Crape Myrtle (6)
Natalia drove to Milwaukee in a downpour. She was thinking her exposure stunt was little premature but who could be following her. Talks failed and he’s killed, the will would be in the hands of Cyril. There were several other things going on in her mind connected to Whiting. Two women mentioned in the paper cuttings highlighted in the camera case belonged to Whiting – the pages from The Hammond Times.
She stopped at The Plaza Hotel in an area close to McKinley marinas and the Bradford beach where Savon used to hang around. He loved surfing and boating.
She called Jonathan Simms and faxed him some handwritten notes requesting to obtain the Police Report and an autopsy report of Savon Martin from the coroner in Milwaukee. It could save a lot of time if a police station requested for them.
Again, she wanted the files to be delivered at the hotel in Cass Street so that she wouldn’t have to go there to pick them in case someone might follow.
Simms said, “Your Tayana 37 is a recent model. Harborage at Ashley Marina says this slip is booked since 1984 by a Captain Paul Clancy. A cop.”
“Thanks. Leave it at that,” returned Natalia.
She took a ride to the beachside and the marinas while waiting for the reports. She took photographs and just enjoyed hanging in the bars.
She collected the items from the wood polished counter and entered a secret garden café between the two units with living green walls. There she sat quietly to read the contents.
There were the names of the police investigators but the most important bits were the photographs of the crime scene. A report that described his upright position in bed when he was found dead with hypodermic needles and emptied syringes around. He wasn’t a tobacco addict but his death related to nicotine overdose administered through injection. There were three needle marks found on his body; two in the left thigh and one in the right arm. He was a left-hander and the stuffs bore his fingerprints. Hence, it gave evidence that the execution was carried out by himself to commit suicide. What motivated him to do so? It remained unknown. Savon Martin lost his mother in a car accident in Michigan nine months ago. His father named, Anton Cyril, died two months ago in Raleigh, NC. None of his half-brothers or half-sisters knew about his existence or Anton Cyril’s marriage to Sidney Martin way back in 1962. There was no mentioning of this pair in a will or recognised as a beneficiary or inheritor as signed by the attorney at Jacob Lawrence, PLLC.
Savon Martin wasn’t involved in any business or employed anywhere. His bank records showed he was still financially strong.
The body was claimed by Carmen Law Firm who claimed the body of Sidney Martin too. So would be their belongings; the photo album and the will.
The autopsy report supported nicotine overdose death. It contained scientific terms of the findings. All in all; he died of cardiorespiratory arrest – a cardiac arrest. A high level of nicotine found in blood at a rate of 60 mg to his body weight of 77 kg. In summary it read, “Nicotine is a highly toxic chemical that might be fatal. It is not easy to predict poisoning if there’s no sign of drug ingestions at the scene even through meticulous investigation. It can be overlooked and considered as a sudden cardiac death.”
She remembered at once what was in the newspaper cuttings about the women from Whiting – cause of death; sudden cardiac arrest.
There were the interviews collected from people in his circles; friends and associates. All described Savon Martin as a mentally disturbed person. One of the names of his girlfriends began to ring like a bell but she couldn’t hear a sound.
Natalia closed the files and took a deep breath. There were too many places to go and too many people to see and too many pieces to the puzzle. However, a link was missing. She made up her mind to start with Carmen Law Firm in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana.
Determinedly, she picked the camera case from the Bronco and went to her room. Spread the cuttings on the bed and began to think. One of the women who died of cardiac arrest was a nurse at St Catherine. Her name was Cindy Lockwood; 39 years old. She died on October 16th before Savon Martin’s death and a month after Anton Cyril’s death. She was dead in her sleep at her apartment. She had a high dose of nicotine in her blood.
The other woman was a Laura Hudson; 56 years old. She was found dead on a bench in the frosty Forsythe Park on 21st November; eleven days after Savon’s death.
Perceptibly, these two women had a connection to Sidney Martin.