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Tragedien af det danske Kongerige
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March 6, 2014

I’ve been debating with myself for a while as to whether or not I’m gonna include the bloody end of the Danish kingdom in my museum. I usually like to put things in here that are somewhat unknown, but lately I’m thinking that this could be too good of an opportunity to pass up. I’ve been reading in the news that the Danes believe that keeping the ill-fated sword and cup in their possession is what keeps all the ghosts haunting their castle, so they’re going to auction them off. I’ve had a friend offer to help me bid on them, and it could be a major exhibit to further put my museum out there for everyone to experience. I’m just gonna have to look into other artifacts that I could use in addition to the sword and the cup. The main story of this event that happened goes like this:

            “The King of Denmark has been murdered, and his ghost haunts the castle still. His wife married her brother in law after her husband was killed. The poor prince, Hamlet, is slowly being driven insane. Perhaps it’s because of grief, maybe there’s different reasons; it’s unclear exactly what the cause is. There was a play performed, which is still performed to this day, and it was greatly upsetting to the King, and it seems to have been a breaking point as all the murders happen soon thereafter. Hamlet soon kills Polonius, a councillor to the King. Hamlet’s lover, Ophelia, was Polonius’s daughter. Driven mad by the fact that her lover killed her father, she commits suicide. By this point, the King has devised a plan to kill Hamlet. Hamlet and Laertes, Ophelia’s brother, will compete in a fencing match, in which Laertes will have a sharp sword edged in poison. If that doesn’t work, the King will have a glass of poisoned wine that he will offer Hamlet a drink from. During the match, Hamlet was cut by Laertes with the poisoned sword. Hamlet got the sword from him and cut him with it as well. During this, the Queen had taken a drink of the poisoned wine, and she then dies. Laertes ends up confessing to the whole ordeal, and Hamlet is infuriated. He stabs the king and then forces him to drink of the poison as well. The king then dies. By this point, the poison has worked its way through Laertes, and he dies from it as well. Hamlet knows he is about to die, and so he tells his friend Horatio (who was a witness to all these events and is the main source of knowledge about the whole story) to live and let everyone know what happened. Hamlet finally dies. The kingdom is shattered, so Norway sweeps in for an easy victory.”

It’s a little bit confusing to keep up with everything, so I’ll probably just highlight the event around whatever artifacts I manage to obtain.

March 10, 2014

Well, my friend and I went to the auction yesterday for the sword and the cup. There was a major competitor for us, and it got a little expensive, but we finally won! A battle well fought. Although I might have to up security as well… but I digress. It’s worth it. Now I need to obtain more pieces to help fill out the exhibit. I’ll have to think about what else I’d like to feature.

March 13, 2014

I found a painting of Queen Gertrude’s remarriage to her brother-in-law, the new king, Claudius. It was a portrait they commissioned of them together standing at the altar.It was at another museum I had gone to for a conference. I might try to buy it off of them, or I might just see if they’ll lend it out for awhile. It wasn’t on display, just sitting in the archives, so maybe they’ll be more inclined to get rid of it. At this other museum, they brought an interesting fact to my attention. They had a wall full of news articles about the Holocaust instead of pictures and artifacts. I think this might be a good idea to show all of the other happenings to see how they were covered in that time period. After all, there were no artifacts to be had from King Hamlet or Polonius’ death. Also, I’ve read articles about Hamlet and Ophelia’s insanity during my studies of this historic event. And what better way to show Fortinbras’ threats and eventual capture of the kingdom? I think it could be a very interesting way to present this information.

March 15, 2014

I’ve killed two birds with one stone. Well, maybe not one stone, but at the same time. As I was finding all of my news articles, I received a call from the museum I had visited telling me that they’d gladly lend me the painting of Gertrude and Claudius for as long as I needed, since they currently have no use for it. I also saw two other interesting mentions of other things that could be useful in my exhibit. I saw mentions of a love letter between Hamlet and Ophelia, and of a legend passed through the Danes of King Hamlet haunting the castle. I’m sure I can find the legend online, and I can mount it on a ghostly background to emphasize the eeriness. I’m probably going to have to settle for a replica of the original love letter as well. So, I suppose that’s what I’ll spend my time on tonight.

March 18, 2014

I had told a close cousin of mine that I was working on this exhibit, and she said she had been to a production of the play that was supposedly the same play performed for Hamlet during the time all of these going ons were occurring, and she bought the film of it. She offered to let me use it as a showing for my exhibit. I might just put it on a projector and keep it on a loop showing in the exhibit hall. I’ve also been searching for something to portray Ophelia’s death, and I found a beautiful portrait by John Everett Millais that I want to buy and put up. I’m in negotiations with the owner at this time, but it seems to be going in my favor.

March 20, 2014

Well, I was able to procure the portrait of Ophelia’s death yesterday. I’ve been putting up the artifacts as I get them, so the exhibit hall is now complete, and I’ll be opening it up next week. I’m giving it a little time to make sure that everything is put up to my satisfaction. I’ve also given some thought as to what I’m going to do next to top this exhibit. I think I might dedicate a large section to Edgar Allan Poe’s life. Of course, I’m also a fan of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s life and writings. Who knows what I’ll get into next?
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Case #13565
Homicide
Perseus Moon - ID No. 001049858
Case Closed: 12/12/2006
Case Reopened: 03/01/2014

I can’t even believe this is happening. The irony of this case is excruciating. Why are we even opening it up again? It’s clear that Mrs. Minnie Wright killed her husband, Mr. John Wright. She had strangled him with a rope late at night. A man named Lewis Hale showed up at the house the next morning and questioned Mrs. Wright about where her husband was and she said she that Lewis Hale could not see him, then said that he was dead. This happened 8 years ago, and the department is still up in arms about it. Mrs. Wright admitted herself that she killed her own husband. Really it’s the ladies who showed up at the department with fresh evidence that made the chief re-open the case. Mrs. Nadia Peters and Mrs. Courtney Hale arrived at the department late yesterday with information that had not been seen since the murder itself. I really feel like we should charge them with tampering and holding of evidence. They decided they couldn’t live with their actions any longer and after 8 years gave us even more to this case. It was a sewing basket with a box in it that had a dead bird.

The scene of the crime now is irrelevant due to the house burning down about 3 and a half years ago. So this case must be solved strictly by evidence. I decided it was time to reexamine the report and pictures of John Wright’s body. The strangle marks around the neck show to be concurrent with the idea that he struggled. The lacerations dug deep into the flesh at the front of the neck proving that he tried to pull away from Mrs. Wright. The pictures were of a gruesome detail and the look of horror that plagued his face is one of those things that stays in the back of your mind. I re-read the statements of Mr. Hale, Mrs. Hale, and Mrs. Peters. The investigation 8 years ago was previously handled by the late Sheriff Henry Peters and the county attorney George Henderson. Their statements show they documented the case extensively well but yielded no evidence as to what occurred that evening. All the ladies wanted to do was meander about trifles.

The ladies wanted to take items from the house during the investigation. For some reason the people in charge let them. I don’t understand why the ladies held the evidence from us in this way. I guess that’s the job of a psychologist to determine. Anyways, three days later the lab report of the bird showed that he was strangled, with a rope that had the same diameter of the rope used against Mr. Wright. Had she killed the bird to practice? I couldn’t really analyze the bird anymore so I decided to read the case report of Mr. Wright. According to the people around him he was a very harsh and angry man. But before this day Mrs. Wright was a sweet and pleasent old lady who bowed to the whim of Mr. Wright every day. I decided to bring the ladies in for questioning. If they were going to hold evidence from us, the least they could do was assist in the investigation. I commenced to ask them a series of questions.

After the interview I concluded that this bird had in fact been Mrs. Wright’s pet. She had raised it and sung with it each morning. When the investigators were speaking with them they grabbed the sewing box that the bird was placed in as to remove any evidence that could hurt her. Due to the harshness of Mr. Wright it’s what kept her sane during her life. The ladies said they felt so horrible for not stepping in and intervening while her husband was alive that the last thing they wanted to do was let her go to jail. But when the investigation had went on and she went to jail anyways, they were too scared to turn over the evidence. They believed that she had killed the bird as practice to kill Mr. Wright. I on the other hand believe that he in fact killed the bird with a small string of rope in the barn in a fit of anger. She became so upset because that was the only thing holding her to a grasp of life, so when the bird was killed the went crazy and killed her husband.

To end this case I believe that there should be no changes made to the case as it stands. Though he was mentally and perhaps a bit physically abusive she did still kill him. Therefore the case should remain a homicide case and there should be no parole.
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The Mystery Killer
I am one of the leading detectives that have to reopen and solve old cases. I was brought to an interesting case from 1916. This case is about the death of a farmer name John Wright. Mr. Wright was found in his bedroom with a rope around his neck. His wife Minnie Wright was charged with the killing of her husband, but she was found not guilty because there was not enough evidence to put her as the killer. This case was then put to the side to never be opened again until today. Since it was 1916 it was hard to solve a crime like this. They did not have the technology that we have today, but I believe that I can try to solve this case and find out if Mrs. Wright was the killer. It should not be hard because we still have all the evidence with us and we might be able to find DNA. But it will be a little tough because this happened almost 100 years ago. First off before I start I need to find out if there are any witnesses. I needed to find any neighbors that might still be alive or any friends, but probably not. Mrs. Wright said that the night that her husband was killed, she had been sleeping and that someone must have broken in and killed him. First off, I believe that it would be hard for someone to come in my house and not make any noise and kill someone that was sleep and she did not wake up at all. When the sheriff and attorney got to the house, Mrs. Wright was sitting on the porch with a straight scary look like she was very upset about something. There was not much evidence in this case, but the evidence is the rope that was around his neck, the empty bird cage, DNA on the bed sheets, a quilt that was unfinished. Since this case was from 1916, I could not go back to the house because it was torn down. But I thought about that the neighbors of Mrs. Wright, the 2 women that was in the house that day, I wanted to see if they had children that are still alive and that might know something about it. So I found one of the children that was still alive but she was a very older lady that was over 100 years old but still in good health. I had to find out anything that her mother could have told her about the death of Mr. Wright. I found out that her mother did tell her what she heard from their house and about what happened that night and her mother told her not to tell anyone. Mrs. Wright and Mr. Wright did not get along very well so her best friend was the bird. She loved that bird so much but one night her mother heard them arguing while sitting on the porch looking at the stars and Mr. Wright said that he would kill that bird and she said if he touched the bird she would kill him. The next day the bird was gone and Mr. Wright was dead. Her mother told her that the next day they she found the bird dead and tried to hide it from the sheriff. Just because she said she would kill him did not mean that she did, so I need evidence, but that would help me. I took the rope to get tested for DNA and the dna shows that the fingerprints on the rope did belong to Mrs. Wright. But I thought that the rope might had her DNA on because the rope might have belonged to her. I even took the birdcage to look for fingerprints of Mr. Wright, to see if he did reach in the cage and tried to grab the bird. At this point I could not find that one clue to place her as the killer. I looked it this case even more and tried to go over the evidence over and over again to find if there was any possible clues I could use to declare that Mrs. Wright was the killer. After about 2-3 weeks working on this I got put on an important more recent cause that I needed to solve and get that killer off the streets. Since this case was years ago and the alleged killer is dead I was forced to close this case again unsolved, but hopefully one day I will be able to reopen again and solve this time.


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Two Journals, A Bird, and A Murder
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February 14, 2014

I’ve had quite a bit of time off from creating exhibits lately; people are pretty intrigued by what I have for now. Honestly, I’m a little tired of the constant work. Luckily, my house isn’t too far from my museum, so I’ve told the staff to just call me if they need anything. It’s been rather cold around here lately, so I’m looking forward to sitting by my fireplace with some of those new books I had bought. I think I saw another journal in that batch of books that I want to try out; besides, the last one proved so interesting that this one may be well worth my time as well.

February 17, 2014

I finished that journal I picked up a few days ago. It’s mostly boring blather about some Martha Hale’s life on her farm with her husband and children. I suppose that might be how somebody reads my journals, if they find them some day, long after I’m dead… But I digress. There is a certain part in the journal that seems to be more interesting. She talks about going with her husband to the scene of a crime, but she doesn’t really say anything about the crime itself. She doesn’t write much about what occurred there, other than her feelings while she was there. She seems to be rather irritated at the men for laughing at her and another woman because of the things they were talking about: ”Trifles, they called em. Like we wasn’t for nothin important. Just made to sit there and be pretty little birds. Well at the rate this is going we could all end up like Minnie Foster’s little bird, its neck all wrung out an all. Or maybe we could all end up like Minnie Foster herself.” This part worries me a little. I believe that this Minnie Foster could very well be part of this crime scene that Martha was present at, but I really wonder what a bird has to do with all of this. I wonder what exactly the crime was.. So much it seems for my little vacation; this is too intriguing to pass up!

February 24, 2014

Well, this has taken some meticulous digging. Apparently, this was an obscure case on a small farm in some obscure little town of America. I did, however, get to visit some family while I was over there, so it wasn’t all bad. I got what I needed anyways as I now know what happened in the crime that Martha accompanied her husband to. The story was that Mrs. Wright, aka Minnie Foster (maiden name), was asleep in the bed next to her husband as he was strangled to death with a rope. She testified that she was sleeping on the inside of the bed, so she didn’t wake during the night. When she woke up and discovered him dead, she went downstairs and sat in her rocking chair, pleating an apron. A neighbor (Martha’s husband) then stopped by and asked to speak to Mr. Wright. Mrs. Wright denied the request, and when asked why, stated that her husband was dead. She was taken into custody. They had brought in the Attorney, the Sheriff and his wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale so Mr. Hale could give his account of what happened, and apparently they left the women to their own devices downstairs. Mrs. Wright was eventually convicted of murder. Now I know what happened, but I wish I knew what she meant about the bird!

February 26, 2014

I strangely got an anonymous package containing exactly what I needed to help round out my understanding of this incident. The package was addressed from the same area that the murder occurred. The package contained the sheriff’s wife’s journal and a note.The note read: “Dear Miss Adler, I have heard recently of your digging around concerning the old Wright murder. This journal has been kept in my family for years now. I heard you were looking into the case for your museum, and I thought it would benefit you more than it has us. Please take good care of it.” I wish I had a name to put to the donation, but it’s greatly appreciated all the same. I’m going to read this journal tomorrow.

February 27, 2014

Thankfully, the sheriff’s wife has written much more freely about what took place that day with her and Martha. I guess she wasn’t really worried with what others might find in her journal. This is the whole passage concerning that event: “Martha and I were put in such a dreadful position today. I had to go to the poor Wright farm with my husband, and Martha and I got left downstairs to pick up some things to take to Mrs. Wright for her jail stay. I picked up some clothes for her, and then Martha had the marvelous idea to take her quilting, so she would have something to occupy her mind. We noticed something strange though, about the stitching and knotting on it. It was so beautifully done at first, but it got very ragged towards where she stopped. Martha fixed it up a little for her though, the darling. Although she had been speaking rather queer things about Mrs. Wright, how she was almost trapped and such as that. She told me stories of when Mrs. Wright was Minnie Foster, and how she loved to sing. I guess she couldn’t sing much after she got married. We had also found a broken bird cage in her cabinets. We couldn’t understand it much at first, until we found it. We were searching for her sewing scissors when we came across the box. It was a beautiful box, but when Martha opened it, something not so beautiful was found.. That poor pretty bird laid there dead; it’s neck had been snapped. I think she must’ve wanted to bury it, but the dear didn’t have time before she was taken away. Martha and I kept the bird from the men, along with everything else we had discussed. We took the bird out later and buried it, like Minnie would have wanted. Martha told me that Minnie must’ve felt just like that bird, and couldn’t take it anymore. That’s why she killed him.” That’s what I had been wondering about this whole time, and I finally got the answer. I believe this could be an interesting and valuable addition to my museum, but there’s no way I can get any actual artifacts from the crime itself, which kind of disappoints me a little. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to buy pieces to recreate the scene which means more shopping for me in the next few days. I also heard that my friend L was looking into this same event, so I’ve thought about giving him a call to see if he could find some information he needs in these journals. I’m excited about how this has all pulled together. Now I just have to plan out the exhibit itself!

February 28, 2014

I think I’ve figured out a way to set this exhibit up. This could be a highly interesting exhibit though it might be controversial to some. After all, it will be showcasing the fact that the women figured out the reasoning where the men had no idea. Not that I’m hating on men, but it’s an interesting concept for the time period. It would be interesting to have it as a two sided exhibit. The scene would be set up in a large glass box, and looking through it on one side would show you all the things that the women noticed and an explanation. If you looked on the other side, however, you would see it as the men had supposedly seen it. It could be an interesting perspective piece. I believe I can do something great with this!
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Where Have You Been

The most recent national comprehensive study for the number of missing children in the United States estimated that approximately 800,000 children under the age of 18 were reported missing within a year. This meaning that on average nearly 2,200 children were reported missing every day. Such a staggering statistic shows that children missing, whether it is from abduction, running away or possibly just getting lost somewhere, is a very common occurrence. This is why I was not completely shocked when I was approached by detectives about the case of a 15 year old girl named Connie that had been reported missing by her parents.

The detectives said that they had eyewitness reports from neighbors of a gold colored car in the driveway of Connie’s house the day that she was reported missing. They also told me that they had interviewed Connie’s closest friends, who said that they had no knowledge of anyone that owned a golden car. Although her friends did not know who owned the car, people in the city reported that they had seen a young looking man with black shaggy hair and pale skin driving the car on multiple occasions. We did further research and concluded that the owner of the vehicle was a man named Arnold Friend. We did a background check of Arnold and found that he had a past that included charges of loitering and one charge of misdemeanor harassment.
This immediately pointed to the possibility of a case of stalking and kidnapping. The detectives needed my help specifically to determine whether or not Arnold Friend could be considered dangerous and what behaviors stalkers tend to show as far as the incentive and intention. Stalkers are very difficult to evaluate on these terms because there are various causes for stalking and the intent is usually determined by the cause. After furthering my research into the reasons of stalking, I determined that Arnold Friend more than likely was suffering from some sort of mental illness such as schizophrenia, although the specific illness can not be found until the suspect is deeply evaluated. With the uncertainty of the suspect’s whereabouts and no previous record of mental evaluation I had no choice but to deem Arnold Friend a possibly dangerous man with bad intentions.
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Case #27641: Greasy Lake
Its 4 o’clock in the morning here in Jacksonville, Alabama. I have just received an urgent call from the police to investigate a crime scene. Two girls had called the authorities when they discovered a dead body in Greasy Lake. They claimed the dead man was a friend of theirs named Al.

Upon pulling up to the scene I notice that there is a medley assortment of fragments from an unknown vehicle. There is also a chopper but it was undamaged, suggesting that there was a suspect on the loose. I begin by taking detailed notes of my surroundings.

Aside from the vehicle parts on the ground, I also see a tire iron. I collect it as evidence. There are several footprints; I use a ruler for measurement and photograph the different size prints as evidence. There is only one set of prints from the chopper to Greasy Lake where the body was found. I estimate that the body has been in the water for less than 24 hours. After examining the body and failing to see any obvious fatality marks, I send the body to the lab for a full autopsy.

In the lab I discovered that the tire iron has a set of unidentified fingerprints and some hair follicles. Neither of these are a match to the victim which rules out the tire iron as the murder weapon. There were no signs of trauma to the outside of the body, but there were marks on his forearm that suggested drugs were used. After running a toxic report, the results proved that the man had high levels of alcohol and drugs in his system. Also, the autopsy report revealed that the deceased had no water in his lungs.

The two girls who called the police after finding Al, admitted to the use of drugs and alcohol that night. They also said that Al was a heavy drinker and that he had also used drugs on that night. I believe that this man died of an overdose. The lack of water in his lungs prove that he did not drown. The set of footprints from his chopper to the lake indicate that he was alone when he fell into the water, suggesting that this was not a murder. The use of drugs, mixed with alcohol was too much for his body. He overdosed and then collapsed into Greasy Lake.
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The Insanity Journal
Journal


February 3, 2014

      So while I was piecing together my exhibit about the Fortunato murder, I was donated a box of books. I was going through them to see which ones I wanted to keep for my personal collection, and I found the most peculiar looking journal. It was old and torn; it looked like it had been through a lot. I was curious, so I read a few pages. It seems to be just the ravings of a woman who hasn’t been out much right now. Also, it’s past my bed time, so I’ll cut off here.

February 5, 2014

      Well, I had some spare time and decided to read more into that journal I picked up the other day. It being as worn as it is, there must be some greater story behind it. It certainly was the ravings of a woman who had been unsocial for a while, but there’s more to it than that. She thought that there was something wrong with her, and her husband wouldn’t listen to her. The idea of treating her by keeping her from doing anything or using her brain seems so… barbaric to me. No wonder she started to go insane! Anybody would, under that treatment. I’m just curious to know what happened after the journal had finished; it stops rather abruptly after her last entry. I think I’m going to look into this more. She does say at the end that she got out at last, in spite of you and Jane. I believe she might be talking about herself in the third person, so her name must be Jane. And considering that’s the only sliver of information that I have to go on, that’s what I’ll take.

February 10, 2014

      I went to the library yesterday and searched through the microfilms they had there for any stories of insanity involving a woman named Jane. I came across a sad little short column that seems like it could have been written about my Jane’s journal. It was very brief, and simply stated that Jane and John Smith had been found at a country home that they had rented for the summer. They were found when John Smith’s sister, Jennie, alerted the police that an altercation had happened upstairs. John Smith was discovered dead under mysterious circumstances, and Jane was found crawling around and around the edge of the room with her shoulder pressed against the wall. It says they took her to a hospital to get her help. It also stated that Jennie would be taking care and custody of the child. I’ll have to see what happened to Jane.

February 12, 2014

      I researched the hospital that they took Jane to, and it turns out that it was a mental institution. Since, it has been torn down and rebuilt into a department store. I gained access to their files and found Jane Smith’s file. Sadly, her story ends shortly thereafter. Her records read that she refused to eat or sleep during her short time there. The only thing she would do was sit in the middle of the room and beg for her wallpaper back. She died a few short days later. The file never mentioned anything of an illness other than the insane state they found her in. This whole scenario was handled in such a poor way! Maybe if John had bothered to listen in the first place, he would have gotten Jane help, and the whole thing could have been avoided. I’m not sure if I’ll add this story to my museum or not, as I’m still busy putting the Fortunato murder up and getting ready to reveal that. Either way, I’m glad the system has changed since then. I couldn’t deal with somebody telling me that I can’t write, and that I’m not allowed to think.
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The Tragic Tale of Miss Emily
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January 20, 2014

It’s a rather gloomy day outside, so I’ve decided to polish up this silver set I bought at an auction the other day. It was the most interesting thing, really. I was looking for something new to add to my collections, and this little set caught my eye. I thought, “Surely, I can find some story to go with this, and if not, I’ll just keep it for a gift for my grandfather.” When they started to describe the set, they were reluctant to say much about its history, which only served to pique my curiosity more. They just said it was merely a men’s silver toilet set that had been engraved “H.B.”, and that the previous owner had died under mysterious circumstances. Of course I wanted to discover the story behind this, so I snatched it up as quickly as I could. It was rather tarnished, which is why I’m polishing it today. I sent an e-mail earlier this morning to the auctioneers that had performed that auction asking if they knew any more of the history behind the set, but they won’t reply. I’ll have to find out more on my own…

January 24, 2014

Well, I’ve been neck deep in research the past few days. I’ve got the weirdest feeling about what I’ve discovered. It seems as though this set was originally purchased by an Emily Grierson back in the early 1900s. She bought it for her lover, a man named Homer Barron. There were really strange circumstances that surrounded them. Apparently, Emily became a sort of shut-in after her father died, living with no one but a servant she had. It seems as though people never really bothered her, but I can’t help wondering why no one in the town ever tried harder to communicate with her. It seems as though I won’t be able to find an answer for that, as everyone who was involved with that situation is now dead. Homer must have been the first outside person she had contact with in many years in person. From what I’ve found, he moved in with her, although they never got married, and he wasn’t seen by the outside world ever again. Still, I can’t help but to wonder why nobody ever went after him. Surely, he had some family or friends somewhere that would’ve been concerned when they never heard from him again? I guess it was just a different time back then. Anyway, many years passed before the outside world ever made contact with that household again. It was only after Emily died that anyone came to see what had happened. When they got there, records show that the servant left, and was never seen again. They took Emily’s body and buried it, then went to explore what was in the house. They came across a skeleton in a bed, and from there the file just stopped. There’s nothing else to be found on any records! I was curious to find what kind of foul play had occurred, so I started deeply researching Emily, as she was the only person who had contact with him the last few apparent years of his life. I haven’t found anything yet; hopefully something will turn up soon.

January 29, 2014

I found it! Arsenic. The missing link.

January 30, 2014

Sorry, I just couldn’t believe what I’ve found! She must have had some sort of commitment issues, because she poisoned him and let his corpse rot beside her every night. I found this out by some.. files I had obtained through certain skills I’ve learned through my years. The missing case file that was never officially published. It states how they found the skeleton in her bed, and it had been positioned like it was embracing someone. There were also strands of Emily’s hair laying on the pillow next to him. Such a grotesque picture of their love, I couldn’t believe it. At least now, I have the story, so I can place it in my museum. I don’t think I’ve heard such a tragically twisted love story since Romeo and Juliet.

February 1, 2014

I think this will be how I write up the exhibit:

                        The Tragic Tale of Miss Emily

In the early 1900s, a woman of great mystery has just been discovered dead in a shambling house that barely even hinted at its former glory. A distinguished gentleman lived here with his daughter, of whom he held to the highest standards in every aspect. Miss Emily had lived in this house with her father for many years until his death, then lived out the rest of her years disconnected from the real world. She never left the house, and few ever came in. One of the few who came in was never found again, Mr. Homer. He was Miss Emily’s sweetheart, and stayed with her until his death. Unfortunately that came all too soon. Miss Emily was scared of him leaving her, so she poisoned him so he would always be by her side, even through the long nights. His body was never found until they came to retrieve hers, and they found his skeleton in the bed. Was it her fault for wanting someone beside her? Was it her father that had given her a twisted perception of reality? The truth shall never be known, as it is buried with those in this story.
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Case #123564 Missing Fortunato

We were looking into the case of the missing Fortunato many years ago. This case was brought back up when one of the witnesses decided to come to the department. This witness decided to come to the police many years later because they thought it was time to tell us who was with Fortunato the day Fortunato went missing. The witness saw Fortunato talking to someone and Fortunato became very happy and they both left together. The witness detailed this suspect could have been and looked like Montresor. So we decided to look deep into this investigation and found out that Montresor was a millionaire that lives in the area, and on that day Montresor and Fortunato were both spotted walking to his mansion together. We found out from our witness that Montresor did not like Fortunato, so that could be a reason why Montresor could have killed Fortunato. They both were seen together at the carnival and they left together at the same time. In our evidence we discovered that when Fortunato went missing Montresor had not been seen for awhile. We needed more evidence like clothing, blood, DNA, etc. We needed to get into Montresor’s mansion, but that would not be a problem because he died years ago. In his mansion we found some clothing and traces of what is possible granite, but we searched areas within 20 miles like caves or anything but nothing was found. In order to declare what happen in this case and what happen to Fortunato I had to have probable cause in order to solve this case. If Montresor killed Fortunato, we had to find everything we can know about Montresor, like what kind person he was and if he liked Fortunato or not and why? We searched and got every piece of evidence we could find in the mansion that would help solve the case. Everything we found that could by any chance help we sent it to the crime lab to see if we could find any kind of samples of DNA, hair fragment, etc. We did one more look in the mansion and what we found was a trap room behind the walls in the mansion. In there were samples of granite, so we took the granite sample to the lab to be tested. The test back as the same granite was found on the clothing of Montresor. As we looked in the room we found bone fragments that looked like someone was trapped and chained in the room for a very long time. We took the bone fragments to get tested and it came back that the body was Fortunato. Evidence shows that Fortunato was trapped and chained to the walls in the room for a very long time and this shows that Montresor was the killer and responsible for the missing Fortunato.

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Case Journal: A Rose For Emily
As I sat in my office one day I was approached by the chief of police about a case that was very intriguing. It was about a deceased suspect named Emily Grierson who was the primary suspect of a possible homicide. While carrying out my investigation I realized that I had stumbled upon a case like no other that I had ever encountered. The evidence wasn’t easy to come by nor was it a breeze to decipher once I had gathered what I could. The fact that Ms. Grierson was deceased made it much harder to gather information about her mental health. I needed to know whether or not Ms. Grierson would be considered insane or not.
Since there was no possibility of a personal evaluation I started by questioning the townspeople on what they knew about Emily Grierson. After many days of questioning I had a gathered some very useful information. The first thing I was told was that Emily was very reclusive. I also learned that Emily Grierson’s father had passed away some years ago. Instead of immediately accepting this and moving on, Emily entered a severe stage of denial in which she told the women of the town that her father was not dead and proceeded to keep his corpse for 3 days before turning it over for burial. This was the first instance where Emily shows blatant signs of mental illness.
The most convicting discovery came when the decaying remains of Homer Barron were discovered in Emily’s bedroom. Not only were his remains lying on her bed, but there was a gray hair and an indention in the pillow beside him that indicated that Emily had also been laying in that bed. This discovery was obviously very disturbing but it was also very helpful in reaching a diagnosis of Ms. Grierson’s mental state.
After evaluating all of the evidence and hearing stories from the townspeople, I have decided that Emily Grierson was a schizophrenic necrophiliac. Schizophrenia is a mental illness that is characterized by the breakdown of mental processes and a lack of emotional responses. I came to this conclusion after I found out that she had denied the fact that her father had died and that she had slept beside a corpse for years with no sign of remorse Further examination of the evidence led me to believe that there was more to Ms. Grierson’s illness. A necrophiliac is someone who shows a powerful desire to control another romantically. In many cases necrophiliacs have shown a sexual attraction to corpses. Emily displayed these behaviors when she decided to sleep next to Homer Barron’s body for around thirty years. This case was very unique in many ways, starting with the fact that all evidence was associated with deceased people. I have become a much better and more detailed forensic psychologist from my involvement in this particular case and I will never forget this investigation.
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