Archie Lapsitter was a tall bald guy who loved his job of catching bad guys.
Like many tall guys, he was a lot shorter when he sat down.
Around town, he was known as “whodunit” Archie.
The mystery of who killed Alice Hudson had consumed the community. It was not concern for Alice but rather a fascination for who had killed her.
Archie was on the job straight away. They had found her body stashed into a garbage bin in the alley beside the courthouse.
As Archie gathered evidence, it was clear that he had no immediate answers, as Alice was one of those people who had a lot of enemies. Each suspect claimed their innocence but expressed their disappointment it wasn’t them who had done the deed, as they believed she had it coming to her.
Archie admitted to being flummoxed.
But he knew a shred of evidence would soon appear and from there more evidence until he had a case.
And that’s how it happened.
Fingers started to point towards Judge Parker, who had a reputation of being seen in seedy places, with seedy people at seedy times.
Archie found fingerprints, DNA, rumour, and gossip abounded, and before long, it was as plain as the nose on his face that the Judge was a man who had questions to answer.
Archie loved the questioning part. Bright lights, a bare room, with just a table and chairs, and getting into the defendants face.
It took some hours, but soon Archie had the Judge talking. He spilled his guts, he admitted his wrong doing, he said Alice had it coming as she had a bad habit of talking about her clients in McNally’s Bar and if there was one thing the Judge had insisted on was discretion. To Alice, the word ‘discretion’ was just another big word she heard from people who thought they were smarted than she was.
Archie’s investigation revealed Alice liked to brag about who her clients were. Her clients were never happy about anyone knowing they knew Alice. Archie could see it was a matter of time before someone silenced her.
The Judge showed no remorse; in fact, he argued he had done the community a favour.
Archie was relieved when he was found guilty and sentenced to life in the rock quarry.
The case over, he went back to sitting in his office, smoking cigars and generally basking in his success.
Just as he was getting comfortable, his door burst open. The butcher announced his wife had gone missing, he was distraught, he burst into tears, Archie made notes, another case had presented itself.
Archie smiled as he knew just where the butcher’s wife was.