EVERY BODY LOSES
Detective Marsh Mysteries # 6
Chapter 1 (excerpt)
"Well there goes the argument for more cops in schools again," lamented Captain Evans joining the detectives.
"I thought you had cops in all the schools?" asked Gillette.
"No, they were in about a hundred of the one hundred and seven high schools, but two cops per school was costing the city like seven to ten million per year. With the city hurting for money they re-examined their presence and found they could easily drop several dozen schools that were deemed to be safe. The teacher unions were bitching because the teacher raises and benefits money was going to pay for the cops. Besides the cops were not in elementary schools," explained Marsh.
"So what's the answer, teachers with guns?" said Evans.
"You're kidding right. Nothing against the teachers but I wouldn't want my kid going to a school where the educators were armed. You know yourself by statistics alone, most likely they would either freeze up and get shot for their trouble or they would fire apprehensively ending up shooting some innocent kid. The only answer is stopping the guns from getting into the school in the first place," said Marsh.
"You know that ain't too easy," said Grew. "These kids could sneak a pound of weed right past the principle."
"I'm with Marty on this one, got to stop them from getting inside any school and part of that is your street patrols making an extra effort to get the loose guns off the streets," remarked Gillette.
"Well we ain't solving anything around here, another tragedy goes into the books while the assholes elected as state and federal public servants will make a lot of noise but then in the end, do nothing," commented Marsh heading towards the exit.
"Yeah, cause their little brats go to private school," remarked Grew holding the door for Captain Evans.
Back at the Homicide offices after storing his keys in his desk Marty grabbed for his desk chair. "Don't get comfortable Marty," said Hobbs as Marsh flopped down into his chair.
"Why, what's up?"
"Some woman found dead in her basement apartment, here's the address."
"Damn it's only 10:30 AM and we are getting hammered already."
"School pretty bad?" asked Hobbs.
"Seeing some gangsta scumbag bleeding out in the street is one thing, but looking at all those innocent little kids was horrible. Makes you want to just go home and hug your child!" winced Marsh as he fished his keys back out of the desk drawer.
They drove to the address Hobbs had given them. "What have we got doc?"
"Lt. Marsh, Sgt. Grew, we meet again. Thirty something woman by the name of Miranda Gomez Akiyama, Doctor over at Cook County."
"I take it as she is naked there was sex or rape?"
"Yes for sexual activity but no bruising, preliminary finding would be post mortem, but I need to get her on the table."
"You're saying she was dead when the sex occurred?"
"Preliminary findings indicate that is the case."
"Thanks doc," said Marsh.
"Oh this day just keeps getting better and better," grumbled Grew.
"Well let's find any next of kin, we can have patrol canvass the neighborhood, see if she had any regular male visitors lately. I guess we might as well head on over to the hospital, see if there were any problems at her place of work," said Marsh as he walked toward the apartment front door.
"Yes, good afternoon Dr. Bishop, I understand you are the hospital administrator. I am Lieutenant Marsh, this is my partner Sergeant Grewecski, we are Homicide Detectives, we need to ask you some questions regarding Doctor Akiyama."
"Certainly, please come into my office. We are all so very upset over the news."
"Has she had any sort of trouble here at work, any incident of note?"
"Just the normal, someone complaining about their treatment or of course their bill," smiled Olivia Bishop.
"Well I can see that," smirked Grew. "The charges just keep getting more ridiculous every year!"
"Well there was nothing out of the ordinary, no threats or anything of that nature. Everyone liked Miranda."
"Do you know where we can find Mr. Akiyama?"
"I assume that's in Japan and he's deceased," grimaced Marsh.
"Yes it was so sad, they were oh so happy. His parents started an Asian market in Chicago about twenty years ago but as they got older they longed for their homeland. The sister took over the store and the parents went back to live in Japan. Suki would send them a share of the profits so they were living comfortably."
"What happened?" asked Grew.
"A pair of street punks pulled guns to rob the store. It happened to be the one night a week that Miranda's husband would go over to help out his sister Suki and ended up laying on the floor dead, alongside his sister. They never caught the scum!" sneered Dr. Bishop.
"How long ago was that incident?" asked Marsh.
"About four years ago."
"So did she have any new romantic interests?" asked Grew.
"No she was devastated by her husband's murder. When she wasn't working here for twelve hours a day, she volunteered at a free city clinic for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The woman was a saint, if you believe in that sort of stuff."
"Can you point us to some of her closest co-workers?" asked Marsh. After speaking with several staff members who were close to Dr. Akiyama they returned to their car.
"Looks like she kept herself to herself after the husband got murdered," said Grew.
"Yeah, I can't see any male interest anywhere. Perhaps we need to check with the canvassing officers, then we can try the neighbors again ourselves. This was personal, I mean having sex after killing her. One sick bastard, I'll tell you that!" said Marsh.
"Yes Mrs. Kenny, I am Lt. Marsh and the is my partner Sgt Grew. You told officers that you saw Dr. Akiyama with a male visitor?"
"Yes, it was about two weeks ago on a Sunday, I know because we just got home from church. I was surprised at first but then again, her poor husband died several years ago."
"Do you remember what he looked like?"
"Oh like her!"
"Ah, you mean to say he was of Japanese ancestry?"
"Well I don't know, he was some kind of oriental!" sneered the woman.
"Where did you see them?"
"On the street of course, walking down towards the park."
"Is that the only time you saw them together?"
"Yes, just the one time."
"Well thank you for your help."
"I'd hate to see what she'd be like if she didn’t go to church!" snickered Grew.
"Yeah right! Well it appears Dr. Akiyama had a male visitor, possibly Japanese or at least of Asian descent. I hate to be stereotypical like the church lady back there, but perhaps they went to eat Japanese food somewhere around here. Have all the restaurants for six square blocks canvassed showing her photo around, with her busy schedule I'll bet she didn’t have much time to cook," commented Marsh.
Back at the homicide offices Marsh went into his usual routine and tossed his car keys into the top drawer of his desk then took off his suit jacket hanging it on the back of his chair. "Hey Hobbs, you leaving me love notes again!" shouted Marsh.
"Yeah what of it?" laughed Hobbs.
"Well I'd wish you'd learn to write clearly, you ain't no doctor!"
"It's about that dead woman."
"Yeah, her brother-in-law is in Interview Room # 2. I gave him some coffee."