|The Cruise Marshal (standard:mystery, 1000 words)|
|Author: Alex Hayes||Added: Aug 28 2006||Views/Reads: 1909/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|This is a job beyond superman statis.|
The Cruise Marshal Jack Moss awoke to the sound of a siren breaking the calm of the pre dawn, just as his cell phone rang. The voice of his boss Larry sounded urgent and very apologetic for the early hour. Jack managed a quick hello and listened to Larry briefly explain why he had to report back to work as soon as possible for a new training course at company headquarters. The new assignment will change his title and duties from Senior Air Marshal to Cruise Marshal. Jack agreed to the meeting even though it was his last day of vacation. He dressed, did coffee, scanned the e-mail and left the condo in about thirty minutes. Jack arrived at the underground parking lot about five AM and noticed how very quiet the area was as he navigated to his space. Jack quickly noticed his boss running up to the car with urgency written all over his face. Larry got into the vehicle and hastily explained that he needed to drive across town and meet with the Cruise Marshal Instructor for the advanced training course covering this newly created service. Jack tried to explain to Larry that he had reservations about this position, especially since the area of responsibility aboard a ship was vastly different from that of an airplane. Larry assured Jack that with his completion of this advanced training course that his self-confidence would be very much improved and that he would be a great asset to his country and the company. The two months of training was intense and Jack passed the course ready for work in his new position. Jack received his first assignment on the cruise ship Glorious Adventure where he met with the shipís captain while being shown to his stateroom/office, and then he checked in with the shipís security officer and personnel. Jack reported back to Larry at company headquarters and thanked him for the security equipment that he had installed in his office. Jack would be working undercover with the shipís security team on this floating city during the three weeks South Seas cruise, doing active personal surveillance and monitoring a console of video cameras viewing every public place aboard the ship. The job was going along fairly good until the third morning at sea when Jack was notified that a maid had found a body in a stateroom on deck three. The security team immediately began viewing video files for deck three, while Jack started his job of processing the scene. The body of a male, approximately thirty five years of age was lying nude on the bed with his hands glued together in prayer and a note attached to his genitals saying "Please Forgive Me", got Jacks attention immediately. The body revealed red marks on the chest and a bruised needle puncture in the throat. Jack gathered the shipís captain and the medical personnel together and told them his theory about what took place in this room. Someone was allowed to enter the room, immobilize the victim with a Taser gun and then inject something lethal, causing death. The victim was stripped of clothing and the hands were glued together in prayer position with a note saying, "Please Forgive Me" attached to the genitals. This was a very strange motis operandi and Jack would be checking into the company global database for any similar crime. The company information came back negative on this motis operandi, but Jacks instincts were telling him that the perpetrator might be a female. The captain contacted Jack concerning the discovery of two more male victims in the identical condition. Jack phoned Larry at company headquarters and discussed the events suggesting that there is strong evidence of a serial killer aboard the ship. Jack was instructed to have the captain dock at the nearest port. A forensic team would be dispatched and arrive as soon as possible. Jack decided to do a full background check on the medical staff just because his instinct made him feel that it was a good idea to clear these people of any wrong doing. The reply to his inquiry was good except his eye caught a sealed file flagged on the nurse. He decided to talk with Nurse Helen, a very beautiful blonde who appeared to be in her middle twenties, about this file and see where it might lead him. Helen agreed to meet in her room to discuss the tragic situations. Upon Jacks arrival he could feel tenseness in her manners as he questioned her about the sealed file from her youth. She did not want to talk about it, since it was a very sensitive situation. He decided to push the conversation in another direction and ask her if she could explain why a women looking like her appears on the security tapes entering and leaving all of the victimís rooms at the times of the murders. The pressure of this evidence got to her very quickly and Helen told Jack that the sealed file from her youth contained documents about the rape case she was involved in during her college years. The situation happened while she was walking back to her dorm room, and that these three men looked like the ones who attacked and raped her. Since that day she had mentally devised a plan for revenge towards these three cruel men that if anyone of them ever appeared in her life again she would take her revenge. Helen explained that she gained entrance with a smile and charm, and once the door closed she used the Taser gun and then injected air into the bloodstream. The hands glued together in prayer along with the note-handwritten saying, "Please Forgive Me" were meant for her forgiveness of doing this act of revenge. The plan worked well except that she got in a hurry and forgot about the security cameras, and that being said, Helen excused herself to use the bathroom and then used a lethal injection. End Tweet
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