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A CRIME LESSON
By Neel Anil Panicker
Inspector Sharma lifted his head from the sheaf of papers at his desk and asked, “How long have been working with me?’
Constable Pandey sprang to attention and pulling his stomach in, squirmed. “Nine months, Sir.”
‘Nine months, eight days, seventeen hours, 42 minutes and some fleeting seconds since you’ve been deputed to assist me here at the Crime Branch Special Unit, right?’
“Well, it’s time you prove yourself. Tell me about this ‘Delhi Psycho Killer.’
Pandey eyes lit brighter than a 100 watt bulb.
“Sir, it’s simple. There have been seven killings in the past seven years. All the killings have happened in parks during winters, between mid-November to late December, early mornings, between 5 and 6. The murdered were all women, above 60, either widowed or divorced.”
‘Hmm…impressive, but what does this imply, Pandey?’
“Sir, looks like the killer loves the winters.”
‘Or, maybe that he hates the winters but hunts for victims who love them’.
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Weekend Writing Prompt #41 – Weather