A Cut Above The Rest - Victims are easy meat for hooded killer
The Derby Telegraph invites readers to submit short stories. Here is a piece by Philip Neale (pen name - Neal James), titled: 'A Cut Above The Rest'
We ought to warn readers, however, that despite being an exciting tale, it is rather graphic.
THE body, or what remained of it, had been found by a dog walker out for an early morning stroll. He had parked his car close to Derbyshire's Mapperley Reservoir in Shipley Country Park and let his Jack Russell terrier out of the back of the vehicle, watching her disappear on one of her customary forages around Shipley Lane. Having seen the dog stop abruptly, sniffing the air, ears erect, he was surprised when she vanished into the trees to the right, instead of following their customary course left, and up to the wooded area encompassing the remains of what had been the Miller-Mundy estate. "WHERE'S the body?" DS Fletcher crushed the stub of the cigarette beneath his shoe after the disapproving look from one of the park rangers. "Over here." Stan Powell, the ranger, led the way into the trees. "The chap who found her is still in the ambulance back there." He jabbed a thumb over his shoulder in the direction of the car park. "He's pretty shaken up, as you'll soon understand." Fletcher's progress halted abruptly, 10 yards into the undergrowth, as he came upon the scene.