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Stumped // John Watson

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Stumped // John Watson

Post by Sherlock Holmes on Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:18 pm

Sherlock scanned over the newspaper clippings he had plastered onto the wall, pacing back and forth with his hands behind his back, wondering what in fact it was that he was to do next in this case. The murders were done in such a sanitary matter, that there was barely any evidence left behind of the killer himself. Still, Sherlock was able to figure out as much as he did from the scene.

The killer was an obvious clean freak. It was not the fact that he was scrubbing his fingerprints away, he wanted to scrub all germs away. He had scrubbed the person so clean, and even did their make up and nails, making them look as though they were a doll. He was able to tell easily that the person was given make up after death by the way that their eyes had been broken through the blood vessels; they had died of strangulation.

Because of this, it was easy to tell by the makeup coated over their obvious bruises and struggle that it was put on post mortem. Still... who could the killer be and where did they go? They had taken all the supplies with them. The only thing that was as a used lip stick; one that was used on the woman who was dead.

"Hmmm..." he sighed. "This is definitely a more tedious case..."
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Post by John Watson on Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:15 pm

John walked into the living room as he was in his normal morning routine of getting a cup of hot tea as well as the slice of toast and apple that he eats every morning. The Doctor sat down in his favorite armchair, biting into his toast as he watched Sherlock pondering over the most recent case. It was extremely rare to see the Consulting Detective this stuck on a case.

Eating the last of the toast, Watson sipped his coffee. He knew that he was not as brilliantly minded as his friend was.. but then again even John surprised Sherlock with random solutions to a case. The Army Doctor thought quietly as he drank some of his tea. He cleared his throat as he set his cup down on a mat on the table next to him, "Perhaps.." He paused for a moment, "Has the victim clothing been searched for any sign of someone else holding the clothing? Or scrapped the nail polish that was put on the woman after she was killed?" Random questions they were.. but they sometimes made Sherlock see other possibilities.. sometimes.

John then picked the apple up off the table and started taking bites out of it, "Or.. cleaning under the fingernails?" John stated as he cleaned some apple meat out of his fingernails.
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Re: Stumped // John Watson

Post by Sherlock Holmes on Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:24 pm

"No, no, I've looked through all the possibilities on the victim, but nothing is leading me to the killer. Not easily, anyways," Sherlock sat down in his chair, pressing his clasped hands against his chin. "All that was left behind was a single, used lip stick tube. The way it was left was as though he wanted it to be found though," he began rewinding the situation into his head. He had to figure out what it was that was so impassive about this case.

The woman was a prostitute by the name of Diana Simmons. She was one of many in the linked serial murders of prostitutes who were dolled up after their death. Most victims were left with untraceable evidence, which is why the police had came to him. Diana was the most recent of five victims. Although he had asked what was found on the other victims, the bodies had already been sent to the morgue for families to retrieve.

This lip stick tube had to be the key. He pulled it out of his pocket, observing it. It wasn't often he was able to take evidence from the area, but he felt that it was important he kept it on his persons, for deduction purposes. As he opened it, he suddenly noticed something. A white hair that was not human. "What is a cat hair doing on a lip stick tube?" he mumbled lightly, narrowing his eyes to get a better look.
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Post by John Watson on Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:34 pm

John quietly listened to Sherlock as the man started talking again, he felt rather silly to ask such questions when Sherlock had already thought about them. But when Sherlock found white cat hair in the chap stick tube.. John leaned back in his seat, placing the eaten apple onto the table next to him.

He stared that the chap stick tube for a moment or two before answering, "Perhaps the woman or the killer owns a cat.. but I thought it said in the woman's medical records that she was allergic to cats." John scratched at his cheek thinking some more, "So she would not have owned a cat Sherlock. Not with how allergic she was to them."

John stood up and picked up his dishes as well as the apple core before making his way into the kitchen. Cleaning his dishes, John set them in the tray to dry. Walking back into the living room he leaned his forearms onto the chair as he looked across to the other man. He was not sure as to what else he had in mind that could bring Sherlock one step closer to bringing an end to the case that they were currently working on.
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Post by Sherlock Holmes on Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:41 pm

"Yes, she was allergic," the detective's lips curled into a crooked smile. He very carefully lifted the hair from the tube and had then pulled a plastic bag from his pocket. He quickly tucked it inside, sealing it and then setting it on the table, along with the tube. "So now we know that the killer has a cat. Short hair, most likely older, judging by the follicle that is lift. Dry, and clean. The cat must stay indoors, and is in healthy shape for its age," he nodded.

So of all the area, they had to find someone with an older cat that stayed indoors. Looking back at the lip stick tube, he saw the logo of the company it belonged to and then nodded. "Well, well..." he picked it back up. "The only store that I know of that would sell such a rare brand as this is just down the street. Only place that sells it in this area, anyways. So unless the killer decided to travel out to Cardiff, they must have picked it up there."

He quickly got to his feet and then stuffed the tube into his pocket, going to grab his scarf and coat. "Would you like to come? I figure it's better than sitting here alone," he shrugged, tying the scarf around his neck before buttoning up his coat. "I'm going to consult the manager and see if they have any security cameras."
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Post by John Watson on Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:30 pm

John watched Sherlock carefully place the hair in a bag as he deduced it.. John always found it fascinating that the man can gather data that so many would miss.. or almost miss until they look at whatever it is under a microscope or have done a chemical analysis.

He watched Sherlock as the man got his coat and scarf on, grabbing his own coat as well as his handgun, placing it in a new hiding location among his clothes that he learned, "Of course I am coming with you. You are not getting out of my sight.. Again." John looked to Sherlock for a moment before heading for the stairs. At the bottom he waited for Sherlock.

John was serious when he said that he was not going to let Sherlock out of his site.. he lost his friend once.. and he was not about to let that happen again.
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Post by Sherlock Holmes on Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:38 pm

When John had mentioned that he was not letting him out of his sight again, Sherlock gave the slightest chuckle with a very minuscule smirk. He quickly went down the stairs and headed out the door with Watson, putting his gloves on quickly as he then headed in the direction of the shop. Calling out for a taxi, it stopped quickly, and he waited for Watson to follow him inside.

"We'll see what they have to say at this place. Maybe the customer is a regular. The tube still has its bar code on it, so there's a chance they'll be able to pull up the time it was bought, and we can compare that to the footage, if they have footage," he nodded. When the taxi had stopped, he got out quickly, waiting for Watson to follow behind before heading inside.

Looking around, it was obvious this place was for women, usually. It was a makeup department store, after all. Whether the person who bought the tube of lipstick was a man or not, he could not be sure, but if a man had bought it, that would have been strange. Looking around, he noticed a security camera in the corner, by the cash register. He nodded, heading over to speak to the clerk.

"Excuse me, police business. Could you ring this up to see when it was bought? I'd like to speak to a manager as well about viewing security footage," Sherlock said quickly as he had pulled out a badge as well as the lip stick. The clerk looked at him in confusion before taking the scanner to pull up the info on the tube. "It was bought yesterday at 10:34 AM," the clerk spoke. He then picked up a phone, and pressed the intercom button. "Manager to the front desk, please."
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Re: Stumped // John Watson

Post by John Watson on Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:06 pm

John gave Sherlock a warning 'I am not kidding' glance as he heard the Consulting Detective chuckle. Really John was still hurting from Sherlock faking his own death, more importantly, he was hurt because Sherlock did not make any attempt to let the army doctor know that he was still alive. Not even a text message that would have taken Sherlock at least three minutes to type and send.

As he stepped out the door John almost wanted to just turn around and yell out all of his rage, but then another part of him told him to do no such thing. He waited for the Taxi that Sherlock hailed to stop, naturally waiting for Sherlock to get inside first before slipping into the vehicle. During the trip John had his chin resting on the palm of his hand with his elbow pressed against the car door.

Once the car was stopped, John of course was the last person to go into the shop since he was the one who was left behind to pay the cab driver. Then when he was inside John naturally started searching the store for any clues as Sherlock went about his business. In one of the aisles John found where the lipstick should have come from. So there he started searching, being careful not to leave anything unchecked. Even lifting the container that held all the lipstick, finding a piece of paper john got a baggie out of his pocket and carefully placed it in the bag and then the bag into his pocket. Looking over to Sherlock Holmes as he did so, signalling to the other man that he had found something but he was not just going to say what it was that he found.. for all he knew the people that worked in the store could be working for the murderer.
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