Hey there Weekend Writing Warriors. We are hitting the final stretch of 2020–October. Here is a little bit of trivia about me. I wish we could bypass this month. Go from September 30, straight into November 1. Other than several family members having birthdays this month, I do not like October.
As for our snippet for this week we jump back into the investigation. Grady is being briefed by Detective Carmen Albanese of her findings. They have discovered information about both the victim and their perp. We pick up where we left off.
Here is a bit from last week:
“Mr. Tattoo must have had…”
“Sorry, we don’t have and ID on the…”
“Stephen Allan Tanner,” Carmen said, handing him another file, this one was fairly thick. “That’s your corpse.”
Lieutenant Daniel Masters is a 27-year veteran Savannah Georgia Major Crimes Detective. He has seen many crime scenes like the one he saw last February. Little did he know this one would change his life. Grady, the newest addition to his team, is the first to see the abnormalities, but will the rest of the team listen in time. There is a serial murder on the loose in South Georgia, and for some reason the killer leaves their final victim alive right before committing suicide. But why? Masters and Grady must find out before its too late and the next killer strikes again.
Grady sat at the desk just behind Carmen’s and opened the file. A scary face with a scar from his forehead to his chin and ‘O77’ tattooed just below his breastbone stared at him. His vacant eyes were the eyes of a man bent on doing harm. Somehow it set him at ease that this man was no longer walking. Grady looked over to his Bio: Stephen Allan Tanner, 37, 5’10”, 275, Aggravated Assault with Deadly weapon 2009, Burglary 2009, Grand Theft Auto 2010, Georgia State Penitentiary 2010-2015, Assault Deadly Weapon 2016, Attempted Murder 2017.
“This guy didn’t know when to quit. Five years in GSP? Wonder how he got out, and why the other charges didn’t send him back?”
“That’s the penal system for ya,” Carmen said typing on her terminal.
“Then he went quiet the last few years. Dropped off the radar looks like.”
***That is this week’s ten. Dialogue always seems to make snippets so short, so here is little more so I can fill my need of leaving you on a cliffhanger. 🙂 ***
“Maybe the ‘O77’s’ told him to straighten up?”
“Or gave him a job to do.” said Grady.
“Like find college boys and rough them up?” suggested Carmen.
“What makes you say that? Are their similar cases to Mr. Nelson?”
“I researched cases that included injuries similar to Mr. Nelson’s. Doctors report he had cuts to both femoral veins well as his brachial veins. However, they were deep enough to cause bleeding, but not in the right place to cause him to bleed out. You have to lacerate an artery to do that. Tanner knew what he was doing. That made me wonder. Why would he not complete the job, and check out the way he did? So, I expanded my search to include any open cases regarding femoral and brachial injuries where the victim died.”
Carmen plopped down four files on the desk in front of Grady.
“All open and unsolved. No forensics linking anything or anyone to any of them.” Carmen explained.
“Until today,” said Grady.
A bit more information for you, with the promised cliffhanger. So, Nelson may not have been the first victim? Was it Tanner? Or could there be another predator on the loose? After all, Tanner’s victim survived. Tune in next week as Grady and the team put the pieces together and we find out more about these four other cases.
As for October, I may catch some slack from this but the reason I do not like the month is that I dislike Halloween. It’s all a bit too much for me. Call it my religion, or a boohumbug, but I think it’s more than that. It has gotten really ugly over the years. All the gore and evil surrounding it. It is far worse than when we grew up. Maybe I am just getting old. I mean, where is The Great Pumpkin?
I guess I just miss being a kid when life was simpler.
And speaking of being a kid…
Elissa Learns About Thankfulness
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, consider this charming story for your little reader. Book 4 in the Elissa the Curious Snail Series finds Elissa living with her human friend Francine. Elissa is sad because she cannot do some of the things her friends can do like fly or run. She eventually learns to be thankful for who she is and what she can do. Find out what that is when you cuddle up and read this book with your little one. It is available on Amazon at the link above.
Moments of the Heart is not just this website. I have a Facebook page that has something going on everyday of the week. Come on over, follow, and interact with my page to check it out! Here is what you can expect to find there.
Monday is Memory Monday – I share an important event that occurred on that Monday or sometime that particular week.
Tuesday is Talk About it Tuesday – I post a weekly video where I cover a topic that has meant something to me over the past week.
Wednesday is when I post my blog for the week.
Thursday is This or That Thursday – A weekly two option poll that raises the question, do you like this, or do you prefer that?
Friday is Fun Fact Friday – I find and share an interesting or obscure fact.
Saturday is for Weekend Writing Warriors – This is when I post my 8 Sentence Snippet from a current or past work.
I really am trying to make it fun and engaging. Something that people look forward to visiting. It has been something that has been on my heart (no pun intended) for a long time and I am now acting on it. I would love your support!!
– Little Reminders of Who I Am is now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers.
–The Five Barred Gate is still available on Amazon in Hardback, Paperback, and Kindle versions.
–You can purchase TFBG direct from me on my Home Page. The benefit of buying direct is you will receive a personalized signed copy!!
–My Children’s books, Elissa the Curious Snail are also on Amazon. There are 4 books about an adorable snail teaching children about prayer and believing in themselves.
–Finally you can see all updates regarding the progress of this current Untitled work in progress.
Fellow Warriors, I also have have a weekly blog that is posted in between these snippets. I would love to hear your thoughts.
AND if you have little warriors running around I now have many of my Children’s Short Stories on this website. They were originally on my Elissa the Curious Snail publisher’s website, but I now control that domain and have moved that content here. There are many stories for your little reader. These are great bedtime or anytime short stories.
In His Exciting Service,
Jeff S. Bray
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