Thursday morning Clara woke early, showered and dressed. She took the paperwork she printed the nite before and went down to the kitchen and made herself some breakfast. It was nearing seven o’clock, she would call Marcus shortly.
Marcus Kent sat at his desk drinking his first coffee of the day. Being Police Chief suited him. He had worked long and hard to attain his position and was popular with the people of Cape May and the officers that worked under him. He was reading one of the reports when his phone rang. He picked up the receiver. “Cape May Police, Chief Kent speaking, how may I help you”.
“Marcus, good morning how are you, this is Clara Hayes”.
“Oh, fine Miss Hayes, good morning to you too. How can I help you”?
“If you have some free time I would like to speak with you”.
“Is everything alright Clara”?
“Yes, I want to speak to you about Clem Bristol. We were away when he passed and just read it in the newspaper when we returned a few days ago. We had dinner with Jeffery last night and he told us the autopsy result was death by heart attack”.
“Yes, that’s right Clara”.
“Marcus, don’t you find it strange that Clem died from a heart attack”?
“Clara he was seventy-four years old, no I don’t find it strange”.
“Well I do, and I would like to discuss the situation with you. I have been doing some research on the internet and I have a few questions I would like answered”.
“Clara, I appreciate your help in past cases and your interest, but, the coroner did a throe job and didn’t find anything else. I know Clem was a friend and neighbor but I think this is an open and shut case”.
“You listen to me Marcus Kent, nothing is just open and shut. There are circumstances in all cases and I think I have proven that to you several times. Wouldn’t you agree”?
“Yes, Clara both you and Lena have been a great help on quite a few occasions”.
“Well, hear me out then”.
“Alright, I’ll hear you out. When do you want to come in”?
“Is now a good time for you”?
“Yes, as long as it doesn’t take too long. I have a meeting at nine o’clock”.
“That’s fine. It won’t take that long. I’ll be there in about twenty minutes”.
“Okay, I’ll be in my office waiting”.
“Fine, see you soon. By Marcus”.
“By Clara”. Marcus hung up, wondering what she was going to come up with this time. Clara left Lena a note that she was going to see Marcus and would be back before ten o’clock. Grabbed her paperwork, her keys, and purse and headed out the door. Less than a half hour later she was sitting in Marcus’s office.
“Okay, Clara what is it that you have to show me”? Clara handed him the following.
Potassium Chloride is known to be among the ingredients in many prescription drugs, such as Klor-Con, Klor-Con 8, Klor-Con 10, and Klor-Con/25, among others. Potassium Chloride breaks down into both its’ individual components, potassium, and chlorine. Both are found in the human body and the presence of either or both of these will not raise suspicion by either the attending physician or the coroner, who will carry out the autopsy.
This compound breaks down into both potassium and chlorine, in which the chlorine (Cl) binds with the human body’s naturally occurring sodium (Na) to create NaCl — sodium chloride — common table salt. The resultant heart attack is found to have no known cause — as all that is found in the body is a slightly elevated level of NaCl. Too much potassium in the body causes tachycardia (fast heart rate), which then leads to something known as ventricular fibrillation, which is one of many types of cardiac arrest.
Calcium Gluconate is available in a 10% hypertonic I.V. (intravenous) solution, which simply means that the concentration is higher than what normally appears in the human body. The process by which this works is known as osmosis — the hypertonic solution removes the water and glucose from the body’s cells — replacing it with Calcium Gluconate. The calcium and the glucose are deposited in the body to be used as energy/fuel. The glucose is used for fuel, while the calcium remains in the body.
The Calcium Gluconate removes chlorine and replaces it with calcium, thus creating an electrolytic imbalance. The three compounds that become imbalanced are sodium (Na), potassium (K), and chlorine (Cl). This interferes with the normal LUB-DUB heartbeat impulse, which can then be regulated either too fast or too slow, creating a heart attack.
Marcus put the sheet down and looked at Clara. “So you think someone came in with an IV bag, hooked it up and killed Clem”?
“Don’t be ridiculous Marcus. It can be injected with a needle into a vein too”.
“We’re waiting for the toxicology report now and if anything is off I will look into it”.
“It won’t show up Marcus. Did the coroner look for needle marks”?
“I am sure he did Clara. However, it wasn’t mentioned in the report so I guess he didn’t find anything”.
“Did he check the body thoroughly. You know there is more than the veins in the arms”.
“I am sure he did. Jack has been doing his job for over twenty-five years and he is good at what he does”.
“Well ask him to check again and I would like to speak with him”.
“Oh, no Clara. I will not let you badger Jack the way you badger me. I will speak to him and get back to you. Now I have a meeting to attend”.
“I will be waiting for your call Marcus”.
“I know you will Clara. Have a nice day”. With that Clara left.