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August 13 1967 - Diary entries.

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August 13 1967 Today was yet another wonderful day spent with my mother. We went to the local fair with my aunt and cousin whom I have not seen in a long time. We had a good time and enjoyed the time spent together. Sadly though today is my second last day to visit my mother. I am going to leave tomorrow on a train and head directly tot a small town called Wells where I will arrive late at night and switch trains. Then I will go strait back home to Pasadena. As always I am still trying to convince my mother move to Pasadena and with me where she can have a better life, but she is to attached to her home and will not move. But I am not going to give up I will keep asking her until she agrees because I know she could have a better life in Pasadena. August 14 1967 The events of today were of the usual kind, only special by those I am visiting. I awoke in my mother's guest bedroom to the smell of eggs and bacon. I accompanied my mother at the kitchen table and enjoyed a full meal that I knew was being stretched in my benefit due to my mother current financial difficulties. Day after day I remind her of the life she could have if she moved to Pasadena. ...read more.


I am hoping to make my stay here in Wells a short one. I find it hard to believe that chief Gillespie was chosen to be the chief of police because of qualification. He does not seem qualified at all. I am not even sure if he has had proper training. I met a man by the name of Mr. Endicott. I could tell right away that he was more educated than many of the people I have met so far and I suspect that he is from the north. Also I have had the opportunity to question some of the citizens including Miss Mantoli, the daughter of the victim, Enrico Mantoli. Chief Gillespie got me a car to use during my stay in Wells. The car is from a garage that is run by a poor black man named Jess. I have managed to gather a lot of information about the murder today and already have a someone that I suspect. I also had the opportunity to question Harvey Oberst and gain some information about a young girl named Delores Purdy. August 16 1967 This morning I phoned the hotel that Eric Kaufmann is staying at and gathered some information from the desk clerk. Later at the station a man named Gottschalk was brought in for questioning. He was driving his pink Pontiac on the highway where the body was found. ...read more.


When I arrived and the food was served, we barley began to eat before everybody wanted to know exactly what happened. So Mr. Endicott asked Gillespie what happened and he said that Mr. Endicott should ask Sam because he was the one to make the arrest. Sam told him that he should ask me because I solved the investigation. So I told the story of the past couple days and everyone listened intently. After we finished eating, Gillespie drove me to the train station and thanked me for my help in the investigation. I know that I haven't changed the opinion of the men I met but I do believe that I have opened their eyes and made it so that they are more willing to accept others at least a little more than they were when I first met them. August 19 1967 I am back home now and came home to a pleasant surprise. When I went to work this morning my boss called me in to his office and showed me a letter that he had received from Chief Gillespie and it described in great detail all of the things that I had contributed to the investigation in Wells and thanked me for my cooperation, time, and friendship... signed Chief of Police Bill Gillespie. After I read the leader I had an even greater sense of accomplishment than I have ever felt after solving any crime and my boss also promoted me to lead homicide detective for the Pasadena Police Department. ...read more.

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