Thank you for joining us, Chief Detective. I understand you have had a few challenging months in Alamoville.
(He shifts in his chair and takes a sip of water.) You might say that. Our sleepy little town has boomed, especially with the addition of an outlet mall and the retirement community of Sunset Acres where anyone over fifty-five can live. They have over 300 residents now, most in the independent living section—luxury apartments, garden homes and condos. Some, of course, reside in the assisted and full nursing sections.
You have a relative who lives there, right?
My mother-in-law. Janie Manson, widow of the renowned police detective Jack Manson.
Weren’t you two just in the news?
(Blake stretches his collar from his neck.) Um, yeah. Quite a bit. Last month Janie and one of her friends discovered the body of one of the newer residents in the community dumpster. So she took it upon herself to gather her friends and investigate it. Behind my back, of course.
They call themselves…?
The Bunco Biddies. They all playing the dice game at Janie’s condo on Thursday nights to ward off the doldrums. I think they mostly gather to try out each other’s recipes and to chat.
One of your men arrested her yesterday, correct?
That’s correct. She and one of her Bunco pals, Ethel, were caught trying to break into the morgue at Mercy Memorial.
My word. Why?
Well, it’s an ongoing investigation so I can’t go into detail. But it involves a newborn baby found in the bathtub of one of the garden homes up for lease. My dear mother-in-law is convinced the wee thing’s mother is a young woman found dead behind the Get ‘Em and Go convenience store across the highway from Sunset Acres. She was after DNA samples. (He exhales a long sigh.) I can’t comment on any more than that at this time.
How do you plan to keep her and her friends from getting further involved, or do you plan to utilize their sleuthing skills?
Crime has rocked their small community, so of course they are concerned. I can’t blame them for that. But, well, meddling can get a bit dicey. Investigations are best left to the authorities. (He leans forward and clicks off the tape recording application on the interviewer’s phone.) Though just between you and me, she and her friend have been quite useful. My mother-in-law has a sharp wit and a nose for sniffing out the facts. I consider her one of my top C.I’s.
Confident informant. I just wish she’d run her theories by me first before she goes off on one of her tangents. If she keeps skirting my authority, I could land in hot water with the mayor and chief of police.