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Murder is afoot in Lower Hillsdale Heights.

A body was discovered in Judy Nedry’s backyard garden early this morning. The victim is a female rat of indeterminate age weighing just under one pound. The body is approximately nine inches long with a tail of commensurate length. The victim experienced puncture wounds to the neck and stomach. There were signs of a struggle and evidence that the victim had been severely mauled. Fur of the corpse was covered with dried slobber. Although a time of death is not available, rigor was evident (except for the tail) and it is estimated that the victim died either around 7 p.m. Saturday night or approximately 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Because the blood appeared to be fresh, forensics is leaning toward the Sunday morning time frame.

Prime suspect in the case is Omar Nedry. He was taken in for questioning at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The suspect has an alibi for most of Saturday night and early Sunday; however, he was seen in the vicinity of the crime prior to 7 p.m. Saturday and again at 6:15 a.m. Sunday. Judy Nedry can vouch for his whereabouts after 7 p.m. Saturday.

Although Omar Nedry has a prior record, having killed at least three rats at or near his home in the past, he has yet to be found guilty of any crime. In one instance, his victim showed symptoms of untreated clinical depression and his death was deemed “Suicide By Cat”. In the two other known instances, Omar Nedry was protected under Lower Hillsdale Heights’s  popular “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Since the only evidence against Omar at this time is circumstantial, he was released.

Several other rat murders have been reported in Lower Hillsdale Heights, pointing to the possibility of a serial killer  at large in the neighborhood. Rats are advised to exercise particular caution in the neighborhood, especially in the evening and through the early morning hours. They are advised to travel in pairs or groups, and to keep their doors locked at all times. Residents are advised to call 911 if they become aware of any suspicious activity.

The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of kin. Photos may be viewed on Facebook at the Emma Golden Mysteries site.




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  • Nadine luther says:

    You are hereby informed that Omar Nedry has been nominated for a a Congressional Medal of Honor for displaying courage “above and beyond” in the protection of his mistress, her serenity in not encountering alive said suspect on her properties, and her lush, fruitful garden. Omar Nedry is guilty of no crime.

    • Judy Nedry says:

      The Defense mounted a number of credible arguments; however, I tend to agree more with this view, that Omar was protecting property, garden, and Mom. He stood his ground and defended us all!

  • Mary Leatherman says:

    Omar is a bad ass!

  • Margie Hurle says:

    Oooohhh Judy your fascination with murder is taking over your life. Maybe there is an alternative explanation. Allow me to stand as defence lawyer to Omar Nedry. Your Honor, you mention dried slobber. Now, I’m not familiar with the killing and eating habits of said O N, but my observation is that cats don’t usually slobber on their victims. Their eating habits are what we as humans would regard as dainty; an investigative lick, then careful crunching. The perpetrator in this case didn’t proceed to the crunching, but the licking does not appear to have been cat-like. Of course a DNA sample would remove all doubt, but I understand that this court’s budget does not run to such investigation. Although the natural relationship between Omar and Ms Rat would be that of predator and prey, other carnivores also have rodents in their sights. The other wounds revealed by the post-mortem, punctures to the neck and abdomen, and general mauling, could be attributed to a number of predatory species. In the absence of further evidence, I respectfully submit that bail be continued for Omar Nedry.

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