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Murder on Skunk Street
Homicide: Life on the Street -- best cop show, ever. CSI (any of them) -- utter trash.
About this creation
Origins: In my Walls part 2, Other Shannon laid down a challenge -- make a graffiti wall for part 3. The idea intrigued me, but before I could get around to it, he went ahead and did it himself! I knew a good graffiti wall in Lego form was going to be tough to pull off anyway, without the punk setting the bar way up high like that... Any version I created would have to be at least as good in my eyes, and (in the interests of friendly rivalry) hopefully better.

My Walls series so far has been all about repetitive designs, but I figured for the next round I'd attempt a graffiti mural to shake things up a bit. My initial experimentations yielded a passable spatter effect, but using that technique to make a coherent design on a larger scale is going to take a lot of practice. I switched gears, turned my regular red paint spatter to trans-red for blood, and went from there. The scene that evolved around it ended up as more a mini-diorama than a wall study, so I've decided to send it into the world on its own. Isn't a homicide more compelling than petty vandalism anyway?




Our hero: Detective Frank Bayliss. Habitually drunk, unshaven, unkempt, plays by his own rules... but he Gets The Job Done.








Officer Wilbur Porcine likes hassling kids and taking their dope to smoke himself (they all do -- you know it, I know it). But on this occasion he has done his job properly and kept the crime scene clear until the detective could arrive.







The unfortunate John Doe, as yet unidentified because his wallet is missing. Looks like we have a motive... Or so opines Officer Porcine: it's a straightforward robbery-murder. Bayliss would tend to agree, but the detective has to consider that there may be more here than meets the eye.







"Okay, we've got four bullet holes in the wall spaced well apart, and one in our victim. Now, he was shot at pretty close range, so why the wide scatter? What do you think, Will?"
"I don't know, you're the detective. Maybe they struggled."







"Nah, no good. In that case we should have bullet holes high, low, all over. Here's how I see it: Our shooter waits across the street, makes sure John Doe here gets some money out of the machine. Somehow, Doe gets spooked. Our guy realizes he's been spotted too soon, and runs at him, firing. He can't aim while he's running, so you have these wild shots... until he's close enough, and he hits Doe with one. Definitely not a pro -- this has amateur hour written all over it."




"All right, I'll buy that."
"Yeah... But don't you notice anything... a little off, Will? Anything weird?"
"Not particularly. Robbery gone bad, that's how I see it. It plays out just like you said."
"Yeah... maybe. Or maybe there's something else. This whole setup stinks."
"What do you mean?"





"I don't know... the details -- they're all off. Look at the exit wound on this guy's back. It's a perfect square. I've never heard of such a thing, what the hell could cause something like that?"
"Hey, that's for the M.E. to say."






"And these bullet holes in the wall -- look at the size of them! What was our perp packing, a howitzer?"
"Forensics isn't my job either, Detective."







"And then there's this big blank expanse of wall up here. I find that most troubling of all."
"Troubling? I don't follow."
"Don't you think it looks odd? As if it's missing something?"
"Like what?"






"Like anything! Like a window, at least."
"Oh, I get you. I don't know, I kind of like the wall as it is. As if it had had graffiti on it but just recently got painted over or something."
"Okay then, how about something really cool, like a message scrawled with the victim's blood: 'I'll be back,' something like that."





"Now that would be cool. But you said it yourself: Amateur hour. The killer probably had no idea how to go about doing that. So instead he just left this guy here by a blank wall."
"Well, let's hope I'm right then... Amateurs are easy to catch, they always slip up. Still, I can't shake the feeling that there's something deeper here that we're missing... Like this was all arranged somehow, and we're just a couple of patsies, blindly following the script... I tell you, I don't like this case, Will. I don't like it at all."




Comments

 I like it 
  June 29, 2012
you could put a 1 1/2 pin in the holes to make them smaller. 5/5
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  May 29, 2010
eh, I say shotgun slugs. He used a tenderizer to impale him with. That would explain both. Except the wall. That's obviously because it's only a fragment, it's made of Legos, or (most likely) this is a reference to the other graffiti wall thing he mentioned at the beginning.
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  May 20, 2010
man, that murderer must've had a desert eagle or something. HUGE bullet holes.
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  May 6, 2010
Yes, best cop show ever. Nice work.
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  April 5, 2008
Why would someone shoot at a Guy with an Elephant Gun? I mean seriousy, it would give away their positon. Okay sorry about my nerdiness. I agree with Keith though, your ATM shoudn't be made out of Concrete. And for some reason in my entire life I have never seen a Rubbish Bin right next to an ATM. Oh well great job
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  March 18, 2008
Ah those cops, clueless as ever... This was suicide! (kind of) It’s completely self-evident, that the bloody pattern on the wall was painted by the guy himself, using his own blood and a brush made of the feathers of a rare oblong chicken only found on a certain remote pacific island. The pattern is clearly shaped like the sign to invoke one of the old ones. Only he made a tiny mistake, the stroke in the lower left corner should have been 2 inches to the right. So the demon appeared inside the poor guy, instead in front of him. That made him (the demon) not happy, so he left the guy via his back, which explains the square exit wound, caused by the rectangular shape of the head of the invoked demon. Only the bullet holes startle me no end… Great moc and great story… want more! :)
 I like it 
  March 14, 2008
Homicide? Dragnet? Oh, please. One word- CHiPs baby! Well…I guess that’s technically two words. Actually, CHiPs is more of an acronym. And an awkward one at that, but still…Erik Estrada on a motorcycle? That’s like Billy Dee in the Falcon…works every time.
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  March 13, 2008
Hey now, not all cops steal the stuff for themselves! A few of us ARE clean! (Notice I said FEW). I love this build. Goldman did the red trans blood splattered wall first but I think you upped him on this. By the way, best cop show ever... Sledge Hammer! Keep up the great builds and masterful commentary. Later ~ Chris.
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  March 13, 2008
that is deffeintly one of the best vigs i have ever seen, i love how you designed the blood,the bullet holes an the atm, that guy probably got lit up by mastercheif
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  March 13, 2008
Gotta love those bullet holes, looks like the perp might have been packing a GAU-8 avenger
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  March 13, 2008
Even though everybody has said it, the bloodspatters are great. The dialogue is also very funny.
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  March 13, 2008
Great job as always Shannon...very compelling and witty, nice job. And it must of taken a long time for the workers to carve that ATM into solid concrete...5/5.
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  March 13, 2008
"Well guys, DNA test results are in and you're not going to believe this...but I think the perp may have been PLASTIC!"
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  March 13, 2008
Great scene and backstory mate! The ATM is cool. Thanks for the plug; I didn't know my graf wall was all that good but if it gave you a few gray hairs then I can sleep easy tonight-all in friendly rivalry of course...:D Also, the best law enforement show out there is "Police Cops"!
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  March 12, 2008
First you dis Star Wars and now CSI? Alright dude, this is the final straw! I only rank this 4.99/5. There, how does that feel? Nice job, and clever story. Lee.
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  March 12, 2008
great work shannon! the bullet hole detail and bloodstained wall looks awsome (consider that idea stolen), and nice work on the ATM.
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  March 12, 2008
Very nice job with all the blood, bullet holes and ATM (Love that ATM). Nice work.
 
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