjamin's voice.

Benjamin-"We wanna talk about the fight with you and Brad Stokely the other night. What possessed you do go at him?"
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Mitchell and Deanna arrived at Stokely Works Inc. 2 pick up trucks were parked out front. They walked up the path to the office and noticed Jeffery standing out by some construction equipment. They started to walk over to him, and could see he was still out of it.

Deanna-"Hi Jeffery."

Jeffery-"Hey."

Deanna-"Can we talk really quick?"

Jeffery-"I guess."

Mitchell-"What was with you being drunk?"

Jeffery-"I drink when I'm depressed."

Mitchell-"I understand. But you've been drunk since we arrived."

Jeffery-"You'd drink too if your life falls apart!"

Deanna-"What do you mean?"
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Walter-"I know y-y-you are hear about the m-m-murders. I don't w-w-want to hide anything f-f-from you."

Walter was shaking his hands at his sides slightly. Chrissy and Kristen both noticed and started getting slightly worried.

Walter-"I-I-I...... I h-h-have a c-c-crush on T-T-Tiffany."

Kristen-"Awww! Oh my! Awww!"

Walter-"I g-g-get so scared to t-t-talk. Have you e-e-ever watch that c-c-cartoon 'Rugrats'?"

Chrissy-"Yes I do! I grew up on that!"

Walter-"Just c-c-call me 'Chuckie F-F-Finster'."

Kristen-"Aww. If you don't mind me asking, why are you so afraid?"
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Cooper-"Honestly, he gives everyone a hard time, especially when he's drunk. He deserved his ass kicking!"

Sydney-"Cooper!"

Cooper-"Don't tell me I'm wrong, Sydney. He's ruthless with his mouth and he's an absolute waste of a human being."

Stacey-"Do you think Brad could be the Killer?"

Cooper-"It wouldn't surprise me. I mean, he'd probably wouldn't remember doing it though if he was drunk enough."

Sydney-"I gotta agree. He probably doesn't even remember the fight he had with Cooper."

Cooper-"And if he isn't the Killer, than I wouldn't be surprised if, and I hope, he was killed himself."

Stacey-"Oh."

Everyone, including Sydney, gasped at Cooper's comment.

Sydney-"How could you say something like that, Cooper?!"

Cooper-"Sorry. I know that was out of line. I'm still a little pissed at him after our fight."

Benjamin-"Can we get a little info on both of you please?"
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Jeffery-"I loved Ashley."

Mitchell-"What? You mean you were in a relationship with her?"

Jeffery-"Yeah. I've been seeing her since I started working here at Stokely Works Inc. Her and Matthew came by to see Brad and while the 2 of them talked, I talked with Ashley and we hit it off. I'd go over to their house after work whenever Matthew and Brad would go out drinking and we'd do it."

Deanna-"Wow, TMI."

Jeffery-"It was during our time together that I found out Matthew was abusive to her. He'd talk down to her, beat her, you name it. I was so close one night to showing up and just taking her away to my place so she could be safe."

Mitchell-"How do you know that he was abusive?"

Jeffery-"I didn't get out of the house in time one night. I hid in a closet and Matthew walked in. He yelled at her, called her awful names. Then, out of nowhere, he slaps this poor girl right across the face. She drops right in front of the bed. Just feet from me. It took everything I had not to jump out of that closet and kill him right there."

Deanna-"Why didn't you at least try and stop him?"

Jeffery-"And give both of us up? And give him a reason to beat her more? I know it was not the smartest thing but I had no choice that night. When I heard the shower start, I ran out to her and told her to leave right then with me. She told me to just run and it'll blow over. She wouldn't budge."

Mitchell-"Why would he beat her?"
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Walter-"It s-s-started when I was y-y-young. We m-m-moved around a l-l-lot. I got pick on, b-b-beat up. I was s-s-scrawny as c-c-could be. I g-g-grew to be r-r-really shy. I h-h-hate it so m-m-much."

Chrissy-"I don't want to sound mean, but why didn't you try and get help for everything?"

Walter-"My p-p-parents weren't t-t-the most understanding p-p-people. They didn't believe m-m-me when I said I w-w-was getting b-b-bullied. They b-b-basically bullied me as w-w-well."

Chrissy-"Oh my God, that's terrible!"

It was at this point that both ladies, without any thought, both went in and gave Walter a hug. Kristen had a tear in her eye, but hid it well, while Chrissy wasn't able to hold back her tears.

Kristen-"That's horrible. I do hope everything works out for you."

Walter-"T-t-thank you. It's g-g-good to have s-s-someone see it through m-m-my eyes."

Chrissy-"Listen, we've taken up enough of your time. We're going to head out now."

Walter-"Ok, t-t-thank you so m-m-much for visiting."

Kristen-"Anytime, Walter. Have a great day."

Walter-"You t-t-too. Bye l-l-ladies."

With that, Kristen and Chrissy left the post office. They walked back to the van and hopped in.

Chrissy-"Hey, listen. Doug thinks that Deanna should go out tonight."

Kristen-"Deanna? Why?"

Chrissy-"She tied Frank for the vote last time. He thinks she got lucky because she hadn't done much, I guess."

Kristen-"Well we should vote for someone else so he can at least get his pick."

Chrissy-"Who do you have in mind?"

Kristen-"I think I overheard someone saying Stacey didn't help the group the last few days. Maybe we vote her tonight."

Chrissy-"Let's do it."

With that, the van left the post office.
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Cooper-"Like what? Our past?"

Benjamin-"Yes."

Cooper-"Alright. I lived here my entire life. Attended school right here. Met Sydney at Sunrise Ridge High. Been together ever since."

Sydney-"Basically the same, except I moved here from Plymouth just before I started middle school. I sang at a city wide talent show and saw Cooper there when he played guitar for a band that preformed. I ran into him the next day at school."

The 2 held each other close.

Cooper-"As they say, 'The rest, is history'."

Stacey-"That's adorable. You 2 are the cutest thing I've ever seen!"

Harrison nodded, while Benjamin rolled his eyes.

Harrison-"Is their anything else. College?"

Cooper-"We both studied music at Boston College."

Sydney-"Yeah. Figured it keep us kinda close to home and keep us together at the same time. We started working on a album just before graduating."

Stacey-"Oh, no kidding. How is it."

Cooper-"Not finished. We are working on an 8 song album since then and we've only got about halfway done."

Harrison-"Its getting there though."

Stacey-"Hun, its better being halfway then never starting."

Benjamin-"Listen, we've taken up enough of your time. We need to head out."

Harrison-"Yeah, we gotta get going."

Sydney-"Well, it was nice seeing you guys again. Stop by anytime."

Stacey-"Thanks, hun. Have a good day you 2."

Hand shakes and hugs goodbye followed as the group of Stacey, Harrison, and Benjamin walked out of the condo and to their awaiting van.

Benjamin-"I know for a fact I'm voting Stacey tonight. She didn't get anything from Rachel and was useless today. Wish I can send them all out so I'd be able to solve the case by myself without all of them being a nonstop headache to me."
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Jeffery-"Anytime he drinks. He's a straight up alcoholic. Him and Brad usually go out for drinks almost every night, so I don't know how many times he's probably beat her."

Deanna-"That sounds just horrible!"

Mitchell-"So, if you don't mind me asking, can we have some info on you?"

Jeffery-“I’ve lived all over this state since I was a kid. Actually lived here as a teen for a bit. Moved back here about 8 years ago. I got the job here after working in construction for a few years. Brad's a jerk, but the pay is good."

Deanna-"What do you mean by Brad being a jerk? Because of his drinking?"

Jeffery-"Oh yeah. If he comes in the next morning hungover it's a blessing. I get work done easily because he'll be in the office all day with water, Gatorade and pain relievers. If he doesn't, he's a straight up ass to everyone and everything. He'll scream at me, talk down to me, heck I've seem him snap at clients before."

Mitchell-"If he's that bad, why not just quit?"

Jeffery-"Like I said, the pay is real good. He might be a cold hearted bastard, but the job pays nicely."

Deanna-"Ok, we've taking up enough of you time. We're gonna head out now. Have a good day."

Jeffery-"Yeah, you too."

With that, Deanna and Mitchell left Stokely Works and returned to their van.

Mitchell-"Hey, who are you voting for later?"

Deanna-"I think Stacey. Someone told me she didn't help the investigation the other day. You?"

Mitchell-"I think Benjamin. He had it out for me the first time and sent Harrison out the second time for no reason other than revenge for sending him out. I have a feeling he's voting for me tonight."

Deanna-"Oh ok."

Mitchell-"Why do you ask?"

Deanna-"I just wanna get a feel for voting tonight."

Deanna-"I know if I told Mitchell I was talking to Benjamin I'd be on the block next. This game is a Killer in itself."
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All the groups arrived back to HQ with the information that they gathered. They all walked into the Briefing Room, where Gary, per usual, was standing behind his table at the front of the room.

Gary-"Alright, before we get the the envelopes, let's get to what everyone found out today. Track 1, what did you find out there?"

Chrissy-"Walter has a crush on Tiffany. The poor guy has had a rough life and got his stutter from his nervousness growing up being bullied and moving around a lot as a child. He also said his parents didn't believe he was getting bullied and basically bullied him as well."

Kristen-"He actually called himself 'Chuckie Finster' from the 'Rugrats' cartoon. The poor guy."

Gary-"Alright, good job on that. Track 2?"

Benjamin-"We caught up with Cooper and Sydney. Cooper has lived here all his life, while Sydney moved here from Plymouth shortly before middle school. They met at high school after she saw him preform at a talent show she sung at as well. Cooper said that Brad is a miserable person as a drunk and wouldn't be surprised if he killed Ashely and Matthew while drunk."

Gary-"Great job guys. Track 3, what do you have?"

Mitchell-"We spoke to Jeffery. He was still kinda out of it when we saw him, but he told us that he was having an affair with Ashley since he moved here 8 years ago. He got stuck one night and Matthew came home drunk and yelled at her and slapped her for no reason. He tried to take her away that night but she wouldn't budge."

Deanna-"He also said that Brad is a drunk and berates him as well, but he puts up with it because the money he is getting paid is really good."

Gary-"That's great. Good job. Now, we got a little more insight into our investigation, and now we are going to try and remove a suspect."

Gary walked over to the evidence locker, which housed the Killer's messages. He brought the red envelope over to the table and grabbed a pair of scissors and started cutting the end on the red envelope. He then poured out the brown paper, unfolded it, and saw the label maker words.

Gary-"The Killer Question is; 'WHAT BOTTLE DID JEFFERY THROW AT THE FUNERAL?'. I'll put in the address as you guys talk it over."

Gary proceeded to type in the Killer's email address into the computer. A flash of matrix style words and numbers flashed on the big TV hanging over his table. The flashes stopped and a single lime green line remained on the screen.

Stacey-"That's us. I heard it hit but I never saw the bottle."

Benjamin-"It was definitely liquor. I don't know what type."

Harrison-"I don't drink like that, but when we brought him to Faye's squad car, I swear I smelt cranberry on him. I know that some people mix vodka with cranberry juice, so I'd say it was a vodka bottle."

Stacey-"That seems like a good guess to me."

Benjamin-"I'll go with that."

Gary-"So, everyone, I'll take 'vodka' as your answer?"

Doug-"I'll agree with them on that. Let's send it, Gary."

Gary typed in 'VODKA' and hit send. The matrix grid of letters and numbers flashed around on the screen. The 10 seconds between hitting send until the message popped up felt like an eternity. Finally, the message appeared.




YOUR ANSWER IS CORRECT. A SUSPECT WILL BE CLEARED.




Doug-"YEAH!"

The group cheered as Harrison was given high fives and hugs. Then the suspect that was found innocent finally appeared on the screen.



SUSPECT CLEARED; SYDNEY SHIELDS; SINGER/SONGWRITER



Gary-"Tremendous work. We can now clear Sydney from our list of suspects."

Gary walked up to his board with a red marker and put a big red X over her picture, eliminating singer of the slaughter.

Gary-"Alright everyone, now that we cleared a suspect, we have a vote to do. One by one, you'll go into the voting booth and place your vote for who you want to play the Killer's Game. Chrissy, you're up first."

Chrissy left the group and went out to the voting booth. She entered the room, closed the door, and sat in the chair with the stack of photos of each remaining investigator. She flipped through each one until she found Stacey's.

Chrissy-"I'm sorry, but from what I've heard, you haven't helped the investigation and it was proven tonight when you couldn't help answer the Killer's Question."

She placed the picture in the voting box and left the room. Stacey walked in and went through the pictures and grabbed Deanna's photo.

Stacey-"Hun, you've sat back a few days and it's not helpful. I'm sorry."

Stacey walked out and Benjamin walked in. He grabbed Stacey's picture.

Benjamin-"I'm not putting up with another few days of you not helping. If you come back, this is your wake up call."

Benjamin walked out and Mitchell walked in. He grabbed Benjamin's picture immediately.

Mitchell-"You want all of us out tonight if you could. You wanted me out and you couldn't get it done, you wanted Harrison out and couldn't get it done. Now, I want you out."

He placed the vote in the box and left. Kristen walked in and gave her vote.

Kristen-"Just going with my alliance."

She placed it in the box and left. Harrison walked in and grabbed Benjamin's picture.

Harrison-"We made a pact. Win, or make sure you don't."

Harrison placed his vote in the box and left the room. Deanna was the last person to vote, went over her choices and grabbed a photo.

Deanna-"I don't know what to believe. After tonight, I think I do."

She placed the vote in the box and left the room. When she returned, Gary walked out and grabbed the voting box. He came back into the Briefing Room with the box in hand.

Gary-"At this time, I must ask that all of you turn around, and do not turn back until instructed."

With that command, each investigator turned around and kept their backs to Gary. He pulled out a vote, then another, and another for the same person before he got 2 others for a different investigator. After taking out 7 votes and counting them, he had the unlucky winner.

Gary-"Can you all please turn back to me."

The group spun back around and saw Gary standing at the front of the table with a picture clutched to his chest.

Gary-"The group has voted, and with a vote of 4-2-1, the group has voted for....."

He turned the picture around.

Gary-"Stacey. Please stand."

Stacey looked like she saw a ghost. She eventually stood up.

Gary-"Now, who you will be going out with tonight is up to our Lead Investigator. Doug, will you please come up and give the name of the investigator you pick and why."

Doug left his desk and walked up to the table with Gary.

Doug-"I hate this. I really do. I don't want to pick anyone, and I especially don't want anyone, including Stacey, going out. Unfortunately, we don't have that choice. I spoke with some of the other investigators, and they all said the same thing about one investigator being voted in but never going out.

With that, one investigator put their face in their hands.

Doug-"With that, I choose Deanna."

Deanna's hands never left her face as she stood up.

Doug-"Deanna, you will be joining Stacey on tonight's Killers Game."

He walked over to the evidence locker and grabbed the black envelope. He brought it back to the table and cut it open and dumped out the 2 maps onto the table. Doug picked them up.

Gary-"Doug, please give a map to the investigator that the group picked, Stacey, and a map to your pick, Deanna."

On that command, Doug handed each of the women a map. They opened their maps and found their final destinations.

Gary-"Ladies, please tell us where you will be going."

Stacey-"I'm going to be heading to the Junkyard on Dunbar Rd."

Deanna-"I'm going to the First Church of Sunrise Ridge."

Gary-"Ladies, what I need you to do is go into the booth and record your Last Will and Testament. In case you do not return, you are responsible for naming the next Lead Investigator. After that, please go pack your bags. I wish you both the very best of luck.”
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Both ladies were packing their bags together. Chrissy and Kristen joined them.

Chrissy-"Can I just get a group hug real quick?"

Stacey-"I don't know why not."

The 4 ladies embraced because, by this time tomorrow, they'll only be 3 women left.

Kristen-"So, who do you think is coming back?"
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 16, 2019, 08:06:08 PM
Deanna-"I don't know. I'm so scared right now."

Stacey-"Hun, that Killer is not gonna take you. You got your whole life ahead of you. They're gonna go after the little old lady."

The 4 of them laughed at the comment by Stacey.

Chrissy-"I hope you both somehow come back."

Deanna-"I really hope so too."

Stacey-"Same here, hun."





At 10:30 PM, the 2 cabs showed up out front of the Headquarters. Stacey and Deanna said their goodbyes to the group, took their luggage and placed it into their respective cab. The 2 of them hugged one last time and stepped into their cab.

Stacey-"I'm heading to the Junkyard on Dunbar Rd."

Deanna-"The First Church of Sunrise Ridge please."

The 2 cars set off into the night, but only one would come back.

At 11:15, Stacey arrived at the Junkyard.

A minute later, Deanna arrived at the Church.

Stacey walked through the gate and into the Junkyard.

Deanna walked up to the doors of the church and entered.

Stacey shined her light down the rows of compact cars and started walking down.

Deanna saw the aisle of pews and walked down.

Stacey saw the Trailer Office and saw a paper hanging on the door.

Deanna arrived to the altar and saw a paper attached to it.

Stacey saw her paper with the label maker words 'GO TO THE CAR COMPACTOR IN THE BACK'.

Deanna read her note 'GO DOWN STAIRS TO THE CHURCH BASEMENT. STAIRCASE AT DOOR TO THE LEFT'.

Stacey walked down the aisles of scrap metal.

Deanna walked down the stairs to the basement of the church.

Stacey's flashlight caught the compactor.

Deanna opened the door and found the basement.

Stacey walked closer and saw the X.

Deanna walked toward a stage where the X was.

Silently, the Killer sat in their hiding place. The green glow of infrared engulfed the next loser of their sick game.

Stacey arrived to her X. The clue she found was a newspaper article with the picture of a lady named Heather Lyons. She stared at it for a few seconds.

Deanna got her clue. It was another newspaper article, but this picture was of a lady named Tracey Johnson. She looked it over.

The green glow slowly approached. When the investigator picked up their fake clue, the Killer lunged forward. The noise started the investigator, who turned around and let out a blood curdling scream.

Investigator-"AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!"

FLASH! BANG!

The surviving investigator picked up their clue, and after a few moments of being scared stiff, finally regained control of their body and retraced their steps back to the waiting car.
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Benjamin-"Listen, tonight was a night where the 2 people that went out deserved to go out."

Doug-"What makes you say that?"

Benjamin-"Deanna sat back a few times and I spared her last time from the Killer's Game, and Stacey didn't help at all on the track."

Harrison-"She got more information out of Rachel then any of us."

Benjamin-"It took her 2 tries and her saying she's lived here for X number of years is not enough in my book."

Doug-"And what counts as enough information to you?"

Benjamin-"I'm a lawyer. I need info to keep people out of jail. 'I've lived here for 10 years' isn't gonna impress a judge enough."

The argument ended when a car door was heard closing and the front door to HQ opened and closed. Slowly, the surviving investigator made her way upstairs and into the Briefing Room.

Investigator-"I don't ever wanna do that again."

Deanna then set her clue down on the table.

12 Suspects and 7 Investigators Remain.

***
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 23, 2019, 08:31:28 PM
”Murder is like potato chips: you can't stop with just one.”
Stephen King (Under The Dome)


Episode 4; A New Twist in the Game


Last time on Murder in Small Town X;

The group got insight on possible top suspect, Walter DuChamps.
Tiffany-“He does seem... Off.”
Spencer-“He comes in, mumble incoherently to us, then mumbles to himself and leaves. Customers have said they’re worried when he walks in.”

Rachel still have issue about where she was the night of the murders.
Rachel-“I’m sorry, I know it sounds bad, but I don’t feel comfortable sharing that information with you.”

And nearly got lucky with Jeffery Ardis being cleared after being arrested at Ashley Bundy’s funeral.
Gary-“We just wanted to check on the status of Jeffery Ardis. Is he still being held there?”
Jack-“No he is not, sir.”

Plus, the group found out about Daniel McGee’s past
Daniel-“I was going to propose to my high school sweetheart while I was in college. She passed away in a car accident during my first year at Yale.”

Then they found out a little more about Jeffery.
Jeffery-“I’ve been seeing her since I stared at Stokely Works.”

And Walter gave insight about his past.
Walter-“My p-p-parents weren't t-t-the most understanding p-p-people. They didn't believe m-m-me when I said I w-w-was getting b-b-bullied. They b-b-basically bullied me as w-w-well.”

As the group gathered back, they were able to clear another suspect in Sydney Shields, and Benjamin got his wish with Stacey being voted by the group to play the Killer’s Game. She was joined by Deanna, who just survived the last vote.

Deanna found her clue in the Church, but Stacey found not just a junk clue, but also the Killer at the Junkyard and was eliminated from the game.

Now, 12 Suspects and 7 Investigators Remain.




It's 1:48 AM, and a van has slowly rolled up to a house with its headlights off. A green, hazy glow is at the driver's seat. They look in the back, and a body bag is holding the most recent loser of the Killer's Game. Next to them is a second, empty body bag. That would soon change.

They got out of the van and walked up to the house as silent as could be. The quick use of a crowbar got the back door open easily. Once they got inside, they walked through the living room and stopped short of the kitchen. They saw a woman standing in the kitchen, getting a glass of water from the sink. Slowly, the green haze of infrared approached. The woman turned and saw the person walking towards them.

Woman-"What are you doing! Get out of here!"

The green haze rushed forward. The woman screamed and put her hands up to block her face. It was no use.

Woman-"AHHHH!"

FLASH! BANG!
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At 3:56 AM, the investigators were sound asleep in their beds when all of a sudden....

BANG! BANG! BANG!

Doug-"The hell was that?"

Benjamin-"I think someone's at the door."

The 4 men got out of bed. The women were all waiting in he hallway when they walked out of their room.

Chrissy-"What the hell is going on?"

BANG! BANG! BANG!

Kristen-"Is that someone knocking?"

Mitchell-"I think so."

The group of investigators sleepily stumbled down the stairs to the front door. Once they hit the bottom step, they noticed the flashing red and blue lights outside. They opened the door to find Officer Jack Faye, who was standing there with the most distraught look on his face.

Mitchell-"Officer Faye, what's wrong?"

Jack-"The Killer...... I got a call...... blood everywhere...... no body again....... she's dead....."

The group gasped at his broken up sentence.

Mitchell-"Jack, who's dead?"

Jack-"....... Georgina......"

***

In the quiet town of Sunrise Ridge, a Killer is on the loose. A reward has been offered to 10 ordinary people;

Deanna
Benjamin
Chrissy
Frank
Stacey
Harrison
Kristen
Doug
Heidi
Mitchell

They have been sent to Sunrise Ridge to play the Killer's twister game. Now, they must enter the mind of a Killer and solve the mystery, or else they will be eliminated, one by one.


***

At 8:00 AM, the investigator, who barely slept that night, gladly helped themselves to the coffee that was supplied by Tiffany and Spencer. Each one had a large cup of it, while Deanna drank straight from the pot.

Deanna-"I just went out on the Killer's Game last night. I had a horrible dream about it and then Officer Faye woke us all up. I think in total, I had 3 hours of sleep. It's not fun."

Doug-"This was the second time the Killer has acted during the night. First time was when they broke the sky light in the lounge. We're all tired, and we just need to solve this case to sleep ASAP."

The group gathered their breakfast and walked upstairs to the briefing room. Gary was already waiting for them at his table while the investigators sat at their desks, nearly falling face first into their food from lack of sleep.

Gary-"Right. I was called by Officer Faye earlier this morning. Georgina's neighbors, Paul and Kendra Martins, said they woke up to what sounded like a gunshot. They called the police and, as they were on the phone, they heard a car pull off. Unfortunately, they couldn't get the plates or find out what kinda car it even was. Officer Faye arrived to Georgina's house; nothing but a blood puddle in the kitchen and no body."

Mitchell-"This is now the third murder that has happened here, and I got a bad feeling that its not the last."

Gary-"Before I send you off in your Tracks, we need to go over what happened last night. First, Deanna survived the Killer's Game. What did you get?"

Deanna-"I got to the church and walked in the front door. Checked all the pews and then saw a note attacked to the altar. It told me to go down into the basement. I went downstairs and their was the X on a stage on the other side of the room."

Gary-"You did a great job out there. Now, our Killer Clue last night was this."

He held up a piece of newspaper.

Gary-It's a news article of a lady named Tracey Johnson. All we have is just this picture and the name. Does anybody have any ideas on who this could be?"

Kristen-"That could be related to the last clue left for us. She could be the bride."

Gary-"That could be. Good thinking. It will be in the evidence locker for anyone who wishes to look at it."

As he said that, he walked over to the metal cabinet that was still holding the last 3 X's, the cracked heart, and the sheet of music. Gary placed the newspaper article in there and walked back to his table.

Gary-"Now, unfortunately, we lost another member of our team, and that was Stacey Towers. I'm going to play her Last Will and Testament as she picked our next Lead Investigator."

Gary clicked a few tabs on the computer, and upon the TV above the table, Stacey appeared to talk to everyone for the final time. Once he hit play, he stepped away to grab her nameplate from her desk and placed it on the white board along with Frank and Heidi's.

Stacey-"I can't believe I have to sit here. I'm so upset. If I do not return, I can tell you I will NOT name Benjamin as Lead Investigator. If he's gonna get mad at me for not basically tying up Rachel and forcing her against her will to give me information, then he's not who we should place in charge. I will, however, name Harrison as Lead Investigator. He is a sweet young man and is such a sweetheart. I'd love my daughter to date him."

The group laughed at the end of the video. Harrison smiled and turned red, while Benjamin didn't laugh, but he did turn red in anger.

Benjamin-"Stacey couldn't do her job here and blames me for it. It's all good, she's gone now."

Harrison-"Thanks Stacey! I'll call her once this is over."

Gary-"Congratulations Harrison! Please come on up here."

Harrison left his desk and walked up to the table next to Gary.

Gary-"Today, I am only going to send out 2 Tracks. Track 1; I want you to go to to Georgina Seeger's house. Get as much evidence as you can from the scene. Track 2; your job is simple. I want you to go to Rachel Neary's office. We sent a sample of blood  off early in the morning after officer Faye arrived to her house. All you gotta do is collect the data. Remember, she is also a suspect so you can question her. Now, Harrison, I need you to select 3 to go to Georgina's house and 3 to see Rachel."

Harrison-"Let's send Mitchell, Deanna, and Chrissy to Georgina's house."

Gary-"Very well, and that leaves Benjamin, Kristen, and Doug to go to see Rachel.

Benjamin-"This time, Rachel is going to answer our questions. I don't care what it takes."

Gary-"Alright everyone, get ready and head out."
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The van carrying Mitchell, Deanna and, and Chrissy arrived to Georgina's house.

Mitchell-"It is very surreal. Harrison and I were just here a few days ago talking to her, and now she's gone."

The 3 of them approached the front door.  Mitchell turned the handle but the door was still locked.

Deanna-"Maybe the back door is open?"

Mitchell-"It might be. Let's try it."

The group walked around to the back door. They tried the handle, and with out even turning it, the door opened.

"Chrissy-"Oh wow. That was easy."

Mitchell-"Hey, look at that. It looks like the Killer used a crowbar to open it up."

Chrissy took out a camera and took a picture of the door. The group walked in and noticed the aforementioned crowbar lying on the couch in the living room.

Deanna-"Hey, there's a crowbar. I'll see if I can get a finger print or 2 off of it."

THUD!

Mitchell-"What in the hell was that?"

The group walked into the kitchen and noticed a person standing there.

Mitchell-"What are you doing here?!"
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Benjamin, Kristen, and Doug all arrived at Rachel Neary's office. They walked into the building and into her office. She was waiting for them with a folder for them.

Rachel-"Here, the blood test are done. Unfortunately, the DNA matches up to Georgina so it looks like Georgina is in fact dead. I wish I had more info, but in order to, I need to have a body to go over."

Kristen-"That's fine, we completely understand."

Doug-"I hate to be a bother, but could we talk?"

Rachel-"I've made it clear to you fellow investigators that I am not comfortable in divulging into my personal life."

Doug-"And we completely understand that, but we need to get all our details together on everyone in order to make sure we don't arrest the wrong person."

Rachel-"And I understand that, but my private life should not be your concern."

Benjamin-"Since you refuse to answer questions on yourself, can you answer this; Have you ever heard of someone named Tracey Johnson?"

It was at that moment Rachel's mouth fell open and tears started forming in her eyes."
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Robbin Evans had slipped in the blood near the sink by accident and landed with a thud on the ground. She had just gotten back to her feet when the investigators walked into the kitchen.

Robbin-"I told you, I take photos of crime scenes for the police."

Chrissy-"If we call, they'll confirm that?"

Robbin-"Yes they will."

Chrissy-"Alright then."

Chrissy grabbed the house phone and dialed the police station and set the phone on speaker.

Jack-"Thank you for calling the Sunrise Ridge Police Department. This is Officer Jack Faye speaking, how may I help you?"

Chrissy-"Hello Officer Faye, this is Chrissy Peters with the investigation team. We have Robbin Evans here and she has told us that she has permission from the police department to be at the Seeger household to take photographs of the crime scene. Is that correct?"
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Rachel-"All I know is that she passed away a few year ago."

Benjamin-"And you know this how?"

Rachel-"I work in the coroner's office. If someone dies, they come to me. Now please, I'm busy, you need to go."

Benjamin-"We are not going to be pushed out again! You need to talk to us now!"

Rachel-"Leave or I will call security! Your choice!"

Rachel's face had traces of anger, sadness, and stress all mixed together on her face. Benjamin was hot and angry himself, but this time he knew better.

Benjamin-"Thank you for your time."

The group walked out of the office and retreated back to the van.

Benjamin-"This is ridiculous with her. She is not cooperating with us."

Doug-"I agree, but what else can we do?"
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Jack-"No, we did not give her permission for the Seeger household. You said she is with you right now?"

Chrissy-"Yes sir."

Robbin-"Yes I am here, and I called you at 7:30 this morning and you said I was all set."

Jack-"I never spoke to you this morning. No one here did."

Robbin-"That is a complete lie!"

Jack-"Miss Evans, we never spoke this morning at all. Not one word. I'm going to leave this decision up to the investigators if they want you to stay or not."

Mitchell leaned over to Deanna and Chrissy and started whispering to them.

Mitchell-"We have a camera as well, and she's also still a suspect. It's better to get her outta here and only have her around if Jack is with her."

The 2 women nodded in agreement with Mitchell as Chrissy went back to the phone.

Chrissy-"Honestly, Officer Faye, we would like her to leave as her being here could interfere in our investigation at the moment."

Robbin-"This is absolutely ridiculous! You guys gave me permission to take these photos! I have the right to be here!"

Jack-"Miss Evans, you were giving permission for the Bundy household, not for the Seeger household. If you do not leave, I will drive down myself and place you under arrest."

Robbin angrily gathered her belongings and walked out of the house.

Robbin-"Unbelievable! I'm a journalist! Why pay me to do this if you're going to tell me I can't be here?!"

Deanna-"So I'm gonna go back to get those fingerprints now."

She walked away and started dusting the crowbar that was left in the living room. Mitchell walked away to look at the blood puddle while Chrissy finished her phone call with Officer Faye.

Chrissy-"Listen, at any investigations that she would show up at, can you or someone else please be there as well?"

Jack-"We can arrange that, yes."

Chrissy-"Perfect, thank you so much. Have a good day."

Jack-"You as well. Take care."

Just as Chrissy hung up the phone, both Mitchell and Deanna called out.

Deanna-"I got a few prints here!"

Mitchell-"Excellent, now look at this."
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Benjamin-"I say let's arrest her."

Kristen-"We have no evidence against her though."

Benjamin-"She's obviously guilty of something though."

Kristen-"You can't just arrest someone with out the evidence!"

Benjamin-"Its a murder investigation, she is a suspect and she is refusing to answers any questions we have. If she doesn't start answering questions soon, I'm making a call and bringing her in!"

Benjamin-"I don't understand how they think it's ok for Rachel to keep ducking our questions. You gotta answer questions under oath regardless and if you lie, you go to jail. She doesn't wanna answer our questions, she can go to jail. Simple."

The group sat quietly, and uncomfortably, throughout the entire ride back to HQ.
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With a gloved hand, Mitchell picked up a bullet casing. It was somewhat covered in blood.

Mitchell-"I think we know that our victims were shot, but I don't know with what gun though."

Chrissy-"Did we find one at the Bundy's house?"

Mitchell-"I don't think we did. The Killer had more time to take care of the details at the Bundy's. The town is on alert now since then."

Deanna-"Good point. By the way, I finished dusting the crowbar. Got lots of prints and it's in the bag just in case."

Chrissy-"Great job. I'll dust the door real quick and I think we can get outta here."

Mitchell-"I'll check upstairs really quick."

Chrissy used the kit on the back door as Mitchell walked upstairs. Deanna stared at the bullet casing.

Deanna-"We know, like, 5% of the puzzle now and that's it. This bullet casing is a huge step for us now."

Chrissy-"I got nothing on the door."

Mitchell-"Yeah, I don't have anything up here either. I think we can head out now."

The group packed their belonging and exited the house and back to the van.
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At HQ, the groups filed into the Briefing Room and took their seats at their desks. Gary walked in and spoke to the group.

Gary-"Alright, Track 1, what did you find?"

Deanna-"We found the crowbar we think the Killer used to get into the house. I dusted it for prints."

Chrissy-"Robbin Evans was there. She said she was allowed there by police. We called Jack Faye and he told us she wasn't supposed to be there. We kicked her out."

Mitchell-"We also found a bullet casing next to the blood in the kitchen. That's really it."

Gary-"Excellent job guys. The casing is a .45. We don't have the gun type though. Track 2, what did you get?"

Doug-"Rachel confirmed the DNA from the crime scene matched Georgina's and said their was no doubt that Georgina is dead."

Benjamin-"We tried to talk to Rachel again. She keeps running off, but she did tell us that Tracey Johnson died a few years ago. That's all she'd tell us."

Gary-"At least we got something on our Killer Clue from her. Great job. The rest of the day is yours. You're dismissed."

The group dispersed and left for the kitchen to start dinner for the evening. Kristen when to the fridge to grab the lettuce to make a salad.

Kristen-"Ah crap! You have got to be kidding me. Which one of you put these in here?"

Everyone looked over at Kristen. She pulled an object out the fridge.

Kristen-"Who here is the jokester?"

Everyone shook their heads 'No' in silent unison. Kristen looked at her hand. She realized it was no joke. A red envelope and a black envelope, tied together by a noose. The Killer delivered a literal cold message to the group. Kristen dropped both envelopes on the group when she finally realized what was going on. Gary was just about to leave when he was called in.

Doug-"Hey Gary, you might wanna come in here."

Gary-"What is it?"

He saw the colored bags lying on the floor.

Gary-"The Killer dropped these off?"

Kristen-"No, I just found them in the fridge."

Gary-"You found them where?!"

Kristen-"In the refrigerator."

Gary-"So we had another break in here?"

Harrison-"Gary, you and me were both here. We didn't hear a thing all morning."

Gary-"Let's check around."

The group walked around HQ looking for a clue as to how the Killer got in. It didn't take long for Benjamin to look at the back door.

Benjamin-"Hey guys, I found something."

The group regathered by the back door to the HQ building. A sturdy wooden door with no windows, however the indentations near the handle gave the investigators all they needed to know.

Deanna-"It looks like Georgina's door. The Killer must of done the same thing here."

Doug-"Are you sure?"

Deanna-"Yeah, we found the crowbar at her house. Her door had the same marks."

Gary-"Well, we fortunately have to wait until tomorrow to play the Killer’s Game again. I'll go put these in the evidence locker, you guys go eat. I'll see you later."

Harrison-"I was here all day. This Killer is showing no fear walking into our Headquarters like it's nothing."

Kristen-This is the third message the Killer has delivered straight to us to HQ. Its so creepy. I'm terrified to stay here anymore."

Gary left, as Kristen went back to make a salad. She got to the fridge, grabbed the handle and stopped.

Kristen-"Does anyone want take out instead? I don't wanna open this damn thing again."
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The next day, shortly before the group was summoned to the Briefing Room, Doug, Chrissy, and Kristen gathered up their breakfast and met up in the lounge.

Doug-"We know who to vote for later?"

Chrissy-"Definitely Benjamin."

Kristen-"Yeah, he's becoming to angry with the case. He's hell bent with Rachel. He wants to arrest her right now."

Chrissy-"Are you serious?"

Doug-"He said it on the way out from her office. It's Heidi all over again!"

Chrissy-"Alright, we vote him tonight."

The 3 of them took their plates of food and went upstairs to the Briefing Room. As usual, Gary was behind his table, waiting on everyone to take their seats.

Gary-"Good morning. Before we begin, I wanna go over some evidence that was found yesterday. The team that went to the Seeger crime scene, you guys booked some fingerprints from a crowbar. Now, the prints we got back from the lab were inconclusive so we can't tell who was using that crowbar unfortunately."

Deanna-"I took those prints. Did I mess it up by accident and not realize? I really hope I didn't. I don't wanna go back out for the Killer's Game."

Gary-"Now, onto the tracks; Track 1, today I want you to go meet with Jennifer Harris. We haven't spoken to or seen her since the benefit for the Bundy's. If you remember, we found a check at the Bundy's house made out to Matthew. She claimed it was for a repair and I think we should figure it out. She was also claimed to help rig the Mayoral Election so let's get to the bottom of it. Track 2, I'm sending you to see Diane Pearlman. She was married to Brad and she said he cheated on her, which resulted in the end of their marriage. Let's talk to her about Brad to see if we can get more out of her. Remember, we found the red and black envelopes in the fridge yesterday, so tonight we have the Killer's Game. Head out guys."

The investigators finished their breakfast, got ready, and left the Headquarters.
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Chrissy, Deanna, and Mitchell arrived at Sunrise Ridge High School. They walked into the school and into the main office. They were immediately greeted by the secretary, Mrs. Carla Duggers.

Carla-"Good morning. How may I help you you 3 today?"

Mitchell-"Is their anyway we can see Miss Jennifer Harris?"

Carla-"Let me call her classroom and see."

Carla rung the class phone of Jennifer. It didn't take long for their to be an answer.

Carla-"Hi Jennifer, its Carla..... yeah I'm fine, and you?..... That's good. Listen, I have a couple of the investigators in the office with me that want to see you..... Ok, thanks. Bye-bye."

She placed the receiver back down and looked at the investigators.

Carla-"She's all set for you guys. She doesn't have a class right now so head on over. Room 313 of the East Wing."

Chrissy-"Thank you so much."

The group walked out and headed down the hall and to the stair case that leads to the 3rd floor.
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Benjamin, Doug, and Kristen arrived at Diane's salon and walked in. Sure enough, Diane was sitting right at the front desk.

Doug-"Hi. Diane?"

Diane-"Yes, how may I help you?"

Doug-"We're with the murder investigation and we wanted to talk with you."

Diane-"Alright, hold on."

Diane stood up and walked over to the beautician sitting in a chair reading a magazine.

Diane-"Hey Barb, could you watch the sign in desk for me for a little bit."

Barb-"Yeah, not a problem."

Diane-"Thanks sweetie."

She then waved to the investigators to follow her and the group walked into the break room. They walked in and took a seat at the table.

Diane-"So what do you wanna know?"
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The group reached Jennifer's classroom. Chrissy opened the door and found Jennifer sitting at her desk.

Jennifer-"Hey guys!"

Deanna-"Hey!"

Mitchell-"Could we chat really quick?"

Jennifer-"Yeah. I got a little time before my next English class comes in."

Chrissy-"We just wanna go over somethings. When we spoke to you at the benefit for the Bundy's, you said the check for Matthew was for a repair. What did he fix again?"

Jennifer-"Oh, that was... Uh... for the oven. I had a leak."

Mitchell-"The oven?"

Jennifer-"Yeah."

Jennifer started looking nervously at the group.

Mitchell-"When I spoke to you at the benefit you said it was for the dish washer."

It was at this moment, Jennifer's face turned whiter than a ghost.

Jennifer-"Alright. It was hush money."

Deanna-"Why would you pay him hush money?"
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Benjamin-"We wanna know about you and Brad."

Diane-"Oh, God. That train wreck."

Kristen-"Was the marriage that bad?"

Diane-"No, it was wonderful to begin with. He was so loving and caring."

Doug-"Brad?"

Diane-"I know, it sounds weird. But he truly was a sweetheart. Then, I stopped by his office one day. He had his secretary on his desk in just her underwear. I walked right out. We tried to work it out after, but he started drinking more and more and we just grew apart."

Kristen-"That's rough."

Diane-"You're telling me. We would have been married 23 years next month."

Kristen-"You didn't try and find someone new?"

Diane-"No. I never liked the word 'divorce' and I know how Brad would of gotten had I gotten married again."

Benjamin-"It sounds like you were holding out for him to come back to you. Right?"
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Jennifer-"Matthew found out about me sleeping with a student."

Mitchell-"So it is true?"

Jennifer-"I'm sorry?"

Mitchell-"When we spoke at the benefit, right after you left, Cooper and Sydney mentioned that their was a rumor going around that you did sleep with a student. Cooper said his friend's brother heard the rumor. The 2 of them told us their was a rumor that follows each graduating class out. They mentioned the year they graduated the principal had sex with someone while wearing the mascot costume, or something like that."

Jennifer-"Unfortunately, this one is true. I went to Tyrone's club one Friday last year and I ran into a guy there. We talked and drank together, I took him home with me and we did it. As it turned out, he was a senior who got in with a fake ID. He looked the part of at least 23. The bouncer couldn't tell either obviously."

Chrissy-"But how did Matthew find out?"

Jennifer-"Well, it is a small town. Everyone basically knows each other. But for some of us, we have nephews who brag to their uncles."

Chrissy-"Oh wow."

Jennifer-"Yeah. I made a huge mistake. I've never seen that kid before here, but apparently he went to this school. That's how the rumor started. He graduated the next month and I ran into Matthew at the graduation. He pointed his nephew out and said he'd keep quiet if I paid him $1,000 a month."

Deanna-"Wait, we found a check for $2,500. You said you were paying him $1,000. What is it?"
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Diane-"In a way, yes. I know him better than anyone else here. He is a kind man, but ever since he cheated, he changed. I prayed everyday he'd change back but he never could."

Benjamin-"Why though? Why would you want him back?"

Diane-"Like I said, I know him better than anyone else. He was my whole world since we first started dating."

Kristen-"Oh that's so sweet."

Diane-"I just wish he would change his ways."

Doug-"Hopefully he will. Now, if you don't mind, can we get some info on you? Like how long you've lived here?"

Diane-"Sure. I've lived here my whole life. I met Brad in high school and the rest is history."

Doug-"Perfect. We'll let you be. Have a good day."

Diane-"Thank you. You too."

Diane and the group left the back room. Diane took her spot back at the sign in desk as the investigators walked out the door and into the waiting van.
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Jennifer-"Well, that one isn't a lie. It was originally $1,000. He found me one day after work and told me that he started wanting $2,500 a month."

Mitchell-"That's insane!"

Jennifer-"I know. I'm just a single teacher. My rent is $1,100 a month, I gotta keep the utilities on, I gotta eat, then the $2,500 on top of that. Thank God I car pool."

Deanna-"When did he up the pay?"

Jennifer-"About a month ago. I don't wanna sound mean, but now I don't gotta pay him a dime anymore. Whoever killed him is my hero."

The group looked at each other up with unease.

Jennifer-"Don't get me wrong, it's horrible what has happened, but he is a horrible person. I went through hell because of him. I could of been in jail because of his nephew lying about his age to get into a 21 and over club. Him knowing about it caused me to become nearly broke and he knew that and held that secret over my head for almost a year. Am I upset his wife is dead? Yes I am. Am I upset he is. Hell no!"

Just then, the school bell rang, which caused all of them to jump.

Jennifer-"I'm sorry, but I have a class to teach this period."

Chrissy-"That's fine. Thank you for your time. Have a good day."

Jennifer-"You as well."

Students started walking in as Chrissy, Deanna, and Mitchell attempted to work their way out of the classroom and the school and, eventually, made it back to the van outside.
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The 2 groups arrived back to HQ. Gary was waiting at his table as the remaining investigators walked in. They took their seats and Gary started speaking to them.

Gary-"Welcome back everyone. Let's get to it. Track 1, what did you get?"

Benjamin-"Diane still stuck to her story about Brad cheating on her, which caused them to divorce. She said she wish he would change and they could get back together but his drinking is too much. She also said that she never liked the word 'divorce' and didn't want to see anyone else cause Brad would get jealous."

Gary-"Nicely done. Track 2, how about you?"

Deanna-"Jennifer told us that she in fact did sleep with a student, but the student lied to get into a club by using a fake ID. Turned out the kid was Matthew's nephew and he used it as an opportunity to blackmail her into $1,000 a month. Just about a month ago, he went up to $2,500. We didn't have enough time to talk to her about the voting machines because the bell rang and she had a class to teach."

Gary-"You found out about the check, so that is a good chunk of info right there. You all did a great job out there. Right now, let's see if we can get a suspect cleared."

Gary walked over to the evidence locker, grabbed the red envelope, and walked back to his table. He grabbed the pair of scissors and started cutting the envelope open ever so gently.

Gary-"Remember, if we answer this question correctly, the Killer will eliminate one of the remaining suspects."

He pulled the brown paper out of the envelope and unfolded it. The label maker words appeared and gave him the question.

Gary"The question is 'AT WHAT TIME DID ROBBIN CLAIM TO CALL THE POLICE DEPARTMENT?'."

Deanna-"Ugh, I don't remember."

Chrissy-"It has to be a morning time. She said she called to take pictures of the crime scene."

Mitchell-"I got a feeling it was 7:30."

Deanna-"Are you sure?"

Mitchell-"I am willing to say that if I'm wrong, I'll go out on the Killer's Game tonight. I just feel like it is 7:30."

Gary typed in the anonymous email address and a matrix-like flash of letter and numbers appeared on the TV above the table. After a few seconds, a single lime green line appeared in the top left corner for the group's answer.

Gary-"Are we going with 7:30?"

Harrison-"Mitch, are you sure?"

Mitchell-"I am just about certain. Send it."

Gary typed '7:30' in and hit send. The flash of numbers and letters flew across the screen. The investigators held their breath, especially Mitchell as he put his life on the line for the answer. Finally, after what seemed like forever, an answer appeared to the group.



YOUR ANSWER IS CORRECT; A SUSPECT WILL BE CLEARED.


The group jumped up and cheered. Mitchell was hugged by the group.

Harrison-"You're 2 and 0, my man!"

The group looked up at the TV as the cleared suspect appeared.


SUSPECT CLEARED; COOPER DAVIS; MUSICIAN.


Gary-"Mitchell, you did it again! We can take Cooper down as a suspect."

Gary grabbed his red marker and drew a big X over the Cooper's picture, effectively clearing the musician of murder.

Gary-"Great job. That's one less suspect we have now, but unfortunately, we will have one less investigator by the end of the night. I'll be back in an hour when we will open the black envelope and play the Killer's Game."

Mitchell-"I needed to make a play today to stay in the game. I know Benjamin is out to get me, and I have a feeling that their is a coalition in the house so I said if I was wrong to put me in the game. Since I was right, I think my chances of staying are a lot higher now because that's 2 Killer Questions I've answered single handedly."

Chrissy-"Mitchell answering the Killer Question by himself again. He put himself in a good spot now to stay. I didn't know and Deanna didn't know. He has done it twice now when no one else could so we need him if this happens again."

Doug, Chrissy, and Kristen sat in the lounge going through their notes.

Doug-"We're still voting Benjamin?"

Chrissy-"Yes."

Kristen-"Who do you think Harrison will send out?"

Doug-"The possibility of him sending one of us out tonight is greater then Deanna. Maybe we should change our vote to her and he'll hopefully send Benjamin out instead?"

Kristen-"That's a good idea. We'll vote her instead."

Doug-"We need to play this game with strategy. If we voted for Benjamin, our chances of going out are more likely. If we vote for Deanna, we know Benjamin has gone for Harrison before and vice Vera's so this could go in our favor tonight."

Little did they know, Mitchell overheard their plans. He snuck passed the lounge without being seen and went upstairs to the men's bedroom where Harrison was going over his own set of notes.

Gary-"I need everyone together in the Briefing Room, please."

Harrison went to stand up and saw Mitchell standing in the doorway, which caught him by surprise.

Mitchell-"I'll make this quick. Chrissy, Kristen, or Doug. They are in a pact and we need to send one of them out tonight."

Harrison shook his head in agreement as they walked into the Briefing Room, followed by Chrissy, Doug, Kristen, Benjamin, and then Deanna.

Gary-"Alright, it is time to play the Killer's Game. I'll ask each of you to go into the Voting Booth one at a time. It is sound proof so we can't hear you. Place you're vote, speak your mind, and place the vote into the box once done. Remember, you can not vote for Harrison as he is the Lead Investigator. Doug, start us off."

Doug walked into the voting booth and shut the door behind him. He sat in the chair in the room and went through the pictures of each investigator. He found Deanna's picture and held it up.

Doug-"I'm sorry, but it's our strategy tonight. No hard feelings."

He got up and left the room, placing his vote into the box just outside of the room. The next in was Mitchel. He skimmed through the photos and found Deanna's.

Mitchell-"I know what's going on and I don't wanna be apart of the minority. I'm sorry sweetie. You're sure a nice girl, but I gotta do this."

He placed his vote in the box and walked back into the Briefing Room. Kristen walked in, and held up Deanna's picture as well.

Kristen-"With a vote of 3 to whatever, we are safe for another day. Sorry."

Kristen placed her vote in the box and left. The next investigator in was Benjamin. He skimmed through the photos and grabbed Mitchell's.

Benjamin-"I have a feeling I'm the one going out tonight. I don't care much for him, even if he does answer the Killer Questions correctly."

Benjamin placed his vote in the box and returned to the Briefing Room. The last in the Voting Booth was Deanna. She flipped through the pictures until she saw Benjamin's.

Deanna-"You need to stop getting mad all the time. I hope this is your wake up call."

She placed the vote in the box and went back to the Briefing Room.

Gary-"What I now need you all to do is please turn around and do not turn back until I instruct you to."

With that, the 7 remaining investigators turned their backs to Gary's table. Gary walked just outside of the Briefing Room to where the Voting Booth room was and grabbed the box on the wall just outside of it. He opened it and removed the votes from inside, pinning them to his chest in case an investigator was still looking. He walked back into the Briefing Room to his table and started counting. First vote, second vote, third vote, and so on until he saw all 6 votes. He then picked up a vote and placed it to his chest as he turned to the group.

Gary-"Can you all please turn around."

The 7 investigators turned to face the Police Sargent, who held someone's fate in his hands.

Gary-"The group has voted, and in a 4-1-1 decision, the person the group has chosen is..... Deanna."

She let out a small cry as she stood up, trying to keep herself from completely breaking down.

Gary-"Deanna, you will be playing the Killer's Game tonight, but you will not be playing alone. Harrison, please come up here and choose who you want to go out and why."

Harrison left his desk and walked up to the table.

Harrison-"Wow... Just..... Wow. I honestly wasn't sure who to pick tonight. Then I was told some info just before the vote started. I thought about this for the last few minutes, and I've come to my decision. My choice tonight...... It is Doug."

The group, including Benjamin, where shocked with jaws wide open upon Harrison decision.

Harrison-"Doug, you were not my choice, but I have overheard rumors of a coalition in the house and your name was mentioned in the rumors. I'm sorry."

Doug nodded and stood up.

Gary-"Doug, you will play the Killer's Game along side Deanna."

Gary walked over and grabbed the black envelope from the evidence locker and started cutting it open. Once open, 2 smaller black envelopes poured out onto the table.

Gary-"The Killer has stated that they will leave an important clue at one location, while at the other, the Killer is going to be waiting, and one of you will not be coming back. Harrison, please hand a map to the group's pick, Deanna, and then the other map goes to your pick, Doug."

Harrison held up both envelopes to Deanna. Through the tears in her eyes, she picked the one in his left hand, and Harrison handed the other one to Doug.

Gary-"Please open them up and tell us where you are going."

Both Deanna and Doug opened their envelopes and opened the maps inside of them.

Deanna-"I will be going to the Woods at Harper Park. It says start where Ashley was found and head into the woods from there."

Doug-"I'm going to the Playhouse Theatre on Seymour Ave. Enter through front door. That's all it says."

Gary-"I'm going to arrange for a ride to your locations. What I need both of you to do is go into the voting booth. If you do not return, you are responsible for naming the next Lead Investigator. Go pack and I wish you both the best of luck."
-
Doug was packing his bags, upset. Harrison walked in.

Harrison-"Hey, listen. I'm sorry. I did not want to pick you at all."

Doug-"Its OK. I'm mad, but I know how it was when you got sent out by Benjamin."

Harrison-"I hope you do come back."

Doug-"Thanks. I do too."

Doug-"Harrison, I could ring your neck right now. I completely understand though why you did it, so I'm not really as mad. I just wanna come back."

Deanna was placing her belonging into her suitcase.

Deanna-"I don't know why I unpacked from last time."

She started crying. Chrissy and Kristen walked in and found her and started consoling her.

Chrissy-"Oh my God! Don't cry sweetie!"

The 3 girls hugged as Deanna kept crying.

Deanna-"I'm terrified! It's so damn scary out there!"

Kristen-"We're all gonna go out, don't worry. It'll be over with soon and you'll be back here with us in no time."

Deanna-"I was petrified last time. It's so dark and I can't believe I have to do this again."
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 23, 2019, 08:35:32 PM
At 10:30, 2 taxis pulled up to the Headquarters. Doug and Deanna said their goodbyes and gave their hugs and walked out of the safety of their Headquarters and into their waiting cabs. Doug placed his suitcase in the backseat with him, while Deanna placed hers into the trunk. The 2 of them gave each other a hug and jumped into their respective cab.

Doug-"Can you bring me to the Playhouse Theatre please?"

The cabbie nodded and they left.

Deanna-"I need to go to Harper Park where they found Mrs. Bundy."

Her cabbie nodded and they took off.

At 10:56, Doug arrived to the Playhouse Theatre.

3 minutes later, Deanna arrived at the Woods of Harper Park.

Doug walked up to the front door and found a key tied to a noose at the box office.

Deanna found a note attached to some caution tape. She approached the note.

Doug unlocked the door and stepped into the lobby.

Deanna's note said "FOLLOW THE CAUTION TAPE TO THE CLUE". She followed the tape on the trees.

Doug walked through a door and found the theatre. He walked up to the stage.

Deanna walked deep into the woods, still following the taped trees.

Doug found a note. He read the words "GO TO THE DRESSING ROOMS. GO OUT BACK DOOR ON STAGE."

Deanna was startled by a nose. She turned around. Nothing.

Doug walked through the stage door and found the hallway to the dressing rooms.

Deanna kept walking toward what looked like a fire.

Doug checked the first dressing room. Nothing.

Deanna kept walking toward the light.

Doug checked the second dressing room. Still nothing.

Deanna got close enough to notice it was a flare.

Doug checked the third dressing room. There was the X on a table.

Deanna got closer and saw the X hanging on a tree.

As one of the investigators approached their clue, a green glow of infrared illuminated them. The Killer silently stepped out from their hiding spot, waiting to strike the investigator that picked up their clue.

Doug picked up his clue. It was a police ticket for speeding. He read the name on the ticket and was shocked.

Deanna picked up her clue. It was a Massachusetts state license plate.

All of a sudden, the green glow walked forward. The investigator heard something behind them and quickly turned around to see the Killer rush forward at them. They screamed and tried running. It was no use.

FLASH! BANG!

The surviving investigator looked around, and once they knew they were in the clear, they retraced their steps back to the waiting car.
-
Back at HQ, the remaining investigators sat in anticipation for the return of the surviving investigator.

Kristen-"So why did you send out Doug?"

Harrison-"I heard about a coalition between him and others in the house. It was a toss up and I decided on him."

Kristen-"That was stupid. What if they try to get you killed next?"

Harrison-"I figure we're all in this together. All for one and one for all. Why are we going to ban together to get everyone else killed because at the end we're gonna have to turn on each other anyway."

Kristen-"I won't be surprised when you go out next."

Harrison-"Well, hopefully you or Chrissy joins me, because I know it is the 3 of you."

Kristen and Chrissy looked at each other. The rest of the group could see in their faces that they just got busted.

All of a sudden, the front door opened and closed. Footsteps were heard and the group held their collective breath as they waited to see who survived.

Investigator-"I'm back."

Harrison leaned over to look at Kristen and Chrissy.

Harrison-"And then their were 2."

Deanna placed her clue down on the table and hugged Gary.

10 Suspects and 6 Investigators Remain

***
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 30, 2019, 08:37:55 PM
“Murder is an inherently evil act, no matter what the circumstances, no matter how convincing the rationalizations.”
Bentley Little (The Ignored)


Episode 5; Time to Change the Rules

Last time on Murder in Small Town X;

The Killer struck again, eliminating a suspect.
Mitchell-“Who’s dead?”
Jack-“....Georgina....”

Georgina-“AHHHH!”
FLASH! BANG!

A the crime scene, the investigators found a surprise.
Robbin Evans slipped in the blood by the sink and landed with a thud.

And Rachel Neary still wouldn’t budge.
Rachel-“Leave or I will call security! Your choice!”

Jennifer Harris gave some insight into the check the investigators found.
Jennifer-“Matthew found out about me sleeping with a student.”
Chrissy-“How did Matthew find out?”
Jennifer-“Some of us have nephews who brag to their uncles.”

And Diane just wanted everything back to normal.
Diane-“Like I said, I know him better than anyone else. He was my whole world since we first started dating. I just wish he would change his ways.”

At HQ, the group cleared Cooper Davis as a suspect by way of the Killer Question. Then in the Killer’s Game, Deanna was once again placed into the it by way of the group vote, and Harrison shocked the group by picking Doug after his partner, Mitchell, caught Doug, Kristen, and Chrissy’s alliance trying to run the house.

In the end, Deanna survived the Woods at Harper Park to find the clue, while the curtain fell on Doug at the Playhouse Theatre and he was eliminated from the game.

Now only 10 Suspects and 6 Investigators Remain.



It's 3:19 in the morning. Everyone is sound asleep in their beds in the small town. At HQ, it was no different. The group slept quietly, aside from Deanna, who was tossing and turning in her sleep, possibly having a bad dream from her second trip out to find the clue. But while she had her nightmare of the Killer, the real Killer was about to start a real life nightmare in the city.

Their van slowly pulled up to a house. Just like last time, the headlights were off on the van to keep them as stealth like as possible. They turned on their infrared camera and grabbed the unused body bag from the next to the one that was currently preoccupied.

Slowly, on foot, the green glow approached the house. They arrived at the back door and realized that they left their crowbar at Georgina's house. Without that or their lock picks, they should of just left. They didn't. They want this kill.

Thinking on their feet, they grabbed a rock and broke a panel of glass from the back door. Quickly they reached in and unlocked the door and entered the house. Without anytime to waste, they hid in a corner of the room as footsteps came closer and closer.

Woman-"What in the world was that?"

The Killer watched the lady arrived in her slippers and a robe. She surveyed the scene and looked at the ground where the former window was now laying in pieces.

Women-"What the hell happened?"

The lady walked back into the other room, completely oblivious to the intruder in her house. She entered into the other room and grabbed a phone. As soon as the Killer realized she was calling the police, they acted fast. The green haze of inferred rushed forward at the lady. She turned around to a surprise.

Woman-"Hello. I.... AHHHHHH!"

FLASH! BANG!

***

In the quiet town of Sunrise Ridge, a Killer is on the loose. A reward has been offered to 10 ordinary people;

Deanna
Benjamin
Chrissy
Frank
Stacey
Harrison
Kristen
Doug
Heidi
Mitchell

They have been sent to Sunrise Ridge to play the Killer's twister game. Now, they must enter the mind of a Killer and solve the mystery, or else they will be eliminated, one by one.


***

Per the usual, at roughly 8:00 AM, Spencer and Tiffany dropped off breakfast for the investigators. The remaining 6 enjoyed their meal, while Deanna went straight to the coffee again.

Deanna-"I hate the Killer's Game. Last night's was the creepiest yet. I kinda just wanna stand outside later tonight and just let the Killer get me cause I don't know if I'll be able to do it again."

The group was just about to take their food and leave when Gary came in. He had an expression of despair mixed with chaos on his face, with a dash of sleepiness thrown in as well.

Gary-"Everybody. 5 minutes. Briefing Room."

Everyone looked at him like a ghost just walked in.

Benjamin-"When Gary busted in like that, it was a shock. We've never seen him like that before. Something must of happened."

Chrissy-"I got a bad feeling, with the way Gary came flying in, that our easy morning has ended early."

The group grabbed their plates and made their way to the Briefing Room. Gary was found with his face in his hands as he also let out a deep sighing yawn. Once the last of the group made it in, he addressed them.

Gary-"Alright, I got a call from Jack Faye a little while ago. The Killer has struck again."

The group gasped at the info.

Mitchell-"Once again the Killer acts in the middle of the night. We need to catch this person soon."

Gary-"Now, it sadly comes as 'Good News, Bad News' for us. Obviously, bad news is someone is dead. However, we can now clear a suspect because of it."

The group looked at each other as they wondered who the Killer cleared for them. Their question was answered very quickly as Gary took his red sharpie and walked over to his suspect bored. He reached up and threw a big red X over the face of the deceased suspect. The group looked in awe at who it was.

It was Diane Pearlman. Thanks to the Killer, the now deceased beautician was cleared of being the bad guy.

Chrissy-"Diane is dead!?"

Gary-"I'm afraid so. She called the police department around 3:25 and, well, I have the audio from the call."

He then held up a Flash Drive and placed it into the USB port on the computer. After a few clicks, the TV above the table showed the official Seal of the Sunrise Ridge Police Department. A play button sat directly on top of the logo.

Gary-"Now, just like the Killer's first video they sent us, I've already listen to this, and it sounds as bad as the video was. I'm sorry in advance if it's hard for you, too."

With that warning, Gary moved the cursor over the play button and clicked it.

Jack-"Sunrise Ridge Police Department, how can I help you?"

Diane-"Hello, I.... AHHHHH!"

What sounded like a struggle then took place, followed by the panicked screams of Diane.

Diane-"AHHHH!!!! GET AWAY FROM ME!!!!!"

Jack-"Hello?! Is everything OK?"

Diane-"HHHHEEEEELLLLLPPPP!!!"

BANG!

Some of the investigators jumped when the bang was heard. After what seemed like an eternity, the ironic dead silence was finally broken.

Jack-"Hello? HELLO!?"

He dropped the phone in his rush to get to his radio.

Jack-"I need a call traced! Another homicide!"

The audio ended.

Kristen-"The Killer claimed another victim. This is insane. They've broken in here, they've broken into the homes of the victims. I don't know where it's gonna go next."

Gary-"Now, police arrived to Diane's house and found no body, but the amount of blood suggest that she is no longer with us. Now, on to other items. Last night, Deanna again returned with the Killer Clue. What did you find out there?"

Deanna-"I was dropped off right at the spot Ashley was found. I walked over to a note that told me to follow the caution tape that was tied to the trees to the clue. I followed it and it brought me deep into the woods. I arrived at a flare where the clue was."

Gary-"I'm very proud of you. This is what the Killer left us. A Massachusetts license plate."

He held it up for the group to see.

Gary-"I've already talked to Jack Faye about it, and he ran the plate and found out it was registered to a truck that once belonged to Matthew Bundy."

The 6 investigators all started writing and whispering to each other over the major clue.

Gary-"Now, let's get to the investigation. As we know, Deanna returned again last night, but unfortunately Doug did not. I'm going to play Doug's Last Will and Testament and see who he named as the next Lead Investigator."

Gary clicked open a file on the computer, and a video with Doug appeared before the group on the TV over head. Just as Gary hit play, like with the others, he walked away to grab the name plate in front of Doug's desk and placed it on his board along with Heidi, Frank, and Stacey's names in his own makeshift "In Memory" mural.

Doug-"I can't believe I have to make this. I don't blame Harrison, but I'm also not happy with him. As for who I pick for Lead Investigator, it's down between 2 people that I want to have it."

He then reaches into his pocket and pulls out a quarter and flips it.

Doug-"My choice is Chrissy. I believe her and Kristen can get to the end. They're both really good investigators and I think they can solve it."

Gary-"Chrissy, congratulations! You are the Lead Investigator."

Chrissy grabbed her stuff from her desk and made her way to the front of the room

Chrissy-"I have a good and bad feeling about being in this position today. After last night, I know Kristen and I are targets now."

Gary-"So today, the 2 tracks are as follows; Track 1, I am sending you to Diane's house. We found a casing at the last crime scene, let's see if we can find another here and prove that a gun is being used. Track 2, you are going to the Town Hall. I want you to look into this Tracey Johnson girl and find anything and everything you can about her. Chrissy, it is your job to make our teams today. I want you to decide which 2 go to Diane's and which 3 go to Town Hall."

Chrissy-"I'm going to send..... Deanna, Mitchell, and..... Kristen to the house, and Benjamin and Harrison to Town Hall."

Gary-"Very well, go get ready guys. I'll see you all when you get back."
-
Deanna, Mitchell, and Kristen were in their van heading to Diane's house. Everyone was silent.

Mitchell-"I caught their alliance red handed. Harrison and I have our own alliance and we both want to make it to the end and claim the reward so I played a power move during the last Killer's Game round. If we can avoid the next Killer's Game, I think we can make it all the way."

The van pulled up to Diane's house. The 3 investigators stepped out and checked the scene outside. It was eerie.they had just spoken the other day, just like with Georgina, and now both are gone. All 3 of them thought to themselves the same thing, 'Who's next?'.

They walked around to the back door of the house and were instantly greeted by Robbin Evans and her camera crew. They were filming for Robbin's website news article, 'Robbin's Scoop'.

Robbin-"Once again, another grizzly murder has happened in the town of Sunrise Ridge. I'm here at the home of latest murder victim, Diane Pearlman, a beautician in the town. It was here within the last 12 hours that Miss Pearlman was killed in her own home by the mysterious killer that has been stalking the city the last few days. Diane's death is now the fourth death in the city, following Georgina Seeger and, of course, Matthew and Ashley Bundy. Questions have been raised as to who or whom have been behind the murders in this town. For example; Could the Mayor still harbor resentment toward Matthew for pointing out his crooked ways in the Mayoral election? What about the teacher that aided him? Could she lose more from this? What about the ex husband? Could he have been angered at her possibly dating or moving on from his abusive ways?"

Man-"EXCUSE ME!?"

Deanna, Mitchell, and Kristen whipped around on cue to see a visibly upset, and obviously extremely angry, Brad Stokely. No one heard his truck pull up, nor hear him walk up to the house. The red flannel on his shirt was nothing compared to the red in his face, with his stubbled grey hair acting as the smoke to the fire.

Brad quickly approached the reporter and her camera crew. Robbin's eyes bigger than saucers. Mitchell thought quickly and placed himself between Brad and the news crew.

Brad-"WHAT DID YOU SAY, YOU LITTLE BLONDE BIMBO?!"

Robbin-"I'm in the middle of filming a segment, sir."

Brad-"ABOUT MY WIFE! DON'T YOU EVER TALK ABOUT ME OR MY WIFE!"

Robbin-"Please calm down or I will have you arrested for disturbing the peace."

Brad-"YOU WANT DISTURBING THE PEACE, I'LL GIVE YOU DISTURBING THE PEACE!"

At this moment, Brad broke free of Mitchell's grip easier than breaking a popsicle stick with a sledgehammer. He walked up to Robbin and her camera crew with Mitchell still trying to keep him back. It was no use. Brad seemed to have the strength of 10 men. He reached the camera crew and grabbed the camera off of the tripod.

Brad-"HERE'S YOUR DISTURBING THE PEACE!"

With that, Brad delivered a pro wrestling style body slam to the camera. The camera hit the ground in an epic thud, shattering into a million pieces in the back driveway. The 3 members of Robbin's camera crew confronted Brad, but they haven't heard of his legend of bar fights.

Brad put one in a head lock and was about to punch him when another tried to stop him. They grabbed his free arm, but like something out of a movie, Brad spun the other cameraman around and placed him in a headlock as well. As the third member tried to pry everyone apart, he was met with a head butt square to the face. They went down with a bloody and possibly broken nose. He then pulled both of the other crew members together and both men met head first into one another and fell down as well. Now 3 men were down and one very angry and bitter man stood above the rest.

He looked over at Robbin and approached her. Mitchell tried his best to keep the peace, but after watching Brad win a 3 on 1 fight, he knew to keep his distance.

Brad-"I BETTER NEVER HEAR YOU MENTION ME OR MY WIFE EVER AGAIN! I WON'T HIT A WOMAN, BUT I CERTAINLY WILL HIT A BITCH!"

With that, Brad walked down the driveway, back into his truck, and sped off.

Kristen-"Jesus Christmas, are you guys ok?"
-
Benjamin and Harrison arrived at Town Hall. Neither said a word to the other as soon as the van left Headquarters. They got out and started walking up the steps to the building.

Benjamin-"So, you really heard of the girls and Doug having an alliance?"

Harrison-"Yeah, its the only reason I sent him out. I figure why work together like that when you're gonna have to turn against each other at some point. Let's say you and them are the last 4 and you're the Lead Investigator. They have no choice but to vote for each other. Why do that and then ruin your own chances of coming back and winning?"

Benjamin-"You put a huge target on your back. You know that, too?"

Harrison-"I knew what I was getting myself into when I sent Doug out. I've gone out already. If I have to go out again, I'm ready."

Benjamin-"Harrison is an idiot. You have a 50-50 chance of coming back from a Killer's Game. If the girls get their way, Harrison most likely won't come back. That's a plus for me at least."

Harrison-"I'm not gonna tell Benjamin or anyone that Mitchell and I are also working together. If I did, we'd both be out by now. Mitchell and I made a deal when Benjamin became Lead Investigator to have one of us walk out the winner, and we are sticking to that."

The 2 men walked into the Town Hall and were greeted by the desk clerk. An older lady by the name of Julia McMahon sat at the desk and welcomed the 2 men in as she did for Mitchell and Deanna just days before.

Julia-"Good morning, gentlemen. How can I help you today?"

Benjamin-"We're here for the murder investigation. We would like to go through the town records."

Julia-"That shouldn't be a problem. Town records are kept behind that door to the right."

Benjamin-"Thank you very much."

The 2 men walked through the door and found filling cabinets galore of information about the townspeople. They looked at each cabinet and followed the alphabet layout that was on each one.

Harrison-"Aa through Ag.... let's move down and skip this one."

The 2 men walked down and found the J's cabinets.

Harrison-"Bingo! Let's see what we can find."

He opened up a drawer and pulled out a file.

Harrison-"Jubaré. Nope, too far down."

Benjamin opened another cabinet drawer.

Benjamin-"Jonas. Getting closer."

They checked farther into the drawer and found Johnson.

Harrison-"Alright, let's see...... Allen, Amanda.... skip a few.... Stacy, Taylor, Thomas... Tracey. Got it!"

Benjamin-"Open it up."
-
Carl Levy-"I think my nose is broken."

The camera man struggled to his feet and grabbed a handkerchief from his back pocket. He put it against his nose to soak up the blood and let out a small yelp of pain. The other 2 members, Kevin Austin and Gregory Sanders, were still on the ground. Kevin was knocked out cold, while Gregory was dazed and probably concussed.

Robbin-"That man is a piece of crap! He needs to be locked up!"

Robbin then took out her phone and placed a call.

Robbin-"Yes, hi. My name is Robbin Evans and.... Yes, the reporter. I'm at the Pearlman house doing a story.... 19 Lane St.... Yes, I need an ambulance...... No, we did not find Miss Pearlman, I have 3 crew members that have been assaulted...... 1 has a possible broken nose, 1 has a possible concussion and the other is still unconscious..... Yes, he is breathing and... Oh, wait.... he just came too but he's still out of it obviously..... Yes....... Ok,  thank you very much. Bye bye."

Michell-"Ambulance on their way?"

Robbin-"Yes, they'll be here shortly."

Almost, as if on cue, a siren was heard far off in the distance. Mitchell, Kristen, and Deanna tended to the 3 men as well as they could until 3 separate ambulances showed up. Each man was taken away and treated by each set of paramedics. As Carl willingly stepped into his ambulance, Kevin and Gregory had to be placed on the stretchers and placed in their own ambulance. All 3 men then left the area by way of their respective rides and brought to the hospital. Robbin stayed behind and loaded the camera's remains and boom stick into the news van.

Kristen-"Are you OK?"

Robbin-"Oh yeah. I'm used to it. In news, even if you're slightly off with a story, people will rip your head off."

Kristen-"Hey, if you don't mind me asking, how did you know about Diane's death?"

Robbin-"I have a police scanner."

Kristen-"What?"

Robbin-"I have a police scanner. It's basically a radio that is connected to the channels the police use. I left it on last night by mistake and woke up to hearing Officer Faye ask for a call to be traced."

Kristen-"OK. Thanks Robbin. I'm gonna get back to my group. Have a good day."

Robbin-"Thanks, you too."

Robbin loaded the last of the equipment and drove off from the crime scene. Kristen rejoined Mitchell and Deanna who were also just finishing up helping the paramedics load the 3 injured crew members into the ambulances.

Kristen-"How are they?"

Deanna-"Well, they reset that one guy's nose, hope I never see that again, and the other 2 they said most likely have concussions but will get checked out."

Kristen-"That's good. I talked to Robbin. She said she heard about Diane's death from her police scanner."

Deanna-"Well, all we gotta do is check the crime scene."

Deanna started walking to the door with Mitchell and Kristen closely following behind as they approached the back door.

Deanna-"Well, we know how they got in here."

She pointed to the broken window on the back door. Deanna then opened it and the 3 stepped inside.
-
Harrison-"Johnson, Tracey Kendall. Born 4/18/1980, died 7/22/2007. Cause of death was multiple injuries after a hit and run."

Lady-"Are you talking about that poor girl that died in town years ago?"

The 2 men whipped around and saw the desk clerk, Julia McMahon, walking in to check on them. They looked at her and both realized that they just might have a break in the case.

Benjamin-"Yes we are, ma'am. Did you happen to know her at all?"

Julia-"Well, I do not know her personally, but I did know about the court case."

Benjamin-"Court case?"

Julia-"Well, you see, she was found dead in front of Stokely Works. The poor girl was hit and left for dead. That same night, the man whose body hasn't been found yet, Matthew Bundy, was arrested for a DWI and they pinned him as the one who ran her over. He was placed on trial but acquitted because there was no evidence and no witnesses came forward."

Harrison-"Damn. Do you think he did do it?"

Julia-"I've heard of the rumors of him and some other guy's drunken antics."

Harrison-"Brad Stokely. We've seen him drunk. It's not pretty."

Julia-"I can only imagine. All I've heard is the stories."

Benjamin-"You have been a tremendous help. Thank you so much. Have a good day."

Julia-"Not a problem at all. You boys have a good day as well."

Harrison-"Actually, before we leave, could you make a copy of Tracey's papers for us, please?"

Julia-"I think I can arrange that. Give me one moment."

She took the paperwork from the 2 of them and walked out the door to find the copy room. Harrison and Benjamin headed back out the door to the lobby and waited for her to return.
-
As soon as the stepped in, Deanna heard a crunch under her feet.

Deanna-"Obviously she couldn't clean up the glass in time."

Kristen-"Wait, do you hear that?"

They then walked through the house and into the kitchen, where the faint buzzing sound was heard. It didn't take long to find the answer. The phone was still off the hook, lying right next to a puddle of blood.

Mitchell-"Hand me the swabs and some gloves, please."

Kristen took out a pair of rubber gloves and a cotton swab from their investigation kit and handed them to Mitchell. She the. Grabbed a second pair of gloves and the fingerprint kit and started working on the back door handle. Deanna got on her hands and knees and looked around on the ground.

Deanna-"We found the bullet casing last time at Georgina's house. Hopefully, if we can find the same type again this time, we might be able to confirm that it's some type of firearm as the murder weapon."

Mitchell bent down and looked at the blood and used his swab to collect a sample, placed it in a baggie. He just started to stand back up when Deanna yelled at him.

Deanna-"Freeze Mitchell!"

Mitchell stopped in what only looked like a awkward yoga position, trying so hard not to fall into the blood on the floor or stand and get in Deanna's way. She swooped in and grabbed something off the floor quickly so Mitchell could stand up fully.

Mitchell-"What was that about?"

Deanna-"You almost stepped on this."

She held up the bullet casing that she was able to spot fairly easily. Mitchell nodded to her as she placed it into a ziplock baggie. Kristen returned with the fingerprint kit with an upset look on her face.

Kristen-"No prints on the door. How about you guys?"

Deanna-"Nothing except the blood and the casing we found."

Kristen-"Should we call it here?"

Mitchell-"I think it's safe to say we can go."

The group packed their things and headed out the back door. Mitchell made sure it was locked again before they walked out to the front of the house and into the awaiting van.
-
Benjamin-"You know, her telling us about Brad being the one who killed her, that just pieced the Killer Clue from last night."

Harrison-"That's right. Maybe Brad is the Killer."

Benjamin-"Maybe we can pin him for it before the day ends."

Just then, the desk clerk, Julia, walked back in with the Mayor.

Daniel-"All I'm saying is if I have to keep hearing about this election, I might just kill someone myself."

Julia-"Shhh!"

She pointed over at Harrison and Benjamin, who acted like they couldn't hear them.

Daniel-"I mean I never would. It's frustrating. I've been cleared several times and then the murders started happening. It's a lot of stress in such a small time."

Julia-"I understand sir, but please don't lose your mind over it."

Daniel stepped into the elevator and headed back up to his office as Julia returned to Harrison and Benjamin with the freshly printed paperwork on Tracey Johnson.

Julia-"Here you are boys. Is their anything else I can do for you?"

Benjamin-"Well, if you don't mind, can you explain what Mayor McGee was about?"

Julia-"Oh, that. It was nothing much. He got yet another accusation of fixing the election."

Harrison-"How many times have they looked at it and cleared him?"

Julia-"Roughly 4 or 5 times. Hell, the guy that he ran against tried getting people to back off after the write in vote. He went on to better things and has no grudge against anyone here, so I don't know why people are still saying he was robbed."

Harrison-"Politics are weird thing. Anyway, thank you very much for all your help."

Julia-"You're very welcome. Have a good day."

Benjamin-"You too, thank you."

Harrison-"Thank you. Have a good one."

The 2 men walked out of Town Hall and headed back to the waiting van.
-
Both groups arrived back at HQ with their gathered information. Gary and Chrissy sat quietly while looking over their notes, waiting for the groups to enter the Briefing Room. Deanna, Kristen, and Mitchell walked in, and were soon followed by Harrison and Benjamin. Gary stood in his usual spot at his table and wait until everyone was situated at their desks.

Gary-"Alright guys, let's see what you got today. Track 1?"

Mitchell-"We gathered a blood sample to confirm it is Diane's and Deanna found a bullet casing like at Georgina's house."

Gary took the bullet casing from Mitchell and then went to retrieve the other one in the evidence locker. He looked at them immediately realized what he had.

Gary-"These casing are both the same. So what you do think about that?"

Deanna-"The Killer used the same weapon at both locations."

Gary-"Bingo! Now if we could get the weapon itself, we'd be in business. Did you find anything else?"

Kristen-"Yes we did. When we arrived to Diane's house, we found Robbin in the backyard doing a news piece on the murders. She made comments about the Mayor and Jennifer Harris possibly being the Killer. Then she mentioned Brad's name, and out of nowhere, he walks into the yard. He yelled at Robbin, smashed a camera, and beat down her 3 crew members before leaving."

Mitchell-"I tried to hold him back, but I saw the fight at The Hot Spot. I didn't wanna be apart of that."

Gary-"Well, you guys seemed to have a rough morning. Good job though out there today. Track 2, what did you get?"

Benjamin-"We got Tracey's record. It shows she died about 11 years ago. That was really all it said beside it saying she was killed in a hit and run, but then the desk clerk at Town Hall over heard us talking about it and told us what she knew. She said that she was found dead outside of Brad's business of a hit and run and that Matthew was also pulled over that night for a DWI. they linked the 2 together and wanted to charge him with her death. The court couldn't find any hard evidence to place him there when she died, and their were no witnesses, so they had to let him go."

Harrison-"It isn't much, but we also overheard the Mayor complaining about the election again. He said he was accused again, and since you brought up Robbin saying it in her story, I wouldn't be surprised if it was her."

Gary-"Nicely done guys. I believe that we've covered a lot of ground today. Go eat and get some rest. I'll see you guys laters."

Before anyone could move from their seats, the doorbell rang. The entire group looked at each other in confusion as to who would be at the door. Gary stepped out, which prompted everyone to get up and follow him out the Briefing Room and down the stairs to the door. To everyone's surprise, it was Walter DuChamps. He was holding a box, and still acting his usual nervous self.

Walter-"H-h-hello sir. I have this p-p-package for you."

Gary-"Thank you, Walter. Can you come in for a second?"

Walter-"Oh, um.. err... Y-y-yes, just for a m-m-minute."

Walter stepped in as Gary opened the package."

Gary-"So, how's work going at the post office?"

Walter-"The u-u-usual. I get l-l-letters, send them to o-o-others."

Gary looked in the box and his face turned pale like a ghost. He looked at Walter and his pale face turned red.

Gary-"Walter, is this some kind of joke?"

Walter-"W-w-what?"

Gary pulled out the contents of the box. A noose with a red and black envelope tied to it. Walter looked as if he borrowed Gary's pale face and started wearing it as his own.

Gary-"This is the second time we've gotten these from you. What's going on?"

Walter-"S-s-sgt. Fredo, I s-s-swear to you. I w-w-was left this a-a-as well."

Walter grabbed a brown letter from his duffle bag and handed it to Gary. He unfolded it and was met with the traditional label maker words.

"DELIVER TO SUNRISE RIDGE SHIPPING OFFICE AT 4:00 PM SHARP"

Gary-"Who dropped this off?"

Walter-"T-t-that's the thing. I n-n-never saw anyone."

Gary-"Walter, you know this looks bad for you, right?"

Walter-"I k-k-know sir. But h-h-honestly, I'm being s-s-set up. I s-s-swear."

Gary-"Listen, go home, relax, and take it easy. It's been a stressful day with the second death here in the city. I didn't mean to snap at you."

Walter-"It's ok. I'm u-u-use to it by n-n-now."

Gary-"Ok, have a good night Walter."

Walter-"Y-y-you as w-w-well."

Walter shuffled out the door and straight to his mail truck. The mail carrier looked terrified as he took off. However, was it all just an act to get sympathy, or was it genuine? Gary watched the mail truck leave and turned around to see the remaining 6 investigators looking at the envelopes still clutched in his left hand. He sighed as he addressed the group.

Gary-"It looks like we'll be playing the Killer's Game very soon. Until then, eat and get some rest. If you need me, you have my number. I'll see you guys later."

The group bid goodbye to Gary and he left. Kristen then stepped into the kitchen and went to the fridge to get a dinner started. She grabbed the door and paused.

Kristen-"Last time I open this, those freaking envelopes were in here. Does anyone else wanna do this?"
***
Deanna-"We have a good chunk of the puzzle started. I just hope we could get the rest before another Killer's Game. I really don't wanna go out again."

At 8:00 AM, the group woke up to the traditional breakfast drop off from Spencer and Tiffany. They walked down and saw Tiffany and Spencer standing in the kitchen.

Tiffany-"Hey Guys!"

The group gave her a yawning hello as they started grabbing coffee, trying to get themselves to the level of perkiness that she was already at.

Spencer-"Listen, we wanted to stay around and talk for a quick second about the case."

Chrissy-"You guys know we really can't talk about the case like that."

Spencer-"Well I think you'd like to right now. I was at The Hot Spot last night watching the Bruins game with Tyrone."

Harrison-"Go B's!"

Spencer-"You're a Bruins fan, too?"

Harrison-"I love that Dirty Water!"

At that moment, with both Harrison and Spencer wide eyed, they belted out "Dirty Water" by The Standells. While the majority of the investigators were amused, Benjamin was not. With rolling eyes, he shook his head back and forth. He then interrupted the impromptu concert.

Benjamin-"So, yeah, you were watching a hockey game. What else?"

Spencer-"Oh, yes, sorry. Anyway, we were watching the game and Tyrone was telling me that Brad's usually drinking night was tomorrow. We chatted during the intermission and he said he was getting a couple extra beers and making sure he's got an extra bouncer ready for his arrival."

Benjamin-"He's not banned?"

Spencer-"Tyrone's got a soft spot for everyone. He's kicked people out but allows them back in."

Kristen-"But why?"

Tiffany-"Small town. Business is business. You lose one customer, you start losing more. You lose Brad at a bar, you should basically shut down. He's probably spent more money drinking then on anything else."

Harrison-"Do you know what time he'll be there?"

Spencer-"Usually he's down there at about 5. Grabs a burger with onion rings and fries and knocks an entire pitcher of beer back before you know it."

Chrissy-"Alright, well thank you for the info guys. We're gonna probably chat with him tonight before he gets too drunk."

Tiffany-"Not a problem, guys. Take care."

Spencer-"Bye guys."

The group said goodbye to the diner workers and they headed out and back to The Shaw Shack. The 6 remaining investigators made their plates and ate in the lounge together.

Chrissy-"Harrison sent out Doug the other night and now our coalition is down a member. Looking at him gets me more and more ticked off every second. I don't know who put it in his head, but both of them are gonna be gone soon."

Harrison-"I know I'm a target because of what happened the other night. I know I'm going out tonight, regardless of the vote. I just hope I pick the correct map."

The group filed into the Briefing Room after finishing their breakfast and waiting on Gary's arrival. It wasn't a long wait, as Gary walked in the door by the time they all took their seats. Gary was surprised by the readiness of the group today.

Gary-"Wow, I was not expecting you all to be in here and ready for the day. I'm very impressed."

Chrissy-"Gary, before you continue, we got a tip on a suspect today. Spencer and Tiffany told us that Brad Stokely was gonna be at The Hot Spot tonight for his usual drinking night around 5. We were hoping to question him about Diane and what we learned from our tracks yesterday."

Gary-"You guys came in today with all cylinders firing. Great idea, we'll do that. Track 1, I'm going to send you to The Hot Spot tonight. I figure we'll send you at 4:45 just to make sure you get time in case Brad gets there early. Try to talk to him, Tyrone, or any other suspects you might see. Track 2, I got a call on my way in from Rachel Neary, the blood test results are in from Diane's house. She said we can pick it up at any time. Go over and get the results and try and get any and all information you can from her. You are all doing a great job, I'm very proud of you. Go get ready for the day. You're dismissed."
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At 4:40 PM, Mitchell, Deanna, and Kristen arrived at The Hot Spot. They stepped in and were greeted by Tyrone, who called them over to his station of the bar.

Tyrone-"Hey guys, what are you doing here? Haven't seen you since the benefit."

Deanna-"We were told that Brad would be coming by here tonight. Has he been in yet?"

Tyrone-"No, not yet. What's going on with the case?"

Kristen-"Its been tough, but it's going good."

Deanna-"Well, good for some, a nightmare for others."

Deanna-"Kristen didn't have the 'privilege' of going out on a Killer Game yet. I can clearly understand why she thinks everything is all sunshine and cupcakes. Meanwhile, Harrison, Benjamin and I have returned from a Game and know it's not fun. With her and Chrissy getting busted, I think the 2 of them need to experience a night out soon."

Mitchell-"Well, while we're waiting for Brad, can we get a little info about you and some sodas please?"

Tyrone-"Not a problem. Cola OK?"

Deanna-"That's good for me."

Kristen-"Yep. That's perfect."

Tyrone-"Give me a minute and I'll get them for you."
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Benjamin and Harrison arrived at Rachel's office. Benjamin was ticked off upon his arrival.

Benjamin-"I don't know how many times I've seen this lady now and she won't tell us a thing. If I go on another Track involving Rachel, then I think I'll be the next Killer in this damn town."

The 2 men walked into the office and waited for Rachel to enter as well. When she did, she immediately rushed to grab the file and hand it over when she saw Benjamin.

Rachel-"I can confirm the blood at the scene is a match to Miss Pearlman's DNA. Unfortunately, without her body I can't do any other test to completely confirm that. That's all I have for you gentleman. Have a good day."

She went to leave as quickly as she had walked in, but Benjamin blocked her way. He had anger written on his face, while Harrison looked terrified that he was about to become the referee in a fight between the two of them.

Benjamin-"Listen, lady, I'm tired of you ducking us every time we have to talk to you. We need to know where you were the night of the murders, and we want them now."

Rachel-"I am not comfortable telling you, and with that attitude I refuse to answer any questions you have."

Benjamin's face started getting red. He looks like he was gonna pop.

Benjamin-"Every single time I see you, you tuck tail and run like you are hiding something, and I don't care how crappy your excuse is. Every other person we've talked to gave us an alibi or some stupid story except you. So if you don't wanna come clean yet, then I'll have no choice but to call up the police and have you arrested right NOW!"

Harrison got in the middle of Benjamin and Rachel as fast as he could. He knew this was gonna turn almost violent the way Benjamin started shouting. Rachel, to her credit, would not go down without her own fight.

Rachel-"YOU NEED TO GET OUT OF MY OFFICE NOW, OR I WILL CALL THE POLICE ON YOU!"

Harrison-"Please, guys, please calm down. We can all talk rationally. We're all grown adults."

Benjamin-"HOW HARD IS IT TO TELL US WHERE YOU WHERE THAT NIGHT!?"

Rachel-"I KNOW MY RIGHTS AND YOU ARE INVADING THEM RIGHT NOW!"

Benjamin-"DON'T WANNA TALK AGAIN! WHAT A SURPRISE!"

Harrison-"BENJAMIN, CHILL OUT AND SHUT UP!"

Harrison was able to get the two of them quiet, although Rachel was nearly in tears. He looked back at her and saw the pain in her face.

Harrison-"Rachel, I'm sorry. Please, we don't wanna cause any problems. We're stressed, everyone in town is stressed. I completely understand that you are uncomfortable telling us your story, but we need to know where you where. Please."

Rachel could see the sincerity in Harrison's face. She wiped away her tears and took a deep breath.

Rachel-"Ok, fine. I was on a date."

Harrison-"Thank you, Rachel. Does it happen to be someone in town?"

Rachel-"No..... I don't think you will know her."

Harrison was just about to say something but stopped.

Benjamin-"I'm sorry..... Her?"
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Tyrone arrived with the drinks for the group and pulled up a stool to sit with the group.

Tyrone-"So, what's up?"

Mitchell-"We just wanna know about you before Brad shows up. We never got a chance to talk the last time we were here."

Tyrone-"That's no problem. I lived here for about 14 years then moved to Trenton, New Jersey for roughly 18 years. My parents stayed back there but I moved back up here and opened The Hot Spot about a year after coming back. Anything else?"

Deanna-"Did you ever have a girlfriend?"

Kristen-"Girl, are you looking?"

The four of the started laughing at what had been said, but Tyrone was quick to bring the conversation back on track.

Tyrone-"Well I did, actually I had a few. Had one here before I left originally, a few in New Jersey, and when I came back I tried to find my first girlfriend here but I never found her. Couldn't find her on FaceBook or anywhere. Found out she died a couple of years back."

Mitchell-"If you don't mind me asking, do you know how she died?"

Tyrone-"I ran into her parents, they were shocked about how big I got. I asked about her, and they unfortunately told me that she developed cancer and passed away. This was roughly...... About 10 years ago."

The investigators looked at each other, knowing that Tracy Johnson died 10 years prior as well. Could Tyrone be lying about his girlfriends death? Their next question was cut short by one of Tyrone's bouncers, Trevor Barker.

Trevor-"Hey, sorry guys, but Tyrone, heads up. Brad just pulled up."

Tyrone-"Thanks, Trevor. Make sure Danny has the door covered and then stand by the bar in case things get outta hand."

Trevor-"You got it. Be right back."

Tyrone turned back to the group.

Tyrone-"Sorry, guys. Gotta get back at it."

Kristen-"We completely understand. We're gonna hang back until Brad gets settled so we can talk to him."

Tyrone left and took his place behind the bar. His bouncer, Trevor, positioned himself just off to the side. Brad then walked in and took a seat right in front on Tyrone.

Brad-"Hey Tyrone. Can I get a burger and fries and a pint?"

Tyrone-"Coming right up Brad."

Brad then placed his head down on the counter and stayed like that, as if he already had a few.
-
Harrison-"Am I confused? Did you say 'her'?"

Rachel was still out of it with tears still in her eyes, but she knew exactly what she was saying.

Rachel-"Yes. I did say 'her', and her name is Sasha."

Benjamin-"So, wait.... You're.... Gay?"

Tears instantly filled Rachel's eyes.

Rachel-"Yes I am."

She started crying at that moment. Benjamin and Harrison looked at one another with the same puzzled look on their faces.

Harrison-"Why couldn't you just say that to begin with?"

Somehow, through the sobs, Rachel was able to talk to the two men.

Rachel-"You don't know how hard it is. I grew up in a strict Catholic family. When I told them I thought I was gay, they tried sending me to away to a gay conversion therapist. I refused, so when I turned 18 they kicked me out. Then you have people like Matthew Bundy who tried to make me into a monster, which obviously I'm not. I've been trapped ever since because I'm terrified on how people will treat me. Then you came in asking about Tracy, and...."

She broke down again, sobbing harder than before.

Rachel-"Just trust me, you won't understand."

As she turned away, a hand pulled her back around and embraced her in a tight hug.

Harrison-"One of my best friends is gay."

Rachel cried into his shoulder as he held her tight, in his way telling her she wasn't alone, no matter what she thought. However, it was quickly broken up by Benjamin, who stepped in. He just looked blankly at Rachel and Harrison. Then, all of a sudden, he grabbed both of them and pulled them into a hug as well.

Benjamin-"My younger brother is gay."

Rachel and Harrison looked at Benjamin during the hug and realized, for once, Benjamin wasn't being a jerk and was actually sincere.

Benjamin-" My brother, Jacob, came out to me originally when we were in high school. I was the first person he came out to and I've been by his side ever since. When Rachel said she was gay and we wouldn't understand, I immediately thought of Jacob and his fights and his struggles."
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Tyrone returned with a tall beer and a burger and fries for Brad. He set down a bottle of ketchup and mustard next to it. He then had to nudge Brad to get him to pick his head up.

Tyrone-"Hey, Mr. Stokely, your food and beer are ready."

Brad-"Thanks, Tyrone. Put it on my tab."

Tyrone-"Way ahead of you, Mr. Stokely. Just need your card."

Brad-"You're a good man, Tyrone. Don't change."

Brad handed Tyrone his debit card and he walked away to fill another order, while Deanna, Mitchell and Kristen all looked at each other like they were in an alternate reality. They were not being deceived; Brad actually complemented someone.

Kristen-"I think this is as best a time to talk to him. When he's still sober and throwing out complements."

Mitchell-"Good idea."

The 3 of them walked over to Brad, who took a few bites out of his burger and fries.

Mitchell-"Hey, can we talk?"

Brad-"You guys again? Well, I guess. What the hell do you want?"

Mitchell-"First off, we are so sorry about your wife's death. We wanna know why you are so upset even though you divorced."

Brad took a long, refreshing sip of his beer to wash down some more of his burger. He set the glass down and wiped his mouth.

Brad-"That women was a damn saint for putting up with a bastard like me. I never deserved her."

Kristen-"Is that why you cheated on her? Because you felt that way?"

Brad-"What? I'd never cheat on her. Who the hell would tell you that?"

Kristen-"Diane told some other investigators that when they came to talk to you a few days ago."

Brad-"She's still covering for me. God bless that women."

Deanna-"I'm sorry?"

He took a deep breath, then took another gulp of his beer. He looked up with tears in his eyes, which was extremely weird for him.

Brad-"About 12 years ago, some girl got ran down in front of my business."

Deanna-"Tracey Johnson."

Brad-"I guess, I don't remember her name, but I was in the office at that time. I was having an argument with some punk kid that screwed up my accounting numbers. All of a sudden, I see Bundy's truck fly by. About 10 minutes later, they walked out fired, and then someone starts yelling that they need an ambulance. Matthew really did run that lady down."

Mitchell-"I'm sorry, but I'm confused. How did Matthew not get arrested for it?"

Brad-"I refused to testify because Matthew and I go back and I owed him a favor. Diane begged me to step forward. She pleaded with me, but I told her I just couldn't. Matthew and I were good friends. Hell, you could say he was like a brother to me. I couldn't watch him go down like that. She completely understood, but she was pissed at me for it. We had arguments for months and then we got divorced and I drank more and more afterward."

Deanna-"Good damn. Are you serious?"

Brad-"Yes, and I should of said something. If I did, I know Diane and I would still be together. Hell, she'd still be alive."

With that, Brad placed his head back down on the counter, right between his empty plate and nearly empty beer glass. He took a deep breath and picked his head back up.

Brad-"I messed up. I ruined the chance for that family to get justice, I ruined my marriage, and I ruined several lives."

He finished off his beer and gestured for another one. All of a sudden, a group of men walked into the bar. Brad looked over and recognized them immediately. He looked back at the investigators.

Brad-"You guys might wanna go. This isn't gonna be pretty."
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Harrison-"Benjamin, are you serious?"

Benjamin-"Yes. My little brother, Jacob. He came out to me while him and I were in high school and I've had his back ever since. I won't let anyone mess with him and I've kicked a lot of ass in the past 20 years since he came out."

Harrison-"I just can't believe it. He yelled at this lady for days to give up information and to find out she's gay and he can relate to it.... There are no words. It's just a surreal moment that they can connect and she could open up to this."

Benjamin-"So, you were on a date the night of the murders?"

Rachel wiped away her tears and took a deep breath.

Rachel-"Yes. I met Sasha at a coffee shop. We talked for a little bit and we decided to go out together. She knew this little place just outside of town called The Rise, which is a gay bar. I got out of working a double shift here, went home and got ready, and she drove us there. We had a few drinks, we went back to my place, and.... Well, you get the idea."

Harrison-"So you two are an item now?"

Rachel-"I don't know. I wanna be, but I don't know if this is me."

Benjamin-"And who says it's not what you're supposed to be?"

Rachel-"My parents, gay conversion therapists, my family's church."

Benjamin-"Alright, alright, alright, here's the thing though; who's life is it?"

Rachel-"It's my life."

Benjamin-"There you go. Just because they don't agree with it does not mean you need to change your life to make others happy about their lives. Whatever in life makes you happy is what you need to worry about. If you like girls, then like girls. You like hospitals, you got a job in one."

Rachel-"I just wish there was that 1 day I could take back."

Harrison-"What day was that?"
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A group of 3 men walked into the bar and noticed Brad. They approached him as he drank his second beer in record time.

Gus-"Hey, Dave and William, look who we found. Hey old man, where's your buddy now? You wanna start a fight 3 on 1 now?"

Brad-"Listen, I'm not starting anything tonight. I wanna sit here, watch the Red Sox, and eat my food."

Dave-"What, can't win a fight on your own?"

Brad-"I'm not fighting tonight. I told you that. I'm watching the game and eating my food. That's all."

William-"I bet that your wife could put up a better fight."

Brad had the thousand yard stare. He was almost tunnel vision like when the guy said that. Brad slowly turned in his seat and stood up, getting right in the face of the guy who said that.

Brad-"You listen to me, you little punk. You don't ever mention my wife. That women is an angel and if you ever say anything about my Diane again, you'll be saying it from the floor. You hear me?"

William-"Diane? The lady who died?"

Brad-"Yes. She is a saint, and.."

Gus-"And you are the guy that killed her probably."

Brad stepped aside from William and right into Gus' face?

Brad-"You wanna say that again?"

Cold and quietly, Gus leaned up to Brad's face.

Gus-"Your bitch wife is dead because you're a disgusting drunk."

Brad stepped back. He looked at the 3 men, then to the investigators. They knew exactly what was about to happen after the other day with Robbin's camera crew. Brad then made a gesture to Tyrone, which quickly got his attention.

Tyrone-"What's up Mr. Stokely?"

Brad-"You still have my tab open?"

Tyrone-"Yes sir. Got you card right here."

Brad-"Hold onto it. I'm gonna knock some punk's teeth out and I'll need you to add what is broken onto my tab."

Before anyone could say anything else, Brad grabbed Gus by the arm, quickly spun himself, and judo flipped him over and onto the ground. Dave ran forward to attack Brad from behind, and was quickly met with an elbow to the face. William took a run at him, but Brad sidestepped him, grabbed the back of his pants, and threw him up and over the bar. Gus got back up and lunged at Brad, who quickly got him in a head lock and started to apply pressure. Dave got back to his feet, but got hit with what only could be described as a professional wrestling style thrust kick to the stomach. William threw a wild punch that caught Brad square on the side of the jaw. He looked like he was gonna fall down, but regained his senses, removed Gus from the headlock, and shoved him into William and then Brad proceeded to football style tackle the two men to the ground. Brad landed a few punches until Dave pulled him off of his friends, and they pushed and shoved each other back towards the door.

CRASH!!!!

Kristen-"Holy crap!"

Deanna-"Oh my, what just happened?"

Mitchell-"They just went through the glass door!

The 3 investigators rushed over to help the 2 bouncers. When they got to the door, they see Brad standing up and stretching out his shoulder after landing hard on the pavement. Tyrone came running out to see what had happen as well. He was in shock when he walked outside and realized that the door was still closed.

Tyrone-"OH MY GOD! WHAT THE HELL!?"

Brad reached into his wallet and pulled out his business card and handed it to Tyrone.

Brad-"I'm sorry about this, Tyrone. Get a list of what I broke and what their bodies broke and come by tomorrow. It's on me. Just bring my debit card as well."

With that, Brad walked away under his own power to his pick up and left. The three men had to be helped to their feet. Tyrone just stood their, card in hand, still as a statue and still in shock at what had just happened.

Kristen-"You OK Tyrone?"

Tyrone-"He's...... He's...... He's not human. How?"

Danny-"Hey, boss man, this guy is cut bad."

They look over to the three men and William was seen to have a large gash from the glass door on his arm. The bouncers got to him and Trevor pulled his cell phone out and called an ambulance for him. Deanna walked over to help, but caught sight of her watch.

Deanna-"Guys, it almost 7:00. We need to get back to HQ."

Mitchell-"You're right. Hey, Tyrone!"

Tyrone whipped around and saw Mitchell walking up to him.

Mitchell-"Listen, obviously we know there's an issue here right now, but we need to leave. Hang on."

Mitchell took a sharpie out of his pocket and took the business card from Tyrone, wrote the HQ's number on the blank backside, and handed it back to the still stunned Tyrone.

Mitchell-"That's the number to our Headquarters. If anything happens, call us immediately."

Tyrone-"Well, thanks, but I already know where you guys are set up. It doesn't matter though, I'll let you know if anything happens. Have a good night."

Mitchell-"You too. Bye."

Mitchell then rushed off to the van, where Kristen and Deanna were already waiting. He hopped in and they left for HQ.
-
Rachel-"Well, it started about 14 years ago. After I first started working here, I was seeing someone. I thought we were in love. Then a year and a half later, I found out she was cheating on me. I was so hurt that she could do that. A few months later, I find out she was engaged, and then...."

She started breaking down in front of Benjamin and Harrison. She tried to compose herself as well as she could, but it was apparent that it wasn't going to work at all.

Rachel-"I was working here one night.... They bring in a lady that got ran over..... It.... It was her."

She broke down completely in tears, almost falling to her knees.

Rachel-"I..... I.... Couldn't believe it....."

Benjamin and Harrison picked her back up and held her tight as she sobbed into their shoulders.

Rachel-"I loved Tracey..... How could that happen?"

Benjamin and Harrison both looked at each other as Rachel continued to cry. They both had the exact same thing in mind; is the Tracey she mentioned the same Tracey from their case? Their was only one way to find out. Harrison nodded at Benjamin and started to speak.

Harrison-"Rachel, is Tracey's last name Johnson?"

Rachel couldn't speak through her sobs, but she shook her head with her answer of yes. Harrison and Benjamin held her close and she finally started to calm down enough to speak. Benjamin walked away to the water cooler in the corner of the room and got a cup of water for her. Rachel sipped it and got herself calm.

Rachel-"I cried over her for what felt like hours that day. People asked me why I was crying so bad that day. I'm so scared of coming out to others, I told them it was my cousin that died."

Harrison-"But you've come out now to us. I mean, the circumstances surrounding you saying you're gay could of been better, but you're out now."

Benjamin-"Listen, I'm sorry I've given you such a hard time earlier. If I knew what I know now, everything would have been different. And I hate to say it, but we have to leave."

Rachel-"Its OK, and thank you for helping me open up. You guys take care."

The men said goodbye, but first gave Rachel one last hug. They then left the office and made their way back to the van.
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The group's made their way back to HQ and filed into the Briefing Room. Gary was already standing at his table, going over notes with Chrissy. She left for her seat and Gary addressed the group.

Gary-"Alright, I'm hoping we covered some more ground today. Track 1, what did you get out of Brad?"

Deanna-"Well, before we talked to Brad, we chatted with Tyrone about his life. He lived here and then moved to New Jersey for a while then came back. He said he tried to reconnect with an old girlfriend when he got back, but found out from her parents that she passed away from cancer about 10 years ago."

Gary-"Well, that puts us at around the same time frame that Tracey died. Their could be more that Tyrone isn't telling us. Now what about Brad?"

Mitchell-"It was bizarre. He was all well behaved. We chatted about his wife and he said she was a saint for putting up with him. When we asked about his cheating, he denied it and told us that she was covering for him because he witnessed Matthew hit Tracey with his truck. Matthew and him were friends and he didn't wanna see his friend get locked away so he refused to testify, which is why Bundy got off scott free. Diane and Brad argued, fought, and he started drinking more and they ended up divorcing because of it."

Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on December 30, 2019, 08:41:08 PM
Kristen-"That's not it, all of a sudden these 3 guys walk in and they tried picking a fight with him. He actually refused cause you could tell he was depressed. One of them said something about Diane and he took all 3 of them out. We had to come back here before an ambulance showed up for one of them."

Gary-"I'm sorry, what?"

Kristen-"He won a 3 on 1 fight, and they ended up going through that glass door at The Hot Spot. One of the guys got cut on their arm pretty badly but we had to come back here because of the Killer's Game. We left Tyrone the number for here in case he needs us for anything."

Gary-"You should of stayed but you had a good idea with leaving the number with Tyrone so he knows how to get a hold of us if anything happens in the next few hours. Well done. Track 2, what did you find?"

Benjamin-"Well, we finally got Rachel to talk."
 
Everyone, including Gary, became wide eyed. It was the first time Rachel gave them any information and they were itching to hear it.

Benjamin-"She did confirm that the blood matched Diane's DNA, and then we came down on her about where she was that night. She told us that she was on a date that night."

Chrissy-".... Well, that's it?"

Harrison-"With another girl named Sasha. She's gay and didn't want to reveal it because she's been afraid of coming out after her parents disowned her after they sent her to a gay conversion therapist and the fact that she is afraid that people will make her look like a monster because of it."

Kristen-"How the hell did you get her to talk?"

Benjamin-"I yelled at her, she yelled at me, and then Harrison played peacekeeper and he got her to open up. She said it and Harrison mentioned he's got a gay friend, and I mentioned my gay brother and we all chatted."

Harrison-"We talked for a bit, and she said that she was dating Tracey years ago and Tracey cheated on her, became engaged, and then was killed by Matthew..... She was working the night that Tracey came in."

Deanna-"Oh my God, that's awful!"

Harrison-"Obviously she's moving on, but when we asked her about it, she completely broke down crying. I think it's easy to say she won't be cleared as a suspect for a while, unfortunately."

Gary-"You guys did a fantastic job out there. Great work. All of you can be proud of yourselves. Now then, we have a little business to take care of."

With that, Gary walked over to the evidence locker and retrieved the red envelope. He walked back to his table with it, picked up a pair of scissors, and carefully cut it open. He then turned it over and a brown, folded paper fell out onto the table. He picked it up and opened it, and the ever so familiar label maker words appeared to him.

Gary-"The Killer has stated that if we answer the question correctly, they will clear one of the 15 suspects. Tonight's question is 'WHAT IS THE DATE OF TRACEY'S BIRTH?' I'll bring up the email."

The moment Gary put his hands on the keyboard, Harrison yelled out and scared everyone in the room.

Harrison-"Ben! We got a copy of her paperwork!"

Benjamin-"We did! It says everything on it!"

Harrison jumped up and ran for the evidence locker, flipped through the paperwork in it and found the copy of her file that they got from Town Hall. He read threw it and found what he needed.

Harrison-"Tracey was born on April 18, 1980. Clear that suspect!"

The group cheered and clapped as Gary typed in the Killer's anonymous email address. The flash of Matrix like letters and numbers appeared until a single lime green line remained in the top corner. Gary typed in 'April 18, 1989' into the spot and hit send. The usual feeling of waiting forever to get a response to them lasted only 10 seconds this time.




YOUR ANSWER IS CORRECT. A SUSPCT WILL BE CLEARED.

Gary-"You guys did a tremendous job! Great work!"

The group cheered some more as they waited for the cleared suspect to be displayed on the screen.



SUSPECT CLEARED; JENNIFER HARRIS. TEACHER.



Gary-"Congratulations, guys! You just cleared another suspect."

With that, Gary grabbed his red marker from the table, walked over and drew a big red X over Jennifer's face, effective clearing the teacher of the treachery. He turned back to face the group.

Gary-"Unfortunately, our happy times have to end for the moment, as we must now play the Killer's Game. In a moment, you will head out to the Voting Booth and select who you want to go out in search of the Killer Clue. You can not vote for Chrissy, as she is the Lead Investigator. Kristen, start us off."

Kristen got up and walked out of the room, and slightly down the hall to the room containing the Voting Booth. She walked in, closed the door, and started going through the stack of pictures, and found Harrison's picture. She held it up and spoke.

Kristen-"You caused me to lose a member of my alliance. Hopefully, this is payback."

She walked out and slid the picture into the box outside of the room. When she returned, Mitchell walked in, he skimmed through and found Kristen's picture.

Mitchell-"It was either you or Chrissy I would vote for tonight. Sorry Kristen."

He left the room, placed his vote in the box, and Benjamin walked in. He flipped through the pictures and found the one he wanted.

Benjamin-"I'm gonna be nice to Harrison after today. We had a connection with Rachel earlier and I'm not voting for him tonight. This person, I think they need a wake up call after the last few days, so this is for Kristen."

He placed the vote in the box, and Deanna walked in. She flipped through the photos and found Kristen's.

Deanna-"You got caught the other day, and Chrissy can't help you now."

She placed the vote in the box and left. The last person to vote was Harrison. He grabbed the stack of pictures and found the one he wanted.

Harrison-"Mitchell and I are gonna keep our alliance strong, and private. Sorry Kristen, but 3 strong are about to become an army of 1 now."

He walked out and placed the vote into the box. Harrison returned to the group and took his seat.

Gary-"What I would like all of you to do now is to turn around as I collect the votes. Please do not turn around until I instruct you to."

All 6 investigators turned around in their seats as Gary left to get the votes. He took the box off the wall and brought it back to the Briefing Room, he opened it and counted the votes. It wasn't long until he knew who was going out tonight. He took a photo and held it to his chest.

Gary-"Please turn back around."

The investigators turned back to face Gary. They saw the photo he had and they all feared the worst.

Gary-"The group has voted, and in a 4-1 vote, the first investigator playing tonight's Killer's Game is.... Kristen."

He turned the picture around to confirm the group's choice. Angrily, she stood up.

Gary-"What I need now is for the Lead Investigator, Chrissy, to make her decision on who will be joining Kristen on tonight's Killer's Game. Please, state your choice and your reason as to why."

Chrissy got up and walked up to the front of Gary's table. She was not hesitant at all in her choice.

Chrissy-"This is a pretty easy choice for me tonight. My choice is Harrison. Obviously, we had a falling out the other night and it's best you go out tonight."

Harrison smirked and stood up.

Gary-"Harrison, you will be playing the Killer's Game tonight alongside Kristen."

Gary then went over to the evidence locker and grabbed the black envelope. He took it out, and returned to the table were he cut the envelope open every so carefully. He then turned the envelope over, and poured the 2 brown paper maps out onto the table.

Gary-"Chrissy, please pick a map to give to the group's choice, Kristen, then give the other map to your choice, Harrison."

Chrissy looked at each folded map like one was going to say "The clue is here". After pondering it over internally, she handed each one their map.

Gary-'Please open you maps and tell us where you will be going."

Kristen-"I'm going to the Bundy house. Enter through the basement hatch. That's all it says."

Harrison-"I'm going back to Georgina's house. Also enter through the basement hatch."

Gary-"You guys have a little time to go pack. Before you do that, indeed both of you to record your Last Will and Testament. If you do not return, it is your job to name the next Lead Investigator. I wish you both the best of luck."
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Kristen-"I had that feeling I was going out tonight. Harrison going out with me tonight is a plus because he could get eliminated and Chrissy and I can continue in this game, but then again it's a downside because I could be eliminated and then Chrissy is in trouble of going next."

Kristen, Chrissy, and Deanna were in the Girl's Bedroom helping Kristen pack her bag.

Kristen-"I really wanna come back tonight. What's it like out there Deanna?"

Deanna-"Its rough. You have a flashlight and whatever lights that are left on and that's it. It's terrifying. I've had nightmares after my 2 times out."

Kristen-"Oh, crap."

Chrissy-"Don't worry. You're gonna find the clue and come straight back."

Kristen-"I hope so. Could you hand me that shirt please?"

Deanna handed the shirt over to Kristen and she officially finished packing.

In the Men's Bedroom, Harrison, Mitchell, and Benjamin were talking.

Benjamin-"Listen, I know I was a jerk earlier in the beginning, but after what happen with Rachel, I just wanna apologize about how I acted."

Harrison-"Its all good, Benjamin. I completely understand."

Benjamin-"Thank you, and good luck out there tonight."

Harrison and Mitchell looked at each other real quick as Benjamin was about to leave.

Mitchell-"Hey, Benjamin?"

Benjamin-"Yeah?"

Mitchell-"We know of a second alliance in the house.... And it's Harrison and I. We want you to join us."

Benjamin-"Are you kidding me?"

Harrison-"When I sent Doug out, Mitchell told me about the alliance. We've been working together since just before the second Killer's Game. So if I come back tonight, we'll have a 3 to 1 advantage."

Benjamin-"And if you don't come back?"

Harrison-"Then 1 of you is the next Lead Investigator and can send whoever you want out."

Benjamin-"Sounds good.... I'm in."

The 2 men shook hands and Harrison finished packing.

Harrison-"If I come back, we have a 3 person advantage and send who we want out, if I don't, we still send whoever we want out. It's a toss up on what happens tonight.





At 10:30 PM, 2 taxis pulled up out front of the Headquarters. Harrison and Kristen said their goodbyes and walked outside. Harrison grabbed Kristen's suitcase and put it in the cab for her. She hugged him and he hugged her back. They then stepped into their respective cabs.

Kristen-"I need to go to the Bundy Houshold at 113 Taylor St."

Harrison-"Hey, can you bring me to 192 Mustard Mill Drive please? It's the Seeger house."

The 2 cabs pulled off and went in their separate directions.

At 10:45 PM, Kristen arrived to the Bundy's house.

3 minutes later, Harrison arrived at Georgina's house.

Kristen walked to the back of the house.

Harrison walked to the back of the house as well.

Kristen pulled the cellar door hatch open.

Harrison pulled the cellar door hatch open as well.

Kristen walked into the basement and found all the paperwork still all over the floor.

Harrison made his way through a maze of storage containers.

Kristen walked up the steps and out of the basement.

Harrison finally found his way to the staircase and out of the basement.

Kristen searched the kitchen. Nothing.

Harrison looked in the living room. Nothing.

Kristen saw the staircase and went up to the second floor.

Harrison walked over to the staircase and went up.

Kristen shined her flashlight around once she hit the top of the staircase.

Harrison arrived on the top step and looked around.

Kristen started walking toward a door. She opened it and found the bathroom.

Harrison opened a door. It was a linen closet.

Kristen saw the broken master bedroom door and walked toward it.

Harrison walked toward an open door. It led to Georgina's room.

Kristen walked in and saw an X on the head rest of the bed.

Harrison saw the X on a desk by Georgina's bed.

A green glow illuminated the unfortunate Investigator that was approaching their clue.

Kristen looked down at her her clue; a shoe box. She opened it up and gasped at what was in it.

Harrison looked at his clue; it was a shoe box as well. He opened it and couldn't believe what was in it.

All of a sudden, the green glow burst forward. The investigator quickly spun around at the sound to see the Killer rushing towards them. They screamed and tried to run, but it was useless.

FLASH! BANG!

The surviving investigator was still in shock at their clue. After staring at it for longer then they should, they realized that they were in the clear and made their way back to the waiting car.
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The remaining investigators sat anxiously at their desks back in HQ. Chrissy had her fingers crossed, and Mitchell was nervously staring at the open doorway. Finally, the sound of the front door opening and closing was the drumroll everyone anticipated.

Investigator-"You guys, I think I just found our murder weapon!"

Harrison sat the box down on the table and shook Gary's hand.

8 Suspects and 5 Investigators Remain

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Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 07, 2020, 08:24:06 PM
My apologizes to the people that read this. I was unable to post the episode last night for personal reasons so I’m currently posting it right now. Just think about it as being preempted.
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 07, 2020, 08:59:56 PM
Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.
William S. Burroughs


Episode 6; Let's Just Throw the Rule Book Out

Last time on Murder in a Small Town X;

The Killer struck again, killing another suspect.
Lady-“Hello, I..... AHHHHH!”
FLASH! BANG!
Chrissy-“Diane is dead!?”

And at Diane’s house, Robbin’s news story didn’t sit well with the ex husband, Brad.
Brad-“I BETTER NEVER HEAR YOU MENTION ME OR MY WIFE AGAIN!”

While a trip to the Town Hall helped out with more info about Tracey’s death.
Julia-“Well, you see, she was found dead in front of Stokely Works. The poor girl was hit and left for dead. That same night, the man whose body hasn't been found yet, Matthew Bundy, was arrested for a DWI and they pinned him as the one who ran her over. He was placed on trial but acquitted because there was no evidence and no witnesses came forward.”

The group found out about Tyrone’s former girlfriend.
Tyrone-“Found our that she developed cancer and passed away. This was roughly...... 10 years ago.”

And Rachel dropped a bombshell on the investigators.
Benjamin-“So wait....You’re..... Gay?”
Rachel-“Yes I am.”

And revealed she was in a relationship with Tracey just before she died.
Rachel-“I loved Tracey....”

Brad then confirmed what happened with Tracey, and he had a big surprise for the investigators.
Brad-“She’s still covering for me.....Some girl got ran down in front of my business..... Matthew and I are good friends. Hell, you could call us brothers. I couldn’t watch him go down like that. She understood, but she was pissed at me for it.”

And that wasn’t the end of his night, as he got in a bar fight with 3 other men
CRASH!!!!
Mitchell-“They just went through the glass door!”

At the end of the day, they cleared the teacher, Jennifer Harris, and both Kristen and Harrison ventured out into the darkness to play the Killer’s Game.

While Harrison found another clue at Georgina’s house, Kristen met the end of the game for her at the same place it all began, at the Bundy’s house.

Now 8 Suspects and 5 Investigators Remain.


Its 3:37 in the morning. Once again, a van slowly pulls up to its destination with its head lights off. A flick of a switch, and a green, hazy glow illuminates the night for the Killer. They get out of the van and look around. No one will hear this kill and alert the police. It would be their easiest kill yet, but is it their last?

The Killer reached into the back of the truck and grabbed the body bag. They gave it a tug and couldn't pull it up to them. They looked into the van and noticed that the most recent loser of their Killer's Game was pinning the unused bag down. They freed it continued on their evil mission.

The camera walked down the dirt road and up a set of stairs. Sobbing could be heard through the door. Quietly, the Killer opened the door and found a man sitting at a table in the room. He was clearly drunk and still drinking as they walked in.

Man-"She's gone...... I can't believe it......"

The man looked up and saw the Killer. He was too drunk to comprehend that the Killer was in the room with him. He looked at them like they were just a shadow on the wall and then put his head down on the desk.

The Killer actually felt bad. Not for the fact that the man was depressed, but for the sole fact that this kill would put up no challenge to them at all.

They didn't rush the man, just simply walked forward, weapon pointed.

FLASH! BANG!

***

In the quiet town of Sunrise Ridge, a Killer is on the loose. A reward has been offered to 10 ordinary people;

Deanna
Benjamin
Chrissy
Frank
Stacey
Harrison
Kristen
Doug
Heidi
Mitchell

They have been sent to Sunrise Ridge to play the Killer's twister game. Now, they must enter the mind of a Killer and solve the mystery, or else they will be eliminated, one by one.


***

the group woke up the next morning. Spencer and Tiffany had already dropped off the traditional breakfast to the group. Everyone sat down to eat at the table. Only 5 remain now; Benjamin, Chrissy, Deanna, Harrison, and Mitchell.

Harrison-"I came back last night. I know that Chrissy is still gunning for me to be eliminated, but I've made it this far in the game, and I wanna make it all the way."

Chrissy-"I'm now all alone in the house. Hopefully Deanna works with me to get rid of the rest of the boys in the house."

The group finished up their meals and walked upstairs to the Briefing Room. Gary was already in there waiting for them. Once again, he looked like he had a long morning.

Gary-"Good morning everyone. Before we begin, I have some business to go over. Last night, after you guys left The Hot Spot, the ambulance came by and took a man by the name of William Orton to the local hospital. He was questioned at the hospital and him and his 2 friends will be charged with disturbing the peace and inciting a riot. After talking to them and Tyrone, an arrest warrant is also out for Brad Stokely."

Every investigator basically said "WHAT!?" at the same time.

Deanna-"We were there! We saw the whole thing! Those 3 idiots provoked the fight!"

Mitchell-"Yeah, those idiots started a fight and got whipped!"

Everyone all thought the same thing; "Did we just defend Brad Stokely????"

Gary-"Unfortunately, we have no choice in the matter. Brad left the club before the police arrived. Technically, he fled the scene of a crime. Tyrone and the 3 other men all confirmed that Brad was involved in the fight and left. So, I'm arranging Officer Faye to come by and bring 2 of you to go pick up Brad. That will be Track 1. As for Track 2, you will be going on the Killer Clue track. Last night, Harrison survived his second Killer's Game. What did you find out there?"

Harrison-"I got into the basement, and somehow found my way through a lot of storage bins. Went through the house and up the stairs to Georgina's room. I found the clue on a desk in a shoe box."

Gary-"Congratulations on once again returning. This is what Harrison brought back last night."

Gary opened the shoe box and pulled out a gun. All the investigators were in awe at the sight of it.

Gary-"This is obviously a hand gun. It's unloaded and it's also a prop so it can't fire. Pretty sure that the Killer wants to keep the actual gun for the time being. Track 2's job today is simple; We got hold of a local gun club and they said that one of their experts will meet you at The Shaw Shack today to discuss the gun to more extent. As for who is going where today, we must look at the Last Will and Testament of Kristen."

Gary clicked open a folder and brought up a video on the TV above the table. Kristen appeared for the final time to the group. After Gary pressed play, he walked over and took the nameplate off of her desk and placed it on the board in his "In Memory Of" section. The names included Heidi Gilligan, Frank Williams, Stacey Towers, Doug Graham, and now Kristen Reynolds.

Kristen-"I don't want to be here. Both Chrissy and I were targeted after the last Killer's Game. If I don't come back, then it's time to remove the target from Chrissy and let the others go at each other for a bit. I name Chrissy as the next Lead Investigator."

Gary-"Congratulations, Chrissy, you are the Lead Investigator."

Chrissy gathered her items and made her way to the front.

Harrison-"I got this weird feeling that I'm going out again on another Killer's Game. I still don't think that she's happy with me calling her and the others out the other night."

Deanna-"I'm not surprised that Chrissy is Lead Investigator again. Whoever doesn't come back this time will most likely not name her for Lead Investigator next round and she'll be out on a Killer's Game very soon."

Gary-"Now, before you name who is going on what Track today, I want you and everyone else to keep this in mind; from here on out, the Lead Investigator will not remain here at Headquarters. They will join the Track of their choice and accompany them. As we are getting low in numbers, we need as many of you out there as we can. Regardless, the Lead Investigator will still remain immune at the vote. With that being said, Chrissy, can you please pick 2 people to go out with Officer Faye to go pick up Brad, and the other 3 will go to The Shaw Shack to speak with the gun expert."

Chrissy-"Well.... I want some strong men to go get Brad, in case he gets riled up. So let's send our MMA fighter and our hockey coach to get Brad, and I'll go with Benjamin and Deanna to meet the guns expert."

Gary-"Very well. Harrison and Mitchell, you are Track 1. You guys will go and assist Officer Faye with arresting Brad. Officer Faye drove past earlier and noticed his pick up truck on the road outside his business, so we'll be going there to arrest him. Also, Jeffery Ardis should be there as he is an employee, so you can talk to him as well, but remember, he's also still a suspect, so be careful what you say. Chrissy, Deanna, and Benjamin, you will be Track 2. Go get as much info as you can out of the gun expert, and since your there, Tiffany and Spencer should also be there so you could question them if you wish as well. Go get ready. You're dismissed."
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Outside of HQ, Officer Faye was waiting with his patrol car for Harrison and Mitchell.

Jack-"Good morning, guys."

Harrison-"Hey! Good morning, Officer Faye."

Mitchell-"Good morning, Officer."

Jack-"As you know, we have to arrest Mr. Stokely today. I'll head in first and you 2 will wait by the door in case he runs. I'm hoping it'll go smoothly, but you never know with him."

Mitchell-"Trust me, I've seen him fight. As long as you got a taser, we might stand a chance if he fights back."

Jack-"Alright, let's get going."

The 3 men climbed into the squad car and took off to Stokely Works, Inc. It wasn't long before Harrison spoke up.

Harrison-"Hey, Officer Faye, I was wondering, have you ever heard of a lady that died here in town named Tracey Johnson?"

Jack-"Name sounds familiar. Is that the lady killed out front of Stokely's work place?"

Harrison-"Yeah, that's her. You don't happen to know anything else about her, do you?"

Jack-"Well, I was in the academy when she was killed, but it was big news in town. They tried pinning it on Matthew Bundy because he got pulled over for drunk driving a little bit after she was struck. They brought him to trial for the drunk driving charge and then set him up for a trial for the hit and run. They asked if anyone that witnessed it could please come forward. The day of the trial came, no one came forward as a witness. They had no way to place him at the crime scene, so they had to throw it out. He walked away a free man."

Mitchell-"Wow. That's crazy."

Jack-"You're telling me. And now, here we are with these murders. Just who's the Killer is what's alluding us."

Mitchell-"Don't worry, we're nearing the end of our investigation so hopefully someone will be arrested soon."

Jack-"Alright, this is the place coming up."
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Deanna, Chrissy, and Benjamin all arrived at The Shaw Shack. They climbed out of the van and walked inside, with Benjamin holding onto the shoe box that contained the fake gun. The second they walked in, they immediately walked into Tiffany.

Tiffany-"Hey guys! How you doing today?"

Chrissy-"We're doing good. How about you?"

Tiffany-"I'm good. Can I get you guys anything?"

Chrissy-"Coffee with light milk please."

Deanna-"Coffee with cream please."

Benjamin-"Hot tea with a little milk please."

Tiffany-"Got it. Go grab a seat and I'll be right back with it."

The group thanked her and took a seat in an open booth. It wasn't long until. Tiffany came back with the drinks.

Tiffany-"Here you guys go. Like with the breakfast, it's all complementary."

Chrissy-"Tiff, you're the best!"

Tiffany-"Aw, thanks! Hey, what do you have in the shoe box?"

Benjamin-"Its something from our case. We're waiting on someone to show up to meet with us about it."

Tiffany-"That's so funny, I'm waiting on a group of people to come in as well."

Deanna-"Oh, what a coincidence. Anything special?"

Tiffany-"Not really, just something the gun club set up."

Deanna-"Wait, you said gun club?"

Tiffany-"Yeah."

Deanna-"That's what we're here about."

Tiffany-"Oh, no kidding. Small world. So, what do you have for me?"
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Harrison-"Hey, who's that over there in the truck?"

Jack pulled the cruiser over to a set of pick up trucks. Once they got close, they could make out who was sitting in one of the trucks. The guys all got out of the car and approached the truck. A man was sitting in it, half asleep. Jack knocked on it and scared the man.

Mitchell-"Its just Jeffery."

Jack-"Excuse me, sir, why are you sleeping in your truck?"

Jeffery-"Jesus! Nearly gave me a heart attack. I'm waiting for Brad. We have a meeting across town and I'm waiting for him to come out of his office. Guess I started falling asleep."

Jack-"Why don't you just go and get him?"

He let out a big yawn before talking.

Jeffery-"Trust me, Officer, the morning after he drinks, its better to wait for him then to go get him yourself. It's like going into a lion's cage wearing a steak necklace."

Jack-"Well, I'll take that chance. Come on guys."

With that, Officer Faye, Harrison, and Mitchell walked up to the office door. Jack reached out and knocked on it.

Jack-"Mr. Stokely, this is Officer Faye of the Sunrise Ridge Police Department. I have a warrant for your arrest."

There was no answer from Brad. Jack knocked again.

Jack-"Mr. Stokely, I am here with a warrant for your arrest. Please come outside and make this easy."

Again, their was no response.

Jack-"It looks like we're going in to get him."

Mitchell-"Hopefully he's still in there."

Jack turned the handle and opened the door.
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Benjamin handed the shoebox over to Tiffany. She opened it and immediately closed it back up.

Tiffany-"Let's move this conversation to my office. I don't wanna take this out and a customer freaks out."

With complete agreement from all, the group got up from the table and relocated their meeting through the kitchen and into Tiffany's office. She sat down at her desk and opened the shoebox up.

Tiffany-"Where did you guys find this?"

Chrissy-"Uhh.... Its a long, boring story. But what type is it?"

Tiffany rolled the prop gun over in her hands a few times and held it as if she was looking down a scope of a rifle instead of a hand gun.

Tiffany-"This is a prop gun of a M1911, nickname of 'Government'. Single action, semi automatic, fires a .45. Ironically created in 1911, it's the former standard issue sidearm of the United States Armed Forces, but does remain in service with multiple law enforcement agencies in the US."

Deanna-"Wow. You know all that just by looking at a fake?"

Tiffany-"Its a gift. What can I say?"

Chrissy-"That's really impressive."

Benjamin-"How do you know so much about guns?"
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Jack-"Mr. Stokely, I have a warrant for...."

He stopped dead in his tracks. Harrison and Mitchell were standing behind him but could not see what Officer Faye was looking at. Jack finally snapped out of his trance and came back to reality. He shut the door and went straight to Jeffery's truck.

Jack-"GET OUT OF THE TRUCK!"

Harrison and Mitchell shot a glance at each other.

Harrison-"What the hell is going on?"

They immediately followed Officer Faye to Jeffery's truck, who looked as confused as ever. Jack stared daggers at him and reached for his taser.

Jack-"I SAID OUT OF THE TRUCK AND PLACE YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HEAD!"

Mitchell-"Officer Faye, what's wrong?"

Terrified, Jeffery stumbled out of the truck, fell on the ground, and placed his hands on his head.

Jack-"TELL ME WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED HERE RIGHT NOW!"

Jeffery-"I swear, I don't know what you're talking about!"

Harrison-"Jack, what's wrong?"

Jack-"It's another damn murder! Brad's desk is covered in blood, his body isn't in there, and Jeffery is asleep in his car when we show up. You better tell me what is going on right now, Jeffery! I've arrested you before, and damnit, I'll arrest you again!"

Mumbling from the ground, Jeffery spoke to them.

Jeffery-"Officer, I swear to you, I don't have any idea what's going on. I showed up and I've been waiting for him since I got here. I never go into his office until he calls for me. If you've ever seen him drunk or hungover, it is not a pretty site at all. I swear I don't know anything Officer."

Enraged and frustrated, Officer Jack lowered his taser, placed it back in its holster, and walked back to Brad's office while grabbing his radio.

Jack-"Officer Faye here, we got another one."
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Tiffany-"My dad loves sports and hunting. I'm an only child and I know he wanted a son to play football with and fish and hunt with, so when I was like 4 I started playing football. I was the only girl on the city team. Then he started taking me to his gun club just after I graduated high school. I really don't care for them, but I do have a place in my heart for them. Plus, I run a business. I don't wanna take any chances going from here to the bank and back to make a deposit and get jumped, so I have a conceal and carry permit."

Chrissy-"Really. Can we see it?"

Tiffany-"Just one second."

Tiffany then pulled her necklace out from her shirt, and attached to it was a key. She placed it on her desk, then opened the bottom drawer and pulled out a small silver briefcase. She used the key to unlocked it and pulled out her permit and a sleek silver hand gun.

Tiffany-"This right here is kinda like what you brought me, just a little bit more up to date. And don't worry, it's unloaded. I always keep it unloaded in the diner. Heck, I've only ever fired it at the range."

Chrissy-"So you've never had to shoot someone?"

Tiffany-"Thank God no. I don't think I would have the heart to. I mean, if my life was in serious jeopardy then most likely."

Just then, Spencer came walking into the office.

Spencer-"Hey, sorry to bother you, but... WHOA!"

He then dropped to the ground and covered his head.

Tiffany-"Are you OK?"
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Harrison and Mitchell grabbed some caution tape from Officer Faye's patrol car and went over and taped off Brad's office. Once they were done, they grabbed the detective kit and went inside.

Mitchell and Harrison-"Oh my GOD!"

Their was Brad's desk, completely cover with what looked like an explosion of red paint. However, they wished it was paint. His chair was on its side, a 6 pack of beer was crushed, spilled, and coated in the blood on the side of the desk, and a stain of blood trailed across the floor and ended just before the door.

Mitchell-"I can see why Jack paused when he opened the door."

Harrison-"Let's get a sample of that blood and see if we can find a .45 casing."

Mitchell-"I have a good idea where that casing is. It's gotta be at his desk."

Harrison-"It makes sense. I'll collect the blood, you find the casing."

Harrison grabbed a swab and collected a sample from off of the desk. It wasn't long after he put it away that Mitchell emerged from under the desk with the casing.

Mitchell-"It's a .45."

Harrison-"You're the man. Hey, idea. Should we dust for prints?"

Mitchell-"We may as well. You never know."

Mitchell stored the casing and the 2 men started dusting. Mitchell dusted the desk and Harrison started dusting the door to the office.

Mitchell-"Hey, I have a few prints."

Harrison-"I have some too."

The 2 men collected the fingerprints they found, and then decided to pack it up for the day. As they walked out, Officer Faye was talking with Jeffery.

Jeffery-"Listen, I know it looks wired Officer, but I swear I have absolutely no idea about what happened. We had a meeting across town for a construction contract with a company and I was gonna drive him over because last night was his drinking night. I got here and saw his truck parked. I figured he was inside sleeping it off or cleaning himself up for the meeting."

Jack-"What time did you get here?"

Jeffery-"From when you guys pulled up, about half an hour."

Jack wrote everything Jeffery said down on his note pad. He rubbed his tired eyes and let out a deep sigh.

Jack-"Listen, I apologize for the whole taser thing. We found you at a crime scene and after everything else going on in this town, we're all on edge."

Jeffery-"Can't say that wasn't the first time I had a taser pulled on me. It's all good. I completely understand where you were coming from."

Jack-"Thanks. Listen, go home, relax, and start looking for another job. I got a big hunch that Stokely Works is gonna go under if Brad really is dead. Just don't leave town until their investigation is officially over."

Jeffery-"Got it. Take care."

The 2 men shook hands and Jeffery got in his pick up and left the job site. Jack turned around and saw Harrison and Mitchell.

Jack-"Are you guys all set?"

Mitchell-"Yes we are."

Jack-"Alright. Let me get you guys back to your headquarters."

The 3 men got into the squad car and left.
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Spencer-"You have a gun?!"

Tiffany-"Shhh! Don't scare everyone out there. It's only in this room, in this case at all times."

Spencer got up from the floor very slowly.

Spencer-"Sorry. I just hate guns. No offense at all, I think people can own them, I just personally don't like them."

Tiffany-"I can respect that, and don't worry, this is unloaded and the safety is on."

Tiffany placed the gun back in the box and locked it back up.

Chrissy-"You don't like guns, Spencer?"

Spencer-"I just don't understand how people could own a device made for killing."

Benjamin-"Yeah, but the same could be said for a knife set. Hell, same could be said with a car. It's all down to the person who owns it."

Spencer-"True, but you never think of a car as a murder weapon. You see a gun as a murder weapon, and while I don't mind them personally, being around them kinda freaks me out."

Deanna-"Trust me, I get the same way."

Tiffany-"So, is their anything else you need to know?"

Deanna-"How bad would this be at point blank range?"

Tiffany-"Well, this model was for the Armed Forces, and certain police departments still use a variation of this, so it is a strong weapon. It can kill someone at point blank range pretty easily. Even at a longer distance it will cause a good amount of damage or even kill them."

Chrissy-"Damn, that's a powerful gun."

Tiffany-"Its probably one of the best sidearms ever."

Chrissy-"Listen, we’re gonna head out. If we have any more questions we'll give you a call. Is that OK?"

Tiffany-"Oh that's more than OK. By all means, come in or call anytime."

Chrissy-"Thanks, bye guys."

The 3 investigators and the 2 diner workers big farewell to each other and Chrissy, Deanna, and Benjamin left the Shaw Shack and returned to their waiting car.
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The 2 teams arrived back at Headquarters and filed into the Briefing Room. As usual, Gary was waiting behind his table.

Gary-"Welcome back everyone. Let's get right to it. Track 1, I got the call from Officer Faye, why don't you explain it to the others."

Chrissy, Deanna, and Benjamin looked utterly confused at what Gary said, but their confusion turned to shock relatively quickly.

Harrison-"We got to Stokely Works, and we found Jeffery in his truck asleep. Brad's truck was next to his and they're supposed to go to a meeting across town. We go into Brad's office and there is blood everywhere. We think he's been killed by the Killer."

The other 3 investigators gasped at this information.

Deanna-"Are you kidding?"

Mitchell-"It was a complete mess when we walked in there. Jack pulled his taser on Jeffery cause he was there and thought he did it. There was blood all over his office. We collected a sample of it to confirm the blood to be Brad's, we also were able to collect a few sets of fingerprints and we also found the .45 casing under the desk."

Gary-"Excellent job guys. I won't cross Brad off from our suspects list until we get the lab results back to confirm it was him. Until then, he's still up there. Track 2, what did you find out?"

Chrissy-"Well, we got to the diner and, as it turns out, Tiffany was the gun expert. She told us about the gun Harrison found. It's a M1911 and was used as a sidearm for the Armed Forces and that it's still used in various police departments. She also said she doesn't care for guns but it made her dad happy and that she developed a soft spot for them and that she's never fired her own gun except at the gun range."

Benjamin-"Spencer came in to ask her something and saw her gun and dropped to the floor. He looked petrified. He said he can't stand guns but doesn't mind if someone owns one."

Gary-"You guys did a tremendous job out there today. Go get some rest and we'll join back up tomorrow. You're dismissed."

The group filed out and left for the kitchen. Deanna grabbed a head of lettuce from the refrigerator and started on a salad for the evening. Mitchell grabbed the chicken cutlets and some barbecue sauce.

Mitchell-"I'm gonna grill up some chicken for dinner. Any request beside barbecue sauce?"

Chrissy-"Oh, can you grill up some in some Italian dressing?"

Mitchell-"You got it."

Mitchell grabbed the bottle of Italian dressing and 2 bowls. He threw half the chicken in a bowl with the barbecue sauce and the other half in the other bowl with the Italian dressing. He mixed both up and went out to the grill.

Mitchell-"I love cooking on the grill. It's a way for me to detox myself from this case and keep me sane for a bit. I know that the envelopes for the next Killer's Game are coming soon, and I just hope that everyone loves my cooking so that they'll keep me around."

In the kitchen, Deanna and Chrissy worked on a salad.

Chrissy-"Listen, its only us 2 women left. We need to knock a man out and soon."

Deanna-"Who are you sending out?"

Chrissy-"Harrison, but unless he gets voted in, then probably Benjamin."

Deanna-"I know it's me that's gonna get voted in. I just hope I pick the right map."

Chrissy-"Then it's definitely Harrison I'll be putting in."

Deanna-"Chrissy's vendetta with Harrison is ridiculous. They got caught and now she wants his head on a platter. I don't think she'll ever get over it."

Harrison and Benjamin were busy setting the table when Harrison looked up.

Harrison-"I have an idea. You're teamed with Deanna right now. If you could convince her to vote for Mitchell, the 3 of us can vote her out."

Benjamin-"You sure that's gonna work?"

Harrison-"Think about it like this; if you convince her that Mitchell is too smart, I mean, he did get a few of the Killer Questions right on his own. If he stays in, we could all be done for. She votes for him and we got her sent out again."

Benjamin-"I'll get on Chrissy's good side. I'll tell them that you and I are targeting Mitchell, and since Chrissy is most likely sending you out, it can throw them off."

Harrison-"I like it. I really like it. If anyone can convince them, it's a lawyer."

Benjamin-"I know Harrison and I didn't get along when this first started, but I gotta admit, he's got this game down. He knows he'll be going out again, and he knows how to turn the game to still be in his favor. I gotta give him his props."

Harrison-"The way I see it, Deanna is already fed up with Chrissy. Deanna has gone out already and Chrissy has sat back and never as so much as lifted a finger. So if I don't come back, one of the guys get the Lead Investigator role and Chrissy will have a date with a map. If Deanna doesn't come back, then I hope that she doesn't pick Chrissy for a third time."
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Deanna-"This has been tough. With the Killer's Game aspect, it takes a toll on you. I've played twice and I've had a hard time sleeping afterwards. It really drains you."

Benjamin-"We're almost at the end of this case. It's hard to zero in on a culprit right now, but if I had to, I'd say Jeffery was the one to do it. He was found asleep at a crime scene, even though he works there and he knows all the victims. I wouldn't be surprised if he started dating Ashely just to gain trust with them."

Chrissy-"Its been rough. I haven't been out on a Killer's Game yet, and honestly I rather not go out on one at all. I wanna make it to the end of this case, and with us finding out that Rachel was dating Tracey, I think that puts her at the front of the list as a prime suspect."

It's 2:02 in the morning. A green, hazy glow is illuminating the Sunrise Ridge Shipping Company. Inside the building were the 5 living investigators, sound asleep in the makeshift Headquarters. The green hazy glow didn't stay for long, however. They just waited there long enough for the show to start.



KABOOM!!!!!

Everyone inside HQ jumped awake.

Chrissy-"What in the living hell was that?"

Deanna-"Did a truck just crash?"

The group sleepily met up in the hallway.

Harrison-"Did you all hear that?"

Deanna-"Yeah, but what was it?"

Just then, the sounds of sirens in the distance could be heard. A blur of red and orange flew past Headquarters and darted towards the emergency. Mitchell walked over to the window and looked out.

Mitchell-"That was a fire truck, and it looks like its heading over to that fire out there!"

The group looked outside and saw what looked to them like a 2 AM sunrise. They hurried off and got dressed then rushed outside to see what was happening. Jack Faye happened to noticed the group running in the fire's direction. He pulled over and jumped out.

Jack-"You guys heading over there?"

The group gave a tired yet adrenaline filled 'Yes'.

Jack-"I'm heading over as well. Everyone squeeze in to the car."

With that, the group and Officer Faye crammed into the 4 door patrol car and took off with the siren blaring. Within seconds, they were at the scene of the explosion.

Deanna-"Oh my God! That's the diner!"

The Shaw Shack was completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters rushed to put out whatever remained of it as fast as they could.

Harrison-"Holy crap! How the hell did this happen?"

Just then a scream and a cry echoed out.

Tiffany-"MY DINER!! NOOOOOOO!!!"

The group turned and saw that Tiffany had arrived at the scene. She was a uncontrollable mess of tears. The hard work she put into it, all the years she slaved to make it what is was, all of it was gone.

Tiffany-"How did this happen?!?"

She was a complete mess. Hair all over and tears flowing like a water faucet. She was immediately consoled by Officer Faye. Walter showed up in his Mail uniform, as did Mayor McGee, who was still in his pajamas. Spencer arrived and dropped because, he too, just lost his job. As the group looked over, they saw Robbin Evans and a bandaged up crew recording the fire for a News segment.

Chrissy, having dealt with Walter before, approached him.

Chrissy-"You heard the explosion as well?"

Walter-"H-h-heard it. Felt it. S-s-saw the fire t-t-trucks. I had to w-w-wake up any way to o-o-open the post office. It's a l-l-little earlier than I wanted t-t-to be up though."

They looked over and saw Tiffany still crying.

Walter-"That p-p-poor woman. I'm g-g-gonna do it."

Chrissy-"Do what?"

Walter-"I'm g-g-gonna ask her out."

Chrissy-"Oh my God! Really?"

Walter-"I know it's n-n-not the best time t-t-to ask, but I f-f-figure that I can h-h-help her through al t-t-this."

Chrissy didn't say anything, she just gave Walter a hug. Meanwhile, Benjamin and Mitchell were talking to Spencer. Spencer was on the verge of tears when they got to him.

Spencer-"Its gone..... I lost my job..... Just like that.... This has to be a bad dream. The murders happen and now this."

Mitchell-"Its gonna be OK, Spencer. Don't worry about it."

Benjamin-"You're gonna be fine, Spencer. Keep your head up."

Spencer-"No offense guys, but you don't get it. This is all I had. I was just scrapping by and now I'm gonna be back to square one."

Mitchell-"Trust me, we understand. I lost my first job because of almost the same thing. The building went up in flames and when they redistricted our staff to other sites, I wasn't picked up."

Benjamin-"Hopefully Tiffany has insurance and this place will be back up before you know it."

Deanna and Harrison just stared at the burning building.

Deanna-"This is just awful. How could this happen?"

Harrison-"Maybe their was a short in the wiring. Could of set of some grease or something."

Deanna-"How long do you think it'll take to find out what happened?"

Harrison-"Something is telling me the Killer has something to do with it."

Deanna-"What makes you think that?"

Instead of answering, Harrison just pointed to the big Shaw Shack Diner sign that stood in the parking lot. Deanna looked at it and saw what he was pointing at.

2 envelopes. One red. One black. The calling card of the Killer once again arrived, this time with an even bigger impact than ever.

Harrison-"I'm gonna ask one of the firefighters to get those for us."

Deanna-"The Killer had to of lit this fire. Why else would the envelopes be there? And if they can blow the diner up, they could blow up HQ. This is terrifying."

Harrison brought the envelopes back to Deanna, and the rest of the group joined back up.

Benjamin-"Where did you find those?"

Harrison-"They were hanging on the diner sign."

Mitchell-"You think the Killer did this?"

Deanna-"I wouldn't put it past them."

Chrissy-"Let's get home and get some sleep."

The group agreed and Officer Faye drove them back to their Headquarters.

Benjamin-"The Killer loves to mess with us. First Brad goes missing and now the diner goes up in flames and the envelopes are found there. It just doesn't stop."

Chrissy-"I just wanna go back to sleep. The Killer is loving this game their playing with us and hopefully we can end it soon."
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The group woke up late the following morning at roughly 10 AM. Unfortunately for them, their was no breakfast waiting for them. No pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, fruit salad, coffee, anything. Chrissy walked into the kitchen and started a pot of coffee for the group.

Chrissy-"It was rough trying to sleep last night, and with the diner being gone, we gotta fend for ourselves right now. The only problem is we're exhausted. We barely slept last night and we've been woken up before by the Killer before. The breakfast from The Shaw Shack has kept us going, but now it's gone and we're all running on empty after last night."

Tired and hungry, the rest of the group made their way to the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee and made their way to the Briefing Room. Gary had already arrived and had breakfast sandwiches on his table.

Gary-"Figured you guys could use the pick me up after last night."

Each investigator grabbed a sandwich and gave Gary a hug and a handshake before taking their seats to get started.

Gary-"Alright, now I got a call from Rachel Neary. The blood from the crime scene at Stokely Works has come back, and it's a match with Brad's, which means he is no longer with us."

He paused and grabbed a red marker and crossed out Brad's picture on the wall behind his desk. With that, the construction work was cleared of the crime and also brought the Killer's death count up to 5 townspeople and 5 investigators for 10 in total. The other 5 living investigators now had only 7 suspects left and were one step closer to the reward money. Gary turned back to address the group.

Gary-"Now, I also got the results of the fingerprints back from the lab. Some prints were smudged or couldn’t give a conclusive reading, but we were able to get a few. Robbin Evans, Tyrone Cribbs, Spencer Stevens, and Jeffery Ardis were all collected."

Harrison-"Damn, we found that many?"

Gary-"You guys did a good job with that, and that leads us into today. Track 1, I'm gonna send you to what's left of The Shaw Shack. Tiffany and Spencer are gonna be there to talk to her insurance agent about the fire so we can chat with them. Track 2, You're gonna go see Robbin Evans. She has been found at almost every scene so let's find out why she was at Brad's office. Obviously, we have Jeffery as an employee and Tyrone had to see him about a door, so these 2 are the odd ones out. Find out what you can and I'll see you back here for later for the Killer's Game. You're dismissed."
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Harrison and Mitchell's ride arrived at the remains of The Shaw Shack. All that was left standing was the sign in the parking lot and parts of the walls. Everything else was a complete loss. They got out and saw Tiffany and her insurance agent, Johnathan Kemper, were talking by her car, with Spencer walking through what was left of the diner.

Johnathan-"Well, you're definitely covered for fire, but we have to still run the investigation into if you burnt down the place yourself."

Tiffany-"I understand, but that's still ridiculous. I keep copies of our financial records at home, and we've never been close to bankrupt."

Johnathan-"I completely believe you, I really do. It's the whole Killer thing in the town right now that's throwing out the red flag.

Tiffany-"And what do you mean by that?"

The insurance agent took an anxiety filled breathe.

Johnathan-"The office is under the impression that you purposely burned down your restaurant and made it look like that Killer did it."

Tiffany-"That's outrageous! Are you kidding me!?"

Johnathan-"Please understand me, I am completely on your side with this."

It's was no use talking, Tiffany looked like she was about to drop to the ground in a horrible, crying mess. Harrison and Mitchell started walking over.

Mitchell-"Excuse me, is everything ok?"
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Chrissy, Deanna, and Benjamin arrived at the news station. Having been there before, Deanna knew exactly where to go to find the door with "ROBBIN EVANS" emblazoned on it. They knocked on the door and were quickly welcomed in.

Robbin-"Oh, hello. Sorry, I was expecting the boss, not you guys."

Chrissy-"Sorry to bother you, but we just have a couple of questions."

Robbin-"Well I'm sorry, but I don't speak to the public like that."

Deanna-"Actually, we are with the murder investigation."

Robbin-"Oh, I thought you looked familiar. So what do you need?"

Chrissy-"For starters, how is your camera crew after what happened with Brad?"

Robbin-"They're all doing good. The guy that was knocked out, Kevin, was kept for an over night stay just to be sure he was OK. Greg was kept for a few hours and released, and Carl's nose was reset and he was sent on his way about an hour later."

Benjamin-"Well, that's good to know."

Robbin-"Yeah, I thought it was gonna be a lot worse."

Benjamin-"Oh trust us, we thought so too."

Chrissy-"So, have you spoken to Brad since then?"

Robbin-"No, I have not. Why would you ask?"
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Johnathan-"May I help you?"

Mitchell-"My name is Mitchell Kennedy and my partner, Harrison Adams, and I are with the murder investigation here in town. We know Tiffany and we happened to overhear what is happening."

Harrison-"We know it might not mean much, but we have strong reason to believe that the Killer in town is the one who did this."

Johnathan-"What makes you say that?"

Mitchell-"We really can't say as it ties into our investigation technically, but if you wanna call our Commanding Officer, Sgt. Gary Fredo, he will be able to talk more about it and explain. Can I borrow your pen and some paper?"

Johnathan shook his head yes and handed his clipboard over to Mitchell who quickly wrote down the phone number to their HQ and handed it back to him.

Mitchell-"When your done here, just call over. Gary will most likely be there all day today."

Johnathan-"I will gladly call, thank you. I'm actually all set and I'll going to head out. You folks have a nice day."

Everyone said their goodbyes and Johnathan left for his car.

Harrison-"Are you OK, Tiffany?"

Tiffany-"I'll be fine eventually. If I can't get the restaurant repaired though, I'll be done."

Tiffany started crying again at the thought of losing her entire business she worked for years at. Spencer finished sifting through the remains of the diner, looking as distraught as Tiffany. He had a metal briefcase in his hands as was walking up to the group.

Spencer-"Here Tiff. I found your gun."

Tiffany used the key on her necklace to unlock the briefcase and opened it. The certification was slightly burnt and the foam holder was a bit warped, but everything was still intact.

Tiffany-"Of course, this damn thing survives the fire."

She slammed the case shut in her anger.

Spencer-"Tiff, don't worry. We can rebuild it."

Tiffany-"What's the point?! They think I did this!"

Spencer-"What?"
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Deanna-"I hate to tell you this, but we have evidence to suggest that you did try to see Brad."

Robbin-"I never spoke to him."

Benjamin-"Ma'am, we have your fingerprints at his office."

Robbin-"So you found a few prints. I was there a month ago for a repair job on my house. It could have been from then."

Benjamin-"Can you prove that's why you were there? Any receipts? Maybe something in his books to confirm that you're telling the truth?"

Robbin-"I don't need to answer to you. You're just some nobody they dragged in to town to solve a case that has nothing to do with me!"

Benjamin started turning red. Not in embarrassment, but in anger.

Chrissy-"We've all seen Benjamin get mad, but I thought he was gonna rip Robbin's head clear off her shoulders."

Benjamin leaned in close to Robbin. He didn't yell or raise his voice at all. All he did was give a calm, almost Hannibal Lecter like speech.
 
Benjamin-"Do you even know what I do for a living?"

Robbin-"No I do not."

Benjamin-"I'm a lawyer. I'm the last line of defense from keeping someone from going to jail. At the same time, I'm the guy that can also fight and look for any evidence they can, from a fingerprint to a footprint and even a hair from when you scratched your head or even a fingernail that happened to break off, just to put someone away for the rest of their life. Just saying you went there for a repair job a month ago is not gonna cut it without documents to back it up."

Robbin-"This is my personal business! Why does it matter so much that I need to tell you what's going on?!"

Benjamin-"Because Brad Stokely is dead and we have your prints at the scene, lady! So you better talk about why you were there and you better tell us the truth, because trust me, if I crack this case and find out you did it, you'll bet you ass I'll see you again in a court room to testify against you!"

Deanna turned to Chrissy and just quietly whispered "Oh crap!".
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Tiffany-"The insurance company thinks I burnt down my restaurant! I worked so hard on this place and now it's gone!"

Tiffany started crying heavily. The 3 men consoled her as best they could.

Harrison-"Tiffany, I assure you that this restaurant will be rebuilt. I have no doubt in my mind the Killer did this to send a message."

Spencer-"I hope you guys catch that psychopath and throw them away for life.

Mitchell-"Trust us, we will. But that is also why we're here today. We wanna talk to you about something we found the other day."

Tiffany got herself calm enough to speak.

Tiffany-"Sure, what do you need? More info about the gun?"

Mitchell-"Actually, its Spencer we need to talk to."

Spencer-"Me? What did I do?"

Harrison-"I'm going to be straight forward with you; We found your fingerprints at Brad Stokely's work site."

Spencer-"That's not too bad, is it? I just went there to see if I could find a little extra work, especially with the diner being burned down."

Harrison-"Unfortunately, it gets a little more complicated."

Spencer-"How complicated?"
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Robbin-"Ok, fine, I wasn't there for a repair. After he assaulted my crew and broke my equipment, I went down there later that day to personally talk to him about the damages and have him try and pay them. I knocked several times and he never answered. I came back here and went through my video files to get ready for the news and found a clip of him breaking it. He somehow turned the camera on when he grabbed it. I took the video to a lawyer and he immediately got hold of a sherif to serve him. I went back there the other day with the sherif to serve him and we knocked and he never answered."

Chrissy-"What was the sherif's name?"

Robbin-"Sherif Clark Monroe of the Massachusetts State Police."

Chrissy-"We'll give them a call later to see if that comes out true."

Robbin-"Trust me, its true."

She proceeded to pull a piece of paper out of her desk and handed it to the group.

Robbin-"This is my copy of the lawsuit that I filed against him.

The group read it over. It stated that Sherif Clark Monroe, accompanied by one Robbin Evans, also on behalf of ones Carl Levy, Kevin Austin, and Gregory Sanders, arrived at Stokely Works Inc. to serve one Brad Stokely for damages of video equipment and assault. Upon arrival and for 1 hour, Mr. Stokely could not be located. Papers are to be withheld and attempts to serve Mr. Stokely will resume the following day.

Deanna-"Well, Benjamin, you're the lawyer. Is this all correct?"

Benjamin-"It looks all good to me. But you said you were there later that same day as well. What time did you go there?"

Robbin-"Around 8:00 that night."

Chrissy-"Ok, thank you. We're gonna head out now. If we have any other questions, we'll give you a call. Have a nice day."

Robbin-"You as well."

It was eerily silent as the group said farewell to Robbin and left back for their van. The silence was broken quickly by Benjamin by the time they got to the front door.

Benjamin-"Listen, I shouldn't really say this, but we gotta take out one of the other two guys tonight."

Deanna-"What do you have in mind?"
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Mitchell-"You see, we went there with a warrant for his arrest, and when we got there, he was nowhere to be found."

Spencer-"So he ran for it?"

Mitchell-"No. We have a strong feeling that Brad was killed."

Tiffany's tiny sobs immediately froze and stopped which were followed by a shocked gasp by both her and Spencer.

Spencer-"Wait, you don't think I did it, do you?"

Harrison-"No, no, no. we're not saying that at all. We found multiple fingerprints at Brad's. We just wanna get info on when and why you were there."

Spencer-"Like I said, I was there looking for a second job. I know he's a bit of a prick, but I heard he pays nicely. I wanted to pick up some work there to go along side of working here at the diner."

Mitchell-"What day and time did you go there?"

Spencer-"I went there 2 days ago around 4:00 in the afternoon."

Mitchell-"Was anyone with you that could confirm that?"

Spencer-".... Unfortunately, no. No one was there with me."

Harrison-"Ok, that's all."

Spencer-"Listen, I know it looks bad, but you gotta believe me, I swear I didn't kill him."

Spencer started to turn pale and was nearly about to start hyperventilating. It was as if him and Tiffany switched roles in a heartbeat.

Mitchell-"Spencer, calm down man. It's ok. We aren't going to arrest you or anything. We've questioned everyone whose fingerprints we found as well. As far as I know, one of them could have done it and you're completely innocent. Relax and take a breathe."

While shaking, Spencer took a long breathe and tried to settle down.

Spencer-"I swear, I had no idea he was dead."

Harrison-"Listen, we believe you. Relax, man."

Spencer-"I'm sorry. I'm just thinking of the worse case scenario. What if the Killer goes free and I'm stuck as the only suspect? My life could be ruined."

Mitchell-"Its ok, Spencer we have the prints of others that are more out of place than you. You'll be fine."

Mitchell-"Spencer is a nice guy. He's really worked up about this. He could be the Killer and could be putting on an act, or he could be innocent. Tiffany could be the Killer and did this to cover her tracks, make herself look more of a victim, or she could also be innocent. It's tough. It really is."

Tiffany-"Hey, what did you tell my insurance agent?"

Harrison-"We really can't explain, but let's just say we found evidence here last night that points to the Killer."

Tiffany-"Oh my God! Really?"

Harrison-"Yeah. Listen, we've taken up enough of your time. We need to head out."

Tiffany-"Ok, thanks for your help. Bye guys."

Mitchell and Harrison-"Bye. Take care."

They hugged and shook Spencer's still trembling hand. They made their way to the van and left for HQ.
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Benjamin-"I know that the 2 of them are starting to hate each other. They both convinced me to vote for the other 1 for the Killer's Game. If I vote Harrison and you vote Mitchell, they'll tie and Chrissy can send them both out."

Deanna-"How is that gonna happen?"

Benjamin-"Remember when I was Lead Investigator? You tied with Frank and I was able to choose who went out."

Deanna-"That's right. I forgot that happened. I've been trying to block out all the Killer's Game votes out. Especially the ones I got sent out on."

Chrissy-"Wait, how do we know you're telling the truth?"

Benjamin extended out his hands to the 2 girls.

Benjamin-"I'm a lawyer, I'm paid to lie and tell the truth depending on the case. Our case right now is getting through to the end.  Right now, as God as my witness, you have my word that my vote is for Harrison tonight."

The 2 women looked at each other. He said it point blank; he's paid to lie and tell the truth. Their questing was obvious; is he telling the truth?

Deanna-"Let's do it."

Deanna and Chrissy shook Benjamin's hands.

Chrissy-"I know Benjamin had his vendetta at Harrison, so it's understanding he wants to try and get him out still. I hope it works.

The group walked away from the news station and into their waiting van to go back to HQ.

Benjamin-"I'm not lying, I am gonna vote for Harrison. Our plan is set, and if I make it look like they decided to flip at vote time, then if she gets eliminated, I could be in line for Lead Investigator, I can send out whoever I want and I can be one step closer to solving this case and winning."
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Everyone arrived back at HQ and filed into the Briefing Room and to their seats. Gary was standing behind his table, like usual, waiting for them to get settled.

Gary-"Welcome back. I'm sure we all got a little info to help us along. Before we start, I got a call from Tyrone a little bit ago. He called to see if he could get a police report for what happened at his club. I asked him if he went to Brad's office and he did confirm he went at 7:30 that morning. It's possible he did go at that time, but it’s also possible that he is making this story up. Regardless, it puts him at our scene and at this moment, that’s big. Now then, Track 1; what do you have?”

Mitchell-“Well, when we got here, Tiffany was talking with an insurance agent about the fire. He said that they believed she purposely set it. We have them the number for here to talk to you about it.”

Gary-“I did happen to get a phone call from someone named Johnathan Kemper.”

Mitchell-“That was him!”

Gary-“I couldn’t get into details with him about the actual case, but I told him that we had evidence that it was the Killer that did this. Anything else?”

Harrison-“We spoke to Spencer about him being at Stokely Works. He told us that he wanted another job to go with the diner. He knows full well that Brad is an ass but the pay is good. He then started freaking out and was about to cry when he found out Brad is dead. He say he’s afraid that he’ll be arrested for something he didn’t do. We had to assure him that other evidence was found that pointed to other people just to calm him down.”

Gary-“Very nicely done. Track 2?”

Chrissy-“We walked in and Robbin gave us an attitude when we asked if she was there. When we told her that we knew she was lying, she got defensive. After Benjamin talked to her she told us she went down there to talk to him about smashing the camera and assaulting her crew. When she didn’t get to see him, she went back to the station and was able to recover the footage of Brad breaking the camera and brought it to the police. She went back later that day to serve him but couldn’t find him again.”

Gary-“Again, great job. We learned more about our suspects today, and now let’s try and clear one of them.”

Gary then walked over to the evidence locker and grabbed the slightly singed red envelope and brought it back to his table. He grabbed the scissors and carefully cut the top of the envelope open and removed the brown paper and unfolded it to find the label maker words.

Gary-“Your question is; “WHAT NICKNAME DID TIFFANY GIVE FOR THE PROP GUN I LEFT YOU?”

Gary then typed in the anonymous email address on his computer and the TV screen above his table flashed in the matrix like grid until a single lime green line appeared.

Chrissy-“That was us. I don’t remember at all.”

Benjamin-“I think it was something involving the military.”

Deanna-“That sounds right. But what word?”

Chrissy-“Maybe Militant?”

Deanna-“I don’t think that was it. That sounds more violent. I swear it was more of a government style name.”

Scaring everyone, Benjamin slammed his hands on his desk.

Benjamin-“That was it! It’s Government!”

Chrissy-“Are you sure?”

Benjamin-“I’m positive.”

Gary-“Should I take that as your answer?”

Benjamin-“Yes. Send it.”

Gary typed ‘GOVERNMENT’ and hit send. The flash of letters and numbers flew around the screen. Finally, after what felt like an eternity, they received their answer.




YOUR ANSWER IS CORRECT. A SUSPECT WILL BE CLEARED.

The group clapped and cheered and high fives Benjamin for his answer. The group stared at the screen to see the newest cleared suspect.



SUSPECT CLEARED; DANIEL MCGEE; MAYOR.


Gary-“Excellent job! We can clear the Mayor from our list!"

With that, Gary grabbed the red marker from his desk and crossed out Daniel McGee's picture, effectively clearing the Mayor of murder. The group watched him cross out the Mayor's photo and saw the list of suspect dwindle down. Jack Faye, Sydney Shields, Georgina Seeger, Cooper Davis, Diane Pearlman, Jennifer Harris, Brad Stokely, and now Daniel McGee. With his clearing, their were left with 7. Gary finished crossing out the photo and turned back to the group.

Gary-"Now, unfortunately, we have to play the Killer's Game. One by one, I'll ask you to enter the Voting Booth and cast your vote for the first person to play the Killer's Game. Remember, Chrissy is the Lead Investigator and can not be voted for. Benjamin, start us off."

Benjamin left the room and down to the Voting Booth. He entered, closed the door, and grabbed Harrison's picture.

Benjamin-"This is all part of the plan."

He placed his vote in the box and went back in the Briefing Room. Harrison entered next and grabbed Deanna's picture.

Harrison-"I know I'm going out, and I'm sorry, but you're coming out with me. We have 3 strong and we're staying 3 strong."

He placed his vote in the box and left. Deanna walked in and grabbed Mitchell's photo.

Deanna-"If what Benjamin says is true, a major threat will be eliminated tonight."

She placed it in the box and walked out. Mitchell was the last person to enter and quickly made his choice.

Mitchell-"I'm sorry, but it's my only option."

He walked out, placed his vote in the box, and returned to his desk in the Briefing Room.

Gary-"What I need for everyone to do is turn around and do not turn back until you are instructed to."

All 5 investigators turned around and Gary left and retrieved the votes. He came back in and counted the 4 votes and placed a picture against his chest.

Gary-"You may all turn back around."

With the command, the group turned back to see Gary with the picture of the losing participant.

Gary-"The group has voted, and in a 2-1-1 vote, the first person playing the Killer's Game is..... Deanna."
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 07, 2020, 09:04:05 PM
He turned the picture around and revealed Deanna's face. Meanwhile, Deanna's real face was left with an expression of disbelief. Stunned, she stood up.

Gary-"What I now need is for the Lead Investigator to come up and name their choice for who they want to play the Killer's Game and why."

Chrissy got up and made her way to the table and faced the group.

Chrissy-"My choice is simple tonight. I pick Harrison to go out. I have a feeling that you set up Benjamin to give us bad information and you are the reason 2 solid investigators didn't come back. Deanna, good luck. Harrison, don't come back."

Harrison tried his hardest to contain his anger for Chrissy's comment as he stood up.

Gary-"Harrison, you will play the Killer's Game alongside Deanna."

Gary went back to the evidence locker and grabbed the black envelope. He bought it back to the table and started cutting it open.

Gary-"The Killer has stated that the black envelope contains 2 maps to 2 different locations. At 1 location will be an important clue. At the other, the Killer is going to be waiting, and 1 of you will not be coming back. What I need you to do, Chrissy, is hand a map to the group's choice, Deanna, and hand the other map to your choice, Harrison."

Chrissy thought about her decision. Which map lead to a return, and which lead to the end of the line? She handed Deanna one map and dropped Harrison's onto his desk.

Gary-"Please open you maps and tell us where you'll be going."

Deanna-"I'm going to the Library on Hawthorne Ave."

Harrison-"I get to go to Sunrise Ridge High School."

Gary-"I will arrange for a cab to pick you up later tonight. What I need for you to do is to go into the Voting Booth and record your Last Will and Testament. If you do not return, you will name our next Lead Investigator."
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Harrison was busy packing his bag with Mitchell close by.

Mitchell-"She is relentless with you."

Harrison-"You don't gotta tell me twice."

Mitchell-"Let's hope you come back."

Harrison-"Definitely. Either way, I think Chrissy is going out next as long as Benjamin convinced Deanna."

Harrison-"Chrissy had a lot of nerve the way she said 'don't come back'. I've gone out on the Killer Clue twice already, I've come back twice and now I'm hoping to go 3 for 3 tonight. She's been mad ever since I busted her group and sent Doug out and she'll stop at nothing till I'm gone. Well, guess what Chrissy? I'm not going anywhere."

In the girl's room, Deanna was just finishing up packing her bag when a knock was on the door.

Benjamin-"Hey, can I come in?"

Deanna walked over and opened the bedroom door. Benjamin stepped and and saw Chrissy sitting on her bed and Deanna's suitcase on hers.

Benjamin-"Listen, I swear to you I voted Harrison. They must of worked something out on their track and went for you. They tricked me as well."

Deanna-"Its OK, Benjamin. You don't need to apologize."

Chrissy-"We got set up by them and now it's the 3 of us versus the 2 of them, and hopefully that piece of crap Harrison doesn't return."

Benjamin-"Chrissy really has it out for Harrison and it's kinda pathetic. I had my issues with him but she really wants him dead."

Deanna-"Let's just get this over with."

Chrissy-"Yeah. Good luck girl!"

Deanna-"You know, as I think of it, if I were to be eliminated tonight, I honestly wouldn't mind it. I wouldn't have to see Chrissy's smug face when it comes to getting rid of Harrison and I might actually sleep well once it's all said and done."



At 10:25 PM, 2 taxis pulled up to the Headquarters. Harrison grabbed his stuff and Deanna's and placed it in their respective cabs. They said their goodbyes to the group, gave each other a hug, and climbed in their cab.

Deanna-"Can you take me to the Library, please?"

Harrison-"Can you please bring me to Sunrise Ridge High? "

The 2 cabs took off into the night.

At 10:45 PM, Deanna arrived at Library.

4 minutes later, Harrison arrived at the High School.

Deanna walked up to the door and saw the noose with the key. She unlocked it and walked inside.

Harrison found the noose and keys attached to the door. He took a breathe and went in.

Deanna went and straight to the librarian's desk. She found nothing.

Harrison checked the main office. The door was locked and he moved on.

Deanna saw a statue with a piece of paper attached.

Harrison saw what looked like a note attached to the trophy case.

Deanna read the familiar label maker words. It said "FIND THE KIDS SECTION".

Harrison read his note. It said "FIND CLASS B112" with a map attached.

Deanna, easily, found the children's section.

Harrison started walking towards the location of B112.

Deanna saw a second sign. This one read "GO UPSTAIRS TO THE NON FICTION TO FIND YOUR CLUE".

Harrison arrived at room B112 and found another note that said "FIND THE CAFE TO FIND YOUR CLUE".

Deanna walked around to the flight of stairs. She pointed her flashlight up to the top.

Harrison started walking in the direction of a flight of stairs to the cafe.

Deanna got to the top and shined her light around looking for her clue.

Harrison arrived at the flight of stairs and started heading up.

Deanna walked down the isles of books, looking for her X.

Harrison arrived at the next floor and immediately saw the cafeteria.

Deanna did a double take at the end of the last isle. She saw the X.

Harrison walked through the cafe doors and instantly saw the X at the back of the room.

Silently, a green glow watched the investigator approaching the decoy clue.

Deanna walked up to her clue; it was a set of pictures. She flipped through them, hoping to notice someone she knew.

Harrison arrived at his clue; a bell. He rolled it over and saw an engraving that puzzled him.

As one investigator went to walk away, the green hazy glow quickly ran out and caught the investigator off guard. Startled, they yelled and tried to run. It was no use.

FLASH! BANG!

The surviving investigator looked over each shoulder, smiled, and quickly retraced their steps back to their cab.
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At HQ, everyone was waiting on who would walk back though the door.

Chrissy-"Listen, all I'm saying is that Harrison isn't a team player."

Mitchell-"What makes you say that?"

Chrissy-"He sent out Doug for no reason. He was a strong asset to the group and Harrison didn't care."

Mitchell-"True, or is it because you, him, and Kristen were acting as a 3 person team to try and control the house and you got caught?"

Chrissy-"Its a game of life and death. Picture Hunger Games, 'May the odds ever be in your favor.' He wanted to play that game, so now he is playing the Killer's Game."

Benjamin-"Well it's just down to you and Deanna. That poor girl keeps getting sent out."

Chrissy-"She better come back."

Just then, the door to the HQ opened and closed. The footsteps could be heard coming up the stairs. Everyone stared at the door, waiting to see who survived.

-"I'm starting to hate this game. But, damn, do I love coming back."

Harrison set his clue down on the table and winked at Chrissy.

7 Suspects and 4 Investigators Remain

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Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 14, 2020, 12:11:25 PM
I did it again. Sorry again to those that read this. Hopefully, with the finale next week, I’ll remember to post it on time.

With that, please enjoy the episode.
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 14, 2020, 12:32:41 PM
“As you know, madness is like gravity...all it takes is a little push.“
The Joker (The Dark Knight)



Episode 7;The Game Takes a Shocking Turn

Last time on Murder in Small Town X;

Brad is murdered in the middle of the night.
Brad-“She’s gone..... I can’t believe it.”
FLASH! BANG!

Jeffery Ardis is found at the scene of the crime the following morning, but claims innocence.
Jeffery-“Officer, I swear, I don’t have any idea what’s going on.”

Tiffany is found out to have a gun almost identical to the one Harrison found as the Killer’s Clue.
Tiffany-“I don't wanna take any chances going from here to the bank and back to make a deposit and get jumped, so I have a conceal and carry permit."

And the Killer decided to create an early morning walk up call, in the form of The Shaw Shack Diner.
KABOOM!
Deanna-“Oh my God! That’s the diner!”

Forensics revealed Spencer, Tyrone, Jeffery, and Robbin at Brad’s office before the crime scene was found. Tyrone needed a door, Robbin tried serving a lawsuit, and Spencer was looking for work.

And Tiffany had her own issues with the Shaw Shack.
Tiffany-“What’s the point?! They think I did this! The insurance company thinks I burnt down my restaurant!”

Not to mention Spencer’s near nervous breakdown when asked why he was at Brad’s business.
Spencer-“Listen, I know it looks bad, but you gotta believe me, I swear I didn't kill him."

The group was then able to clear Mayor Daniel McGee by ways of the Killer Question.

As for the Killer’s Game, Harrison and Deanna, the 2 investigators sent out the most so far, competed to return with Deanna being voted in after being double crossed by the alliance of Benjamin, Harrison, and Mitchell, while Harrison earned Chrissy’s pick after she started gunning for him after sending her alliance partner, Doug, out. Harrison found his clue at the High School, but Deanna read into her clue the wrong way at the Library and instead found the Killer and was eliminated.

Now only 7 Suspects and 4 Investigators Remain.


***

In the quiet town of Sunrise Ridge, a Killer is on the loose. A reward has been offered to 10 ordinary people;

Deanna
Benjamin
Chrissy
Frank
Stacey
Harrison
Kristen
Doug
Heidi
Mitchell

They have been sent to Sunrise Ridge to play the Killer's twister game. Now, they must enter the mind of a Killer and solve the mystery, or else they will be eliminated, one by one.


***

The remaining 4 investigators woke up ?at 8:00 AM? the following morning. Harrison was the first awake after his night out and decided to start making breakfast for the rest of the group.

Harrison-"Its always rough going out on the Killer's Game. You're in the dark by yourself. Nothing but a flashlight. You turn and look over your shoulder because you hear something after every step. It sucks. Deanna and me went out last night and I know that poor girl was probably terrified when the Killer got her, and I probably would be as well. I'm upset we had to send her out, and I'm sorry she's gone, but we had no other choice last night."

Harrison made the group scrambled eggs and pancakes with coffee as the rest of the group got ready for the day. Chrissy was just starting to walk down stairs and could smell the coffee.

Chrissy-"Deanna didn't return last night and now I'm on my own. I hope she named me Lead Investigator so they don't send me out. I think we had a good enough bond that she would try and keep me safe."

The rest of the group converged down stairs and started eating.

Benjamin-"When did you get up, Harrison?"

Harrison-"About ?6:30?. Hard to sleep after the Killer's Game."

Benjamin-"I hear you. It's tough."

Benjamin-"Harrison and I have both been out on a Killer's Game before, but I've only gone out once. This kid has gone out a few times. It was defiantly hard to sleep after mine, but I don't wanna know how he feels going out all those times."

The group finished eating and thanked Harrison for cooking for them and promised to return the favor the following morning. They cleaned up and quickly made their way upstairs and waited in the Briefing Room for Gary's arrival. It didn't take long, as Gary arrived just minutes later.

Gary-"You guys are ready to go. That’s great because we got a lot to do today. Before we start anything, I want to go over the clue that Harrison brought back last night from the Killer’s Game. Harrison, tell us what you found.”

Harrison-“I got to the High School and on the trophy case it said to go to room B112.  I get there and it tells me to go find the cafeteria. I walk in and there’s the X at the back of the cafe.”

Gary-“You did great out there, and you were able to bring this back.”

He held the small golden bell up for the group to see.

Gary-“This golden bell had the inscription that says “L.B. & T.J. 7/27/07”. Any ideas?”

Benjamin-“If I remember correctly, Tracey died almost a week before that.”

Mitchell-“Yeah, and obviously T.J must be Tracey Johnson.... But L.B? Who the hell is that?”

Gary-“That’s what we’re gonna try and find out. Today’s tracks are as follows; Track 1, I want you to go to the church and talk to Reverend Wayne Connors. Try to see if this was a gift from the church and to see if he has any info on Tracey as well. As for Track 2, I want you to go see Walter DuChamps. We got those envelopes from him twice and I wanna see if he has any other info. You all know that all 4 of you are going out on the tracks, but who will be making those tracks will belong to whoever Deanna names as Lead Investigator. Let us find out who she has picked.”

Gary clicked a folder on his computer and Deanna appeared for the final time on the TV above the table. With another click she spoke to them for the last time as well through tiny sobs as he grabbed her name plate from her desk.

Deanna-“I d-d-don’t understand why I keep getting p-p-put into this.”

She took a stuttered breathe and tried to regain herself.

Deanna-“I tried t-t-to do everything I could to m-m-make it to the end, but every time it f-f-felt like I was a target for no r-r-reason. I don’t wanna come back again. I hope I p-p-picked the wrong map, and I wanna choose someone who I’ve grown to t-t-trust the last few day.”

Chrissy smiled brightly as Deanna said that.

Deanna-“My choice for Lead Investigator..... is Benjamin.”

Chrissy’s smile instantly turned into a dropped jaw as Harrison tried his hardest to contain his laughter.

Deanna-“He saved me earlier from going out for a possible fifth time and he just tried to save me again, but Harrison and Mitchell must of patched things up. Thank you for caring.”

She wiped her face of the drying tears and the video ended there. Harrison and Mitchell shook hands and Chrissy caught sight of this.

Chrissy-“Don’t tell me, you guys are working together?”

Harrison-“I guess you could say that.”

Chrissy-“He gave that whole speech about not wanting coalitions in the house and he’s been apart of one?! The nerve of him! The 2 of them can kiss my ass!”

Gary-“Benjamin, congratulations, you are the Lead Investigator.”

Benjamin grabbed his stuff and moved to the table with Gary as he placed Deanna’s name with the other departed investigators. Heidi Gillian, Frank Williams, Stacey Towers, Doug Graham, Kristen Reynolds, and now Deanna Landry.

Gary-“Remember, you’re going out on a Track as well, so I need 2 of you to talk to Wayne Connors about the wedding bell, and 2 to go see Walter DuChamps.”

Benjamin-“Well, to save Harrison and Mitchell the earful, I’ll go with Chrissy to see Wayne Connors, cause then she also can’t swear in a church, and that leaves them to see Walter.”

Gary-“Very well. Remember, keep on your toes out there. We’re hopefully at the end of our investigation, so the Killer will go to any and all cost to get away. Get all the info you can so we can lock this psycho away for good. Go get ready. You’re dismissed.”
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Mitchell-“It’s surreal that we are all this close to unmasking the Killer and claiming that reward. If I had to guess right now... Jeez.... I’d probably name Jeffery as my leading suspect. He was seeing Ashley behind Matt’s back but that could just be his cover, but we’ll see.”

Harrison-“Right now, my money would have to be on Walter. He’s seems to out there and the way he stutters is almost the worst kinda poker face ever. He has to be hiding something more.”

The 2 men arrived at the post office and walked inside to see Walter behind the counter with a line waiting to see him.

Harrison-“Maybe we can jump the line to talk to him?”

Mitchell-“We can try.”

The 2 men walked past the line and straight to the front counter to Walter. Obviously, this did not sit well with the people in line.

Man-“Hey, I’m waiting here! What the hell do you think you’re doing!?”

Woman-“I’m running late for work! Get in line like the rest of us!”

Harrison-“Please, everyone, please understand, we need to talk to Mr. DuChamps.”

Man-“Is it this important that we are gonna be later then we already are?!”

Mitchell-“Everybody, please understand, we are here on behalf of the murder investigation and we need to speak to Mr. DuChamps.”

Walter-“W-w-what? Why do you n-n-need to talk to me?”

Harrison-“Can we speak in private? Nothing major but we rather it be behind closed doors.”

Walter-“Sure, hold o-o-on one second.”

He turned around and called out to the back room.

Walter-“Hey J-J-Jane, could you t-t-take care of the front f-f-for me real q-q-quick?”

Another post office attendant quickly came out to handle the group of people and Walter gave a wave to Harrison and Mitchell to follow him to the back room. They walked into a break room and they each took a seat at one of the tables.
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Chrissy-“We’re right at the end and I’m so close to winning. At this time, I’d have to say Rachel is or has something to do with this. She dated Tracey and she could of been driven crazy from her past and Tracey’s death.”

Benjamin-“I’m sure that Jeffery Ardis did it. The drunken tears and sob story are a good cover for him to hide behind, and hopefully the next Killer Clue will shine a little more light on the situation.”

Chrissy and Benjamin arrived at the First Church of Sunrise Ridge. They entered and found Reverend Wayne Connors standing at the front altar, going over his verses for the next mass. He looked up and removed his reading glasses.

Wayne-“Good morning, my children. How are you today?”

Chrissy-“We’re doing ok, thank you. We have an odd question for you.”

She pulled the bell out of the bag and handed it to the Reverend.

Chrissy-“We discovered this on our investigation. Could you explain this to us?”

The Reverend took the bell and rolled it over in his hand. He smiled and nodded.

Wayne-“It is custom here at our church. When a couple are to be married, we have a wedding bell made with the couple’s initials and wedding date inscribed on it. A little keep sake from the church.”

Chrissy-“That’s so sweet.”

Benjamin-“Were you here when these were given out about 10 years ago?”

Wayne-“My child, I started the tradition when I started here in 1979.”

Benjamin-“That’s incredible!”

Wayne-“Indeed. I’ve been doing what I love for 40 years. I’ve seen the good, the bad, and everything in between.”

Chrissy-“Could you possibly tell us who these 2 people are?”
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Walter-“H-h-how are you d-d-doing?”

Mitchell-“We’re good, how about you?”

Walter-“N-n-no complaints h-h-here.”

Mitchell-“We wanted to come by and ask about the envelopes that you gave to us.”

Walter-“Y-y-yeah. What are t-t-they for?”

Harrison-“We really can’t explain that. We just need to know where you got them from.”

Walter-“I have n-n-no idea where they c-c-came from.”

Mitchell-“You had to of seen something. Or even someone.”

Walter-“N-n-no. Not a single p-p-person when I get t-t-them.”

Harrison-“Walter, I don’t wanna sound mean at all, but it doesn’t look good for you. I shouldn’t tell you this, but these envelopes you gave us are very critical in our investigation. They literally could mean life and death for us and for people in this town. You saying that you haven’t seen anybody is cause for us to arrest you.”

Walter-“W-W-WHAT!? I swear I d-d-didn’t do anything!”

Harrison and Mitchell could see the fear in his face. The greying mustache looked as if several more grey hairs formed from Harrison’s announcement.

Walter-“I h-h-have an idea.”
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Wayne Connors rolled the bell in his hand and looked at the engraving on it, “L.B & T.J 7/27/07”.

Wayne-“Hmmm.... You do realize that we’re going back over 10 years ago?

Chrissy-“We understand.”

Wayne-“We’ve done this a lot. Any info you could help me with about them?”

Benjamin-“This involves that girl that was killed here in the hit and run.”

The Reverend took his free hand and slapped himself on the forehead and gave a small chuckle.

Wayne-“Forgive me, my children. I obviously didn’t put 2 and 2 together on that. I can remember meeting with the young lady just weeks before. The church was rented and they even paid for the hall downstairs. And just 1 day before the wedding, she came in in a casket. This beautiful soul was so happy to be married, and she was gone. I was given the briefing on her, and when they brought her in, I couldn’t believe it was the same person.”

Chrissy-“Oh my God, that is so upsetting. Did anyone come in to get a refund?”

Wayne-“Not a single soul. Only phone numbers that were put down were hers. I tried to find someone that knew her, but I couldn’t. I took the money and donated it to a non profit for cancer research.”

Benjamin-“Did you ever happen to meet the fiancé?”

Wayne-“Not once. Couldn’t tell you if it was a man or a woman.”

Chrissy-“Wait, you do same sex marriages?”

Wayne-“Yes. I actually married 2 men last month.”

Chrissy-“You don’t find that wrong at all?”

Wayne-“Times have changed, my child. At first, I though it was immoral and wrong to marry 2 men or 2 women in a house of God. But, one night, I had a dream. Jesus came to me and told me He loved all his children, no matter what sex, race, or religion. Over the darkened sky in my dream, He waved his hand, and a rainbow appeared across it. He told me not to discriminate against His children, not to hate or spread bigotry, but to accept and love them for they were in His likeness. He then clapped his hands, and a thunderbolt appeared and woke me up. I fell asleep and when I woke again, His message appeared to me again, this time in reality. The rainbow flag of my neighbors house blew in the breeze of a thunderstorm. It appeared just like my dream.”

Benjamin-“That is absolutely amazing. Might send my brother up here when he finds his love.”

Wayne-“By all means. I mean, love is love, no matter what.”

Chrissy-“Aren’t you afraid of what others might think?”
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Walter got up from his seat and beckoned the 2 investigators to follow him. Harrison and Mitchell got up and followed him.

Harrison-“If you don’t mind me asking, where are we going?”

Walter-“I f-f-figure we can c-c-check the security t-t-tapes.”

Harrison-“Good idea.”

They took a trip from the break room to a tiny room in the back of the post office where the security camera’s main computer was located. Walter took a seat and typed in the date he received the first envelopes. The 3 men watched as Walter walked in to the post office with a coffee in his hands. He proceeded to the back, out of sight of the cameras. A few moments later, the front door of the post office swung open and a mysterious person, dressed completely in black, ran in and dropped the red and black envelopes on the counter and ran back out just as fast as they entered. Seconds later, Walter re-emerged and saw the envelopes. He then grabs a phone and makes a call.

Walter-“See, s-s-someone was in h-h-here. I’m c-c-calling your b-b-boss Gary on the t-t-tape, just like I s-s-said.”

Mitchell and Harrison both looked at each other. They both knew the same thing, and Mitchell spoke up first.

Mitchell-“Walter, you were nowhere to be seen until after the person left.”

Walter-“But I s-s-swear it wasn’t m-m-me.”

Mitchell-“Well, you still have the other day when they left the package.”

Walter-“T-t-that’s right!”

Walter typed in the date of the second set of envelopes given to the post office. The video popped up and the 3 men watched Walter standing at the counter. He then picks up the phone at the front desk and starts looking through his desk drawer. When he can’t find what he’s looking for, he placed the phone down on the counter and retreated to the back. A few moments later, the person dressed in black came in with a box with the familiar light brown paper flailing on the top attached to the box by just a single piece of tape. They quickly dropped the box on the counter and ran back out the door. A minute later Walter re-entered the front of the post office, grabbed the phone, and make a double take at the sight of the package on the counter. He then continued the conversation and hung up moments later. Walter hit pause and put his head down. He mumbled from his new position on the table.

Walter-“I know t-t-this looks bad, b-b-but I swear I d-d-didn’t do it.”

Mitchell-“It’s ok, Walter. Yes, it does look bad, but trust us, weirder things have happened on this case for us so far.”

Harrison-“Hey, what did they call for?”

Walter-“The c-c-commemorative stamps. They a-a-asked about what w-w-we had in s-s-stock and I went in b-b-back to check.”

Harrison-“And no one else was here with you when you opened?”

Walter-“No. I o-o-open every d-d-day by myself.”

Walter took a deep breathe and sat back up.

Walter-“I f-f-finally get the courage t-t-to ask Tiffany out, and n-n-now it looks like I’m g-g-going to jail.”

Harrison-“You were gonna ask Tiffany Shaw out?”

Walter-“Yeah. I b-b-bought a card and was g-g-gonna give it to her t-t-tomorrow.”

Harrison-“Bro, awesome! I hope everything goes well when you give it to her.”

Walter-“I h-h-hope so, t-t-too.”

Mitchell-“I wish you all the luck, Walter.”

Walter-“You g-g-guys are too n-n-nice. Thank y-y-you.”

Harrison-“We’ve gotten what we needed. You have a good day. Take care and good luck.”

Walter-“T-t-thanks. You 2 t-t-take care as w-w-well.”

The 2 men shook hands with the slightly trembling Walter and walked back out the front door of the post office and back to their waiting van.
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Wayne-“My child, I’m 84 years old. I have seen The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. become a leader for civil rights, and be murdered before my eyes. I remember watching gay couples get beaten by horrible people just because their lifestyle was different. I remember the moment that same sex marriage was made legal, and this lady outright refused to give out marriage licenses because she said it was against her religious beliefs and people agreeing that she didn’t have to follow the law because of it, but yet those same people tell a Muslim lady to take off her hijab even though it’s part of her religious beliefs. It all goes into people wanting their freedom and beliefs without looking at someone else’s. That’s why their is the separation of church and state, and that’s why I will gladly stand here and officiate any wedding for any person until the Lord calls me home.”

Chrissy-“That’s incredible. God bless you.”

Wayne-“The Lord has already blessed me by allowing me to do His bidding for Him.”

Benjamin-“I’m definitely sending my brother to you.”

Wayne-“By all means, my child.”

Benjamin-“But back to this bell. You honestly don’t know Tracey’s fiancé?”

Wayne-“No, I unfortunately never met them. All I did know was that Tracey was bisexual. When they gave me the run down on her for the funeral it was brought up that she has dated both men and women.”

Chrissy-“Ah crap.”

Then, as quickly as she said ‘crap’, her eyes bugged out and she quickly made the sign of the Holy Cross. Benjamin couldn’t help but laugh at Chrissy’s mess up. Even Reverend Connors laughed at it.

Chrissy-“I am so sorry sir!”

Wayne-“It happens, my child. God does forgive. If you don’t mind me asking, why is it so important that her fiancé is found?”

Chrissy-“We’re more than certain that the fiancé is the Killer in the town”

The reverend’s eyes opened wide.

Wayne-“That’s crazy. I pray that you find and stop this person.”

Benjamin-“We’re working around the clock to stop them. We’ve taken up enough of your time sir. Thank you for your help.”

Wayne-“No problem at all my children. You have a great day.”

Benjamin and Chrissy shook hands with the Reverend and retreated back to their van outside.
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The 2 groups arrived back to HQ and met back up in the Briefing Room. Gary had just walked in and greeted the group.

Gary-“Alright, I hope we can close the gap on catching the Killer right now. Track 1, what did you get out of Walter?”

Mitchell-“Well, aside from clients in the post office wanting our heads on posts for line cutting, Walter showed us the security tape footage from the 2 days he got the envelopes. In both videos, he is not visible at all when a person wearing all black runs in and drops the stuff off on the front desk. He opens by himself everyday and no one was around to give him his alibi. Someone did make a call when the envelopes where delivered in a box but that’s probably no help at all either.”

Harrison-“It’s probably nothing much, but he also said he was gonna ask Tiffany out. He bought her a card to give her.”

Chrissy-“Yeah, the other night when the diner blew up, he mentioned to me he was gonna do it.”

Gary-“Alright, you guys did get useful evidence out of him. If he’s nowhere to be seen, and then minutes later the person drops the envelopes off, runs, and then Walter reappears minutes later, it could look like he’s trying to pull a fast one on us. Good job. Track 2?”

Chrissy-“We talked to the Reverend and he told us that he’s been making these bells when he started at the church years ago. When we asked about Tracey, he told us that no one else was placed down as a contact for the wedding arrangements. It was all just her.”

Benjamin-“Yeah, and come to find out, he allows gay marriages in the church as well. We definitely can’t rule out anyone, especially Rachel yet. She was in a relationship with Tracey.”

Gary-“That’s great work you 2, but we still have one grey area; who is L.B.?”

The 4 investigators all thought hard.

Benjamin-“Maybe the Killer is not who we think it is.”

Mitchell-“Come again?”

Benjamin-“Think about it. Yes, 1 of those faces up there is the Killer, but the name might be fake. Rachel could be Leslie. Walter could be Larry. The Killer could have changed their name after Tracey’s death. That could be why the Reverend couldn’t tell us if they were a man or woman.”

Gary-“I think you just turned this case directly on its head. You might be absolutely right. Our L.B. might just be the Killer’s real name. Great thinking. You guys have the afternoon to yourselves. You’re dismissed.”

Across town, the First Church of Sunrise Ridge was holding their evening mass. Wayne Connors stood at the front altar giving his sermon, with remaining suspects Tyrone, Tiffany, Spencer, Rachel, Walter, Robbin, and Jeffery all in attendance along side cleared suspects Mayor Daniel McGee, Jennifer, Officer Faye, Cooper, and Sydney. Aside from Cooper and Sydney sitting together, everyone else was spread out amongst the sea of churchgoers.

Wayne-“My children, before we depart this evening, I wanted to talk about the recent events of our town. As you must all know by now, an evil, horrible human being has been claiming the innocent lives of our fellow townspeople. I ask you all; what is so wrong that you must kill 5 other human beings? What is the death of innocent people going to fix? Time is not going to rewind and fix the issues of the past. We must look deep down inside of ourselves and and find the love that has been lost for one another.”

Suddenly, someone stood up and shouted.

Jeffery-“ITS NEVER GOING TO END! ASHLEY IS DEAD AND IT WILL NEVER END!”

Officer Faye stood up, along with other members of the church to try and calm Jeffery down.

Jeffery-“THIS IS A WAR NO ONE WILL WIN! I PROMISE YOU THAT!”

With the service in an uproar, Officer Faye walked up to stop and calm Jeffery down. Several towns people started getting flustered and concerned at Jeffery’s claims. The majority of them thought the same thing; is he right?

Wayne-“It is talk like that, straight from the mouth of the devil, that will divide a community and spread fear throughout the land! We must stop letting the devil enter our lives and embrace God and His Holy wisdom!”

Jeffery-“I agree, but something bad has happened with Ashley’s death and it will not end!”

The townspeople started getting more worried at Jeffery’s outburst. The cleared and remaining suspects started leaving, with only Jeffery, Officer Faye, and a few townspeople still inside.

Jack-“Jeffery, calm down. I do not want to arrest you again.”

Jeffery-“But it needs to be known, Officer Faye. It needs to be known. The Killer here will strike again. Who, I don’t know, but they will.”
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At 6:40 AM, a van parked outback of a building waited patiently. Sitting quietly, a green, hazy glow didn’t have to wait long before their target arrived and entered the building. The quickly reached in the back of their van and grabbed a black bag from behind their seat. Slowly, they crept out and looked though the window and saw a man holding a coffee and a card in hand. When the man turned around, the green hazy glow quickly looked around and then quickly opened the door and ran at the man. He spun around and was frozen in fear.

Man-“W-w-what the...?”

FLASH! BANG!
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At 9 AM, the investigators gathered in the Briefing Room for the days activities.

Chrissy-“Yesterday, we cleared a lot of ground. I feel like today is gonna be our best day yet.”

The group sat at their desks waiting for Gary’s arrival. However, Gary was running late.

Benjamin-“Where is Gary? He’s never late.”

Benjamin-“Gary is always on time. 9 AM every morning. This is weird.”

Chrissy-“Maybe he’s stuck in traffic?”

Harrison-“Yeah, but you think he’d call.”

Mitchell-“This doesn’t seem good. Maybe something happened?”

As if almost on cue, the front door opened and immediately slammed shut. Footsteps were heard coming up the staircase and Gary arrived with a bitter expression carved into his face.

Gary-“I apologize for being late, and the reason will tie into your investigation. The Killer struck again just a little while ago.”

The group gasped at the startling information.

Harrison-“Who got killed? Another suspect?”

Gary-“Unfortunately yes, the Killer cleared another suspect for us.”

He grabbed his red marker and turned to the board where the row of suspect picture’s where placed just above it. He looked down the list and found the picture he was looking for and started crossing it out.

Chrissy-“WALTER!?”

Gary-“Yes, I’m afraid. Officer Faye got a call at 7:20 from 1 of his coworkers and he called me. We’ve been talking about that an he mentioned an incident at the church last night. It appeared that Jeffery Ardis was there and he made a mention of more murders.”

Benjamin-“That just moves him to the top of the suspect list.”

Gary-“Indeed, now, instead of going on different tracks today, all 4 of you are going to the Post Office to gather as much evidence as you can.”

Mitchell-“This case took a unexpected turn today with Walter being axed by the Killer. Who knows what’s gonna happen next.”

Gary-“Get ready, get out there, and catch the Killer. You’re dismissed.”
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Chrissy-“This is awful. He was just about to ask Tiffany out and now the poor guy is dead.”

She paused as she wiped away a few tears in her eyes.

Chrissy-“I mean, he obviously had it hard growing up and just when he was feeling good and about to turn it around, he’s killed. The Killer is a cold hearted piece of crap and we need to catch them immediately.”

The 4 investigators arrived at the Post Office. When they stepped out of the van, they immediately noticed Robbin Evans with her camera crew doing her report.

Robbin-“This is Robbin Evans. I’m here at the Post Office here on Brennan Avenue, where the 6th murder has taken place in this short time. It is believed that postal worker Walter DuChamps was targeted and killed inside this very building, and just like the previous murders, no body have been discovered, only a pool of blood. Oh, and with me now are the investigators that have been brought in to solve the case.”

She quickly ran over to the group as they tried to go into the Post Office, with her camera crew following close behind.

Robbin-“Please, tell us what you know about Mr. DuChamps.”

The group looked at each other, with anxiety quickly setting in.

Harrison-“Unfortunately, an attack has happen, but as to who we do not know at this time.”

Robbin-“Is it clear if Mr. DuChamps had any enemies?”

Harrison-“I can not answer that question at this time.”

Robbin-“Well, it’s clear from the amount of blood present that he is dead, correct?”

Mitchell-“Listen, we would love to talk, really, but we have a job to do that you’re currently interfering in, so please kindly step to the side and out of our way.”

Mitchell quickly rushed the group away from Robbin.

Mitchell-“Good lord, she is annoying. If we were gonna do anything, we needed to get away from her.”

She tried following them inside, but Officer Faye and his crew stopped them in their tracks. Benjamin pulled Officer Faye in close and whispered to him.

Benjamin-“Has she seen inside here or been given any information about what happened?

Officer Faye quickly shook his head no. Benjamin patted him on the back and gave him a nod before joining the rest of the group inside.

Mitchell-“Where do you wanna start?”

Chrissy-“How about swabbing the blood first?”

They agreed and took the forensics kit over to the front desk where a puddle of blood laid before them like in the murders of Matthew Bundy, Georgina Seeger, Diane Pearlman, and Brad Stokely. Just like their murders, no body as well.

Harrison-“Hey, keep an eye out for a .45 casing.”

Benjamin put his hand under the desk and swept it across and from out underneath it shot a few dust bunnies, 72 cents, and a .45 casing.

Benjamin-“Well, that didn’t take long now, did it? What else?”

Chrissy-“Maybe his coworker saw something?”

Mitchell-“Yeah, where are they?”

Chrissy-“Break Room?”

They walked through to the back and found an officer comforting Walter’s coworker, Jane Kauffman. She had her black hair up in a very tight bun, but you could tell if it wasn’t like that then it would be standing up on its ends.

Benjamin-“Excuse me, ma’am, could we have a word?”

She took a sip of her tea, trying not to spill it in her trembling hands and nodded to the group. They all took a seat near her.

Benjamin-“I know this is very hard for you right now. Did you happen to see anybody or  anything out of the ordinary?”

Jane-“Besides the pool of blood? Not much. Actually, when my bus pulled up, I did notice a white van pulling out of the parking lot here. Couldn’t tell you the plates, it was so far away. Looked like they dropped off mail, but the speed it left the parking lot, I think they clipped the curb on the way out. I walked in and usually there’s Walter standing behind the desk with a coffee and his usual greeting. Really was a nice guy, even with the stuttering being annoying.”

Benjamin-“So, you think that van was apart of it?”

Jane-“I’m not sure. Like I said, they sped off just as we were pulling up. We have the mail box out back that you can just drive up to and drop your mail off into and leave, but they pulled out of the parking lot so quickly though. I couldn’t tell you what they were doing here.”

Benjamin-“I have a huge feeling that the van she’s talking about might belong to the Killer. We haven’t found any bodies at any scene, they moved Ashley’s body from her home and brought her to the park. Now here’s the crime scene here and Walter is missing. That van must of had Walter in the back of it.”

Harrison-“Is there anything else?”

Jane-“I really don’t know. If you want, you can check the security tapes in the back.”

Harrison-“We will, and what time did you arrive here?

Jane-“7:15.”

Harrison-“Thank you so much. Take care.”

Knowing exactly where it was after the day before, Harrison and Mitchell led the group to the back room where the main computer was located. Mitchell typed in the date and the video feed from the morning popped up. He clicked it and the group watched as Walter entered the Post Office for his final time at 6:45. He took a sip of his coffee and searched though a bin on the counter behind the desk. The front door started to open when suddenly the video glitches out. It comes back on a second later with nothing but a blood puddle on screen in the lobby.

Chrissy-“What the hell happened? Did you hit a button or something?”

Mitchell-“I didn’t touch a damn thing!”

He rewound the video file and the same thing happened.

Benjamin-“Crap, the Killer must of altered the video.”

They watched the clip again and again, just to be sure it wasn’t a computer error. After the 6th viewing, a quick flash of the Killer left them one extra message. A piece of brown paper with the label maker words appeared briefly for them hung from the ceiling directly in front of the camera and disappeared again as quickly as it first showed up.

Harrison-“Pause it there. What did that say?”

Mitchell hit pause and looked at the clip. It read “P.O. BOX 727”.

Chrissy-“P.O. Box 727? The hell is that mean?”

Harrison-“I think I know.”

He got up and left the back room, with Benjamin, Chrissy, and Mitchell getting the idea and following close behind. Harrison arrived back to the P.O. Boxes inside the Post Office. They counted out the number of boxes and found 727.

Benjamin-“Let me get the key.”

Benjamin went over to the front desk and located the key to the P.O. Box. He returned to the group and unlocked it. Inside was a familiar site.

A red envelope and a black envelope attached to the noose.

Chrissy-“Sure enough, the damn envelopes are in the friggin mail box. This is crazy. This Killer is a psycho and needs to be locked in a looney bin for the rest of their life.”

Mitchell collected the envelopes from the mail box and the group retreated to the parking lot. Robbin Evans was outside, working with her crew to get their equipment back into their van. She noticed the investigators and ran over to them.

Robbin-“Hey, one second. Listen, I know we have our differences with me and the case, but I can assure you I mean no harm with your case.”

Benjamin-“Robbin, I can understand that, but you showing up when you shouldn’t be there is grounds for us to not trust you.”

Robbin-“And I understand that, but listen, I know that the people that have died have a connection.”

Chrissy-“How do you know?”

Robbin-“I work side by side with the police department. I know what’s going on in your case.”

Benjamin-“If you do, then why are you talking about Walter having enemies and thinking Brad killed his wife?”

Robbin-“It’s today’s news unfortunately. You gotta run with something. You could report with researched facts, but then you get told you’re ‘fake news’ and your name gets dragged through the dirt. It sucks. I don’t wanna be mean or anything to anyone, but this all comes with the territory, you know what I mean?”

Harrison-“Actually, I do.”

Benjamin-“You do?”

Harrison-“I’m an MMA fighter. I gotta train, eat right, I have all these tattoos on my arms, and I get paid to punch people in the face. Everyone looks at me and thinks I do steroids and I’m always mean and pissed off, when in reality I’ve never once taken steroids unless it was doctor prescribed for illness and I honestly can’t be mean outside of the ring. I have nieces and nephews that look up to me and I don’t want them to see me as an evil person and grow up thinking that’s ok.”

Robbin-“I’m glad to know you see what I’m talking about. Please, if you need help, you know where to find me.”

Harrison-“Good to know. Thank you, have a good day.”

Robbin-“You too.”

Robbin left back to her news van and the investigators returned to their van.
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 14, 2020, 12:40:08 PM
Back at HQ, the investigators entered the Briefing Room where Gary was already waiting for them at his table. Benjamin placed the red and black envelopes on his table and took a seat with the group.

Gary-“I take it you found more than just evidence. We’ll get to the red envelope in a second, but what did you find at the Post Office?”

Benjamin-“Robbin Evans was doing her news taping at the same time and tried getting us on camera. We didn’t answer any of the questions she gave us and went straight inside. We swabbed the blood at the crime scene and found a .45 casing at the front desk there.”

Mitchell-“We also spoke to the coworker that found the blood. Jane Kauffman said that she saw a van pulling out of the post office parking lot when she was arriving on her bus. She said she couldn’t make out the plates but figured it was apart of either the murder or was in a rush dropping off mail.”

Chrissy-“She allowed us to look at the security camera footage, and we saw Walter walk in and then something happened with the video and it cut straight to just the lobby with the puddle of blood by the desk. A few seconds later the video acted up again and showed us the location of the envelopes. We’re more than certain that the Killer tampered with the security footage.”

Harrison-“Not much else, but Robbin talked to us again when we left and told us that the only reason she puts out the stories she does is because of the changing times with journalists being labeled as fake news and that she doesn’t want to do those stories but it’s the only way to be relevant at this time.”

Gary-“You guys did get a good amount of evidence. Great job. Now, I figure we can try and clear 1 of the remaining suspects.”

With that, Gary untied the red envelope from the noose, grabbed a pair of scissors, and started carefully cutting the red envelope open across the top. He then pulled the brown paper out and unfolded it to reveal the label maker worded question for the day.

Gary-“The question says “WHAT YEAR DID WAYNE CONNORS START AT THE FIRST CHURCH OF SUNRISE RIDGE?”

He put the question down and typed the Killer’s anonymous email address into the computer. A flash of Matrix style letters and numbers flew across the screen until the single lime green line appeared against the dark background of the screen. Benjamin turned and looked at Chrissy.

Benjamin-“Do you remember?”

Chrissy-“I think it was the 70’s. Does that sound right?”

Benjamin-“I remember him saying 40 years.”

Chrissy-“Well, that puts us at about 1979. Should we go with that?”

Benjamin-“I think that’s our best bet.”

With that, Gary typed in 1979 to the Killer’s as the group’s answer.

Gary-“Should I send your answer?”

With a deep breath, Benjamin replied.

Benjamin-“1979. That’s our answer. Send it.”

Gary hit send and the flash of matrix let’s and numbers flew across the screen. The group waited with crossed fingers, hoping that they got another answer correct.

After what felt like an hour, the Killer responded.



YOUR ANSWER IS CORRECT. A SUSPECT WILL BE CLEARED.


The 4 investigators stood up and cheered and joined in a group hug. They quickly turned their attention back to the monitor as the cleared suspect came in.



SUSPECT CLEARED: TIFFANY SHAW; DINER OWNER



Gary-“Fantastic job guys. We can clear Tiffany from our suspects.”

With marker in hand, Gary turned and drew an X over Tiffany’s face, effectively clearing the diner owner of the recent deaths. He turned back and addressed the group.

Gary-“Now, you know what comes next. It’s still early so go take the afternoon to yourselves. We will meet back here at 7 PM to open the black envelope. You’re dismissed.”

The group left the Briefing Room and went straight for the kitchen to prepare someone’s last meal.

Mitchell-“What does everyone want?”

Harrison-“I could go for some burgers. Anyone got a better idea?”

Chrissy-“No, burgers sound good.”

They grabbed the chopped meat out of the fridge and Mitchell got to work on seasoning them and making burger patties. He took the stack out to the grill and Harrison followed.

Harrison-“We’re still voting Chrissy tonight?”

Mitchell-“Without a doubt. The only thing we need to know is who Benjamin is picking to go out.”

Harrison-“Either way, she won’t be in control tomorrow.”

Mitchell-“That’s true.”

Inside, Chrissy was chopping onions and lettuce up while Benjamin was slicing potatoes to make homemade french fries.

Chrissy-“I know I’m going out, but you need to send Harrison out as well.”

Benjamin-“You really want him gone, huh?”

Chrissy-“He’s horrible to work with. He got Kristen and Doug sent out and eliminated.”

Benjamin-“But you know why, right?”

Chrissy-“Because he’s a horrible person. They did their jobs perfectly and he just didn’t care.”

Benjamin-“Chrissy, I hate to say it, but do you know how crazy you sound right now? You and them had the alliance and tried to get rid of everybody and you guys got caught red handed.”

Chrissy-“You see it as targeting, I see it as playing with numbers.”

Harrison-“But you’re saying Harrison has been a horrible person ever since he sent Doug out.”

Chrissy-“If he never sent Doug and Kristen out, we’d be cool. But because he did he can kiss my ass.”

Benjamin-“She’s lost it. She really, truly thinks that her group getting caught and busted makes it ok to act like a bitch to him. I’ve never even seen this in courts. Dear God, she’s crazy.”

Chrissy-“I’m going out, I know it, and I better bring Harrison out with me. He brought down my group, and if I’m gonna meet the Killer, then he’s meeting them with me!”
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At 7 PM, the investigators regrouped in the Briefing Room, where Gary waited with the black envelope sitting on his desk. He waited for the investigators to take their seats.

Gary-“Welcome back everyone. It is now time to play the Killer’s Game. In just a moment, you will go down the hall to the Voting Booth and cast your vote for who you wish to play the Killer’s Game tonight. Remember, Benjamin is the Lead Investigator and can not be voted for. Chrissy, start us off tonight.”

Chrissy left the and walked down to the Voting Booth. She entered, closed the door, and grabbed Harrison’s picture.

Chrissy-“You’re going to pay.”

She left the Booth and placed her vote in the box outside. The next to enter was Mitchell. In no time he found Chrissy’s picture.

Mitchell-“As far as I see, even if you come back tonight, you won’t win this game.”

He left the Booth and placed his vote in the box. The last to enter was Harrison. He quickly grabbed Chrissy’s picture.

Harrison-“See you out there tonight.”

He winked and left the Voting Booth. He placed his vote in the box and returned to the group in the Briefing Room.

Gary-“What I need now if for everyone to turn around do not turn back until I tell you to.”

With that, Gary left the Briefing a Room to collect the votes as the group turned to face the wall behind them. When Gary returned, he opened the box and was able to quickly tally the 3 votes.

Gary-“Please turn around.”

The group obliged and turned back to face him.

Gary-“The group has voted, and in a 2-1 vote, the first person playing the Killer’s Game is.... Chrissy.”

He turned the picture around and Chrissy, not surprised at all, stood up.

Gary-“And now, Benjamin, as Lead Investigator, you must choose the second participant to play the Killer’s Game tonight. Please come up here and tell us who and why.”

Benjamin got up and walked to the front of Gary’s table.

Benjamin-“Wow.... This one is actually tough to make..... I got to make the decision, though.... and my pick is Harrison.”

Harrison gave a nod, shook hands with Mitchell, and stood up.

Benjamin-“My only reasoning is the hatred that Chrissy has for him, so this will obviously benefit the group.”

Harrison-“I completely understand, man.”

Gary-“Harrison, you will be playing the Killer’s Game along side Chrissy tonight.”

Gary then grabbed the pair of scissors from off his desk and carefully cut open the large black bag like envelope across the top. He turned the envelope over and 2 folded pieces of brown paper fell out onto the table.

Gary-“Benjamin please pick a map to go to the group’s choice, Chrissy. Then please give the other back to your choice, Harrison.”

Benjamin reached down and picked up both maps from the table. He looked at them in each hand and then looked up at Chrissy and Harrison. He thought hard about his decision. He started to hand one map to Chrissy, then paused, switched the maps around, and then handed that one to her instead and handed the other to Harrison.

Gary-“Please open your maps, and tell us where you will be going.”

Both them opened their maps and looked for their X on them.

Chrissy-“ It looks like I’m going to the abandoned train station off of Blake St.”

Harrison-“Oh, great. The map says I am going to Resting Oaks Cemetery on Myers Ave. I smell foreshadowing.”

Gary-“ I will arrange for your rides to come and pick you up later tonight. What I need you both to do is go back to the Voting Booth and record your Last Will and Testament. In case you do not return, you are responsible for naming the next Lead Investigator. After that, go back and get ready. I wish you both the best of luck.”
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Chrissy was in the Girl’s Room packing her bag when Benjamin entered.

Benjamin-“Hey, good luck tonight.”

Chrissy-“Thanks. What’s it like out there?”

Benjamin-“Pretty dark. Just a flashlight.”

Chrissy-“Ugh. Just as long as Harrison is eliminated I’ll be fine.”

Benjamin-“Man, I hope Harrison does come back so I don’t have to hear her go on about eliminating him.”

Chrissy-“I lost my entire team because of Harrison. Not because of the Killer. Because of Harrison. I need to come back. I have to come back. It’s the only thing that’ll make this right.”

In the Men’s Room, Harrison was already set because he never unpacked from his last time out. Mitchell joined him.

Mitchell-“That was quick.”

Harrison-“I didn’t unpack from last time. Figured I’d go out again so I didn’t unpack.”

Mitchell-“I’m praying for your return tonight.”

Harrison-“You and me both. Chrissy won’t win if I don’t come back so it’s a win-win tonight as well for you and Benjamin.”

Mitchell-“Well, lets just hope she doesn’t and saves us the extra time.”

Harrison-“Definitely.”

Harrison-“This is literally the hardest one tonight so far. I either knock out someone that’s been gunning for me, and probably get scarred for life, or I’m out completely. It’s a double edged sword but I’m a fighter and I’m not quitting. I’ll go down swinging with everything I have left.”



At 10:32 PM, 2 taxis pulled up to the Head Quarters. The 4 investigators met in the doorway and said their goodbyes. Harrison, still being a gentlemen, offered to put Chrissy’s bag in her cab for her. The 2 chosen investigators said fair well and got into their cabs.

Chrissy-“I need to go to that Abandoned Train station please.”

Harrison-“Hey, can you bring me to Resting Oaks Cemetery on Myers, please?”

The 2 cabs left into the night in 2 separate directions.

At 10:52, Chrissy arrived at the abandoned train station.

1 minute later, Harrison arrived at the cemetery.

Chrissy walked through the entrance into the station.

Harrison entered through the gate.

Chrissy checked the ticket booth and found nothing.

Harrison walked down an aisle of headstones and couldn’t find anything.

Chrissy started walking towards the exit to the train platform.

Harrison walked up to a Jesus statue.

Chrissy saw a note attached to the door. “MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE OLD BOX CARS IN THE BACK”.

Harrison noticed a note stuck to the Jesus statue. “FOLLOW THE FLOWERS TO YOUR CLUE”.

Chrissy shined her flashlight on the ground as she made her way to the set of box cars.

Harrison illuminated the path and noticed several flowers going down a path and followed.

Chrissy checked a box car. She found nothing.

Harrison followed the trail to the back of the cemetery.

Chrissy checked another box car. She saw a sign. “YOU’RE GETTING CLOSER”.

Harrison looked down the rows of tombstones.

Chrissy saw 1 final box car. She walked towards it.

Harrison kept walking to the back of the cemetery.

Chrissy’s flashlight lit up her X attached to the last box car.

Harrison noticed his X, which was attached to a tombstone.

Chrissy approached the box car and walked up to her clue.

Harrison nearly tripped as he arrived at his clue.

In silence, a green hazy glow sat back and waited for their victim to claim the bait.

Chrissy picked up her clue; a journal that looked like it went through the a fire. She flipped it over and gasped at the name on it.

Harrison looked at his clue; a torn up piece of paper with red writing on it. He then read the name on the tombstone and was in shock.

As 1 investigator started to walk away, the green hazy glow slowly crept out. Thinking they heard a noise, the investigator shined their flashlight to look, but in wrong direction. The green hazy glow ran at the unfortunate investigator, and when they turned to check the noise from that direction, they screamed as it was too late for them.

FLASH! BANG!

The surviving investigator looked high and low at their surroundings. When they thought that they were in the clear, they started their journey back to the waiting car.
-
At HQ, Benjamin and Mitchell waited patiently for the surviving investigator to walk in.

Gary-“So, now that we’re down to 3, who would you like to see walk back in tonight?”

Mitchell-“Definitely Harrison. We’ve been working together early on and if he comes back then we keep the team together.”

Benjamin-“I’d say Harrison as well. I know him and I didn’t get along in the beginning but he has shown how to work hard.”

Gary-“Are either of you worried about Chrissy coming back?”

Benjamin-“Yes and no. I have a feeling I might be Lead Investigator again if she doesn’t come back. If Harrison doesn’t come back then it’s Mitchell as Lead Investigator. We won’t know until 1 person walks through the door and we find out who the eliminated person chose.”

Mitchell-“He’s got a point. It all comes down to who picks which map at the end of it. That’s where the whole story for us changes.”

Suddenly, the front door opened and closed. The conversation was put on hold as Mitchell, Benjamin, and Gary waited to find out whose footsteps were being heard climbing up the stairs to the Briefing Room.

But suddenly, the footsteps stopped. The silence was deafening inside of HQ. Nervously waiting, Gary called out.

Gary-“Who’s out there?”

Still silence....

Then suddenly.....





Investigator-“WE DID IT, BOYS!”

Harrison came bursting into the room with his clue in hand. Benjamin and Mitchell jumped up and applauded and shook Harrison’s hand as he placed his clue on the table.

Harrison-“Gary, do I have a clue for you!”


5 Suspects and 3 Investigators Remain

***
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 21, 2020, 11:47:07 AM
Well, I did it again. Sorry to those who have taken the time to read this story I wrote. It was a long day and also a bitter sweet day for me. No, not cause of Trump being inaugurated on this day, but this was the day we lost my grandfather a few years ago. Kinda used it as a day of reflection.

But now, we have the finale of Murder in Small Town X.

Down to the final 3 Investigators, Benjamin Sheffield, Harrison Adams, and Mitchell Kennedy. Who is going to win the $500,000 reward for catching the Sunrise Ridge Killer? Who is the Sunrise Ridge Killer? Let’s find out.
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 21, 2020, 12:15:59 PM
”If peace can only come through killing someone, then I don’t want it.”
Hiro Mashima



Finale; Their Must Be A Winner

Last time on Murder in Small Town X;

Chrissy thought she would be safe, until Deanna turned the tables.
Deanna-“My choice for Lead Investigator..... Is Benjamin.”

Walter was confronted about being the one to deliver the black and red envelopes to the group and tried to cover himself my showing the video tape, but suspicion arose when Walter could not be seen at all when the Killer made their deliveries.
Walter-“I know t-t-this looks bad, b-b-but I swear I d-d-didn’t do it.”

And the Reverend of the town helped shed light on his church.
Chrissy-“Wait, you do same sex marriages?”
Wayne-“Yes. I actually married 2 men last month.”

When asked about a major clue involving the Killer’s real name, he could not help.
Wayne-“No, I unfortunately never met them. All I did know was that Tracey was bisexual.”

A delay in Gary’s arrival provided another turn in the case, as he was with Officer Faye dealing with another shocking murder of a suspect.
Chrissy-“WALTER?!”
Gary-“Yes, I’m afraid.”

When they checked the tape, they found a double surprise.
Benjamin-“Crap. The Killer must of altered the video.”

Not to mention the location of the next set of envelopes.
Chrissy-“Sure enough, the damn envelopes are in the friggin mail box.”

The Killer Question allowed the group to clear Tiffany Shaw. When it came time for the Killer’s Game, Chrissy earned the vote to go out and Harrison was elected by Benjamin to go out on his fourth Killer’s Game. Harrison couldn’t die at the Resting Oaks Cemetery, and Chrissy’s time on the case came off the tracks at the Abandoned Train station.
Harrison-“WE DID IT BOYS!”

Now, only 3 investigators remain;

Benjamin, the Lawyer. Conniving and cut throat at the beginning of the game nearly cost him as he was one of the first two people to go out on the Killer’s Game. He survived and played hard on not just suspects, but on his fellow investigators, and was able to use this to his advantage, becoming Lead Investigator twice during his time on the case.

Harrison, the MMA Fighter. The fighter has fought hard at almost every step in the case, having survived more Killer’s Games then anyone else. He has been Lead Investigator twice, as well as the first Lead Investigator on the case, and was a driving force in getting information out of the mysterious suspect, Rachel Neary.

Mitchell, the Youth Hockey Coach. While he has not gone out on a Killer’s Game, nor has he ever been the Lead Investigator, he has been the power house on the Killer Questions, answering more by himself than anyone else. Not only that, but he was the mastermind behind the eliminations of Chrissy, Kristen, and Doug after discovering their secret alliance.

With 5 Suspects and 3 Investigators remaining, it’s all down to this. Tonight, we will answer the major questions;

Who will die?

Who will claim the $500,000 reward?

And most importantly;

Who is the Sunrise Ridge Killer?


***

In the quiet town of Sunrise Ridge, a Killer is on the loose. A reward has been offered to 10 ordinary people;

Deanna
Benjamin
Chrissy
Frank
Stacey
Harrison
Kristen
Doug
Heidi
Mitchell

They have been sent to Sunrise Ridge to play the Killer's twister game. Now, they must enter the mind of a Killer and solve the mystery, or else they will be eliminated, one by one.


***

At 8 AM, Harrison, Mitchell, and Benjamin woke up to get ready for the day. Mitchell started breakfast for the group as Benjamin showered and Harrison took his time getting up after his night out clue hunting.

Mitchell-“None of us know what’s going to happen over the next few days. We’re down to 5 suspects and we’re so close, but so far from the answer still.”

Benjamin-“It’s a toss up going forward. Are we still playing the Killer’s Game? Are we making an arrest today? We have no idea what going on.”

Harrison-“Killer’s Games suck something fierce. I’m praying that was the last one, but I don’t think it was by a long shot. I’m not surprised if we have another one soon. I just hope I’m not part of it.”

The 3 men met up in the kitchen, just about 10 minutes to spare before their morning briefing. Mitchell had prepared waffles with eggs and bacon for them.

Benjamin-“Gentlemen, congrats. We made it.”

He lifted a glass of orange juice to toast the group.

Harrison-“To us.”

Mitchell-“To us.”

The group toasted and ate their breakfast.

Harrison-“I still can’t believe that I’ve made it this far. I’ve gone out on the Killer’s Game more than anyone else and every time I’ve come back. I’ve shown I have lots of fight left in me and I’m not backing down anytime soon.”

Gary entered HQ and found the group at the table.

Gary-“Good morning guys.”

All-“Morning.”

Gary-“So, I think you know the drill by now. Meet me upstairs in about 5 minutes. Oh, and bring me a waffle too, please.”

The 3 men finished their meal and hurried upstairs to start their day. They rushed upstairs and took their seats. Mitchell put Gary’s waffle on his table and sat down.

Gary-“Thanks guys. Now, we have something major coming in from last night. As we know, Harrison came back, and Chrissy did not. Before we do anything else, let’s see who Chrissy picked as Lead Investigator by playing her Las Will and Testament.”

He clicked a few tabs on his computer, and Chrissy appeared on the TV above the table to the group for the final time. Gary hit play, took a bit of his waffle, and retrieved Chrissy’s name plate from her desk and placed it with the others. He had a makeshift shine to the other investigators on his board. It said;

In Memoriam
Heidi Gillian
Frank Williams
Stacey Towers
Doug Graham
Kristen Reynolds
Deanna Landry
Chrissy Peters

Chrissy-“I  shouldn’t be sitting here. I should be out there watching Harrison name his choice. And seeing that him and Mitchell are apparently working together, I have no choice but to name Benjamin as Lead Investigator. He has tried to help me get rid of a headache and I hope I get that relief sooner than later.”

Gary-“Congratulations, Benjamin. You are the Lead Investigator.”

Benjamin grabbed his stuff and moved it to Gary’s table.

Benjamin-“This is my ticket to the end of the case. I can breath easy now for the next few days.”

Gary-“Alright now, last night, Harrison survived his fourth Killer’s Game, and he brought back 2 big clues. Harrison, tell us what happened.”

Harrison-“I walk through the gates and in the middle was a statue of Jesus with a note saying to find the clue at the back of the cemetery. I notice the X on a tombstone and when I walk around to the front of it, I nearly crapped myself.”

Gary-“I wouldn’t blame you.”

Mitchell-“Well, what was it?”

Harrison-“Well, beside the clue, it was Tracey’s grave”

Benjamin-“That’s it?”

Gary-“No. The grave was empty.”

Benjamin-“WHAT?!”

Mitchell-“You’re joking, right?”

Harrison-“I almost fell into the open grave. Didn’t notice until last second.”

Benjamin-“Dear God...”

Gary-“Beside that, he also brought back another clue, which is this.”

He held up a clear plastic baggie that held a torn up piece of paper with black and red writing on it.

Gary-“It’s a torn up card with writing in black pen and then the word ‘LOVE’ written in red and crossed out. Any ideas?”

Harrison-“When I saw that last night. I remember Walter saying he was going to give Tiffany a card.”

Mitchell-“Yeah. But neither of them are suspects anymore.”

Benjamin-“Well what if it’s like this; the Killer wrote ‘love’ on the card and crossed it out. They must hate love after Tracey died and wants the town to suffer from it now.”

Gary-“That’s an excellent idea. The Killer looks like they’re attacking people with love. Good job. Now, since there is only 3 of you, you 3 will be going out on 1 track today. I have Officer Faye at the cemetery right now going over what’s there, so I’m sending you guys to go meet with the remaining suspects over the next 2 days. Today, we have to collect the test results from Rachel Neary, so you can question her about Tracey as well. Then, I want you to go talk to Tyrone. He said he lived here years ago and we can ask if he knows Tracey at all. He said he had a girlfriend here that died about 10 years ago so we can try and link the 2. We’ll worry about Robbin, Spencer, and Jeffery tomorrow. Now go on out there. You’re dismissed.”
-
The 3 men arrived at the hospital and quickly made their way to Rachel’s office. They entered and found Rachel sitting at her desk with another woman sitting across from her.

Mitchell-“Opps, sorry to barge in.”

Rachel-“No it’s no problem. Come on in, Emily was actually just about to leave.”

Emily-“I’ll see you later, Rachel.”

She got up and walked past the investigators and out the door. The 3 men looked at each other and then back to Rachel, who had a smile going across her face. They all realized the same thing.

Benjamin-“Hey, what happened to Sasha?”

Rachel-“It didn’t work out. I called her a few days ago and she kept sending me to voice mail. Took the hint. I went back to Rise and I never saw her, but I did meet Emily there and we got to talking and.... well.... I think we’re an item now.”

Benjamin-“That’s great!”

Harrison-“Good for you.”

Rachel-“Thanks. We were just making a lunch date when you guys walked in.”

Mitchell-“That’s nice. By the way, do you have the blood test results from the other morning?”

Rachel-“Yeah, I got them right here.”

She got up from her desk and went to a filing cabinet and quickly produced the results.

Rachel-“Let’s see..... Yep, the blood was a confirmed match with Walter’s DNA we had on file for a hospital visit he had from years prior. It unfortunately looks like he was murdered. Obviously I can’t do any more test until his body is recovered.”

Mitchell-“That fine, we just had to confirm that it is his DNA.”

Harrison-“Hey, Rachel, I hate to ask, but we also need to talk about Tracey again.”

Small tears already started forming in her eyes at the mention of Tracey’s name.

Rachel-“Please.... Please don’t bring her up.”

Harrison-“I know, but I have to. We’re you 2 engaged at all?”

She sat back at her desk with tears starting to swell to the point they were about to run down her face.

Rachel-“We never got officially engaged. We dated for a bit, and I thought it was gonna be, but then I found out about her cheating, which lead to me finding out about her getting married to some one else.”

Benjamin-“Do you know who they were?”

Rachel-“Not at all. I knew she was bisexual. She mentioned that before, but she never mentioned being engaged.”

Mitchell-“Do you know who else Tracey was seeing?”

Rachel-“I couldn’t tell you. I found out after she had passed away that she was gonna be married.”

Benjamin-“Damn. Well, how about the initials L.B.? Do you know anyone with those initials?”

Rachel-“Geez.... I do know 1 person with those initials. Her name is Leslie Bowden. She works as an accountant at a bank across town.”

Mitchell-“It’s a start on the initials. We’ve taken up enough of your time. Thank you so much for your help.”

Rachel-“You’re very welcome. Have a good day guys.”

Mitchell-“You as well. Take care.”

Rachel got back up from her desk and hugged the 3 men goodbye and they left for their van to the next stop.

Harrison-“Ever since we got Rachel to open up and reveal her past. She has been super easy to work with. She might still be hiding something, but at the moment it’s a start.”
-
The group pulled up to the Hot Spot, where they were greeted by a brand new door that had been broken days ago by the now deceased Brad Stokely and the 3 men that tried to take on the bar fight juggernaut. He had opened early for the day to do lunch after The Shaw Shack’s unfortunate demise and Tiffany and Spencer were both inside, with Tiffany waiting and Spencer cooking. Tiffany noticed the group and approached them.

Tiffany-“Hey guys!”

Mitchell-“Hey Tiffany. How is everything?”

Tiffany-“Great! Tyrone has been so nice to us these last few days. He hired me and Spencer on until the diner gets rebuild. Which....”

She leaned in close to the group and whispered.

Tiffany-“You didn’t hear this from me, but whatever you said to the insurance agent must of really worked. They might cover the cost to the diner in no time.”

Harrison-“That’s awesome Tiff! Congrats!”

Tiffany-“Thanks guys. So, what can I get you?”

Benjamin-“Can you get us 3 sodas and a moment to talk to Tyrone?”

Tiffany-“No problem on the sodas, and I’ll check with him. Go take a seat guys.”

The group thanked Tiffany again and took a seat at a table.

Benjamin-“We have 2 suspects here but we can only talk to 1 of them right now. It’s a pain but it keeps both from changing their story based on the others.”

Tyrone arrived with their sodas and pulled up a chair.

Tyrone-“Hey guys, Tiffany said you wanted to talk to me?”

Harrison-“Yeah, we just wanted to go over a few things. For starters, it looks like you got a new door.”

Tyrone-“Yeah. When I went to talk to Brad I couldn’t find him. Had no idea the guy was dead. Luckily a friend knew a guy who came from out of town immediately and took care of it for me.”

Mitchell-“That’s good. So, you arrived at Stokely Works and tried to get in?”

Tyrone-“Yeah. I knocked a few times and never got an answer. Figured he left and I tried calling later. When I found out he died in his office it was a shock. Between you and me, what was it like when you saw his body?”

Mitchell-“Don’t know. His body wasn’t there.”

Tyrone-“Get the hell out! Are you serious?”

Harrison-“As serious as we could be. Every murder has left no body except for Ashley’s. You didn’t know that?”

Tyrone-“Not a clue. I know Ashley was found by Harper Park and that Brad and the others had died but I thought all the bodies were there. I mean, who the hell would take the time to remove a body after killing them?”

Benjamin-“I have no clue who would other than this psycho. So, we wanna ask, you lived here years ago you said, right?”

Tyrone-“Yeah, then I moved when I was around 14 but came back around 18 years after that.”

Benjamin-“And you had a girlfriend that passed away from cancer you said as well?”

Tyrone-“Unfortunately yes, she did pass away. Her name was Casey Oakley. She was always the nicest. Never was mean to anyone. I know it was just an elementary school and middle school romance but, even at that age, she was just one of a kind.”

Harrison-“Did you ever hear of a girl named Tracey Johnson?”

Tyrone-“Only from the last few weeks. I didn’t really know everyone growing up here. I had a big group of friends and we reconnected when I moved back. Hell, Danny the bouncer is one of my boys from back in the day. Tracey, though, never heard of her.”

Harrison-“But you have heard of her though, right?”

Tyrone-“Oh, definitely. Wasn’t until you guys came in that I heard about her. Don’t know how I didn’t meet her at least once growing up.”

Mitchell-“Just wanna know, have you heard of anyone with the initials L.B.?”

Tyrone-“Well, I do know of a guy named Logan Bautista, but he lives back in New Jersey so I don’t think he’d be helpful to you. I do know of a kid from here in town though named Liam Backus. He was very... odd. In middle school he had a girlfriend and when she broke it off he went crazy and stalker like on her. I left the school a few days later and moved to New Jersey so I have no clue what happened to him. Ironically, there was also a girl I know from childhood named Lisa Bronson. She was a little brat though growing up. If something didn’t go her way she’d bitch and moan. I remember one day in 2nd grade she got a boy suspended. She made up this lie about him saying he’d bring in a knife and stab her if she didn’t give him a jump rope just cause she didn’t like him.”

Benjamin-“That’s crazy! How do you know she lied?”

Tyrone-“Because I was playing kickball with him that day and the next day he’s being pulled into the principal’s office. A letter got sent home and my parents talked to me about it. I told them it was a lie cause he was playing with me and a few other kids spoke talked to their parents and said they were with him as well. Hell was raised and the boy got pulled out of school and placed in another. Nothing happened to the girl cause her parents were straight up relentless assholes and threatened the school if she was punished without ‘evidence’. She was a nightmare.”

Harrison-“She sounds like it. Do you know what happened to the 2 of them? Lisa and Liam?”

Tyrone-“Not the slightest clue. When I moved back I tried to reconnect with my childhood friends and not 1 of them knows what happened to either of them. As far as I know they both moved away.”

Benjamin-“Alright, you were very helpful.”

Tiffany-“Tell me about it!”

The group and Tyrone looked over and saw Tiffany waiting a table just feet away.

Tiffany-“Sorry guys, didn’t mean to easy drop, but I heard you say Tyrone was very helpful, and you don’t know the half. If it wasn’t for him, Spencer and I wouldn’t have jobs or anything right now.”

Mitchell-“You really are a good man, Tyrone. Listen, we’ve taken up enough of your time, we need to head out. Have a good day guys.”

Tyrone-“You as well. Stop by any time.”

Tiffany-“Bye guys!”

After handshakes and hugs, and a wave to Spencer who was busy making burgers and what not....

Spencer-“See you guys later!”

The 3 men exited The Hot Spot and retreated to the van.
-
At HQ, Gary waited for the 3 investigators to enter and be seated.

Gary-“So, what did we find today with Rachel?”

Benjamin-“She confirmed the blood was Walter’s, so he definitely is no longer with us. We asked her about Tracey and she said that she knew Tracey was bisexual, but had no idea that Tracey was cheating and getting married, nor if it was a man or woman. She did know someone with the initials L.B. named Leslie Bowden that works as a accountant.”

Gary-“And how about Tyrone?”

Harrison-“He pretty much confirmed everything we talked about before. He left town at 14, and returned 18 years later. He claimed he doesn’t know Tracey Johnson, but knew of 2 people with the initials L.B. 1 named Liam Backus who he said went crazy after a girlfriend dumped him, but didn’t actually know him and find out what happened cause he moved shortly after he was dumped. The other was a girl named Lisa Bronson. He said that she was an utter nightmare growing up and that she got a boy suspended because she didn’t like him. He told us that she claimed that the boy threatened her with a knife over a jump rope, but the kid was playing kickball with Tyrone. They sent a letter home, and Tyrone and several other kids told their parents what happened, but the school couldn’t do anything about her because her parents were pricks and threatened legal action. The boy ended up getting pulled from their school and put in another. He hasn’t heard from anything about either of them since he got back though.”

Gary-“Wow, that’s rough. You guys got a good amount of information. We have a few names with the initials L.B. so we can get started on looking into that. Great job. You’re dismissed.”

The 3 men exited to the kitchen to start dinner. Mitchell checked the fridge for something to grill.

Mitchell-“You guys want a steak tonight?”

Benjamin-“That sounds good to me.”

Harrison-“Same here.”

Mitchell took the steaks out of the fridge and harden sooner placed them on a cutting board to prepare them, when suddenly...




RING RING! RING RING!



Benjamin left the kitchen and put the speaker phone on so the group could all listen in.

Benjamin-“Hello, this is the Special Investigators’ Office. My name is Benjamin, how can I help you?”

Lady-“Hi, this is Robbin. Robbin Evans.

Benjamin-“Hello Miss Evans, how can I help you today?”

Robbin-“It’s the weirdest thing. I just came to the Cemetery to visit my grandparents graves just now, and I found a dug up plot.

Benjamin-“Yes Miss Evans. We actually already know about Tracey Johnson’s grave being dug up and we’re working to find out who is responsible.”

Robbin-“No, no, that’s the thing, this isn’t her grave.

The 3 men shot confused, nervous glances at each other.

Harrison-“Hi, this is Investigator Harrison, are you sure that isn’t Tracey Johnson’s grave plot?”

Robbin-“I am more than certain. I’m at the Forever Hills Cemetery over on the opposite side of town, and I know that Tracey was buried at Resting Oaks Cemetery on Myers Ave.

Harrison-“It wouldn’t happen to be Ashley Bundy’s grave, is it?”

Robbin-“No, she was interned at Resting Oaks as well.

Harrison-“What grave are you looking at then?”

Robbin-“I’m looking at the plot of Judge Joseph Seeger.

Mitchell cover his face with both hands and swore multiple times under his breath. Harrison threw the steaks back into the fridge and grabbed the keys to a van.

Benjamin-“This was the phone call none of us expected today. A second grave has been vandalized. And to make it worse, it’s the deceased Judge’s grave. What the hell?!”

Benjamin-“Miss Evans, stay right there, we’re gonna need a statement when we get there.”

Robbin-“Ok. See you soon.

They hung up and headed for the door.

Harrison-“We just went from good steaks to a drive thru menu. Damnit.”
-
The 3 men raced across town and arrived to the Forever Hills Cemetery in near record time. They were able to spot Robbin near the far end of the cemetery and drove up to her. They got out and noticed the gaping hole in front of the Judge’s headstone.

Mitchell-“Hey, Mrs. Evans, could you talk to us for a bit?”

Robbin-“Yes, absolutely.”

She walked over and joined the 3 men by their van.

Mitchell-“You said you were here to visit your grandparents, right?”

Robbin-“Yes, they’re right over there. Just a little down from here.”

She walked the group over to Nicholas and Audrey Evans’ plots. A fresh bouquet of flowers laid upon each grave. Mitchell looked back over to where the van was parked next to Judge Seeger’s plot.

Mitchell-“What made you go and look?”

Robbin-“It looked suspicious. When we buried my grandparents, the groundskeeper put out chairs and had that device that lowers the casket into the ground, what ever it’s called, and nothing has been set out at all. I just happened to go and look and when I saw it said Joseph Seeger I called you immediately.”

Mitchell-“You did the right thing. Since I have you here, do you mind if I ask you a question?”

Robbin-“Go ahead.”

Mitchell-“It’s gonna sound weird, but do you know anyone in town with the initials L.B?”

Robbin-“L.B...... Hmmm..... I do know of 1 person named Lawrence Brighton. He used to be at the news station until he got a new job at the radio station last year. Other than him, I don’t know anyone else.”

Mitchell-“Perfect, and 1 other thing, I don’t think we’ve asked this, but how long have you lived here in Sunrise Ridge?”

Robbin-“About 20 years. I moved here when I was roughly 17 just after high school and went to school for journalism.”

Mitchell-“Thank you so much. If anything comes up we’ll give you a call.”

Robbin-“No problem. Have a good evening.”

Mitchell-“You as well.”

Mitchell-“It just so happened that Tracey’s grave was a clue, and now here’s Robbin at another dug up grave just hours later? Either she truly found it, or she’s in a lot of trouble.”

The men returned to the Judge’s plot. All they could do was just stare intently at the plot, which they noticed was half filled in.

Harrison-“What do you guys think?”

Benjamin-“The Killer had to of done it. They killed Georgina and the Killer must still be mad that the Judge threw out the murder charge on Matthew.”

Mitchell-“Definitely. Whoever L.B is is most likely the Killer.”

The group continued to stare in silence at the open grave. No one move, just because of the pure shock of seeing the gaping hole in the ground. Harrison, all of a sudden, took a deep breath.

Harrison-“Alright, going in.”

With that, Harrison stepped forward and jumped into the open hole.

Benjamin-“Are you mad!?”

Mitchell-“The hell are you doing?!”

Harrison-“Think about it; No bodies at any crime scene. Tracey’s grave was dug up and now the Judge’s grave is dug up. I want to know if the Killer took the body.”

Mitchell and Benjamin watched as Harrison started digging into the dry dirt with his bare hands as he attempted to find the Judge’s casket at the bottom. Handfuls of dirt went flying into the air and landed just in front of the 2 men’s feet in what looked like tiny smoke bombs being set off. Mitchell and Benjamin were shocked at Harrison’s idea to defile a grave, but at the same time, they thought he was completely right.

Mitchell-“....Harrison....”

Harrison stopped and looked at Mitchell. He had a pained look on his face as he didn’t want to say it.

Mitchell-“It would be easier with a shovel. Let’s see if theirs a few at the groundskeeper’s.”

The 3 men went to the shed and found 3 shovels and returned to the Judge’s grave and got to work.

Benjamin-“I never in my life thought I’d be standing here digging up the grave of a dead man to find his body. What the hell did I sign up for?”

Mitchell-“I cant believe I’m actually digging up a dead man’s grave. I don’t wanna know what we’re gonna find, all I know is I’m hating myself for doing this.”

Harrison-“You have a lawyer, a peewee hockey coach, and a mixed martial artist trying to solve a murder case, while at the same time they dig up a dead judge’s body, while also trying to find the bodies of the other victims of this psycho Killer. This sounds like the most morbid joke ever.”

A green, hazy glow watched from the bushes in the distance as the 3 men dug into the grave as the evening settled in.

Harrison-“How long have we dug for?”

Benjamin-“About an hour.”

THUD!

Mitchell-“It doesn’t look like we’ll be digging any longer.”

The men scrapped as much dirt off as they could and found the brown casket at the bottom of the grave.

Harrison-“Grab me a flashlight.”

Benjamin and Mitchell both jumped out of the hole and Mitchell went and grabbed a flashlight from out of the van. He handed it to Harrison who took a deep breath before cracking open the casket.

Harrison-“Here goes nothing.”

The casket creaked open, a sound just like Dracula’s when his would open. Harrison shined the flashlight inside and was met with a horrible discovery.

Harrison-“Aww crap. I have bad news and even worse news guys. Bad news is their is no body in the casket.”

Benjamin-“Ok, and the even worse news?”

Harrison didn’t say a word. He just threw the envelopes onto the ground right next to the grave. Once again, the Killer has delivered the invitation to their game in another sick, twisted way.

Mitchell-“You have got to be kidding me.”

Harrison-“Let’s just get out of here and call Gary on the way.”

The 3 men, no pun intended, departed the cemetery and made their way back to HQ.

Harrison-“I have seen the cemetery more times in the last 24 hours then I ever want to again for the rest of my life. If I find this Killer, I might just beat them over the head with that shovel.”
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At HQ the following morning, Harrison, Mitchell, and Benjamin entered the Briefing Room at 9:00 AM. Gary has already arrived and was standing at his table waiting for the 3 men to get comfy at their seats.

Gary-“I take it you all had a good night.”

They didn’t laugh.

Gary-“So, you found the red and black envelopes inside Judge Joseph Seeger’s grave and no body was located?”

Harrison-“That’s right. After finding Tracey’s grave dug up as well, I didn’t want to take a chance and looked to see if the Judge’s body was in there as well.”

Gary-“Well, that was a good idea, because Officer Faye ordered for Tracey’s grave to be exhumed as well yesterday after we finished our meeting, and no body was found there either.”

Benjamin-“You gotta be joking! Both plots were robbed?!”

Gary-“Yes, both were dug up. So now, including Tracey and Judge Seeger, we have 7 missing bodies.”

Mitchell-“This is ridiculous.”

Gary-“Alright, so....”

DING DONG.

Stopped halfway through his sentence, Gary exited the room and went down to the front door. The investigators listened carefully, trying to figure out who Gary was talking to. A few moments later, Gary arrived at the doorway and was soon followed in by the Mayor.

Gary-“Gentlemen, Mayor McGee would like to talk to you.”

As Daniel McGee stepped forward, he was patting his head down with a handkerchief. The man was a sweaty mess from the moment he heard about the missing bodies.

Daniel-“Thank you, Sgt. Fredo. Gentlemen, I have a town on my ass since word got out about the 2 graves being robbed. Everyone’s on edge and I’m inviting you to a town meeting at 4 PM at Town Hall to discuss what’s going on in your case. Please, please be there.”

Benjamin-“We will be there, sir.”

Daniel-“Thank you. Thank you very much, I’ll see you then.”

The Mayor escorted himself out and back to his car. Gary turned back to the group.

Gary-“Alright. Get ready for the meeting. Hopefully Spencer, Robbin, and Jeffery will be there today to talk to as well. We’re nearing the end, guys, let’s hopefully try and put the town’s mind at ease. You’re dismissed.”
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The 3 men arrived at the Town Hall and walked inside to the meeting. The entire room was filled with residents, nervously awaiting about the fate of their town and their lives. Daniel McGee noticed the group and gestured for them to come forward. As the group walked, cameras flashed to take picture that would most likely end up on the cover of a newspaper tomorrow morning. Reporters waited with note pads and phones set to voice record.

Daniel-“Good evening. As many of up you are aware, we have suffered tremendous loss over the past number of day. Local residents have been murdered, and a team of investigators have been brought in to help catch the Killer. I will now turn the floor over to Investigators Benjamin Sheffield, Harrison Adams, and Mitchell Kennedy.”

The Mayor moved out of the way, and the 3 men stood at the podium.

Benjamin-“Good evening everyone. As Mayor McGee stated, we have come here to solve the murders that have happened here in town. From what we have gathered, a suspect, who was engaged to one Tracey Johnson, is committing these murders out of anger for Tracey’s death.”

Mitchell-“At the start of our case, the Killer left us a video of the murder of Matthew Bundy and forced his wife, Ashley, to read a statement they prepared. The statement included a list of 15 suspects, with the Killer identifying themself as 1 of the 15. Over the course of time, the Killer has decided to leave us clues, as they want to “play a game” with us, which also affects us as, by leaving these clues, we lose a member of our team.”

Harrison-“We believe that all the victims involved are connected to this case in one way or another. We are very close to zeroing in on the Killer’s identity, but as of this time, we will not reveal their name or the name’s of any of our suspects for safety and security reasons.”

Lady-“So, what you’re saying is that all these deaths are because someone killed this person’s fiancé? So it’s a crime of passion.”

Harrison-“It does seem like that, yes.”

Lady-“Do you think this person is justified?”

Harrison-“Absolutely not. The victims here are just that; victims. They did nothing wrong and were targeted by a psychopath. And we can not take any more questions at this time.”

The meeting goers started an uproar, which Mayor McGee tried his best to control the situation.

Daniel-“ORDER! ORDER! PLEASE, WE ALL NEED TO CALM DOWN!”

The crowd was frantic, but somewhat starting to calm down.

Harrison-“LISTEN UP!”

The crowd became silent.

Harrison-“I completely understand everyone’s concerns about what’s going on. Yes, a Killer is in the town, however, starting an uproar is not gonna help stop them. We are extremely close to ending our investigation and we should be making an arrest in the next few days, but until then we need full cooperation from everyone in town. Thank you for your time.”

The men walked away from the podium and proceeded to the back of the meeting room. The Mayor returned to the podium to address the townspeople as the group were able to spot Spencer and Jeffery out of the crowd. Benjamin approached Spencer while Mitchell and Harrison approached Jeffery. Each suspect was pulled aside quickly.

Benjamin-“Hey, nothing much, but I just want to know if you know anybody in town with the initials of L.B.”

Spencer-“L.B?.... No. I don’t think I know anyone with those initials.”

Benjamin-“Alright. Thank you.”

On the other side of the meeting, Mitchell and Harrison asked Jeffery the same question.

Mitchell-“Listen, we just want to know if you know anyone in town with the initials L.B.”

Jeffery-“L.B? I honestly don’t know anyone with those initials.”

Mitchell-“Are you sure?”

Jeffery-“I moved around a lot as a kid so I don’t remember a lot of people from back in the day.”

Mitchell-“Ok, not a problem. Thank you very much.”

The investigators regrouped at the back of the meeting room and left for HQ.
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The 3 men entered the Briefing Room and were greeted by Gary. They took their seats and Gary addressed them.

Gary-“So, how did the town meeting go?”

Benjamin-“It went well, we explained what we are doing here and tried to put everyone’s mind as easy, but they’re still worked up. I asked Spencer if he knew anyone with the initials L.B but he didn’t know anyone.”

Mitchell-“We asked the same question to Jeffery but he said he doesn’t know anyone like that because of him moving around a lot as a kid.”

Gary-“Great job guys. The only person you missed was Robbin.”

Mitchell-“Actually, I spoke to Robbin last night at the cemetery. She was visiting her grandparents graves and noticed the Judge’s grave being disturbed. She only knows of 1 person with the initials L.B that works at a radio station.”

Gary-“Even better. Great job. Now, I think it’s best that we take a look at Lisa Bronson and Liam Backus as our leading suspects. One of those has to be one of our remaining suspects. And speaking of suspects, I think we should try to clear one right now.”

Gary stepped away from the table and retrieved the red envelope from the evidence locker. He returned to his table, grabbed his scissors and carefully cut the red plastic like bag open. He turned it over and the question fell out onto the table.

Gary-“The question is; “WHAT ARE ROBBIN’S GRANDPARENTS’ NAMES?”

As usual, he brought up the Killer’s anonymous email address. After entering it, the swirl of Matrix letters and numbers flew across the screen until a single lime green line appeared in the top left corner.

Benjamin-“I can’t remember the names. Did either of you happen to see the names?”

Mitchell-“I did and I’m trying to remember the names.”

Harrison-“Same. I think the grandfather’s name was Nicholas or something like that. That’s the only name coming to mind.”

Benjamin-“Amy and Audrey are the 2 names popping in my head.”

Mitchell-“It’s better than nothing. I think the grandmother’s name was longer that Amy, and Audrey does sound right. Let’s just say Nicholas and Audrey and say a prayer when we send it.”

Harrison-“I’ll go with that.”

Mitchell-“Lets do it.”

Gary typed in ‘NICHOLAS AND AUDREY’ into the answer space and hit send. The screen flashed with Matrix letters and numbers in every direction. Each investigator held their breath as they waited the the Killer to message them back. After what felt like an eternity, a message appeared.....



YOUR ANSWER IS CORRECT. A SUSPECT WILL BE CLEARED.



Harrison-“WE DID IT AGAIN! YEAH!”

The 3 men and Gary hugged and cheered as they correctly answered the final Killer’s Question correctly, they waited to see which remaining suspect would be cleared. In no time at all, they got their answer.



SUSPECT CLEARED; ROBBIN EVANS; REPORTER



Gary-“Guys, tremendous teamwork! We can clear another suspect off our board.”

He grabbed a red marker and drew a big X over Robbin’s face, effectively clearing the reporter of the murderous rampage. He turned back to the group.

Gary-“Well, you guys know what happens now. We gotta open the black envelope. Seeing as Benjamin is Lead Investigator today and can not be voted out, Harrison and Mitchell, you will both go out tonight.”

Both men understood their fate tonight. They stood up and shook hands with each other. Gary retrieved the black envelope from the evidence locker and proceeded to cut it open. He poured the contents onto the table as Harrison and Mitchell joined them.

Gary-“Benjamin, please pick a map to go to Harrison and a map to go to Mitchell.”

Instead of handing the maps out, Benjamin slid them across the table in front of both of them. Harrison and Mitchell looked at each other, waiting to see what the other one chose.

Harrison-“I’ve gone out already, you pick first.”

Mitchell-“You sure?”

Harrison-“Trust me.”

Mitchell reached out and grabbed a map. Taking a deep breath, Harrison grabbed the other map.

Gary-“Please open your maps and tell us where you’ll be going.”

Mitchell-“I have to go to the general store on Henry St.”

Harrison-“I’m going to the post office.”

Gary-“Today is going to be a little different. When you go to the Voting Booth to make your Last Will and Testament, instead of naming a Lead Investigator, you are to name the person you want to have first pick of suspects when we confront the Killer. After that, go pack your belongings. I wish you both the very best of luck.”
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Harrison and Mitchell continued to pack their bags as Benjamin entered the room.

Benjamin-“Hey, guys, good luck out there tonight.”

Harrison-“Thanks Benjamin.”

Mitchell-“Yeah, thanks Benjamin.”

Benjamin-“Listen, I wanna apologize for every bad thing I said and did to you guys.”

Harrison-“Ben, you don’t have to.”

Benjamin-“I want to. I was a prick at the beginning and I let my emotions get the best of me. Especially to both of you.”

Mitchell-“How me?”

Harrison-“Bro, he tried to have me send you out on day 1.”

Mitchell-“Wow, gee, thanks Benjamin. Your not getting a Christmas card.”

The 3 men laughed at Mitchell’s joke.

Benjamin-“But in all seriousness, I want to say sorry to you two. You guys knew how I was and invited me into your alliance. Thank you so much.”

Harrison-“Ben, don’t sweat it. I’m sure if the tables were turned and you were in my position at the start..... You know, I don’t wanna know what you’d do.”

The 3 men laughed again at the joke. Harrison grabbed his water bottle from his bed and held it up.

Harrison-“To us.”

Mitchell and Benjamin watched grabbed their water bottles and held them up in a toast like the other morning.

Mitchell-“To us.”

Benjamin-“To us.”

Harrison-“I have made it so far in this game. I’m just 1 Killer’s Game away from the end of the case. I’ve been sent out more times than anybody else and just like last time, I will go down swinging.”

Mitchell-“I’ll admit, I got very lucky in this game. I haven’t had to go out once on a Killer’s Game. I don’t want to go out, but I figure everyone has gone out at least once, so if I have to make it to the end, I gotta go out as well. This is my make or break moment.”



At 10:30 PM, 2 taxi cabs arrived to the Headquarters. Benjamin, Mitchell, and Harrison said their goodbyes and the 2 marked men enter their respective cabs.

Mitchell-“I need to go to the General Store on Henry St.”

Harrison-“Hey, can you bring me to The Post Office on Brennan Ave.?”

The 2 cabs set off into the night. At the end of the street, 1 went left and 1 went right.

At 10:43 PM, Mitchell arrived at the general store.

Exactly 1 minute later, Harrison arrived at the Post office.

Mitchell walked up to the front door. It was locked.

Harrison pulled on the door. It too was locked.

Mitchell walked around the building and found the key hanging on a noose.

Harrison walked to the back and found the key hanging on a noose.

Mitchell walked back to the front, unlocked the door, and stepped inside.

Harrison tried to unlock the back door. Good thing because the key worked.

Mitchell searched the cashier counter. Nothing.

Harrison started with the back loading area. Nothing.

Mitchell walked past several aisles, trying to find something of interest.

Harrison checked the break room. Nothing but tables and chairs.

Mitchell walked to the back of the store and saw a door. He opened it.

Harrison checked the security camera room. Still nothing.

Mitchell walked threw the door and found the break room.

Harrison started walking to the front lobby.

Mitchell walked past it and headed for the delivery area.

Harrison saw the blood puddle left by Walter.

Mitchell walked back and saw the X near a set of boxes.

Harrison saw the X attached to the same P.O. Box that the Killer left the envelopes in before.

Silently, the green, hazy glow watched and stalked their victim.

Mitchell picked up his clue; A wedding band. He studied it. Next to it was a note about a wedding date.

Harrison looked at his clue; A piece of wood. He shined his flashlight on it and noticed what it said. Next to it was a wedding invitation.

As one investigator started walking away, the green hazy glow jumped out from their hiding space. Shocked, the investigator yelled and tried to run. It was no good.

FLASH! BANG!

The surviving investigator picked their clue up and started walking away. Once they took a few steps, they took a deep breath and smiled. They made it to the end. The investigator retraced their steps and returned to their cab.
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At HQ, Gary waited with Benjamin.

Gary-“The surviving investigator should be walking in any minute. Do you have a certain person you want to see walk in?”

He thought hard about Gary’s question.

Benjamin-“It’s tough.... I know the 2 of them worked together since early on. Mitchell has been able to answer more Killer Questions, and Harrison has gotten more Killer Clues. Either way you look at it, I just gotta hope I pick right and they pick wrong.”

Gary-“What about tonight’s Killer Clue? How do you think this will go?”

Benjamin-“Hopefully it gives us an actual name tonight. Not just a pair of initials. If it does then I think we can process it down to hopefully 2 people.”

Suddenly, the front door opened and closed to Headquarters. Footsteps could be heard coming up the stairs. The surviving investigator entered the room with a look of upmost relief.

Investigator-“I did it. I made it to the end of the case.”

Benjamin got up and shook the investigator’s hand. He was slightly trembling and was on the verge of tears. They set the clue down and gave Gary a hug.

Investigator-“I’m shocked as hell. I thought I had the wrong map.”

Benjamin-“Well, you picked right. And for the fifth time none the less.”

Gary-“Congratulations Harrison. You and Benjamin have made it to the end of the case.”
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 21, 2020, 12:39:13 PM
Harrison-“I survived my fifth Killer’s Game last night. I survived more than everyone else on this case and, even though I’m tired as hell, I’m not slowing down. The finish line is I’m sight and I’m gunning for the reward on the Killer’s head.”

At 9:00 AM the following morning, Harrison and Benjamin entered the Briefing Room and were greeted by Gary.

Gary-“Good morning. Last night, we played the Killer’s Game, and Harrison, you survived for the fifth time. Unfortunately, the Killer also claimed another victim, Mitchell.”

He went and grabbed Mitchell’s name plate from his desk and placed it on his makeshift memorial. In the left hand corner, he placed every investigator that lost the Killer’s Games.

In Memoriam:
Heidi Gilligan
Frank Williams
Stacey Towers
Doug Graham
Kristen Reynolds
Deanna Landry
Chrissy Peters
Mitchell Kennedy

Gary-“Now, we will not reveal who Mitchell has picked until it is time up for you 2 to name your suspect of interest. Until then, let’s go over what Harrison brought back last night. What did you find out there?”

Harrison-“I got to the Post Office and went from the back at the loading dock, up through the break room and the security room to the front lobby. Up there I saw the X covering the P.O. Box that the Killer used to give us the envelopes before and inside was the clue.”

Gary-“Great job out there. This is what you brought back last night.”

He held it up for the 2 men to see. It was a chunk of burnt wood and an invitation with the infamous label marker words on the front.

Gary-“This is a piece of the sign from The Shaw Shack. Obviously it’s been burnt badly from the fire there a few days ago. To go with that, you also found a wedding invitation. It says “JOIN TRACEY AND THE KILLER ON THEIR WEDDING DAY. I HAVE LEFT YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, INCLUDING WHO MY LAST VICTIM IS. SEE YOU TONIGHT.”. What do you think this implies?”

Harrison-“The Killer isn’t done yet. They got 1 more victim to go for.”

Gary-“Exactly. The Killer has 1 more potential victim and we need to get to them before the Killer does. Now, what has the Killer left us?”

Benjamin-“The Killer Clues.”

Gary-“Exactly. Now just who is the final victim?”

They thought long and hard about it.

Harrison-“Well, they left Walter’s card for us. He was killed.”

Benjamin-“And this recent one was the sign from the diner. Tiffany didn’t die though.”

Harrison-“But she loved her diner so they blew up the diner.”

Benjamin-“Good point. The license plate was Matthew’s and he’s dead, but Ashley was given back because she must not of had anything to do with Matthew hitting Tracey.”

Gary-“Great ideas. Anything else?”

Harrison-“The first clue was the cracked heart. The second was the music sheet.”

Benjamin-“Holy crap I got it!”

Benjamin jumped up and ran up to Gary’s board. He wrote every name down of each victim and pulled out every clue.

Benjamin-“Georgina is dead because her husband threw out the case against Matthew.”

He erased Georgina’s name.

Benjamin-“Brad and Diane are dead because Brad was friends with Matthew and saw it happen but refused to testify. Diane tried to get him to but he refused and she stopped.”

He erased their names.

Benjamin-“The Shaw Shack is gone because the Killer hates love and wanted to have people suffer like they are. Then there’s Walter, who had nothing to do with this case, but he’s dead because of him loving Tiffany from a far.”

He erased Walter’s name.

Benjamin-“Thats The Shaw Shack sign and Walter’s card as pointing to them. Here is the final victim; the person actually behind the “Here Comes the Bride” song.”

He wrote down one name and circled it several times.

Benjamin-“Sydney Shields. That is our final victim. She got engaged to Cooper the night of the benefit. They’re in love. She’s getting married. She’s the bride.”

Gary nodded his head in approval of Benjamin’s idea.

Gary-“That’s a great theory. And since the Killer is attacking suspects, that makes really good sense. I want you guys to head over and do a wellness check on her and Cooper now. The van will be waiting.

Harrison and Benjamin grabbed their stuff, ran down the stairs and out the door, straight into a van and sped off to Cooper and Sydney’s condo. They arrived in roughly 15 minutes and rung the doorbell.

And waited.

And waited.

And rang the doorbell again.

And continued to wait.

Benjamin-“Maybe they’re not home.”

Harrison-“It’s gotta be her though. She’s gonna be a bride. All the deaths have been suspects. It’s gotta be her.”

Harrison walked to the back of the condo and tried looking through the window. He was able to see the kitchen and tried his hardest to spot any living being and not just a blood puddle.

Harrison-“I can’t see anyone. We need to get inside.”

He tried the open the back to but it was locked shut. Benjamin went back to the front and tried the front door. That, too, was locked. Harrison checked around the side of the condo and found a window that was able to slide right open.

Harrison-“Ben! Over here!”

Benjamin joined him and they were able to enter the condo. Harrison crawled through first and assisted Benjamin in. Once inside, they were able to see why no one answered the door. It looked like a war zone with a bomb going off and ending it all. The place was completely trashed.

Harrison-“Oh crap. Sydney!? Cooper!?”

The 2 men ran off into different direction of the house. Benjamin checked the living room and Harrison checked the bedroom.

Harrison-“No ones in here.”

Benjamin took a corner and saw someone lying on the floor.

Benjamin-“Dear God! Cooper!”

Benjamin ran straight to him and Harrison entered the room mere seconds later. Cooper was lying face down on the ground.

Harrison-“Cooper! Cooper, wake up!”

He was unresponsive. Harrison and Benjamin rolled him over to his back and checked for a pulse.

Benjamin-“He’s got a heartbeat. That’s a good thing.”

Harrison-“And he’s breathing. Thank God.”

Harrison unlocked the front door and ran out straight back to the van for a walkie talkie. He grabbed it and started running back inside.

Harrison-“Gary, come in Gary!”

Gary-“This is Gary.”

Harrison-“Cooper has been attacked and their is no sign of Sydney. I think the Killer got to her.”

Gary-“I’m calling in an ambulance to you guys location right now.”

As Harrison returned to help check on a Cooper, he noticed something attached to the TV.

Harrison-“The hell is that?”

Benjamin looked up and saw it as well. The traditional brown paper with label maker words. It said “WANNA PLAY ONE LAST TIME?”

Just below the paper was a DVD in a case that had “PLAY ME” with the same label maker words attached to the cover.

Before anyone could say anything else about it, the sound of a siren sounded in the distance. It was no time before they arrived to Cooper and Sydney’s place.

Medic-“What happened?”

Harrison-“We don’t know. We came to do a wellness check and found him like this.”

The stretcher was brought in and they quickly loaded Cooper up into the ambulance and took off with him to the hospital. Harrison and Benjamin returned to the living room and grabbed the DVD and note off the TV. Harrison radioed to Gary about their discovery.

Harrison-“Gary, Harrison again.”

Gary-“I’m here. What’s going on?”

Harrison-“Cooper has been taken to the hospital and while we were tending to him, we found a note from the Killer along with a DVD saying ‘PLAY ME’.”

Gary-“Hurry back here and we’ll play it.”

Harrison-“Got it.”

The 2 men locked up the condo and returned to their van and hurried back to HQ.
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Harrison-“The sight of Cooper and Sydney’s place was insane. I hope Cooper is OK, and I really hope Sydney is still alive.”

Benjamin-“That was a surreal moment. Sydney is missing and Cooper was attacked. We don’t know what’s on this DVD but we”re gonna find out and hopefully piece it all together.”

Gary was ready with the computer as Benjamin and Harrison walked into the Briefing Room. They handed him the DVD and took their seats as Gary loaded the DVD to the computer. When it was ready, he hit play.

Some feedback started the video, followed up by the sight of Cooper laying on the floor like he was when Harrison and Benjamin found him. The sounds of crying where heard, and when the camera panned over to the left, it showed Sydney tied around the waist to a chair. She was trembling with tears streaming down her face. She had a note in her hands, but her crying stopped her from being able to read it properly.

Sydney-“Congratulations...... You h-h-have m-m-made it to the end. Unfortunately for you, it will all b-b-be in vein. I have all my g-g-groomsmen, but Tracey still needs 1 more b-b-bridesmaid.”

She stoped and cried a little more.

Sydney-“The w-w-wedding and start of our l-l-lives begins at s-s-sundown tonight, as I claim my final victim, and m-m-marry the love of my l-l-life. After that, I will dis-disappear into the b-b-background, never to be h-h-heard from again. You have everything you n-n-need to figure out who I am. I enjoyed our l-l-little game, and I’m happy t-t-to say you will not win.”

The DVD abruptly ended. Gary turned around and looked at the 2 men.

Gary-“So the Killer’s has kidnapped Sydney. Did you get anything else from that video?”

Benjamin-“Killer is a guy.”

Gary-“How so?”

Benjamin-“She said that the Killer has all his groomsmen and Tracey is missing a bridesmaid.”

Gary-“I think you’re right. Rachel is the only suspect left that’s female so I think we can cross her off our list.”

Gary grabbed his red sharpie and drew a red X over her face, effectively clearing the medical worker of the murders. With that, their were 3; Tyrone, Spencer, and Jeffery. 2 were innocent, and 1 is the Killer. But who? Gary turned back and face the final 2 investigators.

Gary-“What else could this mean?”

Harrison-“The 2 big names that were giving to us about L.B were Lisa Bronson and Liam Backus. With Rachel being cleared, and Liam’s backstory from Tyrone, I think it’s safe to say that Liam is one of those 3 men and lost it over Tracey’s death.”

Gary-“I believe your right. Now then, we have a hostage situation. At sundown the Killer has said that they will murder Sydney. The time is currently 3:00 PM, and sundown today is at 7:30. I’m giving you until 6:00 PM to come up with a main suspect and a backup suspect to chase down. Go over all your evidence and be ready for tonight, because in 3 hours, we catch a killer. You’re dismissed.”

Benjamin and Harrison shook hands and got to work.
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Harrison sat on the edge of his bed, going over every note he took during the investigation. He took a piece of blank paper from the back of his note book and started jotting down more notes.

Harrison-“I’m trying to see if I can piece together anything. Like any clue with a suspect or even the DVD with with a suspect. I just gotta hope I find something that clicks and gives me a main suspect.”

In the kitchen, Benjamin sat at the table. He had every Killer Clue written down and every note he took at his disposal.

Benjamin-“This is one giant puzzle. This is more pieces then I’ve had to put together for a case and I hope I get it right. One clue could put me towards the right person, but looking at it the wrong way could put me completely off track. I just hope it doesn’t effect me and I get it right.”

At 6:00 PM, Harrison and Benjamin arrived in the Briefing Room. They each brought 2 folders with them. Gary was waiting for them in front of his table as the 2 men each took a seat at a desk in front of him.

Gary-“Alright guys, it’s 6:00 PM. We need to go out and find Sydney and the Killer. Our final 3 suspect are Tyrone Cribbs, Spencer Stevens, and Jeffery Ardis. Before we find out who you have named as your lead suspect, we must find out who gets to name their suspect first, and for that, we turn to Mitchell’s Last Will and Testament.

He returned to the back of his table and brought up Mitchell’s video file. He clicked play and Mitchell spoke to them for the final time.

Mitchell-“So, I have to go out on the Killer’s Game. Both Harrison and Benjamin already have, so it’s only fitting I have to go out as well. If I don’t return.... I just have to give first choice to Harrison.”

Harrison smiled.

Mitchell-“No offense to Benjamin at all, but I’ve worked with Harrison and gotten to know him better than any other person in this game. I wish both you guys all the luck in the world. See you on the other side. Go get them.”

The video ended and Gary returned to the front of the table.

Gary-“Ok, Harrison, you have first pick of the remaining 3 suspects. Please name your choice.”

Harrison stood up, opened his folder, and revealed his suspect’s picture.

Harrison-“My choice for the Killer is a Spencer Stevens. I see a few factors in him and his prints at Brad’s office are making me choose him.”

Gary-“ Very well Harrison, you will track Spencer Stevens tonight. Benjamin, please name your suspect you wish to track tonight. Remember, you cannot choose Spencer.”

Benjamin stood and opened his folder, revealing his choice.

Benjamin-“My choice for the Killer is Jeffery Ardis. I think his affair with Ashley was real, and when he discovered she was married to Matthew, he snapped inside. He was easily able to get to them and Brad because of his connections to them both.”

Gary-“Alright, you have both named your leading suspects. To make sure all the tracks are covered, I will go and locate Tyrone. He is most likely at The Hot Spot. Benjamin, you will most likely find Jeffery at his house on Pasture Rd, and Harrison, you will most likely find Spencer at his house on Mathers St. I want you guys to each take a van to your location, I’m going call Officer Faye and head out with him.”

He grabbed a set of walkie talkies and threw one to Harrison and Benjamin and kept one for himself.

Gary-“This is it, guys. Go out there and find the bodies, find Sydney, and stop this Killer. We’re all dismissed.”

The 2 men ran down the stairs and out the front door. They each jumped into a van and took off to find their suspect.
-
Gary was riding with Officer Faye and arrived to The Hot Spot. They weren’t just opened yet for business.

Harrison was still on his way to Spencer’s.

Benjamin still had a bit to go to Jeffery’s.

Gary and Officer Faye entered The Hot Spot and saw Tyrone at the bar.

Harrison pulled up a few houses away from Spencer’s.

Benjamin stopped at the end of Jeffery’s street and walked on foot.



Tyrone-“Hello Officer Faye, Sgt. Fredo. What brings you out here?”

Gary-“We’re looking for someone. Is it ok if we check you club?”

Tyrone-“Listen, I’d rather you have a warrant, but knowing you’re running the murder investigation, I’ll allow it. Anything to help out.”

Gary-“Glad you completely understand. Sorry for the intrusion.”



Harrison crept up to Spencer’s house.

Benjamin approached Jeffery’s house.



Gary-“Sydney! Are you here?”

Gary raced into the kitchen area and checked for her. Tyrone looked at Officer Faye, puzzled as could be.

Tyrone-“Sydney? Sydney Shields?”

Jack-“Yes. She’s missing and it’s been implied that she’s here.”

Tyrone-“I hope everything’s OK. I haven’t seen her in a few days.”

After a few minutes of looking, Gary came out from the back, looking flustered. He checked the kitchen, fridge area, back of the building, and everywhere in between.

Gary-“She isn’t here at all.”

He grabbed his radio and called Harrison and Benjamin.

Gary-“Come in boys. Sydney is not here. Tyrone is not the Killer. I repeat, Tyrone is not the Killer.”

Tyrone-“Y’all thought that I was the Killer in town? Man, that’s whack!”

Gary-“A million apologies, Tyrone.”

Tyrone-“Why would you think I was the Killer?”

Gary-“It’s a long story and I’ll explain later. We gotta go catch up with the others.”

Gary and Officer Faye left. Tyrone, still confused, followed them to find out what was happening.



Harrison-“Copy. Over.”

Benjamin-“Got it.”

Harrison tried the front door. It was locked.

Benjamin checked the windows. The curtains were down.

Harrison walked around and tried the cellar hatch. It opened.

Benjamin walked around and tried the back door. It opened.

Both men turned their walkie talkies down, making sure the Killer couldn’t hear them and be alerted from them.

Harrison walked silently through the basement.

Benjamin snuck through the kitchen.

Harrison carefully walked up the stairs of the basement.

Benjamin approached a door leading to the living room.

Harrison approached the top of the basement steps and quietly opened the door.

Benjamin silently turned the handle to the living room.






The investigator walked in and found what looked like a wedding in Hell. There they stood; the remains of Judge Joseph Seeger and Tracey Johnson. To the right were Matthew, Brad, and Walter, all dead and all in tuxedos. To the left were Georgina, Diane, and, after hearing the door open, a screaming Sydney.

Sydney-"HELP! SOMEONE PLEASE!"

Investigator-"Shh! It's alright. I'm gonna get you outta here!"

Quickly, the investigator ran forward and attempted to untie Sydney. They were slightly distracted when they noticed in the Killer's makeshift church that the spectators were the 8 other eliminated investigators, still inside their black body bags, placed in the front row. The picture of each investigator placed on the front of the body bag, with the remaining 2 pictures sitting to the side, right on top of 2 folded body bags.

The investigator quickly tried to undo the knots holding Sydney in place to her chair. They got through only a couple of knots when a door burst open.

Killer-"What are you doing?!"

The investigator looked up and saw the Killer from across the room.













It was Spencer.
-
Benjamin found Jeffery in the living room lying on his couch, nearly scaring Jeffery half to death. He jumped up and staggered to his feet.

Jeffery-"What in the Hell are you doing in my house!?"

Benjamin-"Where is Sydney?"

Jeffery-"Who?"

Benjamin-"Don't play games, we've played them enough during the investigation! I wanna know where Sydney is right now!"

Jeffery-"No one named Sydney is here! I'm here by myself!"

Benjamin-"I don't believe you!"

Benjamin walked away and checked the house for Sydney.

Benjamin-"Sydney! Where are you?!"

He checked the bathroom, the bedroom, the dining room. She was nowhere to be found. Jeffery was staying close behind the entire time.

Jeffery-"Anywhere else you wanna look? My truck? A closet? I got a shed out back. Hell, I'll start digging a crawl space under my house if you wanna look there too!"

Benjamin quickly went to a back window and looked at the shed. The door was already opened and he could clearly see a lawnmower, rakes, and his other yard tools. It was clear Sydney wasn't in there.

Benjamin-"So you're not the Killer?"

Jeffery-"What?? You thought I was the Killer??"

Benjamin's eyes widened. He grabbed his radio from his hip and turned the volume back up.

Benjamin-"Come in, Gary! Come in!"

Gary-"Gary here."

Benjamin-"Sydney is not here at Jeffery's. Spencer is the Killer!"

Gary-"I'm heading over there right now with Jack. Meet us there."

Benjamin-"Got it!"

Jeffery-"Spencer? That guy from the diner?"

Benjamin-"Yes, and I need to get to his house immediately.”

Jeffery-"Go to my truck. I'm gonna grab my keys and I'll meet you outside."
-
Harrison-"What is wrong with you, Spencer?"

Spencer-"You're ruining my wedding!"

Harrison-"Jesus, man. You're insane!"

Spencer started walking forward toward Harrison and Sydney.

Spencer-"I had my life ripped away from me by this town, and I'm fixing what happened."

He started to reach at his waist band of his tuxedo, but Harrison raced forward and tackled him. Spencer just barely was able to pull the gun out and did fire off a shot that missed both him and Harrison and ended up firing right into the ground. The still sobbing Sydney was now back into hysterics.

Sydney-"AHHH! PLEASE HELP ME!"

Harrison wrestled Spencer to the ground, and eventually was able to knock the gun out of his hands and kick it across the room. When Harrison tried to roll Spencer over to subdue him, Spencer quickly threw a hand up and caught Harrison with a finger to the eye, which blinded him for a moment. Harrison lost his grip and Spencer stood up and tried to locate his gun while Harrison rubbed his eye to try and get some of his vision back. Once he did, he noticed Spencer still trying to locate the gun. He took a running start and tackled him again to the floor.
-
Benjamin and Jeffery were racing across town, when suddenly a cop car with its lights flashing pulled up behind them. Jeffery pulled over and the police car went flying past them, and behind them was Tyrone on his motorcycle.

Benjamin-"I think that was Officer Faye."

He grabbed his radio and called Gary.

Benjamin-"Gary, come in. Gary, come in. It's Benjamin."

Gary-"This is Gary."

Benjamin rolled down the window and started waving.

Benjamin-"Jeffery and I are in a black pick up truck tailing a police car. I am currently waving and want to know if it is you in front of us."

Gary-"Yes, I can see you waving. Stay behind us. We're almost there."

Benjamin-"Got it."

The 5 men sped through the traffic in the rush to save the lives of Harrison and Sydney. It's wasn't long until they pulled up to Spencer's house. They all exited their vehicles and Benjamin ran up to Gary and Jack.

Benjamin-"Has anyone heard from Harrison lately?"

Gary-"No, not since I radioed you guys about Tyrone."

Benjamin-"You don't think he's dead, do you?"

Jack-"Well, we're gonna find out."

Officer Faye started running to the house when all of a sudden...



CRASH!!!



Everyone jumped when both Harrison and Spencer came flying through the front door and onto the porch. Jack Faye pulled his gun but wouldn't fire because he was afraid of hitting Harrison.

The 2 men continued to wrestle on the porch. Gary, Benjamin, and Jack started running forward and before anyone knew it, both Spencer and Harrison wrestled back into the house. Harrison rolled forward and noticed the gun under a seat. He grabbed it quickly and got to his feet, but he was attacked by Spencer before he could realize what happened. Spencer shoved Harrison down the aisle, grabbed the gun, and walked up to Sydney. He went to point the gun at her, and Harrison placed himself in between the both of them.

Harrison-“You wanna kill her, you gotta kill me first.”

Spencer-“Gladly.”

Harrison closed his eyes and braced for it. Spencer went to point the gun at Harrison, and all of a sudden.....


THUD!


Harrison thought to himself “That definitely wasn’t a gun shot.”He opened his eyes and saw Benjamin had tackled Spencer to the ground. Benjamin saw the gun hit the ground and with his free hand slid it away from them. Spencer, however, was able to throw Benjamin off of himself and got to his feet before he knew it. Harrison went to tackle Spencer, but Spencer used the momentum to escape Harrison’s grasp.

Spencer then saw the gun. Harrison and Benjamin both knew he was going to go for it. They looked at each other and lunged at Spencer one last time. They got to him and tried to subdue him. They didn’t have long until....

Jack-“FREEZE!”

Officer Faye was standing at the door way, weapon pointed. Spencer, Harrison and Benjamin were frozen in place. Suddenly, Spencer shoved past both Harrison and Benjamin and went for the gun. He grabbed it and pointed at Officer Faye.

BANG!

Benjamin and Harrison’s ears were ringing, not just from the gun shot, but because Sydney was still screaming in hysterics. They looked at Officer Faye, still with weaponed pointed. They then looked at Spencer, wobbling with a red mark around the center of his shirt. Then suddenly he collapsed.

Spencer Stevens was dead.



The Killer was dead.



Jack-“You guys OK?”

Benjamin-“I’m good.”

Harrison-"I'm good, thanks."

Jack-"Don't worry about it, but let's get her out of here."

Harrison removed the blindfold from Sydney and she cried even more when she saw Harrison and the bodies.

Harrison-"Its ok, it's ok. We're gonna get you out of here now."

Sydney-"OH MY GOD!! WHERE'S COOPER!?!?"

Harrison-"He's ok. He's at the hospital getting treated and we're gonna bring you as well."

As Harrison and Benjamin freed Sydney, Jack took a look around the room and saw what Harrison found and what Sydney dealt with. He waited for the 2 men to leave with Sydney.

Jack-"Good God. That poor girl."

Jack looked around and saw a brown envelope lying on top of a pedestal at the altar, with a blood stained wedding ring sitting on top of it. He brought it outside and handed it to Gary. He then grabbed his radio and called the station to report what they found. Gary looked at the envelope and read the cover, which said "For the Investigators". He walked over to the ambulance that was brought in for Sydney, where Benjamin, Harrison, and Tyrone were helping calm her down before they took her away.

Tyrone-“Guys, if it’s cool with you, I’m gonna follow the ambulance and make sure everything is cool with her.”

Harrison-“Please, and check in with Cooper. He’s there too after what happened with Spencer earlier.”

Tyrone-“Not a problem.”

Tyrone rode off behind the ambulance, and Gary stepped in to talk to the 2 men.

Gary-"Hey guys, I'm sorry to interrupt, but I think you should look at this."

He handed the envelope over to Harrison and Benjamin. They looked at the cover and then opened it up and removed the letter from it. This time, there were no label maker words. It was pen and paper, clear as day hand writing.


"To Whom it May Concern,

I hope I've left this town before this is read. I, Spencer Stevens, originally Liam Backus, am the Sunrise Ridge Killer. It's very simple, this town is poisonous. Love in this town is a death sentence. I want to rid this town of love.

In 2007, my life was going great. I was engaged to Tracey Johnson, but then she was tragically killed by that moron Matthew Bundy. That drunk idiot not only ran down my love, but ran my heart over at the same time. He was the first to go. I did feel kinda bad for killing Ashley, but I needed her ring.

The next was Georgina. So frail, so easy. It would of been her husband instead had he not of died a few years ago himself. His dying made me target her. He had Matthew in his court room and threw the case out because they couldn't place him at the crime scene. It was a joke. Their was a witness; Brad Stokely.

I killed Diane next because she tried to make Brad go forward with testifying, but he refused and she stopped trying. She covered it up for him, even after they divorced. She stopped caring that lives were ruined. I knew that they still loved each other, so I killed her first, just because I wanted to watch Brad break down. I wanted to watch him loose it, but I kinda felt bad, but just a tiny bit, when I walked in and found him drunk and crying at his desk and decided to finally put him out of his misery.

Next was the unfortunate Walter. He was never on my list to die, but I overheard him say he was gonna ask Tiffany out. He loved her from a far, and in a town where it was stolen from me nonetheless. He had to die because of that. As for Tiffany, she didn't have love in human form, but she did love her diner. I broke in and turned the gas on all the burners and in the stoves and lit a trash can on fire. I left and quickly and made my way out of the area before the place blew up. Tiffany's love literally went up in flames.

After that, I went and dug up Tracey and placed her in her wedding dress. I stared at her in her beauty, before realizing I still had to dig up one more person, the man who caused this. I dug up the Judge to preside over our wedding and placed him and Tracey at the alter, and set up the others as our wedding party. All that was left was just the final bridesmaid.

I went to Sydney and Cooper's place and kidnapped her. They got engaged in a town that took love away from me. It had to be fixed. Cooper tried to fight back and stop me, but he was no match for a pistol whip to the back of the head. Sydney froze in fear when she saw the gun. She will be my last victim.

And now, at sunset tonight, I will claim Sydney as my final victim, I will marry the love of my life, and then I will disappear into the night like a shadow, never to be heard from again.

I have fixed the wrong that this horrible town created.

Goodbye, you awful place,
Spencer Stevens
Formally known as Liam Backus
Forever known as the Sunrise Ridge Killer"

Harrison-"That's insane."

Benjamin-"Its all over, though. Spencer was stopped."

Just then, Officer Faye walked back up and grabbed both Harrison and Benjamin and quickly hugged them.

Jack-"You did it! You guys beat the Killer at his own game!"

Gary came in and hugged them as well.

Gary-"You guys solved the case! Excellent job!”

They all stopped hugging and quickly got down to business.

Jack-"I have Mayor McGee on the phone right now."

He quickly held his phone up and pressed the speaker button.

Jack-"Hello, are you still there sir?"

Daniel-"Yes I am. Is it true the Killer has been apprehended?"

Gary-"More than that sir. The Killer has been killed themself and we have found a letter of confession."

Daniel-"This nightmare is finally over! I'm am scheduling a town meeting ?for noon tomorrow?. Sgt. Fredo, I want you and your team there when we announce it. I want the town to see these heroes get their reward."

Gary-"We will be there sir. See you then. Have a good night."

Daniel-"You as well."

They hung up and Gary looked back at Harrison and Benjamin.

Gary-"Congratulations, guys, you did it!"

Harrison-"I still don't believe this just happened. I literally just had a gun in my face, I helped apprehend a Killer, I saw a wedding ceremony that looked like something out of a Tim Burton movie, and now I'm getting a reward. This is complete insanity!”
-
The following day ?at 12:00 noon?, as Mayor McGee said, their was a public meeting at the front steps of the Town Hall. At the top of the staircase was a polished podium, several microphones attached to it. Reporters, including Robbin Evans, lined the bottom of the steps, microphones in hand and their news station cameras surrounding them all. Behind them, the public, lining the sidewalk in front of the Town Hall. Inside the sea of people, Cooper Davis and Sydney Shields were seen together, being released from the hospital together just an hour earlier. Word spread quickly about Sydney's night with Spencer and those that found out were very quick to offer their sympathy to her for the ordeal she went through. Tiffany Shaw was standing next to Jennifer Harris, lost in conversation. Tiffany then said something that made Jennifer and several people around her very happy. Jennifer and the others offered their congratulations to her.

All of a sudden, Officer Jack Faye walked out of Town Hall, still in his uniform that seemed fused to his body. He was quickly followed by Mayor Daniel McGee, who was wearing the same suit he wore when he first met the investigators. They both approached the podium that was set up. Behind them, Gary, Harrison, and Benjamin. They all approached the podium, and Jack spoke first.

Jack-"Ladies and gentlemen, last night, the team of investigators that were brought in have captured the Sunrise Ridge Killer."

Cheers ran out from the public.

Jack-"At this time, I turn over to the Mayor of Sunrise Ridge, the great Mayor Daniel McGee."

McGee stepped to the podium as Faye stepped to the side.

Daniel-"Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, as Officer Jack Faye has said, last night the Killer was apprehended. Local resident Spencer Stevens was discovered to be the Killer and lost his life trying to kill another victim. He left behind a letter of confession, as well as other evidence found at his home."

As he continued to speak, he extended an arm out to his side.

Daniel-"I have here the 3 men that helped catch the Killer last night. First off, Sgt. Grady Fredo, who lead the investigation into the crime. Next to him, Mr. Benjamin Sheffield of Alabama and Mr. Harrison Adams of Rhode Island."

Clapping accompanied the introduction of the 2 final investigators.

Daniel-"First, I would like to bring up to the podium Mr. Benjamin Sheffield. He arrived with Officer Faye and Sgt. Fredo and helped capture the Killer last night. So, for your help in apprehending the Killer, the city of Sunrise Ridge would like to offer you a check in the amount of $75,000."

Cheers rang out as Benjamin walked forward, with a small smile on his face, and shook Daniel's hand as they posed for photos together.

Benjamin-"It kinda stings. I thought Jeffery was the Killer. It came down to Harrison and me and I thought when he was able to pick first that he couldn't be more off when he said Spencer, but he had it all right. I'm mad, but the $75,000 will probably help me get over it eventually."

Daniel-"And now, ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Harrison Adams. Harrison was the investigator who arrived to Spencer's home, saved a fellow resident from the same horrible fate that befell The Bundy's, Mrs. Georgina Seeger, Miss Diane Pearlman, Mr. Brad Stokely, and Mr. Walter DuChamps, and was able to apprehend the Killer. Spencer said that they wanted to 'play a game' with all of us, and I must say that, if we are playing a game, then Mr. Adams, you are indeed the winner. So, Mr. Harrison Adams, on behalf of the great city of Sunrise Ridge, I would like to present to you a check in the amount of $500,000, and the keys to a brand new 2019 Jeep Liberty."

The crowd erupted in applause and cheers. Harrison walked forward to the Mayor and took the check and keys from his left hand while shaking his right hand as they posed for their photos together. Benjamin rejoined the Mayor, as did Gary, and they all started posing for photos together.

Harrison-"I can't believe this has happened. It still feels so surreal. This town and this moment are going to be burned into my memory for life."
-
Later in the day, back at the Headquarters, Benjamin, Harrison, and Gary are walking out, bags packed and HQ as empty as it was when they started. The sign that said 'Sunrise Ridge Shipping Office' was once again just a shipping office. No longer a home, no longer an HQ. Just a normal place once again. Outside the now defunct Headquarters is Harrison's new Jeep Liberty. Harrison hopped in the drivers seat and got himself nice and comfortable.

Harrison-"Just call me Lyft. I'll drive you guys to the airport. Hop in."

Benjamin and Gary looked at each other and nodded in agreement. They both hopped in, Gary in the front seat and Benjamin in the back seat.

Gary-"Congratulations again guys. You both did a tremendous job."

Harrison and Benjamin-"Thanks Gary."

Gary-"So, I wanna know, Harrison; what made you choose Spencer as the Killer?"

Harrison-"A few things. Spencer saying he lived here and moved back to the town a few years ago, the fact that the majority of the envelopes came straight to the HQ and only a few of the suspects knew where our HQ was set up, and the Shaw Shack explosion. Tyrone is helping Tiffany out until the diner is rebuilt. Why would he help fix love? Then Jeffery saying he lived all over the state. I didn’t think their was a way for him to really know of Tracey.”

Benjamin-"I didn't even take Jeffery moving around into account like that. I saw him being able to get easy kills on the Bundy’s and Brad as the major factor.”

Gary-"Its always the fine details that will reveal the guilty from the innocent. One wrong move can send an innocent man to jail and a guilty man go free."

Benjamin-"At least the town can sleep easy with out a Killer roaming the streets."

Gary-"Alright, you guys ready to go?"

Benjamin-"Yes, let's head out."

Harrison-"You got it, guys."

Harrison started the engine of his brand new car. The 3 men looked back at the HQ one last time. They each reflected, in silence, on their own journeys to this very moment. They all turned back forward almost exactly at the same time and let out a sigh. Harrison shifted the car into drive and headed off. He made sure to pass the Town Hall one last time. Several townspeople were standing outside along with the Mayor and the remaining living suspects that waved goodbye to them as they honked and drove past. Harrison kept driving forward and eventually passed a sign that read;

You Are Now Leaving Sunrise Ridge

Harrison-"Its weird. I never in my life thought I'd sit here and solve a murder case. If you told me that last year I might of thought you were crazy. But I did it. I actually solved this case. I have so much respect for the people that do this for a living. It really is hard."

They past the sign and left the now quiet town.





The End
Title: Re: Murder In Small Town X; The Return
Post by: TempleFan322 on January 21, 2020, 12:43:13 PM
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2 Weeks Later

Boston Globe;
Killer Caught

Local man, 38 year old Spencer Stevens, was discovered to be the mysterious killer in the small town of Sunrise Ridge, Massachusetts. He was killed himself by police shortly before he tried to kill one more potential victim but was stopped by Special Investigators Harrison Adams and Benjamin Sheffield.
"Spencer's crimes were brought on by a rage of passion after his fiancé's death." Adams told the Globe.
Stevens, real name Liam Backus, murdered several people that he held responsible for his deceased fiancé's death; married couple Matthew and Ashley Bundy, Georgina Seeger, Diane Pearlman, Brad Stokely, and Walter DuChamps, as well as 8 investigators that arrived to help solve the case. Stevens also kidnapped local resident Sydney Shields and was going to kill her before Investigators Adams and Sheffield stepped in.
A coroner's inquest into the case determined that Stevens was found guilty of 14 counts of murder, 2 counts of attempted murder, 1 count of kidnapping, 2 counts of vandalism after digging up the grave sites of his deceased fiancé, Tracy Johnson, and the grave of deceased judge, Judge Joseph Seeger, and 1 count of arson stemming from setting popular diner 'The Shaw Shack' on fire. Stevens would of served 4 life sentences without the possibility of parole if he was not killed himself.

6 months later

Sunrise Ridge Gazette;
Popular Diner Reopens

Popular diner 'The Shaw Shack' is officially reopen for business.
"I wanted to reopen because I know how much the community loves the food we prepare with our hearts every day." Owner Tiffany Shaw said in a statement.
The popular diner was burnt down just about 6 months prior. Local man, and former employee, Spencer Stevens, was behind the murders that took place, as well as the man behind the burning down of the diner.
Owner Tiffany Shaw said about Stevens, "It stinks because he was such a nice guy, but he turned out to not be there all the way upstairs."
Since reopening, Shaw has added some new items to the menu.
"I decided to add a few new things. First, because we were built back from the ground up, we now serve 'Phoenix Hot Wings'. From the ashes comes a new phoenix, just like our diner, and just like a phoenix, they're hot!'
When asked about other new items, she stated, 'We would not have been able to open this place back up if it were not for the investigators that came in to help solve the deaths in town. Without their help, out rebuild would not be possible. So, because of their help, we actually were able to have an add on to the diner and have an attached ice cream parlor. We have traditional flavors, but then we have our specials which we've named after the investigators. We have Benjamin Butterscotch, Chrissy Cotton Candy, Mitchell Mango, Kristen Caramel Mocha, Stacey Strawberry Cheesecake, Deanna Cookie Dough, Frank Tutti Fruity, Heidi Hazelnut, Doug Double Chocolate, and Harrison Hot Fudge. They were so sweet and cool to talk to and I can't thank them enough for what they did, so this is my way of showing them."
The Shaw Shack is available for catering.


Neary Reaches Out to Help Others
Local medical examiner Rachel Neary is on a mission after coming out.
"I was trapped in a place I didn't want to be, but I was scared to come out.", Neary said.
In an interview with the Gazette, Rachel Neary opens up about her coming out.
"I dated a woman, secretly, years ago, and after she cheated on me and we separated, she died a few months later. I was working in the office the day they brought her in and cried over her for what felt like hours."
Her former girlfriend, Tracy Johnson, was killed by a drunk driver roughly 10 years ago. Johnson was also the girlfriend, and fiancé, of Sunrise Ridge Killer Spencer Stevens, born Liam Backus.
Neary goes on to explain, "I was scared when we dated. I wasn't sure if it was right or not, but I knew I loved her. Then when she cheated, I was devastated. After that, some people in town discovered I was dating a woman. I was harasses constantly about it. Then when she was brought in after being killed, I locked myself away emotionally. It wasn't until the murders happened where I finally opened up. I felt a huge weight come off my shoulders. The people I opened up to, the investigators, couldn't have been more nicer to me about it. That's why I want to spread the story of love is love."
Rachel Neary has been going around as a motivational speaker doing talks in Massachusetts for numerous LGBTQ organizations to help others that are stuck in a position she herself was once in.
"No one should be afraid to say that their gay or lesbian. At the end of the day it doesn't matter if you're straight, gay, trans, or anything, what matters is that you're human and you are loved by someone."
Rachel also noted that she is happily in a relationship with a lady name Emily Weston.


1 Year Later
Sunrise Ridge Gazette
Announcements

Congratulations go out to the new Mr. and Mrs. Cooper Davis. Davis and now wife, Sydney Shields, were wed on July 29 in front of family and friends. Both husband and wife are local musicians and have written an album together called 'Our Love Ballad', which has gotten them several record label deals in the last few months.


3 Months Later
Sunrise Ridge Gazette
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The day after the finale
The Providence Journal
Local Man Wins TV Show

Resident Harrison Adams, 26, of Providence won the reality show competition "Murder in Small Town X". Last night on the show, Harrison discovered the whereabouts of a kidnapped suspect, which in turn led to him unmasking the show's killer and winning the grand prize.
"It was a surreal experience. I applied on a whim and the next thing I know I'm getting called by the producers.”
The premise of the show centered around a husband and wife that were killed in a small town in Massachusetts. Harrison, working with 9 other contestants, had to figure out who committed the murder.
On the show, the fictional Killer presented the group a list of 15 suspects, identifying them self as one of the 15. Each episode saw the contestants interview suspects (all actors) and gather information. The Killer then presented them 2 colored envelopes, the first allowed them to possibly clear a suspect by answering a question. The second envelope contains maps where a contestant could possibly be eliminated.
Harrison explained, "We voted for someone to go to one site, and the Lead Investigator for the day picked someone to go to the other site. We walked around with just a flashlight and this backpack that had a camera attached to us to get our reactions. It is basically pitch black except for a little bit of light here and there. We would find the clue and then have to walk all the way back through everything to the car that brought us back to the house. If we picked the wrong map, we'd find the "Killer", which is actually just a cameraman that follows you shortly after you arrive and they set it up to try and scare you, and we would be eliminated from the game. The eliminated contestants were kept in a hotel in the area and that's where I spent two days as well after filming the show.
Harrison added, "Once filming ended, the producers threw a wrap party. Everyone that was involved in the show got together and we had this little set up in the club used in the show. We ate and celebrated and had a fun time. The lady that played the first “victim”, Ashley, actually showed up dressed in the robe she wore in the beginning and had the makeup artist that was involved put a wound on the side of her head. She walked in like a zombie and had everyone cracking up.”
Harrison survived the “Killer’s Game” portion of the show 5 times during the season. When asked if he would ever want to relive what he did, he replied, “After everything that happened, I'd probably do it again."
At the end of the season last night, Harrison decided to track his suspect Spencer Stevens as the Killer. He ended up picking correctly out of his three possible choices and won the game.
His prize? The town's mayor awarded him with a check for $500,000 and the keys to a brand new Jeep.
"We were told about the cash prize, but we didn’t know how much it was until the Mayor told us. That shocked us all. The car I won as well was a complete surprise. I had no idea until the Mayor handed me the keys. It was a huge shock.”
The show Murder in Small Town X originally started back in 2001. Sgt Gary Fredo, who is actually a real life police officer, also hosted the series back in 2001 as well. The winner of that series, Angel Jubare, Jr, was a New York City firefighter who was tragically killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks, which happened less than a week after Angel was revealed to have won the season. Producers wanted to pay tribute to him in the new series.
"When we got the first X to signify what we'd be looking for on the elimination games, everyone was confused to why there was an angel attached to it. We all looked at it like it was the clue and we're all trying to decipher what it means."  Harrison continued, "It was during a break in filming when one of the producers mentioned Angel and told us about him and said it was just a small tribute with a play on words to him and we all thought that was a nice gesture."
A statue made for the original series stands on a pier in Eastport, Maine and was
left behind as a gift to the town. It was refurbished shortly afterwards and is dedicated to Angel as well.
When asked about what he would do with his winnings, Harrison said "I'm not completely sure yet, but I do know that my nieces and nephews are gonna have a little college money coming their way from Uncle Harry, and I’ll probably be getting myself a nice condo.”
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