The Armitage Files

Cads, Gangsters, and Magnates

In which initial investigations are made

The team takes the first document to Dr Shear at the chemistry department. He concludes that the brownish-red stains on the document consist of three different substances: human blood, animal blood (probably rat), and a third substance that seems very similar to blood but doesn’t react to any of the tests for a specific type of blood. The thin strip of cloth pinned to the page is cotton fabric (possibly from a man’s shirt as it also contains traces of laundry starch), soaked in this third blood-like liquid. Finally he notices a thin layer of soot, ash, and pulverized concrete on the pages and in the ink.

They do some preliminary research on Austin Kittrell, which mainly consists of looking him up in the Social Register and reading the society pages of the Providence Journal.

Dr Whateley calls on family resources, specifically her brother Jerome, to try and find a way to get in touch with Oliver Gardiner or somebody at the Kingsport Yacht Club. Jerome’s former boss, now Judge Samuel Hepburn, is a member of the Yacht Club and Jerome agrees to speak with him on the pretence that Celestine is researching a book or paper on Kingsport legends.

She also starts the rather involved process of contacting her parents to see if they have any show business contacts who’ve spent time in traveling carnivals and might recognize the names of the strongmen in Document 2.

Detective Jackson goes to Boston to meet with Andy Lane and get the word on “Diamond” Walsh. Lane gets the name of Walsh’s mysterious new girlfriend, Zora Smallidge.

Meanwhile, Dr Throckmorton is dispatched to speak with Thomas Ongine of the New England League of Amateur Astronomers. He doesn’t see any reason to think that the group is anything more than a hobbyist club, but he does come away with a stack of their newsletters that he plans to go through and look for anything suspicious.

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