By Don Lasseter, Ronald E. Bowers
MURDER within the quickly LANE
David Mahler, a 43-year-old east coast attorney, got here to Hollywood for the fame way of life, the motion picture undefined, and the ladies. At his seven-level domestic within the Hollywood Hills, Mahler rubbed elbows with the seedy components of the leisure global: wannabe rock stars, drug lords, and porn stars—one of whom brought him to Kristin Baldwin, an attractive, upbeat blonde. One evening, in the course of a violent argument in his bed room, a vicious, drug-crazed Mahler grabbed a gun. A shot rang out—and Kristin used to be by no means noticeable alive again.
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Leere Gesichter starrten einander an. Jeder versuchte von sich abzulenken, sich zu ducken, sich klein zu machen. Sie waren wie Schulkinder, die im Stillen hofften, dass ein anderer sich freiwillig meldete und den Lösungsweg der Rechenaufgabe vortrug. Riggins wartete, doch er ahnte bereits, was passiert war. Jemand hatte geredet. Als sie von ihren jeweiligen Einheiten hierherzitiert worden waren, hatten sie zu spekulieren angefangen – trotz des strikten Befehls, die Dienstreise gegenüber Außenstehenden mit keiner einzigen Silbe zu erwähnen.
Die Special Circumstances Division, kurz Special Circs, war aus dem VICAP des Justizministeriums hervorgegangen, dem Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, das Mitte der Achtzigerjahre ins Leben gerufen worden war. Das VICAP war eine computergestützte Denkfabrik, deren Ziel darin bestand, Serienmorde aufzudecken und zu vergleichen, sodass Cops und Ermittler landesweit sich auf die Ergebnisse stützen konnten. Doch es gab gewisse Fälle, die keine Polizeibehörde, nicht einmal das FBI, abhandeln konnte.
Er jagte dem Monster hinterher, fast ohne Deckung, zog sich an Querstreben des Gerüsts hinauf und rannte über die staubigen Bretter, dass es durch die Kirche dröhnte. Da war es wieder – ein flüchtiger Blick auf ein bleiches weißes Gliedmaß, das Augenblicke später hinter einer Kante verschwand, zwei Ebenen über ihm. Der Agent kletterte noch schneller, entschlossen, von Wut und Hass getrieben. Das Monster näherte sich dem Deckengewölbe … … und fand sich in einer Sackgasse wieder. Es gab keinen anderen Weg nach draußen als durch die Ausgänge tief unter ihm.
Date With the Devil by Don Lasseter, Ronald E. Bowers