Exercise and eat (I am a bit of a foodie) mostly. Writing is my major spare time activity. I also love exploring Hong Kong where I currently live. It’s a fabulous city with a lot of strange corners.
Coroner Cindy Leung was waiting for them, slat-thin arms, her torso the
circumference of a chopstick, thick glasses too large for her face. She kind of
looks like a praying mantis from this angle, Ian thought, looking down on Cindy
from the deck of the boat. Cindy waved to him.
on solid ground.
immediately started up the path. “Follow me, Detectives. Hurry! I left him
hanging for you, but I can’t wait to get him to my lab. This is the strangest
one I have ever seen.”
the victim had been chopped up and wired back together,” Ian said as he tried
to keep pace with Cindy.
had a go at him, of course, so I got up on a ladder to inspect him. First thing
that I noticed was that there was a separation of about a centimeter between
his neck and body. I found a screw where the cervical spine had been sawed and
another one in the neck vertebrae. A wire ran between the two screws, holding
the parts together.”
gorilla. “This is bizarre!”
life-sized animals would be a good idea for a resort,” Cindy said, and then
continued, “I also noticed that the rest of the body was hanging very strangely
too, not like you would expect. I could not undress him until you are done with
your inspection, so I felt around. He had been cut and wired back together in
seventeen places. Each part also had another wire attached to it connected to
the wood beam that he was hanging from. It was like he was a puppet! A human
days. I will be able to give you a more accurate answer once I get him to the
came upon the hanging corpse. Scientific Evidence Officers were examining the
ground below the body. Ian walked up to the officer who seemed to be in charge.
show you something.” Ian followed Calvin about twenty paces to a circular
clearing surrounded by low bushes. The clearing, originally envisioned as a
courtyard for the resort’s customers to sit, rest, and appreciate nature, had
been paved with tan and grey pavers. A giraffe peered over the bushes from the
surrounding jungle, its dead, glass eyes wide with curiosity as it gazed into
the plaza at the human visitors. Nature had started to reclaim the space, weeds
pushing up between the pavers. Benches, which had once been painted white but
were now mostly rusted, had been placed around the perimeter. “This courtyard
is where he was dissected,” Calvin said, pointing to the center of the circular
plaza, stained with blood.
only witness,” Ian said.
guy. My guess is that there were three of them. Two different brands of
cigarette butts, only a few days old, were on the ground by that bench. I
picture one guy doing the carving while the other two watched.”
so that makes sense, Calvin,” Ian said.
days,” Calvin said.
finished with his evidence collecting. When he was done he gave Cindy a nod and
her team took the body down and placed it into a body bag on a gurney. “See
you, Ian,” Cindy called out to him as her assistants pushed the gurney towards
scene. “Make sure that the technicians take the piece of wood that he was
hanging from too. There are some characters carved into it.”
strange way, all chopped up and then wired together, out here in the middle of
nowhere? Typically, a killing this gruesome would be to send a message to
someone, Mess with me and this will happen to you. How often do people come out
here, though, once or twice a year? No one is here to see it. Who was the
Angela. We are dealing with one very sick individual, a guy who took pleasure
in what he did, and we need to find him before he decides to entertain himself
again,” Ian said.
were wrapped around the screws? How clean the cuts were? He took his time. He
took pride in his work.”