Hello again! I am returning with an update on the Bingley case. First, an update: the nature of the case has been altered from disappearance to death, as just this morning the identified body of Richard Bingley washed ashore in the New York harbor. Yet while the police are looking to close the case as a suicide in my mind the investigation is ever more dire.
I have returned from meeting Jane Bingley in New York University; I found her a charming young woman, fabulously intelligent and very committed to her work. She was still stunned about her father’s apparent suicide, and I caught her at a particularly pressing time because she was contacted by the police about her father’s body. She was especially surprised that her father’s final act in the will was to provide her with unlimited access to his finances for the foundation, since – as she attested – he was tyrannical in the uses of his finances in any respect. He had no particular concern for the cause, she thought, beyond the ability of the foundation to give him good press and receive a break in taxes, so her efforts to expand the operation were usually thwarted. It got to such a point that all of his money to the foundation he put into his own special account that only he and his son Rupert could access so that even while his daughter ran it he could control the funding near completely. By her account it was not his particular inclination to feel guilt, which is strange considering his death.
Simply to check, I asked her for her time and location at the time of her father’s demise. She told me that she was at a newly opened restaurant called Rosemary’s with a college friend called Daniel who asked her out on a date. After following up later today the manager of the restaurant confirmed she was there with a man for the whole night. She willingly gave me a copy of the testament to analyze.
I will do what I can to see if there were any alterations or forgeries. If everything checks out alright I will have to come up with some new lead to follow.