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When a human torso and a number of black plastic bags filled with severed limbs washed ashore in Galveston, Texas in the fall of 2001, Det. Gary Jones initiated an investigation. The head of the victim, later identified as Morris Black, was never recovered, but a newspaper found at the scene led the police to the apartment of one Dorothy Ciner -- "a real ugly deaf-mute woman" described by her landlord as an ideal tenant, the kind who paid the year's rent in advance and then more or less disappeared. Inside Ciner's home at 2213 Avenue K, spartan save for the drop cloths covering the kitchen floor, Jones noticed a collection of "real small cuts" in the linoleum and discovered, upon peeling it back, a bloodstain. "I had no idea of what I was fixin' to step into," Jones' colleague, Det. Cody Cazalas, remembers. "If I had, I'm not so sure I would've stepped in so willingly. »

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