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Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)
TITLE: Her Embarassing Smile
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She was found in her apartment, lying on the bedroom floor, face down and all alone. There were two wine glasses on a tray near her bed, with one glass half full and the other empty. There were no signs of a struggle, only the bed sheets in disarray.
It was at the funeral when Detective Roy Whittaker saw something unusual and telling. It was an older woman sitting in the second row, with a gray veil covering her face. It has hard to make out her features but Roy thought he saw just a twinge of an embarrassing smile.
So strange was the smile that after the service he approached her and talked with her about the poor woman’s death…
He found out that her name was Wilma Stoker and she was a longtime friend of Janet. They had been friends for over 30 years, beginning in college. She talked quietly but with a kind of inner strength he’d not seen in a long time…
He wrote down her name, address and phone number and made plans to talk with her further the coming week.
It was on a Wednesday morning that he knocked on her door. She came to the door dressed in a business suit and wearing a huge smile. After talking with her he found out that she was an aggressive business woman and was to inherit a bunch of money from Janet.
Roy also found out that she was the last person to see Janet alive. He had talked with about 10 people and everyone seemed honest and above-board, holding back nothing.
But, it was when talking with Wilma that he thought he detected a kind of embarrassment when he asked about Janet’s insurance policy. She said that she didn’t know about any such policy but when she said it, her face turned a crimson red.
A day later, he found out from one of Wilma’s friends that she was preparing to leave the country and so he met her at the airport, with her ticket in hand and clutching a huge purse.
He asked, “Open your purse, Wilma. Let’s take a “look-see.”
Inside the purse was a cashier’s check for “50,000" dollars made out "Wilma Stoker."
Again, her face turned crimson red.
There was no doubt in Roy's mind; Wilma was the killer. Her embarrassment and her sins had finally found her out.
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