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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Milk Carton Murders 35

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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. Pepper and Dave come across two, group shots form a "Farm Days" event for foster kids that have the three victims in them.

Now the snippet:
"All the kids were taken on a tour," said Dave. "They got to pet and feed the cows. The Donley’s even had an old cow that was pretty people friendly, meaning it wouldn’t start crapping all over the place when it was around screaming kids.  Cows tend to do that when they sense you’re nervous, then it makes them nervous and they shit all over.”

“So this photograph is obviously 1987,” Pepper said making mental notes, “between July and September. I’m going to make a photocopy of it; then I want you to write on the copy and tell who’s who, as much as you can remember anyway.”

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BLURB:
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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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. - See more at: http://historysleuth.blogspot.com/#sthash.2Bl90jT4.dpuf


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10 comments:

  1. *LOL* I'm sure that's way more information about cow bowels than Pepper ever wanted to know!

    (BTW, it just dawned on me... Is she named after Pepper Anderson from the 70s TV show Policewoman?)

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  2. That would be a logical guess PT, but actually it was pretty random. I told my son I needed a kick ass name for my female detective. He reached over my shoulder and picked up the black pepper can off the top of the microwave and said, "How about Pepper Black?" Perfect! was my reply. :)

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  3. Pepper's getting down to the bones of the case (no pun intended). :-) I can hardly wait to read this one!

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  4. Great scene. And I love how you chose her name. lol

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  5. I like old cows that are people friendly.
    And on the subject of names...I kinda like, "Pepper Cayenne" with a nickname of "Red." LOL

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  6. I knew that about cows from personal experience (unfortunately). It's an interesting defense mechanism. :D

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  7. Love it! Cow poop and all : )

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  8. Nice! The crass humor works well for you, lightening what is clearly a tense situation.

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  9. This must have taken a lot of thought, looking forward to the next bit. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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