Rory, aka A Guy Called Bloke has really put the challenge to me today.
Once Upon A Blog Crime ……..
09 – Feb 2019 – Game 2
There’s been a terrible murder ……… well we are pretty sure anyway!
That’s down to you to decide……
During our investigation the following names have come up in connection to our five main questions ..
Lady D of 3C Style
Poddy of Bottomlesscoffee007
KK of Finding French Charming
Britchy of Bitchin in the Kitchen
Fandango of This, That and The Other
Our lead investigator Li of Tao Talk has been selected by The Blog Team here to crack the case! From you we need to know the following concerning these five ‘perps’ …….
Who is the victim?
Who is the murderer?
Who is the location?
Who is the murder weapon?
Who is the motive?
OK Captain Rory, this was an EXTREMELY tough case to crack!
Please note: Before getting started on solving the case, the only one I “know” even remotely of the bloggers involved in the story is Fandango. There is no intent to be obnoxious or offensive in the telling of the tale. I went strictly by your names and a very quick look at your blogs.
I, Lead Investigator Li, was at my desk, completing the reams of paperwork needed after solving the last crime. It was a messy investigation and it seemed questionable as to whether it would ever be solved, but Lead Investigator Li never gives up! After printing and triplicating the 500 page report I was packaging each up for interoffice mail when my phone buzzed with a text. It was Deputy Fidgewidge, saying a murder had been committed at Poddy’s Bottomless Cafe/Podcast Headquarters and that I needed to get there immediately.
I stopped at Captain Rory’s office on my way out and updated him. Captain Rory started to get on me again for not having the paperwork done and was pleased when I said it was on its way through interoffice.
Poddy’s Cafe was located right in the center of downtown Amityville, across the street from Town Square and a short mile from Mount Vixen Ski Resort. As it was the middle of winter, the town was quite busy with the vacationing ski crowd. Also in town were a crowd of Pro-Spacey fans and Anti-Spacey opponents. The clash was being held here because Amityville is Spacey’s home town, and it has become a Spacey hotbed of activity of late with the new charges and all. With all of the tourists and Spaciers in town, I had no idea what I would find.
I stepped over the yellow tape cordoning off the area and found the forensics crew in the breakfast dining area, near the window. The victim was under a sheet. I walked up to Fidgewidge and said, “Talk to me.”
Fidgewidge said, “Victim is a 40 year old female, vacationer staying at the ski resort. Single bullet hole to the heart, looks like a rifle sized opening. Killed instantly, not much blood.”
“What else do I need to know?”, I asked.
“Lady D, the victim, was putting on a big fashion show at the resort and Poddy had asked her to come in to do a podcast on it. During the podcast, the subject of Spacey and his new charges came up, and Lady D expressed several pro-Spacey sentiments. After the 30-minute interview, Lady D had stopped for a cappacino and a poppy seed muffin on her way back to the resort and sat near the window. Patrons interviewed are saying they heard shattering glass then saw the victim slump to the floor.”
“OK thanks Fidge. I’ll let your officers handle the questioning of the loiterers/Spaciers in Town Square. I’m heading up to the resort to do some questioning. Keep me posted of any developments,” I said.
“Will do. Later!” said Fidgewidge.
I drove up to the resort. I saw that the main night club act playing there was the famous stand-up comedian, Britchy. My husband loved Britchy and had watched every netflix special she’d made. I texted him she was in town and he said he was buying tickets right away.
I asked to speak to the resort manager, Slim Jim Walker. Walker had started at the resort as a ski instructor and worked his way up to manager. He liked to stay on his ski game though and still gave lessons one day a week to advanced skiiers.
“Hey Slim, how are the slopes?”, I asked.
“Not bad, Li. It’s always an adventure out there. Why we even had a naked skiier out on the slopes last night!”
I shook my head and had to laugh, even in these grim circumstances.
“I hate to say I’m here on business, Slim, but I am. There was a murder at Poddy’s less than an hour ago, and I need to know if there has been any suspicious activity at the resort.”
Slim said, “Now that you mention it, we had a report of a rifle being stolen from one of the guest’s rooms yesterday. Ms. KK said her long-range hunting rifle with scope on it was missing with its ammo. Security has been doing an investigation, but no leads.”
I asked Slim to have Ms. KK brought to his office. When asked about the rifle, Ms. KK said the last time she saw it was last night, just before she came down to watch Britchy’s show. After the show, she went to the lounge and drank and danced until about 2 a.m. She noticed it was missing in the morning. When asked if she’d used the weapon at all while there and she had been out on the biathlon trail yesterday morning.
Next, I asked Slim if they’d caught the naked skiier and they had. His name was Fandango. I asked Slim to have Fandango brought to his office. Upon questioning Fandango, I was surprised to learn that Fandango was Britchy’s husband. I asked him where he was all of yesterday and today. Fandango said yesterday he’d stayed in the High-Top Suite, the best room in the house, where he and Britchy were lodged and drank tequila all day while watching the fire, then he decided to go naked skiing last night. He said he’d been in the room’s hot tub today when resort staff had come to get him just now. When asked if anyone could vouch for his locations both times, he said staff saw him in the hot tub today and he was seen by many on the slope last night.
I thanked Fandango and then thanked Slim for his time. I headed back to the police station and checked in with Fidgewidge. He was bringing interview reports in an hour. That gave me time to follow up on some hunches through the national LEIN database.
My suspicions were confirmed. When Fidgewidge got to the office, I asked him to go with me to Captain Rory’s office.
“Captain, I have reason to believe that Fandango, the husband of Britchy, who is doing stand-up shows at the Vixen, is the shooter in today’s murder. I would like to get a warrant authorized for his arrest.”
Victim: Lady D
Weapon: Ms. KK’s rifle
Motive: Britchy had been victimized by Spacey and charged, but prosecutors refused to prosecute him for the crime. Fandango decided to serve up justice cold. Fandango went off the deep end when he heard Lady D on the podcast bragging Spacey up. He’d seen Ms. KK out on the biathlon range earlier yesterday so knew she had a rifle. While Ms. KK was in the lounge, Fandango slipped her key card out of her purse and took the rifle from her room. His plan all along was to “take out” one of the pro-Spaceys in town. That morning, when Fandango heard the podcast, he knew who. He slipped into town and climbed the tower in Town Square and waited….