Location: Church of the Builder, Babbage Canals, New Babbage
Synopsis: On 26 August Mr. Pip Steamer was found deceased in a holding cell in the basement of the Church of the Builder.
Case Follow-up Notes:
I had been out and about, checking on some things for a naval matter when the Rand-Edison Aether telegraph I carry when I’m out of town began it’s old familiar rattle. I pulled the tape off the reel, and read the message. It was short, and to the point.
“GET BACK TO OFFICE*MURDER AT CHURCH*NATIVES RESTLESS*SKY”
Feeling that time was of the essence, I didn’t change out of my sari, and hustled off to meet Sky out by city hall. She was talking to Grace Toussaint, the new lawyer in town about some of the events of the past weeks. Sky got me up to speed as we stood there on what had happened, and I decided I wanted to run back to the church to look at the crime scene.
Sky and I reexamined the area in the basement, and the area upstairs where the body was when she arrived. While we were in the basement, one of the Brothers came in and was rather terse with me. I told him I was there on business, and was also not predisposed to share the feelings of some of the townsfolk’s opinions. He wasn’t really chatty, so I left him there, and we went back to the lab to have a look at the evidence Sky had collected.
The first thing we looked at was the hair. It was a particular shade of red, and was on microscopic examination determined to be human. We both decided that we would need some exemplars from any possible suspects to determine a match.
The fluid proved to be far more difficult to analyze. Despite the fact it had a strange oily consistency, it proved to be biological in origin. I did just about every test on it I could think of, and it came back to blood, even though it was unlike any other blood sample I had ever tested. I locked the sample away for further study at a later date.
The knife used was one like the large number of knives used to post the Ordo Mucro notes on doors in the city. It was a fairly unremarkable dagger, with a double edged diamond cross-section blade. Give the frequency of the note postings a while back, the availability of one of these blades means very little at this point. If it would have been a more unique blade, I think it would have a greater significance as evidence.
The evidence was placed into the security lockup in the office, and we discussed the next steps for the investigation.
The investigation is ongoing.
Miss J. Dagger, Senior Investigator
Terranova Investigative Services
Aether Salon, 2nd Floor
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Babbage Palisades, New Babbage