Detective Cameron Short was called to investigate a crime scene; a double-murder just off the highway, by the lake. After drawing a few observations, he concluded that one of the victims, Judy Glenn, killed the other, Ronald Smith, but a third party killed her before she could leave the scene. Not needing a search warrant to investigate Glenn’s apartment, Short enters her apartment to find a duffel bag of money spilling out over the apartment.
With so much money in play, Cameron Short suspects drug trafficking and calls in the narcotics division to assist. Short then leaves to see how the first Smith’s family reacts to the news.
“Ronald J. Smith, Male, black hair and twenty-six years old,” Cameron Short wrote in his notebook before replacing the wallet on the victim.
The victim was slumped on the grass, not too far from the edge of the lake. The picnic blanket suggests that Smith came to the lake with the second victim, who was in Smith’s car in the parking lot not too far away. From the position of Smith, he was caught by surprise, killed without struggle. Small-calibre gunshot.
The patrol consisted of three soldiers and their commanding officer. The commanding officer wanted to join the patrol, get a scope of the land for himself. The soldiers under his command were to learn from his example, but really, the commanding officer simply wanted to be out in the field rather than back at base, filling out forms and reporting to his superiors.
If he was too far in the field, they would simply wait until his return.