Good morning! I hope everyone’s week is going well. Mine’s going well but I cannot wait for the weekend. This is the first full weekend I have had off in a while so I am ready!
We continue with Winchester. I hope you are liking this case because it’s different than what Winchester normally helps with. But it has been fun to write and I hope that it’s fun to read! We continue on our Adventure and I hope you enjoy!
Revealing the Truth
“So tell me again why we couldn’t take a patrol car to get their faster?”
Anthony rolled his eyes. “I don’t think us going to Tranton in a patrol car would get us through the traffic faster.”
“Dad…we could’ve used the lights on the top of the patrol car to get us out of the traffic cause everyone would have to move out of the way. I wouldn’t ask you to use a patrol car for no good reason.” He snickered. “Thanks for thinking logically and ruining my obviously well thought out plan.”
His father shook his head and smirked. “That’s what dads are for right?” He pulled into the small parking lot of a bar. He parked in one of the few empty spaces and turned off the engine. “This is the spot. Now…we might have to talk to Marcel outside since you aren’t 21. I don’t know if they will let you in the bar. Sorry…”
West shrugged. “I don’t really care. As long as we can ask him questions.” They stepped out of the car and made their way to the front door.
There was pounding music coming from inside. It sounded like a form of country and rock music, but Winchester couldn’t hear any of the words from outside. All he could hear was a pounding bass and muffled words. They walked up to the door when the bouncer stopped them. “Sorry gents. I’m gonna need to see some ID.”
Anthony and West both pulled out their badges. “Officer West and my partner Officer West. We are here to talk to Brad and Marcel.”
The man looked at their badges and pressed a button on his ear. “Brad we have a…uh…situation out here with two officers from the police department. Do you know anything about this?” There was a slight pause as he listened. “Okay right away.” He pressed the button again. “Okay, step on inside and Brad will meet you right inside the door.” He stepped to the side and motioned for them to enter the bar.
It was dark inside the bar. The music was even louder than outside but Winchester was right, it was a country rock kind of song. There were quite a few patrons inside the bar, most of them holding a bear in their hand while conversing with the other people inside. Near the back of the room were two pool tables, both occupied with people. There was also a strange smell, but West couldn’t quite place what was.
A door off to the side opened and a man walked out, looked around, and made a straight beeline for them. He reached out his hand. “Good evening gentlemen. My name is Brad. I’m the owner of this establishment.”
Anthony shook his hand first. “Officer Anthony West. This is my son and partner, Officer Winchester West. Thank you so much for letting us come by and talk to your employee.”
Brad nodded. “Of course. Please follow me.”
The West’s followed Brad back to the door that he had originally come out of. Winchester stepped into the office right behind Brad and looked up to see a large man sitting in a chair off to the side. The man stood up. “Evening. My name is Marcel.”
Winchester cautiously shook his hand. “Hello…you aren’t what I was expecting you to look like.”
Marcel’s eyes widened. “I’m sorry. I don’t really know how to respond to that.”
West waved it off. “No problem. We just wanted to ask you a couple questions if that’s okay.”
Marcel nodded before sitting down. “Sure. What can I help you with?”
West looked over at his dad who gave him a reassuring nod. “Are you dating a woman by the name of Shelly Whittenberg?”
Marcel shifted in his chair. “Uh…I was…is that what this is about?”
“Yeah, she came to us saying that you were missing. Do you know why she would say something like that when you are definitely fine?”
“Uh…” Marcel looked down at his hands and sighed. “So…uh…we were only dating online. We never met in person. And…uh…I didn’t use my real picture because I’m not the most attractive guy in the world.” He shook his head. “I wanted to break up with her because I wasn’t into her anymore. I tried to tell her but she wouldn’t listen. No matter how many times I tried to tell her she wouldn’t listen to me. So I finally just stopped talking to her and deleted her from Facebook.”
“So would you say you were Catfishing her?”
Marcel nodded. “Yeah because I totally was. I didn’t use my picture but everything I told her was real. But she’s totally crazy. Like, I didn’t know a girl could be so insane. Especially after what she did here.”
Anthony and Winchester looked at each other. “What did she do?”
Marcel rolled his eyes and furiously shook his head. “I had told Shelly where I worked. And one night I get this message from her saying she’s going to come by with some friends so she could meet me. I told her that was fine. And when I actually introduced myself she didn’t believe it was me. The bartender said she kept yelling for Marcel and when he would tell her that I was the bouncer she would yell at him. It’s not my fault she didn’t believe me. But then she took her shirt off and started swinging it around before we had to throw her out. She continued to yell at me afterwards saying that I was covering for the real Marcel because he was too chicken to actually talk to her. Later that night I got tons of messages from her saying that I was an idiot and that she couldn’t believe I stood her up that night. That was the moment I decided that I didn’t want to deal with her anymore.”
Brad nodded. “Marcel has talked to me about this girl and I remember that night. I haven’t banned someone from the bar in a long time…”
Anthony leaned forward in his chair. “Do you think that Shelly will be dangerous if she finds out what happened tonight?”
Marcel shrugged. “Honestly, I don’t really know. But what I do know is that I really dodged a bullet by stopping all contact with her.”