Double Crossed

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Mattew and his wife clara nun lives a normal life until they moved to ocean spring mississippi. one moring mattew is on his way to work but never made it. on the news that evening there was a one man fatal car crash. the sheriff said it wasnt no accident and that somebody cut the brake line and he was going to find out who did it.

Submitted: January 28, 2013

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DOUBLE CROSSED

Matthew and his wife Clara Nunn lives a normal middle class life. They moved from Baltimore Maryland six years ago and had settle down in the quiet peaceful town of ocean spring Mississippi. Matthew was a realtor and a part time contractor. Clara owns a flower shop and have been in good business since she first opened up. People always told them that they had been together so long they were starting to look alike they would laugh and waive it off. Every day they would repeat there same daily routine of heading to work, lunch together at blue moon café and dinner, and back home at six. Today would change everything as Matthew left for work in his beat up blue dodge ram that he won at an auction for nine hundred dollars and clara drove off in her Nissan maxima neither knew that there life would never be the same. It was lunch time and clara was pulling up at the blue moon café, but there were no sign of her husband and that was strange because he usual beat her to the café. She thought maybe he just running late or was having car trouble. She went in the dinner and order her usual meal of ceaser salad, ice tea, and blueberry cobbler which Matthew always called rabbit food. As she waited for her husband to arrive she got impatience. She was hoping he would call and let her know that he wasn’t gone make it, but that seemed like it wasn’t going to happen either. Finally she left the restaurant headed straight for matthew construction site. As she arrived there she still did not see no sign of him. She step out the car and asked the other men did they see him today but all of them said no. As the day came to an end and six o’clock was coming around clara still haven’t heard a word from her husband. By now she was worried, mad, and scared all together she had call his cell phone and the house phone a total of forty time. She also had called the blue moon café every hour since she left, his realtor office, and every other place she could think he would be. Finally arriving back home she could see that his truck was still nowhere to be found now she was hysterical and panicking. She wonder where could he be and was he alright. She laid across the sofa and turn on the television the daily news was just coming on. The top story was a one vehicle car crash that claimed the life of one person, but the person cant be identified because the vehicle caught on fire and the driver was burnt to badly. The police are still investigating the cause of the accident and they have found a wallet in the truck and it is burnt but they are sending it to a crime lab to see can any information be recovered. That was all clara needed to hear she knew that it must been her husband, weeping she grabbed her car keys and headed to the police station to tell them she think it her husband. Arriving at the police station she saw the chief of police humpherd gunner who was also her long time neighbor. Stepping out the car he could see something was wrong she was looking like a train wreck. He ran to her at once asking what’s the problem, she could barely get her sentence out without stuttering with every word. I think the person in that car wreck was Matthew she happened to get out without stuttering. Humpherd was shock and ask her why would she say something like that and she told him that she haven’t seen or heard from him since he left for work that morning. Humpherd did everything he could to reassure her that the man in the wreck was not her husband. He told her to go home maybe Matthew had made it back by now and he probably has lost his phone somewhere. She nod to the fact mainly because she didn’t want to believe that her husband could be that burnt body lying on a cold slab in a morgue waiting to be identified. Arriving back at home Matthew truck still wasn’t in the yard but Clara kept reassuring herself that nothing was wrong. Maybe he went out of town today and just forgot to tell me she thought. She decided to take some sleeping pills to ease her mind and relax. Before she knew it she was sleep on the couch holding on to a bottle of her and Matthew anniversary wine. She awoke to a loud bumping nose in the kitchen around three in the morning. Thinking it was her husband coming in drunk she threw all her feeling aside in was ready to go into a rage. To her surprise it wasn’t her husband at all she was waking up to a robbery. The robber grabbed her by the neck in put her into sleeper hold. He then found the keys to her car and stuffs her into the trunk. Driving away from the house as fast as possible before neighbors could notice something strange he arrived at an abandon chemical factory. Taking the body out the trunk being careful that he don’t leave any evidence behind he take her inside the building and lay her on the cold hard cement floor. He then opens an empty barrel that had ciphric acid writing on the side. He took Clara shoes and clothes off being meticulous not to leave a single string of hair behind because he knew even that could be his downfall. Putting all of her accessories into the barrel he then went into another room and came back with a syringe needle filled with Clorox. He stuck it into her main vain as if it he was to draw blood then push the Clorox into her system. After doing this he then stuff her body in the same barrel that her clothes was in and then went and brought back a large quantity of ciphric acid. He poured the acid on Clara body watching as it ate her skin and devoured her shoe and clothes. In less than ten minutes Clara was nothing but a large barrel of liquid acid sitting in an abandon building never to be seen again. The robber than took the barrel outside carefully making sure he doesn’t waste any on himself. He went back inside the building and grabbed a rusty old wooden shovel and came out to dig a hold for the barrel. Finishing up he then got into Clara car and headed back to he home. Arriving back at her driveway he turned the car off and let it coast into the yard for the neighbors would not hear anything suspicious because it was now five in the morning. The robber than went inside the house to clean up and make everything look normal. He then went into the Nunn bedroom looking for some of Clara clothes and make-up. He looks into the mirror as he transforms himself from a broad man to a femaned woman. He then laid down in Clara and Matthew bed laughing out loud and telling himself welcome to your new life. The next morning he awoke to a knock at the door it was the chief of police humpherd gunner. The robber was nervous and had almost forgotten about his new persona as he opened the door. Clara I think you better set down for this, pretending to be Clara the robber sot on the couch and started acting worried. Humpherd confirmed that she was right the person in the car wreck was Matthew but that is not all as he continued it wasn’t no accident somebody sabotage the breaks in Matthew truck. Before he finished the robber pretend to burst into tears and ask who would do something like this. Humpherd said that what we trying to figure out he then promise to find out who did such a crime. Before humpherd left he acknowledge that something was different about Clara he just couldn’t identify it. The robber blurted out it’s my glasses, nobody but Matthew has seen me without it and humpherd nodded it that is what it is. As he left the house and got in his patrol car he still couldn’t pinpoint what it was about Clara that was different was it her hair anyway whatever it is she look better he thought. The robber started to go on with Clara daily life and thought if I do this the whole town would be suspicious of me. He decided to stay at home and pretended to grief all day. As visitors arrived to comfort who they thought was Clara her best friend Marie came. As she came through the door with a reassuring smile and holding her hands out for a hug the robber just went along with it. I’m sorry for your lost Marie told Clara and then she went on to say I heard on the news that somebody intentionally cut Matthew breaks and that there is an on going investigation. The robber shook his head and Marie continues to talk. Matthew was a good man he never bother nobody who would do something like this. The crook just shrugs his shoulders and continues to false weep. The robber than offered Marie some wine. As they drink and Marie remanist she accidentally spilled some wine on her shirt. Taking it off and showing only her bra the robber lost track of who he was pretending to be again and almost let his hormones get the best of him. Rising off the couch quickly the robber went into the bathroom to calm his urge. As he came back into the living room Marie was coming out of the laundry room. Clara this isn’t like you to let your laundry go undone. The robber waited a minute and replied I was going to do it today but this tragedy happened. That’s alright I will be around as long as you want me to Marie replied. The robber sighed and said you would do that for me and then said you are a friend indeed. Of course I would all the thing we have been through I wouldn’t dare desert you in this time of need. As the day pass and Marie got ready to go home she asks Clara did she want to stay at her house for tonight. The robber declined and Marie left a few minute later the phone rung it was the chief of police he told Clara that funeral home has the body and she could have the funeral whenever she felt like it. As he hung up the robber start rampaging through the house looking for insurance papers. He found them in the china cabinet, Matthew insurance policy was worth nine hundred thousand dollar but that was not all. In the case that if Matthew was killed the house would be paid off all debts would be cleared for both Clara and Matthew also Matthew also had a smaller insurance policy worth five hundred thousand. The next day the robber still dress as clara went to the funeral home she told the mortician that she wanted her husband cremated because she see no reason they should bury him if he already burnt up. The robber also called the insurance company and told them what had happened. They told her they were sorry for her lost and that her checks would come tomorrow. That evening the robber dress as Clara went to the blue moon café as he entered everybody got quiet and just turned and look. The robber went to the nearest table and set down. The waitress came over telling that she sorry for Clara lost and ask what she would be ordering. Forgetting what clara eat the robber order a porter house steak, bake potato with cheese in bacon, and a large sprite. Being clara regular waitress she knew something was not right, but since her husband just died this might be why. As she went in the back and told the cook what Clara had order he knew right away something wasn’t right. He looks out through the order window and saw that Clara wasn’t even sitting in her normal seat by the window. This is really weird of her he thought don’t car if her husband did die she would never through away her look. When the waitress brought back the food she gave the robber a hard look and deep down the robber kind of felt caught up. The waitress threw the robber a trick question asking have any winter flowers come in yet knowing that clara store doesn’t carry them. No the robber replied it should be some in before this week out. The waitress then ask how would you be paying for this but the robber started to weep and said my husband usually pay every time we come in here, but I guess I will be paying with my bank card. As the robber got up and left the cook told the waitress that she should called chief humpherd. She did as she was told and the chief arrived, the cook and waitress told him how Clara was acting weird but they were shocked with the response the got from the chief. If you’re husband or wife die do you think you would act the same. Leaving the restaurant he stopped by Clara house but no one was home he peeked through the windows but didn’t see anything strange. He then went to his house and told his wife what they had said about Clara at the café. They both laughed at how dumb that sound and started to eat dinner. Meanwhile Clara was headed to buy a dress to wear to her husband cremation ceremony. When she got back to the house there were cars sitting in the driveway it was people who was bringing gifts and food. The next day fake Clara woke up early it was time for the ceremony. she got dress and left the house but she didn’t know that she had over slept as she pulled up to the morgue she was almost the last person to arrive for the ceremony. When she got out in rushed into the building everybody just looked and started whispering to one another. Making his way to the front the robber forgot about Matthew family as they were sitting in the first benches upset that clara didn’t inform them he was dead. When the funeral was over Matthew sister went and talked to the chief of police telling that she think Clara had something to do with Matthew death. She also told him how Clara didn’t tell them that Matthew was dead. Now this was strange the chief thought to maybe there is something wrong with Clara. When they got back to the nunn house he started to observe Clara and everyone else that was there trying to see was there any other person acting strange. That evening the chief called two of his detectives and told them to begin a stake out on Clara. One of the detectives thought that the chief was being foolish to do this to a woman who just lost her husband and refuse to be a part of such mockery. After discussing what all he been told about Clara to both detectives they was willing to begin the stake out. The next day the sheriff started to do some investigation of his own. He started by questioning Matthew long time construction co workers. As he talks to them he learns that Matthew had dangerous gambling problems. For days in Matthew would pretend to come to work in the morning but, He would actually go the casino. He would spend thousand of dollars on the black jack table and slot machines. He would always come back to work around eleven thirty to put in work and get his clothes dirty before meeting Clara at the café for lunch. After leaving the café he would pretend to come back to work only to wait an hour to head back to casino. One day Clara had stop by the construction site and he was gone she waited around for hours until he pulled back up. When he got out the car she started cursing at him and asking where he been her first assumption was that he was having an affair. She then started searching the car and looking through his phone. She found a piece a paper on his seat it must have been a bank receipt because she totally freaked and started talking about their money and financial problems. She finally calmed down and walk away at least that what everybody thought but she picked up a two by four and started swinging it at mattew head then she finally broke his windshield . She got in her car and left after that as if nothing never happened. All the information the chief got from the construction workers made him even more suspicious of Clara. He then went to mattew family. To see if they knew how the nunn marriage was going. Arriving at there house he could see that they was still grieving the lost of mattew. Walking toward the house door a dog came from out of nowhere and started growling and position himself in attack mode. Hearing the barking dog mattew sister step out of the house and whistle for it to stop. What can I do for you today chief she asked as she walked of the porch onto the step. He told her that he was actually looking into Clara and also there marriage. He asked her did she had any information to give and she was willing and happy to cooperate giving all the information she knew. He learned from her that mattew and Clara marriage was great until they moved to ocean spring. Matthew sister told him that she believed that Clara had a mental problem because she claim that mattew was having an affair with different women every other week. “One time Clara called me late at night crying saying that she believes mattew is sleeping with her best friend Marie. She claimed she saw them riding together and kissing but the next day her and Marie went shopping together. The sheriff thanked Matthew sister and said he was sorry for her lost, he then thought to ask for her name she told him her name was amber. He then got into his cruiser and drove out calling back to the station while doing so. He asked the assistant to run a background check on Clara nun and get back to him as soon as possible. Meanwhile he would be headed to the local mental health center to see if they have a record on Clara nun. Walking through the center door he saw his old high school friend Charlie Perkins who is now the head physician there. What can I do for you today humpherd Charlie ask in a friendly voice. Then humpherd told his old pal what was going on and how he needed Clara recorded to help solve Matthew murder. Humpherd you know I cant give you them records do to the doctor patient agreement that we have at this clinic Charlie said in a deep southern voice. Humpherd then started bringing up all the time he help Charlie do things that would have cost him his job and dignity. Tired of hearing the nagging Charlie went into the record room and pull up Clara files. It was thick with little notes jotted here and there at the bottom of every other paper. Flipping through the pages humpherd discovered that Clara has been treated for schizophrenia in ocean spring and also in Baltimore Maryland. The papers stated that she first started coming to the mental center at age fifteen after her only brother died in a swimming pool accident. Her parents was out on a date and she was the one supposed to watch him. She was then taking away from her parents because of child neglect and stayed one year and foster care before getting adopted by her aunt. By that time her parents was in prison for leaving there son at home without adult supervision and in care of another minor. She was been treated at the center for depression at that time but as she continued to come they started treating her for split personality. She stayed in trouble at school getting kicked out of two before finally graduating. She had tried to kill herself multiple of times and never could come through. When she was eighteen she tried to kill her aunt and uncle by putting rat poising in their food. As humpherd read on he learn that Clara is an unstable individual with a dangerous and violent past. Now this move Clara up the list as his top suspect and he was ready to bring her in for questioning. Leaving the center and thanking Charlie for his cooperation humpherd was head to the nuns resident. Just getting on the road good he gets a call from the detectives telling that Clara was packing some clothes into a suitcase and they think she is getting ready to make a run for it. They ask humpherd what to do and he told them they got to let her go because they not have any evidence or a warrant. At that time the fake Clara was just passing by the chief headed to the airport. The chief waited a few minutes and turned around to follow her being careful not to be seen. When he made it to the airport she was already inside so he had to speed through the crowd. He still could not find her and when he did spotted her she was heading through terminal four. Asking the clerk where the plane for terminal four was headed he learned that she was going to Barbados. Knowing that he couldn’t stop her he started to think and it came clear to him with her out of town he could do more investigation into the Nuns home. The next morning fake Clara woke up to beautiful rays on sunlight shining on the ocean and through the drapes of her Barbados beach house. She poured herself a glass of coffee and thought now this is living life. The robber had adjusted well to the life of Clara nun and had made some major changes to it also. He thought now that he was in another country he could be himself without anyone knowing what had happened. Changing back to his man clothes he went to the beach and prepared to go shopping at the mall. Meanwhile back in the untied states chief humpherd was preparing to get a search warrant for the Nunn house. The judge approved of the warrant humpherd and a team of detectives went to the house to look for anything that would point the murder to Clara. Everything was normal until they went into the Nunn bedroom. There they found new men belonging that wasn’t Matthew because the receipt show they had just been bought with the nuns debit card, they also found wigs and other things that Clara did not wear. Chief humpherd was puzzled is Clara having an affair this soon after her husband death and why is all his clothes over. As he kept observing the room he saw that only one side of the bed been slept in. Their was a lot of receipts on the dresser but most of them was for men accessories and guns. The team took a picture of everything they saw that was out of place and collected some hard evidence. Leaving the residents humpherd tells his team something is wrong in that home but he just cant find it. He tells the team to go back to the station and he was going to do some more digging. The next place chief humpherd went was to Clara friend Marie house. When he got to her house she was outside nursing her flower bed back to life. As he walked up to her he started to whistle to catch her attention. She turned around and started smiling when she saw that it was the chief. The chief told her that he had some question for her and ask was she willing to cooperate. Laughing she asked was there really a choice and he told her not really. She told the chief to come in the house and ask would he like some wine. They sot on the couch and she started to talk. “ when the nuns first move here they was a happy couple. They used to go out and eat a lot and go on trip. Then over time they started to grow apart one day Clara was gone and Matthew had came over my house. He had started talking about their relationship and how Clara was becoming a pill head. We then started drinking and he started talking bout his gambling habits and how they was in a financial bind. He then told me how him and his wife haven’t had sex in months and how much his sex life suck. Being single at the time I was craving for sex but I didn’t want it to come from my best friend man. We started kissing on the sofa and then one thing lead to another before we knew it we was laying in my bed butt necked asking each other how did this happened. He jumped put the bed and started putting on his clothes. I looked at the clock and saw that he had been over my house for five hours. As he opened the door we saw a head light pull up in my driveway. It was Clara she hopped out the car cursing and asking him what he was doing over my house and when he hesitated to answer she started to accuse us of sleeping together. I tried to convince her that nothing happened and he was just over looking for her but I think deep down she knew that I was lying. Every since then me and Matthew have kept our distances but I have heard it through the wind that he was still cheating on her and she knew it. Someday she would have black eyes and bruises as if someone had beat her up but I never ask her bout it. Haven’t heard enough of Marie gossip Humpherd told her that he had to go back to the station. Everything was now making since Clara had a motive and an opportunity. Arriving back at the station humpherd was ready to bring clara in for questioning if that mean having to leave the country to bring her in. He called the federal marshal to discuss the case and get their advise on what to do. They told him to wait until she come back into the country and then bring her in, because you wouldn’t want to accuse a innocent grieving woman of murder that could be grounds for a lawsuit. Taking in the advise the sheriff waited in ocean spring trying to find more hard evidence to prosecute clara. Meanwhile back in Barbados clara imposter was living the life with no worries. He could be himself without anyone knowing different. As the days went by the fake clara enjoyed every dime of the nuns money sparing no expense. The trip soon came to an end and it was time for the imposter to head back to ocean spring in live clara nuns life. The next day clara imposter loaded the plane to head back to the united states he was in deep regret wishing that he had more time in this paradise. Arriving back at ocean spring the fake clara was greeted by three marshals and sheriff humped ready to escort him to the jail house for questioning. Knowing that they were there for him he nervously tried to avoid eye contact with them and try to find a alternate exit. Humpherd step up to him before he had a chance to make a run for an exit. Telling clara why he was there and what he wanted from her she played the innocent victim role of crying and pretending to be upset. Humpherd told the imposter that he still wanted him to come down to the stations for questioning. Thinking to himself I have really messed up but knowing he couldn’t make a move he went willing into the police car. Arriving at the station the imposter saw more federal marshals and polices. They all watched as clara got out the car as if she was crying and in disbelief. She could tell she had the marshals fooled but the sheriff did not make any emotional faces. As they walk through the police station people working there stop everything they was doing and began watching who they thought was clara enter the interrogation room. After letting her sit in there for about thirty minutes the sheriff finally enter the room. He pulled a chair away from the table and sot down. The first thing the fake clara yelled was “why am I here.” The sheriff replied “I think you know why you are here.” “Lets get serious” the sheriff said while slowly pulling out a pack of camel cigarettes. He then paused and just stared at clara for about two minutes straight. He finally spoke again asking was she hungry, she almost said yea but she caught herself and said no thinking this must be some sort of trick. “Well lets get right on down to business,” the sheriff said. “We have known each other for a very long time haven’t we clara” the imposter nodded wandering where this was heading. We have been friends for as long as we known each other and you know I don’t wanna do this but it is part of my job and I have to. The sheriff went on and explain that he was going to hook her up to a polygraph test and ask her a series of questions and he needed her to answer the questions with the best of her knowledge. The imposter was getting more nervous with each passing minutes knowing that his time was winding down. To nervous to speak the imposter just nodded. The sheriff went on to say that the first couple of questions are going to be general question. The test begin the first question was asking how old she was, her answer was forty eight . The next question was how long have she been married, she answered seventeen. The final general question was asking where she was born, the imposter answered north carolina not knowing that clara was actually born in Idaho and had moved to north carolina at a very young age. The sheriff then began to ask question relating to the investigation. “Did you cut your husband brake line,” was the first question the sheriff asked. Clara replied angrily, “no.” The sheriff then ask, “where was you when your husband accident happened”, clara replied, “I do not know I figured out that he had wrecked when I saw the news and I was at home then.” the sheriff continued the questioning, “are you dating anyone else” the sheriff asked. The imposter replied with the same answer as before no. The next question caught the imposter off guard, there are newly bought male clothes in your house that were purchase after your husband death and there is also jewelry and guns there to do you care to explain” before the imposter could answer the question the sheriff laid out some pictures on the table to be viewed. Taking a deep slow swallow the imposter murmured that the guns was for protection and then began to cry saying yes I was having an affair and that where the clothes came from. Still knowing that clara wasn’t telling the truth the sheriff went on he asked her one final question referring to her husband affairs and gambling problems, she denied it saying she didn’t know nothing about it. The sheriff told clara that he was going to have to take her fingerprints and a mug shot to follow protocols. Knowing that he was in to deep the imposter thought to himself if I make it out of this police station I am leaving this city and not looking back. The imposter finish things up and the sheriff took who he thought was clara back home and told her that he was sorry for the inconvence. Getting out of the car and going into the house the imposter headed straight to where his things were to began packing. He was moving fast as possible knocking things down trying to get to his belonging . Taking longer than expected to get everything packed the thief finally put his last suitcase in the car and was backing out the driveway when he saw two squad car with their lights on appear in the distance. He slammed the car in drive hoping that he hadn’t been spotted by the police. He was wrong the sheriff had saw him and now was on his tail. They was now in a high speed chase as they enter onto the main highway. The sheriff came over the speaker phone telling the imposter to pull over. Not trying to hear that the imposter speeded up, but there was a roadblock with spikes in the middle of the road. Knowing that he was not going to make it through safely he pulled over and got out with his hands up. The deputy slammed him on the ground and read him his rights. As they arrive back at the police station the federal marshals that was fooled the first time was not as easy going as earlier. She went back into the interrogation, but this time it was different the whole environment had a different vibe to it. The first thing the sheriff asked was “who are you.” the imposter did not answer. The sheriff went on saying I know you are not clara nun because your fingerprints did not match hers. We have her fingerprints in our data base already, but yours we don’t. we also know from your fingerprints that you are a man so you should stop the phony act. Knowing he was caught up and having been interrogated for six hour straight the imposter finally revealed himself. Pulling off the wig, cleaning off the make up, and taking off the facial cast the imposter showed who he really was the sheriff was shocked when he saw who was behind the mask. It was mattew nun claras husband. The sheriff had a million question for him but he wouldn’t say a word. Why did you this the sheriff ask but mattew still did not answer. Where is clara the sheriff asked but mattew did not answer. The sheriff assembled a two hundred men search party to find clara but it was no use clara nunn could not be found. Mattew nunn was eventual charged with one account of murder, one account of identity fraud, and other felonies he is now serving a life sentence in prison. Clara nun is still missing until this day the sheriff doesn’t know if she missing or not and the sheriff have wander a couple time was she part of this scheme. Through all this the sheriff have learned that smiles can deceive you. Mattew family still believes that clara is alive and mattew was just a piece in her puzzle. All the town folks was shocked to find out that mattew would do something this horrific. He seemed like such a nice and quiet person, but to the one that knew him closely they knew once he get drunk you could not put anything past him. On June the twenty third mattew committed suicide not able to bare the guilt of what he did to the woman he loved.

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Matthew and his wife Clara Nunn lives a normal middle class life. They moved from Baltimore Maryland six years ago and had settle down in the quiet peaceful town of ocean spring Mississippi. Matthew was a realtor and a part time contractor. Clara owns a flower shop and have been in good business since she first opened up. People always told them that they had been together so long they were starting to look alike they would laugh and waive it off. Every day they would repeat there same daily routine of heading to work, lunch together at blue moon café and dinner, and back home at six. Today would change everything as Matthew left for work in his beat up blue dodge ram that he won at an auction for nine hundred dollars and clara drove off in her Nissan maxima neither knew that there life would never be the same. It was lunch time and clara was pulling up at the blue moon café, but there were no sign of her husband and that was strange because he usual beat her to the café. She thought maybe he just running late or was having car trouble. She went in the dinner and order her usual meal of ceaser salad, ice tea, and blueberry cobbler which Matthew always called rabbit food. As she waited for her husband to arrive she got impatience. She was hoping he would call and let her know that he wasn’t gone make it, but that seemed like it wasn’t going to happen either. Finally she left the restaurant headed straight for matthew construction site. As she arrived there she still did not see no sign of him. She step out the car and asked the other men did they see him today but all of them said no. As the day came to an end and six o’clock was coming around clara still haven’t heard a word from her husband. By now she was worried, mad, and scared all together she had call his cell phone and the house phone a total of forty time. She also had called the blue moon café every hour since she left, his realtor office, and every other place she could think he would be. Finally arriving back home she could see that his truck was still nowhere to be found now she was hysterical and panicking. She wonder where could he be and was he alright. She laid across the sofa and turn on the television the daily news was just coming on. The top story was a one vehicle car crash that claimed the life of one person, but the person cant be identified because the vehicle caught on fire and the driver was burnt to badly. The police are still investigating the cause of the accident and they have found a wallet in the truck and it is burnt but they are sending it to a crime lab to see can any information be recovered. That was all clara needed to hear she knew that it must been her husband, weeping she grabbed her car keys and headed to the police station to tell them she think it her husband. Arriving at the police station she saw the chief of police humpherd gunner who was also her long time neighbor. Stepping out the car he could see something was wrong she was looking like a train wreck. He ran to her at once asking what’s the problem, she could barely get her sentence out without stuttering with every word. I think the person in that car wreck was Matthew she happened to get out without stuttering. Humpherd was shock and ask her why would she say something like that and she told him that she haven’t seen or heard from him since he left for work that morning. Humpherd did everything he could to reassure her that the man in the wreck was not her husband. He told her to go home maybe Matthew had made it back by now and he probably has lost his phone somewhere. She nod to the fact mainly because she didn’t want to believe that her husband could be that burnt body lying on a cold slab in a morgue waiting to be identified. Arriving back at home Matthew truck still wasn’t in the yard but Clara kept reassuring herself that nothing was wrong. Maybe he went out of town today and just forgot to tell me she thought. She decided to take some sleeping pills to ease her mind and relax. Before she knew it she was sleep on the couch holding on to a bottle of her and Matthew anniversary wine. She awoke to a loud bumping nose in the kitchen around three in the morning. Thinking it was her husband coming in drunk she threw all her feeling aside in was ready to go into a rage. To her surprise it wasn’t her husband at all she was waking up to a robbery. The robber grabbed her by the neck in put her into sleeper hold. He then found the keys to her car and stuffs her into the trunk. Driving away from the house as fast as possible before neighbors could notice something strange he arrived at an abandon chemical factory. Taking the body out the trunk being careful that he don’t leave any evidence behind he take her inside the building and lay her on the cold hard cement floor. He then opens an empty barrel that had ciphric acid writing on the side. He took Clara shoes and clothes off being meticulous not to leave a single string of hair behind because he knew even that could be his downfall. Putting all of her accessories into the barrel he then went into another room and came back with a syringe needle filled with Clorox. He stuck it into her main vain as if it he was to draw blood then push the Clorox into her system. After doing this he then stuff her body in the same barrel that her clothes was in and then went and brought back a large quantity of ciphric acid. He poured the acid on Clara body watching as it ate her skin and devoured her shoe and clothes. In less than ten minutes Clara was nothing but a large barrel of liquid acid sitting in an abandon building never to be seen again. The robber than took the barrel outside carefully making sure he doesn’t waste any on himself. He went back inside the building and grabbed a rusty old wooden shovel and came out to dig a hold for the barrel. Finishing up he then got into Clara car and headed back to he home. Arriving back at her driveway he turned the car off and let it coast into the yard for the neighbors would not hear anything suspicious because it was now five in the morning. The robber than went inside the house to clean up and make everything look normal. He then went into the Nunn bedroom looking for some of Clara clothes and make-up. He looks into the mirror as he transforms himself from a broad man to a femaned woman. He then laid down in Clara and Matthew bed laughing out loud and telling himself welcome to your new life. The next morning he awoke to a knock at the door it was the chief of police humpherd gunner. The robber was nervous and had almost forgotten about his new persona as he opened the door. Clara I think you better set down for this, pretending to be Clara the robber sot on the couch and started acting worried. Humpherd confirmed that she was right the person in the car wreck was Matthew but that is not all as he continued it wasn’t no accident somebody sabotage the breaks in Matthew truck. Before he finished the robber pretend to burst into tears and ask who would do something like this. Humpherd said that what we trying to figure out he then promise to find out who did such a crime. Before humpherd left he acknowledge that something was different about Clara he just couldn’t identify it. The robber blurted out it’s my glasses, nobody but Matthew has seen me without it and humpherd nodded it that is what it is. As he left the house and got in his patrol car he still couldn’t pinpoint what it was about Clara that was different was it her hair anyway whatever it is she look better he thought. The robber started to go on with Clara daily life and thought if I do this the whole town would be suspicious of me. He decided to stay at home and pretended to grief all day. As visitors arrived to comfort who they thought was Clara her best friend Marie came. As she came through the door with a reassuring smile and holding her hands out for a hug the robber just went along with it. I’m sorry for your lost Marie told Clara and then she went on to say I heard on the news that somebody intentionally cut Matthew breaks and that there is an on going investigation. The robber shook his head and Marie continues to talk. Matthew was a good man he never bother nobody who would do something like this. The crook just shrugs his shoulders and continues to false weep. The robber than offered Marie some wine. As they drink and Marie remanist she accidentally spilled some wine on her shirt. Taking it off and showing only her bra the robber lost track of who he was pretending to be again and almost let his hormones get the best of him. Rising off the couch quickly the robber went into the bathroom to calm his urge. As he came back into the living room Marie was coming out of the laundry room. Clara this isn’t like you to let your laundry go undone. The robber waited a minute and replied I was going to do it today but this tragedy happened. That’s alright I will be around as long as you want me to Marie replied. The robber sighed and said you would do that for me and then said you are a friend indeed. Of course I would all the thing we have been through I wouldn’t dare desert you in this time of need. As the day pass and Marie got ready to go home she asks Clara did she want to stay at her house for tonight. The robber declined and Marie left a few minute later the phone rung it was the chief of police he told Clara that funeral home has the body and she could have the funeral whenever she felt like it. As he hung up the robber start rampaging through the house looking for insurance papers. He found them in the china cabinet, Matthew insurance policy was worth nine hundred thousand dollar but that was not all. In the case that if Matthew was killed the house would be paid off all debts would be cleared for both Clara and Matthew also Matthew also had a smaller insurance policy worth five hundred thousand. The next day the robber still dress as clara went to the funeral home she told the mortician that she wanted her husband cremated because she see no reason they should bury him if he already burnt up. The robber also called the insurance company and told them what had happened. They told her they were sorry for her lost and that her checks would come tomorrow. That evening the robber dress as Clara went to the blue moon café as he entered everybody got quiet and just turned and look. The robber went to the nearest table and set down. The waitress came over telling that she sorry for Clara lost and ask what she would be ordering. Forgetting what clara eat the robber order a porter house steak, bake potato with cheese in bacon, and a large sprite. Being clara regular waitress she knew something was not right, but since her husband just died this might be why. As she went in the back and told the cook what Clara had order he knew right away something wasn’t right. He looks out through the order window and saw that Clara wasn’t even sitting in her normal seat by the window. This is really weird of her he thought don’t car if her husband did die she would never through away her look. When the waitress brought back the food she gave the robber a hard look and deep down the robber kind of felt caught up. The waitress threw the robber a trick question asking have any winter flowers come in yet knowing that clara store doesn’t carry them. No the robber replied it should be some in before this week out. The waitress then ask how would you be paying for this but the robber started to weep and said my husband usually pay every time we come in here, but I guess I will be paying with my bank card. As the robber got up and left the cook told the waitress that she should called chief humpherd. She did as she was told and the chief arrived, the cook and waitress told him how Clara was acting weird but they were shocked with the response the got from the chief. If you’re husband or wife die do you think you would act the same. Leaving the restaurant he stopped by Clara house but no one was home he peeked through the windows but didn’t see anything strange. He then went to his house and told his wife what they had said about Clara at the café. They both laughed at how dumb that sound and started to eat dinner. Meanwhile Clara was headed to buy a dress to wear to her husband cremation ceremony. When she got back to the house there were cars sitting in the driveway it was people who was bringing gifts and food. The next day fake Clara woke up early it was time for the ceremony. she got dress and left the house but she didn’t know that she had over slept as she pulled up to the morgue she was almost the last person to arrive for the ceremony. When she got out in rushed into the building everybody just looked and started whispering to one another. Making his way to the front the robber forgot about Matthew family as they were sitting in the first benches upset that clara didn’t inform them he was dead. When the funeral was over Matthew sister went and talked to the chief of police telling that she think Clara had something to do with Matthew death. She also told him how Clara didn’t tell them that Matthew was dead. Now this was strange the chief thought to maybe there is something wrong with Clara. When they got back to the nunn house he started to observe Clara and everyone else that was there trying to see was there any other person acting strange. That evening the chief called two of his detectives and told them to begin a stake out on Clara. One of the detectives thought that the chief was being foolish to do this to a woman who just lost her husband and refuse to be a part of such mockery. After discussing what all he been told about Clara to both detectives they was willing to begin the stake out. The next day the sheriff started to do some investigation of his own. He started by questioning Matthew long time construction co workers. As he talks to them he learns that Matthew had dangerous gambling problems. For days in Matthew would pretend to come to work in the morning but, He would actually go the casino. He would spend thousand of dollars on the black jack table and slot machines. He would always come back to work around eleven thirty to put in work and get his clothes dirty before meeting Clara at the café for lunch. After leaving the café he would pretend to come back to work only to wait an hour to head back to casino. One day Clara had stop by the construction site and he was gone she waited around for hours until he pulled back up. When he got out the car she started cursing at him and asking where he been her first assumption was that he was having an affair. She then started searching the car and looking through his phone. She found a piece a paper on his seat it must have been a bank receipt because she totally freaked and started talking about their money and financial problems. She finally calmed down and walk away at least that what everybody thought but she picked up a two by four and started swinging it at mattew head then she finally broke his windshield . She got in her car and left after that as if nothing never happened. All the information the chief got from the construction workers made him even more suspicious of Clara. He then went to mattew family. To see if they knew how the nunn marriage was going. Arriving at there house he could see that they was still grieving the lost of mattew. Walking toward the house door a dog came from out of nowhere and started growling and position himself in attack mode. Hearing the barking dog mattew sister step out of the house and whistle for it to stop. What can I do for you today chief she asked as she walked of the porch onto the step. He told her that he was actually looking into Clara and also there marriage. He asked her did she had any information to give and she was willing and happy to cooperate giving all the information she knew. He learned from her that mattew and Clara marriage was great until they moved to ocean spring. Matthew sister told him that she believed that Clara had a mental problem because she claim that mattew was having an affair with different women every other week. “One time Clara called me late at night crying saying that she believes mattew is sleeping with her best friend Marie. She claimed she saw them riding together and kissing but the next day her and Marie went shopping together. The sheriff thanked Matthew sister and said he was sorry for her lost, he then thought to ask for her name she told him her name was amber. He then got into his cruiser and drove out calling back to the station while doing so. He asked the assistant to run a background check on Clara nun and get back to him as soon as possible. Meanwhile he would be headed to the local mental health center to see if they have a record on Clara nun. Walking through the center door he saw his old high school friend Charlie Perkins who is now the head physician there. What can I do for you today humpherd Charlie ask in a friendly voice. Then humpherd told his old pal what was going on and how he needed Clara recorded to help solve Matthew murder. Humpherd you know I cant give you them records do to the doctor patient agreement that we have at this clinic Charlie said in a deep southern voice. Humpherd then started bringing up all the time he help Charlie do things that would have cost him his job and dignity. Tired of hearing the nagging Charlie went into the record room and pull up Clara files. It was thick with little notes jotted here and there at the bottom of every other paper. Flipping through the pages humpherd discovered that Clara has been treated for schizophrenia in ocean spring and also in Baltimore Maryland. The papers stated that she first started coming to the mental center at age fifteen after her only brother died in a swimming pool accident. Her parents was out on a date and she was the one supposed to watch him. She was then taking away from her parents because of child neglect and stayed one year and foster care before getting adopted by her aunt. By that time her parents was in prison for leaving there son at home without adult supervision and in care of another minor. She was been treated at the center for depression at that time but as she continued to come they started treating her for split personality. She stayed in trouble at school getting kicked out of two before finally graduating. She had tried to kill herself multiple of times and never could come through. When she was eighteen she tried to kill her aunt and uncle by putting rat poising in their food. As humpherd read on he learn that Clara is an unstable individual with a dangerous and violent past. Now this move Clara up the list as his top suspect and he was ready to bring her in for questioning. Leaving the center and thanking Charlie for his cooperation humpherd was head to the nuns resident. Just getting on the road good he gets a call from the detectives telling that Clara was packing some clothes into a suitcase and they think she is getting ready to make a run for it. They ask humpherd what to do and he told them they got to let her go because they not have any evidence or a warrant. At that time the fake Clara was just passing by the chief headed to the airport. The chief waited a few minutes and turned around to follow her being careful not to be seen. When he made it to the airport she was already inside so he had to speed through the crowd. He still could not find her and when he did spotted her she was heading through terminal four. Asking the clerk where the plane for terminal four was headed he learned that she was going to Barbados. Knowing that he couldn’t stop her he started to think and it came clear to him with her out of town he could do more investigation into the Nuns home. The next morning fake Clara woke up to beautiful rays on sunlight shining on the ocean and through the drapes of her Barbados beach house. She poured herself a glass of coffee and thought now this is living life. The robber had adjusted well to the life of Clara nun and had made some major changes to it also. He thought now that he was in another country he could be himself without anyone knowing what had happened. Changing back to his man clothes he went to the beach and prepared to go shopping at the mall. Meanwhile back in the untied states chief humpherd was preparing to get a search warrant for the Nunn house. The judge approved of the warrant humpherd and a team of detectives went to the house to look for anything that would point the murder to Clara. Everything was normal until they went into the Nunn bedroom. There they found new men belonging that wasn’t Matthew because the receipt show they had just been bought with the nuns debit card, they also found wigs and other things that Clara did not wear. Chief humpherd was puzzled is Clara having an affair this soon after her husband death and why is all his clothes over. As he kept observing the room he saw that only one side of the bed been slept in. Their was a lot of receipts on the dresser but most of them was for men accessories and guns. The team took a picture of everything they saw that was out of place and collected some hard evidence. Leaving the residents humpherd tells his team something is wrong in that home but he just cant find it. He tells the team to go back to the station and he was going to do some more digging. The next place chief humpherd went was to Clara friend Marie house. When he got to her house she was outside nursing her flower bed back to life. As he walked up to her he started to whistle to catch her attention. She turned around and started smiling when she saw that it was the chief. The chief told her that he had some question for her and ask was she willing to cooperate. Laughing she asked was there really a choice and he told her not really. She told the chief to come in the house and ask would he like some wine. They sot on the couch and she started to talk. “ when the nuns first move here they was a happy couple. They used to go out and eat a lot and go on trip. Then over time they started to grow apart one day Clara was gone and Matthew had came over my house. He had started talking about their relationship and how Clara was becoming a pill head. We then started drinking and he started talking bout his gambling habits and how they was in a financial bind. He then told me how him and his wife haven’t had sex in months and how much his sex life suck. Being single at the time I was craving for sex but I didn’t want it to come from my best friend man. We started kissing on the sofa and then one thing lead to another before we knew it we was laying in my bed butt necked asking each other how did this happened. He jumped put the bed and started putting on his clothes. I looked at the clock and saw that he had been over my house for five hours. As he opened the door we saw a head light pull up in my driveway. It was Clara she hopped out the car cursing and asking him what he was doing over my house and when he hesitated to answer she started to accuse us of sleeping together. I tried to convince her that nothing happened and he was just over looking for her but I think deep down she knew that I was lying. Every since then me and Matthew have kept our distances but I have heard it through the wind that he was still cheating on her and she knew it. Someday she would have black eyes and bruises as if someone had beat her up but I never ask her bout it. Haven’t heard enough of Marie gossip Humpherd told her that he had to go back to the station. Everything was now making since Clara had a motive and an opportunity. Arriving back at the station humpherd was ready to bring clara in for questioning if that mean having to leave the country to bring her in. He called the federal marshal to discuss the case and get their advise on what to do. They told him to wait until she come back into the country and then bring her in, because you wouldn’t want to accuse a innocent grieving woman of murder that could be grounds for a lawsuit. Taking in the advise the sheriff waited in ocean spring trying to find more hard evidence to prosecute clara. Meanwhile back in Barbados clara imposter was living the life with no worries. He could be himself without anyone knowing different. As the days went by the fake clara enjoyed every dime of the nuns money sparing no expense. The trip soon came to an end and it was time for the imposter to head back to ocean spring in live clara nuns life. The next day clara imposter loaded the plane to head back to the united states he was in deep regret wishing that he had more time in this paradise. Arriving back at ocean spring the fake clara was greeted by three marshals and sheriff humped ready to escort him to the jail house for questioning. Knowing that they were there for him he nervously tried to avoid eye contact with them and try to find a alternate exit. Humpherd step up to him before he had a chance to make a run for an exit. Telling clara why he was there and what he wanted from her she played the innocent victim role of crying and pretending to be upset. Humpherd told the imposter that he still wanted him to come down to the stations for questioning. Thinking to himself I have really messed up but knowing he couldn’t make a move he went willing into the police car. Arriving at the station the imposter saw more federal marshals and polices. They all watched as clara got out the car as if she was crying and in disbelief. She could tell she had the marshals fooled but the sheriff did not make any emotional faces. As they walk through the police station people working there stop everything they was doing and began watching who they thought was clara enter the interrogation room. After letting her sit in there for about thirty minutes the sheriff finally enter the room. He pulled a chair away from the table and sot down. The first thing the fake clara yelled was “why am I here.” The sheriff replied “I think you know why you are here.” “Lets get serious” the sheriff said while slowly pulling out a pack of camel cigarettes. He then paused and just stared at clara for about two minutes straight. He finally spoke again asking was she hungry, she almost said yea but she caught herself and said no thinking this must be some sort of trick. “Well lets get right on down to business,” the sheriff said. “We have known each other for a very long time haven’t we clara” the imposter nodded wandering where this was heading. We have been friends for as long as we known each other and you know I don’t wanna do this but it is part of my job and I have to. The sheriff went on and explain that he was going to hook her up to a polygraph test and ask her a series of questions and he needed her to answer the questions with the best of her knowledge. The imposter was getting more nervous with each passing minutes knowing that his time was winding down. To nervous to speak the imposter just nodded. The sheriff went on to say that the first couple of questions are going to be general question. The test begin the first question was asking how old she was, her answer was forty eight . The next question was how long have she been married, she answered seventeen. The final general question was asking where she was born, the imposter answered north carolina not knowing that clara was actually born in Idaho and had moved to north carolina at a very young age. The sheriff then began to ask question relating to the investigation. “Did you cut your husband brake line,” was the first question the sheriff asked. Clara replied angrily, “no.” The sheriff then ask, “where was you when your husband accident happened”, clara replied, “I do not know I figured out that he had wrecked when I saw the news and I was at home then.” the sheriff continued the questioning, “are you dating anyone else” the sheriff asked. The imposter replied with the same answer as before no. The next question caught the imposter off guard, there are newly bought male clothes in your house that were purchase after your husband death and there is also jewelry and guns there to do you care to explain” before the imposter could answer the question the sheriff laid out some pictures on the table to be viewed. Taking a deep slow swallow the imposter murmured that the guns was for protection and then began to cry saying yes I was having an affair and that where the clothes came from. Still knowing that clara wasn’t telling the truth the sheriff went on he asked her one final question referring to her husband affairs and gambling problems, she denied it saying she didn’t know nothing about it. The sheriff told clara that he was going to have to take her fingerprints and a mug shot to follow protocols. Knowing that he was in to deep the imposter thought to himself if I make it out of this police station I am leaving this city and not looking back. The imposter finish things up and the sheriff took who he thought was clara back home and told her that he was sorry for the inconvence. Getting out of the car and going into the house the imposter headed straight to where his things were to began packing. He was moving fast as possible knocking things down trying to get to his belonging . Taking longer than expected to get everything packed the thief finally put his last suitcase in the car and was backing out the driveway when he saw two squad car with their lights on appear in the distance. He slammed the car in drive hoping that he hadn’t been spotted by the police. He was wrong the sheriff had saw him and now was on his tail. They was now in a high speed chase as they enter onto the main highway. The sheriff came over the speaker phone telling the imposter to pull over. Not trying to hear that the imposter speeded up, but there was a roadblock with spikes in the middle of the road. Knowing that he was not going to make it through safely he pulled over and got out with his hands up. The deputy slammed him on the ground and read him his rights. As they arrive back at the police station the federal marshals that was fooled the first time was not as easy going as earlier. She went back into the interrogation, but this time it was different the whole environment had a different vibe to it. The first thing the sheriff asked was “who are you.” the imposter did not answer. The sheriff went on saying I know you are not clara nun because your fingerprints did not match hers. We have her fingerprints in our data base already, but yours we don’t. we also know from your fingerprints that you are a man so you should stop the phony act. Knowing he was caught up and having been interrogated for six hour straight the imposter finally revealed himself. Pulling off the wig, cleaning off the make up, and taking off the facial cast the imposter showed who he really was the sheriff was shocked when he saw who was behind the mask. It was mattew nun claras husband. The sheriff had a million question for him but he wouldn’t say a word. Why did you this the sheriff ask but mattew still did not answer. Where is clara the sheriff asked but mattew did not answer. The sheriff assembled a two hundred men search party to find clara but it was no use clara nunn could not be found. Mattew nunn was eventual charged with one account of murder, one account of identity fraud, and other felonies he is now serving a life sentence in prison. Clara nun is still missing until this day the sheriff doesn’t know if she missing or not and the sheriff have wander a couple time was she part of this scheme. Through all this the sheriff have learned that smiles can deceive you. Mattew family still believes that clara is alive and mattew was just a piece in her puzzle. All the


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