Mystery and Crime Script posted November 13, 2017 Chapters: 1 2 -3- 


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An eyewitness puts Anna at the crime scene.

A chapter in the book Lipstick Murders

Possible Suspect

by Mistydawn


EXT. THE CORNER OF BROAD AND RAILWAY AVENUE.
The dark clouds are moving in, you can hear thunder in the distance. Lightning follows a short time later.
Anna nervously glances up at the officer.
He has an impatient look on his face. His arms are crossed in front of him.
Anna rolls down her window.


ANNA
Can I help you, officer?

OFFICER
You're not allowed to park here anymore.

ANNA
I'm sorry, officer, I didn't know.

The officer looks around.

OFFICER
The city was supposed to put up no parking signs weeks ago but I guess they haven't got around to it yet.

ANNA
Well, thank you for letting me know.

The officer walks away.

ANNA
I thought we were done for, Sparky.

The dog barks.

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EXT. BRIANT PARK - MID-MORNING
The sky is darkening, thunder and lightning are close by. Pulling up to the scene the detectives climb out of their car.
Elizabeth glances up at the sky.


ELIZABETH
I hope forensic can process the scene before the evidence gets washed away.

KEVIN
I can help them if you want.

ELIZABETH
I'm sure they'd appreciate the extra hand.

Seeing Mike working by the bench Elizabeth walks towards him.

MIKE
Sergeant.

ELIZABETH
What can you tell me?

MIKE
The lady was found lying on a bench, it was made to look like she was sleeping. A jogger came over to wake her, warn her about the storm. When she didn't respond he checked her pulse then called 911.

ELIZABETH
Where is the jogger now?

Mike points to a man standing by an old-fashioned styled street lamp.

JEFF
I'll talk to him, Sergeant.

ELIZABETH
Have patrol canvas the area for more witnesses too.

She turns towards her other detective.

ELIZABETH 
I want you to check the cameras when you're done helping forensics.

KEVIN
Yes, Sergeant.

Elizabeth turns towards Mike.

ELIZABETH
What is her time of death?

MIKE
According to body temperature, I'd say it was within the last hour.

ELIZABETH
What's the cause of death?

MIKE
The ME is leaving it undetermined pending an autopsy.

ELIZABETH
Did you find any evidence?

MIKE
We found several fingerprints but it's going to take a while to identify them.

ELIZABETH
Anything else?

MIKE
I'm afraid not, Sergeant.

JEFF
(OS)
Sergeant.

ELIZABETH
Excuse me.

Elizabeth walks over to Jeff.

JEFF
Tell her what you just told me.

DAN
The only other person I saw in the park was a little old lady. But she's too old and frail to harm her.

He shakenly points towards the victim.

ELIZABETH
She may not have killed her but she could've seen who did. Can you describe her for me, please?

DAN
She's a short, rounded lady, I'd say in her late 80's early nineties. She had curly gray hair and wore a heavy tan coat and gold-framed glasses.

ELIZABETH
You're very observant.

DAN
I normally don't pay that much attention, but she reminds me of my grandma.

ELIZABETH
How tall was she?

DAN
She came up to here.

He raises his hand, midway to his chest.

ELIZABETH
Around five foot?

DAN
That sounds about right.

ELIZABETH
Do you remember anything else about her?

DAN
She smelled like Ben-gay.

ELIZABETH
Jeff, take him back to the station and get him working with a sketch artist.

JEFF
Sure thing, Sergeant.

Elizabeth turns to leave when she sees Kevin walking towards her.

KEVIN
The park only has one camera, I'm having the supervisor pull the footage now.

ELIZABETH
Be sure to look for a short elderly lady.

KEVIN
Why, Sergeant?

ELIZABETH
She might be our killer.

KEVIN
Our serial killer is a gray-haired granny?

ELIZABETH
Could be.

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INT. ANNA'S APARTMENT - EARLY AFTERNOON.
The walls are faded off-white, paint is chipping in the corners, scraped up hardwood floors. There's a small hallway that leads to the front room. Her kitchen is to the right, bathroom and bedroom to the left.
Grabbing her remote off the table, she starts surfing the channels. Pulling off her gray wig, she scratches her head. She pulls off her mask and starts rubbing her face.


ANNA
All of this misery will be worth it in the end.

Smiling, she turns towards her dog.

ANNA
Are you hungry, Sparky?

The dog barks.

ANNA
Good, because I'm starving.

She starts to walk into the kitchen when an anchorman catches her attention.

ANCHORMAN
(OS)
In local news, four people were found dead in their homes. The cause of death is pending an investigation.

ANNA
Investigate all you want but you're not going to find anything.

Laughing, Anna walks into her kitchen.

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INT. SUMMIT POLICE STATION - THE FOLLOWING MORNING.
Jeff is tapping away at the keyboard at his desk when Jack and Elizabeth walk into the police station.
Jeff looks up from his computer.


JEFF
Morning, Sergeant, Captain.

JACK
(GRUMBLES)
Morning.

He takes a sip of coffee.

ELIZABETH
Morning Jeff, you're off to an early start.

JEFF
I wanted to finish my list, maybe come up with a new lead.

ELIZABETH
Did you find anything?

JEFF
Everyone has an alibi for the time of the murder.

Elizabeth picks up a piece of paper off her desk.

ELIZABETH
What's this?

JEFF
It's a tox report. Mary didn't find anything unusual in their systems. She said she's going to run an extensive screen, see if she can find something that way.

JACK
Did she say how long it'd take?

JEFF
No.

ELIZABETH
Did forensics find anything?

JEFF
Kevin is checking now.

ELIZABETH
What about the camera footage?

JEFF
We tried to run facial recognition but the image is too distorted. Forensics is trying to restore it now.

JACK
Let me know if they find anything.

ELIZABETH
We will, Captain.

Jeff reaches for his phone.

JEFF
(Filtered)
Summit PD, how may I help you? We'll be right there.

Jeff hangs up the phone.

JEFF
Sergeant, Captain, Mrs. Lowery was found dead in her home.

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ROTARY DRIVE SUMMIT NEW JERSEY - MORNING
The detectives pull up to see a distraught middle-aged man sitting on his steps crying.

ELIZABETH
I'll talk to the husband. Kevin, Jeff you talk to their neighbors, hopefully, they saw something.

JEFF
Yes, Sergeant.

ELIZABETH
Sir, My name is Elizabeth Bower, I'm with the Summit PD. I am so sorry for your loss.

BRIAN
(Sobbing)
I don't know how I'm going to live without her, I just don't know.

ELIZABETH
When did you find her?

BRIAN
Right before I called you. I came home early to surprise her and found her lying dead on the floor. Why her, why my precious Julia?

ELIZABETH
Can anyone verify your whereabouts today?

BRIAN
I've been on a plane all morning. Ask the airline they'll tell you I was there.

ELIZABETH
When was the last time you spoke to your wife?

BRIAN
Right before I boarded the plane.

ELIZABETH
How did she seem?

BRIAN
Like her normal self.

ELIZABETH
Does she have any enemies, someone that would want to hurt her?

BRIAN
No, she's loved by everyone.

ELIZABETH
 Did she mention any hangup calls or threats?

BRIAN
No.

ELIZABETH
Was she having trouble with someone at work?

BRIAN
I make enough to where she doesn't have to work.

ELIZABETH
Do you have a security camera?

BRIAN
We have one outside the house. The recorder is in my den.

ELIZABETH
Where were you again?

BRIAN
I was in New York on a business trip, I've been there all week. My colleagues will tell you they saw me. 

Mary walks out of the house shaking her head.

ELIZABETH
Excuse me a minute.

She walks over to Mary.

ELIZABETH
What did you find out?

MARY
Her death appears to be from natural causes like the rest of our victims.

Elizabeth walks back to Brian.

ELIZABETH
Does your wife have any Illnesses?

BRIAN
No, she and the baby are in perfect health. Her doctor said so last week. Oh my God, our baby, he's dead.

He starts crying again.

ELIZABETH
What is her doctor's name?

BRIAN
Dr. Goodman.

ELIZABETH
Thank you for your time.

Elizabeth walks into the house.

ELIZABETH
Did you find anything Leo?

Leo
I found a silver wedding band in the corner. I'm guessing it slipped out of a pocket and rolled that way.

Elizabeth glances at the deceased's hand.

ELIZABETH
It isn't hers.

LEO
No, it's a man's ring. I'd say it's a size ten or eleven.

ELIZABETH
Mr. Lowery was wearing a gold band similar to hers. Check the jewelry for DNA and fingerprints.

LEO
Copy that Sergeant.

ELIZABETH
Has anyone checked the security footage?

LEO
Someone managed to erase it. So Curt took it to the lab to see if can be restored.

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INT. ANNA'S APARTMENT- MORNING
Anna is rushing around trying to get everything ready. Sparky is in the kitchen eating.

ANNA
Hurry up, Sparky, we have a lot to do today.

The dog barks.

ANNA
I have a big list of whores I want to take care of, stop them from hurting others the way they've hurt me.

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INT. BASEMENT OF SUMMIT CATHOLIC CHURCH TWO YEARS PRIOR - DAY.
It's a small room with it's white painted cement walls and green carpet. There are long metal tables along the outer border. A small dance floor is on the right.
Anna and Brad take their first bite of cake as man and wife.


BRAD
This is our song.

Putting their plates on the table, Brad pulls Anna to the dance floor.
Anna looks over and sees Brianna hungrily eyeing Brad.


ANNA
Catch.

Jumping into his arms, Anna gazes into Brad's eyes

ANNA
(Dreamily whispers)
Till death do us part.

She gives him a big kiss.
Brianna storms out of the room.


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INT. PRESENT DAY ANNA'S APARTMENT.

ANNA
I should have known by the way she was watching him that something was going on. But I was so hopelessly in love, I didn't see the signs.

She wipes a tear from her cheek.

ANNA
They got what they deserved and so will all the others. Come on Sparky, let's go.

Barking, Sparky follows her to the door.

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