By Police Officer Roelke McKenna
From the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries
By Kathleen Ernst
I finally got to meet Chloe's boss Ralph Petty the other day. I've been hearing about Petty Atrocities for over a year, and she's right about one thing: Petty is a complete jerk.
I'd been called out to Old World Wisconsin, the big historic site where Chloe works as a curator. A dead man had been found at one of the restored farms. You'd think that under the circumstances, the site director would be respectful to the first cop on the scene.
Instead, Petty roared up in that big red Harley Davidson Sportster he rides and tried to take charge. He snapped at Chloe. Then he jumped to the conclusion that a man had died because the interpreter working at the farm had done something wrong.
Then he tried to override my authority by barging over to examine the body himself.
"I can not allow you to do that." I clamped one hand on Petty's forearm. "This farm may be a crime scene."
"Crime scene? That's absurd." Petty tried to wrench his arm free.
|The Schulz Farm at Old World Wisconsin, where the body was found.|
Petty disappointed me that day by giving up the challenge.
But I've since come across a surprising bit of information about site director Ralph Petty. Using it might keep him from harassing Chloe.
Or the whole situation might blow up in my face, and I could find myself keeping Chloe company in the unemployment office.
I can't decide if I should stay out of Old World Wisconsin business and let Chloe take care of herself, or if I should confront Petty with what I know and take a chance at gaining her a bit of job security.
What do you think?
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