DECEMBER 1, 2000
A BEARTOWN MYSTERY
The night clerk at the Beartown Motel was
the lone witness to the telephone booth slaying of NYC
gambler Willy Napster.
The night clerk told the Beartown Constable that Napster
had just spun the dial two or three times when a masked
gunman shot Napster several times in cold blood. The
gunman escaped as Napster staggered around the corner and
"It's a professional job. No clues." said the
Beartown Constable. "Tomorrow I bet I get a visit
from Sam the Snitch."
Sure enough, the following day, just after lunch, San the
Snitch entered the Constable's tiny office.
"I got a lead on the Napster murder," the
greasy little informer said.
"You haven't had a lead since you won the sack race
back in second grade." snapped the Constable.
Unruffled by such heartless truth, Sam handed the
Constable a torn slip of paper on which was written
"You remember Napster staggered out of the telephone
booth?" asked Sam. "He turned the corner and
the night clerk lost sight of him for a few seconds?"
"Yeah, the Beartown Daily had all that right on the
first page." replied the Constable.
"Napster bumped into my buddy Harry and when he did
he dropped a piece of paper. Harry picked it up and gave
it to me this morning. The numbers on that paper are part
of a phone number. Napster must have been calling it when
he got shot.. I got the other half of the paper, with the
last four numbers, in my pocket. I figure it's worth
"How's this size 12?" roared the Constable, and
planted his foot persuasively on the seat of Sam's pants.
Why did Sam get the boot? Check the
next issue of Beartown News for the
LAST ISSUE'S SOLUTION: From the
photos of Arnold and Adam when they were both eight years
old, the housekeeper knew they were twins and easily
recognized Adam when she saw him.
Copyright 2000 Claude Dern, All
This site hosted by VTweb.com