Thirteen bullet points on how to reconstruct a police investigation in an acceptable manner, given the times.
- Interview the nurse. Find out why the body had her phone number.
- If she’s an innocent party get her an alibi then have her sign something official.
- Instigate a delay in having Prof. Cleland report his finding of the suicide slip to DS Leane for about two and a half months. (Jan to Apr 1949.)
- Instigate a delay in having DS Leane instruct Det. Brown to source the suicide slip for a further 50 days. (Apr to June 1949.)
- Delay informing the Press about finding the suicide slip until June.
- No matches found on a body showing signs of being a heavy smoker needs fixing otherwise some smart copper might think he was done in locally and we don’t want anyone knocking on 90A’s front door.
- Give the police a marked up copy of the code found written on the book that looked like one of those Rubaiyat editions – but only AFTER the inquest. Keep the book. Make up some cock and bull story about finding it close to his body and not in his pocket.
- It’s got to look like suicide, so be creative. Refer 3 4 5.
- Have the police give a copy the code to the Press straight away.
- Have the police interview the nurse again then give it to the Press straight away.
- Have everyone involved in the case sign official paper.
- Then sign the investigation over to someone with little interest in the case.
- Make sure no smart-arse gets ahold of the Matchbox file until next century.
One last thing: remove page 4905.