Well now, that really was a bold move on the part of the Telephone Killer to just ride into ceremonies of the opening of the park and shoot the Lieutenant governor. But then he always has been daring. Poor Williams he’s about at his wits end with this case.
THE TELEPHONE KILLER
by Paul J. Stam
Williams sat at his desk chastising himself for having been taken in with all the talk about the airport. If all the manpower had not been concentrated out there they might have caught the assassin. The latest reports were that the Lieutenant Governor was alive but in critical condition. Two vertebrae had been shattered and if he lived, he would never walk again. Little by little, the information was coming in. Ballistics had confirmed the gun was a 9-millimeter, the same gun that killed Officer Remke and John Crawford.
He had a copy of what Ginger took showing the rider approaching, shooting and getting away until he disappeared around the back of the children’s park. They had a witness who was with her three-year-old son in the children’s park who saw the rider go down into the gully and up the other side. He disappeared behind the arrangement of large, artificial stones that had been intended for children to climb and play on. There was no eyewitness who could place where he went from there, but they found the motorcycle behind the maintenance shed in the middle at the back of the enlarged park. Behind and on two sides of the shed lilac bush grew thick and tall. There was a space about four feet between where the lilacs were planted and the walls of the shed. The lilacs spread out as they grew up so at the top they were touching the eves of the roof. It was a dusty place where wild chickens liked to nest on hot days.
This was the Fourth of July weekend and what few workers were there, all hurried to the ceremony area when they heard the shooting and the screaming. It was between the lilacs and the back of the shed that they found the dirt bike, a pair of white coveralls, white cotton gloves and the helmet. There were no prints anywhere on the bike or helmet. They were trying to trace the dirt bike, but dirt bikes did not need license plates if they were not going to be used on streets and highways. The only way to trace it was with the serial number. They sent the make, model and serial number to all the dealers hoping one of them would be able to tell them who had bought it.
A couple of kids thought they saw a bearded jogger wearing blue shorts and tank top coming from the direction of the maintenance shed. The police who searched the area found a false beard, running shoes and blue jogging attire in the trash bin of the men’s rest room. The shoes also did not have any prints on them. The shoes and clothing were so common Williams knew there was not much hope of learning anything from the stores that sold those lines.
There were a few things they knew about the assailant. He was not a large man. They estimated him to be about five-feet seven-inches tall with a slim build, but that was all they had. Motorcycle patrolmen who had looked at the video had agreed the man was an excellent rider. It was evident the man was also a marksman. To get that close a pattern with one hand when shooting from a moving object was very good and would have taken a great deal of practice. His men immediately started contacting all kinds of motorcycle clubs and gun clubs to get a list of their members.
Williams had brought all his men in from the airport. The thing that bothered him was that there was an inconsistency. The TK had never before given false information. He had always withheld information, but he had never given deliberate misinformation. Why did he do it this time? Why did he say it would be the airport when he was all the time planning to make his attack at the park? That was not like the TK and the inconsistency bothered Williams. He got up from his desk and after telling Sergeant Lewis where he was going, headed for the park. He had not been to the crime scene yet. He did not think he would discover anything the others had not already learned, but he wanted to see the place for himself.
The workmen were taking away the audience chairs, but the speaker’s platform was still in place with yellow tape blocking off the area. The officer on duty took him around telling him as best he could how it happened. Williams started around the children’s area following where the assailant may have gone. At the corner, the train was going around on its carousel. There was only one child in the engine car and one father powering the merry-go-round. Around the base of the carousel he saw the words: TRAIN DEPOT — TRAIN DEPOT — TRAIN DEPOT. He walked over where the bike went into the gully and then up the other side to the rocks. He continued around the children’s area. The bus carousel was empty and around the bottom were the words. BUS DEPOT — BUS DEPOT — BUS DEPOT. The boat HARBOR carousel was doing better with four of its six plastic boats carrying passengers. Two mothers were there keeping it going. Headed back toward the crime scene he knew what the ride in that corner was going to be named. All six plastic airplanes hanging from three chains each had a child in them. Two mothers stood side-by-side pushing the handles that kept the planes flying. Around the bottom was the word. AIRPORT — AIRPORT — AIRPORT. He walked away shaking his head. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.
Copyright © 2014 by Paul J. Stam
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