Statement of Lisa Carmel, regarding her involvement in a series of murders. Statement number 0111311, 13th November 2011.
Statement Begins Edit
Lisa Carmel was never a violent person, but has always been a fan of true crime stories. They give her a voyeuristic thrill that horror just can't manage. When she moved to London, she joined book club focused on true crime, which she referred to as Murder Club.
In November 2011, Lisa hosted a meeting of Murder Club at her flat. The five other regular members were present - Jamie Sanders, Ananya and Evelyn Kaleka, Andrew Cochrane and Debbie Truss. Just before the were about to begin the discussion, there was a knock at the door. Jamie answered it, and a very tall man wearing some sort of demon mask entered the flat, wielding a knife.
Lisa ran into the kitchen to get a knife of her own, while the others attempted to evade attack, but no one actually fled. The man's movements gradually became clumsier, until Ananya was able to kick him in the back of the knee. He struck his head on the corner of a table as he fell and went still.
The members of Murder Club did not call the police. Instead, Lisa realized she had gathered six sharp knives from the kitchen, and passed them out to the others. Then, as if a signal had been given, they began to stab the man in the mask. Afterwards, Lisa described feeling deeply satisfied. Andrew volunteered to dispose of the body, and the others departed shortly after.
Lisa's flatmate was horrified by the blood on the floor and her clothes the next morning. She took the same knife she'd used to stab the masked man and went looking for Andrew. She instead found Debbie and Jamie outside a whiskey shop in Andrew's neighborhood, and was just in time to see Debbie kill Jamie with a bread knife. Debbie then gave chase to Lisa, but Lisa managed to evade her.
Over the next five days, the remaining members of Murder Club hunted each other across London. Lisa killed Evelyn, and she heard that Andrew killed Debbie. She says she came to the Magnus Institute because she knows that none of them would've been interested in violence or comfortable with hunting and killing others before the man in the mask appeared. She apologizes if Andrew or Ananya harm anyone at the Institute while pursuing her, then reflects that at least Murder Club won't have to change its name.
Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
Basira remembers this case, though it happened before she joined the Met. Lisa Carmel was killed by Ananya Kaleka near East Croyden Station about two weeks after the killings began; Kaleka plead guilty and ultimately died in prison. The information about the man in the mask is new, and while Lisa didn't give a detailed description Basira speculates that she might be able to find something by looking into missing persons reports from the period.
Daisy interrupts Basira during recording to let her know that Jonathan Sims has returned to London. She comes back as Basira is finishing up, saying that Jon has taken the others to look into Gertrude Robinson's storage unit, and asked them to distract Elias. Daisy suggests starting a fire, but Basira points out that a fight in the break room would be more subtle.
Daisy also expresses concern about Basira and hints that she misses working with her. Basira, for her part, is concerned about Daisy's dreams, and insists that she, Martin and Melanie are all working on a plan to free themselves from Elias's control.