Forum Download app Gifts
93.1% Scene of the Crime Detectives / Chapter 27: CHAPTER 26 • PART II: YOU'RE THE CULPRIT!

Read Scene of the Crime Detectives - Chapter 27 online

Chapter 27: CHAPTER 26 • PART II: YOU'RE THE CULPRIT!

Irene Adler's POV

"This crime is our task. And the task is to find who the culprit is."

Aalis na sana kami sa loob ng kwarto ng dumating ang mga pulis. 'Yung akmang aalis na kami pero pinagtulakan pa kami at sinabihang lumayo na daw sa crime scene? Anong tingin nila sa amin, mga abno sa crime scene?

They started analyzing the crime scene. May isang pulis na naghahanap ng thumbmarks and 'yung iba naman naglilibot sa loob at kumukuha ng litrato.

Kami itong tila mga tsismoso't tsismosa lang na nag-aabang sa labas ng room. Walang ano-ano ay may dumating na lalaking may tulak-tulak na isang wheelchair. We saw the mayor in suit na dumiretso doon sa crime scene at kinausap ang mga pulis.

I saw a watch on his right arm. Ito 'yung watch na nakita kong nasa hagdan kanina, kaniya pala 'yun. I wonder how much that watch is.

Naburyong ata itong si JD sa katitingin sa mga pulis na nag-iimbestiga lamang sa loob ng kwarto. "I can't just stand up there and wait for the policemorons to do their job. We have to make our own investigation." Aniya sa aming lahat pagkatapos kaming nakalabas sa bahay ng biktima.

We looked at the mayor's house. Nakita namin sa loob ang mga bisitang kinakabahan sa kung anong mangyari. May mga ambulansiya na rin dahil sa tingin ko ay may mga inatake sa puso.

JD went near the bodyguards so we followed him. "Excuse me misters."

"Bakit?" Masungit na ani noong guard.

"Please don't let anyone out of this place."

"Bakit naman?"

"Just please do what I said."

"Dahil ba sa nangyaring krimen doon sa kapitbahay?" Tanong niya at kami'y tumango. Napa-smirk siya. "Walang mga alam ang mga tao rito sa nangyari diyan. Natatandaan ba ninyong nandito ang lahat at kumakain nang marinig ang sigaw roon sa bahay sa kaharap?"

JD smirked too. "Everybody can be a suspect, even you. Wala kang kawala." Umalis agad si JD pagkatapos niya iyong sabihin at agad rin kaming sumunod sa kaniya papasok ng mansion ni Mayor Talinhaga.

"Saan ba talaga tayo pupunta, JD?" Ani Russ. Bago kami makatapak sa isang bahagdan ng hagdan ay natigil si JD at hinarap kami.

"If you want to help me end this case, follow. If you don't want, go home." Aniya at tumalikod sa amin bago umakyat ulit. Maybe we have no other options but to follow our vice president leading our way to the end of this case.

Dinala kami ng mga paa ng aming pangalawang pangulo sa second floor. Wala itong pakundangang pumasok sa isang kwarto. May nakasabit na napakalaking litrato sa ibabaw ng kama. It was Mr. Mayor with his wife. Probably, this is Mr. Mayor's room.

Mayor Talinhaga's room is also filled with walk-in closet of shoes. He's probably an avid fan of shoes. Halos lahat kasi ng mamahaling brand ng sapatos, mayroon siya.

"Ano ba JD? Bakit ba tayo nandito? Kwarto ito ng mayor, kapag tayo nahuli dito sa kulungan ang hantong natin." Ani Ceah.

"We're here because we have to find out how the culrpit managed to get into the room of the victim." Ani JD.

"Tama si JD, the room is locked that time and the owner is the only person who can open that room with the key. Nakita ko rin sa loob ng kwarto ng biktima ang mga susi ng lahat ng kwarto ng kaniyang bahay, nakalagay siya specifically doon sa ibabaw ng maliit na mesa. If that key is there and it is locked inside, the only possible way to enter the room is by the window."

"Sof is right. The only possible entrance is the window." JD said while pointing his finger doon sa transparent na bintana ng kabilang bahay. Dahil transparent nga, we can clearly see what the policemen are doing right at the moment.

"Natantsa ko ang distance ng bahay from one to another. By just looking at it, I concluded that the space between the two facing houses is ten meters." Ceah added.

Sumingit naman si Russ. "If that's the case, hindi naman pwedeng galing sa ibaba ang culprit dahil makikita iyon ng nakararami, at hindi rin maaari na galing sa second floor ng room ng bahay ni mayor dahil masyadong mahaba ang space between at mahirap talunin."

I went near the window. I saw the rooftop of this mayor's house and that rooftop of the victim's house. "But if ginamit ng culprit ang rooftop, mas mapapaikli ang distance between the two houses ng apat na metro. Therefore, para mas mapadali ang trabaho, dapat umakyat ang culprit sa rooftop ng bahay ni mayor at humakbang galing dito patungo doon sa rooftop ng bahay ni Mr. Aragon." The distance between the rooftop and the window is mere one to two meters kaya madali lang para sa culprit na pasukin ang room ni Mr. Aragon.

"Everything that we have said are right, we have to go up to the rooftop-" Natigil si JD sa pagsasalita nang may magsalita sa likod namin.

"Hoy, kayong lima! Anong ginagawa ninyo sa kwarto ni Mr. Mayor?" Nilingon naming lima kung sino 'yung nagsalita. It was a policeman.

"Ah wala po. Hehe." Naging sagot ko.

"Anong wala? Siguro may balak kayo ano? Mga magnanakaw ba kayo? At mga mauutak kayo ha, sa ganitong paraan pa ninyo nagawang magnakaw!" Aniya habang nakatutok ng baril. "Belmonte, Casugay, kapkapan ang limang iyan!" Utos niya sa dalawa niyang tauhan.

Lumapit ang isang babaeng pulis at kinapkapan ako. I saw her nameplate saying she's PO1 Belmonte. She even grabbed my pouchbag at binuksan ito. Wala naman siyang ibang nakuha sa akin dahil ang lahat naman ng iyon ay sinabi kong akin.

"Wala ako sir nakuha sa kanila." Pasigaw na ani PO1 Casugay.

"Ako rin sir, negative!" Ani rin ni PO1 Belmonte.

"Sigurado kayo?! Halughugin ang buong kwarto kung may nawawalang gamit! For now, posasan silang lima." Utos niya sa kaniyang mga tauhan. Wala naman kaming ibang nagawa kundi magpa-posas. Hayst, malas naman oh.

Walang ano-ano naman ay may pumasok na isang man in suit na nakasakay sa wheelchair. It was Mr. Mayor Arnulfo Talinhaga. "Bakit ninyo pinosasan ang mga bata?"

"Nahuli po kasi namin silang lima na nandito sa loob ng kwarto mo-"

"E bakit mo sila pina-posasan?" Tanong ulit ni Mr. Talinhaga.

"For the mean time po, kasi po we're still on an investigation kung may nawala kayong gamit na kinuha nila-"

"For the mean time?! E wala pa naman palang mga ebidensiya na nagsasabing kumuha nga sila ng gamit, bakit mo pinosasan?" Ani Mr. Mayor Talinhaga. "Pakaray ka, Rodriguez. Tultulon mo an trabaho mo. Tanggalin ang posas nila, ngayon din!"

Agad rin namang tinanggal ang mga posas namin nina PO1 Belmonte at PO1 Casugay. Hinawakan ko ang braso ko, ugh, ang sakit pala malagyan noon. Lumapit si Mr. Mayor sa amin at agad kaming kinausap. "Ayos lang ba kayo mga bata?"

I nodded. "Yes po Mr. Talinhaga, salamat po."

"Drop the formalities hija, just call me mayor." I smiled. He turned his gaze to JD. "You, Mr. Sayson, I know your grandparents since then. I knew they both are honest person, at alam kong pinalaki ka nila sa ganoong paraan din."

"Yes po, mayor ninong. You probably know I can't do that, right?" JD asked while the mayor nodded.

"Basta kayo, umuwi na kayo sa mga bahay ninyo at gabi na. I'm sorry but the party is over." He said at tinalikuran kami.

Hinarap ko si JD. "What's the plan now, JD? Uuwi na ba tayo?"

"No, we will continue on investigating this case. We'll go up the rooftop as what was in the plan." Agad siyang lumabas at agad na umakyat sa rooftop. How come he knew lahat ng pasikot-sikot ng bahay ni mayor? Oo nga pala, ninong niya si Mayor Talinhaga.

"Ceah?" Pagtawag ni JD. Ceah turned his gaze to JD. "You know something about tracing prints, right?"

"Yeah, and that's not just I know, it's one of my expertise." Ceah said proudly. "Bakit mo pala naitanong?"

"You can trace footprints, right?" Ceah nodded. "Can you find footprints here?"

"I'll try." Ceah answered and got his phone from his pocket after. I bet he opened his flashlight app from his phone. Umupo siya at agad na naghanap ng prints. Para siyang tunay na detective sa ginagawa niya, ang pagkakaiba lang hindi magnifying lense ang hawak niya kundi phone.

"Mahirap makapaghanap ng trace now kasi masyado nang dark at wala pa akong enough equipments pero dahil expert ako with this, kaya may nahanap ako." Ani Ceah. Agad kaming umupo rin para makita ang footprint. "The footprint is indeed from a man in suit. It is between ten and eleven inches, masyado kasing crucial pero it can be ten point five inches. Medyo maliit lang rin ang bilang ng footprints dito, stating it was an inside job talaga."

"I knew it all along." JD said.

"The question here is: who's the killer?" Ceah asked.

"I actually have a suspect in my mind but I still don't have any evidence to prove." JD said. "Can someone tell me what did you notice from the corpse?"

I talked. "He was killed by stabbed wounds. That stab wounds were seen on his right chest."

"So what can you conclude about it Irene?" JD asked.

"The culprit might be right-handed." I said, JD made a ticking sound with his fingers.

"Absolutely, he or she might be right-handed." JD said while walking back and forth.

"Kanina ba habang nagpa-party, you saw somebody na kahina-hinala, man, with atmost ten point five inches shoe size, right-handed or sided person?" Tanong ni Sof.

Nanlaki ang mga mata ko. I only noticed one person who is right-sided. Could he be that person who killed the victim in the other house.

"Aha!" JD shouted in happiness as he pointed his finger to heaven. "I think we got who the killer is."

Agad kaming bumaba ng rooftop at dumiretso sa ground floor. Naging tila buntot nalang kami ni JD dahil kanina pa kami sunod nang sunod sa kaniya. Sakto naman na pagkababa namin ay kausap ni Mr. Talinhaga ang mga pulis.

Lumapit kami sa pwesto ni Mr. Talinhaga para pakinggan ang kanilang naging usapan. "I'm sorry mayor pero wala pa rin po kaming nakukuhang conclusive evidences para maturo ang tunay na salarin-" Naputol ang sinasabi ng head police nanag magsalita si JD.

"We know who the culprit is!"

"Ha?! Mga bata, mabuti pang umuwi nalang kayo't baka pinaghahahanap na kayo ng mga magulang ninyo-" Naputol rin si Inspector Rodriguez nang magsalita si JD ulit.

"But we know who the culprit is. Let us do the honor of ending this case."

"Mga bata, nasa pangangalaga na ng pulisya ang kasong ito-"

Sumabat naman si Mayor Talinhaga. "Let them inspector, matatalino na ang kabataan ngayon. Malay mo sila na ang susunod na great detectives or inspectors sa sunod na henerasyon." Aniya sa inspector. "Sige na inaanak, sabihin mo na kung anong nalaman mo, pabagsakin mo ang mga pulis."

Bumalik si JD sa aming pwesto at agad na nagsalita. "Before we start stating who the real killer is, I would like you to know us. We are SHC, a high school detective club formed to solve cases for good purposes."

Agad naman nagsalita ang aming president pagkatapos ni JD. "And before proceeding to revealing the real killer, let us tell y'all the evidences we found to push our suspect as the culprit of this crime."

"The victim named Erickson Aragon is the owner slash the president of the Aragon Banks Inc. He was seen dead inside his room. The way of crime is by stabbed wounds on the right chest. Shocking to tell but the killer is someone attending Mr. Mayor's birthday party." Sof revealed. Everyone got shocked when they all heard what Sof said.

This time Ceah said. "The room where the victim was found is locked by inside. The keys for all the rooms of the house are inside the room too. The only possible way to enter the room is by it's window. By simply tying a rope to the second floor will not help, so the only possible way is the rooftop."

"The distance between the house of mayor and the house of Mr. Aragon is ten meters. If the suspect is inside of one of the rooms here in Mayor Talinhaga's house and if he planned to jump from where he is to the window of the victim's room, it's impossible to jump succesfully due to the distance between. But if the culprit used the rooftop, it is shortened by four meters and the culprit can now do the crime. That was the technique used by the culprit in order to successfully go inside the room of the victim." I explained. Kitang-kita sa kanilang mga mukha ang pagkamangha.

"By using his own way of technique, he can avoid errors by means of his evidences but unluckily to him, we still managed to find evidences that will push him as the culprit of this crime."

"Can you just tell it directly? Who's the killer behind this murder?" The chief inspector asked.

"You all might be shocked but may I now reveal the culprit?" JD introducted. "The culprit is none other than the dearest mayor or Naga City, Mr. Arnulfo Talinhaga."

Everyone was shocked by JD's revelation. The whole SHC agreed and we had same culprits in mind. Kahina-hinala na rin talaga since then si Mayor Talinhaga.

"Wh-What? I thought you were raised by an honest family, JD? Didn't they teach you it's bad accusing other people." Ani Mr. Talinhaga.

"It's not just accusing my dearest mayor ninong, we have basis om telling that you're the real culprit."

Agad namang sumingit si Sof sa pagsasalita ni JD. "First of all Mr. Talinhaga, what's the time now?" Mr. Talinhaga nervously looked at his right wrist where his wristwatch is located. "Very good Mr. Talinhaga, by simply looking at your watch, you told us all you're a right-sided kind of person. The victim is stabbed on his right chest so probably the killer used his right hand to hold the knife or the material used to kill the victim. Ganoon kasimple."

Nakita ko ang pagngingitngit ng mga ngipin ni Mr. Talinhaga. Nakakatuwa ring tignan ang mga ekspresyon sa mukha ng mga nanonood. Find authorized novels in Webnovel, faster updates, better experience, Please click <a href="https://www.webnovel.com/book/scene-of-the-crime-detectives_15185853405326505/chapter-26-%E2%80%A2-part-ii-you&apos;re-the-culprit!_42201413236868550">www.webnovel.com/book/scene-of-the-crime-detectives_15185853405326505/chapter-26-%E2%80%A2-part-ii-you&apos;re-the-culprit!_42201413236868550</a> for visiting.

I talked. "And that scene when you said you'll go to CR of the ground floor, hindi 'yun totoo hindi ba? I saw that watch on the stairs so how can you get that fuckin' watch if you went to the CR that time?"

Ceah talked. "Second of the evidences is the footprints na naiwan mo sa rooftop. In our club I was tasked to find prints and such, at hindi ko sila binigo sa kahit na anong pagkakataon. I traced a footprint sa itaas ng bubong. I analyzed one at nag-come up ako sa result na 'yung shoe size is ten point five inches, same as to your shoe size, right? Irene saw your shoes from the walk-in closet at hindi naglalayo ang mga measurements nito. Connected pa rin sa footprints na naiwan mo, there are just I think small numbers of footprints sa rooftop, thus saying and pushing that it's an inside job."

I saw JD get a cup of martini galing sa isang table. Uminom siya rito ng kaunti. "So, what now Mr. Talinhaga slash mayor ninong? Still not gonna admit the crime that you did?"

"Mga walang-hiya kayo! At ikaw JD, tinuring kitang parang anak tapos gaganituhin mo lang ako?! Wala kang utang na loob!" Galit na galit na wika ni Mr. Talinhaga.

Sumabat naman ang lalaking tumutulak ng wheelchair niya. "Hindi 'yan magagawa ng pasyente ko. Kita ninyo namab atang lahat na pilay siya." I bet he's his doctor.

There's a sudden commotion from all of the people inside the mansion. "What if I tell y'all that Mr. Talinhaga isn't actually disabled?" Natigil ang lahat sa naging winika ni JD. Pati si Mr. Talinhaga na siyang may pakana ng lahat ay naggulat-gulatan rin.

Itinaas ni JD ang cup of martini at inihagis ito lahat kay Mr. Talinhaga, pati ang cup. Dahil sa gulat ay agad na nakatayo si Mr. Talinhaga at umiwas sa pagtama ng martini at ng baso. Dahil sa ginawa niyang pag-iwas, ang doktor niya ang nabasa.

Nahulog ang cup ng martini at rinig na rinig ang pagkapisa nito sa buong bahay. Nagkaroon ng sandaling katahimikan bago muling nagsalita si Russ. "Hanggang ngayon ba Mr. Talinhaga, hindi ka pa ba rin aamin?"

"Oo na... Oo na, aamin na ako na ako ang pumatay kay Erickson." Nagulat ang halos nakararami dahil sa ginawang pag-amin ng alkalde.

"Bakit mo nga ba 'yun ginawa, Mr. Talinhaga? Dahil nga ba sa pera?" Tanong ko naman sa kaniya. "It's all about the under-the-table financial dealing of you with Mr. Aragon right?"

Wala siyang naisagot bagkus ay nanatili siyang tulala, well silence means yes, hindi ba? Agad siyang hinuli ng mga pulis at binasahan ng kaniyang nga karapatan. All of the guests congratulated us at may mga nagsabi ring mag-i-invest ng pera sa business ng tatlo naming boys, which made them satisfied of going in this kind of party.

"Job well done, SHC!" Russ shouted in joy.

"We all did good job, guys!" JD also said.

"Oy JD! Sa bahay ninyo nalang kami tutuloy! Gusto kong kamustahin si Lola Melicia!" Ani Sof at kanina pa kinukulit ang walang kibong si JD.

"All right! Okay, feeling ko ayos pa rin naman 'yun kay Lola Melicia. At ikaw Sof, tigilan mo ako sa arte mo, isa pang ganiyan aakalain ko nang jowa mo si lola." Natawa ako sa sinabi ni JD. Maliban kasi sa slang ang pagkakasabi niya noon ay nakakatawa naman talaga.

The club then decided to stay in JD's mansion this night. Kaming dalawa ni Russ sa loob ng isang kwarto at sila namang tatlo sa iisang kwarto. Pumasok kaming dalawa ni JD sa kotse niya habang sina Sof at Russ sa sasakyan ni Sof. Si Ceah susunod nalang daw kasi ihahatid pa 'yung pinsan niya pauwi.

It was a great night for the whole SHC but I don't think it is to Mr. Talinhaga and Mr. Aragon. I believe that Mr. Aragon's soul is in peace now. And speaking if peace, sana matahimik na rin sa selda si Mr. Talinhaga, ex-mayor of Naga City.

[ABANGAN]


next chapter
Load failed, please RETRY

Privileged

More Privileged Chapters

Download the app and become a privileged reader today! Come take a sneak peek at our author's stockpiled chapters!

Download

Batch unlock chapters

Table of Contents

Display Options

Background

Font

Size

Chapter comments

Write a review Reading Status: C27
Fail to post. Please try again
  • Writing Quality
  • Stability of Updates
  • Story Development
  • Character Design
  • World Background

The total score 0.0

Review posted successfully! Read more reviews
Send Gifts
Gifted
Thank you for your generous gift.

Cost Coin to skip ad

You can get it from the following sources

  1. 1. Daily check-in
  2. 2. Invite friends invite now >
  3. 3. Vote for new stories Vote >
learn more >
Vote with Power Stone
Rank NO.-- Power Ranking
Stone -- Power Stone
Report inappropriate content
error Tip

Report abuse

Paragraph comments

login
Report inappropriate content
error Tip

This's an experimental test for reading assistance in case.

We highly recommend you to enjoy the beauty of the original words.