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4 Things To Start


1. Mrs. Johnson is the main suspect in her husband's unfortunate death. The incident was originally placed down to being an accident, but traces of sleeping pills were discovered in his system and upon his person.
2. Most everyone, including the police and acquaintances of Mrs. Johnson, believe that she is responsible for her husband's death. However there is no evidence that Mrs. Johnson is responsible and therefore there will be no trial.
3. Told from the perspective of the lead detective on the case as his team struggles to find the puzzle pieces that they so desperately need.
4. Detective Winslow A. Smith, formerly known as captain to the troop that stormed through Germany, is not one to back down from a challenge, and isn't going to start now.
  





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The Main Cast


The Detective: Winslow Aquinas Smith - "We have a bunch of jack shit."
The Wife: Ms. Queenie Laverne Johnson - "I swear I did not do this."
The Brother: Mr. Howard Barton Johnson - "Queenie is not a killer."
The Maid: Lillian Marjory Scrabok - "I don't think it's proper for me to say."
The Butler: Sean Teigue O'Keefe - "You're an army man, Smith. You should know."
The Coroner: Dr. Brian M. Reilly - "Why do they always call me?"


The Victims

Daniel Bernard Johnson - "My love for my wife and my partner are equal."
--more victims to be announced--


The Witnesses

Lt. James Conner Morton - "I don't love the world but I love you."
  





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Winslow Aquinas Smith


Role in Story: Lead Detective in the Johnson death/murder investigation
Occupation: Police detective in the Mobile, Alabama Police Department

Physical Description: Winslow stands at just over 6 feet tall and has been often been told off for his ‘movie star’ looks and swooning charm. His light brown hair is ever disheveled, conveniently tucked under a hat at all times or some grease present from a vain attempt at slicking the rebellious hairs down. His blue and green eyes are part of the play into the charm he has on any person who might meet, and the second feature most commented on - after his lips of course. Men particularly care for his pink-ish lips that blend in perfectly to his face in some lighting but stand out with a touch of makeup when he wants them to be noticed.

Personality: Though he hates the phrase, Winslow is a complicated man in any aspect of his life and certainly when it comes to showing his personality. For the most part, upbringing/military in mind, he is closed off about his personal life and professional in his current work environment. Being in the police department does not breed the most welcoming atmosphere and even still, there will always be certain details that will stay out of the public eye.

His demeanor changes massively for whoever he might get a case for. Winslow deals mainly in homicide but due to some amount of personal duty will often consult on tough cases. There's the patrol men that know he's the right person to contact when there's a sensitive matter concerning someone in trouble.

Overall, he's nice and approachable to the people that he meets in the line of duty.

His personality when relating to his more sheltered personal life brings out the charm and the sweet talking he once got in trouble for as a teenager. Winslow is always nice but sometimes he tends to be aggressive with flirting, even if it's not happening very much these days.

Habits/Mannerisms: Winslow has a few tics that come out from his upbringing and experiences in the war, including the tendency to tap out phone messages and songs from the radio in morse code. It was often brought on by the details of a case (most likely to be domestic violence) or talking to a fellow veteran in a bar. He knows how to hold himself at attention and can easily slip between different stances to fit the right shift in the conversation - always appropriate in every situation.

Background: Born on November 22, 1917 (Thanksgiving Day), he started young at gaining a reputation for being a bit troublesome. He grew up in a small town outside of Mobile, leaving home at eighteen (1935) to go the army, and his usable skills to the service quickly being recognized. Winslow has always been the charmer, quick with his wit and to find a story to make it out of an unsavory situation. His commanding officers took in this level of charisma, the speed on his feet when formulating a cover story, and handiness with a gun to mean a good candidate for officer training.

Before and during World War II, Winslow was working as an intelligence officer overseas at home and abroad. Before the war (1937), his post was routinely changing and fluid. The office he was mainly reporting back to was in Washington DC and the nature of his work was on a task force looking for communist connections in the United States population, including the ongoing investigation of Hollywood. The exploration into the identity of his personal life began during this time, including a few momentary flings before moving to London in 1939 after the tensions in Europe were further rising. His official placement wouldn’t begin until 1942 when the Office of Strategic Services was pushed to the forefront.

Initially holding the rank of second lieutenant while investigating the issues in Hollywood, he was promoted to first lieutenant soon after a successful mission in London. His position in Europe was maintained but in late 1939 the British Intelligence Forces became aware of the Nazi movements and their wish to take over France. Winslow was transferred to Paris, assigned to a platoon of intelligence agents of different Allied origins. His time in Paris led to a long term relationship with a fellow lieutenant, a man from the British Army, with whom he eventually parted.

Promotion to captain during his official move to the OSS in early 1943 and assumed a position with the purpose of infiltrating Germany. Winslow began another relationship during this time with an Army doctor while he was working out of a Battalion Aid Station near the front lines. (He eventually lost this partner near the end of the war, sustaining physical trauma from the car wreck they were involved in and perpetuated the mental trauma he had sustained over the past decade of being in the armed forces.) Many of the soldiers that came through this particular station were escaped prisoners of war and that was Winslow’s justification for being there. He was there to debrief them and gather information about the further whereabouts of the camps.

When the war was over, Winslow was offered a position to stay in the new formations of the OSS. The Central Intelligence Agency was in the works at this point, no official name as of yet, but a captain like Winslow was “in high demand” and “especially someone with such an impeccable service record”. Even without the ways his trauma was starting to effect him, Winslow had no intentions of staying in the military, and decided to move back home to follow in his father’s footsteps. His father had been a soldier in the Great War, a member of the military police during that time, and became a police detective sometime after his return to Mobile. Winslow hated to admit it but the military had prepared him for exactly what the department wanted from their brash, ruthless and often very unsavory detectives.

Internal Conflicts: The sexual realizations of Winslow’s life have always been present but the work done in Hollywood and the art scenes of New York City brought him to certain identities and relationships. In those cases, where he was sometimes working mildly undercover, he was allowed to be more expressive in a way that has now been tucked back into the closet.

“Military men do sometimes have relations.” The justification he told himself for the personal relationships kept during the war. His first real, long-term partner had been wounded and discharged, returning to life with a lack of intimacy and a wife in the country side and leaving Winslow to ride the rest of the war out. When stationed at an aid unit, his close relationship with one of the doctors led to the feeling of being in “love” but this relationship was just as fleeting as the last. Winslow and his partner were injured in a car wreck - Winslow left with a tremor and his partner dead on the scene.

Overseas and in the art scenes it had been much easier to have an identity. It still wasn’t true and it wasn’t being open, but it was something more than he now had at home in Mobile. Winslow struggles to maintain the balances of secrets of the two sides of his life and hopes to find the person that will make him rest easier.

External Conflicts:

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Queenie Laverne Johnson


Role in Story: The main suspect

Occupation: Home maker. Former pin-up model.

Physical Description: Queenie stands at 5’4” but often wears at least 3 inch heels that elevate her position, matching a little bit of her height to the power she always holds over people. This woman is very attractive, pleasing to the eyes of women, men, and all the in between people. Beyond her ‘bombshell’ facial beauty, Queenie has spent her time making sure the figure matched up as well. She often wears dresses that cling to her waist and stretch around her hips, obviously not for keeping the attention of her husband due to his own preferences. Her long blond hair is far more natural than it seems, usually curled up high, and is often matched with deep red lipstick and rosy cheeks.

Personality: Queenie has a rather shifting personality. It all depends on the situation that she finds herself in and there’s no way to get a read on her. Detective Smith finds her to be someone who always looks like they’re pretending to be someone else. To him, Queenie acts like the most traumatized victim ever, but when he observes her from the Hall, her mourning is no longer present. To her friends, Queenie is often strong willed and brash in her wording, but to those she needs information from, is the sweetest person to ever exist.

Her personality is pretty damn confusing.

That's the main summary that Winslow has to say when evaluating this suspect.

Habits/Mannerisms: Queenie is someone who tends to talk with their hands when they get excited, waving around particularly shined nails. Or tapping those very same nails against a formica tabletop in the back of someone’s kitchen. She tends to have a resting face that is a sad sort of smile, in the rare moments when Winslow observes her to be relaxed. All behaviors that lead him to question her past life - of which there is very little information. He has determined that one of her tells is biting down too hard on her bottom lip and a glance inside revealed old scarring. An obviously destructive habit.

Background: There isn’t too much to know about Queenie Johnson or at least not too much to be know that can be easily accessed. Her history as a model became rather apparent to Winslow when he sorted through her personal items in the master bedroom closet. To say that Mrs. Johnson was beautiful was a rather bit of an understatement as someone who had lived off of her looks for a long term period.

Research revealed that Queenie was born Mary Bernadette Williams (April 20, 1920) to a Southern Baptist family in Margerum, Alabama. The small town was outside of Florence, which is a medium sized city in the upper left corner of the state of Alabama. In her youth, Queenie walked a great distance to school due to the lack of a solid education system in Colbert County. She worked first on her family’s farm, then in her grandparent’s store and then left when she was 16 to try her hand at acting. The acting in moving pictures didn’t turn out but she had great success as a model in some illicit magazines with a certain intended purpose of excitement.

Now known as Queenie Laverne, she married Mr. Daniel Johnson (March 5, 1915) when she was nearly 20 years old, making him to be 25 at the time. He left shortly after to serve overseas, and it was rumored that their marriage was never properly consummated. The Johnsons on Mobile were a higher class family who originally had no respect for Queenie, still having little as time goes on. [ See more in External Conflict] She managed to maintain a relationship with Daniel’s younger brother, Howard.

Queenie started making connections in the Mobile higher society community, faking herself into the scene that they required. Her personality adapted in a way that she wasn’t familiar with, even farther different from what had been required during the different modeling lines. Those people had been interested in her looking like sex, but many of the men and women of the clubs expected her to be engaging in sex. She hadn’t intended to have those sorts of affairs, even knowing that her husband would probably never have sex with her. Danny’s preferences did lie elsewhere. And she found that this was a way to make connections within the circles.

Internal Conflicts: Queenie often battles with knowing she’s pretending to be someone else for the sake of keeping up appearances. She would prefer to be someone else, maybe not her old self, but definitely not the person she has become now. Queenie feels trapped in her marriage and fenced in by her series of complex lies. If someone were to find a sign of her old life it would most certainly end terribly.

External Conflicts: Leading up to his death, Queenie had several public fights with Daniel, and they were quite animated. She was rescued from one altercation by Howard and this brought her husband to question “just how she was being a Johnson”. Even in the face of this accusation, she didn’t reveal the detail about why Sean was in their household and how Danny and Sean met. And when her mother in law begins attacking her, Queenie still keeps quiet.


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We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.
— Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind