Mask of Nyarlathotep
Inspector Barrington is a methodical man in his early fifties. He has been investigating the series of murders for nearly a year. His predecessor on the case disappeared mysteriously and never has been found; Barrington assumes that he was assassinated, and dearly wants to apprehend the murder or murderers.
The Egyptian murders—so called because seventeen of the dead were native to Egypt—are a sore spot with the Inspector. Mentioning the murders automatically gets an interview with him. Barrington wants to know the investigators’ purposes in London.
The Inspector also tries to learn everything that the investigators know. If they babble about horrid monsters and gods beyond space and time, he humors them but never thinks of them as desirable allies.
What he knows about the murders:
- Jackson Elias told him that the murders were ritual Pyramid Club, in Soho. Many of those who were murdered had frequented the club, but police stake-outs killings by the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh, an Egyptian death cult. Barrington interviewed Edward Gavigan of the Penhew Foundation about this; Gavigan denied that the cult has any modern-day equivalent or that the method of murder imitated those of the ancient cult. Gavigan implied that Elias was a sensation-seekingprofiteer.
- A favorite Egyptian nightspot in London is the Blue Pyramid Club. Many of those murdered frequented the club. Invetigations learned nothing.
- Before dying, one victim reportedly cried out “Hotep!”, an ancient Egyptian word meaning “rest” or “peace”, according to Edward Gavigan.
- A spice dealer, Tewfik al-Sayed, was interviewed. He had once guided an Egyptian expedition for the Penhew Foundation. Tewfik also denied that the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh still existed. A police tail learned nothing.