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Episode 88: Steel Pretends To Be Unaware Of His Connection to These Murders Most Rare

“No, I don’t know why you’re here,” said Steel Bolt.  He wasn’t lying exactly.  He could count at least two reasons why Detective Moogoo Guypan had come to see him—he just wasn’t sure which it was.

“No doubt you’ve read about the recent spate of murders of waitresses in Crescendo Cove,” replied the detective.

“I haven’t read the stories myself, but I heard my sister talking about them the other day.  Sounds like nasty business.”

“It is.  It truly is,” the diminutive detective said, shaking his head.  

“It just goes to show that even an idyllic community like ours is not immune from unspeakable horrors,” Steel commented ruefully.

“True, very true.  In investigating these homicides, Steel, we have found only one common thread.  Ahem.  And that is you.”

Me?” Steel responded, with almost too much disbelief.  

“Yes.  When we interviewed the employees and patrons of the restaurants at which these women worked, your name invariably came up.  It seems that each night a murder occurred, you dined at the victim’s restaurant.”

“Is that right?”

“Now Steel, you and I have been friends for a long time, so don’t think for a second that I suspect you of any wrongdoing.  It’s just that we’ve got so little to go on, we have to examine every lead.  And, there is the possibility this isn’t a coincidence.  It could be that someone is trying to frame you.  Can you think of anyone who would gain from you going to prison?  Or someone who would like to see you publicly humiliated?”

Burl Hard’s words Your circumstances are about to change rang in Steel’s ears, but he didn’t want to wade into those perilous waters with Moogoo.  “I have no idea.”

“That’s what I figured.  If you do think of anything, please let me know.”

“Of course.”

“Steel, my friend, pray for my sake and yours that we catch whoever is committing these crimes soon.  Certain people downtown—you know who I mean—are frantic about the situation.  They want an arrest made just to show the public that they’re doing something.  If it were up to them, you would have been brought in and formally questioned at the station.  I managed to convince them that wasn’t necessary, but I don’t know how much longer I can fend them off.”

Steel was unnerved at the thought of being hauled in like a common criminal.  “I appreciate your consideration, Moogoo.  I’m sure you’ll find whoever is responsible in no time.”

“I hope so.  Until we do, you could do everyone a favour by eating at home.”

“Of course.”

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