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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Milk Carton Murders 34

Since Polly Frish is finally off committing murder in the digital world, I thought I would relax with some fiction. Time to get back to....

SETUP: The three girls whose twenty plus-year-old remains washed up in coffins at Wiscoy Creek have been identified as Lisa Appleton, Rachel McKenzie and Samantha Briggs. Samantha was a foster child at Dave's house when he was a kid, and it was the last place Dave seen her alive. His dad Hal is one of the suspects. Dave and Investigator Pepper Black are at the police station going through boxes Dave pulled from their attic. One is a box of old foster family files (that Dave's dad believes will help clear him) and a couple boxes of old photographs from the right time period and before. Dave's dad, Hal, also worked in the print shop at the dairy.


Pepper picked one up and studied it for a moment. “Shit, all three of the girls are in this one. Where was this taken?”
“It was one of the foster family picnics," said Dave. "James Donley’s grandfather, Patrick Donley, was very supportive of the Friends of Foster Families group—donated a lot of money to it in fact—that’s why he jumped on board when the missing children’s milk carton program started. His son Albert was pissed about it—thought it was a waste of space that should have been used for advertising.”

“So how often did these picnics take place?”

“Every year, right at the dairy; all the kids were taken on a tour."

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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. Love what you've done with the place, Cindy! Wallpaper is great ;-)

    Back to The Milk Carton Murders! And what a way to return; now we have 2 more people of interest. Hmm????

    Good snippet! :-)

  2. Milk carton murders sounds like a good read.

  3. Yay, we're back to Dave and his "invisible friend"--lol! Am really curious where this is leading.

    You do have an unnecessary apostrophe in "Friend’s of Foster Families". Insidious things, apostrophes ;)

    How's the grandbaby BTW??

  4. Dave returns! More suspects to boot! Yay!,

  5. My heart aches reading this eight. Thanks for taking on a huge job of retelling a gruesome tale. And wriing it so well

  6. Nice to see new possible suspects appearing.

  7. Thanks Marcia. So noted and corrected---those silly little curvy things. :) And the grandbaby is good, thanks for asking.

    Yes Linda, many more suspects on the horizon.

  8. Sounds like the whole dairy just got added to the suspect list.

  9. The plot thickens, but maybe the dairy holds the clues they need!

  10. I suspect Albert. No, I really have no idea, even though I remember all the snippets from this story very well.

    I'm just crossing my fingers that is isn't secretly Dave---that would be cool for the story, but heartbreaking otherwise!

  11. I'm thrilled you're back with this one!

  12. Sounds like this is an important clue. Three victims, one thing to look for is what links them together...

  13. It's getting harder and harder for Dave to keep faith in his dad. I feel for him.

  14. Yay! I've missed this story!


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