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!
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.
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