“Headlines screamed defense attorney Sam Bishop stabbed to death outside his home. Police on the case. DA Chuck Molina braying for blood”. Molina decided to lean hard on the police chief.
Police chief Sam held a closed door briefing. Among list of suspects were widow of deceased, son and his wife, daughter, secretary and partner. The chief whistled in envy as all the Bishop women were real good lookers. He ordered tapping of phones and hidden cameras to get a quick lead on the case. He told everyone to cooperate with other departments. He urged all to search for clues, make calls to their contacts with underworld et al. Ace homicide detective Sidney was assigned to the case.
The myriad people Bishop had saved were clamoring for a quick arrest. They started bombarding detective Sidney with theories and tips. Sidney decided to go to his hideaway away from the city and try and work on this puzzle in his own unique way.
Ursula Bishop Jr’s wife was in shock out of grief and remorse. “What have I done?” She had never imagined this horrific end! She had married the son out of love but after getting to know the elder Bishop, she had been attracted to him. She knew he was ripe for plucking as he was not easing into his 50s gracefully. Instead he had started dressing like a younger man with a new flashy car et al. Family was independently wealthy from various holdings. After numerous attempts and rebuffs, she decided to teach him a lesson. She self inflicted some wounds and went for a massage. Her masseur Tommy was in love with her and she counted on this fact. He was horrified at her bruises and name of her culprit. He was full of rage. He recalled all the beatings his old man had given him in childhood and in his mind, the old man and elder Bishop became one person. He planned meticulously.
He tailed Bishop unobtrusively for a few days. Then he struck. In a rage he stabbed him repeatedly thinking he was his nasty old man. Then he removed his Rolex watch and wallet and fled.
Detective Sidney holed up in his hideaway to put together the pieces. Events clarified in his mind. He decided to go for a walk with his dog. As he strolled in the nearby park, he heard his dog yapping excitedly. He had dug up something in the ground. Sidney investigated and deep in the pit he found the Rolex watch and wallet. They belonged to the deceased. The wallet had nothing missing. He was both excited and mystified. He had his dog sniff the objects and followed his lead. Soon they stopped near a cottage. The dog barked excitedly. The nameplate read Thomas Parker, Physical Therapist. Sidney had to merely link him to the list of suspects. He homed in on Ursula who quickly broke down and spilled the beans.