Are these really random events?

We read newspapers on the train or at home by the fire, or outside on the patio, each person has a different idea on what it is they want to read.

It could be local news, national news, international news, commentary, editorials, features, or investigative exposes.

But how many of us scour the paper for the not so noticeable news, items that are brushed off with a paragraph or two, with no definitive conclusion?

So, as examples;

Somewhere in the north of London, a body is found in a car. The car is stolen, the body unidentified, dressed like a homeless person, so the death is being treated as predictable given age and circumstances, and not suspicious.

In the east of the London, a middle-aged woman’s body is found in the room of an apparently abandoned house, with a needle in her arm. Death is considered to be an overdose by a regular user.

In Manchester a body is found floating in a canal, that of a man in his mid-twenties, dressed in greasy overalls and looks like a mechanic who fell of a barge while trying to repair it, after having too much to drink. It could happen to anyone.

In Canterbury, in a copse bordering a field, a man is found with a knife in his stomach, dead. A preliminary report advises it was suicide.

In reality, none of these events has any connection with the other, just four random deaths, out of a great many others within a short period of time.

Perhaps we can add one detail for each,

The person in the car does not exhibit the outward signs of being a homeless person, but of an elderly man in relatively good condition.

The woman is middle-aged, who looked after herself and had none of the usual signs of a drug addict, despite several similar puncture marks in her arm.

The man was not wearing the usual underclothes of a mechanic, and there was no sign of ingrained grease on the tips of his fingers or under his nails.

The last person had a dislocated shoulder.

Still no connection between the four, but start considering the possibilities.

We’ll come back to this later because there’s more.

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