Sheriff Hemlock orders the town guard to hold back the crowd.
“This is the fifth one,” he says, “People are getting scared.”
The Crusaders stand around the gruesome remains. They have seen many things in their travels, but this is something new.
“This was not done by an animal,” says Lini.
Seelah eyes the crowd, “No-one saw anything?”
Hemlock shrugs, “Some people keep to themselves, some people are nosey. Either way, no one is talking.”
Sajan is examining the corpse. Amiri crouches beside him. She lifts a flap of skin and breathes out softly.
“Bite marks,” she says, “and the smell of rot.” Sajan nods in agreement.
Hemlock asks the question, “What does that mean?”
Amiri stands and wipes her fingers on her leggings. Her face is grim.
“Undead cannibal serial killer,” she says.
Seelah takes Hemlock to one side.
“If the murderer is now undead, then they must have changed shortly before the murders started. Is there anyone who hasn’t been seen recently?” she asks.
Hemlock thinks. “It has been quiet out at the haunted hou-, er, I mean, out at Foxglove Manor,” he says. “Neither Aldern or Iesha Foxglove have been into town for a while.”
“Haunted, eh?” says Lini.
Amiri hefts her warhammer, “I am not afraid of any ghosts.”