Messages arrive on the desks of news producers all over the city. Its on the newswire. There is a press conference held, after which there are no questions allowed.
For the past thirty days, the NYPD has been investigating, with help from the FBI, a string of ritualized occult murders that have been taking place in Manhattan. The murders are accomplished by various means – some are stabbings, many shootings, two instances of poison and one small shaped charge that collapsed a section of marble wall on a man to crush him. In some cases there is sign of a struggle, but in most there is not. There is no consistent MO – some forced entries, some where there are no signs of how the killer entered the building. Security guards have no memory of suspicious activity. The police have no leads.
All victims have had their hearts cut out with surgical precision. Some were still alive when the cutting started. Some have tongues removed as well, some eyes.
This information has been difficult to gather because of the condition of the bodies when they are found. They are in an advanced state of necrosis, consistent with being dead for days, weeks, but some are found only an hour after the murder by worried employees or house help wondering what the terrible smell could possibly be. Swarms of flies, a second or third generation of maggots, bloating, discolorating, etcetera.
All of the victims have been members of high society in Manhattan, but none of them are people you’ve heard of. They are people who hold your loans, collect your debts, determine interest rates, run your investment portfolio, close your business and open it in Bangalore for a tenth as much money. The authorities hoped to be able to flush out the killer by keeping the killings secret. They wanted to avoid causing a financial panic. But the killings are escalating, coming closer together.
The killer is highly trained, educated, sociopathic, methodical. Likely has some military and some medical background. He has some way to gain access to highly secure locations and criminal experience. He is right-handed and of average height and weight. Most likely caucasian, lives alone, obsessed with death. The way the reports say “many unexplained variables” gives you the impression that they are just shy of saying “supernatural.”
Any leads you can provide are welcome.