In the last few weeks, I've tried to reach out to the officers of our town and get some answers on these events. Sadly, I was dodged by most until Officer Eli Vicente kindly set aside some time to speak with me. While he did mention that the cells below had been nick named "Hotel Yheng" before Captain Ming Yheng stepped up, he did say that the officers have been working almost day and night to keep the citizens of Asphyxiation Point safe. He also somewhat repeated Captain Luke Morningstar's sentiment that the police rely on the people as much as we rely on them, but it seems the people have "this Bonnie and Clyde hero worship of terrible people, a fascination with serial killers. And they aren't bad people, they just... have these... fetishes." If we expect our fine officers to aid us, we have to help them by giving statements and not withholding evidence. There are many cases that just get forgotten because witnesses will not step forward and victims change their minds about pressing charges.
When I contacted District Attorney Martinho Larsson, he stated he didn't have anything on his desk at the moment and declined any further comments. Perhaps he is just doing his job and not giving out information that could alert these criminals? Maybe he is not going to pursue criminal action against known felons? Could it be the information the officers gave me is false?
One concerned citizen sat down with me the other day and when the subject of the Immortals came up they mentioned " Anyone with the last name Zero or Calhern should would likely be a concern to the public. The medical director at APH is a high official in the group. Since he is running the group and the hospital he has hired on a number of others that are known attackers and rapists. As far as I know they are able to come and go as they please. They also have access to medical files and patients when they are most vulnerable making APH for the most part unsafe and corrupt."
With all the conflicting information and the recent bombing, its time to dig a little deeper. I went straight to the center of some of these stories and asked Dr Gael Zero to speak with me on these matters and he willingly obliged.
Gael Zero: "So far we are able to handle the difficulties, and when there is a complication to big for us, there are stronger equipped hospital in reach. Criminality has always been a high factor why my beds are filled"
Kara Dumitru: "There are some whispers about town that some of these criminal responsible for the victims in your bed actually work on your staff? Is this true? Do you require any sort of background checks in your hiring process?"
Gael Zero: "When I hire my staff, yes, I do a check upon them, criminal records, where they come from, if their reference is honorable or not. However, no matter how hard I do try to fend corruption, its not always in my control"
Kara Dumitru: "I guess another side of the question is do any of your patients get favoritism over others?"
Gael Zero: ""I don't really like what you are insinuating here, every patient is equal and every one gets fair treatment regardless what happened, or where they come from"
Kara Dumitru: "Its my job to ask the uncomfortable questions so, there are rumors you are associated with a group called the Immortals. Is there any truth to that?"
Gael Zero: "That rumor comes from many sides and usually I give the same answer as I normally give. Some are family and.. family you can't pick. I do not approve what they do, however up until now, I have not turned my back against them either. And yes, I said up until now"
Some of my questions seemed to offend Dr Zero but, some of the officers had not been to pleased either. It is understandable that, for legal reasons, not all information is available to the public but this muddled mess of truth and lies leaves the citizens at risk. We here at the Times promise to keep digging and reaching out! If you have any information regarding criminal activity, please report it to the police first then give us a call!
Reported by Kara Dumitru