Trouble on the Horizon?

For many people in the cities around Chicago gangs and gang violence are just part of everyday life. For those in Ford Heights and similar areas, the violence has been steadily escalating for days and no one quite knows why. The dominant gangs appears to be splitting along previously unknown fault lines. Loyal members vanish for a few days and then come back only to shoot up their former allies with no demands or talk involved.

The most recent shooting has even gang members shocked and willing to talk to each other. Previously, it hasn’t been easy to get the leaders of the different territories to get together, but something has changed.

Bobby just came at us. We hadn’t seen him in a few days and figured he’d just been layin’ low, pissed someone off. Saw him next and he got the drop on us, just started shooting. It was bloody, I don’t know what could make anyone do that, out of nowhere, we grew up together and he just shot me in the chest four times. I’ll never forget it though, I see him again he’ll be the one bloody.

Eye Witness to Shooting in Ford Heights

Even with the chronically low levels of educational success, the local community leaders have been able to broker meetings between gang leaders in the area. So far, no one is accepting responsibility, in fact local leaders have taken them at face value.

When one of them is fronting, you can tell. You can just tell, more often than not they’ll tell you themselves that they did it without saying it. A lot of these people lead out of fear, fear of reprisal. No one wants a war, but most of these boys agree that one is coming, the only problem is they don’t know from where.

Local Community Leader

So far the police have been silent, but that is nothing new for these neighborhoods. Word has it, that this isn’t isolated to the Heights either. Word has come in from other neighborhoods that similar things are starting to happen elsewhere. Investigations reveal numerous 911 calls from surrounding suburbs and even getting into the edges of Chicago proper. Calls are often answered late and when the police get there, there isn’t much to do other than call the coroner and file a report.

Kids are dying. Kids. I don’t care what they think, these aren’t perfect kids but who is? And what do the cops do? Nothing. They don’t care, to them it’ll be all the same if we all drop dead tomorrow. Maybe then someone will build a nice mall and golf course, then the cops would care. No, we’re on our own.

Local Pawn Shop Owner

Community outrage has yet to reach officials in Chicago, or if it has they have been entirely silent. Repeated calls to the mayor’s office or the police chief have been met with no comment. The silence is deafening. If this continues, they won’t be able to stay silent forever.

Salvage Begins in Los Angeles

The anomalous effects in Los Angeles County that accompanied the explosion in the desert also appear to have abated, though it is estimated over 100 supernaturals or those with supernatural abilities were injured or killed during the unexplained event.

In Los Angels, while the US Government has repeatedly stated that it believes a natural gas pocket was breeched during routine construction of an underground bunker facility, there are serious questions that have yet to be answered. Government officials have been unresponsive to further inquiries, however, first responders were finally allowed on scene to the site of the desert explosions which took place recently just outside the city. So far, no survivors have been found, the bodies recovered have been burned beyond recognition.

On site details are sketchy and the first responders have only been allowed to investigate the areas of the first basement level with other levels closed, supposedly for decontamination. It is unclear at this point how deep the facility goes, military personnel have been bringing out bodies in various states of being burned, though all of them are burned so bad that dental records will have to be used for identification.

Anomalous Effects

The anomalous effects in Los Angeles County that accompanied the explosion in the desert also appear to have abated, though it is estimated over 100 supernaturals or those with supernatural abilities were injured or killed during the unexplained event. Investigators from the local government who deal with supernatural events have begun to look into possible explanations, but so far have found nothing.

Unexplained Deaths

Within hours of the explosion that ripped through desert tonight, supernatural entities have reported deaths as they fleet the city, unable to call upon their abilities. It seems the explosion has caused a swath of some 50 miles around the site to become some kind of area of exclusion to supernatural abilities, including magic and psionics. Creatures who rely on their supernatural abilities have scant time to leave as the effects begin to worsen over time. Undead creatures are the most susceptible as their supernatural nature keeps them alive.

Older and more powerful supernaturals seem to have more time, however, the exodus of the Los Angeles area continues, without access to their abilities many are scrambling to find conventional means of transportation.

Explosion in the Desert

First responders initial reports have been classified as top secret, and restricted from the public. Two recordings of the initial back-and-forth between 1st responders arriving on site and dispatch have leaked, though their authenticity has yet to be verified.

A massive underground explosion took place in the desert outside of Los Angeles at exactly 8:00 pm on Tuesday January 1st, 2019. Rescue teams were dispatched from Los Angeles immediately, however military units arrived on site shortly after and have declared an the area to be a restricted zone, rescue workers were not permitted entry, claiming national security.

The mayor of Los Angeles has filed an official protest with the United States Navy, who reportedly is somehow involved with how the land is used. However, the land itself is owned by a company RTL Holdings LLC, the CEO is named as one Edward Brass and has not responded to any contact attempts.

First responders initial reports have been classified as top secret, and restricted from the public. Two recordings of the initial back-and-forth between 1st responders arriving on site and dispatch have leaked, though their authenticity has yet to be verified. Both recordings are from different divisions, one from the California Department of Forestry and the other from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. Both recordings have officers and firemen talking about a blue-green flame and waves of some unknown form of energy coming off of a massive glowing blue ball before the recordings are cut. If these recordings are true, experts remain unsure as to what kind of event could have caused such combustion and suggest that perhaps toxic fumes caused hallucinations.

Occult Serial Killer At Large?

“If you owe a debt, I know who all of you are, and I will take you out.” – Unknown Killer

At 1:56 am, On the seventeenth of September, a 911 call was sent through from Bravenstore apartment complex. A message was left by an untraceable voice.

“If you owe a Debt, you best pay up soon. Or else you’ll regret it.”

Unknown 911 caller

After this message, the apartment buildings were put on lockdown, and police arrived at the scene.  Inside one of the apartment buildings, the adult residents were found dead.  The mother was completely dismembered, while the father had been stabbed multiple times, and the children just barely roughed up. Since the mother and father were DOA, the children were transferred to the northwestern memorial hospital. Authorities have been tight lipped about their investigation, however, sources close to the investigation have said, on condition of anonymity, that there are no leads in the case.

Multiple Killings Challenge Police

In an terrifyingly related story, nearly twenty minute’s later, another call was received half a mile away, when over twenty four people had been beheaded by what seems to be a metal blade. In a third incident, there is rumor of a graphic video of the incident in police hands, sources say the video was given to the police by a man who may have been there at the time.  No official response to inquiries has been made.  Local police are shaken by the latest attacks.  Sources within the police have given an account of the as-yet unreleased video:

“It was utterly terrifying, a hooded figure was talking with a boy in the middle of a crowd, when people began to take notice. The car the man sits in has been stuck in traffic, and recording since the figure started speaking weird words. She seems to be speaking to someone within the area, but they can’t be seen or heard, within the span of a split second the scythe wraps around his neck. She begins to point out the names of those recording, with the word’s ‘I know who all of you are, and I will take you out.’ After this, the camera censored out, as the scythe slings around, and cuts the head’s off of every single person in one swift movement.  I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life, and I don’t want to see it again.  I fear for the boy she had in her grasp at the time the video cut out.  The woman has a striking appearance unique, really long white hair.”

Anonymous Source

Prioritize Recovery of Missing Child

The chief of police has issued a statement putting their highest priority on the identification and recovery of the missing child and several religious leaders in the area are urging their constituents to come forward with any and all information immediately.  Police officials have issued an AMBER alert for the unknown child in the video, but there are scant details to go on.  The mayor has issued a press release urging residents to stay calm and has enlisted the help of federal law enforcement, the FBI has set up at their field office and profilers are reportedly on their way to provide assistance to the police.  However, their job is going to be difficult as five more bodies have also dropped, the official statement is that the killings are unrelated to the others, however, a source within the FBI investigation confirms that they believe it is the same perpetrator.

Official buildings are on high alert and the police have increased patrols throughout the city.  The FBI has opened a tip line and issued a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the unknown individual and recovery of the child.  Anyone with information on the murders or the whereabouts of the unknown child should call their local police department immediately or the FBI tip line at 555-812-2754.

Public Service Serial Killer

Several murders throughout Los Angeles County have raised eyebrows as a pattern emerges of a vigilante taking care of low-level gang bangers. Slugs retrieved from the crime scenes all clearly link this to the same perpetrator through analysis of the bullets, which are unusually heavy and show trace evidence of motor oil and a number of other odd contaminants.

Police are theorizing that the perpetrator may have been caught doing some other crime and incarcerated, or perhaps left the area as several weeks have gone by without a new killing attributed to the killer. It is clear that the killer has a high amount of professional skill with the act of killing and evidence to date suggests a potential military background. This would certainly not be the first time Los Angeles had found military-trained killers in their midsts but the first time in a considerable time that such a killer was attacking these kinds of targets.

Many in the communities effected are praising the vigilante for doing what the police could not – keeping them safe.

Council Convened for Ongoing Murders

The Vampire Council of the city has convened a session to discuss the ongoing threat to the city, with an increasing number of murders plaguing the city with clearly supernatural origins. The primary focus is on the set of unsolved serial murders going on with the city, as we previously reported no supernatural groups have been found responsible for the deaths nor as a cause been found. The general cause of the murders vary with every strike, but now a total of 22 murders have taken place, this number is more than doubled from the previously thought of 10 murders. Investigators have found a 2nd death corresponding to each murder, the death coming from severe brain damage. Autopsy has provided the cause of death but not how it happened, there are a number of victims in hospitals all over the city with similar brain damage, though less severe indicating a potentially greater threat. All the victims so far have been human with no link between them.

The Council has put forth a general call for investigators to descend upon the city with a substantial cash reward for those who can help solve the case and even resolve the problem entirely. While the Out of Aces Detective Agency has already thrown their hat in the ring, it is clear this could be a dangerous assignment – and they do not have exclusive rights to the case. Instead, the council has demanded that any investigators share information. The downside is failure may result in increasingly lavish punishments from the council, those who do not deliver on their word often end up dead.

Further, those with knowledge of the current investigation have told of a mysterious signal coming in over shortwave channels, someone who has been tracking the case up until this point. Details on that are sketchy but if that is indeed true it could point to a larger conspiracy on the horizon for the city. The Council itself has said nothing further other than the general call to investigate the case and seek a resolution.

Serial Killer Still at Large

The previous reports of a diabolical serial killer remain unresolved. Police investigations have stalled and little information has been passed to the public. It is clear, however, that the killings have not stopped. These bloody killings seem to involve multiple dead with differen methods which suggests a team. The FBI has been called in to profile the killers in an attempt to discover their next victem. Since the first discoveries of the killings the investigation has focused on the supernatural community. Vampires are still at the top of the suspect pool after a rogue group of teenage vampires were caught draining people in plain view of the mundanes in the area. This prompted the immediate execution of those Vampires and a statement being released that the Vampire community values its partnership with city leaders and other officials who are welcome to present any evidence of Vampire involvement. Further statements indicate that the fragile truce which has lasted for decades within the city may be fraying in places since the city has produced on such proof.

Private investigators have also been on the case, attempting to solve the problem for the community itself. Though such investigations are hardly public, one source has given the Morning Star exclusive access to documents which suggest a potential occult link which could point to ordinary humans being at fault. This has escelated tensions between mundane humans and supernatural’s who have lived in relative peace for most of the cities history. Since magic and psionic users have operated on the fringe of both socities for some time it has fallen to such leaders who attempt to hold the uneasy peace. The mayor’s office has admitted that it is considering strengthening its protections for those citizens who are less able to defend themselves, though no details have been released on exactly what this would mean. It is clear, however, that if there isn’t a break in the case soon the two major factions of the population could become violent as pressure increases to stop the killings which have left over two dozen dead in increasingly savage killings.

The peculiar habit of the killers of not only brutally murdering one but then leaving another dead of apparent brain injury has left many questioning if the two are even related. However, police have commented that there is a strong correlation and even local organized crime outfits have offered assistance to the police in uncovering who is behind these strange and savage murders.

Investigation Stalled

The investigation into numerous attacks has been stalled and stone-walled. Largely by the US Department of Defense, where officials are still choosing not to comment. Details are scant, and so far the witnesses who have come forward have recanted stating that they misunderstood what they saw before they decline to comment further. The mayor’s office has previously stated that they will find answers for those impacted by the recent attacks but that office has also fallen silent. The supernatural community has provided little in the way of explination either as many there also seem to have no idea what happened other than the fact that it appears several large scale creatures attacked the civilian population and were defeated. Reports as to the people who actually participated in the fight are sketchy at best.

Possible Home Invasions

In the Old Town Triangle area of Chicago a number of home invasions have been reported. Police have declined to comment about the ongoing investigation but have confirmed that incidents did occur in the wealthy area. Confirmed reports from other sources have also stated that several families were found dead and evidence suggests that the attacks were potentially carried about by a rogue Ghoul attempting to feed. Witnesses described a male and female pair, though it is unclear if both are Ghoul’s or just one. The pair appear to have some method for gaining entry into the apartments similar to the spells cast by a Vampire, though contacts in the Vampire community are just as anxious to resolve the situation as anyone else and claim to have no knowledge of the perpetrators.

Since magic appears to be involved beyond the normal abilities of a Ghoul the investigation has focused primarily on that community. A spokeman for the local guild of magic users have stated that they know nothing about the incidents and indicated that the answer may be found with other communities, perhaps even those with psionic abilities.

Vigilante Justice

An unknown individual has been sighted in the city performing what some are calling a public service, killing local thugs and drug dealers in cold blood. Police are investigating the claims much to the critism of some, who claim their time is better spent trying to protect law abiding citizens. Though city officials have admitted the criminal element is one which has plagued many they denounce the actions of the vigilante and have called for citizens to understand the police follow the laws and vigilantism is the gateway to chaos. Police officials have stated that if found, the vigilante will face charges for multiple counts of homocide.