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Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Milk Carton Murders 09

(If you are here for my “L” post for the A-Z Challenge, it’s below this one.)

Dave Robertson and Investigator Pepper Black are meeting for lunch at the Egg Roll in Lamont. Pepper has found something she wants Dave to look at. Remember, Dave’s mom and dad were foster parents when Dave was a kid, and his dad had worked at the printing department at the dairy. Pepper lays out digital copies of the three milk carton pieces found attached to the girls remains, buried about 20 years ago. Alongside it she sets down a copy of an original notice she sent for from the Archives of the Center For Missing Children to see if Dave sees anything different.

As a historical side note of importance, back in the 1980s and the real missing children milk carton campaign, the center sent out the layouts of the children to be printed.


            "These three have been confirmed as our victims,” said Pepper, as she slid the digital copies in front of him.

"What about this other one?" asked Dave, pointing to the milk carton clipping he hadn’t seen yet.

            "It’s unrelated; I want to see if you noticed anything different about them."

            Dave studied the four milk carton pieces; they appeared almost identical--the same in the layout, the size, ink color--assuming the copy was exact to the original. There was however, something different. Working with the newspaper so long, he knew his fonts. "It’s the lettering,” Dave said. “The unrelated one is in Tahoma, our three are Arial. Very close, I don't think the average person would notice that, the differences being so slight―but they are different fonts."


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  1. Ooh, a clue! This just keeps getting better and better.

    ~Joyce Scarbrough

  2. Very interesting snippet. I loved your setup. I'm interested to keep following along what happens here!

  3. Well that's a subtle detail. Will be interesting to see where it leads. This is an intriguing story, terrific snippet!

  4. Arrgghh! What does it mean?

    Seriously. So. Hooked.

  5. Nice touch. Subtle. Is it a copy cat or just a printer's error. Love the historical work. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Interesting discovery. So what will this mean? Great snippet.

  7. ohh a clue! This keeps getting more interesting. Now who would make an error like that?? I'll definitely be back next week :D

  8. And the plot thickens! Excellent 8, Cindy. You make me feel like I'm part of the investigation team. :-)

  9. Thanks for your input everyone. :)

  10. Oh, man, don't tell me the dad did it. Wonderful detail and thanks for sharing your snippet of research. :D

  11. Wow, this is a great set up to show what's wrong. Nicely done! Great snippet. :)

  12. Oh! That was a great snippet. You set the scene up well. I'd love to know more about what is happening here.

  13. Different fonts. Will like to know more. Next time?

  14. Very intriguing! Great snippet!

  15. Such a small detail, but something tells me it's pretty significant. Fab snippet.

  16. But why are the fonts different??! I definitely want to know more! Great snippet! :)

  17. Very intriguing, C! Cant wait to

  18. I wonder what that means? Is one a fake? Or are the others? Is the odd one out from a different region? Very intriguing snippet.

  19. Hmmm. And what is the significance of the different font? Intriguing snippet.

  20. Oooo, a clue! The trick will be to see where it will lead them. Looking forward to more!

  21. Yes, the seeming little letter difference turns out to be very important. :) Thanks for stopping by everyone. I'm still making my rounds. :)

  22. I have a suspicion the different fonts are a big clue. Good way to build suspense and anticipation.


  23. Different fonts, different typewriters, different people involved? Or a change of venue?

  24. I love the milk carton murders!

  25. Cool snippet, and I dig the last line on the font difference.

    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

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