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There's coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the decanters on the counter. There's a variety of freshly baked jelly and cream filled doughnuts apple fritters and maple bars on the counter. Ice cold milk is in the fridge beneath. Today is my sister's birthday so I'll serve Barbequed chicken and double apple crisp with vanilla ice cream
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Tomorrow would have been my mom's birthday.
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"Sperm bank...So that's how the killer knew."
"Knew what, Doc?" Eddie asked.
"One of the many pieces to this puzzle was how the killer knew these last three women were at or around twelve weeks pregnant. They'd all had different obstetricians and they'd used different labs to verify their pregnancies, but I hadn't considered artificial insemination. If I were you, I'd get a warrant for the records of Sarah Kennedy, Teresa Bartlett, and Angela Jacobs. I'm willing to bet all three used the same sperm bank."
"Hold on, Doc. You haven't proved anything yet."
I loosened up more of the gravelly loam with my spade and felt the tip catch something that felt like wood. "I believe I just found some of that proof you were looking for." I raked the soil out with my hand exposing a section of the right femur.
"You'd better come on out there, Doc. Strictly speaking, you're still a suspect. You'll have to let the other lab rats take it from here."
I left my spade in the hole and climbed out, taking Eddie's offered hand of help. "Listen, I'd watch the `lab rats' as you call them, in this case. Someone went to a lot of trouble to frame me and...they knew what they were doing."
"I guess it's a good thing your lawyer woke up that judge and had everything transferred to an independent lab."
I watched as three men from Eddie's team stepped into the shallow grave to uncover the rest of Kenneth's bones. "I thought the DA pulled everything from our lab....When was the last time you heard from Mark?"
"I try to keep a healthy distance between me and defense attorneys. Last I heard from him was Friday when he delivered the court order."
"Damn. He's been missing six days. Is there someone here you can trust to follow the evidence?"
"I trust Jim. Why?"
"Because I think Mark's been kidnapped or worse." I pointed to the now exposed pelvis, showing that it was the remains of a large male. "Mark was the attorney who got Kenneth off on those other murders."
"I thought he was a suspect in this case."
"Not any more. It was the findings of the independent lab that got me released. If Mark was behind this, he wouldn't have set that up."
Eddie pointed to the exposed prone skeleton as men removed soil from around the skull to test for leached bodily fluids. "Are you sure that's Kenneth Mabry?"
"Mabry was 6'4 and weighed over 250 lbs right? Look at the bones."
"I see what you mean, but how do you know this isn't from some other case you worked on?"
"Because it all fits...The women were all made to look like my wife. It was my testimony that got Mabry released. Even you thought I'd helped a killer walk on four murders. No, even if she were gay, Diane Parson's is the key to these murders. The only difference now is whether our perp is a man or woman. Kenneth's remains should tell us something about that. He was a big guy and this was most likely the perp's first kill."
"That's gonna take some time, Doc. If your attorney's still alive, he doesn't have much time."
"Yeah I know, that's why we can't babysit this evidence. We need to find the connection between the sperm bank and my lab. ASAP."
He turned to his partner "Doc's got a lead I want to follow. Watch these lab rats closely, Jim. If one of them slips a piece of evidence in their pockets, hook em up and send them downtown. But you follow that evidence back to the lab, no matter what."
"I can get Charlie to take over if you want. No matter who these bones belong to, the doctor is still a suspect. He might turn on you, like the pit-bull he's name after."
"Just stay with the evidence, I can handle myself if the need arises." Eddie waved for me to follow as he headed for his car. "I can't believe I'm going out of my way to help a low down mangy defense attorney."
I half ran, catching up with Eddie as he opened the door of his 68 GTO convertible-red with a black top-and got behind the wheel.
Eddie spoke as I got in. "Judge Berker lives a couple miles south off the 35. He should be home about now. We can stop by and pick up a warrant on the way."
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