Bad news travels fast – it always does.
Julio Escobar was the head of the Colombian Cartel providing the drugs to United States connections. Delivery and payments were always made on a regular schedule, no exceptions. Jose Chavito was the middleman who was responsible for collecting the cash from the Mafia families when it was delivered to Puerto Rico, and then promptly distributing payments to the Escobar organization.
Camilo Rivera worked for Julio Escobar, he was a faithful employee and took his orders very seriously. He was also a man of very few words and followed instructions to the letter – always.
Camilo had cold dark black hair and accented his hair and dark skin with black slacks, black shirt, black jacket and black shoes. He dressed the same way, every day. When dealing with Camilo, little was left to doubt; he was frank, methodical, matter-of-fact and very…
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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.
Besides, these are the 1960’s and people are accustomed to the modern ways of doing business. Appearance…
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Episode 2. Enjoy
Coffee, Tea or Me
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.
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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Pieces to the Puzzle
I guessed Ted Blaylock to be in his mid 40’s, just about right for a World War II pilot – which he was. Slender, balding and a significant presence of intelligence in his manner and speech. Air Force Captains were a well-respected group – Ted Blaylock fit that model.
He greeted me at the hanger door. “Hello, Mr. Reno. Very nice to meet you – I’ve heard so much about you from Nickie, I feel that I know you already.”
“Please call me Carson, and it’s nice of you to take the time to see me. Hopefully, Nickie has been kind with her words. We’ve been friends for a long time and do kid around a lot.”
“She speaks very highly of you, and I’m flattered you’re seeking information from me – although I have no idea how I can help. And don’t be…
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Episode 13 and a trip to a Drive Inn Movie. Enjoy.
I had a few hours before my date with Liz, so I found a comfortable stool at Nickie’s bar and waited for events to unfold.
Ronnie had a small television over the bar, which remained on mute. But it didn’t matter; you couldn’t hear it over the jukebox anyway. I could, at least, get some feeling for what was happening outside Humboldt.
“Nickie, I’ll take a Jack and Coke, and could you put that TV on a Memphis channel?” I asked nicely.
“I don’t want to give you the wrong impression of our little city, but Memphis channels are all we get,” she shot back. “Do you have a special request? I can manage 5 and 13 without sending Ronnie on the roof to adjust our antenna.”
“Just put it on a station that I can see. Okay?”
“No problem Mr. Reno. We’ve got ‘Guiding Light’ on one…
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Episode 12. Strategy…..including a brush with the bad guys. Enjoy
I thought Nickie would faint when I walked into the restaurant and waved – it was 5 minutes past eight. Leroy was already seated in the booth, and had coffee ready for both of us.
I ordered biscuits and gravy, and we ate while he briefed me on the Bosley Buick caper. He was still a bit sensitive about the whole thing, but I know it was a big feather in his cap to get these guys behind bars – where they belonged. Alfred E. Dollar would turn states evidence and probably seek a reduced sentence. Jack Logan was already in town and suing for a petition to have all charges against Kathy Ledbetter dropped.
Other than the innocents that were injured at the dealership, I guess things turned out best for everyone. Some bad guys off the streets, some real crooks behind bars and a truly innocent…
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