It was the second body found floating in the canal that week. This one was found in the afternoon; the early-riser who discovered the first corpse had changed her route. Both victims had the same bizarre wounds.
There was a ring of suckers, like an octopus’ tentacle, around their neck, an exploded nasal canal, and no brain.
The authorities were baffled and the media was having a field day. Every channel had the police chief looking uncomfortable as he was assailed by questions he couldn’t answer or some wacko claiming the killer was a forgotten monster from humanity’s distant past.