Of course, I’m committed to writing stories that are both believable and exciting. In fact, this is part of the reason I do so much research before and during the writing of my thrillers.
Here’s one strange case of true crime I came across recently:
The owner of a kebab store in New Zealand was working his regular hours behind the counter, filling an order from a paying customer, when a masked man walked in. The owner of the kebab shop said the man demanded cash and pointed a gun at him.
But instead of giving the robber what he wanted, the 55-year-old shop owner calmly continued filling the paying customer’s order, bagging it up. Then, he simply walked off to call police! The confused robber left empty-handed.
Here’s the surveillance video and a short interview with the shop owner:
Lesson learned for criminals: Always have a backup plan.
Lesson learned for mystery writers: There is such a thing as a sixth sense! All of my characters have this; some more strongly than others. Jordan Fox of my False Truth Serial has a very strong “nose for news,” which is another way of describing that sixth sense. It definitely seems like the shop owner had a strong sixth sense, at least on this day.