‘Oh,no, ‘said Inspector Jack Watson from outside 49 Spring Gardens, Blackburn where he had just examined the scene of a horrible murder. ‘I wouldn’t say this is the most horrible murder I’ve witnessed in a career spanning 30 years, give or take a year or two here and there.’
‘The Yorkshire Ripper murders were quite horrible – but probably not the worst I’d experienced in a police career then spanning two months,’ he said. ‘And then there were the Fred West murders which, horrible as they were, still were not quite the worst I’d experienced in quite a long police career of, by then, 15 years or thereabouts of solving murders.’
Now, after Spring Gardens – which featured six dismembered bodies, a decapitated donkey,a microwaved cat and a new-born baby impaled on a toasting fork – Inspector Watson is thinking of retirement.
‘I don’t quite get it,’ confessed Inspector Watson’s superior, Chief Inspector John Braine. ‘I can’t understand why Jack doesn’t say Spring Gardens is the most horrible murder he’s had to investigate in 30 years – or thereabouts – of police work,’ he said. ‘That’s what you say.
‘I’ve not come across anything quite like this in all my 30 years – or thereabouts – of fighting crime. It’s horrible.’