"He never objects to me inviting guests. And we can call him in advance. I'm just... I'm just afraid he will want an explanation. Well, he is entitled to one, I mean, he really cares for me, and for you folks too, to an extent. And I don't know what to tell him."
"Yes... yes, that's a good idea. Oh how much I hate lying to him... But this is safer this way."
Isadora tries to call her husband, George Auden, in his office or at home, to tell him that she and her friends are coming around to the house, and that one of them, Alice, will stay at the guest room for the night.
Later, they arrive at Isadora’s house as the sun is setting. Exhausted and hungry, the cook fetches them something to eat. They are able to finally sit down in private and discuss the one outstanding issue left from their adventure – what to do with the trumpet.
Indeed, Isadora proposes to put the trumpet in her safe. At some point, she will want to study the strange hieroglyphs.
The safe box (hidden under her art supplies) already contains the quick sketches she made of the alien creatures up on the mountain, and the salvaged weapon. Isadora always carries the key to the safe on a silver chain around her neck.
Later, George returns, and noting the companions' flagging spirits, regales them with tales of salacious gossip about members of Boston society. But exhaustion sets in, and soon everyone is asleep.
The morning papers carry an interesting story; it seems that several graves in the Dorchester North Burying Ground were vandalized, and some corpses were disinterred. Some local residents claimed to see what appeared to be walking corpses in the vicinity, but these reports are not seen as credible by the police, especially as they believe they have a culprit.
Leroy Turner, a jazz trumpeter with a record for marijuana possession, was found at the grave of his girlfriend Marnie Smeaton, holding her disinterred corpse. Turner's face was deeply scratched and he was babbling incoherently, apparently quite insane. He has been remanded to a state institution where he will undergo psychiatric evaluation, but one police insider stated that he is unlikely to stand trial.
Things begin to return to normal for the investigators. But a few weeks later, Isadora receives a package from Mitch Wester . It is a copy of the first album by the 5-Star Band, recorded a few days before the Manusco murder. One track contains a trumpet solo credited to Leroy Turner. The tune is entitled 'Dead Man Stomp'.
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