Once Upon a Crime

799E8244-6AC6-47D8-9541-BD1E7AB9EF57Police Captain Rory has assigned me, Ace Detective Fandango, to investigate and solve a heinous crime. There are five people involved in this crime:

My job is to determine:

  • Who is the victim?
  • Who is the murderer?
  • What is the location?
  • What is the murder weapon?
  • What is the motive?

After examining all of the facts and conducting a series of interviews, here is the report of my findings:

Our victim, Emily, was found dead in her zombie flamingos garden. All evidence points to Teresa as the murderer. Teresa used a poison tipped pen to commit the crime.

As to motive, Teresa is a single mother with a teenage son. One day late last year, Teresa was told by her best friend, Paula, at a dinner hosted by Kristian, that there were rumors that her son was taking drugs.

Being the good, caring mother that she is, Teresa took her son to the emergency room, where he was seen by Dr. Tanya. The doctor ordered a blood and urine test, and, sadly, the results were positive.

When confronted with the test results, Teresa’s son broke down and admitted that he spent a lot of time after school over at Emily’s because he loved to play with her cats. One day, though, one of her cats was “in a mood” — you know how cats can be, right? — and the cat bit and scratched Teresa’s son.

It turned out that Emily, wanting to ensure that the boy’s wounds didn’t get infected from cat scratch fever, gave him a high potency narcotic in tablet form. The drug did work to prevent the infection, but it also gave the boy a sense of calm euphoria, a feeling that he began to crave.

Teresa’s son continued to visit Emily and her cats after school each day. But unbeknownst to Emily, he had persuaded Emily’s zombie flamingos, who were known to be a bit mischievous, to provide him with more of those euphoria-inducing tablets until he became addicted to them.

This revelation haunted Teresa. She vowed to seek revenge against Emily for having gotten her son addicted to the drug. As a wordsmith, Teresa knew that the pen is mightier than the sword and began to plot her revenge. She visited Kristian, with whom she, Paula, and Emily often dined. Teresa knew that Kristian kept a supply of rat poison in her home to keep the rats at bay during her frequent dinner parties. Teresa made up some story about seeing rats in her basement and asked Kristian if she could have some rat poison to get rid of them. Kristian was happy to oblige.

Back at home, Teresa took out a special pen and coated its tip with rat poison. When Emily invited Teresa, Paula, and Kristian to tea in her garden a few days later, Teresa brought her special pen and presented it to Emily as a thank you gift. Emily thought the pen was lovely, and thanked Teresa profusely. Paula told me that she heard Teresa tell Emily to be sure to lick the pen’s tip with her tongue to get the ink flowing.

A day later, Teresa and Paula came back over to Emily’s place. Emily was tending to her flamingos in her garden when Teresa gave her a copy of her latest book. After handing the book to Emily, Teresa asked her if she’d like her to autograph it. Emily said she’d love that and ran into her house to get the pen Teresa had given her the night before. “Don’t forget to lick the tip,” Teresa said to Emily, Paula recounted.

Moments later, Emily keeled over. Paula called for an ambulance, but by the time they got Emily to the hospital, she was gone. A postmortem conducted by Dr. Tanya confirmed the cause of death to be rat poison.

I arrested Teresa, who is now out on bail to care for her teenage son. Despite all of the evidence against her, Teresa claims that she’s innocent, denies having murdered Emily, and assets that she’s been framed. However, I find that claim lacks credibility.

Respectfully submitted,

Ace Detective Fandango.

26 thoughts on “Once Upon a Crime

  1. Sadje March 10, 2019 / 11:51 am

    Solved the crime very swiftly. Are you sure that you have the right person behind the bars, or on bail?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. aguycalledbloke March 10, 2019 / 12:17 pm

    Very impressive Inspector – very impressive indeed! So without a shadow of a doubt, the haunted one is guilty then?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. eschudel March 10, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    Oh, those zombie flamingos…their shenanigans finally lead to my doom.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango March 10, 2019 / 1:29 pm

      You lived a good life. And you were only trying to help the boy. I blame that cat.


  4. Marilyn Armstrong March 10, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    A high potency NARCOTIC to prevent infection? This must be a different galaxy than mine. Where I live, narcotic reduce white blood cells and lower your immune system. But hey, I don’t have zombie flamingoes, so what do I know?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Melanie B Cee March 10, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    Remind me to behave around you!! Those blue eyes see wayyyyy too much and the criminal has no chance. Goodness!!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. drtanya@saltedcaramel March 11, 2019 / 2:13 am

    Ooh ! It’s thrilling to be part of a murder mystery.
    Although I wouldn’t like to be part of a real investigation.

    So glad I wasn’t cast as a psychopathic murdering doctor.

    Good story though. With the facts , motive and solution neatly dovetailing.

    Liked by 1 person

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