Jason Lawrence Bell
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03-20-20                         AUDIO AVAILABLE SOON

‘Fate can be a freckled friend. If you try to define your fate, it will constantly prove you wrong. We know that just because you can not define it, doesn’t mean it does not exist. However, it won’t support evidence that it does exist either.’ Read the line on the overhead monitor. This was the only piece of evidence that Seattle Police had for the string of murders that have scared local residence for months.

Detective Breyer is the lead on the investigation. Daily he meets with his staff and organizes the follow up of leads. The typed note is the only physical evidence so far in the case. Each victim had a copy of the note on them when they died. But studying the note has not brought any insight, just confusion. So far there have been 10 victims. They were all men between the age of 22 and 58. They had different racial characteristics. Some were wealthy, some were jobless, even one was retired. All men died in local bars. One minute the men were drinking and socializing then they suddenly grabbed their chests and fall over dead. Autopsies show that men were poisoned.

Detective Breyer’s current theory is that the poison is slipped into their drinks and the deaths are random. The serial killer is probably a single person and possibly a woman. The investigators have done background checks on all the victims and have not found any connection between them. A few have criminal records. Two were for domestic violence and one had a stalking warning. But the women victims in each case had moved on and didn’t want to talk about it.

Detective Breyer needed a break and Friday night he got one. There was a 911 call at a bar when a middle-aged man found the note in this pocket. The police had made the note public to help protect any new victims. The 911 man was just about to enter the bar when he noticed the strange piece of paper in his pocket. Was he next? Breyer took the man to the station to interrogate. But the man couldn’t remember how he got the paper. Detective Breyer now knows the piece of paper comes before the poison.

When the interview was over Breyer sent the man home. The man instead went back to the bar thinking he was safe. Within an hour he got sick and died. Breyer was shocked. Now he is thinking the killings may not be random. Someone was determined to kill the 911 man. The serial killer seems to select the victims. But again, the victim seems to have no connection with the other victims. Though he did have a stalking restraining order about a year earlier. Breyer ordered his staff to look deeper into all the victims regarding harassment or sexual violations. Then the case became a little clearer.

Each victim had some type of complaint. Beside domestic issues, there were complaints, a lot of complaints, about date rape but nothing could be proved. The drug use on the victims also erased their memories. Breyer felt he was beginning to see the victims as also perpetrators. Were these murders revenge killings. Now he ordered this staff to investigate the women who complained about the victims.

Bingo. All the women shared one common activity. There were at one time part of Sexual Assault Support Group. Breyer suspected the killer as one of the members of the group. The group was led by Psychologist Dr. Helen Simmons. Breyer arranged to meet Dr Simmons at the station. Dr. Simmons was a petite woman about 40 years old. Breyer began his questions.

‘Good evening Dr. Simmons, thank you for talking with us. You must be aware of the serial murders that have been plaguing Seattle for months.’ The Dr. responded, ‘yes, that is horrible. Is that why we are meeting?’ Brewers continued, ‘yes, we have become aware of some shocking information. The murder victims may also be sexual predators at some level. And the women who may be the men’s victims have all been involved in your Sexual Assault Support Group. Do you have any idea how that could be?’ Dr. Simmons looked very surprised, and offered, ‘my groups are all sexual assault victims. Many are deeply traumatized and need constant professional assistance just to make it thru their days. This must be a strange coincidence. That’s all I can imagine. These are victims not perpetrators?’ Breyer thinking to himself, ‘I thought the men were victims but they maybe perpetrators as well.’ Then Breyer asked, ‘of your current participants in your groups, do you see any of them more angry or revenge oriented than the others?’ Dr. Simmons thoughtfully answers, ‘Well, anger is definitely a part of the healing process. Revenge is not. Revenge is discouraged and finding a healthy recovery is the goal. These are my patients and they are all victims of unimaginable violence. I am determining to lead them to healing.’ Breyer answers, ‘yes I can see you are providing wonderful professional help. But may I ask you for your current list of group members?’ Dr. Simmons responses, ‘I guess the list is okay, but I can’t talk about them individually because of patient doctor privilege.’ ‘Thank you, the list will be fine.’

After reviewing the list Breyer noticed that none of the women involved with the dead men were still going to the groups. After interviewing the women, he found that they all seems relatively happy and moving on. Then Detective Breyer received the back ground check on Dr Simmons.

He immediately called Dr Simmons in for another interview. ‘Good evening Dr. Simmons, thank you for this meeting. I have a few questions to clear up if you don’t mind?’ Dr Simmons smiled, ‘of course. How may I help.’ Breyer begins, ‘we were surprised to learn about your family history. Your last name Simmons, as in Lionel Simmons. Lionel Simmons the serial killer who victimized and murdered 22 women is your father?’ ‘Yes, he was my father. He was executed 15 years ago. He is the reason I am a therapist and treat specifically sexual assault victim. It has become my life’s work,’ answered Dr Simmons. Breyer remarks, ‘we noticed from your attendance lists that all the women who were associated with the murdered men were no longer in the group. And they seemed to be doing very well thanks to your treatment. But are they also doing well because their perpetrators are now dead?’

Dr. Simmons thinks carefully then answers, ‘when the perpetrators dies it does give some relief to the victims. They know they can’t be harmed by them any longer.’ Breyer asks, ‘Dr. Simmons is the death of these men part of your treatment to heal these victims?’ ‘Are you asking, did I kill these men to heal my patients?’ Blurted Dr Simmons. ‘Yes, that is exactly what I’m asking, you told me that you were determined to lead them to healing,’ shot back Breyers.

Dr. Simmons sat back, and looked Breyer squarely in the eyes and said, ‘my understanding is that you have no physically evidence, that I have any involvement in this case. You only have theory from coincidence. Your best evidence seems to be my patients that are healed and moving on with their lives. Do you think any of these patients will testify for you? My work is in the healing of sexual victims and I will continue using my methods to push forward more healings.’ Detective Breyer knows he has nothing to prove her involvement but also, he is now certain he has the serial killer in front of him, ‘your methods, you will continue using your methods?’ Dr Simmons stands up and begins to leave but says one last thing, ‘effective methods evolve and may change to become more effective. Fate is a freckled friend. In the future only contact me thru my lawyer.’ Then shut the door behind her. Peace