It was a dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets…
Detective John E. Douglas was waiting patiently on the sidewalk by the intersection of the roads closest to the most recent murder. He gave a sigh, pulled out another Big Boss cigarette and struck his match, but before he could light up he saw something. It was quick and just out of the corner of his eye, but his detectives instincts were keen and he knew this was his break!
“They always return to the scene of the crime.” Douglas said his gravelly voice.
Throwing the cigarette on the ground to join all the others he had smoked over few hours, he started to follow what he suspected was the murderer down some side alleys. Filled with dumpsters, assorted garbage and bad lighting, he snuck his way into the alley. Probably here to collect something he forgot from the victim…or maybe he stashed it in a rush to get out of here Douglas thought to himself. Typical lowlife modus operandi. Keeping mementos from their crimes so they could relive it later by looking at what they took.
Detective Douglas had made his way behind a dumpster, waiting for a moment to peek his head around to see if the coast was clear, when he heard the all to familiar cocking of the hammer on a pistol, approximately 3 feet from his head. Raising his hands he slowly stood but not turning to face his assailant, for fear of startling him.
“Well Kemper, I see you have been getting sloppy lately. Leaving behind things at the scene now? That’s not like you.” Edmund Kemper. Some of the worst scum you’d never want to see. Scarily, the man was also a genius and the police had no way to prove it was him doing these murders. Gotta get him talking! “So how do you do it? Pick your victims, that is. Is it random, or do you plan it out in advance?” Douglas said, trying to stall the gun wielder for a few moments until he thought of a way to get out of the situation. And then he had it!
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And with that, the holotape came to a clicking halt and began to rewind itself. Vincent, comfortably positioned on a rocking chair on a porch, had taken a nice break at some abandoned building on his travels down south from his hometown, when he happened upon this holotape and a player that was still in working order! Imagine his luck! Took a bit of juice from some batteries and a little ingenuity, but it was worth it. Made him feel like he wasn’t alone during his wasteland travels. It was too bad these holotape players weren’t smaller, or else Vincent would have taken it with. Could fetch a nice penny somewhere. Instead, he disconnected the wires and left the battery there so someone else could enjoy the story someday, just like he did. Vinnie would have to remember this title so he could try to find more of it someday. He was kind of curious as to what happened to this Detective Douglas fellow.
With that, he packed up the few things he had into his backpack to continue his trek towards the south. Hefting his pack onto his shoulders and grabbing his rifle, he headed out.