. . . not of the shopping sort—though I love those—but the crime sort. Hey, it’s Rey here. With Linda. The Boss is getting over a nasty cold and asked one of us to pen the post. JJ’s off for the weekend on some sort of business course, so the two of us are partnering up and shooting the sh—
Rey: Whatever. I’ve got some emails and texts here with the snail mail. A few folks have asked about our last four cases—okay three, ‘cause The Connecticut Corpse Caper wasn’t really a case, but our first non-pro detecting venture. They were multiple-murder-spree cases, ones where the killers were either uber-focused on not being caught or making serious money the easy way. If someone got in their way or proved of some financial advantage, they got offed.
Linda: You may also want to mention that they favored “crazy”, too.
Rey: Crazy? They were out-and-out nutbars! Remember the Gruesome Twosome in Can you Hula Like Hilo Hattie?
Linda: Or the other equally Gruesome Twosome in Coco’s Nuts!
Rey: We’ve met a few Gruesome Twosomes in our private eye adventures, haven’t we?
Linda: That we have. They were certainly challenging if not creepy.
Rey: And fascinating.
Linda: People do tend to have a fascination for bizarre or eerie killers.
Rey: Like serial killers.
Linda: Which, technically, we haven’t really dealt with.
Rey: Sure we have.
Linda: But that didn’t really come out until after the fact.
Rey: True enough, but I think we’re divesting.
Linda: You mean digressing?
Rey: Whatever. Do we want to talk about our cases?
Linda: Serial killers make a good topic, given it’s Halloween next week. You know, how we have a fascination with them, how they—and we, in turn—lean toward the macabre and the morbid and the scaryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
Rey: Ha-ha, ha-ha.
Linda: That’s the Triple Threat Investigation Agency’s next case.
Rey: One I’m looking forward to. But back to serial killers, why do you think we like them so much?
Linda: Curiosity to start; they’re intriguing. We wonder how they’ve been able to get away with multiple murders for so long, what motivates them to do such dastardly deeds, why they choose certain victims over others. They’re so extreme in what they do, we can’t help but be drawn. Constant news coverage—which is often provocative if not enticing—becomes riveting.
Rey: The strange thing is, some of them seemed—and seem—so normal.
Linda: Another reason we’re captivated . . . in that aforementioned macabre, morbid way.
Rey: I’m not sure I’d like to meet a real one.
Linda: And I’m not so sure they’re all that different from the killers we’ve met solving cases.
Rey: Or the suspects we’ve encountered, come to think about it. Some have been real—as Great-Cousin Clara might have said—wing-dings.
Linda: Like the person we’re pursuing in HA-HA-HA-HA.
Rey: Yikes. Can you spell s-p-o-o-k-y?
Linda: Many ways. But before we prattle on forever—
Rey: Prattle!? We’re posting!
Linda: You say poh-tay-tow, I say poe-taw-toh—
Rey: Yeah, yeah. . . . Hey, lookie here! Gail’s email says Nordstrum’s having a sale! Catcha later!
Linda: Uh . . . well, it appears my BFF has caught the $ale$ bug. So much for posting. Have a great weekend everyone and to quote Rey: catcha later.