After Midnight by Merline Lovelace

By Merline Lovelace

Again while she was once a scrappy eight-year previous, Jessica Yount and her mom have been escorted out in their fatherland through the neighborhood sheriff-and she by no means figured out why. Now she is again in Valpariso, Florida, drawn right into a police research surrounding the dying of a neighborhood man-and into an irresistibly passionate, tension-filled affair with Sheriff Steve Paxton.

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Using dental impressions, Romaniuk had helped identify three murder victims in outback Queensland in 1965. Seven years later, he had been called to help in the identification of a skeleton found near Charters Towers. The 18-year-old woman would earn an ignominious place in Queensland’s criminal history as one of the state’s first hitchhiking murder victims. But this was Romaniuk’s first bite mark case and he needed to follow particular steps to match the bite mark on Deidre Kennedy with the offender.

The dilation of the vagina and bruising around the anus could have been caused by fingers or by an erect penis. It would not have required great force to produce these injuries. The vagina contained a small amount of pink fluid which I examined but could find no spermatozoa. I also took smears from the vagina which were subsequently examined in the State Health Laboratory and no spermatozoa was found. O’Reilly continues to detail the injuries. 5cm apart, on the front of the left thigh just above the knee.

It is time to take my leave. 2 Overnight showers drape the city in a damp overcoat and a light squall torments autumn leaves, bullying them into sodden pockets. A McCafferty’s bus rumbles along Ipswich’s wide streets on this April 1973 morning. Past the famous limestone hills of Queensland’s oldest provincial city, poised at the crossroads to the Darling Downs and Upper Brisbane Valley; past Limestone Park and along the banks of the Bremer River. Soon, dawn will humour the sky into betraying its first crimson blush and the tired whoosh of air brakes will herald the Ipswich bus station for the passengers aboard.

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