Dateline Now: And as these two disparate groups are assembled in that vipers nest, Gotham City, occasionally still called New York, New York, by apogees of Sinatra, and by the strangest of co-incidences, together and separately in The Algonquin Hotel: at the Round Table in the bar, Hyman Z Kaplan, Sadie Moskowitz, Rose Mitnick, Morrie Mickelwhite and his girlfriend (or fiancée, as she says when showing off her ring) Silva Barr and her mother Golda, taking a little time out to relax before the first three make their attempt to gain admittance to the notoriously secure Trumpington Tower, home and seat of government for President Barron (or Huey, as wags refer to him) Trumpet-Trousers; while on the non-existent 13th Floor, the North American Chapter of The Ring of Gold holding it's inaugural meeting which the soi-disant Founder Member Sir Parlane MacFarlane hopes will end in his consummation with Rosamund Holmquist, or Cat Wummin, as he prefers to think of her in some sort of hotel Elysium; and on the other side of the Atlantic, in Melrose, Detective Inspector Isa Urquhart and Detective Sergeant Milly Millican of the Scottish National Police, or Polis, in the Doric, together with several colleagues, are reviewing the case of four missing men from 20 years ago turning up in and close by Melrose, one alive but severely traumatised and the other three quite dead, the victims of foul play, we join them as Professor Carolina Moonbeam explains several irreconcilable details regarding the deceased individuals: "so far as we can ascertain, the ages of Robert Ruggles, known as Owd Boab, Alexander Armitage, otherwise Wee Eck and Francis Abernethy, or Fat Frank are what they would have been in 2017, in other words they present as being the ages they were when they died in that year; but, in all three cases, their bodies are those of victims who died 24 to 48 hours before the were found, which puts them on a par with the survivor, George Brown, or Dod Broon as he calls himself, who is to his own belief and our examination, the age he was on his disappearance 20 years ago – none of these men were hidden for twenty years, they disappeared 20 years ago and arrived here immediately, like they just slid through Time, as we pass through a doorway!" and she sat back and grinned at her audience; it was Detective Chief Superintendent Gordon Brevity who asked: "and I believe Norman Noggs, the other member of the group who were rebuilding the Cairn on the Mid Eildon, is safe?" and Isa assured him that he was in protective custody, "although it is most likely that the killer who murdered the three deceased is himself deceased, or far away, as we would have expected Uncle Nor . . . . er, Mr Noggs, to have also been a victim, unless, of course, he is the killer himself, which I find hard to believe, but we are keeping an open mind on that until Professor Moonbeam has finished her forensic examinations," and Carolina said: "we should have all the PMs finished by this time tomorrow and you will have our preliminary reports – there is a good deal of evidence found on and near the bodies, particularly as, as I said earlier, it is as if they had been murdered very recently and not twenty years ago, or it would probably have degraded or disappeared, but at first glance we aren't dealing with a shambolic murderer – no indication of rage or sudden fury, everything seems to have been quick and I would doubt that there was any warning, certainly no defensive wounds, so probably attacked from behind; this is more like dealing with a contemporary crime, rather than a Cold Case; I remember that at the time of their disappearances the areas where their bodies were recently found were searched and nothing indicative discovered, my only bugbear – as, I am sure, it will be yours, Isa – is that the killer may have Time travelled at the same time as the bodies and Mr Broon, and therefore also be here, it's quite hard for me to get my head around, but having been involved with all the cases of those people twenty years ago appearing in the area after hundreds, and thousands, of years, we have been able to look back at the forensics we gathered then and some of my staff at that time who are still with the Department have been invaluable in checking and cross-checking with what we have salvaged from the recent appearances; I am very mindful that WPC Gertie Mountcastle and Sir Pantagruel MacFarlane have never been seen, but perhaps the discovery of Mr Broon gives some hope that they may yet be found, alive, needless to say," and Isa thanked Carolina for that positive note and ended the meeting.