OoC Mystery Inc. Case File (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Mystery Inc. Case File (open) Mystery Inc. Case File (close) ~~ Mystery of the Man-Bat ~~ Case File By: Dylan Robertson Date Filed: September 19th, 2015. Professional Sketch of Creature known as "Man-Bat": Case Description: From June 8th to September 15th of this year, multiple disappearances were reported from the isolated town of St. Petersburg. Five Victims total, but three have been found. The three who were returned to the town claim to have been abducted by "a man-sized bat", which is the exact description many other towns residents have reported seeing roaming around in the woods. The town has been disturbed by this same creature many times before, as this isn't the first time its appeared. During the night, people reported hearing terrifying howls/screeches and the beating of giant wings in the sky. It wasn't until recently that the so called "Man-Bat" began to abduct people. Before that, only livestock such as sheep, goats and cows had gone missing. The five people to be kidnapped all have a connection to the creature. Katy Donning, an paranormal investigative reporter for the Washington Post studying the disappearances of livestock at the hands of the Man-Bat. She was recovered hours after disappearing, found in a cave we believe belongs to the Man-Bat. James Morrison, Katy's right hand man and camera man. He was found in the cave with Katy, but his camera was discovered by an old barn, seemingly smashed to pieces by the Man-Bat. Leslie Jenkins-Worthington, a local widow who was previously married to billionaire Dean Worthington, with a net worth of around 2.1 billion American dollars. She has yet to be found, but we suspect that she is going to be the hardest to locate. Why would a man sized Bat abduct a woman who was insanely wealthy? Thomas Witherspoon, a Priest who went to locate the Man-Bat, believing it to be some kind of demon that needed to be banished to Hell. Thomas went missing on May 9th and was found two days ago. He's recovering from several large gashes that appear to be claw and bite marks. We believe that something attacked him while he was out there, but he hasn't been able to answer questions thanks to the extreme quarantine he's under in the hospital. Jane Yung, a local woman who works as a Veterinarian. She is positive that the Man-Bat used to be a pet of hers, "Mr. Wings", which died after extreme exposure to some kind of radioactive goop that she couldn't identify. Personally, this idea seems absolutely ludicrous and makes no sense, but the evidence supporting this is absolutely impossible to ignore. She was found in her clinic, surrounded by destruction and holding the tiny collar "Mr. Wings" had worn before its death. So, what do all these people have in common? They're all connected to the Man-Bat in some way: Two news reporters investigating the creature, a priest wanting to destroy the monster, a financially successful woman who had offered a major award for the capture of the Man-Bat, and a veterinarian who claims she used to own the non-mutated creature for a pet. This, however, can't be more then coincidence. The Man-Bat, or whatever it is, figured out that these people either threatened it, or had some kind of past relationship with it. At first, we were unsure why it kidnapped Jane, but we discovered that she had been involved with the towns "hunt for Man-Bat" from the start, hoping to find and return her beloved pet. This seemed plausible and the evidence began to show that everyone had been on the hunt for the creature. Hopefully, none of us goes missing while we investigate.. After collecting all our clues and encountering the creature a few times (Scooby still won't stop shaking from the night it tried to make off with Robin and him), we tracked the beast to an abandoned Manor in the forest just outside of town. At the time, we thought that the Man-Bat was keeping the other two hostages there, so the next step was to search the place. During our search of the manor, Scooby and Robin discovered a mysterious chest that they deduced must have been made around the time the first Pilgrims colonized America, but the symbols along its side made me consider that its been around longer then that. The Middle Ages, most likely, but the gang decided to research it when we got back to Coolsville. Shortly after finding the chest, Caelina and I were attacked by the Man-Bat, who managed to cut up my arm pretty bad. The plan Iris and Damien made to capture the monster didn't work out like we hoped it would, but Scooby and I managed to tire it out before sending it crashing into a brick wall. Before it had time to recover, we trapped it between two bookcases and tossed the metal-ring net we brought on top of it. Shortly after, I unmasked the "Man-Bat" and revealed that it was somebody we had not expected to see: James Morrison. After discovering who the Man-Bat was, we had Katy Donning apprehended and brought both of them to the police department. As it turned out, James and Katy had created the "Man-Bat" as another hoax for their show. In the past they had created a variety of "Monsters" to chase for the show including The Triologis (a three-headed alien), a mermaid (the head of a monkey sewn onto the body of a fish), and Bigfoot (which was another Mubber-made suit). They would cause panic in the locals of whatever town they visited by sending these "monsters" on a terror-spree. Then, the duo would arrive as themselves and capture the monster on-tape for the townsfolk to see. Then, they would "kill" the monster and bring its corpse back to the people of the town for a profit. Not only did they get substantial views on their show, but they also took the profits from hefty bounties placed on the monster. However, they had a third partner in this particular hoax: Winston Ulysses. Winston had contacted the duo in order to bring the "Man-Bat" to St. Petersburg to terrorize the town. Then, after the monster kidnapped the recently widowed Leslie Jenkins-Worthington, Winston would track it down alongside Katy and save the woman he loved. Katy and James would get the hefty bounty Leslie put out, and Winston would have a reason to make his move on the rich widow. Luckily though, we caught them right in the act. Winston was apprehended after Katy provided his identity for a lesser sentence. Despite admitting to Winston's involvement, Katy was still the head of the operation and received no compensation for helping the authorities. ~~ Case Closed ~~ Clues Found: • Clumps of "Mubber" stuck to a tree. Mubber is a prosthetic material used by film artists for creating realistic looking props and costumes. As it turned out, Katy had a degree in Art and Design from her university. With the knowledge required to make detailed creatures, she created every "Monster" she and and James ever caught with highly detailed Mubber suits. • A Broken Hang-Glider left in the Man-Bat's cave. We believe that the Man-Bat uses this sort of modified technology to fly around and terrify the townspeople. Even though Mubber is a naturally light material, the Man-Bat still needed to fly somehow. Further inspection of the costume revealed that the Man-Bat was built over a customized hang-glider suit. The suit was designed with a miniature air-jet system that propelled the wearer to high speeds and kept them in the air for as long as they needed. The glider was activated by a trigger attached to James' chest. • A shrine dedicated to Dean Worthington located in a supposedly abandoned barn. The shrine depicted Dean for the multi-millionaire he was and seemed to be oriented around his seemingly endless supply of cash. The barn used to belong to a man named Winston Ulysses, who was supposedly in love with Dean's wife. This shrine wasn't a major part of the investigation, but it certainly told us that Winston was a little too obsessed with Dean. After we discovered his involvement with the hoax, it became clear that he was willing to do anything to be with Leslie, even planning a kidnapping only to "rescue" her later.[/I] • Claw marks left behind on the side of a house. Upon further investigation, we discovered that these marks were caused by nothing more then knives sharpened out to be like claws. Much like how the suit was embedded with a custom glider system, the Man-Bat costume contained a very specific design of knife shaped like razor sharp claws. These knives could easily be shoved into almost any surface, allowing the Man-Bat to appear like it was "clinging" to walls and ceilings. Activated by a trigger attached to James' hands, the knives could retract into the suit when they were not required or when the Man-Bat needed to let go of a surface. Clicking away at his laptop, Dylan finished the last few words of his report and let out a sigh of relief. "Finally..." Dylan groaned as he wiped a hand across his face, removing his reading glasses while he did so. Dylan smiled and let out another deep breath, tapping his hands along the casing of the laptop. He had been working on the Man-Bat report for weeks now and only today did he finally finish it. "I'd better send this to Patrick before I get ready..." mumbled the brown haired teen as he looked back at the screen and navigated over to his email, attaching the file onto a message which he promptly sent to Patrick Wisely, curator for the Coolsonian Criminology Museum, which was opening its doors for the first time that night. Patrick had been a good friend of Dylan's for a few years now, knowing him through his Mother's pottery-class. Patrick was incredibly interested in psychology and the mind of a criminal, so when he heard that Dylan and his friends were stopping whacko's dressed up as Monsters as a hobby, he immediately became interested in the group's escapades. The year prior, Patrick had approached the group of teens and asked if they wouldn't mind giving him a few of the costumes they acquired from criminals in the past. When he was asked why, Patrick explained that he had been chosen by the staff of Coolsville University (where he previously worked as a psychology professor) to curate a new museum of Criminology that was opening in Coolsville. The museum, despite its odd concept of re-telling the history of great (and not so great) crimes, was predicted to bring in tons of tourism to the city. He thought it would be interesting to do a small exhibit about criminals who "went too far", which would display some of the costumes for the world to see. Rather then just handing out a few, Dylan and the rest of Mystery Incorporated decided to donate all of the costumes to the museum, including the promise that they would donate more costumes in the future, should they continue to solve "paranormal" mysteries. Patrick was thrilled by this decision and soon after telling the people in charge of the development, managed to change the theme from "World Crime" to "Supernatural Crime and the Mind of a Criminal", featuring the Costumes and mystery files as a creative way of analyzing new studies of criminals, while continuing the Supernatural theme commonly found in Coolsville culture. In the past, Coolsville had quite the history of "supernatural" occurrences, ranging from the apparent Bog Monster of Jeremiah Coolsonian Lake (a lake which was named after the very first mayor), to the supposedly haunted Wilson House up on Castoff Hill (a cliff infamous for being a suicide/accidental death hot-spot. People either managed to cast themselves off it or accidentally fell off). Coolsville even had a shared history with the Salem Witch Hunts, which had the townsfolk declaring nearly 80% of the population as "witches" before burning them alive. Unlike Salem, the residents of Coolsville actually took further measures of "banishing witches" by burning down their homes and eating/drinking nothing but religious host and water that had been blessed by a priest. The surviving townspeople nearly starved to death before the witch hunts ended, but luckily they managed to return the population to a stable number. Those people affiliated with the witch hunts died due to mysterious medical issues, which led many people in the past and in the present to think that the "true witch" got them back for slaughtering innocent people. After that, sightings of creatures roaming the woods and occupying the areas in and around Coolsville began to pop up, which led Coolsville to wind up on the #3 spot for many "The Most Haunted Cities/Towns in America" lists, both in print and on the Internet. As a result, many of the "attractions" in Coolsville were aimed towards people who loved the supernatural and/or the occult, designed to "spook" tourists while staying true to the foundations of the town. Yawning and removing his glasses, Dylan opened up the small case laying on the floor to his left and put the reading glasses back inside. Smacking his cheeks softly to wake himself up, Dylan blinked a few times and climbed off of the beanbag chair he had been relaxing on. "Alright, Scooby," exclaimed Dylan, walking over to his dog and gently shaking him awake, "Come on bud. We've gotta get ready for the grand opening tonight!" With a yawn, Scooby-Doo groggily blinked a few times to try and wake himself up. "Rokay Rylan... You get in ra shower, rhy'll look for romething to wear." said the Great Dane, shaking his head rapidly from side to side, recovering from his previous nap. Dylan nodded his head at the dog and scratched his head softly, smiling down at his best friend. Scooby responded positively to Dylan's scratching, closing his eyes and gently shaking his leg in delight. "Alright buddy, sounds good. You can borrow one of my bow-ties if you need it." explained Dylan before he stood up and crossed to his closet, grabbing a towel from it before entering the bathroom in his room. Scooby didn't require a bath, having returned from the local pet-groomer clinic only an hour ago. He still smelt fine and his fur was still shiny, so there was no need for another bath. While Dylan was occupied in the shower, Scooby stretched out his entire body and let out another massive yawn before he crossed over to the dresser beside Dylan's bed. Scooby jumped up on his hind legs and quickly pulled the middle drawer open, looking through the various assortment of "dress clothes" Dylan had inside before he reached in and pulled out five objects: A white dress shirt and black suit jacket, a pair of black dress pants, a black bow tie, and a light blue bow tie with the initials "SD" written on them. Dropping back onto his front legs and placing the clothes on Dylan's bed (having carried them with his mouth), Scooby returned to the dresser and pushed the drawer back in with his head. Then, he opened the very bottom drawer and pulled out a set of black dress socks and a matching pair of shoes. Much like he had done with the other clothes, Scooby tossed them into Dylan's bed and closed the drawer. By the time Scooby had brought out all the clothes for that night, Dylan had finished up with his shower and emerged from the bathroom, refreshed and ready for the day. The small stubble previously on his face had been shaved off, minus the goatee on his chin. Despite how everybody he knew seemed iffy on it, Dylan liked how it looked. The girls seemed impartial to it except for Iris, who jokingly referred to him as a hippie. Dylan liked having shaggy hair that was a little longer then how most guys would have it, but he understood how it made him look a little funny. Robin and Caelina seemed to like it though, but he wasn't sure if they were just saying that to be nice. Damien, like Iris, joked with Dylan for having facial hair, but Dylan knew his friends didn't mean any harm by the joke-insults. Regardless of what people said, Dylan decided he was going to keep the goatee for a while. At least until he finally got fed up with it and shaved. "Thanks, Scoob!" said Dylan as he looked at the clothes laid out on his bed. Scooby sat happily beside the bed, smiling up at Dylan as he said "Ro problem, Rylan! Could roo relp me put on my row-tie?" Nodding at his best friend, Dylan quickly moved over to the bed and tossed on his clothes before bending down to help Scooby clip his tie onto his collar. When the two were both ready, Dylan waved a hand to his dog and walked down the flight of stairs connecting his room to the rest of the house. Dylan lived in what was essentially the "attic" of his Mother's house, but it was probably one of the larger rooms in his home. Quickly climbing down the stairs, Dylan ran to the main floor and looked outside the house, spotting a black limousine parked outside. "Huh. The valet's early." mumbled Dylan before he walked into the living room and poked his head inside. "Hey Mom? Me and Scooby are heading out now." Looking up from her spot on the couch, Dylan's mother Jeanne smiled softly and nodded. She was actually supposed to go with Dylan and Scooby to the grand opening that night, but she had recently become sick with a terrible flu-bug and had to cancel. "Okay sweetheart. You two have fun, okay? Please be safe. I'll be watching the whole ceremony on the news, so imagine I'm there in spirit. Haha." she said, her sweet voice full of love and concern. Dylan smile at his Mom and nodded, gently kissing the top of her head before he walked over to the door. "Re'll be rack later, Reanne! Rope you feel retter!" Scooby added before he gently nuzzled his head against Jeanne's arm. Smiling kindly at the Great Dane, Jeanne gently stroked his head before saying "Thanks, Scooby. I want you to keep Dylan out of trouble. If something doesn't look right, I want you two to come back here, okay? No dangerous mysteries tonight." Dylan laughed at her comments, smiling at her kindly. "Mom, don't worry! We're just opening the museum, then we're gonna stick around for a small session of interviews and help Patrick explain the exhibit. We shod be back around 2, so don't wait up. I promise I'll give you a call before we get home." explained the teenager before he kissed her head again and waved a hand to Scooby. The two friends quickly scampered out of the townhouse and made their way over to the limo waiting outside. The driver, a middle aged man judging by his appearance, smiled at Dylan and Scooby as he held the car door open for them. The duo quickly entered the limousine and waited for the driver to enter before telling him the directions to the houses of his friends. Secretly, Dylan had paid for the limo to escort the group to the museum, so they had no idea he was showing up in a swanky ride. Soon, the car started up and the wheels powered them away towards the first house, then the second, and so on until everyone from Mystery Incorporated was inside the limo. Once everyone was inside, Dylan gave the driver directions to the museum and waited patiently for them to reach their final destination.