Interdepartmental Memo

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Interdepartmental Memo

To: Sgt. Adam Dalton

From: Kelly Xiong (Office of Crime Scene Investigation)

Subject: Gaines Case

Sgt. Dalton,        

Attached are some of the documents you requested about the Gaines case. I have highlighted some of the important areas, but I’ll give you a quick run-down of the info here.

Gaines was attacked between 1:30am and 2:00am. He was watching television at the time. We still have not found any sign of forced entry. Gaines was approached from behind, his head was held back by an attacker. The attacker is most likely between 5’10” and 6’3” and also likely male. Gaines was not a small man, and the attacker was able to hold him down in the chair while he died. The attacker was right-handed. Gaines’s throat was slit from left to right, and he was held in place until he bled out.

There are two pieces of odd information we have found. 1) The blade used in the attack is fairly unique. We originally suspected that it was a common household knife, but further investigation shows that the blade was longer than a steak knife and not serrated. It was very, very sharp and slightly curved (see form 6B). We are still trying to figure out exactly what we are looking for, but it looks like the knife might be the key to this one. It you can find it, it would be easy to get a match. This thing might be one of a kind. 2) Sgt. Kathleen Hendrix noted on her initial report that there appeared to be less blood on the carpet than there should be. We tested the amount on the carpet and chair against the small amount still in the corpse. She was right. About a liter and a half of blood are unaccounted for.

We will send you more info as soon as it comes in.

Kelly Xiong

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