Noises

From: janet@locomail.com
To: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
Subject: noise
19:52:02 04-Apr-2013

Hey Harry,

Did you hear anything strange in the apartment before you left?
I got home to cook dinner at about 5pm and you were already gone.

Janet


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From: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
To: janet@locomail.com
Subject: RE: noise
20:34:41 04-Apr-2013

Sorry Janet, I wanted to get an early start on my cases. I should be home before 2. And no, didn’t hear anything. But then again, I was so tired I could’ve slept through anything short of ww3. Besides, mum always said I was the heavy sleeper out of the two of us.

Can you tell where it came from?

From: janet@locomail.com
To: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
Subject: RE: noise
20:36:55 04-Apr-2013

It was intermittent and it sounded like it was in the ceiling and walls. It’s not windy. I checked the pipes, the ones I could see anyway. Nothing wrong as far as I can tell.

I asked our neighbors and they said they heard it but they thought it was the usual noise in the air vents.

No big deal, I guess. I’m just trying to write my research essay.

From: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
To: janet@locomail.com
Subject: RE: noise
20:40:31 04-Apr-2013

Could it have been 412 or 414 above us? That Ms Ricketts likes exercising and skipping rope indoors. But not at this time, I guess.

You’re supposed to research your own place of residence, right? I thought you were gonna write it at the library?

From: janet@locomail.com
To: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
Subject: RE: noise
20:42:05 04-Apr-2013

I suppose it is an old apartment block. Could just be the structure creaking.

Yeah, have to but something’s wrong with the network on campus.

From: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
To: janet@locomail.com
Subject: RE: noise
20:49:52 04-Apr-2013

Can you still hear it?

If so, call Mr Olson or even just report it to security.

From: janet@locomail.com
To: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
Subject: RE: noise
20:50:41 04-Apr-2013

Only a few times since you left. Maybe it’s nothing.

From: janet@locomail.com
To: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
Subject: RE: noise
21:16:39 04-Apr-2013

There it was again. It’s definitely not the water pipes. It’s up high and in the walls. And it doesn’t sound like it’s next door thumping around.

I’ll call Mr Olson.

From: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
To: janet@locomail.com
Subject: RE: noise
21:31:26 04-Apr-2013

You ok?

Btw, I tried calling.

From: janet@locomail.com
To: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
Subject: RE: noise
21:37:27 04-Apr-2013

Yeah, I’m fine. Just a bit annoyed cos I’m trying to do my assignment amongst other things. Mr Olson is gonna send maintenance up tomorrow to take a look.

Sorry, my cell died. Have too much on, kept on forgetting. I’ll charge it soon.

From: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
To: janet@locomail.com
Subject: RE: noise
21:46:09 04-Apr-2013

Ok. Call if you need anything.

From: paul.taylor@unimc.edu
To: janet.edwards@unimc.arch.edu
Subject: RE: Wilson Apartments & Site History
22:10:23 04-Apr-2013

— Delayed Delivery, server154.unimc.edu, Sent 16:58:19 04-Apr-2013

Hi Janet,

Sorry about the lateness of this. The archive-records server is playing up.
Even emails are slow. The timestamp is shown above. Send this email to faculty admin if you need special consideration for your assignment.

To answer your query, the following articles/books may be found in archives concerning the history of your apartment block and site. Publishing dates in brackets. Only hardcopies are available. Come see me on campus tomorrow.

Regards,

Paul Taylor

Wilson Family Orchards 1850-1900 (Jan 1902)
Wilson Estate Sold to Morgan Family (Apr 1923)
Morgan Family Defaults (Apr 1933)
New Bank Opens on Wilson St (May 1935)
Wilson Veterans Hospital Architectural Plans (Nov 1944)
Wilson Veterans Hospital Opens (Mar 1946)
Wilson Psychiatric Ward Opens (Feb 1960)
Wilson Psychiatric Ward Under Investigation of Malpractice (Apr 1963)
Illegal Experiments Conducted at Psychiatric Hospital (May 1963)
Veterans Hospital Closes (Oct 1967)
New Apartment Block on Wilson Site (Aug 1969)
Wilson Apartments Architectural Plans (Nov 1969)
Wilson Apartments On Sale (Sep 1972)
Unexplained Disturbances at Newton Heights Apartments (Apr 1973)
History of the Wilson Estate 1850-1975 (May 1977)

From: janet@locomail.com
To: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
Subject: RE: noise
22:12:49 04-Apr-2013

Stuff this essay, I’m tired. I’m going to bed soon.
Dinner is in the fridge.

From: janet@locomail.com
To: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
Subject: RE: noise
22:16:57 04-Apr-2013

I’m about to log off and there it is again.

I bet you it’s a stupid fat rat in the ventilation.

From: dispatch@mcpd.gov.org
To: precinct17_all@mcpd.gov.org
Subject: Code 3, 211S
22:29:57 04-Apr-2013

Code 3, 211S at:

Wilson Apartments
75 Wilson St
Newton Heights

Silent alarm activated manually.

Apartment security unit not responding.

From: dispatch@mcpd.gov.org
To: precinct17_all@mcpd.gov.org
Subject: Code 3, MULTIPLE 415s
22:30:44 04-Apr-2013

Code 3, MULTIPLE 415s at:

Apts 121, 113, 204, 300…

Wilson Apartments
75 Wilson St
Newton Heights

Multiple reports of unspecified disturbances.

Apartment security unit not responding, presumed incapacitated.

From: harry.edwards@mcpd.gov.org
To: janet@locomail.com
Subject: RE: noise
22:32:27 04-Apr-2013

I’m trying to call you on your cell and landline.
Pick up!

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