Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dead Rite chapter 121.02

He used the crowbar to prise open the door, moving backwards and forwards over the edges until he'd managed to open it wide enough to admit the crew of scene-of-crime officers along with their lights and equipment.

Pets used the increased light to view the deceased woman. “I've never seen anything like it.”

“Nor me.” White pointed out the two-bar electric fire and the two fan heaters. “He kept the room warm and well ventilated. Her body dried.” He shone his torch on the floor where the carpet held a circle of dark stain. “Her body fluids leaked out over time until she was a husk.”

“The smell must have been appalling.”

“I can't argue with that. I'm surprised he wasn't ill.”

Peters examined the body as best he could without disturbing the scene. “I can't see any wound marks.”

“Chances are she died of natural causes and he couldn't bear to be parted from her. I've seen that happen before. There was a case a couple of years ago where a woman kept her husband in the living room in front of the television and kept vacuuming up the bits that dropped off.”

“She was touched in the head, though. I was the lead investigator on that case. We only caught her because she forgot to renew the car tax in his name. Sad, really.”

“It didn't stop her cashing his pension all that time though.”

“True.” Peters straightened. “I'll leave it to the lab rats to make a judgement on this one.”

“Yes.” White nodded toward the flashing lights outside. “It'll give them something to speculate on. Tell them to mind where they tread, eh?”

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