The Mystery at Dogwood Hill
by Kaitlin Watson, age 12, Oxford Middle School
Oct 29, 2012 | 625 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There’s a beautiful house down the road, surrounded by dogwood trees. It’s the prettiest house you’ll ever see with it’s six bathrooms and six bedrooms. In addition, that gorgeous house has a kitchen, a dining room, a living room the size of my house, and garage. It’s a shame no one has lived there in three years. I guess it’s because of what happened there.

Three years ago, the owner of the house, Richard, was cleaning the basement in preparation to sell the house when he found a hollow wall. He found a secret door, which he opened. Inside, Richard found a dead boy, about three years old. He had stab wounds and was bloody. Richard didn’t know what to do! He finally decided to get on the microfiche machine at the library and look at the newspapers dated back three years ago. You will never believe what he found.

February 23, 2009, a boy named Billy was playing in his yard with his mom. She heard the phone ring and ran inside to answer it. A man named Charley Jones pulled up and threw Billy into the backseat before his mom coulddo anything. She grabbed her keys and jumped in her car, but to no avail.

She could not find where the man was taking her son.

The police assumed that Charley went to his house and murdered Billy and locked his corpse into the door in the hollow wall that Richard discovered. Then they guessed that Charley changed his name and moved. Richard had read enough. Richard knew he had to find Charley and give that poor little boy the justice he deserved, so he looked in the phone book for Charley’s mother’s number.

Richard called Charley’s mom, and this is what happened.

Charley’s mom: “Hello?”

Richard: “Hi, my name is Richard Bruce.”

Charley’s mom: “Yes?”

Richard: “Yes, I’m sorry to bring this up but your son Charley? I need his address if you don’t mind.”

Charley’s mom: “ I shouldn’t do this, but they have to find him. What he did to that poor child was terrible! He lives in Oxford at 182 Pinewood Lane.”

Richard: “Thank you so much!”

Richard arrived at his house two days later with the cops.

Officer: “Charley Jones, you are under arrest for child murder.”

Charley: “Okay”

Officer: “ Now before I search you, do you have any drugs or weapons on you?”

Charley: “No sir.”

He knew he was caught. He was arrested.

Three months later, the new owner of the house, Jake, heard his wife, Emily, cry for help. He went downstairs to the basement and saw the hole she fell in. Jake grabbed a flashlight and jumped into the hole. Emily told him to shine the flashlight around, so he did. Staring at them were six, bloody bodies staring at them with dead, lifeless eyes.
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