Divine Help

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Chapter Thirty-Eight

Chapter Thirty-Eight

Sophia and Jacob looked up as the captain walked in.

Sophia gave him a smile. “G’day, sir. How are ya?”

The captain just smirked back at Sophia, went into his office, and shut the door behind him.

“Hmm, I wonder what that was all about?”

“We probably don’t want to know.”

They both laughed and went back to what they were doing. A few minutes later, Jacob looked up.

“I keep thinking about the raid and how relatively easy it was.”

“Personally Jake, an easy raid is a good raid. don’t you think?”

“I would normally agree with you, but something just doesn’t seem right, like it was too easy.”

“What do you mean, Jake?”

“Well, think about it for a minute, the resistance wasn’t all that hard to overcome, and the suspects… I would have thought they would have fought back a little harder than they were.”

Sophia nodded. “You’re not going where I think you are going, are you Jake?”

Jake looked at Sophia with a knowing look. “I don’t think Marshall is the main boss. I mean, if he were the main boss, he wouldn’t have given up so easy. He was ready to blow me and him up just so he wouldn’t get caught.”

Sophia nodded. “I see where you’re going with this, but if he isn’t the head boss, who is? None of the other scum we have caught is the leader that is for sure.”

“I would agree with you. There is still someone we haven’t found out about who is running everything. We need to talk to Marshall again. I don’t think he has told us everything he knows.”

“Well, let’s get him back in here.”

Jake nodded and called in to have Marshall brought in from central lockup. They placed Marshall in one of the interrogation rooms to await Jake and Sophia. Jake and Sophia watched him behind the two way glass, making him uncomfortable a while before they start questioning him.

They entered the room, and Sophia sat across the table from Marshall. She paused a moment before she started speaking. “We told you that if you didn’t tell us everything, we would be back. We know you aren’t the head boss.”

Marshall stammered as he tried to talk. “What are you talking about? Of course I am. I’m the head boss.”

Jacob leaned in close to him. “Don’t make us laugh. You aren’t the boss of anything. It was way too easy capturing you and all your associates. Who is your boss, Marshall?”

“I swear to you that I’m the head boss, Detective.”

“Don’t waist our time, Marshall. We know you aren’t. You gave up everything way too quickly.”

The look on Marshall’s face suddenly changed from a look of compliance to a one of contempt.

“I should be in charge! I at least know when and where to push. The Boss doesn’t have the ears in this city to own it.”

“And you do, Marshall? I don’t think so. No, you aren’t the boss. For starters, you’re not smart enough to be the boss. And second, everyone answers to someone above them. Even you, Marshall”

Marshall glared at the detectives. “So what if I do? It doesn’t matter. You’ll never find him, much less take him off the street. Trust me, there have been many people try, and all have failed.”

“True enough, but he hasn’t met me and my detectives yet. And when he does, he will rue the day he came to this town. Mark my words.”

Marshall laughed. “You actually think you are going to catch him? However, you have intrigued me. How do you think you are going to accomplish this, pray tell?”

The two detectives got right up in Marshall’s face. “You are going to help us. That’s how.”

“What makes you think I’m going to help you, or that I even want to help you?”

“Quite simply, if you want to be alive to see your day in court and have the death penalty off the table, you will do everything in your power to help us. I have a lot of pull in the corrections system. The warden is a personal friend of mine. I could have him let it slip that you are the worst kind of scum, and then you would be lucky to make it a week. That is if you actually make it there. There are a lot of other cops that would relish the chance to have five minutes alone with you, if you catch my meaning.”

Sophia got close enough so she could whisper. “This deal ends if we walk out that door and you haven’t agreed. You have about five seconds to make up your mind.”

The detectives waited five seconds, and then headed for the door.

“All right, all right, I’ll help you, but I want protection.”

The two detectives stopped and walked back to the table where Marshall was sitting.

“Now that’s more like it. Now of course your protection hangs on what you have to tell us. If what you tell us leads to the arrest of everyone involved, you will have your protection.”

“All right, the main boss over all the crime in the city isn’t who you think. You have been looking at all the wrong people. Everyone you have been turning the heat up on are only local bosses. To end this whole thing, you need to look internationally. Now, before you get any ideas, I have never seen the head boss before, but I did hear a name. It’s always said in whispers and hushed tones. The Butcher. Lives somewhere on an island or something like that.”

“Come on Marshall, you can do better than that…”

“I’m not done yet. From where you are, the Butcher is untouchable. You will have to make the Butcher come to you. And that, Detective, is easier said than done. However, I believe I have a way to get the Butcher to come to you. All you have to do is arrest all the local crime bosses and keep them off the streets for a while, and the Butcher will have no choice but to come here and run things until suitable replacements can be found. Of course, you will have to find out who they all are. There is always one or two that slip through the cracks.”

“So what is the Butcher’s real name, Marshall?”

“I don’t know. All I have ever heard is the Butcher. I have personally never even seen him.”

“Who has seen him, Marshall? I want names.”

“No one has seen him, ever. That’s why you have never heard of him before.”

“That’s where you are wrong. How do you think we have managed to catch you and the other Leaders? My partner and I have known about the existence of the Butcher. We also know the name of the Butcher. I just needed to know how much you knew. Doesn’t sound like you are very high on the food chain, now does it? Now then, how do the crime lords communicate with this Butcher?”

“The Butcher uses video chat via an encrypted internet connection, but is always in the shadows and uses a voice changer so no one even knows what he sounds like, either.”

“Wow, this Butcher is either very smart, or very paranoid. But regardless of which one, he is a coward. For your sake Marshall, you better hope we take him down.”

The two detectives left the interrogation room and joined the task force.

“All right, this is what we are going to do. We are going to arrest all of The Leaders, bring them in, and get them to tell us everything they know. Then we will get this so-called Butcher. The Captain has given us the location of the members that he knows of, so it’s up to us to get the rest of them. We will split up and take them down, and then we will get the information we need. Each team will have two detectives and four SWAT officers. Good luck.” Jacob divided his team up into groups of two with a small SWAT army with them and sent them on their way.

“Sophia, I need you to lead one of the other teams. I know we are partners, but I have brought in someone who knows a lot about The Leaders.”

Just then, Jaxon Strong entered the room. Everyone in the room stood in shock for a moment before starting up a cheer. Jaxon was received with welcome backs and high fives.

“Detective Johnson will be teamed up with Sophia. You all have your assignments. Let’s get to it.”

Everyone left the room except for Sophia and Jacob.

“We need to talk, Jake.”

“All right. I’ll see you at the car, Jaxon.”

Jax nodded and headed for the car.

“All right, what is it Sophia?”

“Are you sure Jaxon should be involved in this, after all she has been through?”

“I understand where you are coming from Sophia. Jax has been through a lot, but she is the one who approached me about getting involved. She has information that has been invaluable to this operation. We would have never gotten this far without her.”

“Does the captain know about this, Jake?”

Jake smiled. “Of course he does, and he signed off on it.”

Sophia returned the smile. “Good. Let’s get this scum off the streets.”

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