~~~~~~ ~~ Mystery Inc. Case File: Mystery of the Man-Bat ~~ Case File By: Dylan Robertson Date Filed: September 19th, 2014. 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 June 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've narrowed down our search to an abandoned Manor in the forest just outside of town. We think that the Man-Bat is keeping the other two hostages there, but the next step is to search the place. I really don't want to go in there... But I guess I have to. I can't let innocent people be harmed by whatever that thing is, it just isn't right. We're moving in on the 20th of September. If we're lucky, this mystery will wrap up tomorrow and we can make it back to Coolsville for the grand opening ceremony of the Criminology Museum. ~~ Case On-Going ~~ 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. • 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. • 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. • Claw and bite 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. We're close to cracking the case... But hopefully this thing doesn't turn into another one of those "creep fests".. I don't know if I can cope with Scooby-Doo's continuous nightmares. Its bad enough that Scooby still sleeps with me, but I don't need to keep waking up in the night hearing him scream in terror because a tree branch hit the Mystery Machine. ~~ September 20th, 2014. ~~ ~~ Westing Manor, ~~ ~~ St. Petersburg, Oklahoma. ~~ pitpatpitpatpitpatpitpatpitpatpitpatpitpatpitpatpitpat KRACK-BOOOOOOOM!! As the 5 teens and dog looked up at the hulking structure before them, they remained silent. Everybody in town had warned them that going to Westing Manor was essentially begging to get murdered, as nobody who entered it returned in one piece. In the front row stood Robin, a highly intelligent (and slightly geeky) brown haired girl who was the brains behind the team, Mattieu, who provides his driving skills (whatever shambles of it there are) and some extra cash that the gang can use for gas and snacks, Evan, another intelligent girl who seems more focused on her appearance then the fact she's almost as smart as Robin, and Nala, the undisputed leader of the group. These friends of his were truly outstanding in their own way, totally unmoved by the horrific sights generated from the combination of lightning, rain, the old building laying before them, and the myths that a man-sized bat spent most of its time haunting it. Standing behind the two girls, was the backbone of Mystery Incorporated, Dylan and his best pal Scooby-Doo. Surely since they were at the back of the group, both of them were brave enough to conquer their fears and face the dangers that awaited them! "Hey, guys?" Dylan asked in a nervous tone, staring up at the building, "That place is like, über-creepy. Don't you think we can just investigate a Burger King or something? I'm pretty sure their value menu has something to do with the case.". As lightning struck the area beside the manor once again, Dylan let out a sudden grunting noise as the heaving weight of a Great Dane was suddenly placed upon his arms. "RAAGGGHHHH!!" Scooby-Doo shouted in fear as he leaped into the teenager's arms, shivering like he was in an earthquake, "Rease ron't make re ro in rare! Rit's rerrifying!" Both the teenage boy and the dog looked at the other group members, silently praying that they could just forget about the mansion, the Man-Bat, and everything else, then just go home. Dylan's sense of adventure kind of wanted to go further, but it was Scooby that really held him back. Sure, he was scared, but Scooby... Well, Scooby had a history of being fearful around the paranormal and often needed comforting, meaning Dylan always chose to stay behind and help out his pal if he could. Dylan got freaked out almost every time they investigated a mystery, still traumatized by the Jack-O incident, but he knew at the end of the day that the "monster" was just another guy in a mask. Scooby on the other hand, was fearful that real monsters did exist. Even after trying to tell him for the several months since Mystery Inc. had started, Scooby wouldn't buy the fact that monsters weren't real. In fact, Dylan often wondered if Scooby was right. After all, a talking dog was something incredibly hard to come across in the world, so either there was a magical/supernatural reason behind the Great Dane's existence, or it was just an amazing feat of nature. Either way, Scooby wasn't the bravest dog in the world; far from it. "R'mon roo ruys! Rets get routta here!" Scooby pleaded in a terrified tone, begging once again to avoid the scary part of the mystery. "Its okay, Scoob... Its just a house. Try to not let it freak you out too much... But seriously guys, can we at least figure out a plan? We're not going in that place as blind as a... Well, as a bat. Maybe by the time we get something together, Scooby'll calm down enough to be able to go in with us. I really don't want to just leave him out here... Again. Especially after that creepy Doctor Smith abducted him." explained Dylan, referring to the case of "Doctor Strange", who was a supposed veterinarian who killed and performed horrific experiments on animals. The gang had decided that Scooby would wait in the car while grabbing snacks, but the "good" Doctor showed up and kidnapped the Great Dane, nearly cutting him open just to discover if his vocal chords were similar to that of a human being. Thankfully, the gang showed up just in time and took down the mad doctor, exposing him as Doctor Edward Blanche, a respectable medical officer who actually killed and tried to combine various animals into one "super creature" that was built like Frankenstien's monster. But, as the teens spoke amongst themselves about their plans to capture the creature, a flash of lightning revealed the form of a hideous beast. It was crouched atop the roof of the manor, just out of view from the teenagers current position. The creature breathed heavily as it stared down at the crime solvers. It could easily hear what they had to say and listened closely, waiting for the teens to reveal their plan so it could dispose of those meddlesome brats once and for all.