Police Tense

Senior Sargeant Lucianus felt unusually nervous when he stepped up to say his piece. But he cleared his throat and began. And once he’d completed the more formal introductions, his investigations weren’t difficult to put into words …

He’s gone outside his place of residence, he’s seen and heard something unusual – which we’re unable to accurately identify at this stage – and from that time, his behavior has become erratic. There’s clearly been some prior upheaval within the family – the loss of the father’s well-documented – but the incident in the mother’s room couldn’t have been anticipated based on the history of the parties involved.

The body recovered from the water is that of the first victim’s daughter who was, apparently, involved with the main suspect. There’s no evidence of foul play – witnesses reported that she’s heard about the earlier incident and begun behaving out of character. So at this stage, we’re looking at misadventure there. The fracas that followed, though, does warrant careful investigation.

It appears that the uncle has coerced the young woman’s brother into taking matters into his own hands but the primary suspect has inadvertently got hold of the modified weapon and inflicted a terminal injury on his aggressor. At the same time, the mother’s consumed a toxic fluid … so the suspect has held the uncle responsible for those two fatalities. The suspect himself has then consumed some of the solution with fatal circumstances and subsequently, his acquaintance has found him and the other deceased parties and proceeded to contact the authorities.

“Hmm,” the Professor commented, “it’s often contentious as to whether he is a hero or an anti-hero but I don’t think if I’ve heard Hamlet referred to as a primary suspect before. …Thank you, Alan. A very illuminating précis.”

Even the habitual quibblers of the Literature Evening Class seemed to agree … as Senior Sargeant Lucianus resumed his seat in perfect silence.


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