next morning, the Admiral received a call from his XO, Morton.
we found Lee. Tracing the rental car was the key. It was found in
Huntington Beach in the library parking lot early this morning. However,
there is a problem."
is the problem, Chip?"
in the Huntington Beach Hospital, unconscious.
They brought him in last night."
the problem is he's injured? We
could have the Doc take a look at him and bring him back here."
that's not the problem."
So, what is the problem?"
was admitted as one of two John Does."
of the John Does look alike. And
they are both unconscious."
I think this I have got to see.
How soon can you meet me?"
ten minutes away."
downstairs when you get here. We'll
pick the doctor up on our way. I'm
the speeds at which his boss drove, Morton cringed at the thought, but
knew he had no choice. "Aye,
hours later, the Admiral pulled into the parking lot of the hospital. Chip
Morton was a blond-haired man with light complexion. After the ride with
Admiral Nelson, his face was white and full of tension lines. He got out
of the car slowly, but was growled at and ordered to move it by Nelson.
Doctor Will Jamieson immediately left the car and hurried into the
hospital to get information on Crane's whereabouts.
Admiral Nelson and Commander Morton were not far behind.
They caught up with Jamieson at the admittance desk.
looking for a patient here, admitted last night as a John Doe.
If he is who I think he is, he's my patient.
I'm Doctor Will Jamieson out of Santa Barbara."
Admiral gave him an odd look, wondering why Jamie didn't give his military
rank of Chief Medical Officer. Maybe
because it was a civilian hospital Jamie had withheld the title. They had picked him up at his home but had gone back to the
Institute long enough for Jamie to run in for Lee's records. Nelson
figured the good doctor had his reasons and allowed his thoughts to stray
to wondering about Lee Crane. The clerk's voice interrupted his musings.
have two John Does listed. Both
were admitted last night. Both
are in ICU. Would you like
directions to the waiting room?"
replied, "Yes, thanks. Also,
I need the names of the doctors for both of the men."
would be Doctor Gene Morrison for John Doe and Doctor Kerry McGrew for
John Doe II. Here's a map of
the hospital. Just follow the
blue stripe on the floor down this hallway.
When it ends, you will be at the ICU waiting room.
The attendant will help you from there."
they were in the waiting room and quizzing the attendant about meeting the
two doctors as well as seeing the John Does.
their comments was a strikingly distinguished lady sitting near the back
of the waiting room. She was
a short blonde about fifty-five years. She interrupted the men, "Are
you here to see the John Does?"
We think one of them is Lee Crane, Captain of my submarine, Seaview.
I'm Admiral Harriman Nelson. Why
would you want to know?"
apologies, Admiral. I'm Betty Hazard, Huntington Beach Library Director.
One of the men is my Assistant Director, Lester Wayne."
to meet you. These are Lee's crewmates, Chief Medical Officer, Will
Jamieson and Commander Chip Morton," as he gestured toward the other
to the men, Betty replied, "It is really remarkable to see the two
men. Les has worked for me for five years and I can't tell the difference
between the two. My Chief of Police brought me here and even he couldn't
point out which was Les."
at each other, the men were astonished at her remarks.
a squeak of the double doors to the waiting area opening, the four turned
to look at the two doctors entering the room.
One was a big man, over six-foot tall, three hundred pounds, with
dark brown hair and piercing blue eyes. He introduced himself as Doctor
Gene Morrison, doctor to John Doe I.
His companion was a contrast to his height and weight. She was young, petite, with gorgeous curves, blonde hair and
sparkling green eyes. As she
shook hands with all of them, she identified herself as Doctor Kerry
McGrew, doctor to John Doe II. Immediately upon seeing her, Morton's
eyebrows climbed into his hairline, drawing a chuckle from the Admiral.
the doctors, Admiral Nelson spoke of his Captain. "We believe one of
your patients is Lee Crane, Captain of the submarine, Seaview. He's
overdue from shore leave and turned up missing. We traced his rental car
to the Huntington Beach Public Library and through calling the hospitals
we found you had a John Doe that fits his description."
Morrison took the lead in the conversation.
and ma’am, we have a puzzle here that begs to be solved. Here's what we
know so far. The two men are
identical in looks and blood type. Both
suffer from head and hand injuries and are unconscious. One had internal
bleeding that has stopped and the other had external bleeding.
One was found in the library parking lot, while the other was
plucked from the ocean. Until
they wake up and tell us their names, we don't know which one they are or
how and why they were injured. Now
what can you add to this list?"
Crane's rental car was found in the library parking lot where Lester Wayne
works, " mused the Admiral. "What
personal effects did he have on him?"
Morrison picked up the phone, dialed out and boomed out orders to bring
the personal effects of both men to the waiting room. "We will see.
They should have them here soon."
my men and I haven't gotten to see Lee yet.
May we go into ICU and see the two men?"
course, but only for five minutes each.
They are still very ill. Maybe
you can spot something that will help in their identification.
They are in rooms two and three.
Meet us back here in ten minutes with Miss Hazard and we will see
what they had on them," replied Doctor Morrison.
ten minutes, two men from Seaview came into the waiting area shaking their
heads and muttering statements of disbelief. Will Jamieson had stayed
behind to talk to the two doctors for the John Does.
He had brought Lee Crane's medical paperwork with him and he knew
until it was determined which man was which, he would have to work closely
with the doctors, especially since he was Lee's personal physician. The
problem was...he wasn't Les Wayne's.
this time in the waiting room, the personal effects of the two men had
arrived. Betty was looking
through the two bags. "There
is nothing here that I recognized as belonging to Les."
got the Admiral's curiosity up and he also went over to look through the
bags. Chip Morton followed
him closely. "Neither bag has billfolds, keys or jewelry. I was hoping to find Lee's signet ring. There's nothing here
to help us identify them."
Hazard had been watching as the contents of the bags were examined.
"I've been looking for a class ring that Les wears, but I
didn't find anything. Does
your Lee have family?"
had a mother, but no one else," replied Morton. "He was adopted when he was two. He didn't know of his birth parents, only knew that he spent
his first years in a Catholic orphanage."
allowed a frown to grace her face. "Les
was adopted from a Catholic orphanage also, and he was two at the
television in the waiting room was on at a low volume.
Chip Morton looked around and saw a uniformed Lee on the screen.
He hurried over and turned up the volume just as another picture of
Lee in a business suit was flashed on the screen.
The voice of a woman could be heard as the screen showed the news
announcer. "The two men
you‘ve seen are patients at the Huntington Beach Hospital.
They were admitted last night as John Does.
Both are unconscious but are expected to recover from their
injuries. Our researchers
have identified them as Captain Lee Crane, commander of the Nelson
Institute of Marine Research submarine Seaview and Les Wayne, Assistant
Director of the Huntington Beach Library.
At this time, hospital staff and police are not releasing much
information on how they were injured or when they may wake up.
This reporter poses the question, "Is this a case of
doppelgangers, twins or Memorex? Check
back with us at the 10 o'clock broadcast for further developments."
turned the television off and gave a piercing glance at Admiral Nelson.
The look was not lost on Nelson.
If the two men had been deliberately injured, the broadcast just
sealed their fate.
assailant, Joe Sands, was also watching the broadcast in his sleazy
duplex. In a fit of rage, he
threw the bedside alarm clock against the paper-thin wall. That action earned him a yell and threats from his next-door
neighbor. Flashing his middle
finger toward the unseeing wall, Joe fell to muttering about cats and nine
lives. Throwing himself down
onto the bed, he lit a cigarette to calm his emotions as he thought about
how to take out these two identical men.
He knew he had to be careful to keep under the radar from both the
cops and the Mob. If only
that librarian had not decided to write an article on the Mob and the
witness protection program.
had managed to get the Mob mad at him and had turned to the Feds for
protection. Yes, he had
turned over a copy of a booking sheet in exchange for entering the witness
protection program. It was
quite a bargain; he got to start over with a new identity, a place to live
and a job. But that job
soured quickly when he could not cut having a nine to five office job. He
was a big man who needed lots of activity to keep from being bored.
When he was bored his mind would return to the fun he had in his
past life messing up people. He decided to go back into business for
himself doing what he did best in his past life - assassinating others.
As long as he played it cool, neither the Feds nor the Mob bothered
that's when that nosy librarian came calling.
He had been doing research and had seen Joe's picture with the Mob
bosses in some Chicago back issue newspaper articles. Seeing him at the
seafood restaurant near the library, the librarian had stopped him at the
curb. The man introduced himself as Les Wayne and explained that he was
writing an article on the Mob. He asked if Joe knew Bugs McCoy, a
well-known Mob boss. With a cautious look in his eyes, Joe denied all
knowledge, but when presented with a copy of the newspaper picture, Joe
knew this loser was going to be history in a short time.
was such a shame that his first attempts to kill Les Wayne had not been
successful. "Well, I
know where they are and it's just a matter of getting in and finding the
two. It shouldn't take long to finish the job on both of them.
Time to go to work," Joe encouraged himself.
He got up, grabbed his car keys and left for the hospital.
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