RP: Connecting the dots OWL to Percy Weasley Date: 3 February 2006 Characters: Susan Bones, possibly Percy Weasley Location: Auror office Private/Public: Private Rating: PG Warnings: spoilers for that event over the weekend. Summary: Susan looks over the evidence and starts to put pieces together
Susan stifled the yawn that crept up on her as she sat at her desk. Had it really only been the day before that she had been hoping for a quiet weekend shift? It seemed so long ago, and there didn't seem to be much of an end in sight. It felt as if she had not slept, even if she vaguely remembered going home to feed the cat, and possibly even herself, but now she still had a pile of evidence to try and string together.
She had been over every inch of the crime scene in Rosmerta's loft with every spell, even getting down on her hands and knees to look for evidence. Hunt and Tyler had arrived and helped her to go over the site, their spells keeping as much of the scene in place as possible. After much wrangling, a lock-breaking specialist had been called in. He came with a very old and ornate magic key to help unlock the drawer in Rosmerta's desk, revealing the usual plethora of valuable papers.
Rosmerta's body was now down at the morgue, and she was going to head down there soon to see if they could find anything else about the cause of death. She would be surprised if it was anything other than 'massive blood loss'. There was enough blood on the bed sheets to account for that alone. But she wanted them to be completely sure. She had seen murder scenes before, but that much blood usually didn't feature in them. Cold and dead bodies from an Avada Kedavra were the normal type of body.
But Susan was leaving the pathology in the hands of the experts down at the morgue. Her main concern right now was trying to find who actually set up such a sloppy scene to cover up some other crime. If that is what it was. She was thinking that Rosmerta might have accidentally died, and that the sloppy work was covering that up. At least, that was one possibility she wasn't ruling out.
There were no fingerprints on the money box other than Rosmerta's. There were fingerprints on the edge of the bathtub that weren't identified. A slew of other child-sized fingerprints were over the whole loft, along with a few odd items, including a set of child's mittens.
It wasn't the mittens that were so strange, it was the name that was stitched inside them. Liam Bletchley-Vane. There was a fine line of dots being drawn across a few of the statements on her desk, and she bit her lip as she tried to make the lines stick.
The barmaid, Persephone, had corroborated Seamus' story about the fight between Rosmerta and Miles Bletchley. She had overheard it, and claimed that Bletchley had made a very threatening remark to Rosmerta. Cho was going to talk to Kevin Entwhistle, apparently, and she still needed to go and see Madame Hooch to get their statements.
She looked at another report that was pulled from the files. The report of the firebug that had swept through the village last April showed that Miles Bletchley, whilst actually being one of the victims of the firebug, was actually a suspect. There was no firm proof, so an arrest was never made. But the investigating officer's notes said that he was of suspicious character, and should be watched.
But Susan was reading through the pile of papers that were in the locked drawer, surprised by some and not others. The deeds to the pub were there, along with a few other papers. A marriage certificate came as a surprise to Susan - she never thought Rosmerta had a husband, but apparently she did.
The victim's will fell into her hands as she started to read through it, and a tingle started to make its way up her spine. Liam Bletchley-Vane was her benefactor, and the Three Broomsticks was to be his, under the stewardship of a caretaker until he was of age.
Bletchley's son inherits the pub. Bletchley seen threatening Rosmerta. The boy's mittens found at the crime scene. The lines between the dots were starting to get darker to Susan, but she needed to confirm one more thing.
Susan stood up from her desk and headed over to her colleague's. "Tyler, did they come back with any sort of a match on those fingerprints by the bathtub?"
The other wizard flicked through a thick pile of parchments on his desk. "I think they have a partial match." He found the page he wanted and handed it to Susan. "They were only partial matches, and were found in a couple of places in the bathroom. But they narrowed them down possibly to a few suspects."
Susan didn't hear the rest of Tyler's prattle as one of the names on the list was Miles Bletchley.
Heading back to her desk, her preliminary report was starting to come together, and she scribbled it off rather quickly.
Recommendation to bring in suspect for Questioning. Questioning Auror: Susan Bones
Name of suspect: Miles Bletchley
Possible crime: The murder of Madame Rosmerta
Justification: Possible motive for the murder based on the following evidence: Was witnessed fighting with the victim in the days before the crime. An audible threat was issued. His fingerprints are a close match to those partially found at the scene of the crime, specifically the bathroom where the body was found. According to the victim's will, his five year old son is the victim's benefactor, inheriting the Three Broomsticks. This would mean that Bletchley will have to run it for his son until he is of age. This places him with a motive for perpetrating such a crime.
Permission sought to hold Bletchley for questioning on this crime. The suspect has been informally suspected of other crimes, including Death Eater activity, yet he has only been held for questioning once.
Signed: Susan Bones
Percy wasn't in, but she sent it to him via owl, hoping that he would approve the hold on the suspect. Merlin knew if he would curse her for sending it to him privately on the weekend. He would curse her if she left it on his desk for Monday, so she was damned if she did, and damned if she didn't.
The request sent, she sat at her desk and double checked the evidence again, just to be sure.