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By Harry Whittington

The Brass Monkey!

Symbol of what evil was once this leering, glittering little gibbon? What connection had it with the homicide of Herb Baldwin? Why did it strike worry into gruesome previous Hattie Contona? Why used to be it hunted by way of the sadistic Lieut. Mosani?

How did it determine into the violent loss of life of beautiful and luscious little Ona Kalani? How did it suggest either existence and dying to the incomparable, the thoroughly seductive Lanai Okazi, golden goddess of the flesh?

Jim Patterson, a personal eye at conflict with the area, discovered the brass monkey—and used his lifestyles as bait to catch its mystery! yet this used to be no longer the top, for past lay a mystery inside a secret—one extra vicious, extra vindictive than homicide itself!

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Again, Jaywalker had tried his share of felony murders, though the number was far fewer. And there was an interesting reason for that. Caught after a robberygone-bad, perpetrators invariably rush to distance them- 50 Joseph Teller selves from the resulting death. They’ll readily implicate an accomplice as the planner or the one who put the tape over the victim’s mouth, insisting that their own role was minor and in no way related to the fatality. “We were just after his money and his watch, was all.

There were hand-written notes from classmates. There were framed color photographs of smiling children who would never smile again. There was a tiny pink party dress with matching shoes, possibly never worn. There were a couple of stuffed animals, a bear and something that looked like a cross between a small rabbit and a large mouse. There was a leather baseball glove, complete with five impossibly tiny fingers. The earth leading downhill from the torn-away guardrail was still scarred, and down the embankment there were a couple of trees with fresh damage visible.

That meant a convicted defendant would have to serve the minimum—fifteen or twenty-five, or something in between the two extremes— before even being eligible to see the parole board. Which meant that the wording of the statute became crucial. What, for starters, did depraved indifference to human life mean? Jaywalker checked the two definition sections of the penal law, first the general one near the beginning of the volume, and then the specific one that related only to homicides. But neither section made any reference to depraved indifference to human life, or, for that matter, depraved indifference, depraved, indifference, or indifferent.

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