Carruthers: Phelps, Rusty. Thanks for coming.
Phelps: Can you blood type the shoes that we bagged and see if they are a match?
Carruthers: Sure. It'll all be in the report, but I'm assuming you want the details now?
Phelps: Please. Cause of death is strangulation?
Carruthers: Correct. Take a look at the samples on the bench.
Phelps: What are the normal uses for that kind of rope?
Galloway: On boats, mooring lines.
Carruthers: Correct. Although Ray says that they're sometimes used as bell ropes in churches.
Phelps: So are we looking for a sailor or a minister?
Carruthers: Well, in my experience, sailors seem to have the greater libido.
Phelps: Was Mrs. Moller criminally attacked?
Carruthers: No external or internal traces of semen.
Phelps: Thanks, Mal. Anything else comes up you let us know.
The shoe prints?
Carruthers: Size eights. Very similar to the impression from the Henry case.
Galloway: Now, who do we remember got caught with bloody size eights? I think we have our bird.
Phelps: You drive. I need to go over the case notes.
Galloway: Fine. Where are we headed?
Not exactly the happiest of places, the Coroner's office.
Phelps: Carruthers is a good man, professional, diligent. If you're working with a pro, it's easy to overlook the grim realities of a place like that.
Galloway: Funny job that, the coroners.
Phelps: How so?
Galloway: You don't want them enjoying their work too much. The wrong kind of man can get awfully lonely railing around a joint full of corpses.
Phelps: Rusty, that's like something out of the pulps.
Galloway: You been reading the same ones as me?
Phelps: I thought you were usually too drunk to get through a magazine.
Rusty: You know, if I close one eye and squint, you can just about make out the print.
Phelps: This is the car?
Officer: Yes sir, Detective.
Phelps: Have you looked it over?
Officer: Superficially. I was told to wait for you guys.
Phelps: Thanks. We'll take it from here.
What time did you see the person park the car?
Man: Late last night after school social. Maybe 1:00 a.m. I've been keeping a good eye lately. We've had problems with the child a child molester.
Phelps: And this was the same man?
Man: I don't know, sir. I'd like to say yes, but truth is, it was pretty dark.
Phelps: All right. Tell me about this man you have been having trouble with.
Man: He hangs near the playground, tries to befriend the children. He was around here last night before the dance.
Phelps: Is he violent?
Man: Yes, sir, I would say so, yes. There's the son of a bitch now. Hey you!
Galloway: Go. Phelps! I'll take the car and see if I can cut him off.
Phelps: What's your name?
Eli: Who's asking?
Phelps: We can do this the easy way or the hard way.
Eli: Name's Eli Rooney.
Phelps: You've been in trouble with the law before, Eli?
Phelps: What are you doing around here?
Eli: I like to keep an eye on the children.
Phelps: Strictly paternal, is it, Eli?
Eli: Don't sass me, boy.
Phelps: A woman was abducted here last night, Eli, and murdered.
Rusty: And I would love to make you for that, you Okie motherfucker.
Eli: Well, I wouldn't know anything about that. A woman, you say? I like them a little younger than that.
Phelps: Turn out your pockets, Eli.
Eli: Now why would I do that?
Galloway: Because I'm about to break your fucking skull, Eli.
Phelps: You're under arrest, Eli. You are in very deep trouble.
Galloway: Why bother with the paperwork, Eli? I'm going to take out my gun and I'm going to count to five. Let's see how fast you can run now.
Eli: Hang on a goddang minute! I found that thing in the parking lot.
Phelps: Get some backup out here, Rusty. We need to get this one Downtown and into a cell.
Galloway: I'll them we've get a kiddy raper coming in. They can roll out the red carpet.
Phelps: Blood and skin samples. We better get Ray Pinker out here.
Galloway: It's from a Chrysler. Could be important.
Phelps: The overalls are stenciled HM. Moller is a mechanic. I wonder what Eli does for a living.
Phelps. Badge 12-40-7.
Operator: How can I help, Detective?
Phelps: I need interrogations set up at Central for both suspects being held in the Moller homicide case.
Operator: Certainly, Detective. I'll get in touch with the Watch Commander.
Phelps: Thank you.
You can drive.
Galloway: And where exactly are we going?
I say we make Rooney for this. I think we should lay it on him. He was near the car, he had her jewelry. The DA will love him for it.
Phelps: Even if he didn't do it?
Galloway: Who cares whether he did it? You have kids, Phelps? He needs to be taken permanently out of harm's way.
Phelps: And we let Moller slide?
Galloway: For a while. He gets a free pass for now.