Topic: "What's a Sgarbi?" (5)
"Munich Police Department, Sergeant Frodo here."
"Yes, this is Susanne Klatten, and I wish to report that I'm being blackmailed."
"I see. Do you know who it is that is blackmailing you?"
"They just called, and identified themselves as the 'Deutschen Volksgruppen Autofahrts'. I did not recognize the voice, nor am I familiar with such an organization."
"They demanded money and an SUV, or they would release some secretly recorded videotapes which would be potentially damaging to me."
"I beg your pardon, did you say they demanded money, and an SUV?"
"That's correct. In fact, they asked for a BMW X5 sport utility vehicle, as well as 800,000 Euros."
"The money demand is anticipated surely, but do you have any idea why they asked for a specific automobile?"
"I am Susanne Klatten, and it was my father who founded BMW. I suppose the blackmailers figured that I have access to both money and motorcars."
"I see. So, can you explain what it is that is on these videotapes?"
"Well, they allege that they have secretly recorded lovemaking."
"I assume, Fraulein (?) Klatten, that you are not alone in these alleged videotapes. Is the alleged partner one person only?"
"Yes, with me."
"Who, if you don't mind me asking, is also in the alleged videotapes?"
"His name is Hans Sgarbi."
"Is he local? I'll need his address and telephone number."
"He is from Switzerland."
"You said, 'with me', does that mean that there is something else that might be important in the videotapes?"
"They said that there are scenes of others, mostly American politicians, also in compromising positions."
"Do you know those people?"
"Oh, I don't associate with them, they were all such petty men, and the women were trashy, especially the one from Argentina. I know some of their names, I suppose."
"Fraulein, where were these alleged videotapes made?"
"In the United States. In Washington."
"Well why are you being singled out, do you think, by the blackmailers, if they have politicans in compromising positions?"
"Oh, they said they were also contacting all of the parties involved, and making demands on each of them, and that they would send the videotapes to the Italian press if anyone fails to meet their demands."
"Is that so? Would Mr. Sgarbi be familiar with any of the other parties in the alleged videotapes?"
"Yes, he would, he lives in that residence with all the others, when he is in Washington?"
"Are you saying that all of the scenes took place in the same location?"
"And that some, or all of the participants, except you of course, lived there?"
"Can you give me a few of the names of those who resided there, and the address, if you remember it?"
"One was named Sanford, and there was a Pickering, and someone called Ensign, and the silly one, Zach Wamp. Can you believe that name? The townhouse is on what is called 'C' Street."
"Ahem. And you say thast the blackmailers have videotape of all these individuals, as well as yourself, in 'trysts', if you will?"
"That is what they told me."
"What did you tell them?"
"That I would pay."
"What about the SUV?"
"I asked them if they desired a specific color."
"What, if anything, did they say about the others being blackmailed, and what their response was likely to be?"
"If I remember correctly, they said that all of them wanted to arrange payments over time, except for one, whose parents would pay."
"How did the telephone call end, what did they tell you to do?"
"They told me to arrange for the money, in cash, and the SUV, and that they would call in a couple of days with further instructions."
"Was that all?"
"The call ended with the voice on the other end simply saying 'Praise Jesus'.