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Joseph Krohn-Delhi

Ex-criminal Police Officer

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a character in “Where The Sidewalk Ends”, as played by TheFinalOne


"God's influence diminishes, where the sidewalk ends."

"And as usual, it all goes to hell."

Case 447-ER1

Public name: "Kendel Murder"

Last update: June 21, 1955.
Update: Case Closed.

Summary: One month, on May 14, 1955, a young black male, age twenty, was shot dead while he was held hostage by a suspected member of KKK. Gun analysis showed it was, then FBI agent, Krohn-Delhi who shot the victim. Later, it was revealed that it was a case of suicide by police.

Case reports:-

May 14- The victim shot dead by Krohn-Delhi, a FBI agent (off-duty). Details in Case 432-FZ2. Summary on Page 8.

May 15- Suspected KKK George Cathran and Kron-Delhi taken into police custody. Summary on Page 9.

May 15- On demand of George Cathran and of his neighbors, his house was searched. A dead body, that of a sixteen year white female was found. Summary of Page 10.

May 20- First hearing. Krohn-Delhi insists it was suicide by police. Cathran insists he was taking revenge for his daughter, the sixteen year old white female found 5 days ago. Summary on Page 11.

May 21- Second hearing. Again same details were provided by the suspects. Judges still undecided due to Cathran's possible KKK relations which he refuses to talk about. Summary on Page 12.

May 23- Third hearing. One of the accused, Krohn-Delhi, is given bail. He has been suspended from work till further notice. Summary on Page 13.

May 28- Fourth Hearing. After much deliberations, the court has decided than Krohn-Delhi is not to be charged with anything. Summary on Page 14.

June 5- Fifth and final hearing. The court decided to charge Cathran with possession of illegal weapons, kidnapping and attempted murder. At first he was to be sent to Raymond County Jail but after the other case related to him was decided he was sentenced to ten years of hard labor in Alcatraz and then execution by lethal injection. Summary on Page 14.

Testimonies for and against Krohn-Delhi on Page 6 and 7. Testimonies for and against Cathran on Page 4 and 5. Krohn-Delhi's report on Page 15.

Page 3

Major Suspects

Joseph Krohn-Delhi

Name: Joseph Krohn-Delhi

Aliases: Jo, Krohn.

Sex: Male.

Date of Birth: On medical record, copy of which is enclosed with the file, January 4, 1928.

Age: 27, as of May 14, the date of the crime.

Nationality: American. Danish-Indian descent.

Occupation: As of June 14, 1955, unemployed. Soon to transferred to Philadelphia Police Department.

Final Result: Acquitted of all charges.

Personal Data: Classified Level 4.

Description: White male in his late twenties. Danish or Indian descent not recognizable on first look. Face structure rectangular and ruddy. Dark blue eyes, medium sized and round, considered "full of sorrow" by people who know him. Thin face whose normal position is similar to that of a cheerful smile. Wavy hair, golden with orange streaks. Neatly combed and slicked down. Krohn-Delhi admits to treating them. Before the case began he had no facial hair. By the end, a thin stubble was noticeable. Stubble is black though Kron-Delhi swears he has never applied any hair color. Build ectomorphic.

Height: 6 feet.
Weight: 75 kilos, 165 pounds.

Medical History:
Suffers from dyslexia. Doctor's note enclosed within.
Suffers from headaches. Possible carbon monoxide poisoning at some time. Doctor's note enclosed within.
Apart of these to problems, suspect suffers from no severe problems.
No known physical disabilities.

Educational history:
Studied in Sankalp School for Special students, New York. Finished 12th grade there.
Joined Police Academy at Johnston Institute, now defunct, at the age of 24 after completely a four years degree at the Centenary Institute of Higher Studies.

Johnston Institute Report:
Psychical Fitness: Par requirements for FBI. Final Score: 128 out of 150.
Mental Fitness: Sub-Par requirements for FBI. Final Score: 107 out of 150. After giving him a handicap due to his 'psychosomatic' dyslexia, his score crosses par.

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Testimonies for and against Krohn-Delhi

Q: Can Joseph Kron-Delhi's actions be considered racially motivated?

Testimonies taken on May 18 and May 19.

"Racist? Never! My child has never even insulted anyone. Why would he kill that black man? It was that black man's fault! My son is innocent! Let him go. Just because a black man dies at the hands of a white man, does that mean it was racially motivated?! My son is innocent! He is the perfect white child!"
- Elizabeth Krohn-Delhi. Joseph Krohn-Delhi's biological mother.

"My son would never do anything like that. Go ask his foster parents. They've known him he was a child. He has many n- for friends. He will never kill any man, black or white or yellow or brown, just because he they don't look like him. Why didn't kill his foster parents then? They were brown, for heaven's sake! This is just the public blowing things out of proportion. Yes, the blacks deserve equals rights but if they want to incriminate a[sic] innocent man, then do they?"
- Randell Krohn-Delhi. Joseph Krohn-Delhi's biological father.

"I have nothing to say. If he is guilty, then the fine men at the court will punish him and I will accept the decision. If not, then even god cannot stop him from being free. Race is merely being factored into this because the skin color of the suspect and the victim is different. News becomes spicier then."
- Hari Smith. Joseph Krohn-Delhi's caretaker till he was sixteen.

"[laughs]Sure it was racially motivated. I mean look at me. I'm black and he has killed me a hundred times! [asked to stop his rhetoric] Does my testimony even matter?[asked to stop his rhetoric] Well, he has never racially abused anyone. I was the one who helped him read, you know? Poor man, still can't read properly. Maybe because he could not read, he did not insult anyone, fearing mockery. Maybe because he is from a foreign land. But the fact remains. He has never racially abused anyone when I'm around, even if he did not know I was present."
- Jamal Edwards. Joseph Krohn-Delhi's childhood friend.

"Is he willing to kill anyone to protect himself? Yes. Is he willing to kill anyone who is doing something grossly against the law? Yes. Has he done something racist? Haven't we all? I cannot say much about him. He has been my partner for only a year. He has not done anything that says, "I hate blacks!" But he did kill a black man, did he not? And in this day and age, that is not something we will do for the fear of inciting something like how Joey[Joseph Krohn-Delhi] has managed. We stay away from the blacks. Let the black FBI members handle it."
James Franklin. Joseph Krohn-Delhi's partner at FBI.

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Testimonies for and against Krohn-Delhi

Q: Can Joseph Kron-Delhi's actions be considered racially motivated?

Testimonies taken on May 18 and May 19.

"Of course! Bloody whites! Always oppressing us. All we want is equal rights. We are one f- species! How come they are special? Why should they be any better of us? If some African American attacked a white guy, suddenly he is all racially motivated. No trial, no nothing. Just death. Why are we giving this bastard or that Cathran bastard any trial at all? When this country going to be fair[sic] to all?"
-Joel Garner, Civil activist

"Racial motivation is a serious accusation. I believe before we go around accusing someone of that, we must, at least, allow him to explain himself. I'm sure if he was racially motivated, it will be clear. Looking at his childhood though, I can say the answer is no. But let us see."
-Criminal psychologist Adam Sandler. His report is enclosed withing file.

"We should really stop with this race business. We are all one. We cannot let the amount of melanin in our skin come between us. I have not seen many cases. Where this case is so special and important to the civil movement is the question that poses. Did Mister Joseph go overboard? We cannot prove anything. We had no cameras in the room at the time the crime was committed. Maybe he didn't want to kill the man but circumstances forced otherwise? But we should not dwell on this too long. I don't the American government would ever allow racist people in their ranks."
Clive Llyod, human rights activist

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Summary: Kendell Murder

On the night of May 14, 1955, Joseph Krohn-Delhi heard an argument, on his way back home after completing a shift, in the are where there is a majority of black people. At first, he did make any attempts to find out what was going on. [Krohn -Delhi was still in his office uniform.] The argument was happening a rundown building where black men and women had gathered.

As he passed the building, someone shouted, "[paraphrased]...what does this whiteboy want?" Fearing that a riot would start, he rushed in. There he found an older white man shouting at a younger black man. The white man had a gun. "[from statement of Krohn-Delhi]The white man, now identified at Cathran, was pointing the gun at the man and screaming about how the man r- his daughter.

"When Mister Cathran saw me he got angry and started waving the gun at me accusing me of not protecting his daughter. At that moment I briefly thought about removing my own gun, but I realized that would just agitate things. I tried to calm Mister Cathran down but to no avail. He was still shouting a lot and waving his arms. Before I could react, the black man, Kendel, started to fight Mister Cathran over the gun.

"When finally Kendel got the gun in own hands, he turned to me. Mister Cathran now between me and him, on his knees and visibly distraught. Kendel told me then that Mister Cathran was a killer but he did not name who had been killed. I had already my gun out; taken out during their scuffle. I asked him to let me handle it but he did not listen. He talked about how blacks where discriminated against and how the case would be warped against him, Kendel.

"I told him no such thing would happen. I even promised him that the FBI would make sure he, Kendel, is not charged of anything he has not done. While talking, I readied myself for the possibility of this getting worse. Kendel's posture suggested that he did not have any formal training. Kendel had the gun lowered, fingers off the trigger. Then Mister Cathran made a racially discriminatory comment, angering Kendel. He pointed the gun at Cathran. I shouted him to stop but he did not. The moment he got his fingers near the trigger, I shot at him twice."

[We cannot exactly know what happened. The only people present at the murder during the murder scene where the suspects and the victim. The people gathered outside did not enter. One man did call us but we do not know his identity. Police report cannot find any evidence of a break-in. The victim did have wounds on his stomach, most likely after being punched.]

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Press Report

May 15. Police Inspector Cartman's public

"On preliminary charges of murdering a negro, John Cathran and Joseph Krohn-Delhi have been taken into custody. John Cathran, who works as a repairman, an electrician, has been removed from his company. Joseph Krohn-Delhi has been suspended from the force. At this moment no motive has been discovered. Both suspects are going to be interrogated today."

Q: Did he kill the man because he was black?
A: Like I said, no motives have been discovered. Now, we will ask everyone in the media to not blow this up as a racially motivated attack. There is no such motive at this moment.

Q: What is charges for killing a black man?
A: The murder charges are same regardless of the color, caste, gender or religious beliefs of the person.

Q: When will be know more about the Kendel killing?
A: [coughs]We have not put an official identity on the victim. When his mother and father came here and identify him, and when he finish interrogating, the next press conference would be held. [walks out]

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Miss Cathran

Brief Coroner's report[Full report attached at the end of file]:
Victim: Miss Martha John Cathran
Identified by: Misses John Cathran
Age: 16
Cause of death: Multiple wounds have been inflicted on her body, all within an hour of her death. Most likely caused is due to knife wound on her throat or stomach. Body shows sign of struggle. Eyes and surrounding area was covered with water.

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Hearing 1 summary

Q: Where we you on the night of the murder of Mister Kendel?
JKD: On the murder scene.
C[athran]: Where do you think? [question re-asked] On the murder scene.

:[some more questions]

Q: Why did you kill the man?
JKD: He managed to take Cathran's gun and started waving it around, threatening both me and Mister Cathran here-
C:[interjecting]He killed my daughter![starts to cry] That's why I hate these f- n-!

:[some more questions]

Q: Was the killing necessary?
JKD: Yes.

Q: Why was the killing necessary?
JKD: He had his gun point blank at Mister Cathran's temple and was shouting. It was getting out of control-

Q: And so you shot him. You se-
JKD: Not then. I shot him when he was about to put his finger on the trigger.

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Final Judge Decision: Before I read out the decision I would like to personally apologize to Krohn-Delhi. The fact that you are part of the force should have told us you would do no wrong.
Mister Cathran, I do understand why you may have hated the victim. But that is wrong. You should have at least listened to your daughter. Hopefully by the time you are out of jail, the world would have changed for the good. And just maybe, you would have too.
This court finds Cathran guilty of possessing illegal arms, attempted murder and kidnapping. The details of this will be provided to you, Mister Cathran. You are charged with ten years in Raymond County Jail.
Mister Krohn-Delhi, you are acquitted of all charges. Though because you were legally off-duty, you will not be allowed back into the FBI.

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This report is from where the summary of the Kendel Murder, Page 8, was picked up from. So, I will not retype it.
[End Of File Stuff]

Doctor's Notes:
June 14, 1934- He has undergone a very traumatic event. His foster mother committed suicide in front of him after handing him a note for his foster father. After reading the note and looking at his wife, his foster father fell unconscious.
We tried to console him by giving a book to read but he refuses to read anything and starts to scream if he is shown anything with words on them. Not sure what to do with at this moment. One of the nurses cuddled him but he started to scream even more. Finally, after an hour of constant screaming, he has gone to sleep.

February 15, 1935- Luckily for us, he seems to have forgotten about the incident. We are not sure, but we will not try to find out. He seems to have developed some sort of dyslexia due to his incident. Luckily nothing he was read to since the incident has triggered the memories. Hopefully, it will stay that way.

March 8, 1937- Two years later and he is still to trigger his memory. The human brain works in amazing ways. I have yet to see any other side effects. But since I did not know him from before the incident, I cannot say if he has changed. The only visible thing is his inability to read. He is a smart child, smart and athletic. At this moment, he has a good relationship with a negro, who helps him with homework.

August 1, 1947- So many years have passed. No sign of any problem arising yet. He has gone back to his biological parents.

Psychology Report

Questionnaire One:

May 18, 1955.

Q: How are you feeling today?
A: Not very well.

Q: Would you like to expand to that?
A: I have been thinking about the incident. [pause]Did I really kill an innocent man? Did I help protect a killer? [pause]I do not know what I have done. I feel sad that Kendel had to die. [pause] If I had been better at speaking with people I could have stopped him. But with all this racial tension, I'm not sure even the best orators could stop him after Cathran insulted him.

Q: So you feel you should not have killed him?
A: No. [asked to elaborate] I had to kill him. I would have shot him near the legs but Mister Cathran would be put in danger. If I missed, Mister Kendel would have shot me instead. [pause]

Q: Your real parents left you when you were just a child. Do you feel angry?
A: Not at all. My foster parents told me that my biological parents were going through bad times. I cannot blame them. If they had hung on to me, I would have not gotten a great upbringing.[pause] Their decision to let me go is the hardest decision any parent has to make. I applaud them for making that decision. Because of their sacrifice only, I could join the FBI.

Q: Your foster mother died when you were young. [pause]What do you remember of her?
A: Not much.[pause] I was told she was a sweet person and took good care of everybody around her.[pause] I never had any half brothers or sisters. [pause]I think she never bore any children. [pause] She was a nice person I guess.[pause] Mister Smith loved her very much. [And you?] [pause]I guess. [pause]Like I said, don't remember much about her.[pause]

Q: What is your view on racism? What do think of the current situation?
A: Racism is basically insulting someone. I don't feel the need to insult anyone. [pause] As for the current situation, like everyone says, we are moving towards a new beginning. Many sweeping changes are imminent, I guess.

Q: Do you have any problems with black and other colored people having the same rights as you?
A: No.[pause] [asked to elaborate] I do not have anything else to add.

Q: How was your childhood?
A: [pause] Nice. [asked to elaborate] [pause] I lived in a poor area of my hometown. Mostly, colored people lived there. I only saw two white families, both from out of the country.[pause] French, I think. [pause] I remember being bullied because I was a "whiteboy". Though that was for a while only. Later, I became good friends with all of them. [pause] Except for a few times, I never saw race coming in the conversation. It was a great place to live. [pause] Amazing how, if a group of people are oppressed, they come together. Even the two white families joined in. [pause] Nobody was alone there.

Q: So everyone hated white people there? Please do not give one word answers.
A: [pause] No. [pause] Maybe. Most of the people who caused trouble for us were white people. [pause] Quite a few times, a boy or a girl from one of the families who go missing. [pause] The elders thoughts it was the doing of the white people. [pause]I think by white, they meant the rich, who were predominantly white.

Preliminary test observations:-
1) It seems he does not like to give answers longer than one words. If asked to elaborate, he would pause after a sentence. I have asked people who know him and they say that he will, if he can, answer either yes or no. We've realized that now, and will change the next questionnaire to better suit him.
2) When asked about his childhood or his foster mother, words dried up. He did not speak much. Only when he realized that we would not move until he gave us something; he started speaking, albeit with difficulty. Questions about his foster mother were answered vaguely. We were told not to ask him that by a doctor who has treated him before, but it is important we know more about him.
3) His expressions do not change much, even when he had difficulty speaking. Emotions are difficult to read looking at his face, and he occasionally closed his eyes. But his emotions are clearly betrayed by his voice. When he is sad, he speaks slowly and softly, almost in a whisper. When he is happy or content or otherwise not having a problem, he speaks as if what he says is the truth, as if is he is confident.
4) His body posture, much like his face, remains unchanged during questioning.

Psychoanalysis of Krohn-Delhi

-Adam Sandler, February 4, 1958

In my life I have met many criminals. I have dissected many, usually mentally. I have learned a lot from them. But never in my life has any criminal said, "Yes," when I asked, "Did you kill him?" Even Big Joe said no, and he had killed a man in front of a crowd. I have finished up the psychoanalysis of Krohn-Delhi. It was not asked of me, but attending the court hearings three years prior filled me with enough curiosity to do this.

As always, before I talked to the suspect himself, I went and talked to his friends, relatives and co-workers. They all told me the same thing; he only has two words in his vocabulary. Of course that is not true, but he certainly does act the part. One of the men who I talked to was the very same doctor who treated him after the incident. Doctor Deveraux told me how he might have lost the ability to show or even have emotions. Not show any emotions? Now, that would be a skill every criminal would love to have.

Anyways, without further ado, all the information I managed to collect:

Let's start with the favorites. He did not say what colors he liked most and considering the nature of the case that caused him all this trouble, I did not probe further. He says he likes all genres of music but considering he doesn't know who Chuck Berry is, I'm not too sure he even listens to the radio. It could be possible that he's heard the songs but hasn't really bothered to know whose creation it is.

One of the few times he did not pause to answer (I asked him why he pauses and he told me, after a pause, that nothing came to his mind. Not sure what that meant) was when I asked about the food he likes. He said that Bob, owner of the pub he frequents, makes the best sandwiches (I did taste them and found them quite tasty).

He does not read any books because they take too much time to finish because of his dyslexia (Doctor Dirk Nannes suggested it maybe psychosomatic but I'm not willing to find that out). He has read a few novellas and enjoys reading Amazing Stories. As for poems or other forms of literature, he can be considered an illiterate. Though I must say his fact retention is quite good. Most of the information he gets from watching movies or plays and such, he does remember. He also remembers all the points the President made a few weeks ago regarding the FBI's achievements. I also heard he likes to frequent Route 44.

As for 'bad' habits, he does drink and smoke, but only if offered. He said he drinks and smokes everyday at the pub with Jamal, his childhood friend who is currently a reporter. As for quirks, I could only find one. When dining out, he tidied up the table and reset the condiments. I have never seen anyone who'd do that. But then, he isn't like anyone. Or I haven't seen many people.

Because of his past I did not ask questions related to his attitude towards life. I will leave that to the doctors who work at mental institutions for they have more skill than me. However, after talking to so many people related to him in one or another, I think I can make some safe bets. For example, his greatest fear would be to find a slip of paper containing the same words as the suicide note. But, I'm not sure. He was a kid then, would he have understood what was written (again, out of respect, I did not ask his foster father what was written in the note)? Maybe he remembers the patterns? And finding such a note would be the single event that would throw his entire life in turmoil.

I’d say he is most at ease with the friends he grew up with or at least knows for a few years. But I have never seen the feeling of uneasiness within him. Even when random stranger called out to him, off duty, he did not seem uncomfortable. But then, he always has the same expression. I wonder if his face is stuck. Or maybe he injected his face with poison and all the muscles dies out?

I asked him what he feels about himself and he had no answer. Perhaps he did not understand my question, or perhaps he does not really have opinion of self. That would be interesting, and a lie. No creature is self-oblivious. I did ask what his one wish would be and as I thought his answer had no mention of his foster mother. He wished to go back to the FBI. “Why?” was never answered.

The greatest source of his strength would be his friends though with silent types, one never knows. Similarly, they could also be his greatest source of weakness. I consider his friend Jamal as his soft spot; especially consider all the intense hatred Jamal has for the rich, which Kroh-Delhi ignores. Actually whoever decided to send him to PPD was wrong. If he becomes dependant on the presence of Jamal, it would be really harmful for him.

I was born a Christian, and still am. So sometimes I like to judge people on the seven sins and the seven virtues our father taught us about in Sunday school. If I were to choose the sin Krohn-Delhi would most likely fall for, it would be Wrath. He also has a little bit of all virtues, but not enough to warrant him being considered a nice person.

He remains an enigma to me. Maybe I’m searching things that don’t exist? In any case, I learned many things about people in these last three years. I consider this project a success even though on paper it does seem like much. Hopefully, I have become better at my job.

[Secret Data]

from a letter: ...[The] judge said in his statement that Krohn-Delhi cannot be allowed back in to FBI, even after apologizing. This is the correct way to go. This case has had too much media attention for him to work properly in the FBI. My suggestion is to send him to PPD. They are having some sort of Infernal crisis there. The media there are more interested in the demons from below than the demons of our culture. He will not be bothered there. Also, if I remember correctly, his childhood friend Jamal Edwards lives there.

Blah Blah Racist Sheep,
A bloody creep.
Blah Blah Racist Sheep,
in debt, neck deep.

Blah Blah Racist Sheep,
puts everyone to sleep.
Blah Blah Racist Sheep,
thrown in garbage heap.

So begins...

Joseph Krohn-Delhi's Story