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Right of Way 21
HENDRICKS
You donít know how he died?
NAPOLITANO
Donít tell me --
HENDRICKS
Yeah. Itís peat.

Hendricks scoops a bit of it onto a gloved finger and shows it to Napolitano, who looks at the side of the Chateau Marcella building. Lots of windows.

NAPOLITANO
Witnesses?
HENDRICKS
Not that Iíve heard. Cops have a team canvassing. Anyone awake might get a kick out of seeing the mayor at their door.
NAPOLITANO
(nods)
Iíll grab an ďon dutyĒ who can take copious notes.

EXT. HOLLYWOOD APARTMENT BUILDING - MORNING
The buildingís front courtyard. Hendricks and Napolitano walk in with DETECTIVE ATKINS, 45, in tow.

NAPOLITANO
Time of death?
HENDRICKS
Working on it, but we know Larry definitely predeceased John Doe by a few hours.

The three men stop in their tracks as they notice something in the corner of the courtyard. Atkins puts a hand on his sidearm. Napolitano cautiously approaches and sees that itís ANOTHER BODY, female, 40ís, scrunched up in the fetal position.

HENDRICKS
What do you know? Itís raining bodies.

Atkins feels for a pulse, gives the obligatory shake of the head. Napolitano squats to study the stiff. Embroidered on the victimís sweater is a patch with the letter ďOĒ in a distinctive font.


 
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