Mystery and Crime Script posted November 10, 2017 Chapters: 1 -2- 3 


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A chapter in the book Lipstick Murders

Natural Causes

by Mistydawn

Fade in:

INT. SUMMIT NEW JERSEY POLICE STATION -  MORNING. 

The walls and floors are dark wood. The main desk sits directly in front of the door. Off to the left are the restrooms, vending machine. To the right is a large work area. Several metal desks are sitting back to back across the room. There are four larger wooden desks for the detectives in the center.

With her eyes still on the monitor, Elizabeth reaches across her desk and scoops up the phone.

ELIZABETH (os)

(filtered)

Summit PD, how may I help you? Calm down and say that again, please.

She glances at her partner sitting across from her.

Kevin looks up. 

ELIZABETH

Repeat the address one more time.

Elizabeth searches her desk for a pen. Finding one, she scribbles down the address.

ELIZABETH

We'll be right over.

Putting the phone on the cradle, Elizabeth turns towards her partners.

ELIZABETH

Jeff, Kevin, let's roll.

Standing up, Elizabeth grabs her equipment from her drawer.

JEFF

What's going on, Sergeant?

ELIZABETH

Another lady was found dead in her home.

Kevin springs up from his chair.

KEVIN

That's the third one this month.

Jeff grabs the piece of paper from the sergeant's desk.

JEFF

I'll tell the Captain where we're going, have the ME, and the forensics team meet us there.

Jack the captain steps out of his office.

JACK

Sergeant, Detectives.

JEFF

We already know.

JACK

 Be sure to keep me posted.

KEVIN

Copy that, Captain.                                                                                                                               CUT TO:

EXT. ROTARY DRIVE SUMMIT NEW JERSEY- MID-AFTERNOON.

 Anna dressed up as an elderly lady is hurrying down the sidewalk. 

A large mangy mutt is snarling just a few feet behind her. Drool is dripping from the side of the dog's mouth as he bares his long white fangs. The fur around his mouth has a reddish tinge.

Anna darts across the porch and bangs on the front door.

ANNA
(Begging)

Let me in, please let me in.

JULIE MONTGOMERY 

Can I help you?

ANNA
(Panicked)

The dog is trying to attack me.

Pushing Julie out of the way, Anna steps into the house and then closes the door behind her.

ANNA

(breathless, trembling)

Thank you so much.

JULIE

Please sit down before you fall.

Julie motions to a small chair beside her. Anna sits down.

ANNA

I better call the police and tell them about the dog.

Anna reaches into her purse and pulls out a tube of lipstick.

ANNA
(Nervously laughs)

I must be more shaken up than I thought.

Anna reaches into her purse again. Her hand hits the side, knocking it off her lap. Item scatters across the floor.

ANNA

Oh dear, look what I've done.

JULIE

Let me get that for you.

Julie cleans up the mess.

Anna holds a tube of lipstick against the lady's arm. Julie springs back.

JULIE

What the...

Julie collapses on the cold tile floor.

ANNA

You shouldn't screw other people's husbands, dear.

Anna collects the rest of her things and then looks over at Julie.

ANNA
(Smiling)

One down, a dozen to go.

Opening the door, Anna steps outside.

ANNA

Time to go, Sparky.

The vicious dog crawls out from underneath the bushes. Anna pats him on the head.

ANNA

You almost had me convinced you're vicious.

The dog licks the side of her face.

ANNA 
(Laughing)

I know you'd never hurt me.

She gives the dog a treat.

ANNA

Our friendship is the only good thing that came out of my marriage.

The dog growls.

ANNA
(Smiling)

Don't worry boy, I made sure that Brad won't hurt either of us again.                                    CUT TO:

1 MONTH PRIOR

INT. KITCHEN OF ANNA AND BRAD'S MANSION - NIGHT. 

Grabbing a butcher knife off the counter Anna stabs Brad in the chest over and over again. Blood is pooling all around him.

ANNA
(screaming)
Die bastard, die! 

She takes the knife out of Brad's corpse and wipes off the handle then places it in his mistresses' hand.
The mistress is slowly waking up.


ANNA
(smiling)
That will take care of you.

Grabbing Brad's phone off the counter, she dials the police.

ANNA
A couple is fighting at 411 Williams Street, you need to get over there right away.

Hanging up the phone, she turns towards the duo.

ANNA
Ain't Karma a bitch.

Laughing, Anna walks away. 

                                                                                                               -                          CUT TO:

PRESENT DAY 
EXT. ROTARY DRIVE SUMMIT NEW JERSEY- MID-AFTERNOON.

ANNA

I hope his little tramp enjoys her time in the state pen.

The dog licks her face again.

ANNA

You didn't like her either, did you boy?

The dog growls.

ANNA
(Laughing)

That's how I feel too. Come on, boy. It's time to go.

Barking, the dog follows behind her.                                                                                                   CUT TO:

EXT.  WOLF ROAD SUMMIT NEW JERSEY - MID-AFTERNOON.

 Elizabeth and her two detectives pull up to the house. Yellow police tape is strung around the yard. A forensics team is carrying equipment inside.

KEVIN

Just like I thought.

ELIZABETH

What are you talking about, Kevin?

KEVIN

The pattern is the same as the last two. The deaths are in a classy neighborhood, the victims are well-to-do.

ELIZABETH

Nothing was taken from the last two homes, correct?

KEVIN

Right and the ME determined the cause of death as natural causes. It just seems a little odd that three prominent citizens suddenly drop dead.

ELIZABETH

The first two don't have any health conditions?

KEVIN

Not one that I'm aware of.

JEFF

That does seem very odd, Sergeant.

ELIZABETH

I want you to look into medical history, including family records when we get back to the station, I'm going to have Mary run a tox screen, see what she can find.

Climbing out of the car, Elizabeth and Kevin heads towards the house. Jeff scans the neighborhood for potential witnesses.

MARY- the ME is walking down the steps shaking her head.

ELIZABETH

What can you tell me, Mary?

MARY

I'm leaving the cause of death as undetermined until I can get her back to the lab.

ELIZABETH

You couldn't find anything?

MARY

Not a thing, just like the others.

ELIZABETH

Did you run a tox screen on the first two?

MARY

I'm going to do that now.

ELIZABETH

Let me know what you find out.

MARY

I will.

Jeff walks towards the sergeant.

JEFF

I just spoke to the lady across the street, she said that she didn't see or hear anything unusual.

ELIZABETH

Talk to the other neighbors, see if they saw something. Find out if the area has video surveillance or a neighborhood watch program.

JEFF

Yes, Sergeant.

Jeff walks across the lawn.

Elizabeth is walking up the stairs when Kevin steps on the porch.

KEVIN

It doesn't look like anything's been taken and there is no sign of a struggle or a break in.

ELIZABETH

Has the family been notified?

KEVIN

The husband is on his way.

ELIZABETH

Ask him if she has any preexisting health conditions.

KEVIN

I will.                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                            CUT TO:

EXT. CLOUDY DAY AT THE PARK

The sky is darkening as the heavy rain clouds quickly move in. The only person in the park is a lady sitting on a bench gazing across the lake, an occasional jogger runs by.
Anna strolls down the sidewalk towards the benches. Seeing a jogger is about to pass her, Anna quickly turns away. Reaching the bench, Anna sits down.

ANNA

I just love watching the ducks, don't you?

HANNA

(Annoyed by the interruption.)

I suppose they are kind of cute.

Hanna looks down at her expensive watch, and then anxiously looks around.

ANNA

Are you meeting someone?

Hanna

(Irritated)

He was supposed to be here over a half hour ago.

Anna

(Laughing)

And men say it's the women who are always late.

Hanna continues to look around. 

Anna pulls a small grey device out of her purse.

ANNA

I have a phone if you'd like to call.

Anna tries to hand her the flip phone with the tube of lipstick hidden underneath. Hanna pushes her hand away.

HANNA

I'm sure he'll be here in a minute.

Hanna continues to look around.

ANNA

I hope he gets here before it rains.

Hanna looks up at the darkening skies.

HANNA

Maybe I should call him.

Hanna reaches for the phone then quickly pulls away.

HANNA

Ouch.

ANNA

(Concerned look on her face)

What's wrong, dear?

HANNA

Something poked me...

Hanna collapses on the bench. Anna puts the phone and lipstick in her pocket. 

ANNA

(Smiling)

That's the last bootie call you'll ever try and make.

Anna positions the body to make it look like she's sleeping.

ANNA

Rot in hell.

Anna walks away.

Dan scoops something off of the sidewalk then runs up to Anna.

DAN

Ma'am, Ma'am.

Anna nervously picks up her pace. 

Catching up, Dan grabs a hold of her shoulder. 

Anna jumps.

DAN

You dropped this on the sidewalk.

ANNA

That's very kind of you, dear.

Anna takes the phone away.

DAN

(Smiling)

No problem.

Dan jogs off

                                                                                                                                                             CUT TO:

INT. NEW JERSEY POLICE STATION - LATE AFTERNOON.

 The two detectives and the Sergeant are sitting at their desk.

ELIZABETH

What do we know about the case so far?

JOHN

Three women all from prominent families were found dead in their homes. Two of the three have supposedly died from natural causes. The third is yet to be determined.

KEVIN

All three are in their mid-thirties and as far as I can tell were in good health.

ELIZABETH

We're still waiting on the toxicology report, right?

JOHN

That's correct, Sergeant

ELIZABETH

Is there any evidence that proves differently?

KEVIN

Not a thing.

JOHN

Three wealthy citizens dying within a few weeks of each other has to be more than a coincidence, right?

ELIZABETH

Where were their spouses when their deaths occurred?

JOHN

One was at a country club, the second on a business trip, and the third was out of the country.

ELIZABETH

Their alibis check out?

JOHN

Yes, Sergeant.

ELIZABETH

What were there marriages like?

JOHN

There weren't any marital issues as far as I can see.

ELIZABETH

No infidelity, scorned lovers, exes in the picture?

JOHN

None that I can find.

ELIZABETH

How about enemies?

JOHN

I'm working on the list now and forensics is looking at footage from the traffic cam, hoping they can come up with something.

ELIZABETH

Kevin, see if the ME or forensics have anything, I'll see if I can find a connection between the victims.

JOHN

You don't believe they died from natural causes either, do you, Sergeant?

ELIZABETH

Three in a matter of weeks seems a little too coincidental to me.                                              

                                                                                                                                                               CUT TO:

EXT. PARKING LOT ON THE CORNER OF BROAD AND RAiLROAD AVENUE- MID-DAY.

Anna is sitting in her car at the empty lot waiting for her next victim. Her dog is sitting in the front seat beside her. Crawling across her, the dog paws at the door.

ANNA

(Aggravated)

We'll go for a walk in a minute.

Anna pushes him off her lap. The dog barks.

ANNA

I know, I know, just hold on a little longer, alright, bud?

The dog whines.

ANNA

You'll be alright. 

A car pulls into the lot.

ANNA

 There she is.

The dog crawls on Anna's lap when she reaches for the handle. She pushes him away.

ANNA

No, stay.

The dog whines a lot louder this time.

ANNA

You'll be alright.

Running across the lot, Anna pounds on the ladies window.

ANNA

Please help me. 

Seeing a lady pounding on the glass, Marci rolls down her window.
 
A cop car pulls into the lot.

Anna darts to her car.
Anna starts to pull away when she sees a cop standing alongside her vehicle.  
                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                         
   Fade out:


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