Craig runs back across the park, stumbling as he treads on branches
from trees and piles of undergrowth. He doesn't notice as the
jumper he has wrapped around his waist falls off and lands on
the ground. He runs up to the road and grabs a man who's walking
along the street. He cries, "My mother's been murdered. I
didn't mean to hurt her. I didn't mean to hurt her."
The man stares at him and then says calmly, "Come on. Come
on... I think we should talk to a cop. Don't you? Come on."
The 'phone rings at the country house and David answers it in
the kitchen. He listens and then gasps, "Russell Street?
What? Are you sure?" He listens and nods, "That's Craig
alright. I'll get down there as soon as I can." With that,
he hangs up, grabs his jacket and heads out.
Craig is sitting in an interview room at a police station. A
Scottish detective is asking him, "Can you remember exactly
what time it was, son?" Craig replies, "No. I don't
know. A couple of minutes before I went up to the bridge."
There's suddenly a knock on the door. Another detective opens
it and a uniformed officer steps inside and says, "You asked
for Mr. Palmer as soon as he arrived, Sergeant." The Scottish
detective stands up and, shaking David's hand, says, "Detective
Sergeant Haddrick, Mr. Palmer." David turns to Craig and
asks, "You alright, cobber?" Craig just nods at him.
Haddrick then tells David, "A woman named Ruby Hawkins has
been found down on the Yarra bank. The apparent cause of death
is severe head injuries." David sighs heavily in concern
and asks if he can take Craig home now. Haddrick, though, replies,
"I'd like to ask him a bit more first." He then asks
David if he and Craig are related. David replies, "No. He
boards with me; he works for me. Good kid." Haddrick asks,
"You know Ruby Hawkins?" David replies, "I know
of her; never met her." With that, he walks
over to Craig, who says softly, "I was just getting to know
her, Dave." David tells him, "I know. Don't worry -
the police will track down whoever did it." Haddrick stands
there, looking at Craig suspiciously.
A hand is placed on the outside handle of the back door at the
country house. It belongs to Jean Hopkins. She pulls it away and
then places an ear to the door, listening. Hearing nothing, she
bends down and starts reaching into her bag. All-of-a-sudden,
she hears voices. They're Andy and Debbie's. She goes and hides
quickly behind the pile of furniture in the courtyard. Andy and
Debbie walk round the corner, Andy saying, "You've got to
let him know, Deb: he can't have both - it's either you
or his mum." Debbie unlocks the back door and she and Andy
head inside. As they do so, Debbie sighs, "I don't know that
I'm into ultimatums." Outside, Jean stands up from
her hiding place and takes out her bag again. Inside, Debbie offers
Andy something to eat. Andy asks for a toasted ham and tomato
sandwich. Debbie, however, says, "I think we've run out of
tomatoes." Andy comments, "There's some outside, aren't
there?" Debbie nods, "I'll look." With that, she
goes and opens the back door. Jean looks round sharply. However,
Andy then says to Debbie, "I thought there were some beside
the 'fridge." Debbie smiles, "Oh, yes!" She closes
the door again. Outside, Jean removes Craig's jumper from her
bag, together with a blood-covered hammer. She wraps the hammer
in the jumper and then stuffs the jumper behind a toolbox on a
nearby rack of shelves. She stands up quietly and creeps away...
In the interview room at the police station, Craig is saying,
"I just wanted her to know that I cared about her."
Haddrick takes a piece of paper from the other detective and says,
"Craig, we found this on your mother. It says 'Must see you.
Usual place. 2pm.' And it's signed by you." He shows it to
Craig and asks, "Is that your writing?" Craig stares
at the note he wrote and nods, "Uh huh." Haddrick asks,
"Can you tell me why you wrote that note?"
Craig explains, "I wanted to see her again."
Haddrick comments, "You told me earlier you didn't know
her all that well." Craig retorts, "I was getting
to; or at least I thought I was. I just wanted to let
her know how I was feeling about her." Haddrick asks, "How
were you 'feeling about her'?" Craig replies, "Confused."
Haddrick points to the note and asks, "What about what it
says here - 'the usual place': was that the Yarra?" Craig
tells him quickly, "No, that was meant to be the pub. I was
going to meet her at the pub." Haddrick asks, "Why go
to the river, then, if you were expecting her at the pub?"
Craig hesitates and then says, "I was told to go
to the river." Haddrick points out, "You were
the one that sent the note to her. Did she contact you?"
Craig shakes his head and replies, "No, no, I had a 'phone
call." Haddrick asks, "From your mother?" Craig
tells him, "No, I don't know who it was." Haddrick
asks, "Could it have been your mother?" Craig insists,
"No, it wasn't her." Haddrick pushes, "But it was
a woman?" Craig cries, "I'm not sure
now. I think it was. It was kind of funny." Haddrick
asks, "In what way?" Craig murmurs, "It's really
difficult to remember, but it..." He then begins to break
down, and, looking shaky, cries, "I'm s-s-sorry... I-I-I
just can't get her out of my mind." David turns to Haddrick
and says quietly, "Sergeant, I know you've got to question
the boy, but it's been a hell of a shock." Haddrick assures
him, "I realise that." He then turns back to Craig and
asks, "Anything else you can remember?" Craig murmurs,
"Just that I'll never forget seeing..." He breaks off.
Haddrick sighs, "Alright, son. Do you feel up to making an
official statement? We'll just put what you told us down on paper
and get you to sign it. Alright?" David tells Craig, "We'll
have you home in no time." Haddrick asks David, "Do
you know anything that could help us, Mr. Palmer?"
David looks at him and retorts, "No, I don't - only that
whatever Craig tells you will be the truth." Haddrick muses,
"I wouldn't have thought otherwise." He then
turns to Craig and adds, "Anything else comes to mind, you
contact us, alright?" Craig nods at him.
It's dark when David and Craig walk round the corner and into
the courtyard at the country house. David comments that it's getting
chilly. Craig is wearing David's jacket, but he tells David that
he should have kept it. David retorts, "You
shouldn't have lost your sweater." Craig shrugs,
"Doesn't matter." They head inside to find Andy sitting
at the kitchen table. He leaps up and says quickly, "I can
explain what I'm doing here." David, however, tells him,
"Don't bother - I've got more important things on
my mind." Andy starts to say, "But I thought you'd want
to--" David interrupts him and says, "It might come
as a surprise to you, but I've known you've been hanging
around for a few days - so you'd better move in until you can
get your act together; I don't fancy being responsible for you
being in the shed, freezing to death. Craig looks at him sharply
and David murmurs, "Sorry, mate." Debbie looks at Craig
and asks him, "What did David apologise for?"
David says hesitantly, "Deb... something drastic's happened."
Craig mutters, "Excuse me." He heads out to the hallway.
Debbie turns and calls after him, "Craig, what's wrong?"
She follows him out. When she's gone, Andy asks David, "What's
happened?" David tells him, "His mother's been murdered
and he found the body." A look of shock crosses Andy's face.
In the lounge room, Craig is sobbing to Debbie, "The whole
time I was talking to her... she was dead... just there...
dead... The worst part about it is that I never really
told her how I feel - last time I saw her we argued and said some
terrible things to each other... and there's nothing I can do
now..." Debbie murmurs sympathetically, "Don't blame
yourself." Craig just goes on, however, "God... there
was this guy when I ran up to St. Kilda Road... I was really off
my head... he must have thought I was mad..." Debbie
murmurs, "I'm sure he'd understand." Craig retorts,
"Not the way he was looking at me. Going on about
how I didn't mean to argue with her... the cops probably thought
I was crazy too... I'm never going to forget this, Deb...
I'm never going to forget that I didn't tell her how I feel..."
With that, he breaks down in Debbie's arms.
The next morning, Andy is sitting having breakfast at the kitchen
table. As David sits down with him, he comments, "The odd
thing about Craig I can't understand for the life of me is why
he wanted to meet her in the first place. I mean, they
had an argument and he said he didn't want to see her
again." A look of guilt crosses Andy's face, but he doesn't
say anything. Debbie and Craig walk in from the hallway, and David
says brightly to Craig, "Good morning, cobber. How are you
today?" Craig murmurs, "Much better, thanks." David
asks, "Manage to get some sleep?" Craig nods, "After
a few hours, yeah." David offers him some breakfast. Craig,
though, declines, saying, "I'm more interested in getting
out there and talking to a few people." David asks,
"About your mum?" Craig replies, "Yeah. I don't
care how long it takes... I'm going to find whoever did it and
I'm going to have them." Debbie sighs, "Why
don't you leave it to the police?" Craig retorts, "I
reckon I might have a better chance." David mutters, "Yes
- and you might have a better chance of getting yourself into
strife." Craig growls, "I don't give a damn
what I get myself into. I want whoever did it and I'm
not going to stop until I have them." Debbie suggests,
"Wouldn't it be better to wait 'til you've calmed down a
bit?" Craig, however, retorts, "I won't be doing any
calming-down, Deb; not while they're still out there
somewhere." Debbie tells him, "Then I'm coming with
you: you're not taking any risks by yourself." David, standing
up from the table, adds, "I might buy into a bit
of that - I don't want to see either of you get yourselves
The 'phone rings in DS Haddrick's office and he picks it up.
Jean is standing in a public 'phonebox - a handkerchief wrapped
around the mouthpiece of the 'phone - and she says hesitantly,
"Oh... yeah... the switch put me though to you. It's about
Ruby Hawkins." Haddrick asks quickly, "Yes, madam, do
you have some information?" Jean tells him, "Perhaps
something you could work on." Haddrick says, "Could
I have your name and address, please?" Jean retorts, "I'd
rather not. Either you want the info. or you don't." She
listens and then says, "Right, then. All I'm saying is that
Ruby was a good pal of mine and that she and her kid didn't get
on. You can ask anyone: they'll all tell you the same
thing." In his office, Haddrick picks up another 'phone and
says down it quietly, "Try a trace on 643." He then
hangs up and turns back to the first 'phone, saying, "Yes,
go on, what else?" Jean shrugs, "That's all. She was
after him for money. Ruby was always looking for a dollar and
the kid didn't like it." With that, she hangs up quickly
and stands there, looking worried. In his office, Haddrick hangs
up and snaps, "Damn." He then picks up the second 'phone
and says in an annoyed tone, "Forget it. Lost her."
Andy opens the back door at the country house to find two men
standing there. He asks them what he can do for them. The first
man introduces himself as DS Haddrick. He then introduces his
colleague as Detective Wilson. Andy comments, "You've come
to see Craig, I suppose. I'm sorry - he's out with David; David
Palmer." Haddrick asks, "And you are?"
Andy replies, "I'm Andrew Green. I'm just staying here for
a while. I'll let him know that you dropped in, OK?" He goes
to close the door. Haddrick, however, says quickly, "I've
got a few questions for you, too, if you don't mind." Andy
says nervously, "Course not. Come in." Haddrick and
Wilson enter and Andy closes the door. He then says, "I tell
you: Craig can't wait to see whoever did it to his mum behind
bars." Haddrick looks at Wilson and remarks, "I'm sure
he wants to see someone caught..." Andy starts clearing
away his breakfast things, saying, "I'm not as hungry as
I thought..." Haddrick asks him, "Did Craig
have any breakfast?" Andy replies, "No. He said he wasn't
hungry. It's understandable, I suppose - he was more anxious to
get out and start--" Haddrick interrupts and demands, "Start
what?" Andy says quickly, "Nothing. Just start
the day. He was a bit tired, which, again, is understandable."
Haddrick asks, "Why do you say that?" Andy
retorts, "It was a hell of a shock, after all." Haddrick
asks, "You think it was?" Andy replies, "Of
course it was."
Craig, David and Debbie are walking along outside a large building.
Craig sighs, "How would your mates know anything
about it, Dave?" David tells him, "You'd be surprised
what the blokes in the market know." They head in through
an entrance. David tells Craig and Debbie to stay where they are
while he goes and gets the good word. He walks off. After a few
seconds, Craig says sadly to Debbie, "You know, I think it
could have worked out between me and mum... working together.
The stall wasn't much, but it could have been a beginning...
I just enjoyed helping her out, and I thought that perhaps one
day we'd move into something bigger. I even thought the
time would come when you'd be able to accept her; get
on with her. I was really convinced the whole thing could happen.
Guess she put a dampener on it." They suddenly spot David
approaching them again, and Craig asks, "How did it go?"
David sighs, "The blokes that I thought that might be able
to help us haven't heard anything. They're going to have a nose-around,
though." Debbie suggests, "Why don't we go back to the
park? The people around there probably know more than
anybody." David comments, "That seems a sensible
idea." Craig mutters, "Yeah - starting with the barmen
and the barladies." They walk off.
Sitting at the kitchen table at the country house, Andy asserts,
"That's crazy: Craig couldn't have done
it." Haddrick, however, points out, "Look at the facts
so far, though: he told a man he stopped on Prince's Bridge...
that he didn't mean it... also, there was evidence of blood on
him." Andy retorts, "He found her, didn't he?
That's quite possible." Haddrick smiles, "That's true."
He then asks, "How do you reckon he got on with his mother?"
Andy shrugs nervously, "I don't really know; I never actually
saw them together." Haddrick suggests, "Craig
would've made some sort of remark to you, though, wouldn't
he?" Andy murmurs, "Yeah, but..." Haddrick goes
on, "We have talked to a lot of her friends..."
Andy sighs, "They did argue - I mean, she was a bit... you
know... sort of like..." Haddrick nods, "Sure. We know
all about Ruby. She was quite a lady!" Andy chuckles,
"Yeah, I think that's what got to him the most: the fact
that she wasn't a lady." Haddrick says quickly,
"So he didn't like her?" Andy protests, "I didn't
say that." Haddrick pushes, "It must have been
hard to accept, though, being dumped as a kid." Andy replies,
"It was always on his mind, but don't blame him."
Haddrick says, "Of course not." He then goes on, "One
thing I can't understand, though: he wrote the note to her. You
know about that?" Andy nods, "I know of it.
He wanted to get in contact with her again." Haddrick asks,
"You know why?" Andy replies, "To try and patch
things up, I suppose." Haddrick comments, "So they had
been arguing?" Andy admits, "Yeah." Haddrick muses,
"I wonder why he didn't go to the pub, though. That's where
they usually met, isn't it?" Andy tells him, "He
got a call, changing the place or something." Haddrick, sitting
down, asks, "When did he tell you that?" Andy replies,
"Last night." Haddrick asks, "Were you here when
he got the call?" Andy tells him, "No - but
if he said he got it then he got it." Haddrick asks,
"Did he ever talk to you about the fights they had?"
Andy replies, "Just the one - but it must have been a beauty;
I mean, he even got to the stage where--" He breaks off.
Haddrick prompts, "Go on." Andy sighs heavily and says,
"No, he wouldn't have meant it." Haddrick asks, "Meant
what? It could help him." Andy mutters,
"I doubt it." Haddrick says sharply, "I think you
should tell us." Andy hesitates and then says, "He said
he wished she had died - meaning before he'd met her. That way
he would have never what sort of woman she was like..." Haddrick
mutters disbelievingly, "Yeah, yeah, sure." He then
asks, "Mind if we have a look around the place?" Andy
asks, "Aren't you supposed to have a search warrant or something?"
Haddrick reaches into his jacket pocket, takes out a sheet of
paper, and replies, "Got one." Andy looks at it warily.
A short time later, Haddrick is searching the shelves out in
the courtyard. Wilson emerges from the kitchen and Haddrick asks
him, "Nothing inside?" Wilson shakes his head. Andy
comments, "You didn't expect to find anything, did
you?" Haddrick muses, "You never know what
you come across in some houses." He carries on searching
the shelves and all-of-a-sudden spots the jumper. As he lifts
it out, Andy gasps, "That's Craig's." Haddrick
comments, "Pretty good quality wool. Plenty of weight..."
He then unwraps the jumper to reveal the blood-covered hammer
inside. Andy stares at it in horror. Haddrick muses, "I wonder...
Craig's, is it?"
David, Craig and Debbie are walking along a street, approaching
the pub. David is snapping at Craig, "I came along to stop
any nonsense from you. I know how you feel but you're only going
to stuff up any chance you might've had if you charge in there
like a bull at a gate." Craig retorts, "They're
the people; they knew her - like Ted: he could tell you
everything." David sighs, "Fair enough - but
you can't go barging into a pub and accuse the first bloke you
find of murder." Debbie cries, "Craig, please
- listen to David and let him go in." Craig, looking annoyed,
mutters, "Alright. But if you find out anything..."
David assures him, "I'll let you know, alright?" With
that, he heads into the pub. Craig looks at Debbie and snarls,
"If the guy's in here that did it to her..." Debbie
tells him, "You're not thinking rationally, Craig. Just calm
down, OK? I don't know what's happened to you; you were fine
at the markets." Craig growls, "When you suggested coming
here, I knew that was it: the most logical place to find out what
happened." Debbie points out, "You don't know.
Let David handle it." Craig just snarls, "She
was my mother..."
David is standing in the pub and he has the handset of the public
'phone to his ear. He's saying, "How in the hell did you
find me?" At the other end, Andy is standing in
the kitchen at the country house, and he explains, "You had
to be somewhere where she used to hang out." He then goes
on, "The main reason I'm ringing is to tell you that the
cops are here. They reckon Craig is the number one suspect."
David gasps, "You're kidding. I knew they might have been
angling that way earlier, but the way they were talking I thought
they'd scrubbed it." Andy tells him, "No way
- they've even got a search warrant; they've been right through
the house and everything. The worst part is they found a hammer
in the courtyard. They reckon it's the murder weapon." David
asks, "How can they prove that?" Andy explains,
"It was wrapped in Craig's sweater." David comments,
"That doesn't prove a thing. What about fingerprints?
Some real evidence?" Andy replies, "I don't know about
fingerprints, but--" David says suddenly, "Hang on."
A barman walks past him and David says, "Can I have a pot,
thanks?" He then returns to the 'phone and says, "Andy,
you tell them I'll be home shortly." Andy, however, replies,
"I'm not too sure if they'll be all that interested. I think
they've got Craig in the gun." Haddrick calls out suddenly
from the courtyard, "Andy, could you come out here?"
Andy tells David that he has to go. David says quickly, "You
just try to convince them that Craig really loved his mother,
alright? And the last person he'd want to see harmed would be
her. Just try and convince them he's innocent. Andy nods, "I'll
do my best." With that, he hangs up and heads outside. Haddrick
asks him impatiently, "Got a minute?" Andy
asks, "More questions?" Haddrick replies, "Just
one. You're aware that misleading the police in an investigation
is frowned-upon?" Andy nods, "Yeah, sure." Haddrick
retorts, "Right. Then you won't mind answering just one question
for us - honestly." Andy replies, "Of course
not." Haddrick asks, "Where's Craig?" Andy hesitates
and then says, "At the moment?" Haddrick nods, "At
the moment." Andy stares at him.
Craig is pacing the footpath outside the pub. He mutters to Debbie,
"Where the hell is he, Deb?" Debbie sighs,
"David said to stay out here and we're staying."
Craig cries, "He's been in there too long. I could've talked
to every guy in the bar by now." Debbie asks, "Do you
want to call Ginny? She's just in with Lisa, I think." She
indicates a building nearby. Craig, however, retorts, "What
could she do?" Debbie shrugs, "I don't know.
I just thought it might help you a bit." She adds, "It's
no good getting hysterical." Craig snaps, "I am not
hysterical. I've just got to do something, Debbie. I
feel so helpless." Debbie sighs, "OK, but David
said he'd help. Give him a chance." At that moment, David
emerges from the pub. Craig asks him quickly, "What did you
find out?" David, however, just says, "Craig, some time
back, my son, John, was accused of murder. I didn't believe him
when he said he was innocent." Craig asks, "What's that
got to do with me?" David just retorts, "Shut
up." He then goes on, "I want an answer from you: did
you murder your mother?" Craig stares at him and gasps, "What
are you--?" David interrupts and snaps, "Just answer
me: yes or no." Craig cries, "Of course I didn't."
David nods, "Fine. That's all I wanted to hear." Debbie
asks, "Why did you even have to ask him that?"
Craig adds tersely, "Good question." David explains,
"I've been on the 'phone to Andy - he's at home. The police
are there and they've got your sweater." Craig asks in surprise,
"At home?" David continues, "What they've
found in it they think is the murder weapon." Debbie gasps,
"That's ridiculous." Craig stares at David and insists,
"I lost my sweater; I didn't take it home."
David replies, "Exactly - which can only mean one thing:
you're being set-up by someone." Debbie asks in horror, "Who'd
want to do that?" David shrugs, "Damned if
I know, Deb - but I'm not going to see Craig framed for
something he didn't do. It happened once before with John and
I'm not going to make the same mistake twice." He looks at
Craig and asks, "You swear you had nothing to do with it?"
Craig retorts, "Yes - of course I do." David tells him,
"That's fair enough for me. I'm with you - no matter
what they think."