“Why would I be kidding? How? and who- that’s what you are here to find, I am putting you on this and don’t disappoint me Jenning”
He despised being called by his last name.
“No chief, I won’t disappoint”
“Your team consisting of two FBI agents is waiting for you inside, they will brief you up and you can take Duncan’s help if you need, I need you to report me with progress by today evening. “
After saying this, chief drove away and David walked into the living room which showed the old lady’s bizarre taste. There , two men apparently in their forties stood, deeply in conversation. He cleared his throat to make his presence felt.
Both the heads turned towards him.
“Hi I am David; you must be the guys the chief just told me about.”
“Yep that’s us Mike and Ricky, FBI agents, chief put us on this case with you.” said the taller on among them. He was Mike.
“So what exactly happened? Have they taken the body, what does the medical department have to say about it?”
“Easy buddy, it’s too soon to have any updates from the medicos, they took the body half hour back itself. We will get to hear from the by noon. It seems like she died of suffocation, so that means she was probably strangulated to death” said Ricky.
“Any signs of struggle, I mean it could be a natural death seventy nine isn’t exactly that young and she did not have a very good medical history. Are you sure she was murdered, any evidence of forced entry?”
“Yes there are signs of struggle at the crime spot there was a broken flower vase and a shattered window pane, showing the murderer entered from the window. There were some blood spots on the sheets; Mrs. Smith did not have any signs of bleeding, we suspect the blood spots belong to the assailant. Also when the mail man came he heard some sounds from somewhere around. He thought someone was in the backyard but according to him it could be the neighbor’s cat too. He thought he will get some water so called Mrs. Smith and when she did not respond he came in , found her dead and called the police.”
“ Hmmmm….. He can be our no. 1 suspect, any other suspect?”
“Yes, although we wonder what could be his motive? He says he came here at 7:40 am and called the police came at 8:00 am within ten minutes of getting his call.”
“According to him he was here twenty minutes before the cops came, well that gives him enough time to murder her. Also he could have been lying , there is a possibility he was here much before 7:40. Did he say anything else?”
“Nothing else that can make us suspect him more or that gives a concrete prove that he did it.”
“Did you interrogate the neighbors?”
“Yes, we did , they saw no one , nobody talked to her much or saw her much , she preferred staying inside. The house maid came at 8:00 almost the same time as the cops , she had nothing much to tell either, except that she left at 6 pm last evening after giving Mrs Smith an early dinner and ensuring that all doors and windows were closed properly. She was in absolute shock when she heard about the murder.”Mike said
“ She is our suspect number two .” Ricky added.
“ When the mail man came the front door was open and the maid says that she locked all the doors last night . Did Mrs Smith wake up in the morning to unlock the doors ?”asked David.
“ No , the maid said Mrs Smith was a late riser and unlocked the door only when she came at 8:00 every morning , the maid had one duplicate pair of keys .”replied Mike.
“That means she had access to the house any time . We might be on something , I wan to interrogate the maid and the mailman , today , its either of them but first lets get to know the time of the murder from the medical department. Lets see what they have to say .”
” Yes , once we know the time of murder , we can be sure which one of the two is the murderer.” Mike added
After this they went to the room where the body was found. David had been there once before , except the vase and the window pane nothing seemed to be out of place not even the jug of water that was at the same place .
“ Seems like there wasn’t much struggle , she was quite easy to kill .” said David more to himself.
It was nearly 11:00 when the three sealed the house and left it. Ricky got a call . It was from the medicos , finally they had called. So after 85/4 they went to the Medical Sciences and research department which was a twenty minutes drive.
“ Hi , I am Dr James” said the head doctor there.
They shook hands with him .
“ Well I have nothing very out of ordinary to tell you , she was murdered , strangualted , and she has been dead for nearly twelve hours now. That means she was murdered at around 11:30 pm or at midnight” reported the doctor a bespectaled man
“Are you sure about the time ? And any marks or anything on the body?” asked David.
“ Yes pretty sure of the time and nothing else of much significance was found and oh , yes the blood spots on the sheet do not belong to Mrs Smith. So that means the assiliant might have got injured at the spot, and tthat means a big wound too.”
“Okay so we are looking for a wounded murderer , and it definetly can’t be the mail man because she was murdered much before he got there .”David said.
“ And the maid did not have any signs of injury either.” Ricky said
“ But lets not rule them out without interrogation.” Mike said .
“ Yes exactly , we will take their blood samples and send for analysis to Dr James here.” David said “ Or maybe lets just call them here itself .”
The mailman and the house maid came within half hour. They were made to sit in the doctors office , Dr James took their blood samples and then they both had a medical check up to see if they had any injury. Unfortunately they did not.
That reduced their chances of commiting the crime by fifty percent , fifty because they might have been accompanied by someone. Thought David, this seemed to be going nowhere . Mrs Smith had been murdered for nearly half a day now and they had no suspects or clue . The police could be in a major spot if they did not solve the case soon. The media would question them brutally. He had to report to the chief within 5 hours from now and right now he had no idea what happened in 85/4 last night.