It’s lovely to be back here with you today, as I haven’t been feeling too well for the last couple of days. I’m not back to normal just yet, my dear, but I am gradually feeling better. I’ve been taking things quietly and have spent most of the time alternating between reading and knitting. I’ve really been quite busy albeit in a calm way.
How are you, my dear? I hope that you family are also keeping well as I know there are several bugs around at the moment. It’s lovely to hear from you and I’m sure you’ll want to know what news I can tell you.
Well, there isn’t anything I can actually tell you about the murders and whether the police have any suspects at this time. However, I do know that the bodies have been released by the coroner so that the funerals can be arranged. I was dreading the thought of attending three more funerals – I still haven’t forgotten the debacle that occurred at the one for poor Patricia!
Fortunately we will be spared such indignities this time. I understand that the funeral for Peter and his sister will be arranged by another sibling and will be taking place in the south of England, where the family grew up and they still have connections there. I know that Peter had worked at a local firm of solicitors until his retirement, but I’m sure his family feel that they would like him returned to his roots. I can understand that. Peter’s sister, whom no-one would have expected to have been in Gordon’s flat at that time, became an unfortunate piece of “collateral damage”. I suppose that Peter was too, as there wasn’t any poison found in his flat – although as he didn’t go out too often it wouldn’t have been easy for the murderer to arrange to poison him. Whether or not his death can be linked with the crimes he and Gordon were involved with; we can only speculate.
The police don’t seem to know why Peter and his sister were murdered. We do know that Peter and Gordon were linked together in some way – the burner phones used to call only specific numbers is a positive indicator.
I have also just heard that Gordon’s funeral will be taking place in Yorkshire. I understand that some relatives who live there have asked to arrange it. Obviously they won’t want to travel here if it can be avoided. I believe that all three funerals will be taking place next week, but I really don’t expect to hear too much more about them. Obviously if I do have news, I’ll make sure that you are aware of it.
I’m delighted that the bodies have been released and the funerals arranged as we are able to avoid that period of waiting which is very debilitating as no-one feels able to move forward until after they have taken place.
I have just had a phone call from Head Office. Apparently they will be advertising for a new buildings manager this week. They hope that someone will be appointed who can begin work in the next month or six weeks. In the meantime they will be arranging for a temporary/relief manager to call in three times a week to deal with any emergencies, although popping in for an hour three times a week isn’t likely to be helpful to anyone. I think it is more likely to be related to “Health and Safety” rather than looking after our welfare.
Sorry, my dear, I was saying that Head Office had been on the phone earlier today. Apparently the senior management committee had discussed my request for security cameras in all the communal areas and had decided they would go ahead. The woman I spoke to didn’t sound very enthusiastic – however I didn’t let it bother me and I asked her to thank the managers! I also asked when they would be installed – the answer was “within the next four weeks”. I decided not to grumble and say that I thought it really should be sooner than that. I know they have their own maintenance guys who deal with any electrical issues that may arise. Although I appreciate that they have many demands on their time, I do think that this should have been pushed right to the top of the list – oh well, at least it is on the list. I’ll look out for the guy when he is around again, and see if I can find out anything more. I do hope that a comprehensive job is planned, and not just a token couple of cameras close to the entrance. If that does happen, I shall be having words again. This is too important and the safety of residents should be paramount, and not a cost cutting exercise.
I think it’s time for me to have another drink, my dear and then perhaps a little nap. As I seem to be rather tired rather more than usual, I’ll just let myself drift off.
I hope that you agree that some progress has been made. I’m not too happy with the length of time everything takes. I know the police service is underfunded but we do like to think some money is going towards crime detection, and not only on paperwork. I do sound grumpy now – perhaps it’s because I’m a tad under the weather.
Right my dear please look after yourself. I do actually have some good news regarding Georgie and Billy which I’ll tell you about in a couple of days. It’s good to be able to report on something a little more cheerful. Unfortunately you’ll need to contain yourself till then. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx