Excerpt: Chapter 39 of “Conspiracy for Murder”


Alex answered the doorbell and let James and Donna in. Ned and his family had gone out for dinner so they had the house to themselves. Alex sat down on the sofa and spread out the files that he had been working on on the coffee table. “First off, you both should know that each member of the Temple has to hire an “assistant”. What the members do not know is that their assistants report back to Levitsky. You may also be interested to know

that I’ve discovered who Warren Babble’s assistant was: a woman named Gerta Jones.” “Gerta Jones? You mean Babble’s assistant was married to his gardener?” “Apparently so.” “I suppose that is why she and her husband moved back to Germany after collecting their share of their inheritance. I’m surprised that the Levitsky didn’t have them killed. What skills did she have that got her the job?” “From what I have been able to ascertain, her maiden name is Gerta Mundt and she was a Stasi agent. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, she met her husband at in Frankfort while he was in the Air Force. They got married a year later and returned to the United States. Apparently, somehow Levitsky was notified about her and she was offered a job.” Donna said, “do you think that her husband knew about her ‘extra duties’?” “I don’t think so. The Temple has a strict code of silence and her husband’s name was not listed.” “Well, that makes my part of the investigation into Warren Babble’s death a bit harder. I found out that Jones and his wife were murdered in Germany.” “Well, I also managed in find out more about Mr. Levitsky. He owns several corporations in the United States, but he has a lot of connections around the world. For someone who has so many foreign friends but no assets in those countries, it seems very suspicious, so I looked into some of their backgrounds. Apparently, there are similar societies in Europe and Russia but they are not affiliated with the Temple. They have different…how should I put it? Rituals? Yes, I suppose that’s the correct word, but mostly the same goals. If they should ever decide to form a united organization, then Levitsky seems to be the most likely to be the head honcho. One of his “associates” happened to be the head of the Bilderberg Group, which explains why he managed to bring his and Frederick Babble’s aides with him.” “I’m assuming that Inanna Dairy and Namtar Corp. are part of his holdings.” “They sure are. And he also, as you found out, runs the show as far as the local police departments are concerned.” Donna began to say something, but Alex stopped her by reassuring her that the Boise Police Department was not one of them. “So who else is on the list that we should know about?” “Well, the highest government officials that I came across were the Secretary of the Treasury and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve.” “Christ! We don’t have jurisdiction over them. It looks like we are going to have to tread very lightly. Maybe we can leak that information to the news media, but we better have unassailable evidence before we do that. We also will have to take down Levitsky before we do that. What do you two think?” “I think that I should get as much information as I can on the Davis case. If there is any connection with the Babble family or Levitsky, then we can present a stronger case to the DA’s office.” “I agree. Alex, please make a copy of that list for Donna and me so that we can check it against the names that we have. What else did Dizzy put into that envelope that can help us?” “So far, the only thing that may come in useful in the future is a blueprint of Summer’s Place.” “Alright, we’ll leave that for now. After what almost happened, I’m reluctant to go back there. The only other thing that we can do is wait for Hardcourt to get back with us about Guillermo’s death. Alex, see if you can come up with anything about a cleaning company called ABC Cleaning; we’ll relay the information to Hardcourt. Well, if there’s nothing else, I think that we’re done for now. Let’s head out, Donna, before the Changs get back.”

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