Del joins Jim in his investigations. Del will try to ensure that Stan Colton's death is not mentioned to Otto until after receiving all info possible from Otto (just in case he hasn't heard yet). Then, Del will also inform Otto about Stan's death (if Otto is not already aware) and tell him to be wary and watch his back!
Mid-morning thru late morning; Friday, March 2nd, 1928; 1st Ward of Lakefront City, Wisconsin
Jim, Del, Gus and Jensen all head over to talk to Otto and find him worked up and stressed. Upon questioning them; he replies that he had seen Rick Pauley; looking agitated; leave work the previous Friday evening; almost running to his car parked on the street. He hadn't really thought anything about it until a couple of nights ago when Stan Colton had stopped in and mentioned that he was going to '-surprise that rat Pauley and make some easy money' with clearly some kind of black mail. Otto always just minded his own business and so he just sold Stan a newspaper and said nothing; but he immediately thought back to that night when Pauley came racing out of the office and put that together with Henson's death and Stan's black mail scheme; and suddenly it seemed quite likely that Rick might have done the horrible deed and Colton somehow found out about it. Otto was clearly very nervous about the whole deal.
Heading over to Hardy's shop; there was a police officer there who clearly looked a little troubled. Upon Del's winsome way of smiling at him and the others reputations as good Detectives and Reporters; the police officer agreed to tell them what he knew. Stan Colton had been found lying near the shattered glass of a sliding glass door of a refrigerated section of the store that he had been shoved through with multiple stab wounds to the chest and neck and arms. The police officer let slip that it was strongly suspected that since Colton had a sliver of glass in his hand that some of the blood on the floor may be that of his killer and that his killer might have a few cuts as well. Finally; the cop was clearly upset that it seemed like for whatever reason; some of the higher ups in the Police Department were trying to sweep these killings under the rug and were clearly not putting their best effort into solving it. Officer Rourke didn't know why that was the case; but as a greehorn rookie just starting to walk the beat; he knew he wouldn't get much in the way of answers. After letting these facts slip; Rourke looked a bit uneasy and begged the foursome not to let anyone know he had been their source of info.
Later that day; a quick stop was made back at the offices of Gus and Jim and the phone-tap revealed that Rick Pauley had just made a quick call to the 1st Lakefront Bank and had set up a meeting to occur on Monday morning where he would be opening a new account and making a deposit....
Can Jensen get some photos of the new crime scene? Gus and I should prepare to surveil Pauley on Monday, better make sure we keep our guns handy since it appears that Pauley (or someone associated with him) is partial to sharp knives. Maybe we could go check out Pauley's residence as well to see if we can turn something up.
Is anyone interested following up on the Tolino's leads? We could check out one or both of the locations over the weekend.
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2013 3:05:37 GMT -6 by sammarlow
Not sure we know quite enough yet to confront Rick directly (still don't have a motive, unless he was simply stealing from his own safe?). Perhaps we could tap his home phone? Del, I'd like to accompany you to the speakeasies if you don't mind, maybe we can see if there is Tolentino involvement. I'll bring my gun to the party. What do the rest of you think?
Post by cleverkobold on Nov 16, 2013 13:30:05 GMT -6
Jensen will take photos of the new crime scene. He better not accompany Del to the speakeasies, though, as he unsure what might happen if any gangsters recognize him as a reporter. If anyone is still planning on going to the Pauley residence, Jensen will accompany them.
Afternoon thru Evening; Friday, March 2nd, 1928; 1st Ward of Lakefront City, Wisconsin
Jensen takes a few pictures of the crime scene and then the foursome head over to talk to Otto Pitzer before the planned separation of the group to have him and Gus head out to trail Rick Pauley while Jim and Del head to the nearest speakeasy to see what they can find out about the shadier side of the street.
Otto is clearly very sorry to hear about Tim and now Stan's murder and seems to think that Stan definitely knew something. In his heavy German accent he explains to Holland and company that Stan had stopped by his newspaper stand last night and had bought all of the left-over newspapers that covered the Henson murder. When Otto asked him why he told him that he was going back to his shop to meet someone and to 'set a trap for a rat'. Otto didn't really know a whole lot else except that Stan sometimes let his greed get the better of him and that the only thing he knew about the local crime syndicates was that he paid 20 bucks a week to a Tolino torpedo to keep things 'safe' for his newsstand.
Later that day; Jensen and Gus find Rick Pauley coming out of his apartment with a bandaged hand and a worried look on his face. He kept looking over his shoulder and kept a brown leather suitcase with him at all times or in the passenger seat of his car. He travelled to a Doctor Joseph Berkely's office and after about 45 minutes; he came out with a smaller, newer bandage around his hand. He then proceeded to a phone booth and made a call and then got back in his car and headed home to his apartment. He never once went to his office.
Meanwhile; Jim and Del stopped at the Detective's office to see if anything had turned up on the phone bug or if there were any messages concerning the case. There was nothing to be heard from the bug; but there was a message for Jensen. One of his sources; a young Patrolman at the nearby Police Station stated that while analysis from the Stan Colton murder was still on-going; two different types of blood had been found at the scene; Type AB negative was found underneath Colton's fingernails; and Type O positive blood was found in much larger quantities. Stan Colton's medical records indicate that he was Type O positive. Later; they went to a nearby Speakeasy and with Del's street smarts and good looks; they go in easily. At this hour; there was hardly anyone there; so the two just got a couple of glasses of local brew and scoped out the place. A group of college-aged kids looked like they were having fun doing something 'dangerous' and a couple of guys who looked like dock workers or hard laborers were slowly pounding drinks at the bar. Nobody looking like a hardened criminal seemed to be in the place; though the old lady waitress who introduced herself as Alice; might have been the scariest person either Jim or Del could remember seeing in a long time....
I wonder what Stan intended to do with all those newspapers? I'll try to call Gus from the speakeasy (at our office or at his home) and let he and Jensen know about the police report. If I get in touch with him, maybe we can find out a way to identify Rick Pauley's blood type (maybe a visit to Dr Joseph Berkely, since he bandaged Rick's hand?) Also, since Pauley is using the payphone outside his house, could we place a tap on that one too?
As an aside, was type AB blood found at the first crime scene as well?
I will continue to wait with Del, keeping an eye out for trouble.
Post by cleverkobold on Nov 27, 2013 23:33:16 GMT -6
"Dr. Berkely could prove to be a useful source of information, even more so than telling us Pauley's blood type I reckon; getting him to talk about his patients might not be easy though."
Jensen will try to dig up as much information on Dr. Berkely as he can. In particular he will try to find information on the doctors typical clientele, and any information about his professionalism. Also, just on a hunch, Jensen will search through the newspaper archives to see if any past stories mention Dr. Berkely.
Evening of Friday, March 2nd, 1928; 1st Ward of Lakefront City, Wisconsin
Gus did not see Rick leave his apartment at all for some time and with Jensen covering him; he was easily able to tap the pay phone that Pauley had used. Before this; Jensen had been unable to find out much about Doctor Berkely other than that his name had not come up in any recent newspapers and that a couple of his patients seemed to report that they found him a very good Doctor; quite friendly and well-liked. He also was open on Saturdays from 9 to 1 pm.
After this; in the darkness of late evening; Gus maintained his vigil at Pauley's apartment while Jensen went to the Speakeasy and joined Del and Jim in the rapidly growing crowded little room. Del and Jim had seen at least three or four men who were certainly mob muscle; although none of them any of the more well-known 'luminaries' that regularly made the papers or the rumor mill. Perhaps the most interesting thing that they overheard was one of the hoods telling another one that he had it on 'good authority' that notorious bank robber Cody Powers had escaped prison earlier that night by overpowering a guard and then using his pistol to force his way out.
Meanwhile it was getting quite late and Gus still saw no indications that Rick was planning on leaving his apartment any time soon while the trio at the Speakeasy began to notice that most of the 'respectable' crowd was rapidly beginning to thin out....
Evening of Friday, March 2nd thru mid-morning of Saturday, March 3rd, 1928; 1st Ward of Lakefront City, Wisconsin
At the speakeasy; the only thing of significance that Del overheard was some rumblings at one of the tables occupied by some Tolino torpedoes that these murders might draw some 'heat' on their gang since they had just started to get some 'protection' money from those businesses. It was clear that the Tolino goons had no idea who was doing the killings as it made no sense to them.
Nothing else happens that night; and Gus and Jensen end up crashing at the office while Jim and Del drive home to their apartments. The following morning; Gus and Jensen head over to the Doctor's office after he opens at 9 while Jim and Del stay at the office and monitor the tapped phone lines. While the good Doctor is at first insistent upon keeping information about his clients private; it doesn't take too much convincing on the part of Jensen and 'silent persuasion' on the part of the intimidating Gus to get the Doctor to reveal that Rick's blood type does in fact match that of one of the types mentioned in the police report....
At about that time; in Jim and Gus's Detective Agency office; Del and Jim overhear Rick on a call to a cousin named Dave; to tell him that due to a 'sudden rash of bad luck' he was quitting his job here in Lakefront City and was wondering if he could crash at his cousin's place outside of Chicago for a week. The cousin didn't seem too thrilled; but perked up and agreed when Pauley mentioned that he could pay him a couple hundred bucks.
A perfect-timing phone call from Gus and Jensen occurred right after that in which they told Del and Jim about the matching blood type while Jim and Del told them about the imminent leaving of Rick Pauley. Gus and Jensen raced over to Rick's apartment building while Del and Jim got int their car to come over that way. Gus and Jensen arrived just in time to see Rick walking towards his car with a suitcase in one hand and a briefcase in the other....
Del and I will approach from behind since Gus and Jensen should keep him distracted. I mention to Del to be careful since Rick may be responsible for the deaths of two persons already. I will keep ready access to my gun if I need to draw it quickly.
Mid-morning of Saturday, March 3rd, 1928; 1st Ward of Lakefront City, Wisconsin
Pauley starts to panic and attempt to run; but the quick actions of the bear-like Gus and the pistols drawn by Jim and Del are enough to quickly subdue him. The detectives and the reporter/photograhper take him to their office; only half-halfheartedly stopping Del from heaping verbal and occasional physical abuse in the form of vicious slaps upon Rick.
Once in the office; the story quickly comes pouring out of him. While he was indeed jealous of his partner's relationship with Janet; the murder was really all about Tim's discovery of Pauley's using substandard materials in their construction jobs and keeping the embezzled money for himself. The murder itself was a 'crime of passion' and one that Pauley did not hide well enough to keep Stan from finding out about.
Stan tried to blackmail Rick with the knowledge of the murder; but Stand underestimated Pauley's paranoid rage and became another victim. While both Stan and Rick paid protection money to the Tolino mob; the gangsters had nothing to do with the murder.
In the bags and luggage that Pauley was carrying the Knife and the papers showing the substandard materials purchases were found; and with this evidence and that of the testimony given to them all; the police were soon called and it was only a matter of time before Pauley would be in prison for the rest of his life. He would avoid the electric chair only because of his guilty plea.
Justice was served; at least for this particular crime in a city known for its many criminals and committed crimes....