/rɪˈvɛn (d) ʒ/
1. The action of hurting or harming someone in return for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands.
"Other spurned wives have taken public revenge on their husbands"
Synonyms: vengeance, retribution, retaliation, reprisal, requital, recrimination, an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth), tit for tat, measure for measure, getting even, redress, satisfaction, repayment, payback;
Three can keep a secret, if one of them is dead."
- Benjamin Franklin
I saw red. No not the plain kind that one often finds on painting software or on another one's jacket. Not the type that you see every day and recognise its existence yet walk past in ignorance, I saw the crimson type. Vigorously clashing with pigments of ebony, each ferociously attempting to succeed in making its mark.
October 18th 2015, 9:25 PM
Case study No. 203.68690.45-2015
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OFFICER: This is Chief Constable Wade Arnost. The time right now is 9:25 PM on October 18th 2015. You have the right to a solicitor if you so wish for one. This is a recorded interview which has now begun. Please state your full name, date of birth and address of residency.
HELBERGEN: My name is Sanne Blair Primrose Helbergen I was born on the 11 May 1996 and my residence varies.
ARNOST: What do you mean by that Miss. Helbergen?
HELBERGEN: [leans in towards the officer] It means Arnost that I do not have a permanent residency anywhere.
ARNOST: I would like it if you could get out of my face and watch that rude tone of yours thank you very much! [Clears throat] What about your family, where are they anyway, we’ve been trying to contact them for days.
HELBERGEN: [UNINTELLIGABLE] my dear mama and papa were murdered 3 years ago and my brother committed suicide 2 months later out of fear that the killer, who you still haven’t found, could be after him next.
ARNOST: Miss Helbergen you do understand that this is an on-going criminal investigation and that we have the right to carry out formal arrests at this given moment in time, we have seen the things that you have done so let me make my warning crystal, fail to comply with the regulations of our investigation and this present interview and I would personally suggest that you pick the cell you wish to stay in now.
[Detainee seems less cocky now and slouches back onto her seat]
HELBERGEN: Ok, what do you want to know?
[Officer Arnost takes out of brown envelope, previously on the left hand corner of the desk, presents detainee with pictures of a deceased young girl]
ARNOST: Do you know who that is?
ARNOST: Do you know where or when this happened?
ARNOST: Miss.Helbergen, the sooner you cooperate the sooner the nightmare will be over, for everyone.
HELBERGEN: I do not know who that is or what happene…
ARNOST: This is the corpse of Cecilia Matilda McGreavy, who 3 weeks ago today, who was found in her mother’s walk-in wardrobe completely, covered in bruises before our Pathologist concluded that what killed her was a gunshot -straight to her heart.
[Detainee looks indifferent, keeping a facial expression that lacked emotion]
HELBERGEN: What does that have to do with me?
ARNOST: You tell me Sanne, you tell me.
HELBERGEN: I don’t know the girl; I have never even seen her before so do me a favour and [Unintelligible]
ARNOST: That tattoo, the one that you’re clearly attempting to hide, how long ago was it since you first got it?
HELBERGEN: Why such an invasive question Officer, am I not even entitled to do what I want with my body anymore?
ARNOST: Fine ice. That is what you are treading on Helbergen. I am going to ask you again, when did you get that tattoo?
HELBERGEN: No Comment.
ARNOST: Our investigators noted the exact same tattoo on the exact same place on McGreavy’s wrist. There also lay a card and a lily covered in blood. Shall I read what it says on the card?
HELBERGEN: It’s your show, not mine.
[Arnost takes out photograph of the card]
It had to be done.
Secrets are for keeping not sharing
And tick tock, girlie it’s now a suicide red
I am not one to be messed around with.
ARNOST: Ring a bell at all?
ARNOST: You are not going to confess to anything at all are you?
HELBERGE: I have nothing to tell, because I have nothing to hide, officer.
ARNOST: You know we checked everything about her and of you.
HELBERGEN: [Unintelligible] And?
ARNOST: She was born and raised in Hartford Hill, you spent more than half your life in the Netherlands and then in New York. Miss McGreavy had more wealth than maybe the queen herself; you don’t even have a place to live. Yet what was quite interesting for me especially was how the pair of you did at some point live in the same estate, according to interviews with the neighbours at Rateshire Estate, your mother and hers were close friends which must have meant that you must have at least seen her in your lifetime?
HELBERGEN: No comment.
ARNOST: You and McGreavy were registered to attend an appointment to have your identical tattoos done at the time and on the same day, true or false?
HELBERGEN: No comment.
ARNOST: We had her DNA sampled of course, for legal purposes. We also did a sample of yours.
HELBERGEN: Your point is?
ARNOST: I think we both have a fair idea of where we’re at right now.
[Arnost holds out main picture of McGreavy right at Helbergen’s face]
ARNOST: That was your half-sister wasn’t it?
HELBERGEN: No comment.
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