From the journal of Inspector Luttwak
From the journal of Inspector Edward Luttwak concerning a murder in Bruges, November , 2017
Once a month I travel to Bruges from Amsterdam to play chess with my younger brother Nicolas who is the Chief of Police there. As I called him on the phone to confirm our date, he told me that, unfortunately, chess would have to wait.
“There’s been a murder,” he said.
I was intrigued. I urged him to brief me further on the details.
That morning, he explained, a thirty-five-year old male known as the Tattoo-man was found dead in one of the canals.
The Tattoo-man worked as a model in an art studio located at Site Oud Sint-Jan. His girlfriend Ivana was a student there. The day of the murder, the Tattoo-man and Ivana left the class at 5 PM and went back to their hotel room close to Market square. Later the two went out to have dinner in a restaurant across the street. The waiter said that they finished at 8:30 PM. The following day at around 6 AM, a tourist found the Tattoo man’s body floating in a canal close to Site Oud Sint-Jan.
“When I brought the girlfriend Ivana over to identify the corpse, she immediately admitted to killing her boyfriend, but I was skeptical,” said Nicolas.
Here is the information I have collected thus far:
1. The body: Autopsy of the body showed that the victim drowned. No other apparent injuries noted.
2. A baseball bat: Covered with blood, which forensic analysis and DNA testing revealed to be the victim’s. Only the Tattoo-man’s fingerprints were found on the bat.
3. The Tattoo-man’s wristwatch: The watch stopped at 9:34.
4. A ruby necklace: A 150,000 Euro necklace found in the possession of Ivana. The hotel maid’s thumb fingerprint was found on the surface of the gem.
5. A blood-stained glove: A female glove, presumably Ivana’s. DNA analysis of the blood showed it was from Tattoo-man.
6. A Violin: Owned by the vagrant Michael who often played on the streets along Market square. It had a blood smear also confirmed to be from the victim.
This case is strange, indeed. After talking to my brother, I went out to gather more information from witnesses. (to be continued…)