THE INNOCENT STRANGER

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Sammy Gillette was found stuffed in one of the apartment’s community clothes dryers. He was naked and had been severely beaten with a club of some sort, or maybe a baseball bat before being put in the dryer. According to the coroner the cause of death was ‘inconclusive’ – they had no idea how long he had been in the spinning dryer and the heat had pretty much cooked him. He was pronounced as ‘well done’ – at least that’s how the coroner described it.

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Episode 3 Information

The Everglades

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          Publication1    My office address is officially listed as 149 Union Avenue – L6, which means I occupy office 6, located just off the lobby of The Peabody Hotel – Memphis, Tennessee.  I actually would consider my address to be 3rd Avenue – not Union, but the address has its perks.

The location itself is also handy.  All my phone calls come through the hotel operator, which is also my answering service.  I eat lunch and breakfast in the employee dining room at a great price.  I have a beautiful lobby to greet potential clients – and please don’t forget the duck show, it happens twice a day.  Aside from the perverts who hang out in the lobby restrooms, I can’t find a lot of fault with my office arrangements.

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Besides, these are the 1960’s and people are accustomed to the modern ways of doing business. Appearance…

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‘Shadows & Lies’

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‘Shadows and Lies’
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“Your limo has already left for the evening. Mr. Baggett would like to see you in his office.” I turned to see ‘Odd Job’ standing in the doorway and growling – he wasn’t smiling.
“No, we’re leaving now,” Lydia said, taking a step toward the big Chinaman. “We’ll just take a taxi if our limo isn’t available.”
‘Odd Job’ used his huge hand and stopped her mid-step. Then he put the other hand across her face, shoving her into the doorman, against the wall and then to the floor. Lydia, Zorro and his sword went down like two canaries in a coal mine.
“You can leave that bitch here, but Mr. Baggett wants to talk with you. I suggest you don’t keep him waiting.” ‘Odd Job’ took a step toward me.
“I’ve already had my conversation with Mr. Baggett, and he can make an appointment and come to my office if he has something else to say.” I was talking loud but not yelling. Maybe I should have been.
The big Chinaman reached out with his huge hand and grabbed the collar of my rented dinner jacket. Then he lifted me an inch off the floor and growled in my face. “Mr. Baggett doesn’t make appointments.”
Behind him Lydia had managed to stand up while untangling herself from Zorro, and was now looking for payback. “Perhaps he should,” Lydia scoffed, as she placed her .32 pistol just below ‘Odd Job’s’ ear and cocked it. “I’m sure anytime tomorrow would be just fine. But, have him call first.”

Episode 2: Coffee, Tea, or Me

Episode 2. Enjoy

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Coffee, Tea or Me

                 Publication1                       Elizabeth Teague is a stewardess with Chicago & Southern Airlines, and had just recently celebrated her 10th anniversary with the airline.  She was very excited about their recent merger with Delta and looking forward to the benefits from the new company.  Elizabeth was also a close friend of Carson Reno; they had met during his investigation of a ‘Murder in Humboldt’.

Elizabeth and her co-workers, Jan Guthrie and Jane Dudley, were all originally from Humboldt.  They were also roommates and shared apartments in both Memphis and Humboldt. 

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Because of schedules, it was rare when they were all traveling or at home at the same time. That made the residence sharing perfect.  It was even rarer for all three to be assigned to the same flight.  However, the merger with Delta meant more flights to more destinations and shuffled schedules for…

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