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Ghost Case

By D. E. Harrison

Copyright 2011 by D. E. Harrison

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Multiple Murders

Chapter 2 The Next Day

Chapter 3 More Paper on the Walls

Chapter 4 The Bedroom Ceiling

Chapter 5 Talk with the Inspector

Chapter 6 Another Week at Work for patrolman Jones

Chapter. 7 The End

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Chapter 1 Multiple Murders

It is six months since the ‘Pick Pocket Case’. A typical case for homicide Detective Rage. Her and patrolman Jones raced toward Kent south of Seattle in an unmarked police car. Jones was kicking fences down and houses are blowing up until the case was solved.

Patrolman Jones being the nice guy is working a shift for a friend.

Patrolman Jones has been on the police force over seven years. During that time, he has proven himself to be decisive, hardworking and one of the few officers who shoots as well as Detective Rage.

Patrolman Samuel Jones is in his early 30’s, six-feet two inches, a rock if you were ever to bounce into him. He is bright and a quick study. He wanted to get into the Seattle SWAT unit, but it was full and had a waiting list. The smaller cities around Seattle either had no SWAT unit or they did but their pay was poor. He decided he would pay his dues while being a Patrolman in Seattle. The ladies say he is a fine looker in his uniform. He never talks about his service on a Navy Seal team because it was all classified. The SWAT leader wanted him, but the list is the list.

He is one of a very few single patrol cars, most have two Patrolmen in each patrol car. He has assisted the Strong team on several cases. He and Detective Rage have a standing ‘shooting’ date ever Saturday.

Patrolman Jones’ extra shift went very bad. He leaves the hospital two weeks after being shot multiple times. He is under the care of Detective Rage's for the next four weeks. The first two weeks she stayed day and night at his new apartment. He is now taking care of himself, but Rage sees him at least once a day and calls him at noon to make sure he has lunch and a nap.

The Detective Janette Rage has been on the police force for almost eight years. She is bright, aggressive, and dedicated to the job. She takes a fair amount of ribbing about her last name and the color of her hair. It usually goes on until they see her empty a clip of 16 rounds at 30 yards into a 3-inch circle. If that is not enough, she will crack a few ribs, and she will do it again in the gym.

Three years earlier she had completed the Detective training course at the academy She finished in second place, the other woman there finished 12th out of the 15 total candidates. In such a large metropolitan police force, her new duty assignment could have been one of many. She did not know until Monday after graduation her exact assignment. Just seven days after graduation and four days on the job, Detective Rage shows up for duty, she finds herself in a fatal multiple shooting investigation. The rookie Detective Rage has been involved in more fatal multiple shootings than most officers see in a lifetime. That does not count the fatal multiple shootings she has been personally involved in.

Detective Rage has been with Inspector Strong ever since.

The Inspector oversees the Homicide Division in the police department. This is unusual; the division may have a Captain; usually it would be a Major. An Inspector is more like a Chief than either a Captain or a Major. Inspector Strong sits at the back of the room of the Chief’s meeting with his green hat on his lap, no one there has any problem with him in attendance. Most of the Chiefs are dressed in their fancy blues.

The Inspector’s name is Strong. Earl Strong, class of 1940, University of Texas. He was a Major in the Military Police. Early 60’s, stands about 5 feet 9 inches, weight 150 pounds, and what’s left of his hair is buzzed into a crew cut. Always with a green 1940’s felt hat, brim bent down in front. A cigar his Dr. says he can chew but not smoke.

Usually his detectives compile the data from the crime scene and then poke it around some. He may read a particularly difficult case to assist them. His case closure for his section is a legend in the entire western half of the country. He has had many job offers to leave, even some at the federal level. His wife will never move and so he stay where he is. Seldom does any case withstand his personal assault for more than several days.

He is a fishing buddy with the regional FBI director, Ted McClearly.

Friday night Rage does not arrive until after dark at patrolman Jones’ apartment. In Seattle it could be any time between 4 pm and 8 pm depending on the weather more than the time of year.

She unlocks the front door to find him up and cooking, "You are supposed to be resting.”

"No problem, I just got up to check it. You are a little later than usual.”

She un-chambers a round from her Colt 45 and places it in a drawer, "Don’t worry about that and let’s eat. I have had a busy day.”

After eating, she clears the table and makes him sit on the couch. He has a few pleasant thoughts as she bends over to fill the dishwasher. She still has one of her silver, pearl handled Colt 45 stuck in the back of her somewhat tight-fitting Levi's. Her 6th sense catches the look without turning around.

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