A lady wearing a black dress walked into the office and sat across me. Sadness written on her face, eyes red from crying, looked thirty years old, untied long silky black hair. Hands covered in black gloves. Sadness in her voice when she spoke.
“Need your help -.” She stopped, rubbed a tear from her eyes and continued. “Who killed Elizer Ham?”
Wrote the name on my pad when I looked up she disappeared. Did not hear her leave. Opened the computer and wrote the name, Elizer Ham, my body froze. The article in the newspaper stated Elizer Ham died one year ago. Died on 4 October 2015. Her body discovered by two fishermen. They had gone to the beach in the morning and saw a body washed up on shore. They thought it was a seal. When they walked closer, saw a woman's body covered in sand. They alerted the police, her friends said she was on the boat than disappeared. The police concluded Elizer fell overboard by accident and the case closed.
I jumped as I saw Elizer sitting in front of me and she said,
“Who killed me?”
I was speechless, Elizer was a ghost. Opened Elizer’s file. According to the forensic team. Her body had blue and black bruises. Lungs clogged with water and had been drinking the night before she fell overboard.
She had not moved from where she was sitting and I asked her,
“What happened that night?”
She disappeared, and I said, “Great.”
Then she appeared and said,
“If I had known would I come to you?”
“Who were you with last?”
“Five of my friends, had gone for a night cruise on a yacht. Don’t remember what happened next.”
“Umm, where was the night cruise.”
“At the Colgne beach. We were celebrating Rachel’s bridal shower.” Rubbed a tear from her eyes and continued, “Stayed at the Colgne Beach Villa for seven days.”
She disappeared again, waited for her to appear but she didn’t. Grabbed my keys and drove to Rachel’s house. She opened the door and said,
“Hi Patricia, can I help you.”
“I am investigating Elizer’s death. What happened on the cruise?.”
She sat on the couch and rubbed a tear from her eyes and said, “We had charted a yacht for the bridal shower. The night we left we invited a few guys we meet at the beach. They were our neighbours at the villa. That night before we boarded the yacht. Billy invited us for cocktails in their villa then we went on the yacht. Remembered nothing but when I woke up found myself in bed with Billy.”
It clicked both Elizer and Rachel don’t remember what happened in the yacht. Were they drugged by Billy and his friends?
Got Billy’s address on the police database. drove toward his house and knocked on the door. He opened the door and said,
“Can I help you?”
“What happened to Elizer?”
He looked at me and responded, “Who.”
I answered, “A year ago, you invited five girls to your place for a cocktail. They were celebrating their friend’s bridal shower.”
“Oh, that chick who fall over board. Hey, I remember, had cocktails than partied on a yacht and woke up with one girl.”
“You invited them for a cocktail, didn’t you?”
“Yeah. Then want on the yacht.”
Thanked Billy for his help and entered my car and wondered where they drugged on the cruise. Drove two hours to Colgne. Colgne was popular with holiday markers. The beach stretched for miles along the coast, the place filled with apartments and hotels with balconies overlooking the Indian Ocean. The street filled with people walking on the beach, coffee shops, restaurants and ice cream parlours. Walked into the villa and paid for a weekend stay. Had to solve this crime. First suspect was Billy, he had invited the girls to his place for drinks. Could he have drugged the girls?
As I was walking to find answers. Elizer appeared beside me, and said,
“Billy is not the one.”
“What” I said looking at her.
She replied, “People are looking at you.”
Forgot she was dead and two women in their bikinis looked at me. I smiled and kept walking. She continued talking.
“We helped him make the punch.” She stopped and looked ahead at the jetty. “There is where we hired the yacht.”
Walked towards the jetty a man walked towards me.
“Would you like to hire a yacht for your party madam?”
Elizer whispered in my ears,, “That’s the captain.”
“Can I ask you a question?” I asked.
The man replied, “Yes, a night cruise, we do the dinner, breakfast and drinks are free.”
Removed a picture of Elizer from my pocket and said, “Do you remember her.”
“Ah, nay, don’t remember.”
Elizer whispered, “He’s lying.”
“Last year her and her friends hired a yacht for a bridal party and one of them fell overboard.”
Thanked him and walked back to the hotel.
“Why didn’t you arrest him.” Elizer asked.
“Coz, I have no evidence. What happened that night?”
She sat on the bed and raised her hands in the air and said, “Don’t know.”
“Ok, after you had cocktails at Billy's, everyone headed to the yacht. Is that right?”
Elizer nodded yes.
“Then what happened.”
“The captain welcomed us, and then the waiter Greg brought champagne which we drank as the captain talked about safety. Then the night cruise began. Music played from a stereo and had a delicious seafood dinner. After dinner the waiter brought us pina colada. Everyone felt drowsy and thought it was the alcohol.” Then she stopped and covered her mouth, “Oh, no.”
“Caught Greg pouring powdery stuff in our drink when I took a tour around the yacht and when I asked what it was, he said coconut powder. Then I walked way. After the drink walked to the deck. He was taking cash from Joan’s wallet. He saw me, I ran but my body was weak and I fell on the deck.”
“Coconut powder, you and your friends were drugged.” removed my drawing pad and asked her to describe the waiter.
She said, he had a round face, short black curly hair, brown eyes, strong check bone. A scar under his chin.
Walked back to the yacht. I asked the captain where Greg was. He pointed to the kitchen.
The waiter was preparing drinks, when I removed Elizers picture, he threw the drink at me and ran. Elizer pushed a chair towards him and he tripped. Removed my handcuffs and arrested him then called the police and waited for them to arrive. I asked Greg why did he drug the guests and kill Elizer.
“That chick caught me twice when I spiked their drink with GHB and stealing. She started to ran but fell and collapsed. No one was looking, threw her in the water.” A tear dropped from Elizer’s eyes.
“Why did you drug them?”
“I steal from the guests on board. I spike their drink, it makes them sleepy. They leave their stuff unattended, wallets, watches and phones. While they party or sleep I steal.”
The police arrived and took him away. The captain shocked at what he discovered. Elizer hugged and thanked me and disappeared.