Thursday 10th November 1999
Ooka, Minami Ward, Yokohama, Japan
Minami Police Station
“Good evening. A 25-year-old woman was found dead at the Yokohama Sky Building at around 9:30 pm. Police & many witnesses described what they found as horrific, gruesome & emotionally disturbing.”
Minami Police has protected Yokohama from crime for over 25 years. I myself was one of the first people to have joined the force. Now being 43, I have gained a lot of experience from what crime could bring to the city of Yokohama. During the time of my childhood, my parents were working in the FBI in USA from 1952 - 1964, earning countless amounts of medals that even I, being an officer myself could never earn. However, tragedy soon struck my family when I was told that my mother was shot & severely wounded in a shooting incident in California along with 7 other fellow officers. To make matters worse, my father decided to commit suicide two months after the incident by jumping off the U.S. Bank Tower. To look back makes me think of how heartless & unemotional I seemed about things when in all reality, I care deeply about even the smallest of things. My heart shattered into millions of pieces, yet not a single tear shed out of my eye. Anyways, I’ve recently come back from a case that was closed yesterday & it wasn’t the case we were expecting. Four members of the government were found dead after a bombing attack occurred in the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum two days ago. People who were once part of the government were arrested & accused of the incident. However, the situation grew so serious, that it reached to a point where most of the staff didn’t want to be involved in the scandal. With people leaving our side & newspapers flooding, we were at critical point & none of our clients were there to help us. However, my companion-chronicler, Fumio Hiroshi, persuaded the court of Yokohama to find more evidence that may have been associated with the accused suspects & saved us from the punishment we were to receive. The suspects were eventually taken down days later after being found guilty of all charges. After countless hours of watching the news footage of the case, I decided to look through at what investigators took from the crime scene. Needless to say, this didn’t seem like anything unusual to the many cases that we usually have to deal with in Japan. I opened the recent e-mails that contained the crime details & began to read through:
“The victim was identified as Alisha Jasmine, an actress who worked in the film production company, Screen Gems in the United States for 13 years of her life. It was discovered by investigators that she had arranged to visit Japan after being accepted to work at Anthony Trotter Productions, a film industry in Tokyo on 9th November. However, the flight was somehow cancelled half way through the journey, as there was an major problem with the engine. Despite this, Alisha managed to travel to Yokohama by a motorboat & stayed in the Yokohama Sky Building for the night.”
I thought for a moment. A film star died only a day after her visit? And yet, who would have the urge to think of corrupting a plane engine in an attempt to kill hundreds of people? I grew more interested as I continued to read on & on. It had been almost 12 years since we had a case like this & how I loved it. Eventually, I came across the woman herself & I was filled with shock & bewilderment. My, she looked captivating. I could have sworn that I was staring through a mirror; the beauty within her blue eyes began to make my mind spin into a trance, which grew so strong that nothing could take me out of it. However, I began to notice traces of resemblance - many features of her face were similar to mine; that smile of hers was unusually wide comparing to my own. Damn, that film industry would have been swimming in a pool of money. My mind eventually turned to the time - 01:45. Never has a case kept me so interested for that amount of time. Anyways, I continued to read through possible evidence, suspects & witness perspectives:
“It’s very unfortunate to hear about this wonderful lady passing away at such a young age. I have always asked myself the same question: ‘Why must young beings that have not committed a sin against God suffer at such a young age?’ & yet I never find the answer. What has she ever committed to serve such a fate?” - Proirot Ferdinand, friend of the victim’s parents
“Pity. She was always seen as a ‘daddy’s girl’, but I have always wondered what she did what others many not know about. Beauty is deceiving & if treated wrongly, she will become the beast” - Ferro Lin, author of ‘Stars of Japan’
“I do not understand why this ‘Alisha’ could not bother to defend herself if this happened to her on purpose. So much for a damsel in distress… But anyway, I do not have anything to say, except from the fact that she should have stayed home & concentrate on only her family instead of traveling all over the place & think about her so-called ‘fortune’.” - Desmond Aitroit, former gang leader
However, what I then came across scarred me deep. To this day, I still have that image scalded in my mind. I came across a photo of the corpse of Alisha; the beauty of her face was torn away & her lifeless body was completely mangled & pieces of her brain & intestines were scattered on the floor. A message was carved through the skin of her neck:
“DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL”
Noticing the small tears that rushed down from her once beautiful eyes made my heart turn weak & my mind was in all directions, blocked with disturbing images. I immediately lost my interest & shut my computer down, feeling ill from that God-awful sight. I kept telling myself that I was just hallucinating & that it was just like any other case, but it was useless.
“Could this even be possible? No, it couldn’t. It can’t possibly be…”
I immediately re-booted my computer to check if the details of Alisha were accurate enough, only to be greeted with the same horrific picture of the mangled corpse. I managed to re-open the detail files & decided to check the list of siblings first. If the story behind this case can keep me interested for so long, then I will not rest until I find all answers.