Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 124

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 124

…Fanny has just scored the kind of dirt a good investigator was looking for…

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Fanny on the Job

Fanny is trying to get Dr. Sapp to incriminate himself… unwittingly.

“Can you give me a written referral letter, saying why you are sending Millicent to his care? It was hard enough asking you about……….well you know.”

On his official practice stationary, he spells out the situation about a poor rich girl from Jacksonville and the conditions of his referral:

Everett T. Sapp M.D.

112 Sheldon Avenue 3rd Floor

Havana, Florida  USA

 

Dear Doctor Campbell;

 I am referring a Miss Millicent Stanwick to your care. You can be assured that her case is legitimate and urgent. She is likely with child and is need of a possible septic abortion.

 Please confirm the receipt of this letter with a telephone conversation. It is comforting knowing that you are sparing families the embarrassment from a baby out of wedlock.

 You can forward my $50 dollar referral fee and which is regular and customary.

 Your colleague,

 

Everett T. Sapp

“Thank you so much Dr. Sapp. You don’t know how much you are helping me,” Fanny has just scored the kind of dirt she was looking for.

“Not a big deal Mrs. Stanwick. Your daughter will be just fine… oh by-the-by, are you related to the Stanwick’s from over on River Street? Very nice family – wouldn’t want to see them be the talk of the town.”

“No sir, we’re not, my boyfriend is a sailor and we move a lot.” She had meant to pick a last name that was Jacksonville neutral, but no such luck. ‘It is Miss Stanwick, I do not have a daughter and you just signed a personal document that will stem the flow of white girls to Alpha’s back door. Oh and land you in a whole peck of trouble,’ she mumbles.

“What was that? You were saying?”

“I was thanking God for getting my girl out of a whole mess of trouble.”


Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 100

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 100

…Fanny Renwick takes on a case of her own…

Fanny in Action

Fanny is genuinely exciting at having the chance to spearhead her own investigation, even if it means leaving Constance back in Chicago.

The one thing cannot be said about Fanny Renwick is that she has a hard time making new friends. She is an engaging woman with a cleverly dry sense of humor. She may not fall in the category of classically beautiful, but if you attempt to guess her age, which is redacted in 38 states & Canada, you would likely be wrong on the high side. It must be that fresh freckly-faced look.

R. Worth Moore had known of her peripherally, going through the records of the racially charged murder case of Laura Bell; for which four white young men from prominent Tallahassee families were convicted. Back then (1931), this was a small-sized college town with considerably less people than the 28,000 it has now. The local blacks were supposed to know their place. That Negro doctor and his family needed to be reminded of that, which was carried out in a murderous way.

Fanny Renwick, with the support of her partner Constance Caraway, was instrumental in bucking that trend, solving a case where everybody but the victim’s family wanted it to just go away. She had made the Campbell family and their welfare sort of a pet-project.

But just like the good-whites of Tallahassee wanting to pretend that no one of consequence had died, there is a white doctor over in Havana who no longer has any interest in a young woman’s welfare. Now that white girl is in trouble and besetting old Doc Campbell.

This is a rightful cause and Fanny is going to take it up with vigor.

“I may be just a country girl Mr. Moore,” and dumb like a fox, “but I intend to nail that doctor, before he ruins anyone else’s life, whether they’re from Jacksonville Florida or Jackson Hole Wyoming.”

“Do you snow ski?” he wonders if Fanny really knows Jackson Hole.

“No.” How many women from Florida know anything about snow?

“You’ll have to let me teach you sometime.”

Was he flirting with her? She will let him down at a different time, having no experience with either powder snow or potential beau.

“Who are the principles over east? Alpha Campbell doesn’t need this aggravation. Give me the names and addresses.”


Constance Caraway P.I.

Forever Mastadon


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