“Very interesting. What does it have to do with John’s death?” Leslie has a one-track mind, and she is impatient for Rose to get to the important part. After a pause, Rose continues with her narration.
“Damn. I’m late.” Freddy woke up with a start. He had a doctor’s appointment this morning, and he must have turned his alarm off instead of hitting snooze as he normally did. He jumped out of bed, forewent his shower, and quickly got dressed. He hopped online to read the daily news as he ate his bagel. The local headlines jumped out at him.
“Gruesome sex murder in Chicago! Political ties! Is the Mafia involved?” Freddy choked on his coffee as he saw the accompanying picture was of Amy. His Amy. His Amy who had just been at his place last night and very much alive. Freddy quickly skimmed the article and was disturbed to learn that Amy had been found tied to her bed, spread-eagle, and nude. There were signs of intercourse, but the police refused to elaborate further than that. She had been shot through the heart. The only other thing they would say was that Amy had been “under the influence of marijuana” when she was killed. Freddy went to Google to see what he could find out about the murder. What he discovered shocked the hell out of him. First of all, there was a description circulating of a man who visited Amy not two hours before her body was found. The description was of Freddy himself. Now, granted, he was a pretty nondescript guy, so the description could fit millions of other men, too. However, those millions of other men were not in a stormy relationship with Amy as was Freddy. Freddy felt ill as he continued reading.
“She was murdered?” Leslie is shocked to hear the news. This is not something she expected, and she doesn’t know what to do with the information.
“In cold blood.” Rose’s voice is somber.
“John didn’t do it,” Leslie blurts without thinking. “He simply is not that kind of guy.” Leslie dismisses the little voice in her head telling her that she obviously did not know John as well as she thought she did.
“No, he didn’t do it,” Rose agrees. She knows, too, what Freddy is and isn’t capable of. Murder falls into the latter category, especially the murder of a woman.
“He was set up.” Leslie states it as fact. She knows where this story is going, and she even knows why John changed his name.
“Yes. He was.” Continue Reading