Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

“It is still Wednesday, Little One.”
“I see that, Lucy. Looks like a nice day to relax.”
“You feeling okay? Normally you can’t wait until Friday.”
“I guess I’m getting more mature.”

 

It is Wednesday Storytime again, and last week, we heard Larry wrap up his feelings about the situation. Long story short, he doesn’t trust anyone. Pricilla has decided to move to her office, and she is taking Larry and Andrew with her. We all noted that she wanted to say goodbye to Mayfield before leaving. I don’t know about you, but the bells of St Mary’s went off in my head. I see our group has arrived at Pricilla’s office, so I think we better get there and see what is going on.

 

“You guys make yourself at home. As you can see, this office is big enough for three people.”

“The perks of the office.”

“Let’s set up here at the conference table so we can spread out. I’m going to have my tech come in and tells us what he has been able to find out.”

“So he is trying to figure out how to tell if Stennis has called any of Cortez’s men.”

“That is correct. Also, he can update us on what kind of calls Stennis is making now since we have him monitored.”

“Okay then. That should be interesting.”

“While we are waiting, I had an opportunity to review the circumstances around the so-called accidental death of Alexis Rafferty. I wonder why the city DA didn’t look into that closer?”

“We think he works for Cortez.”

“Yeah, makes sense. And you think that your Sandusky case and Rafferty’s murder are linked.”

“Like a fence, Pricilla,”

“In reality, jurisdiction for this case is really mine.”

“How do you figure?”

“If Janis Rafferty and her boyfriend.”

“Ned Dixon.”

“Yes, Ned Dixon. If they were involved, then they crossed state lines to commit a felony. A federal offense. Since the murder was done here in Nevada, in my area, it is up to me to bring it to justice.”

“I guess I see your point. What about Sandusky?”

“Well, if Cortez is responsible, that will wrap that case too.”

“All things lead to Cortez and being able to get lazar to testify against him.”

“That is about the size of it, Larry. The tech is in the outer office. Let me bring him in. This is agent Moore. Agent, meet Larry Dunfee and Andrew Cummings from the Boston’s police department.”

“A pleasure meeting you, gentleman. You can call me Mike.”

“Our pleasure to Mike.”

“Okay, now that we know each other, what have you found out about Stennis’s phone, agent?”

“First of all, I’m glad for the computer age.”

“How so.”

“I had to run so many permutations to sort out and eliminate the phone numbers called that without a computer, it would have taken a year to find out what I know now.”

“Fascinating. Why not tell us what you know.”

“I ran all of the call records for the past year and cross-referenced the numbers called with public records.”

“What did you find out?”

“Everyone that Stennis called has a phone number. All the phone numbers belong to someone who is searchable.”

“So the next step is to do a search on the people.”

“Yes. I need to run a cross-check to make sure all the numbers belong to real people. I set up an “if/then” program.”

“If/then?”

“Yes, I query the database for a home address and then cross-check with available stats. The if/then is if they have an address, then I query the property tax base. If there’s a match on the record, then the program confirms the hypothesis that it is a real person.”

“If not?”

“Then that is in all probability a phony name, and we can do more searching on the number.”

“How long will that take?”

“Should be done by now. I’ll go look.”

“Great. Come right back, okay.”

“Yes, Ma’am.”

“Agent Thomas would be good.”

“Yes, Agent Thomas. Be right back.”

“Wow, he sounds like he knows what he is doing.”

“He does, Larry. He does.”

 

 

69 comments

  1. Twiggy & Lucy are on their way to Saint Valentine’s summit. 💖💘❤

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    1. Yes, they are. Today is Twiggy’s third birthday. That is why she mentioned becoming more mature. 😊

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      1. Ohhhh! My congratulations, dear John! Send her my warmest frosty wishes. (It is about -15 outside yet). Happy birthday, a bit matured Twiggy!🎂🍗🥂😊😎

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      2. Thank you, Maria. She appreciates the wishes. -15. Brrrrrr 🥶

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      3. Imagine, dear John, dogs like Lucy have to go outside no matter the frost. Ha-ha-ha! The wordpress writes that it is my blogging anniversary today. (I always forget). What a coincidence! 😁😋😎

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      4. Happy WordPress Anniversary, Maria. 😁

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      5. Thank you, my dear! Cin-cin!

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  2. what a great spot… 💙👍 (on the picture)
    And where we’d been without our computers and databases? haha very helpful tool for a crime story :))

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    1. Thank you, VR. The computer sure helps the crime story.

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  3. I was relieved to learn that everyone that Stennis called has a phone number. Could have been tricky if any of them hadn’t.

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    1. Yeah, the subtle part is there was a name with each number. (no burners)

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      1. I knew I should have read the whole sentence! 😀

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  4. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    It’s always helpful to have folks around who know what they’re doing. It sounds like the story is inching forward. Another great segment, John. Stay warm and enjoy the sunshine!

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    1. We are looking at six days below freezing. One night down to 19. 🥶

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  5. I’m glad someone finally knows what they’re doing. I should help…Derek says I’m good at sleuthing. 🙂 Nice photo! Those chairs look so inviting.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Today is Twiggy’s third birthday so she is trying to act more mature

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      1. Aw…happy birthday, Twiggy! xo

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  6. He sounds like he knows what he’s doig–but does he?

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    1. Well, if you listen to Keith maybe not. 😁

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  7. Feels like they’re making progress. Just realized that it’s been a while since they were shot at too. Things are looking up for the heroes.

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    1. Thanks, Charles. I was thinking of a shoot out but it would be a little redundant. We’ll have to wait for a bigger item. 😊

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  8. Knows what he’s doing but has trouble getting to the point. I know, pot calling the kettle … It goes with working in tech. He’ll be right back, but I bet he stops for a donut 😏

    Moving along, John. I’m beginning to feel good.

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    1. I’m sure he will stop for something. Thanks, Dan. I’m glad you saw his desire to explain everything. 😁

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      1. 42 years, John. I’d recognize that mind anywhere 😏

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  9. He speaks like a tech. Simple questions = long answers.

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    1. Yup. He doesn’t want to leave any doubt or be misquoted.

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  10. Well now… let us hope there are not hundreds of numbers to go through or that the computer susses out something worthy!
    Happy Hump Day!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. Yes, we have to hope.

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  11. I’ll be interested to see who’s on that list.

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    1. Next week. After all, the techie promised to come right back.

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  12. Oh those tech guys. They know everything and are quite eager to impress everybody with what they know, aren’t they?? I hear it’s the Little Potato’s third B-day — give her a big hug for me, John (and maybe she’s earned one of those homemade doggie cakes?!!)

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie. She loved the hug.

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  13. When you bring the tech guy in, shit gets done. Of course, once they’re involved . . they don’t tend to leave. Ever.

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    1. And ever. Amen. 😂

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  14. I am holding out for the new Dr. Seuss murder mystery. A rhyming who dunnit in Whoville. A techie name Becky…

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    1. and notable Trekkie

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I’m glad they have someone working on the numbers who knows what they are doing.
    It does look like a nice day to relax. I’m glad Twiggy is feeling mature now 🙂

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    1. Yes. She is now three and has decided to act her age.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        Happy birthday Twiggy!

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      2. Thank you Miss Denise. ❤️

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  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TWIGGY!
    The techs will open it all up!

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    1. Yes indeed. Thanks, Billy Ray.

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  17. The phrase “I’ll be right back,” is never comforting to me. LOL.
    A very happy birthday to Twiggy.

    Hugs on the wing.

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  18. I hope he knows what he’s doing and I hope he “comes right back” too. For some reason, I don’t feel sure about anything. I was anticipating another “what did you find out?” It was like pulling teeth. You have a way with dialogue, John. And Happy Birthday to Twiggy! No wonder she’s feeling more mature. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. Twiggy has had a great day. 😊

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  19. We live in such an amazing age as far as technology. Wow! Here’s hoping he comes back with something they can use!

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    1. I think even coming back will be a plus. Thanks, Jan 😊

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  20. Hi,
    I know this may sound crazy, but I still don’t trust Pricilla. And this new technological guy seems to be in the palm of her hand. She’s the boss. He says it in his yes Ma’am and gives himself away. Those two from Boston need to get out of there. Ms. Pricilla is not to be trusted.

    Have a nice weekend.
    Shalom aleichem

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    1. I love your analysis, Pat. Thank you. Have a great weekend as well. Shalom. 😁

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  21. So Pricilla can have control over prosecuting Janet & Ned committing murder. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? This is really heating up, John. I get worried every time someone leaves the room…

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    1. If she is legit it is good. If not then she can bury the charges. 😳

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      1. Oh no!! And I have to wait till Wednesday to find out?

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      2. At least. 🙄🤞🏻

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  22. And you leave us dangling by a single finger from the high wire!

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    1. Don’t look down. 😁

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      1. Hahahaha. Told you not to look.

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