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I turned on the local news on Saturday morning and heard a story that should pique the interest of most mystery writers. Imagine that.
The Delaware River runs between New Jersey and Delaware. For the last couple of weeks people have been hearing loud (lots of base) music. It starts in the early evening and ends around two or three o’clock in the morning. It’s equal opportunity music, meaning it’s rock, jazz, salsa, classical and who knows what else?
The people in both states hear it, and it sounds like it’s coming from the Delaware side of the river.
Needless to say, it’s driving people nuts and interfering with their sleep. There have been numerous complaints to the police about the noise, and yet no one has been able to determine where the music is coming from. Apparently the music suddenly stopped, but many people have said they’ve heard it occasionally over the past few months. It was only recently that it became a nightly event.
By the way, I don’t live in either state, but across the country. However, how could I, in good conscience, pass up sharing this story?
Would this inspire a mystery? Of course, it would. The story could take so many different directions.
Ghostly music trying to lead the authorities to a murder scene? Maybe someone is purposely trying to drive people nuts. It could be an elderly woman who can’t hear the music without the volume turned up. She could be a little crazy and she’s buried bodies in her basement over the years. Maybe someone is trying to make some kind of point.
If you presented the original scenario to seven hundred mystery writers, they could probably come up with at least five hundred ideas. (You have to draw the line somewhere. I figured five hundred was a good cutoff point.)
You could add something to the music. Maybe the music suddenly stops and a loud scream is heard from one side of the river to the other, and then the music starts in again, like nothing ever happened. Or a dog could howl soulfully.
Anything can inspire a good mystery, so why not music with a secret source? I kind of like the little old lady idea, although it reminds me a bit of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which you should watch if you haven’t seen it – talk about crazy people and good laughs.
There’s always the possibility that some kids are playing a prank. What if that prank went awry?
Oh, here’s one. What if it turned out the music was coming from an old cemetery and the only music anyone heard was from a specific time period, like the 1880s or the 1920s? Since I don’t believe in ghosts, I’d have to come up with another idea for the source of the music. I know, plenty of people do believe in ghosts, so I’ll leave those story ideas to them.
If an individual decided to look for the source of the music, bear in mind that curiosity killed the cat, figuratively speaking.
I wish someone would take this news item and run with it. Create a good mystery. I’d probably read it.
Can you think of a good storyline with the music in mind?
Until next time, pay attention to any unusual stories you hear on the news. You might come up with a unique idea.
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