Despite orders that the abandoned factories remain off limits, one of the oldest buildings, once used primarily in the production of steel, remains open to the public. This decision comes from a long standing tradition in which this particular unused factory is open during the winter months for the local homeless. However, a recent crime may lead to the ending of this act of charity for the first time in twenty years. The clean up crews want to get paid extra for having to remove blood from concrete.
There are of course homeless shelters in the area, but the factory covers a much larger space than most, and during the winter the place remains open at all times, electricity and heat being provided by local residents. Food is also provided at the end of the week, making the events all the more confusing. At around six in the morning, police crews were inspecting the building, with orders to leave the tenants where they were. A couple of minutes after arriving, the heavy smell of iron could be detected in one of the side rooms.
Upon opening the door, the smell became overwhelming, and several of the officers had to go off site for a few minutes. Meanwhile, several of the officers were tasked with getting the homeless population outside, and a call was put in for extra blankets and coffee. Eventually the site was cleared, a proper investigation only being launched once the officers had collected themselves and were clothed in biohazard suits.
In the side room were discovered the corpses of three males. Their flesh had been severely damaged, sharpened steel rods penetrating their bodies at numerous points, namely the joints and along the limbs, causing them to be propped up in standing positions. It was determined that the insertion of the steel rods caused one of them to go into shock and die, yet the others it seems were alive through the whole of the process. It was determined that the cause of death for the remaining two was intense blood loss, mostly attributed to dozens of additional wounds along the skin and tissue. It was determined that the flesh had been removed with teeth.
Investigation into the wounds was able to construct dental records. However, this only furthered the mystery as it seems that the wounds on the three bodies were not caused by another person. In fact, the wounds matched the teeth attributed to the victims. Autopsies on the three victims revealed that all of their teeth had been removed. However, none of the teeth could be found at the scene. The time scale further confuses things by suggesting that the wounds made by the teeth occurred after the three had already been propped up with the steel bars.
The flesh from their bodies was scattered across the room, despite the fact an act of cannibalism would normally infer ingestion of the flesh. At this time all DNA evidence seems to come from the victims. In addition, there was extensive peppering of fiberglass on the skin of the victims, despite the fact that there is no fiberglass insulation on site.
The crime has been further confused when a body of a young woman was found under a large series of raggedy blankets in the corner of the room. The woman had been raped and severly beaten, evidence tracing the crime to the three males found in the factory. The killing blow was caused by a heavy brick, which was located shortly after the body in a bag belonging to one of the men. It seems that they had intended to remove the brick from the scene.
DNA evidence suggests that only one of the men were involved in the sexual assault on the woman, though additional evidence suggests the involvement of all three in her abuse. At this time the identity of the woman remains in question, as no form of identification could be found on her, suggesting that she was one of the homeless people staying in the factory over the winter.
The major question being asked is how such carnage was perpetrated without anyone hearing anything. The time table for the deaths suggested that the murders had occurred sequentially, one after the other, meaning that in the time it took for the murders to be perpetrated not one of the victims called out or made any measurable level of a disturbance to cause alarm. This is certainly unlikely, and yet upon speaking with the homeless people on site, it was determined that their ignorance of what had occurred was true.
The only thing that any of them claimed to have seen was a lone mannequin, some three hundred feet from the main entrance, around nightfall the previous night.