And the Victims Were…

Well my dear, the plot – as they say – seems to thicken.  That’s such a strange phrase when you think about it.  How on earth do you thicken a plot – would you adopt the same method as thickening a sauce?  I really don’t know, but it really is a well-known phrase.  Having said that, so many things we say don’t actually make sense when you come to dissect them!

However, I’m sure that you don’t want to listen to my ramblings any more than is necessary.  I was grateful to read your comments in response to my last jottings, and appreciate that you agree that the turn of events in the building, was shocking.  Although we may not particularly like some residents, that is certainly no reason to snuff them out as if they don’t have the right to live here.  No-one has any reason to do that!

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I have had a couple of conversations in the intervening couple of days, and now know who the victims of the latest atrocity were – I wonder if you worked it out?  Well, of course the first person in the trio was Gordon which I don’t think will be a surprise to anyone.  However, the other two folk who were sadly caught up in the events I am sure you wouldn’t have expected, and you may be surprised to hear their identities.  The second man who died was Gordon’s neighbour who had previously been a solicitor.   He had retired and moved here at around the same time that Gordon moved into the complex.  I believe his name was Peter, although I hadn’t really got beyond nodding terms with him.  As he lived at the other end of the building and was able to use the stairs or lift at that side, he didn’t pass my door very often.

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In the past couple of days I’ve heard that he and Gordon had been friends for some years, in addition to having a loose business relationship.  The law firm that Peter worked for was often called on to represent folk who needed the services of a solicitor.  I understand that Peter wasn’t involved with that part of their business, but came into contact with Gordon at a local charity event over a decade ago.  They found they had interests in common, so stayed in regular contact.  I understand that the two men were similar ages.

The woman who was also a victim of this dreadful crime was Peter’s sister who had come to stay with him a few days earlier.  Apparently she only knew Gordon slightly, but went with her brother to welcome him back to the complex.

I understand that Gordon had been in touch with Peter and asked if he could buy a few items of shopping in readiness for his return.  I believe that Peter had kept an eye on Gordon’s apartment while he was away and made sure that everything was in order.  As Gordon hadn’t unpacked his suitcase which was still sitting on the top of his bed, I think that Peter must have popped round to check that everything was OK and Gordon had invited both him and his sister in for a drink before he had unpacked and started to sort things out.

Teddy, who called back to see me earlier today,  said that there had been a short series of texts between the two men a couple of days earlier when Gordon told Peter that he would be arriving home on the Sunday and could he please buy a few items for him.  Teddy also said that when they looked at the mobile phones, there were some cryptic messages which the police officers were now trying to understand. 

It may well have been that everything wasn’t completely above board in the world of Gordon and Peter.  I think this is rather sad my dear.  Why do folk need to get involved with double-dealing and criminal offences?  However, I don’t have the full picture and it would be wrong of me to judge them without knowing all of the facts. 

I do know that there were some fingerprints in the apartment which the police wouldn’t have been expected find.  Teddy passed all the evidence on to the senior officer dealing with the case and no doubt some information – or leaks – will start to emerge very soon.  I think it’s very odd my dear, that former solicitors and police officers who you would expect to behave better in their retirement were still plotting in some way.  However, there are now two more empty apartments in this complex which is a shame as it is a lovely building. 

Well my dear I’m going to leave you now and get ready to welcome Mrs. M back from her little holiday.  It will be lovely to see her again, and no doubt we’ll have lots to discuss.  To that end I better decide what we will be eating this afternoon.  I think some little pastries will hit the spot quite nicely.  I better lay my little table and get the cups and saucers out in readiness for her return.  I’ll be back with you very soon.  As Always –

With Love – Jan  xx

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I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

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  1. This is, indeed, a strange turn of events! I’m wondering, being that Gordon was ex-police, if their move into the building, at the same time, means there is something serious being investigated in your complex. Might all the strange occurrences be related? Were Mr. Roach, Phillip, and the lady that was run down involved or or saw some sort of crime taking place? I will worry for your safety but, at the same time, imagine what an interesting place you have chosen to reside in! No dull days waiting for time to creep by for you Jan!


    1. Karen – indeed the days do pass quite quickly. Patricia was the woman who was knocked down at the crossing and I don’t think anyone has been apprehended for that offence, as yet. Gordon seemed to arrive from nowhere – although we always knew that he had been a police officer. Mr. Roach is currently residing at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in London. xx


  2. Well, that’s a surprise. I thought that Peter had disappeared some time ago….or am I imagining that? I am beginning to have suspicions about who is responsible for all of this. All I will say is be careful who you entertain for tea.


    1. Frances – the solicitor had been very quiet since he moved here a few months ago. I had only seen him in passing as he didn’t seem to mix with the residents at this side of the building. xx


    1. Julia – unfortunately I really don’t know what happened. I’m glad that I didn’t actually see the bodies. I hope to be given some further information soon. xx


  3. I think it is quite probable that Peter and Gordon were in some sort of plot. A solicitor and police officer go hand in hand, but why was Peter’s sister killed? I suppose she had to be killed because she saw exactly what was going on and who committed the crime. Jan I don’t think you should get too involved in this there are probably others involved and be very careful who comes to your flat. Until you know the full facts I don’t think you ought to discuss the happenings with Mrs M either – don’t forget she had things stolen!!! X


    1. Hi Maggie – thanks for your advice about Mrs. M – unfortunately she lives so close to Gordon’s apartment that she is now aware of what happened. The bodies were removed fairly quickly and Teddy assures me that the apartment looks fine – apart from the dust which was caused by the fingerprint powder. xx


  4. How frightening. Please do be careful, don’t end up like Agatha Raisin, getting too close to the truth that you put yourself in any danger, if it is something going on in the complex.


    1. Hi Gillian, it’s lovely to see you here. There seem to be several different crimes which have been committed recently. That’s not great in a retirement complex. xx


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