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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
It had been more than a year since Seattle homicide detectives Del
Castigliano and Vic Fazzio had worked a case in South Park, but the
reason for their visits hadn’t changed. Someone had been murdered.
On their last case, two attorneys trying to flip homes and spur
redevelopment had been shot in one of their properties—a subtle message.
South Park wasn’t interested in change.
“A world unto itself,” Del said, repeating a Seattle Police Department
mantra as he drove their pool car across the South Park Bridge over the
green-gray waters of the Duwamish River. Just after 4:00 p.m., a July sun
reflected diamonds of sparkling light across the river’s surface, and the
temperature in Seattle had risen above eighty-five degrees, without a cloud in
The bridge deposited them onto Cloverdale Street. “I thought South
Park might get redeveloped when the bridge reopened,” Faz said.
South Park had what those in real estate considered the most important
criteria for redevelopment: location, location, location. Situated twenty
minutes south of downtown Seattle, it was also a stone’s throw west of
Boeing Field and close to the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.
The South Park Bridge
had been condemned in 2010 and did not reopen for more than four years;
nobody seemed to be in a great rush. If South Park’s toxic topsoil and
polluted waters did not dissuade redevelopment, crime usually did.
Park’s population included a large contingent of Sureño gang members out of
Southern California—foot soldiers for the Mexican drug cartels.
“I thought some developer would start buying up property and raise
rents, especially with this housing market,” Faz continued. “Now I’m
thinking that’s as likely as me losing weight.” At six foot four, Faz tipped the
scale at 270 pounds. He glanced at Del. “You actually look like you put on a
Del, an inch taller, had lost fifty pounds since starting a relationship
with Celia McDaniel, a King County prosecutor. “I’m eating some carbs
again,” Del said. “Celia says she likes me better at this weight.”
“I like you better at this weight. We were starting to look like Laurel
and Hardy,” Faz said. “Did Billy call and get us some help?” Billy Williams
was the A Team’s sergeant, and Del and Faz the homicide team on call for
the week. Ordinarily, Tracy Crosswhite and Kinsington Rowe, the other two
detectives on the four-person team, would provide support. Crosswhite,
however, had been sitting in a homicide trial in King County Superior Court
for more than a month.
“He said he’d get somebody.” Del made a right turn and slowed as they
approached a stream of parked police vehicles. A crowd stood on the south
side of the street—men and women of all ages dressed in tank tops, shorts,