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The Death of Betty Pinto
by Judith W Colombo   

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Mystery/Suspense

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29

Copyright:  August 13, 2007
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Betty and Rose are two elderly friends who run a soup kitchen in a building they both own. After a rare public argument between them, Betty is found murdered. Who killed Betty? Is it Rose, who stands to inherit Betty’s half of the building? Detective Blanchard thinks so. Or is it one of the kitchen’s clientele with a grudge against Betty who wasn’t a sweet old lady.

Judith Woolcock Colombo


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Years ago, I worked as a volunteer in an inner city soup kitchen. There I met a variety of characters both admirable and disreputable. This provided the background for The Death of Betty Pinto.  When the story begins, Betty and Rose are two elderly friends who run a soup kitchen in a building they both own. After a rare public argument between them, Betty is found murdered. Who killed Betty? Is it Rose, who stands to inherit Betty’s half of the building? Detective Blanchard thinks so. Or is it one of the kitchen’s clientele with a grudge against Betty who wasn’t a sweet old lady.

You can find my Amazon Short here:"THE DEATH OF BETTY PINTO"


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There was no moon that night which was fortunate because the person carrying the body wanted to remain unseen. However, someone did see a dark shape walking almost bent double under the weight of a garbage bag.

The person stumbled several times but didn’t fall. The park wasn’t far, only three short blocks. Finally the task was accomplished. A suitable bench was found near the park’s entrance, and the scene was set.

The next morning, a Friday, a man found her. He stood staring at the short fat woman lying on the park bench, wrapped in a blanket with her hands folded on her breasts. She appeared asleep, but she wasn’t breathing and was cold to the touch. Lying across the bench at her feet was the bloated body of a dead grey cat. Above her head also lying across the bench was another dead and bloated grey cat.




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