Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 28

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 28

…Sister Joe lets slip one very important previously unreported detail…

Constance appears to wander aimlessly through the halls, looking for tangible clues left behind by eclectic, if not curious assortment of men. She checks all the waste baskets she can find, not exactly an ordinary thing to do.

“Forgive us, but the custodian is on a leave of absence. Coincidently, we have no bookings scheduled for the next three weeks, too cold for folks I guess. I haven’t had the chance to take out the trash.”

“That’s okay, just hoping to find something, anything about the Pope… I’m a big fan.” More like big liar, but her sticky fingers do net some scraps of paper with, hopefully debris from the meeting of the six eclectic men.

Sister Joe lets slip one very important previously unreported detail.

“There was a briefcase left alongside the conference table in the conference room, but when I told Will about it, he said it wasn’t his. It requires a key, so he said it must belong to that man that government gentleman. I left it right where I found it. Wouldn’t that Mr. Wolfgram come back for it if it was important?”

Martin Kamen nods emphatically, doing his level best to keep Mary Joseph’s attention away from the girls, who by now are scurrying through Tolentine like mice in the cover of darkness.

“Not here,” says one.

“Not here,” says the other in passing.

“Nothing.”

“Notta.”

“Got it!” Fanny proclaims.

“Head straight for the car, Fan. Tell Eddie to stay at the ready. Me and Marty will try to get some more info from her even though I don’t think she has no clue about what has gone on here.”

“Neither does us.”

“Maybe no, maybe yes, but we are about to know more about something, so get out to the car before she sees you with that thing!”

Sainted Aunt Mary had one thing of value to share about her nephew’s stay. “He seemed normal to me, said he would invite me over for Christmas, us both being alone for the holiday. I guess he had a change of plans; never heard back from him.”

Related image“Yes, something unexpected came up.”

“Tell him that I love him, when you see him.”

“We will Sister Franks,” Martin promised, hoping they would get the chance to deliver the message.


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 20

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 20

…“Who else knows about Libby’s disappearing act?…

“I figured that you worked for the F.B.I, like the guys who were looking for almost the identical records two weeks ago.” The telephone company expert spills a revelation. of sorts.

“F.B.I.?” Constance is startled by this revelation. “Who else knows about Libby’s disappearing act?”

“I’m not sure now,” Martin Kamen relents. The once small trickle is morphing into a significant leak.

“We need to know if these agents were real.” Constance does not trust the altruism of either the federal government cronies or possible cardboard-cutout phonies.

“Maybe this will provide you some answers.” The technician senses the genuine nature of the situation and gives over the names of the FBI agents who came ‘a calling, the day before Libby went missing.

With the addition of the phone records, other interested parties and nice Jewish telephone guy, they have three sources of information that they didn’t have yesterday.

Most of the inbound telephone numbers listed on the green bar sheet originated from the District of Columbia, some local. Outbound digits represent Berkley California, Cambridge Massachusetts and Washington D.C.

“Thank you for your help Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Kamen represents the absolute best interest of Mr. Libby and we are here to get to the bottom of his Image result for hanukkah and christmasdisappearance. Constance Caraway hands him the CCPI business card and her right arm for a handshake, followed by Martin.

Fanny adds, “Happy Hanukkah,” not knowing that it had ended 14 days ago, whereas the whole floor holding Illinois Bell was still decorated in red and green.

“And a Merry Christmas to you, Miss.”

Kimbark 6137Back at 6137 Kimbark, there is a treasure trove of information to sort through.

“Why don’t you go back home Eddie. Keep this under your hat and we will call you when we know our next move.”

“You got it Con!” His sudden familiarity reflects the strange bond that is forming. Fanny gets a hug. Martin gets a slap on the back. “I can be on the road in a flash; the Packard has horsepower to spare.”


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 19

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 19

…One of the few AT&T employees with the expertise to research telephone records happens to be of the Jewish faith…

Once the big yellow Checker cab is nestled in for a long winter’s nap, next to his wife’s 4 year old Studebaker in their alley-facing garage, a gunmetal gray 1950 Packard rolls down Garfield Boulevard toward Chicago’s famed Loop with two men in the front seat and two women in the back.

Their scheme hits pothole #1 once they reach the Illinois Bell Building. It is deserted… a communications wasteland void of operators, technicians or even a single janitor. Holidays assuredly interfere with the course of normal business, as normal people would expect, but this intrepid group of snoops is the exception to that tradition.

Fortunately for the CCPI clan, the providence-factor plays the wild-card role here today; among the 1% not observing Christmas Day is American Telephone & Telegraph technician Herman Weinstein.

One of the few AT&T employees with the expertise to research telephone records happens to be of the Jewish faith. While his family is over in Chinatown enjoying dim sum, he is busy updating the coaxial system at the central office.

Pothole #2: “We are a year away from direct-dial transcontinental communication, so we won’t find anything to or from Europe,” Weinstein explains. “However, we still hold the C band microwave air network used in conventional telegraphic traffic, so you aren’t completely out of luck.”

He works his infrastructure magic, extracting a list of messages sent to Willard Libby and hands them the results.

“You also need the records from the Long Lines Department for what number?”

“Argonne 7-2000 is the switchboard, 2427 is the extension,” one of the three visitors states.

“That is a government number. You need security clearance for that.”

“I believe this will do,” Martin flashes his Argonne N.L. identification card.

“I figured that you worked for the F.B.I, like the guys who were looking for almost the identical records two weeks ago.”

“F.B.I.?” Constance is startled by this revelation.


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