SMP # 46 is another story puzzle. It’s entitled: She Ran…from Death! All of the sentences in this rather silly mystery have something in common. Your challenge is to track down this common factor, and then continue writing the story. You may feel free to introduce new characters, clues, and plot twists to the story, but please be sure each of your new sentences adheres to the common factor rule. The common factor has nothing whatsoever to do with the story being told. Well…nothing except that it may indicate where the killer was from, and what he/she was wearing at the time of the crime.
Detective Sergeant George Smith received a telephone call early on the crispy cool morning of January 28th. The famous, talented, and lovely actress Gail Jones had been found murdered on a spacious cattle ranch just outside of Omaha, Nebraska. Suspects were many and clues few, yet Smith never doubted his ability to determine the identity of the killer or killers. He planned to begin this decidedly difficult homicide investigation by interviewing everyone who had seen the unfortunate young starlet on the last night of her life.
First up was the woman’s brother Paul, an unassuming termite exterminator for Midwest Orkin. Paul Jones claimed he had last seen his eldest sister at around 8PM the previous evening, just after dinner. “Gail was simply bubbling over with excitement last evening because she had just landed a role in the upcoming Shakespeare sequel,” stated Paul. Detective Smith had, of course, heard of MacBeth II: Double the Toil, Double the Trouble because the movie was scheduled to be filmed right there in Nebraska. “Gail wanted me to share this experience with her and her partying movie friends, but I just went to bed,” sighed Paul with obvious regret.
The droopy brother left the interrogation room, and the fastidiously dapper Sir Barton Mallory entered. Smith had little time to ponder the significance of brother Paul’s statement because Mallory went right into speech. “She shouldn’t have told everyone about the two hundred and twenty grand cash advance she had gotten from the film producers,” said Mallory. “But no, she shouted it out so that every farmhand in this hayseed neighborhood would know how much her life was worth. At 8:30, as I looked toward yonder moonlit hill, Gail Jones rushed past me as if Beelzebub himself pursued her,” he continued.
Detective Smith tried to shut out the noise from this jabbering Englishman so that he could think. So, somewhere out there in the dark, star and cash carrier Gail Jones had run to or from Death. She had been found on the other side of that same hill with two long knitting needles thrust lethally deep into her neck. Next to her body on the freshly mown grass lay an empty coffee cup, a king of spades with one corner torn off, and a paperback copy of Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam left open to pages 8-9. All of her advance money, as well as her signature silver charm bracelet, had disappeared…
Can you find the common factor and continue the story?