Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

It’s Wednesday Story Day again, and last we were given a hint by Gloria that more or less confused me. I don’t know about you, but I wish she would just spit out who killed Rafferty. Well too bad for me she just didn’t. Instead, she came up with some kind of insect parable that further confounded the issue. Let’s join Larry and Andrew as they try to figure out what Gloria said.

 

“So, she basically told us none of our suspects killed Rafferty.”

“I don’t know, Andrew but sometimes you amaze me with your observations.”

“What I’m just trying to help.”

“Give me some help on the insect thing.”

“She was not talking about an insect. She was saying the person we are looking for is someone we would not suspect due to his or her lack of involvement in the case.”

“Ah. So my interpretation regarding someone little as having no power is really someone not involved in the case.”

“Rafferty case. Not necessarily in the Sandusky case.”

“So it could be someone who Knew Sandusky but seemingly not involved with Rafferty.”

“Bingo.”

“If I think of everyone involved one way or another in the Sandusky and Rafferty case there is only one name that jumps out as having no involvement with Rafferty.”

“Who is that?”

“Ned Dixon, the bank manager.”

“Ned Dixon? How could he be involved?”

“Think about it. Had Louis been able to prove the machine in that is to say Rafferty signed the paper saying it was good to go.”

“Yes?”

“There would be no bankrupt company.”

“How’s that help Dixon?”

“Remember when Dixon told us he authorized the payments on the loan to stop.”

“Yeah, that was six months ago.”

“He said Louis was working for Cortez but never collected on the development funds for which Louis had a signed contract.”

“So what would have happened if the contract was honored?”

“I guess the company would prosper.”

“Right, and where would that leave Dixon?”

“He would not be able to sell the company.”

“And not pocket the loan payback amount.”

“Wait. Dixon is a trustee along with the bank.”

“You believe that? I think he is skimming money off of Sandusky’s trust. He told us it was worth fifteen million. How easy would it be to take some for himself? If the company was going strong, there would be no sale and no opportunity to skim.”

“Still seems like a risk for a banker. He doesn’t seem like the skimming type.”

“Well, we need to make the connection to Rafferty.”

“That’s a no brainer if what you are thinking is true.”

“Talk to me.”

“He wanted Rafferty to falsify the engineering study to say the machine wasn’t working.”

“I thought Cortez did that.”

“So says Mrs. Rafferty.”

“Humm. She did say her husband said, Cortez. Why would she lie.”

“To cover for someone else.”

“Like Dixon?”

“OMG. I see where you are going. I wonder if they ever talked or knew each other.”

“We need the phone records of Dixon and Janice Rafferty.”

“Damn.”

46 comments

  1. I’m surprised at you, John. How can you possibly suggest that a banker – a banker, for goodness’ sake – could even contemplate the merest possibility of acting other than in the very best interests of his client and of the strictest fiscal propriety?

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    1. Go figure, right? 😀

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  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    The complexity of this case is overwhelming. The “good guys” are probably the “bad guys” and the “bad guys” are, well, who knows. Thank goodness, the phone company tracks calls. Maybe we’ll have clarity soon. 🙂

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    1. I think we are beginniing to see the light. But as you say, “Who knows?” Thank you, Gwen. Have a great day.

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  3. I’m curious about the “skimming type.”

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    1. The worst type of all

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  4. I agree with Keith, John – a banker?

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  5. This is getting to be a very intricate, deeply woven web. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

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    1. Thank you, Charles.

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  6. Tune in next week for another episode of — wait, what are you calling this one anyway?

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    1. Hmmm. Never stopped to consider. I guess I’ll have to think of a name. Any ideas? 😀

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      1. I’d try to help with that, but both of you know I’m the worst when is comes to titles, lol.

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      2. I think craig nailed it. Thanks, Teri.

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      3. Professor Rafferty and the Mysterious Heart Evaporating Whatchamacallit.

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      4. I like it. Next week for a title announcement and full credit. 😁

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      5. Ha ha! Unless it isn’t Rafferty.

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      6. I thought I would substatute Andrew for Rafferty.

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  7. As much as the last thing I wanted was another suspect, I love the fact that it’s a banker. I spent 6 years consulting to banks and financial institutions and I’d love to see one of them have to pay for their deeds and misdeeds.

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    1. I think it will be comming, Dan. 😁

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  8. Hmm, seems to me that “Follow the money” is, and has always been, the right way to go. Interesting installment, John.

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    1. And where is there lots of money,
      I ask?

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  9. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    The banker? That is an intriguing thought:)

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    1. Yes. A dead of night thought.

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      1. I once knew a banker who was a truly harmful person, but all sweetness and light on the outside. Good choice, John. 😈

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      2. I’ve known a number like you describe. 😀

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  10. Wow! Great detective work!! I would never have thought of the banker!

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    1. I hve loved bankers my whole life. Now is the time for some payback.

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  11. Another twisty turn of events. I can’t wait to see what the phone records reveal!

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    1. I could be interesting. Thanks Mae

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  12. Woah! I feel like the pedal just went to the metal. An exciting episode, John.

    Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Yes wehave started to accelerate.

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  13. It’s gonna take me a few episodes to get the drift of what’s going on, John. The last time I got notice of your Wednesday chapters was when he went to the psychic, and he might have crossed a powerful underworld guy. Your writing, though, is excellent and your teaser at the beginning set the tone for the chapter.

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    1. Thanks, Jay. I appreciate the comment. 😀

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  14. Oh thank heavens.. not the lawyer… praise be! Though you’ve shown yourself capable of egregious RCC (random character cruelty) already so who knows… good stuff John

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    1. Who knows indeed. The lawyer would be too easy. Thanks, Geoff.

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  15. Gosh! We’ve gone on all sorts of rides I totally forgot about the banker…
    Well, well, well… this is plausible indeed.

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    1. That is a good thing (plausible that is). Thanks, Dale. 😁

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  16. As crazy as it can be, I think I’ll stick to the bellman game…

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    1. I think you are a smart man. Thanks, Hook.

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  17. Every so often you hear about a problem with a bank or banker. This seems really possible. Good installment, John.

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    1. I think it is possible. Thank you, Suzanne. 😊

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