I apologize for the hour, Inspector, but your expertise is sought;
The Police have made no arrests, and the family is overwrought!
This case defies all logic we know; no piece fits the puzzle (we tried);
And the Coroner cannot confirm or deny just how this poor man died!
His name was William BRUNSKILL, found dead out by the water;
Someone perhaps had struck him and his life took sharp a falter.
All the facts I relay, Inspector, newspapers did first report;
But details and interpretation are subject to contort –
Or alter investigations and inquiries articulated;
And make this grisly madness: a death premeditated?
No witnesses came forward with details of a fight;
Just an employee of the Power Corp who found him at early light …
Face-down in quiet waters of Penn Yan’s Keuka Lake;
Lying there in his own blood — a nasty mess did make.
From the enforcers of the law, their brief report did state;
With gawkers milling all about, the crime scene they did taint.
So, the coroner took the body and after examination;
Said the victim’s lungs had filled with water but further investigation,
Revealed a blunt-force trauma — right quadrant behind the ear;
The gash, indeed, was bad enough to kill him, the doctor did fear.
TO BE CONTINUED (Friday, December 9, 2011)