Wellington Street

In which we take a stroll down a very strange lane.

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Building 3 "The Unknown Bodies"

The following case has been been deemed unsolved and officially closed. However, there are still several pieces of the mystery that continue to intrigue and confound those who have invested their time and effort into helping find a resolution to the deaths. There are really two questions that have refused any sort of explanation: how did an entire family manage to die without any of them waking, and who was the family that was killed? This is of particular interest as the owners of the home were out to see relatives at the time, and could not identify any of the victims.

The majority of the events are assumed to have taken place in the owners white house on Wellington Street, constructed in the Georgian colonial style. It is a two-story home, with ten windows on the top floor and eight on the bottom. The home is rather nondescript, and very little of it seems to stand out from the other properties.

The bodies were found after a neighbor had noticed a person in the window, and realized that they had not moved for over a half hour. Concerned since they did not recognize the person, they contacted the police who managed to find a total of four bodies, two children around the ages of ten and twelve, and two adults whose ages were approximated to have been in their thirties. It was originally assumed that it may have been some sort of squatters, but nothing had been taken including food.

The mystery begins with the bodies. All of the bodies showed bruising, but they were on strange places like the ribs, back, and lower thighs. The bruising ran deep, and surely would have resulted in a great amount of pain, though none of the bruises were on places that would suggest something that would kill, like on the neck. The bodies themselves seemed to have been killed without struggle, as none of the bruising seems to be the result of a fight. There were no stab or bullet wounds, and other than the bruising no exterior evidence of damage. The cause of their deaths remain a mystery though several theories have been considered.

The main theory, and the one that predominated throughout the case, was that the family was somehow poisoned. However, toxicology revealed no foreign substances in their bodies, and investigation of the organs and other tissues suggested no reason for death. The house was checked for elevated carbon monoxide levels and other gases both in the home and in the bodies. No evidence was found to confirm that the people's deaths were caused by exposure to elevated levels of gases of any kind, or asphyxiation.

Paranoia - A short story

On The Grey Flag

The old lady was staring at her. She knew it.

Four months ago, Julia had married the love of her life. Her husband, Mike had just been named head curator at the art museum where he was working in. She was three months pregnant with a boy they would call Joey and after Joey is born she would quit that stressful writing job of hers to be a full-time housewife. Nothing could go wrong in her perfect life.

The day it arrived, Julia and Mike were busy unpacking their luggage from their trip to Venice when the doorbell rang. Julia ran out to get the door and when she opened it and looked down, there it was.

The package was encased by a bubble wrap, with an additional layer of plastic over it. At first glance it was about two feet tall and one foot wide. Julia carried it into the living room and unwrapped it. The rectangular wooden frame in the package was old, but kept in good condition. Flakes of the golden paint that coated it were coming off but it was still a beautiful frame, with very fine carvings of flowers at its corners. But Julia didn’t notice that, her eyes were fixed on the painting in the frame.

It was a portrait of an old lady who looked almost in her eighties. She had a sharp chin and high cheekbones and her pale skin was weathered and covered in wrinkles. The old lady’s graying hair was tied up in a bun and over it she wore a white bonnet. She had a hooked nose, almost too big for her face, with a sharp tip like the beak of a hawk. Below that nose she had very thin and dry lips. The edges of her mouth slanted slightly upward, giving her a smile that looked more like a smirk to Julia.

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