neelwrites/FF/pinupgirl/fiction/100words/05/07/2017

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PIN-UP GIRL

PHOTO PROMPT © Claire Sheldon

 

By Neel Anil Panicker

 ‘Time of death: Between 7 and 8 am, Saturday, April 03, 2016.

Slow death, probably bled for about twenty minutes. 

Cause of death: Perforation of jugular veins; rupturing of carotid arteries.

Cause: Insertion of foreign body, not more than 1 mm diameter.’

Inspector Sharma mulled over the forensic report.

A young woman was found dead in a 5-star hotel room.

There were zero witnesses. The CCTV images captured nothing suspicious except…

Except what?

Sharma racked his brains as he blew smoke rings into the air.

Minutes later, his eyes lit up and he barked, “Yadav, get me a paper clip.”

©neelanilpanicker2017 #FF #fiction #100words

53 thoughts on “neelwrites/FF/pinupgirl/fiction/100words/05/07/2017

  1. Good story, Neel. I wonder what it is about paper clips that make so many of the writers think of crime!

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    1. Thanks Hardy. It just shows that the most innocuous of things can be put to lethal use.

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  2. Moon

    Had never thought of paper-clips as highly ‘unsafe’. Now, i ‘d be careful.
    Nice story, Neel.

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    1. Inventive though evil minds can make the most mundane of things into murder weapons. Thanks, Moon.

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  3. Ouch, nasty way to go 🙂

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    1. Nasty indeed. Some crimes are such. Thanks Lian.

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  4. It takes a special kind of perpetrator to murder with a paper-clip

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  5. Death by paperclip? Someone still would have had to be present, unless it’s the most bizarre suicide of all time.

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    1. A most bizarre suicide or a murder most foul? Inspector Sharma has to do some serious sleuthing to unravel this homicide, James.

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      1. So would I, particularly since CCTV tapes didn’t reveal a visitor.

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    2. Even more bizarre would be ‘Death by Papercut’. Thanks to Big Bang Theory for that.

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      1. I saw one episode of that TV show some years back but can’t say I’m a fan. Death by Papercut you say?

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      2. It’s an acquired taste, James. I didn’t enjoy the first few episodes as well. But, tell you what! Sheldon grows on you.

        PS: Neel, apologies for hijacking your post.

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      3. Got to check on that. That would be something. Thanks. L.E.R.T

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  6. Hi Neel,
    Well done. I enjoyed this and thought my take could provide due cause. My boss had a fettish for paperclips with triangular ends and the usual ones were banned. Definite control freak. Here’s a link to mine: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/the-boss/
    xx Rowena

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    1. I too know of a few who had the same fetish__no metallic paper clips for them. I shall certainly go and read your story, Rowena. Thanks for the appreciation.

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  7. Dear Neel,

    It just goes to show that almost anything can become a weapon. Grisly story and well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks a lot, Rochelle.

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  8. Murder by paper-clip. Quite plausible. Great write.

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  9. Would never have thought of a paperclip as a weapon!

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    1. It takes all kinds and all types to commit a crime.

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  10. Dale

    Murder most foul, Neel… well done!

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    1. Thanks Dale, much appreciated.

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  11. The Case of the Penguin and the Paper Clip 🙂

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  12. Ah, the Inspector figured it out.

    Great take on the prompt, Neel! You delivered the goods today!

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    1. Thanks a lot. I hope i can deliver them everytime.,

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  13. The humble paperclip has becomes a devious murder weapon in your story. Inspector Sharma is ingenious to unearth the weapon.

    http://ideasolsi65.blogspot.in/2017/07/thank-you-claire-sheldon-for.html

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    1. Yes, now we need to bank on Inspector Sharma’s considerable skills to bring the culprit to book. Thanks, Kalpana.

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  14. jellico84

    Oh, what a horrid way to go. Just proves that anything can be a weapon in the right hands… even paper…well, especially paper in so many ways, and therefore the clips that hold it. Love the story this week. (Sits back and turns paperclip over in her hands…)

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    1. Yes, who could imagine a simple paper clip would into a murder weapon. Thanks Jellico.

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  15. I wonder if paper clips are banned on flights? If not, they should be! Good story Neel.

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    1. I don’t think so.,Thanks a lot, Dahlia.

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  16. There would definitely be blood all over from that one. Unique take on the prompt, Neel.

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  17. Death by paperclip. Great story!

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  18. This is intriguing! How could she have been pricked with enough paper clips to kill her?
    Well done!

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    1. Killers are ingenious specimens. Thanks Sascha.

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      1. Definitely in this case! 🙂

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  19. gahlearner

    Ee, what a way to go. Great story, and great mystery.

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  20. What a brilliant detective! 😉

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  21. If not for intelligent Inspector Sharma it would have been a perfect crime. Good writing, Neel. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  22. Gosh! I can’t imagine “Death by paperclip!”

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  23. All police forces should have a genius detective.

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