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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Milk Carton Murders 18

We pretty much pick up where we left off last week. (Minus a few spoiler paragraphs.) Investigator Pepper Black is still over at Dave's house questioning his father, Hal, on his connection to the murders of the three girls 20 years earlier whose remains were found at Wiscoy Creek. Pinned to each was a piece of a milk carton with their photograph as part of the missing children campaign of the 1980s and 90s. Only problem is they are different than the ones that came from the Center. Hal worked at one point in the print shop at the dairy.

As always, the words in italics is the "other" voice in Dave's head. 

(Some creative punctuation to keep it in the 8 sentence limit.)

“You’re telling me someone who worked at the dairy switched the layouts?" said Hal. “That’s ridiculous. Why would they do that?”

“I don’t think the why is as important as the who,” Pepper answered, “and it would have to have been someone who worked in the print shop; they had to know how to do the process.”

“Well maybe the Center is missing a few of their layouts,” said Dave, “there were over 8,000 children.”
“I know that, and the Center can account for every single one of them,” Pepper said, “and as you pointed out, Dave, the font style on our carton pieces doesn’t match the font that the Center For Missing and Exploited Children usedeven the layout style itself is slightly different.”

Two points for Pepper, Davy boy. You better come up with something or poor, old Hal here will be spending his retirement in Attica.

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(This also serves as post #7 in the Ultimate Blog Challenge.)
When three small coffins are unearthed near the Wiscoy Creek during a routine dredging operation, it’s the last thing DAVE ROBERTSON, of the Lamont Weekly Times, expected. Pinned to the skeleton’s clothing are pictures from milk cartons of missing girls.

Dave is stunned to find that one of the girls is Sally―a foster child his parents had cared for through the Friends of Foster Families (FFF) program. Cold case files reveal the girls disappeared over 20 years ago. Knowing his house was the last place he saw Sally alive, he can’t help but suspect his dad.

How can he write the biggest story of his career if his father turns out to be the killer? If the voice in his head would shut up and let him remember, he might figure it out before he loses his mind and his dad is charged with murder.

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  1. Ha! Omigosh, this excerpt is tense and exciting. I'd love to see the characters' expressions here. Poor Dave must be feeling so many emotions. I'm anxious to see what happens next!

  2. I like the mystery set up here. The whole issue of whether the different fonts will play out like I suspect, I can't wait to find out.

  3. Things are starting to look bad for Hal! I can feel poor Dave's anxiety. Great excerpt and I'm looking forward to the next one.

  4. Terrific tension! You've got me wondering if Hal is a red herring or a monster. Great 8!

  5. AnonymousJuly 07, 2013

    I'd LOVE to know what happens next (hint hint)- Jen

  6. Love the "minus a few spoiler paragraphs" LOL! This is such an engrossing story, love all the twists and turns. wonderful!

  7. Loved the tension in the scene. You rocked this!

  8. Red herring, red herring. I have to read this just to see if I'm right!

  9. Something's definitely up with the mixed up font on the cartons... nailing the psychotic killer will be satisfying and I can't wait to see how this plays out!

  10. There are so many ways this could go.

  11. Oups someone should have been more careful when trying to covering his murders.

  12. There's something very satisfying about catching a killer due to their attempt at a cover up...

    If that is even what's going to happen.

    Great tension!

  13. But why make fake cartons? Unless . . . Hmmm . . .

  14. So much dang tension, questions, and my need to know all the answers. I need them, lol. Great snippet.

  15. Hmm, certainly not looking good for ol' Hal is it? But I'm also thinking it might be a red herring. And Dave's voice? Hmm... shades of Psycho? LOL

  16. Could be so many things, loving the suspense!

  17. Oh my, things are getting more tangled. Love this story, Cindy. Nicely done. :)

  18. scary. I always hate things happening to kids.

  19. So many questions. Things don't look good for Hal, but I can't help but think it's a set up. I'm liking this story.

  20. The suspense keep building along with the mystery. Awesome, Cindy!! :-)

  21. Thanks everyone for taking time to comment this week.

  22. This is NOT looking good for Hal! Really enjoying the clever details:)

  23. Yours has got to be my very favorite post. Perhaps it is because I love mysteries. Perhaps it is the newspaper connection and investigation. Each week it gets deeper.

  24. A mystery wrapped in a puzzle! I love it.


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