A Murray Campbell Production
Your name is Jeff Hunter, for 12 years you’ve been the transport manager of Circus Starlight. You’re also married to Janice who is the sister of Brad and Mary Goodman who along with Janice inherited the circus when their father died. You and Janice have one son Christopher (13).
Mary has a son, he’s called Bill (12). She’s a widow, her husband Enrico was killed while performing a quadruple somersault, which featured in the Flying Bradley’s trapeze act of which Brad is the catcher. As a result of Enrrio’s death Mary doesn’t want Bill to follow in his father’s footsteps, so she’s training him not only to be a juggler, but also in plate spinning.
The act comprises of Brad’s eldest son Jason (25) Patrick (22) and youngest son Peter (14).
Brad, Jason and Patrick.
Christopher is a tall lad for his age, he’s harmless, but easily manipulated. Bill on the other hand is cautious and puts his brain into gear before he opens his mouth. Of the three it is Peter who tends to be the most domineering.
The boys know the circus can be a dangerous place and have been told not to do anything that could not only endanger their own lives, but those of others. You’re having a chat to Tony Baxter the show’s ringmaster when you hear one of the Kenworth trucks being revved up.
You turn around and see Bill and Peter by the truck with Chris at the wheel, his foot hard to the floor. Tethered to the fender of the Kenworth is a rope, the other end of which is tied at the top of one of the king poles that support the big top.
As transport manger you have copies of all the truck’s ignition keys, which are stored and locked in a cupboard in your living wagon. You reach into your jeans pocket and find the key to it is missing. It is at this point you realize that you left it in the cupboard door.
You and Tony rush over to the truck, when you get there, you drag Chris out of the driver’s seat and then turn off the engine. You then turn to face the three boys, as Chris had access to the keys all be it temporarily, did he see it as an opportunity to show off in front of Bill and Peter or did one or both of them put him up to it?