“She led me astray,” the man said, and began to sob.
Dan Harmony, had seen some pretty fucked up shit in his three years on the job. But, the sight of some balding, fat, middle aged man sobbing was just pitiful.
Dan almost felt sorry for the guy, but had to remind himself that two orderlies were dead, and a nurse critically injured because of this man.
Still, Dan Harmony thought himself a pretty shrewd investigator, and a little sympathy might go a long way.
“Can I get you anything?” Dan asked. “Coffee? A soda?”
The man shook his head.
“Why, don’t you just tell me what happened?” Dan offered.
“Where do I start?” The man asked.
“Anywhere you like,” Dan said. “I’m here to listen. Not judge.”
The man sniffled, but said nothing.
Dan sighed. It was going to be a long night.
“Do you want a lawyer?” Dan asked. “It’s your right.”
The man shook his head.
“You don’t have to talk to me,” Dan said leaning back. “That’s your right. But, you’re going to have to talk to somebody at some point, and it might help to get it off your chest.”
The man sighed heavily.
“How long have you been working for Social Services, Mr…,” Dan glanced at the file. “Stevens?”
“About fifteen years,” the man blubbered.
“Anybody ever file a complaint against you?” Dan asked. “Anybody angry at you?”
“No,” the man admitted.
“Let me tell you about the part I know,” Dan said. “And then you can fill in the details. One professional to another. Sound good?”
The man nodded.
“Okay,” Dan said. “Me, and a friend of mine, found this guy and this girl in the Marshland Woods. The guy had been missing for a couple of days. The girl, well, nobody knows where she came from. So, I take the guy to County General to get checked out, and he’s transferred to a mental health facility for a 72 hour hold. My buddy, who’s the local Sheriff in your neck of the woods, takes the girl to his station. And, then the station called you. How about you take it from there?”
The man cleared his throat.
“I arranged temporarily housing for the girl at a halfway house,” he began. “I pick her up, and figure it’s going to be a pretty routine call. A little small talk to make her feel comfortable. Avoid any talk about her family or relationships, as that’s the usually cause of the problem. Stick to general topics, music she likes, books, movies and TV shows, you know that sort of thing. Most of the girls, they’re afraid. They’re been hurt, and need someone to listen. I was good at my job.”
Dan watched as the man covered his face.
“This girl, thought, she’s different,” he continued. “She starts talking to me, telling me how much she likes being a girl. Then she starts describing what’s its like when she’s with a man, physically. And while she’s telling me this, she’s rubbing my crotch.
The man is on the verge of tears again, but he keeps it together for a moment.
“My wife and I we’ve haven’t had sex in years,” the man confessed. “And when this girl tells me to pull over, I don’t know, something just came over me. And once we’re on the side of the road, she’s all over me. No foreplay, except to unzip my pants. Then she climbs into my lap, and shoves me inside of her. It’s the best sex I’ve ever had in my life. It’s like she knew exactly what a man likes. She makes me feel young again, and god did it feel so good. And after we’re done, she asks for a simple favor. To just find out where they have taken her friend.”
Again, the man cleared his throat.
“So I make a call, and the entire time I’m on the phone she has my dick in her mouth. She gets me so hard, then when I hang up, we do it again. It’s even better the second time. She let me take her from behind, something my wife would never let me do. After we’re done, she asks me if we can go visit her friend. I agree, I mean, all she wants is to see her friend, right. No big deal. I didn’t know she was going to kill those people. I swear to God! I didn’t know!”
The man loses it then, but is able to regain some of his composure a minute or so later. “She wouldn’t have done it, if they had just let her see her friend. But, she was smart. It’s like she knew, there weren’t going to be a lot of people there, just a skeleton crew. I don’t even know where she got the knife.”
The man started to sob again.
“I thought she loved me,” he cried. “But she had her friend punch me hard in the stomach. She laughed, a high shrill laughed, as I fell clutching my stomach.
And, when I was down, she kicked me hard in the balls. They took my car keys, and my wallet, and left me there. You know the rest.”
Dan believed him. Something about that girl had scared him. She was off. You could see it in her eyes.
He also knew that his fellow State Troopers had found the man’s car abandoned at the entrance to Grand Oaks National Park. They were searching the park now. But, all of them knew, that if someone really wanted to get lost in that vast wilderness, then it would be unlikely they would ever be found again. It would be like they disappeared off the face of the Earth.
Dan put a hand on the man’s shoulder.
“Love makes us do crazy things,” Dan offered.
The man nodded, wearily.
Nothing else needed to be said, as that pretty much summed it up.
TO BE CONTINUED....
PART 4: A SINNER'S PARADISE