Thirty Six hours into the 1st 48, Sgts. Farthing and Sullens are no closer to closing the homicide case of Ronald Duck, found in a heap on Beale St.
Sullens puts in a call to Lt. Slezak, head of the Vice squad, asking if he was aware of anyone fitting the description of the suspect. They do a check in the records and come up with a couple of possible suspects. One of them goes by the street name Age. He's known to spend time in blues clubs and in the casinos down in Mississippi. Sullens looks him up in the database.
Christopher Mitchell, also known as A.G.E. is a former government employee with prior misdemeanor convictions for shoplifting adult toys and solicitation. Originally from Georgia, he has been in the Memphis are for the last several years, drifting in and out of homelessness. Slezak provides Sullens with the last known address.
"There's the Big Bad Wolf. Hmmm.....Active warrants for Lewd Behavior. Oh, he drives a taxi. Excellent. I guess we can pick him up."
He calls down to patrol with a BOLO on Mitchell to bring him in for questioning.
Meanwhile, Farthing and Brick attend a memorial service for Ronald Duck, hoping to find someone with information. It was typical fast food service and they were the only ones in attendance.
Det. Brick approaches the coffin: "The music stopped for him, didn't it?"
Farthing shakes her graying head. "All for finding that sweet emotion."
"With a rag doll." Brick snorts. "Or a rubber one."
They turn away and start towards the entrance to the funeral home. Brick reaches into her purse for her keys.
"Guess he didn't realize the Devil's got a new disguise."
"He thought she was a woman of the world, but didn't walk that way. He wasn't exactly drop dead gorgeous."
"Oh, come on. Why don't you just say they tried to have love in an elevator and let it go."
Back at the office, Sullens updates the other two detectives on the suspect, Mitchell.
Farthing looks at the picture. "Looks like Basil Fawlty a bit, don't you think?"
"Who the heck is that?" Brick answers.
"Oh, character on this show, Fawly Towers, that comes PBS on Saturday. It's British. You wouldn't understand."
"Guess not. The give me a headache the way they talk." The ladies at my church talk about this Downton Abbey thing. All it sounds like is a bunch of rich people acting the fool and getting away with it."
"Pretty good description of that." Sullens replies. "My girlfriend likes it. I'd rather drink."
Rrrriinnng [Sullens picks up the phone]
"You got him? Good. Bring him on up."[hangs up]
"They just picked up Mitchell at the Pyramid, hustling spectators for money. So, now we'll hear what he has to say."
This is part 4 of an ongoing series for Blogohphilia, a Facebook based writing group.
Our Prompts this week were:
When the music stopped
Grimm fairytale character (Big Bad Wolf)
British TV show (Fawlty Towers and Downton Abbey)
The previous installments are:
Three Hours In
At the Orpheum