from Button Hollow Chronicles #1: The Leaf Peeper Murders by Loni Emmert & P.I. Barrington
We have with us Sheriff Jeff Ramsey of the Button Hollow, New Hampshire Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Ramsey joined the Button Hollow force as a deputy as a young man and has been serving the citizens of the village of Button Hollow for over twenty years.
Sheriff Ramsey, tell us about the recent crime spree in Button Hollow.
Button Hollow is a small village in central New Hampshire. It’s a small town where everyone knows everyone else, and I mean that literally. Most residents have lived their entire life in Button Hollow, so when we had two citizens found dead in a swamp looking like suicides I became suspicious. Sure, both were down on their luck, one a prostitute with a love for meth and the other a loud-mouthed drunk but I knew both of them for years and neither one seemed to me to be a good candidate for suicide. The circumstances were off, and there were too many unanswered questions.
Some people say that things like that happen to people like the ones you described.
In their youth they were the same as you and me, they just made some bad decisions. That did not give anyone the right to kill them.
Why is this case so special to you?
Murder in Button Hollow, that’s what! We’d had some other strange activity go on in town, and something just didn’t sit right in my gut, you know what I mean? I know my town inside and out and I knew something unusual was going on.
Did anything make these murders hard to solve?
The Button Hollow Citizens’ Brigade made it damn hard to solve.
Citizens’ Brigade? What’s that?
Unfortunately, our town had established the Citizens’ Brigade which is a group of elderly residents that feel the need to stick their noses where they don’t belong and get involved in police business. Most of the time they get in my way and make my job more difficult,
which they definitely accomplished this time, but, I gotta admit they actually helped me solve the case. I gotta say that Button Hollow does produce some tough, upstanding citizens.
How has this case affected your personal life?
I hate to talk about my personal life but throughout this case my wife Sharon and I had been having some problems. We worked that all out now and hopefully things on the home front will remain calm.
And the Brigade, is it still around?
Yep. I conceded and let them stay together. After one of them willingly put their life on the line to help me prove that two of their neighbors were murdered what else could I do? So, they’re still around. Still annoying me and still getting in my way.
Thank you, Sheriff Ramsey. I hope that the Citizens’ Brigade helps you keep Button Hollow safe for all of your residents.
Loni Emmert lives in Southern California, works in entertainment, and loves to write murder mysteries. Button Hollow Chronicles #1: The Leaf Peeper Murders was released in August 2010. The Covered Bridge Murders, the second in the series is scheduled to be released soon. Button Hollow Chronicles #1: The Leaf Peeper Murders can be purchased through Amazon.com, Mainly Murder Press or the author’s website: http://thewordmistresses.com.