Holy SmokesBy, Nan Claire Falkner

Last March, the Kansas City Fire Department answered a two alarm fire near the University. After a wild party, Rodrick fell asleep with a drink in his hand, smoking. The accelerant was tequila. The one good thing that came out of the fire was an insulated, fireproof safe.

When Sara, Rod’s “on again – off again” girlfriend, found the key and opened the safe, there was a life insurance policy on top. She opened it up and read – “Shit,” she said, “He didn’t have to do that – I don’t need money – I need him!”

“Well,” the detective said “That’s motive!”


45 thoughts on “HOLY SMOKE

  1. Wrongfully accused happens too often. For example, with DNA testing of old evidence, there has been hundreds of people waiting on death row released who did not commit the crimes for which they were falsely convicted.

  2. Dear Nan,

    A question remains, did she do it for the insurance or was she genuinely surprised? Perhaps the clue is in on-again-off-again girlfriend. 😉 Nicely done.



  3. It used to be such a common tale, not so much now smoking is on the decline and fire retardant materials abound.
    Good piece.

    • Ain’t it the truth Russell!?! You are right, they never want to pay. I worked for an insurance company before Steven (first son) was born. That company balked at every payout. – which I thought was unfair. Nan

  4. Nicely done, now she needs a good lawyer like Atticus Finch. He did a good job in another case involving Tequila. You may have read about it – Tequila Mockingbird.

  5. I imagine the minds of detectives work that way. An act of love on the dead man’s behalf – leaving her a hefty lump of insurance money – would be the first thing they pounce on. I agree, she needs a good lawyer now. Atticus Finch might be difficult to contact. How about Perry Mason – if he’s still around! Good story, Nan.

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