He was dapper. He was debonair. He was even natty. He was a well dressed murderer.
Being chic was the perfect disguise. The impeccable coiffure, stylish fashion, perfectly bound silk tie, the aura…all easily convinced the police that he was above suspicion.
“Greetings, Inspector. Any hints of who the killer might be?”
“Why no, Sir Edwin. No clue indeed, I’m afraid.”
“Ah, yes, Inspector. These things can be a bit of a sticky wicket, I say. Well, good luck on the case gentlemen, I’m off to a pleasant meeting with, well, I’ll keep that a secret for now. Toodle-oo.”
He had planned his next murder as meticulously as his wardrobe. The unnoticeable thin chain he wore around his neck doubled nicely as a garrote. His tight fitting kid leather gloves were the epitome of high class elegance while conveniently protecting against errant fingerprints.
“Welcome, Sir Edwin. The nurse asks that you accept the apologies of the Queen. As you can imagine, we’re quite anxious; we fear she may be passing the royal sceptre soon. Very sad indeed.”
“Speaking of which, have you met the young Prince, our next and future King? Ah, here he is now. I’ll leave the two of you alone to get acquainted.”
Sir Edwin casually reached for his necklace, and smiled. “Must be sure to avoid ruffling my suit,” he thought.
David J. Kent is the author of Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America, due out in late July 2017. His previous books include Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity (2013) and Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World (2016) (both Fall River Press) and two e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate.