I heard a snippet of news on the television this morning regarding a double, maybe multiple murder in my town but missed out on hearing much detail. I got the name of the street, Lonsdale Road and I immediately thought about a client of mine who lives there. I have done many jobs for this lady and I hoped she wasn’t the subject of the report. I went out to a job around noon and on my way back home I had to pass by this road, a cul-de-sac, on route. The road was closed off and there were many police cars about. Driving further toward home I noticed another road cordoned off. This road runs on the opposite side of the local cemetery the other side of which is Lonsdale road. Tonight I made a point of listening to the news again and discovered that there had been at least two murders one in Lonsdale road and the other in Birch Street which is located down the second road I’d passed that had been closed off. Then I saw a picture of Margaret’s house with policemen in the driveway and heard the shocking news that it was indeed Margaret who had been one of those murdered. I was only in her house a couple of weeks ago. If you will remember me mentioning in a post about some scaffolding at the front of her house leaning dangerously over because of the high winds we had been experiencing. I had gone to reinstate the supply to her freezer, (see Jan 25 The Weekend). I am so shocked to learn of her untimely death at the hands it seems of a 43-year-old taxi driver. She was a lovely woman, gentle and quite lonely. She wasn’t treated very well by her family as far as I can gather and she always loved having me come round to chat with her. I’d do a job and spent more time chatting. May she rest in peace.