“A year ago, we concluded that Callahan’s mass homicides were being orchestrated by a group the press had labeled ‘Ghost Killers.’ Last year, sixty percent of all murders in Callahan showed similar trauma, consisting of penetrating lacerations primarily to the torso and abdomen, leading to death by considerable volumetric blood loss. This had become the killers’ modus operandi. What has made it so difficult to track down potential suspects is the lack of identifying evidence at the crime scenes. DNA is never recovered, nor are fingerprints. The victims are killed when they are alone 95% of the time and never in sight of closed-circuit cameras or other recording devices. We are clearly dealing with professionals. Ghost Killers is a suitable name, since it’s been so difficult to identify them.”
A reporter stood up for a question.
“Chief Laramie, what did you mean by, penetrating lacerations?” the reporter asked. Chief Laramie grimaced and gripped the microphone.
“Well… You see-” A tabloid reporter cut in before the Chief could answer.
“Just tell ‘em the true story! They got clawed apart! Shredded!” Chief Laramie cleared his throat.
“Well, yes. Generally, the victims suffer from knife wounds that resemble, animal attacks. But this is likely from the knives the Ghost Killers use and not anything like-”
“The Wretched Man?” a voice in the crowd asked. A commotion erupted as several people started shoving the one who spoke that name. Chief Laramie ripped off his glasses and stared daggers at the person who spoke that name.
“Who said that?! Who said that damn-” he paused, coughing awkwardly, after realizing that the cameras were still on him.
“Rest assured, Callahan PD will bring the Ghost Killers to justice. Until then, we recommend everyone in Callahan be smart and safe. Don’t travel alone at night. Lock your doors. Be aware of your surroundings. Keep your head on a swivel. And if you see something, say something.
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