“The Mayor and the town manager waved as their next victim approached.”
The methodology was simple; two people, every year, must die. One year it would be two lower-class victims. The next year, one middle-class or rich and one poor. Then back to two poor. The cycle continues. The poor victims served as scapegoats; only killing the rich would make their intentions obvious, and being caught would be more likely. Once a rich victim was taken, their family would pour all their funds into the town and state governments until they were found.
They were never found.
But the paychecks kept coming. And the mystery of the disappearances only added to the advertising and tourism revenue. Mysteriousness sells, even when engulfed in danger. Everyone benefitted. Well, except the victims.
The plan would continue on as long as the secret remained. Few people knew, and it was about to be fewer. What’s more intriguing than a missing Mayor?
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