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Saturday, April 7, 2012

A detective story by yours truly

I met a guy at a coffee shop recently. We shared a table as the place was packed. He was a rather clean cut guy with a black mustache which reminded me of Eddy (ex SQ supervisor). He must be around my age I guess but was surprised to find out that he was much older than he looked.

As he spoke he reminded me of Alan ( currently a SQ supervisor), slow and cautious,peeping over his shoulders now and then as though someone was "hunting" for him. He was rather friendly and I introduced myself to him. He returned the gesture. He wanted to be known as Tony.
Tony as I found out was a retired policeman, yes a plainclothes detective. Tony's last rank in the police force was an Inspector. He told me he took the early retirement as he found his job very stressful. Today,  Inspector Tony is a private investigator. His job scope covered from investigation from spouse cheating to fraud.
I found Tony to be an interesting person and so I let him do most of the talking and me most of the questioning. In fact, it should be the other way round as he was an investigator. But then I supposed he liked to talk to me because I was not the subject of his investigation nor the one who wrote his paycheck.

Tony liked to talk about his job as a police inspector and private investigator (PI). He talked almost non stop about his adventure throughout the one hour I spent at his table. He was a heavy drinker I noticed,finishing almost 3 bottles of beer within that hour. Many times he had offered me beer but I stood firm and had black coffee instead.
One of the stories Tony told me went like this:

A rich client of his Joe had suspected his mistress Alice was monkeying  behind his back whenever he went overseas to attend to his businesses. Joe was about 50 years old and Alice was in her early 20's. Joe confessed to Tony that he loved Alice a lot and would have married her had he been single.
Alice was a beautiful and sexy lady,according to Joe. She was a faithful lover until recently when Joe noticed she had been behaving weird.
Joe engaged Tony's PI services and asked to find out what Alice would do each time he left for his business trips. Money was not a problem,Tony was told. But he must find out the truth about Alice's activities.
After receiving a big down payment from Joe,Tony swung into action. He brought out his secret weapon,a scanner he had illegally purchased from an underground technician. This scanner, with the input of any mobile phone numbers could allow Tony to eavesdrop to the mobile phone conversation between the 2 parties. It was a great science discovery not legally allowed to the public.
After Tony has keyed in Alice's mobile numbers, he began to listen a conversation between Joe and Alice. The scanner's functionality was a little suspect,at least in this conversation. Tony could not figure out nor hear the name of the person whom Joe told Alice  "had to be eliminated". "Oh my god!" Tony exclaimed when hearing about the murder plot. Isn't Alice was supposed to flirt around with some men and whom Tony was hired to find out?  What was the phone conversation about? Elimination of someone which means murder was exactly what came to Tony's mind. What was Joe and Alice up to and what role was Tony supposed to play?

Tony traced Alice to the place she bought an express bus ticket to Ipoh, Malaysia. Tony booked a seat on the same bus too.
It was a long bus ride from Singapore to Ipoh. Tony occupied his time by watching the videos in the bus and dozing off occasionally. He was seated at the rear of the bus so he could watch Alice who was a few rows in front of him.
Once the bus reached Ipoh, someone was at the bus stop to pick Alice. So too was Maniam a 6 feet 4 black belt taekwondo expert (an associate of Tony's)there to pick Tony up in his car. Tony signalled Maniam to follow the car in which Alice was travelling.
It was not long before Alice arrived and checked into a hotel. Maniam booked a room for Tony, right opposite Alice's room from where they could spy on her.
Tony began setting up his spying equipments which included a high powered pair of binoculars, camera,eavesdropping device etc.....all pointing directly towards the room where Alice was staying.

The truth of the matter for Joe to hire Tony was to get Tony killed in Malaysia. The purpose wasn't to trace Alice's activities. Joe wanted to lure Tony to Malaysia so his henchmen could deal with him. It was something that Tony had done in the past that Joe was seeking to avenge.
To get Tony killed in Singapore was more risky for Joe because of the efficiency of the police force. However,Malaysia being a bigger country, it was more difficult for the police to apprehend the murderers. Besides. Joe had stronger connection with the underworld in Malaysia.

Tony didn't know about the trap Joe had set up to get him killed. However he was a bit suspicious when he heard the earlier mobile phone conversation in Singapore between Joe and Alice about getting someone killed.

Now with all his spying equipments trained on the room in which Alice was staying,Tony and Maniam began to settle down to find out about the truth.

Suddenly there was a knock at the door. "Who's that?" asked Tony. "It's room service....I need to check the stocks in the fridge Sir" came the reply. "One moment please" answered Tony.

Tony gestured Maniam to hide in the toilet just in case. Tony then proceeded to open the door slowly.
A Chinese man of about 30 years old appeared at the door. "May I come in Sir?" he asked Tony politely.
Tony directed the Chinese man to where the fridge was. Just before Tony could close the door behind him, another man rushed into the room with a gun in his hand. Instantly he caught hold of Tony from behind and threatened to shoot him if he resist. Tony felt the strong grip around his neck and the gun pointing at his head. He could feel that the intruder was serious about killing him and so he relented. The first man kicked Tony in his groin and he fell to the floor,groaning in severe pain.
Meanwhile, Manian who was in the toilet could no longer tolerate the intruders beating Tony. He exited from the toilet and dashed at the two men. His presence shocked them as they did not expect Tony to have a guess. Before they could recovered, Manian did a flying kick which sent the two to the floor. The gun dropped from the intruder's hand and slided under the bed. All at once Manian pulled out his revolver and pointed at them.

Tony and Manian got the better of the two and tied them up. In the hour of interrogation, Tony and Maniam found out the truth......Joe had hired the two to kill Tony and get rid of his body. There should be no traces of Tony after that. They also confessed they did not know Joe's reasons for trying to murder Tony. They also told them Alice was in the thick of things and She should know the truth.

After obtaining the info from the two would be killers, Tony went over to Alice's room. He knew Alice was having her shower. He slided the master key into the keyhole and quietly opened the door. Tony check his gun and make sure the silencer was attached. He waited for Alice to finish her shower.

Tony was getting impatient waiting for Alice to be out of the shower room. Fifteen minutes had passed and Alice was still inside the shower,thought Tony. Slowly Tony tiptoed and open the bathroom door cautiously. The hot steaming air from the shower hit Tony in his face. But there was no sign of Alice. Where had she gone?

Alice grew suspicious when she phoned the two hired killers. There was no answer from anyone of them. She suspected they were in trouble and so she fled her room but left the shower tap running to throw her enemy off guard. This would have given her at least 15 minutes advantage over her pursuer. By then she would have disappeared completely without a trace.

On seeing that he was fooled by Alice, Tony called Maniam who was in his room guarding the two assailants and asked for info regarding Alice's whereabouts. Maniam interrogated the two and almost blew their heads off with his gun for not co-operating. The fact was the two men didn't know about Alice's whereabouts either.

Tony went back to his room and sought Manian's advice on what to do next.

Tony and Manian decided to fly to Singapore to confront Joe. They wanted Joe to explain the assassination attempt on Tony's life.
After handing the earlier two assailants to the authority in Malaysia,Tony and Manian caught a MH flight from Ipoh to KL and then switched to a SQ flight to S'pore.
After arriving at Changi Airport, they took a taxi and sped off to Shenton Way where Joe's office was located. They did not wanna call Joe because they wanna surprise him.
After paying the taxi driver, Tony and Manian took an elevator to the 20th storey of the building where Joe was.

Joe had a small office overlooking the sea. It was a neat and compact place with 2 desktops, a fax machine and  2 office telephones. Joe did not have many employees. In reality, his was an OMO (one man operation).
Tony cautiously and slowly opened the door to Joe's office. All at once Joe jumped out of his chair on seeing Tony and Manian. Joe didn't know Manian but knew Tony. Joe was shocked to see Tony. "I thought you were dead Tony" said the shivering Joe. Manian stranglehold Joe while Tony took out his gun and attached the silencer. He shoved the tip of the silencer into Joe's mouth and demanded an answer as to why he wanted to kill him.

After Alice fled her room in the Ipoh hotel, Joe received an sms from Alice's mobile phone with the message "Plan executed, Tony's gone". 
Joe tried calling Alice but there was no answer from her mobile. Joe assumed that Alice's mobile battery must have gone flat.

Back to the Shenton Way office where the action was, Joe was naturally shocked to see Tony whom he thought was dead.
With the gun slowly moved away from him, Joe started to explain to Tony his reason for wanting to kill him.

Many years ago, according to Joe, his younger brother Ben was arrested for stabbing a young friend to death during a gambling session. Due to his age (16 then) Ben was confined to a prison for young offenders at Bedok (Reformative Training Center or RTC). Ben's crime was murder and he was place under "The President Pleasure" category which means he could only be released if the president pardoned him. As for the other young offenders whose crime were not very serious they had a release date.
 However, Ben was released after the president pardoned him 3 years later for good behaviour in the prison.

After obtaining his freedom, Ben was unrepentant and went back to crime. He had established lots of contact with the underworld whilst in RTC.
One of the first things Ben did upon his release from RTC was to get a revolver. He wanted to commit robberies with his friends. He wanted an easy life with plenty of money to spend. Ben also wanted to show the underworld that he was brave and notorious.
One day, just before Ben and his friends could carry out their plan to rob a goldsmith shop at Geylang, the police got wind of their plan and laid an ambush. In the ensuing gunfight, Ben was shot by a young dectective. Ben was arrested and sent to jail paralysed from the waist down. A year later, Ben committed suicide in Changi Prison. This was the one and only reason Joe explained he wanted to avenge his younger brother's death and it was Tony who happened to be the young detective who shot Ben.

Tony believed Joe's story. However, he still wanted to turn Joe to the authority for the attempted murder on his life. Joe begged Tony not to report him and offered money as compensation. Joe showed Tony and Maniam the stacks of $10,000 and $1,000 notes in his safe. He offered Tony $300,000 if he did not turn him to the police.
After much assurance from Joe that he would leave Tony alone and not haunt him anymore that Tony accepted the cash.
Joe and Tony settled the matter amicably.
But  now what has happened to Alice, why did she send an sms that said Tony was killed,why did she lie to Joe?

Alice, I was told was never Joe's mistress to begin with. She was one of his top lieutenants in his drug smuggling syndicate. It was a multi dollar bogus company with a false front supposedly dealing in motor car spare parts.
Alice was forced to sleep with Joe because she had no choice or be killed. She was, at first employed as a clerk in Joe's so called car spare part company. She worked very hard and Joe had showered her with expensive gifts. All the compliments and gifts coming from her boss was indeed very flattering.
Joe on the other hand knew Alice loved money. He enticed her with all those gifts so she would fall for him. It was a wrong assumption of Joe that Alice would fall for him for he was not good looking and fat. Alice had a weakness for fair blond Caucasian men. When Joe forced himself on Alice she had not much of a choice for she feared him,knowing his notoriety. All along Alice played along and pretended she loved and enjoyed sex with Joe.
Now in Ipoh after the failed assassination of Tony, Alice seized the opportunity to run away from Joe. In fact it was an ideal situation for her to escape for she had transferred a cool $2 million dollars from Joe's account into hers.
While Tony was dealing with Joe, Alice was on her way to London on a SQ first class flight. Alice decision to run away from Joe was also partly due to the failed assassination attempt for she knew better than most that Joe would punished her.
The cat was now out of the bag for Alice had a secret English lover called James in London. They had not seen each other since Alice started working for Joe. Now they were dying to be in each others arms again.

Alice's flight landed in the wee hour of the morning at Heathrow Airport. James was there to pick her up. Almost an hour after the flight had landed, James and Alice sped off in a brand new red Ferrari to a London apartment where James lived alone.

Joe found out that Alice had disappeared with his $2 million. Not only had this made him hopping mad but the way in which Alice did it, lying to him that Tony was killed and also not answering his phone call. Another thing that bothered Joe a lot was the contact Alice had with his drug suppliers and distributors. She could undercut and isolate some of his drug businesses. Joe told himself he must track Alice down and eliminate her at all cost.
Why did Alice has to lie to Joe about Tony? One theory was, Alice wanted Tony to catch Joe unprepared and kill him. Alice's plan failed miserably because Tony did not kill Joe but instead compensated with a large amount of money (300k).
Now Joe wanted Tony to trace Alice's whereabouts. He was prepared to pay Tony a handsome fee if he could find out where Alice was. Tony was reluctant to do business with a man like Joe.

Somehow,Tony could not resist working for Joe again for he was offered so much money that one would probably take a whole life time to earn. Joe also promised to pay all expenses including overseas entertainment incurred during the assignment.
It was not as though Joe could not use his connections worldwide to deal with Alice or any of his enemy.One snag here was his connections were not PIs and not experienced enough. They were more efficient in eliminating the enemies than investigation work. Tony and Manian were more efficient and skillful in investigation work. They were former police officers.
Tony and Maniam without wasting anymore time swung into action. They flew to Ipoh and using their contacts there searched for Alice. They contacted their friends in the Immigration,police and airport  to trace Alice's whereabouts. Photographs of Alice were shown to the airline check-in staff at the airport. Before long, they were given the information that Alice had left the day before for London via KL and Singapore.
Their helpful contacts were handsomely rewarded by Tony for their efforts.
Without any delay, Tony and Maniam booked a business class flight to London via KL on a MAS flight that evening.
On arrival at Heathrow, they hired a black Jaguar XK-RS Concept and zoomed off to Piccadilly where they have made a booking for the Berkeley Suite at the Ritz London.

During the days when Tony was a police inspector he was well liked by his counterparts in other countries. London was one of the cities Tony was sent for some kind of police and security training. He had interacted and mixed very well with Scotland Yard, Immigration,Customs and other security agency people. Whenever his overseas counterparts needed help in S'pore, Tony not only assisted them but entertained them if they were visiting. Likewise Tony's counterparts also reciprocated.
To look for Alice in the city of London was like looking for a needle in the haystack. But for Tony and Maniam it was not that difficult. They had friends and contacts there and it won't be long before they found Alice. Now the assistance of the security and airport authority  friends came in handy.
Firstly, Tony sought the assistance of his friends at  Heathrow. They retrieved and replayed the tapes of the CCTV for that particular day when Alice arrived at the airport. After a few hours of hardwork, Tony spotted Alice on the tapes. Further video tapes at the arrival area where James picked up Alice in his red Ferrari was also shown. Only one problem now and that's where had the Ferrari and its passengers gone to? There was no tapes to show where they drove to because they were out of the airport vicinity. Tony and Manian had to crack their heads and find out where was Alice.

There were a few options Tony could use to find out Alice's whereabouts. One was to find out from the car company that sold Ferraris in London. The other option was to interview the cabin crew who had served Alice during her flight from Singapore to London. Yet one more was to check with Heathrow Immigration the address that Alice furnished them during her stay in London. The last one might not be accurate info as Alice might have had given a false address. The best would still be the first two options.

A check with the car company showed an address in Manchester which was too far away from London. If Alice wanted to be in Manchester she would have flown directly to Manchester and not to London,figured out Tony. Alice was somewhere in London and they got to find her.
Tony and Manian went to Gloucester Hotel where the cabin crew were staying. They managed to contact the IFS or Inflight Supervisor of the flight which Alice was on. Tony chatted with the IFS and invited the crew who worked and served Alice in the first class out for dinner. Through the interaction with the crew during dinner at Bayswater, Tony found out that Alice did once mentioned she would be staying in an apartment opposite the Gloucester Hotel. "Which apartment could that be?" thought Tony and Maniam.

After dinner, Tony and Maniam straightaway left for their hotel at Piccadilly. They took out their laptops and searched for the apartments in the Gloucester vicinity. The one opposite Glocester Hotel was the Gloucester apartment built in the 1990s. "Ah ha this must be the one.." Tony gleefully told Maniam.

With a couple of crisp 20 British Pounds notes shoved into the pockets of the apartment staff, Tony managed  to get not only information about the guest who drove a Ferrari with a Chinese lady but had access to James' apartment too.
Tony found out that James was the owner of a English Pub at Piccadilly Circus. The pub was used as a front for his drug and arms dealing activities.

As we know it, Tony's mission was to established the whereabouts of Alice and who she was moving around with. A report on James and his activities were also submitted to Joe. Tony and Maniam were not engaged to kill Alice or anybody.....they would NOT kill anyone unless in self defence.

Tony and Maniam flew back to Singapore and reported their findings to Joe.

Tony told me he and Maniam were legalised private investigators and not assassins. He did not want to tell me how Joe dealt with Alice and James. Do you think it's worthwhile "bribing" Tony to tell me the outcome of the whole story?

I had the suspicion that something tragic could have happened to Alice after Tony had submitted his report on Alice and James to Joe. I am not too sure what had happened to James. I also suspect Tony had a hand in dealing with Alice but he just wouldn't want to talk about it. Probably, Tony had gotten rid of Alice. What about James? I am just curious. I want to find out the truth. Should I go to London and find out more about the case? I know where James' pub is and where he lives and that is if he is still alive. I do not have much resources or finances to pay for my investigation but I do have a free air ticket every year from my previous employer to fly to London. The above story happened just a few years you think I should embark on this project ???


Anonymous said...

Nope you better not get yourself involved BT or you may get KILLED!

Boh Tong said...

aiya I won't get killed la...wah so concerned about my welfare meh? anyway thanks a million for ur advice.

Jacky said...

Too dangerous. Better not get involved with the underworld.