MOON KNIGHT - #5 "GHOST STORY" (1981 - VF+)
💥 "GHOST STORY!" - DIRECT EDITION
Moon Knight enters the house. Parkins and Creach encounter a floating white figure and flee from it. Moon Knight follows the shouting and finds the same "ghost": an owl wrapped in a curtain. Earlier, Redditch went to the Municipal Services building for the shoebox and the valise. When a clerk pleaded that she had to take care of her mother, Redditch said, "Shut up about mother!" and shot her. Outside he shot a policeman but was wounded himself. Lockley heard about the incident via police scanner and headed toward the Municipal Services building, but the getaway car sideswiped his cab into a parked car. He called Frenchie to pick him up in the helicopter. Parkins, driving their red Ford, managed to evade the police.
Parkins and Creach find shelves of canned goods in the kitchen. Something moves, and Parkins shoots at it. It's only a cat. Moon Knight hears the shot, sees the food, and realizes someone still inhabits the house. Earlier, the getaway car stopped for gas. Redditch got the valise open. He told the others that they could keep the money, he had his treasure. He got out, carjacked a customer of the gas station, and headed for Brambles. Parkins and Creach followed, wanting their shares of a treasure worth more than a half million in cash.
The two hoods break into Eddie's room. They find four skeletons and a trail of blood, which leads into another room. In that room is another skeleton dressed in hunting gear, with a shotgun on its lap. The shotgun fires, straight at them! They flee. This mystery is explained by strings leading from the shotgun's triggers to a pair of flesh-and-blood hands in a closet. Parkins and Creach find the basement, where Parkins believes they will find the treasure. Moon Knight calls down the stairs, impersonating the police, to convince the crooks to surrender. Parkins believes they can escape punishment if they dispose of the evidence, so they start a fire in the furnace to burn the money. The old furnace explodes, uncovering a trap door in the floor. They crawl through a tunnel and wind up back in the cemetery. A voice says, "Freeze, murderers!" Moon Knight is standing behind them. He drops Creach with his truncheon and throws a dart into Parkins's hand before he can fire the shotgun. Moon Knight kicks Parkins and knocks him out, and his fallen flashlight shows the gravestone of Edward Redditch.
In the grave lies Redditch, his hair turned white. He died, not from the policeman's bullet or his father's shot, but from fright. An old woman in hunting gear appears, carrying a shotgun. "All you can see is the red," she repeats, and says that Redditch died in a hunting accident, that she had to bring him home, that he would always leave again, that Eddie was the same way. "Still don't know why he claimed I was dead." Moon Knight finds Eddie's "treasure": the deed to the house, which is in flames.
💥 CONDITION: VF+ (DIRECT EDITION)
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