“Sarah is nice girl. Well, maybe that’s being too generous. I mean she sometimes tries to be nice, to me that is. The trouble with her is that she is not running on all cylinders, if you know what I mean. Since her hormones kicked in, all she seemed interested in was partying and boys. I’m surprised her parents managed to persuade her to go to college. Maybe they told her there would be more parties and boys there.” Old Mrs Kensey said. Thompson and Mitchell nodded at her words. Detective Walker had told them the next door neighbour knew Sarah quite well, so they had visited her for more information. Old Mrs Kensey had short grey hair and was very slight. She wore a grey dress with a burgundy cardigan over it. “I can’t believe what’s happened. I didn’t know it was in her to do all this.” She glanced out the window at all the body bags being removed from next door and loaded onto a truck.
“We believe it was someone she knew that was responsible for this. If Sarah had any hand in it, then she was coerced in a way that’s hard to explain.” Robert told her softly. The woman shook her head looking devastated. “Did you see or hear anything strange over the last few weeks?”
“No, not really. I try to keep to my own business. Though I did notice a lot of people turning up there, but never coming back out, but when I would wake up the next morning their car would be gone, so I assumed they had left sometime during the night after I had fallen asleep.”
“All their cars have been found sitting abandoned in various parts of the city. We think the killer, or killers, drove the cars away after they had killed the victims. You didn’t see anything else?” Robert asked.
“It was over a week ago, I saw three of them leave the house and get in a car. Since then their house has been totally quiet, until now…”
“Three of them?” Tom asked surprised.
“Yes three of them.” Mrs Kensey confirmed. Robert looked thoughtful.
“You didn’t hear them say anything?” He asked.
“They seemed excited. They were laughing. I think I heard the name Emma being repeated, but I can’t be sure.” She replied.
“Emma? Thank you. You’ve been a great help.” Robert answered.
“Whatever Sarah has done, please be gentle with her. I’ve known her since she was a small child. This will destroy her parents.” Mrs Kensey pleaded.
“I’ll personally make sure she won’t suffer.” Robert replied, giving her a grim smile. “Thank you Mrs Kensey.” Both he and Tom walked back to the house next door.
“There’s three of them?” Tom asked bewildered.
“It appears so.” Robert replied as he readjusted his glasses.
“Has she ever turned two of them at the same time before?”
“Not to my knowledge, but there’s a first time for everything.” Robert replied glibly.
“So you still think it is her?”
“Without a doubt. No one else does carnage on this scale.” Robert walked up the steps to the house. Once inside he walked directly to a detective at a computer. “Are you looking at Sarah Williams’s social networking accounts?”
“Yes Sir.” She replied with an obvious English accent.
“Could you see if there is an Emma who lives locally.” He asked. She began looking through the accounts.
“There are two with the name of Emma living locally. There is an Emma Peake and an Emma Hooper.” She announced after a short time. She then checked her records. “Oh… Emma Peake was among the victims, but no Emma Hooper so far.”
“Okay. Can you find an address for her?” Robert asked.
“Sure no problem Sir.” She tapped away quickly at the keyboard. “She lives in apartment 15G Lowell Towers, 154 Evergreen Terrace.”
“Shall I send a squad car round?”
“No I will check this out myself. If I need backup I will call for it.” Robert walked off out the door with Tom following.
“Are we seeing if she is still alive?” Tom asked as they both got in the car.
“No if my guesses are right, Emma is long dead now.”
“So what do you expect to find there?”
“Freya and her two friends.” Robert replied as he started the car.
to be continued….
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