The Mass Murderer of London

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This is a story of how a man becomes insane after his wife's death. This is also the first book in my "Getting Away With Murder" series

Submitted: September 06, 2012

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The Mass Murderer

of London

By: Jesse Norman

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I was an innocent man condemned because my insanity took over me. Mad you say? I was never mad just insane. How was I to know that I'd end up with the victims blood on my hands, or the razor in my grasp? He had it coming for the hell he put me through. I was an English noble man well respected, but one tragic night as I was walking home I noticed a familiar object in the street. I picked it up and it was my wife's necklace. I walked further down the road and saw her in the gutter. My poor Victoria was brutally murdered. There she laid more beautifully than ever as I gazed into her icy blue eyes. With tears rolling down my cheeks and anger in my heart I swore I'd kill the ones responsible for her death and anyone who got in my way.My mass murderer name was Ivan van Barren, but my real name was Isaac Murtaugh. I was the man that the town of London feared.

I started plotting my revenge against the people of London. In came my first victim, a French business man by the name of Monsieur Pierre Lefou. " Good day to you sir", I said with a smile on face. "Bonjour Monsieur Murtaugh I'm so sorry to hear about the tragic death of Madame Victoria"."No apologies necessary my dear friend",I said as I showed him into my study." I was in Paris when I got the tragic news about Victoria"." How about a drink"?I took out a bottle of brandy and a small vial of sleeping arsenic that I bought from a nearby apothecary. I slipped the arsenic into Lefou's glass and gave it to him. "The reason I came was to get out of a debt that I made with a wealthy lord".I watched as he drank the arsenic and then suddenly he began to feel weird. "What's the matter"? I asked with a sinister grin on my face.He suddenly fell onto the floor and was brought to the cellar. The cellar was a dark chamber in the very bottom part of the house.Lefou finally woke up from his deep sleep, and was strapped to a table. "Where am I"?,he said in a terrified tone. "Bonjour Monsieur Pierre,welcome dear friend". "Murtaugh where are you, what's going on"? "My name is Ivan Van Barren, and I brought you here for revenge"."Revenge for what"? Pierre asked in confusion. "You were a part of that poor woman's death ,and so you shall be punished like every Englishman in this town"! "What death,I was in Paris like I said "Who is the man that killed her then"?"He goes by the name of Lord Grayson". "Well I'll give Lord Grayson a little message".I pulled a lever and a giant pendulum came and cut Lefou in half."I took an ink bottle and filled it with his blood and took a quill pen and wrote a message.

Later that day a carriage pulled up to the palace. "Good day your majesty", said a wealthy looking man. "Lord Grayson it seems we have a problem, Monsieur Lefou has missed his appointment and no one has seen him today". "Good heavens that is quite strange, do you think-" "Your highness, my lord you must come quick", said the kings guard.There was a large crate at the palace gates."Open it up quickly".There in the crate was the body of Monsieur Pierre Lefou."My lord there's a note". "Hand it here quickly", the message read:"Dear Lord Grayson, and his men; Consider this message my warning that I will find you and kill you.This town is mine now and I'll spread my terror to anyone who gets in my way. I shall punish you and your men for the death of a man's wife.Try sending your guards after me, I'll escape from them and you won't be able to find me.I sent this man's body to you as a message to show you what I'm capable of. Signed; Ivan Van Barren".

"My lord what should we do about this"? , asked King George. "Your highness you leave that to me", said Lord Grayson with a smirk on his face." Captain send a message to everyone in town; I will give them ten pounds if they find and bring me this Ivan Van Barren".The captain had a look of confusion on his face,"but my lord the message said he will kill anyone who gets in his way".Lord Grayson gave the captain a cold look. "You will obey my orders, and besides I'm pretty sure if we find out who he is we can put an end to his pathetic life and watch him rot in hell for his crimes".The very next morning there was a knock at my chamber door. "Come in", I said as the servant entered with my tea. " My lord there is an inspector here by the name of Inspector Gibbs"." Send him in",I said with a smile."Good morning Mr. Murtaugh" said the inspector. "Good morning and what do I owe this fine pleasure of being in your company"?"Monsieur Lefou was found murdered as it would seems". "Murdered you say"? I asked. "Yes murdered, his body was discovered in a crate at the king's palace"."My god that sounds very tragic". The inspector waited until I offered him seat. " Would you care for tea inspector while you tell me more about this news"."Lord Grayson has issued an arrest warrant for the man who did this crime". " Who is this man that is responsible", I said with a suspicious look on my face. " He goes by the name of Ivan Van Barren, and Lord Grayson wants this man captured before another body is found". " Inspector I enjoyed your company, but it's time for you to go". I escorted the inspector out of the house and said as I shook his hand; " I'll keep a watch out for this murderer.

Later that evening the tax collectors came and I told him I could’t pay that I didn’t have the money to pay. “ If we don’t get the money by the end of the week, we’ll make you an appointment with the gallows”. After they left I followed them to a pub. “Good evening to you sir what will you have”, said the bartender. “Those men that were here where did they go”? “I’m not authorized to tell that”. I pulled out knife and put it to the man’s throat. “Now you will tell me everything or I spill your blood all over the counter.” “They left a couple minutes ago. They were saying something about getting money to pay the ones who is able to capture the murderer the town’s going crazy about”. “Where did they go”? I asked with an evil gaze on my face. “ To some alley way in the center of town.” The man suddenly pulled out a pistol and put it to my head. “You stupid foolish man, you should’t have came now I’ll be getting that reward for your head”. I imediatetly slit the man’s throat then left the bar to track down the two tax collectors. I spotted the two men in a nearby alleyway. “ Cheers to you Mr. Smith”, said Mr. Banks. “Why thank you Mr. Banks”. “What was that”, asked Mr. Banks. I don’t know. Mr Banks suddenly disappeared out of the blue. “ Who’s there”?, Mr. Smith said in a startled tone. I grabbed him by the neck and took out my razor and slit his throat. I took the bodies and hung them on the street signs.

One morning on her way to the market, the town’s sew mistress screamed in shock as the bodies of Mr. Smith and Mr. Banks dropped right in front of her. “Help”!!”He’s killed again, Van Barren strikes again”. Inspector Gibbs came to the scene of the crime and gazed in disgust. “Inspector Gibbs it looks like my town is no longer safe”. “ My lord I’m trying the best I can for you and your family”. “Darling maybe we should hold off on the party with three bodies found”. Lady Grayson said as she and Melissa walked on the scene. “My dear the party will continue as planned and I won’t have you cancel it because some hell mouth demon causing chaos in my town”. Lord Grayson turned to his wife and kissed her on the hand and said, “My darling why don’t you and Melissa go home and get ready for tonight I’ll handle this”. I was in my study doing work when my servant Sara came in, “ sir this invitation came for you from Lord Grayson to go to his party tonight”. “ Send my apology’s but I decline his invitation”. “Sir his servant said that Lord Grayson wanted you personally”. “Sara, send for a carriage and get my best clothes out”. That night I got out of my carriage and went up the stair ways up to the mansion. “ Mr. Murtaugh just the man I wanted to see this evening greetings friend”. “ Good evening my lord and this must be your lovely wife and daughter”. “Yes this is my lovely wife Rebecca and daughter Melissa and her fiance Oliver”. “My lord thank you for your lovely invitation and I’m sorry but I can’t really stay long”. “I need to speak in private with you Mr. Murtaugh in my study if you don’t mind”. Lord Grayson and I walked to his office and sat in two big red chairs in front of a enormous fire. “Mr. Murtaugh Your business is under my command now and I’m authorized to shut it down until you tell me what I need to know about the deaths that’s happened in the past two days”. I looked at him and said “With all do respect my lord, but I’m not responsible for these deaths of these citizens and I have nothing to hide”. “ Inspector Gibbs seems to think that you had something to do with Monsieur Lefou’s death”. “What makes you think that I murdered him I have been grieving and wanting to kill myself for the death of my dear departed Victoria”. “ You were the last to see him before he was mutilated and you were wanting revenge against your wife’s death am I correct”. I knocked his teacup off the desk and headed to the door. “ Just remember If you are helping this murderer in anyway than you will share the same penalty as well”. I left the mansion and went to my carriage. “Are you alright sir”? “ Drive”, I said. Later at Lord Grayson’s house. “My lord you wanted to see me”. “Mr. Gregory I need you and the inspector to get an arrest warrant for Mr. Murtaugh. “ My lord, has he done anything to be needing an arrest warrant”? “ Just do as I say I have feeling he’s the one that’s been murdering these people and I want him brought here alive so I can decide his punishment.

Later on that night I heard a knock on the door. Suddenly guards flooded my house and took my by the arms. “Arrest him for murder by the command of Lord Grayson”. “Sir what are they talking about murder”? “Under the orders of Lord Grayson you have been put under arrest for the murder of Monsieur Lefou, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Banks”. I pulled out my razor that I used to kill Mr. Banks and Smith. Sara noticed the blood on the razor and exclaimed;” It was you sir who murdered those men”. The guards tried to capture me but I slashed each one across the throat and jumped out the window and into the streets. “ Seize him don’t let him get away”!I ran into the cold night and hid in the shadows so I would’t get spotted. I knew I could’t go back because my servant girl Sara would turn me in immediately. It was midnight when I made it into the dark woods. A local Gypsy woman by the name of Matilda invited me into her cottage for warmth and shelter.” You are the one they are looking for yes”? Matilda said while stirring the pot over the fireplace. “How did you know”? I asked her with look of hoping she would’t go to the authorities. “I can spot the blood stains on your coat, and the razor is crusted with blood unless you must of cut yourself shaving then you must be a murderer”. “ You won’t go to the authorities will you if they get me then they will hang me”. She smiled and wrapped a blanket over me and said” My dear boy they won’t even come into these woods, they think I’m a witch and anyone that comes around here never returns”. “You are very kind, but tell me how do you get to the train from here without getting spotted”? “Hush don’t worry about that you need some rest and then you can worry about that in the morning”. She blew out the candle and went to bed. The cottage was dark and I felt like I was in a prison. I closed my eyes and went to sleep.

“How could you lose him”? Lord Grayson said with an angry expression on his face. “My lord he killed half of the guards and ran out”. “What does his servant girl know about these deaths”? “Nothing sir”, said Mr. Gregory. “She has been in shocked for the past several hours”. “Darling, won’t you find out what she knows about her master, maybe offer her some tea or maybe some of the jewelery that you never wear”. Lady Grayson entered the parlor where Sara was and sent the servants out. “My dear how cold you look maybe I have something suitable for you to wear”. “Thank you, you are very kind”, said Sara. In Lady Grayson’s chamber she brushed Sara’s hair and started talking to her. “You know my dear if you tell my husband what you know about your master, you would be helping us by putting him to justice for his crimes”. “I can’t say anything he’ll kill me if I say anything about his crime wave”. “My dear child what are you saying that you rather a lot more people die because of him”? “ I knew he killed Monsieur Lefou I was the one who helped him doing because he threatened to kill me if I said anything about his plan against your husband”. “What does he want with Lord Grayson my dear girl”? “My lady please I’ve said to much already, please don’t make me say anymore”. “My dear girl please forgive , I think I got what I need how about I get one of my servants to get you food and drink”. “Darling, I have some news for you”. “Yes what did she say”? “The girl claims she helped him kill Lefou”. “Then she needs to share the punishment with him”. “She was threatened if she didn’t go through with the murder, maybe we should send her home she’ll be safe there”. “No, that would be the first place he’ll look for her. Maybe she can be useful, keep her here until we can lure him back here”. “Sir this man claims he knows where Van Barren might be”. “I was in the woods and I saw him at her house, I think she might be harboring him in her cottage”. Lord Grayson summoned his men and told them to go into the woods to find him. “My lord no one has returned from going to her place”. “Are you questioning my authority do as I say now”.

Later on in the woods Madame Matilda ran back into the cottage. “Sir I spotted Lord Grayson’s guards in the woods and you must hide now” Matilda opened a trapdoor and said,” This will lead you away from the village now go”. She opened the door with a smile and said “Gentlemen won’t you come in”. Inspector Gibbs entered and told the men to search the cottage. “Where is he, Where is Van Barren”. “Inspector you think I would be harboring a fugitive,I’m never in the village that’s why I live out here in these woods”. “He’s been here sir”, does this look familiar”? “Where did he go”? “I know he was here now where is he”? “I rather be hanging by the neck than tell you where he went”. “Arrest this woman if she won’t talk to us then Lord Grayson will get an answer out of her”. I looked from a distance and saw the guards put Madame Matilda in the back of the carriage. I still kept on running for my life but then a guard spotted me I took out my razor and stabbed him in the neck then slashed him in the throat. I saw the train and jumped on it and ran away from the village I fled. “Well if it isn’t the town’s witch brought before me”. “I’ve seen death take my family, you do not frighten me sir”. “You are nothing but a coward that is to scared to deal with this monster yourself, and so you send your guards who can’t even defeat him either, those aren’t men but wee little lasses”. Lord Grayson slapped Matilda across the face and she fell onto the floor. “Next time it will be a lashing for you witch”.”If you won’t tell me where he is hiding out then I have ways of getting information out of you.

I found my parent’s home and stayed there until I got my strength back.”My dear boy we were wondering when were going to see you again”. My mother smiled as she picked up my dishes and then poured me another cup of tea. “I don’t see why we let him back in after he ran off into the city and married that tramp”. “William he did it out of love and it’s ashamed that she died we were devastated when his sister drowned herself in that creek three years ago”. “She died because the man she loved left her for another woman and she was so heart broken that she killed herself”.” What about him did you tell him about the mental illness that takes over him”? I looked at my parents as they argued and said; “mother what is he talking about”? My mother looked at me with tears in her eyes. “You were diagnosed with an illness that made you go insane, the doctors could’t figure out what was wrong with you”.”So all my life I’ve been living a lie I knew that there was something wrong with me, but I did’t know that there was a mental illness”. “Son, your mother wanted to tell you,but she did’t have the courage you’ve got to believe us”.” I don’t know what to believe anymore, is there anymore lies you want to tell me”? “My child we did this to protect you from hurting anyone else, the doctor did’t want us to tell you for your own safety”. I left and went to my room where I closed the door behind me. I had the look of anger and revenge in my eyes.My father came upstairs to get me, but I surprised him and he fell out of the window.”Isaac what have you done”?!”It’s not Isaac anymore that man is dead, I killed him along with your husband. My name is Ivan Van Barren now”. My mother walked backwards because of her fright that she fell off the balcony to her death. My next target was to locate the doctor who knew about my sickness.I saw a candle shining as I waited in the shadows.”Good evening doctor”, I said with the light reflecting off my blade and an evil grin on my face.”Who are you stranger how come I can’t see your face while your talking to me”? I moved from the chair to the fireplace and cocked my head to the doctor.”You don’t remember the boy that had an illness that you told his parents to hide from him”? The doctor dropped the lantern and with shock; “Isaac you are suppose to be in Bedlam for trying to kill your aunt”.“I’m back and it’s Ivan Van Barren now”. The doctor went to his desk to find his pistol”. “Maybe we can send a telegram to your parents and get you some help”. “They’re dead from the shock of what their son has become”. “ Can’t we be reasonable I told your parents because If they told you they would throw you onto the streets like a leopard with a disease”. The doctor pointed his pistol at me and then warned me to stay back. “That little gun won’t protect you from the pain I’m going to cause you”. He shot at me but the gun was emptied then he tried to make a run for it. I took a dagger from the dresser and threw it at his leg and he fell in pain. “What are going to do to me”, he said in agony. I took out the fireplace poker and turned to him and said “Don’t worry doc this will only hurt a lot. A loud scream of pain filled the streets as I fled into the streets. the guards came in and there was the doctor’s body with my mark on his body.

That night at Grayson Manor a scream filled the house. “Tell us where Van Barren is and we’ll let you go”. “I rather die than spill my guts”. “That can be arranged, poke her again.” “ I hope god will have pity on your souls”. Matilda said this as she breathed her last breath.” You idiots how are we going to get him now since you killed her”? ”Maybe we could use his servant as bait to lure him here bring her here”. “ My dear husband we can’t use her as bait what if he kills her for turning him in”.”That’s a risk we’re going to take, now my dear can you please get your master to come back to the manor so we can bring him to justice”.

I took a train back to London so I can finish what I started by killing the man responsible for my wife’s death. I exited the train and walked into the cold streets back to my house where I saw a candle was lit in the window. Sara must be in the house, funny I thought she would’ve fled out of the country. “ Master, your back I was beginning to wonder when you were going to return from your long trip”. I entered the house and took off my coat and hugged her gracefully. “My dear I thought you would have been arrested for assisting in my escape”. “ Welcome back Master Van Barren, or should we say Master Murtaugh”. I looked at Sara with anger in my eyes thinking why would my servant turn against me. “You betrayed me, you selfish little tramp”.Tears were rolling down her cheeks as she apologized. “Sir I’m sorry I did’t want to he made me or I would have shared the same fate as you”.”You are against me and I’ll kill you, I’LL KILL YOU”!! I fought off the guards and killed them both. Sara quickly ran out of the room and bolted the door behind her. She climbed out of the nearest window and ran into the streets. I watched her through the windows as I kicked the door down and hid into the alley ways. I followed her all the way to Lord Grayson’s house where I saw her enter.” You monster how dare you made me the bait, he murdered the guards that you sent and came after me for turning him in”. Lady Grayson wrapped a blanket around me and said; “ My dear girl you look cold and frightened won’t you please sit near the fire and warm your bones”. Suddenly there was a clatter of noise from upstairs. “Mr. Gregory go upstairs and check and see what that noise was”. Mr. Gregory stuttered and almost fainted because of the request given to him. “ Mm Mme sir, why don’t you get the inspector to check upstairs after all it is his job”. “ I’m sorry did I stutter I believe you’re name is Gregory is it not and besides I need the inspector to escort my family and Miss Sara to the train station for safety now do as I say”. Mr Gregory went upstairs and saw one of the window’s open and discovered one of the servant’s head has been decapitated. “Sir I think you better come look at this”. “He’s been here, Inspector please escort Sara and my family to the train station and out of here immediately, and Mr. Gregory you search for him while I get my pistol from my office”.The hallway was completely dark and Mr. Gregory watched where he stepped in order to stay alive which would’t be very long. I snuck down the hallways like a shadow on the walls. He got so scared that with his back turned I stood right behind him. He turned and I slashed him in the throat. While Sara, Lady Grayson and, Melissa was heading towards the carriage I tossed the body out of the window and it landed in the carriage. The ladies screamed and the inspector escorted them to his carriage. “I’ll escort you to the train and then I’ll be back for your husband my lady”.

Lord Grayson grabbed his pistol out of his desk and locked the door. “Good evening, it’s no use running if you want me dead”. “You murdered my secretary, half of the guards, three important business men, a doctor, the town’s witch, and even your own parents”. He pointed his pistol at me and chuckled; “I must say my dear boy you must have been planning this for a very long time even the death of your own wife”. I held my razor blade to his throat with hate and anger in my eyes. “You lie, You were the one who murdered Victoria you and your men killed her and threw her body into the streets”. “No, you don’t remember do you”? “It was a cold night your wife ran out because your anger took over you after she told you about the miscarriage. My wife and I found her on the streets crying and invited her over to our house. She left after she felt better from our little chat. you followed her in the alleyways and you beat her until she could’t move and then you slashed her in the throat. You took her necklace and threw it in the streets to make it look like someone else killed her so you would’t get caught because of your illness. You then went to the pub to make it look like you had an alibi. When it got late you took a walk the way where her body was lying. The whole murder points to you. You made it where the town would suffer because of your anger. You have no one to blame now except yourself and you kill me then you will be executed immediately for my assassination and the death threat against the king”.

I looked at him with memories flashing back and fourth in my head. Maybe he is telling the truth, or he could be lying why would I kill Victoria for having a miscarriage. “Liar”, I screamed. I knocked the desk over and then knocked the pistol out of Lord Grayson’s hand. “Why would I murder my wife I have never laid a finger on her”. “Really then why don’t you remember what happened”? I kicked him and then took his cane and beat him with it until he bled.”If you kill me then your soul will burn eternity in the flames of hell”. I stabbed him in the neck with the razor then slashed him in the throat. I threw my razor on the ground then fell on my knees thinking what have I done. I deserve to die. the inspector kicked the door and noticed Lord Grayson’s Body on the ground. Two men grabbed my arms and put me in shackles. I was escorted to Bedlam the house of insanity. I smiled evilly I thought to my self that I’ll be back and there will be more bodies to slaughter.The inspector sent a telegram to Lady Grayson about the death of her husband: Dear Lady Grayson,

I am sorry to say this but your husband has been murdered by Van Barren. We were able to put him in chains and he will be in prison for a two year sentence then he will hang by the neck by the order of the king. Signed, Inspector Gibbs. When she received this letter she fell into tears because of her husband’s death. “I want to see that monster hang for his foolish crime”.

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It has been weeks since my capture.I sit here in this prison cell plotting my revenge on the rest of this town. I have been plotting my escape and my return. Once I return this whole town will even be more terrified because I’ll be back and this time no one will be safe. Now that you know the story of how my crime wave started on the village I shall return and more blood will shed.

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