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Notes on the "Greasy Lake" case
Detective L’s notes on the “Greasy Lake” case

An old case was brought to my attention earlier. A man, he looked to be in his late fifties, came in wanting to talk about an incident that occurred at Greasy Lake a long time ago. He told us that this incident could have something to do with the missing Al case. This case dates back to the late 60s. It was a missing persons case for a man named Al. The old man came in and told us his story. He tells us about the experience he and his companions, Jeff and Digby, had forty years ago with a “greasy” character. Even though this old man tells us of this dangerous character, the man is only as reliable as his story goes. We also have to take the the fact that he’s an old man under consideration. For all we know he could’ve been just another senile old man telling a story. The man believed that the dangerous character was probably the one who killed Al. This would mean that the case would no longer be a missing persons case, but something a little more. I decided to go out of my way to test his reliability. I believed that he may be telling the truth; however, as a detective I must question him still. I believed his story for the most part because of the sincerity in his voice and the shear fact that it would be difficult to come up with a story like this one.

According to previous documents, this missing persons case occurred in the 60s, which was forty years ago. This was indeed an old case and a pretty mundane one at that. The 60s were a time when incidents like this one were quite frequent, and with this fact not many detectives bother to take cases like this one. I on the other hand believe that even mundane cases have something interesting to tell and are necessary to solve.

For this case I took the man’s story into consideration. I listened to the story again and made sure I had everything written down in detail. I decided to travel with a couple of detectives to the crime scene, so that I can put his reliability to the test. I planned on acting out the scene as if I was the man who was there forty years ago. I believed that if the story was true, then the scene would have something left over from that night that could confirm the old man’s reliability. The other detectives thought I was nuts and laughed at my methods. They believed that there was no way I could get anywhere with this. I soon proved to them that my unorthodox methods would work.

The old man mentioned that he and his friends were out partying and decided to hang out at Greasy Lake. There they discovered a parked Chevy that looked similar to their friend Tony Lovette’s car. After attempting to goof off with Tony they realized it wasn’t him at all. This is the scene that I began to act out in an attempt to reenact the old man’s supposed claims. and find the evidence to prove his reliability.

I began with where the man said he and his friends were originally parked. According to the old man, he drove into the dirt lot of Greasy Lake, stabbed at the brake pedal, and then nosed up to the bumper of a mint, metallic blue ‘57 Chevy. I leaped as if I was drunkenly getting out of a car and looked towards where the Chevy would be. Then I vaulted back as if taking an upward blow. After doing so I decided to take a look about the ground where I landed. After doing so I spotted what could be a piece of a tooth. After remembering the old man mention his favorite tooth being chipped during the conflict, I decided to bag it for evidence.

I continued to play out the conflict while discussing it with the other detectives, who were still cracking jokes. I began searching the ground as if looking for the keys the old man said he dropped after getting out of his mother’s Bel Air. The old man mentioned that he took another three or four blows in the buttoks and the coccyx. After this I stood up and looked towards where the bad character should be struggling with Jeff and Digby. I get up and walk back to where the Bel Air should be and reach under the driver’s seat. The old man mentioned that this was where he kept a tire iron. I grabbed an invisible tire iron and swung downwards as if striking down across the opponent’s ear.

The old man said that after he struck the man he felt as if he had killed him. After this, he dropped the tire iron in the dirt. I decided to look around in the dirt close to where I was standing. After searching around for a few minutes I stood up and held up a tuft of hair so that the other detectives could see. They looked at it with confusing faces and questioned the importance of a little fuzz. I told them that it was hair and not fuzz and shown them where there was dried up blood connecting the strands of hair together. The hair was embedded within the dirt much like the piece of tooth. I bagged this for evidence like I did with the tooth shard.

I began discussing with the other detectives the rest of the story. The old man confessed that, after a girl had gotten out of the Chevy, he and his friends attempted to rape her. However, they didn’t get too far due to another vehicle having pulled into the dirt lot. According to the old man, he and his friends first darted to the car, but then darted for the woods in different directions.

While talking to the other detectives another vehicle pulled up close by. Lucie Kingsleigh, a CSI agent that I had recently become acquainted with, stepped out of the vehicle. I decided to take a break from my investigation and chat with Miss Kingsleigh. Apparently she was reviewing the same case that I was. I decided to show her my current findings and discuss the case with her. I told her what the old man told me, and she agreed with my thesis. After hearing the story she deducted what direction the old man took when fleeing into the woods based on his descriptions. After discussing the case further I decided to let Miss Kingsleigh carry the evidence I found so far to a forensics lab. She stated that she would meet with me later to hand me a copy of her results.

I took Miss Kingsleigh’s deduction into consideration. When the old man pulled up he could see a chopper leaned up against its kickstand on the far side of the parking lot. When the old man said he ran, he mentioned that he darted past the chopper and headed into the feculent undergrowth at the lake’s edge. Miss Kingsleigh stated that he must have ran across the parking lot in order to pass the chopper before going into the woods. She also stated that if he decided to hide in the woods, like he mentioned, then he would have to hide in a thick clot of woods on the far side.

I decided to run across the parking lot and attempted to head in the direction the old man went before. The old man stated that he had gotten far enough for the water to lap at his waist, so I needed to go the same distance. I could see something sort of floating in a spot that you would normally ignore. I decided to go and see what it was. It could have been a log, it could have been the aforementioned body, it could have been anything. As I began moving I felt something hard but sort of flexible at the base of my feet. I decided to go under and grab whatever it was. When I came up I discovered it was a sneaker. Then I remembered that the old man mentioned he lost his sneakers in the lake. This find was yet another piece of evidence to add to the case. After this, I decided to go and see what it was I saw floating earlier. When I got close enough to grab hold of the object, I quickly learned that the floating mass was skeletal remains. They were vastly decayed and covered in muck and slime. I called for the other two detectives and got them to carry the corpse for me.

After we got back to where I started acting out the scene that was described to me, I began reviewing more of what I was told.The old man mentioned that the other car that was there after they fled was a Trans-Am. He watched the bad character trash his mother’s Bel Air, along with two blond guys in fraternity jackets. He stated that one of them had thrown bottles, rocks, muck, candy wrappers, used condoms, pop tops, and other refuse through the window on the driver’s side.

The old man mentioned that the woman called to the greasy character and told him to come on. The woman called the man Bobbie. So thinking back, we now have a name for the old man’s opponent. After taking one swing at the left tail light of the Bel Air, Bobbie heaved the tire iron halfway across the lake.

I decided to see if I could find this tire iron. I was already wet, so going for another dive would not have hurt me. Based on the description of the man hitting the left tail light, he had to be at the front of the Bel Air or to the left of the Bel Air. This told me the most probable direction for the tire iron to be tossed. After this I deducted the possible distance it could have traveled before hitting the lake.

After considering the tire iron’s possible location, I dove into the water and swam for the middle of the lake. After swimming around and searching for a couple of hours I managed to find a tire iron. After looking at it carefully, I noticed that a still a single strand of hair was attached to the crook of the iron. I got out of the water, bagged the evidence, and set it next to the shoe. By this time, the other detectives had the bones in a bag and set in the back of the vehicle.
When I decided to go for a swim, I had the other two detectives search around where the Bel Air should have been set. When I came back they showed what all they found. The detectives found a few shards of glass on the ground, an old dried up used condom that was covered in dirt, and a couple of old plastic bottles that were also covered in dirt.

I reviewed the remainder of what the old man told me. When he and his friends started to leave in the now destroyed Bel Air, a Mustang pulled up to the chopper. Two girls were looking for a man named Al. when one of the girls came over to ask them, the old man said that he told them that they haven’t seen anybody. After this the old man said that he and his friends left and went home.

I decided it was time for me to go to the detective agency. First I told the other detectives to go and have an autopsy done on the remains.Then I went to the forensic department to have some of the evidence I gathered looked at.

The reason I bothered to check the tire iron for for fingerprints even though it has been set in the water for so many years is simple. With the tire iron setting at the bottom of the lake and the mud covering it, the fingerprints have a possibility of still being present.The forensic scientist managed to have found two sets of fingerprints on the tire iron. One set matched the old man’s and the other set matched a man named Bobbie.

After this, I met with Miss Kingsleigh to get a copy of the results from the forensic study of the evidence I let her use. Then I connected all the pieces of the investigation together. The DNA from the hair matched Bobbie’s DNA, and the DNA from the tooth shard matched the old man’s DNA. This again connects their presence at Greasy lake. The existence of the lost sneaker, the tire iron, the tooth shard, the hair, and random refuse confirmed the old man’s story to be true.

After the autopsy was finished, the body was confirmed to be Al’s. The missing persons case was now a homicide case. We couldn’t connect any of the activity described by the old man to the actual murder of Al. This means that in order to find the actual murderer, we would have to go on another investigation.

This time I did not solve the case, but I did, however, reform the case itself. It was once a missing persons case and now, with the discovery of a body, it is a homicide case. I am going to postpone any more investigating for now and put the newly updated case back up. Hopefully new evidence with another route of investigation can be found in order to completely solve the case.
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