Chapter 6 of The Cover Up, A Novel


“Wasn’t Brad able to work a double shift?”
“Oh yeah, he was, but our administrative director frowns on paying any staff overtime rates.”
“So you had to come in and work the shift?” asked Barnes.
“Yeah,” replied Rick.
“ I don’t understand. Wouldn’t you have to be paid at the overtime rate?”
“No, I’m considered as management not a unionized worker. Administration will give me some time off in lieu,” explained Rick.
“So you worked your usual day shift today as well as having to cover the
overnight shift?”
“That’s correct,” replied Rick.
“That must be murder on the system,” stated Detective Barnes.
“It’s not easy. Let’s put it that way,” offered Rick.
“What was the time when you last saw the deceased resident before being called to the stairwell?”
“At approximately 12:15 AM,” answered Rick
“Okay let’s start with the deceased client’s name and some background information,” Detective Barnes stated.
“The client’s name is Bret Harkness. He was twenty-seven years old.”
“Was he originally from Winnipeg?” asked Barnes.
“ No, he was born in the United States. Boston, Massachusetts to be exact. He was attending Boston University when his father was offered an opportunity to be a lecturer at The University of Winnipeg.”
“So Bret moved to Winnipeg with his family?”
“Yes, but he waited until his university semester was over. Bret was also quite involved with Boston University’s athletic program. He played on the university’s hockey team and was also an amateur wrestler. Bret was an accomplished athlete from what his family told me. Bret started to present with the symptoms of a serious mental illness during this time period.”
“I’m confused,” said Barnes, “How does a bright young man with athletic ability end up at The House of Hope?”
“That’s a long story,” answered Rick.
“You said a serious mental illness. What was Bret’s exact diagnosis?”asked Barnes.
“Schizo affective disorder. He presents with both the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.”
“Did Bret suffer from depression also?”
“He was certainly presenting with symptoms of depression this week.” Rick noted. About two weeks ago Bret had broken up with his girlfriend.”
“How did the break up affect Bret?”
“He started to regress. Prior to the break up Bret was showing signs of what we like to call recovery. He was relatively upbeat and had developed a much more positive attitude towards his treatment. He started attending his classes regularly and Slash, our teacher/residential care worker, said that Bret was starting to demonstrate the qualities of leadership. Then the break up with his girlfriend happened. Bret stopped attending his life skills and creative expression classes and started spending the majority of his time isolating in his room.”
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