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Chapter 3 of the book Zoo Murder:
Bull Schlitz and Detective D'weir investigatee
"Zoo Murder: Interview" by Bill Schott

Previously, Inspector Bull Schlitz met his new detective, Dan D'weir, whom he soon nicknamed Weirdo. They have since arrived at the scene of an apparent homicide at the city zoo.

Within the hour, Detective D'weir had contacted and assembled five personnel from the zoological park in a central meeting room next to the penguin habitat. The people were seated, except the two policemen, behind a rattan table and in faux fur covered chairs. He began making introductions to Bull from the left..

"Inspector Schlitz, this is Mellow Bailey, the park director; Nat Taurus, the habitat manager; Honor Bonner, the senior veterinarian; Mame Dennis, the media rep; and Jerry Mathers --"

"As the Beaver, ha ha ha," said Mathers, chuckling.

Bull stared at Mathers until the man finished laughing and sat quietly.

"Who found the deceased?" asked Bull.

Second from the left, Nat Taurus, raised his arm. Already an unusually tall man, his hand nearly touched the prop ceiling fan above him.

Bull waited for the man to speak. When he didn't, he looked at his detective.

"Mr. Taurus, could you tell us when and where you found the victim?" asked D'weir.

"Nat doesn't speak, Mr. Weird," said Mellow Bailey."

"Detective We - uh - D'weir, Ma'am."

"Yes, well, he doesn't speak."

"That's odd, Miss Bailey," said Bull, "this preliminary report says he talked to the responding officer."

"Your report is in error, Inspector."

Bull opened the report and began reading aloud.

After securing the crime scene, Officer Fink questioned the person who had discovered the body, Nat Taurus."

Looking back to Mellow Bailey, Bull tilted his head while moving his eyes from her to the folder and back.

"There's a lot of words written here. I guess Officer Fink must have been role playing with high-pockets here and -"

"Waj ju caw me?" spouted Taurus, as he rose from his chair like a missile preparing to launch.

Bull ignored the man and looked again to Mellow Bailey.

"I would say this is becoming a bizarre investigation, Ms. Bailley, but, the truth is, it started that way."

"I can shed some light on this for you, Inspector," said Honor Bonner, standing to a height of five feet.

Inspector Schlitz closed his folder and motioned D'weir to his side. He spoke softly then exited the room. The detective turned back to the five zoo staff.

"We will be continuing this interview downtown. Officers will escort you."



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