Resurrection 45

This is a chapter of the book I am writing for NaNoWriMo. If you want to read it from the start, click here for the chapter index.

Tracking

Disposing of Polly’s body had been easy. Tab picked it up in a fireman’s carry and brought it down the 30 yards to the road over the spillway. He tossed it over the  low rail and it tumbled down the steep incline. Ideally it would travel all the way down to the water, delaying finding her by days, weeks or possibly longer. In the dark he couldn’t see how far down it fell, but the body couldn’t be tied to him in any way, so it was little concern.

He retrieved Polly’s purse and removed her keys. He noted her panties were still lying where she had kicked them, but decided to leave them. It made him smile to think some teenager would probably find them and take them. Only later when they heard about the murder on the news would they discover the horrifying truth.

Tab returned to the road and tossed the purse over the rail as well.

When the body was eventually found, it would likely be first thought a suicide. Unstable woman jumps over the rail to her death. The autopsy, he was certain, would reveal murder. That was little concern. He would be long gone before then.

Only 63% of murders are ever solved. The vast majority of solved murders are solved within the first hour of the police showing up. The perpetrator is still there, with the body, and is often confessing to the crime. A heated argument leading to a crime of passion.

The majority of the remaining solved murders are wrapped up within a couple days. Who had motive? Who had opportunity? What weapon was used? Typically it is obvious who had motive and opportunity, finding that person also owned or even still possessed the weapon made finding the truth simple.

The third of murders remaing unsolved typically fell into three categories.

Gang related murders were often difficult to solve. The police know what gang committed the crime and often why. Unfortunately finding the “trigger man” was difficult as it could be one of any number of people. The public was rarely concerned with these murders remaining unsolved because the typical victim was just a member of a rival gang.

The second category were uncharged murders where the police are almost certain they know who committed the murder, but lack sufficient evidence to support a charge. The cheating husband who financially benefited from his wife’s murder. The son of a victim who inherits.

Adding these first two categories to the solved murders means that in about 90% of murders, the police know the reason and people behind the crime.

Tab fell into a third category: Stranger murder. Stranger murders include serial killers, random poisoners, the like. When the victim has no relation to the killer, it makes identifying them hard.

In most cases, and certainly in Polly’s, the police would have no idea why she was killed let alone who committed the crime. They would likely question the man Tab had seen her with at the Wayside, but he will be easily ruled out one way or another. They would inquire with friends and family about other possible relationships, possible enemies, possible motives. Tab would never be on their radar.

Tab completed “cleaning” the scene, making sure he left nothing of “him” behind, the climbed into the Mustang. He moved back to seat to accommodate his frame, then drove back to the abandoned store. He shut off before he turned into the lot, and parked next to his Buick. He got out, put the seat back into the position Polly had it in. Grabbing a cotton towel from his car, he wiped down everything he had touched. He had been making mental notes during the drive there and back.

When he finally returned to his own car, it was 9:45pm. He decided to go back to the Wayside for a few hours before heading to Silerville for the next part of his “business.”

At 2:30am, the alarm sounded on Tab’s phone. He got up, stretched and went into the bathroom to wash his face. He smoked, dressed, brushed his teeth and got into the Buick at 2:58, arriving in Silerville 22 minutes later.

Tab parked the Buick on Front Street within sight of the Parsonage and church. No windows showed any light. He had already noted the Jeep was parked in the unlit lot between the house and church. This should be easy.

Lights off, he advanced the Buick to the street directly in front of the church lot. He retrieved the GPS, replaced the battery, then checked the functionality on his phone. He quietly got out of the car and walked over to the lot.

He took a second to check, still no lights on in the parsonage. He quickly slid under the high clearance of the Cherokee, found a solid spot, and allowed the magnet on the GPS to hold it snugly against the frame.

Back in the Buick he checked once more to assure the GPS was functioning then started the drive back to Corbin.

As he drove, he considered his next moves. He didn’t want to do this job at the house. That would mean he would have to kill Reeves as well as his wife. Many ways to make that into a clusterfuck. They may not be in the same room. One might run and escape, immediately alerting the cops. It could get him sent to prison for a long time.

The best situation would be if Reeves decided to take a hike. He could follow him, take him while he was in some isolated place in the woods.

He would track his movements for a few days and see what opportunity arose.

 

 

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15 Comments on “Resurrection 45”

  1. Cool, I like all the crime details you put in. You’re doing great!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ron877 says:

    Sort of an echo, great on the crime statistics. Makes people look at “Law and Order” in a new way. Good research.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you. That’s particularly encouraging coming from you. I just sat down to start writing chapter 61. Hopefully I can keep you engaged. I probably have 20-30K more words to get it done. I don’t have good background research yet on some of the chapters 55-60, so don’t be too harsh. I’ll check out all the facts in the rewrite – I just gotta get this draft done first.

      Honestly, your comment gave me a little jolt to write better tonight. I have ignored it so far this month.

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