He turned round, Sara walked towards him and said, “The white rose again,” Sara looked at the young woman’s body. She wore a short black dress with a red scarf around her arm. She had a surprised expression on her face when she got stabbed.
“Why can’t we ever get hold of the white rose killer, this the fifth body we have seen, what are we not linking.” Detective Mike said as he looked around for more clues.
“The victims were women. They had white roses and where on a date. The four victims were in the Bella Cleo restaurant according to the waiter, they always leave after getting a text message.” Sara said feeling disappointed.
“Bob is innocent. Need to call Peter to release him.” Detective Mike said taking his phone out of the pocket and dialling Peter’s number to release the waiter from prison,
Sarah thought they got the white rose serial killer, but they got the wrong guy again. She wondered what was missing. She walked towards Bella Cleo an Italian restaurant. The victims found at least three hundred miles. The walk path overlooked the ocean The victims got stabbed once on the back and when they fall, they are stabbed several times on the chest. She continued walking, could the killer have called the victims for a stroll along the walk path and stabbed them, why the white flower. Sara’s phone rang, she picked up the phone it had caller unknown, she answered it and heard a man’s voice.
“Have you found me yet.” he said laughing, “Guess you will never find me.”
“Yes, I will find you.”
He laughed and hanged up the phone. Sara walked back to the car where she saw the forensic team loading the body in their car.
“What are we missing?” Sara said to Mike, she told him she received a mysterious phone call and asked Mike who the victim was.
“Her name is Elena, she works at the City Library and was at Cleo Bella before being murdered.” Mike said reading his iPad.
“This is a hard case, victims had different occupations, but Lizzie and Martha went to the same high school, Joan and Laura were in the same University. It’s someone who knew the girls. We need to find Elena’s link to the girls. We are missing something.” Sara said as she walked to the car.
“Do you notice something, the five victims were at Cleo Bella and their phones went missing?” Mike said putting his seatbelt on and driving.
The white rose killer smiled to himself. They have not found him and he was happy. He put the television on, the news showed the waiter Bob from the Cleo Bella restaurant being released. Bob talked to the reporters saying he will sue the police for false imprisonment and damages to his name. When Mike and Sara saw the news, they knew they were in trouble again.
The next day they were in Sargent Maxine’s office.
“This is the second wrong person you have arrested linked to the dam white rose killer. First the gym trainer Mani, now the waiter Bob and guess what he is suing us. Why are you guys not linking everything together? They went to the gym, a white rose, ate at the same restaurant. There is something you guys are missing. Another thing this your last chance. If you find a dam body and a white rose and arrest the wrong person again, you are both of the case.” Maxine said looking at them. “Get off my office and get your facts together please.” Maxine said as Mike and Sara stood up to leave her office.
“Hi guys, I thought Bob was the actual killer everything was linking to Bob. I mean he was the last person to see the victims alive.” Peter said feeling disappointed, he thought he got the right person.
“They were at Cleo Bella and got white roses. The five victims had different colour hair, eyes and occupation so the rose killer was not after a particular girl with black hair or green eyes. In the Henderson murder the killer went for a particular feature. Sara said looking at the white board. “The killer knew the girls.”
“Hi guys, I ran a search on Elena. They is a link, she and Martha did their part-time jobs at the Davis Sports Club when they were in University.” Sheila said as she put Elena’s file on the table. “The killer must have met the girls at different parts of his or her life. Must have met them in high school, university and the sports club.” Shelia said looking at the detectives smiling.
“We need to act fast. Peter get everything on Lizzie and Martha’s high school. Pictures their lives and everything, Shelia get the Davis sport club information and Mike and I will get everything on Laura and Joan’s university.” Sara said as she grabbed her coat and left the room.
The white rose killer was looking at the picture frame of the five victims. Smiled to himself as he took one white flower and smelt it and said. “You deserved to die”.
Back in the forensic room everyone had arrived with information Peter showed Mike and Sara the Green Hall High School year book and Shelia gasped in shock.
“If you look at the guy at the back row sitting in the middle, he resembles the intern at Davis sports club.” Sheila said removing a picture of interns who worked in the David Sports club three years ago.
“And he resembles one guy in the class of 2014 at Montreal University, with Joan and Laura.” Sara said placing the three photo’s on the white board. Used a red pen to link the pictures together.
“The five girls connected are to him.” Mike said looking at a picture of the white rose killer, he had brown hair, a tanned complexion and brown eyes.
“At least we have a name Conner Hedd, same high school, university and sports club as our victims. We need to find him fast.” Sara said with a sigh of relief but she was feeling unsure, she got it wrong two times, she hoped this time she gets it right.
“He has a Facebook page and the five victims are on his friend list but he has over two thousand friends, we do not know who his next victim is.” Shelia said scrolling through his page. “Look he posts RIP messages of the victims saying its tragic and he cannot believe that five friends have dies over the last few months.” Shelia said reading Connor Hedd’s Facebook post.
“Send a message to his classmates, ask who is meeting him next or soon, we need answers fast.” Sara said looking at the Connor Hedds profile picture and wondering was she looking at the murderer.
Connor sat at his patio looking at the newspaper article on his laptop, which read “another white rose victim” his phone rang and he answered it.
“Hi Connor, I have transferred the money to your account good job.” Said the voice on the other side.
“No worriers, hey have you linked her to Conner Hedds?”
“Yes, I did that.”
“Hey guys, I got a message. Helga is meeting Connor on Saturday and she is meeting him at the Cleo Bella at 7.30 pm.” Sheila said reading from the computer screen.
As Sara got was sitting at Cleo Bella waiting for Helga to go over the plan and feeling confident she got the right person. Mike and the rest of the team were on standby. Helga called and told them Connor had had changed his plans. He was meeting her at Shoal Bay which was an hour away and she and Sara were on their way there. As the team headed for Shoal Bay Sheila walked inside Cleo Bella and greeted her and told her Helga is in the car. Connor had a change of plan, she spoke to Mike and the crew and they have called off back-up.
As Sara walked to her car, she heard a familiar voice and turned round, it was Sheila and she was holding a white rose.
“Yes I am the white rose killer. The white rose means innocence, and you killed Marcus. You killed your own partner and blamed it on Connor Hedd, a convict. Connor was at the wrong place at the wrong time and when you saw him you arrested him.” Shelia said walking towards Sara. “Two innocent people one died and one went to jail for your crime.”
“You were the white rose killer.”
“Yes, those five girls are not linked to Connor, they are linked to you. You paid those women to testify against Conner. Those pictures I sent you and information is fake. I figured out why you killed Marcus, he found out you were in a relationship with a Jose Frost. A suspect in the murder of five women. You led the department to wrong clues, the way I did. Connor Hedd went to jail instead of Jose Frost who is walking around a free man.”
Sara had tears in her eyes as Sheila pointed the gun at her.
Sara tried to remove her gun, but she heard a click. Conner stood near her and removed her gun from her hand. Her heart beat fast and wondered where Mike was.
Mike’s phone rang, it was Shelia.
“Hey Mike, you better not leave Sara alone with Helga. That is not her real name. I got a call from a mysterious caller who said, Sara shot her partner Marcus five years ago. Sara claimed it was Connor Hedd, but the mysterious caller said, Connor Hedd had nothing to do with the murders. He had an alibi. Marcus caught Sara having an affair with Jose Frost, a suspect in the murder of five girls. Connor went to jail while Jose walks free and Helga will kill Sara today. She set up a fake Facebook account and claimed to be meeting Conner Hedd today. I will meet Maxine at Cleo Bella now.”
Mike alerted the back-up crew and turned his car around and called Sara but she was not picking up the phone. He sped as he tells two of the police officers to return to the Cleo Bella where Sara was. he sees Maxine and Shelia near Sara’s car, shot in the head and a white rose placed on her chest.