That is what brought me to the Gulp Island Police Station to interview Officer Penelope Nickers.
Nickers had been working underwear as a waitress at Wing’s Duckhouse in Chinablock.
Officer Nickers had nearly barged into the Clipper sailing away from the scene of his last victim left sockjawed on the sidewalk.
The victim was one Jane Erred, a wrongway agent employed by Handbasket Travel.
Missing two teeth, Ms. Erred had gotten one hell of a belt while struggling with the fiend.
The belt turned out to be from a white overcoat.
On checking the condition of the other victims, it soon became the child of a parent. that each was missing a tooth.
“Of course the biggest clue,” I said to Nickers, “is the belt.
It has his name all over it!”
The China Clipper was none other than that recent Redlamb escapee, Doctor Trench, the Mad Dentist from the Erie Canal.