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MattEmAngel
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This is a new one. It requires much less work than the second one, so loosen up. As usual, I ask the Mod's blessing. Maybe they can take a shot at it?

The rules are different this time. No hints from me. I'll leave it open for a day or two, then provide the solution. Best of luck.

[WARNING: SLIGHTLY VIOLENT. ACTUALLY, NOT REALLY. NO BLOOD, PROFANITY OR GORE. JUST READ IT, OKAY?]

Shock and Awe

MATTHEW ANGEL: DETECTIVE

The ringing phone would have woken Matt up, but he was already awake. He got up at 5:30 every morning to prepare for his day: shower, shave, breakfast, exercise and investigate. He walked back into his bedroom, five minutes of 6, and picked up his cell phone. He recognized the number immediately.
"Angel here. What's the deal, Mendoza? You woke me up early."
"You've been up almost a half hour, Matt. Come on, I need you for this one. Bring something to cover your face."
"Why? So people won't recognize me?"
"So you'll be able to breathe."
That got his attention. He snapped the phone shut, grabbed his coat, watch and gun and ran out the door. He glanced at the address Mendoza sent him, then sped off.
Simon Mendoza was waiting for him at the center of a small, innocent community. He was standing in front of what used to be a white two-story house. It has been demolished. The interior was still smoldering from a massive explosion that had incinerated a majority of the house. Even the grass in front of the house has been burned. He turned as Angel pulled up in his car a half hour later. He was wearing a face mask that covered him from the nose down.
"We were just about to have a look inside. Come on. You're going to enjoy this one."
Angel looked at the two ladder trucks and ambulance, all sirens blaring in full force. A team of paramedics were on standby, chatting with a half-dozen firefighters. He and Mendoza walked up the scarred walkway and stepped through the remains of a front door.
"The fire started around 4:30 AM. The firefighters showed up just before 5 and went to work. They've been here since then and so have I. I was pretty sure it was caused by a bomb. No normal house fire would leave a blast radius like this. I called in a bomb squad and they picked up faint remnants of C4 packaging. After they cleared out I found something that might interest you. Check out the back door."
Angel followed him through the wreckage to the rear of the house. To his surprise, he found deliberate damage to the doorknob and lock, which were attached to a door laying flat on the lawn. They has been blown out at close range.
"It looks like someone shot it open. I'd guess it was from a 12-gauge, judging from a couple empty 12-gauge shells on the lawn beside it. Communities like this have tight gun laws, so no one would have been practice shooting."
Mendoza nodded. "I was going to start asking around, but I decided to wait for you."
Angel stood up and stretched. "This house is on the end of a row, so let's check next door." He hopped over the short fence between the houses and examined it briefly. It was another two-story house, just like the others in the neighborhood. No cameras.
"Motive?" He asked Mendoza as they walked to the front door.
"Nothing yet. We know that only one man was living in the house. Jacob Sendal. Another officer is doing a background check."
Mendoza walked up the steps and knocked twice on the door. No answer. He waited thirty seconds, then knocked again. A man, wearing pajamas and wiping his eyes, opened the door.
"It's like, 6:30 in the morning. What do you want?"
"I'm officer Simon Mendoza, and this is Matthew Angel. We're here to ask about the events that occurring this morning."
The man looked puzzled, then stepped outside and looked at the remains of the house next door. "Holy crap. What happened?"
"Someone murdered your next-door neighbor, Mr. Sendal. We have a few questions we'd like to ask."
The man shook his head. "Wow. I don't know if I can help you. I've been asleep all night. You just woke me up to answer the door. What do want to know?"
Angel drew his revolver and aimed it at the man's head. "Why did you kill your neighbor?"
WHY DOES ANGEL SUSPECT THE NEIGHBOR?

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Mickeyryn
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I got an answer:

He would've waken up with all the sirens and loud noises coming from every which way. The neighbor is obviously lying.

Tactical_Fish
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Yup. He would have heard the C-4 explosions, the shotgun, the sirens, everything. If a knock on the door woke him, all the sounds next door would have woken him sooner.

Mickeyryn
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Yep. SOLVED!

soccerdude2
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I knew it had to be something about him being awake earlier, but I couldn't figure out why! I'll get one of these someday...

Mickeyryn
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xD. One day, verry verry soon LOL

dragonball05
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If a knock on the door woke him, all the sounds next door would have woken him sooner.


Assuming he wasn't already awake still from the kill he had committed. :P
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Well first of all he woke up from a few knocks on the door.. But not from explosions, gunshots, sirens, etc..?

Something else. There was about a 20-30 minute time frame for the suspect to have escaped, and since he lived next door it wasn't much of a problem.

Other than the 12-gauge used to get in the house and the C4 to blow it to hell, there isn't much evidence.

I would love if this was longer, hopefully you do another one. :P If I'm wrong and I missed something then I have no clue what it is.

leo99rules
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Yeah, after I read this I thought that the sound was pretty obvious.

If there was another clue, I definitely missed it but I can only see one.

dragonball05
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I would love if this was longer, hopefully you do another one


I agree. I love mysteries and detective stories and the such, but this was a little too short (unless the previous comments about a possible super hidden clue is true). Good story, though. I would like it if maybe it was a multiple part kind of deal. Story chapters about this long with subtle clues, eventually leading to more solid evidence. Also, maybe some more possible suspects, along with some background of relation to the victim. That'd be cool, but just my suggestion.
MattEmAngel
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Yes, all of you are correct. This was a very basic one-step mystery, but it felt good after all the WHINING I got from the other one, Mini-Mystery 2. Too many clues, not enough clues, make up your freakin' mind.

Okay, yeah, this one was easy, but it was a lot of fun to write and it's hard to go really far with not so much space. If I get another idea, I'll post a new one. If you have suggestions, post them on my Profile.

Until then, case closed!

leo99rules
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Nah, I think you just need a balance.

With several suspects and with evidence on all of them but one is definitely the real perpetrator.

MattEmAngel
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Oh hey! I have a great question for you guys:

If the neighbor had a 12-gauge, why did he blow up the entire house to kill a man? He had the nerve to shoot open the back door and leave the shells. They would be looking for a shotgun. Wrap your heads around it and give me some clues and excuses. Did he forget about the empty shells? Did he plant evidence of bomb material in someone else's house? If so, why not just plant the shotgun and a pair of gloves?

Answers, people!

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but it felt good after all the WHINING I got from the other one, Mini-Mystery 2


I feel like this is directed towards me...just want to say I wasn't whining. I was just stating that in a court of law the note wouldn't have been accepted, the case would still be fine though and most likely ruled in the detective's favor for murder

Will get to the great question when I have a chance to read the OP and question haha
sourwhatup2
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Oh hey! I have a great question for you guys:


I'm guessing he wasn't a very smart person. The fact that the gun laws are strict to begin with leads me to believe that the person had some background of more criminal situations of some sort, not sure though, again not enough evidence to prove my theory.

Also, with leaving the shells.. He might have actually planted both the shotgun, gloves and C4 material at another persons house, and since there was a 30 minute time frame for him to do that, it would be completely reasonable. But again, not enough hard evidence to back it up.

In any case I liked this, I want more! xD
MattEmAngel
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there was a 30 minute time frame for him to do that, it would be completely reasonable.


Ah, but he had used a bomb and a shotgun. It would have woken everyone else up. He needed a shotgun to get into the first guy's house. He would have had to blow his way into another house while everyone was awake.

I'm guessing he wasn't a very smart person.


But he was smart enough to make a bomb and plant the evidence in someone else's house (if he did)? Not just anyone can make, or even buy, a bomb. C4 isn't cheap.
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