Police Commissioner de Lucien is, to put it bluntly, so corrupt that he ”needs to be bribed to accept bribes”.
His main objective is to keep status quo and only acts forcefully when that is threatened, but then he acts quickly and without hesitation. Together with key chiefs within the police force he is the ”rotten core” that has infested the police and made bribes an as effective ”Get out of Jail” card as any attorney.
De Lucien likes to be seen with the powerful, and can be seen dining at fashionable restaurants like the Mountain King together with business men, various stars of radio and the silver screen as well as politicians. He frequently dines or otherwise meets with other politicians, claiming that he is impartial, but he is very loyal to his friend the mayor Elmer Caton, as they keep an eye out for each other, and reports everything he learns from these meetings (as well as everything the police force can dig up, with our without a search warrant).
Herbert is quite found of having young ladies in his spare apartment in the Morgan House, one his wife does not know about, and have an ”investigative interview” with hand-cuffs and everything. He really, really likes being tied up and interrogated by a woman dressed in a sexualised, female police uniform and forced into reveal all the details of some crime or other she accuses him off. There are no whips, but there will be punishment if he doesn’t obey. If he doesn’t convince her that he told the entire truth and given all the evidence about the crime she accuses him off, she will walk out and leave him in an apartment that is very seldom visited.
The de Lucien family is quite well to do, mostly due to the hefty bribes he has accepted in the past, and lives in a villa on the outskirts of the city. The villa has a large garden and a high wall around and it is common for the police patrols to check on the neighbourhood.
He is 53 and has two sons, Alexander de Lucien (27 years old) and George de Lucien (21 years old), the elder has left the city for a Military career and the younger is now studying at an Ivy League university to become a doctor. The mother, Maria de Lucien, of his two sons died in pneumonia 15 years ago and he remarried one year later with a 53-35 years younger Catholic woman, Grace de Lucien (then 19 years old, now 35). In a record short pregnancy of just five months she gave birth to a daughter.
Joyse de Lucien is soon about to turn 16 and is attending a prestigious college on the East coast. The primary reason for her father to send her to collage is that he expects her to quickly find a wealthy husband, preferably from the East coast as he consider those to be of more class and culture than the folk on the West coast.
Grace de Lucien obviously had bad nerves, an she didn’t fare well from having the responsibility of a child and seven years ago she had a brain fever. She is now confided to a wheel chair and rarely can put together coherent sentences. She is tended by two nurses that alternates between taking care of her, one week each with the switch on Wednesdays, and is usually left to sit and stare at the garden from her room on the second floor. In the summer she is wheeled out on the balcony to get some sunshine and fresh air. Her husband rarely visits her, even if she has retained the beauty for which he married her. Her daughter is of course very distraught with the fate of her mother and she had quarrelled with her father repeatable about this, and this is another reason why he sent her to a far-away college.
Nothing is as it looks, of course. Herbert de Lucien has no knowledge about the occult interests of Elmer Caton and thus does not know the real reason for his wife’s sickness.
Mr Caton needed to practice a spell he has gotten hold of and for this needed a willing victim, for some reason he decided on his friend’s wife. He knew that his friend did not love his wife, he wanted a beautiful wife to show off at social occasions, and the spell was a simple control spell and thus harmless. He invited the pair for a dinner and arranges that Herbert was called away on police matters. He then duped the lady to participate in an seance ”for laughs,” which was nothing but a cover for the spell. Something went wrong and she fell to the floor unconscious.
Mr Caton succeeded into arranging so she was transported back home and ”discovered” by her husband. He called a doctor, whom the mayor already had briefed, and the brain fever diagnosis was duly established.
Mr de Lucien has not had reason to question that explanation and has not doubted Caton’s sincerity in his inquiries about the well-being of Mrs de Lucien.
As a police commissioner de Lucien needs to be a little wary of who he fraternise with, he cannot be publicly seen with Brandon Booker for instance, and he do keep moral standards. He only accept monetary ”contributions” and never from rapists, wife beaters and those that ha considers to be moral degenerates. The latter does not include racists. He does not go to Restaurant Mountain King frequently, but he is not averse to being seen there, but he is a bit uncomfortable with the fact that he has no pretty lady on his arm going there. He cannot bring his wife and as long as she is alive and disabled he cannot be seen with someone else. On those occasions he is visiting the restaurant he has no trouble finding ”business acquaintances” whom he might need to discuss the political side of police work with, and suitable trust funds to donate money to as a token of appreciation for the proper handling of a specific case.
He is then wary of who sees him and should a reporter get a picture of him, he will try to stop the publication of the photograph. He believes that Mrs Bauer might have three or four photographs of him but he has not been able to establish weather it is so or not without alarming her (she has two photographs of him dining with people that he might not want to be seen with, but both she and her husband has failed to understand their significance, see The Morning Truth for more).
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