Cruelty is Bitter Bane
|Cruelty is Bitter Bane|
|Dates run:||August 4-8, 2015|
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Agent Garrison Kane. Interesting. I wasn't sure who the FBI would send but you fit the bill wonderfully.
A series of kidnappings and murders in St. Louis pull Garrison Kane into a deeper mystery.
Stephen Westcott, The Scourge
Garrison receives an e-mail from Fred Duncan asking him to come to St. Louis to investigate a potential serial killer who might be specifically stalking mutants. After his arrival in St. Louis and discussion with the lead investigators, he determines that he's going to need help with this challenge. However, one of the victims was an acquaintance of Julian Kellor, who Kane gets to accompany Logan and Kitty down to the city. They meet with the victim's parents, getting information regarding a kidnapping for profit plot and information with which to potentially trap the parties responsible. Meanwhile, Kitty and Logan break into the morgue, trying to glean further details from the body.
Logan and Kane arrange a trap and follow the money drop back to an apartment and successfully hold Stephen Westcott for arrest. The apartment has evidence of the victims and the sexual assault against them and Westcott is arrested for their kidnappings and murders. However, when Kitty and Kane come in to speak with him in his cell that night, he reveals that it was an unnamed partner that did most of the actions, including murdering the victims, which Westcott wasn't aware about being part of the plan. He surrenders the location of his only point of contact; a cell phone in a PO Box.
The X-Men retrieve the phone and trace it to an empty for sale home in the suburbs. Inside, they found the body of the last kidnapping victim. The phone rings and Kane finds himself talking to an unknown person who seems to have knowledge of him and possibly the X-Men. While talking, he realizes that it is a diversion to get them away from Westcott, who he kills with a long distance sniper shot while being transferred to a new location.
Trivia and Meta
Stephen Westcott was a former swimming coach and teacher who was arrested and charged at 22 for sexual molestation of a minor during his sessions. He served four years and since his release had been working from home as on-line tech support with a small company. Westcott was a mutant, although his powers were simply increased lung capacity. He was killed by an unknown sniper while being transferred.
"Skip" Westcott is the teenager who molested Peter Parker as a child.
The title comes from the verse "World's use is cold, world's love is vain, world's cruelty is bitter bane; but is not the fruit of pain." by Elizabeth Barrett Browning