...were called to a storage unit at Uncle Bob's Self Storage here in Pensacola after a customer noticed what seemed to be blood seeping from the shed door. What they found was a murder. Police say Bobert Zook, 49, was actually residing in the shed, as a waiting room chair, a mattress, and several cans of Hamm's were found inside. Zook was shot twice, police say, in an execution-style killing. There are currently no suspects.
Gosh, I wish I knew. You know, we'd been estranged for a while, he was doing his thing in Pensacola and I moved up here when I had a chance. We really didn't ever talk after Dad died.
Any associates of his that would do this?
How does that happen, anyway? Guy lives in a garage, basically.
That was Bobert. Didn't matter where you put him, he could have a good time. Here's a picture of him from '98 at his old trailer before he burned it down trying to solder a weathervane onto it.
That's the same chair that was in his shed.
He loved that thing.
Well, look, here's my card. You find out anything at all, don't hesitate to call me. We'll find your brother's killer and let you get some closure, all right?
You got it. Zook's honor.
Sounds good, Coach. Get after them Hawkeyes this weekend!
Exactly. My secretary'll show you out.
No, YOU look. I have a public job at a public university with a public e-mail address, and nobody has made any threats to me. Hell, every Saturday, I stand out in front of tens of thousands of people who have a clear shot at me for three hours. If someone wanted to take me out, they could have done it so many times by now. And nobody that I know even knew where Bobert lived. Hell, I barely know half the time.
Far off, a car door closes, and an engine starts. Zook blinks.
In a motel room in Florida...
The bathroom door opens, and steam billows out.
TO BE CONTINUED