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Valereea "Val" Valz was the victim in The Bloom of Doom (Case #10 of The Conspiracy).

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Valereea was the owner of "Gallereea di Valereea", an art gallery. She had black hair tied back in a bun and blue eyes. At the time of her death, she wore a colorful collared shirt under a gray blazer with maroon lining on the collar, as well a gray skirt. Additionally, she sported gold hoop earrings and red lipstick. It is known that Valereea had a cat allergy.

Murder details

Valereea was found in her gallery, impaled with a metal sculpture of a flower. Per Martine, the metal flower had punctured the victim's heart, killing her instantly. Upon examining the flower even further, Martine found traces of ginger root on it, hence coming to the conclusion that the killer ate ginger.

The other piece of the sculpture, a pedestal, was later found and sent to Amir for analysis. He was able to find a mixture of jojoba oil, argan oil, and sweet apricot oil with lime and basil—all ingredients of beard oil. This proved that the killer had a beard.

Relationship with suspects

Valereea was found to be murdered with the “Flower Number One” sculpture made by artist Meera Kat, who Valereea allowed to have a show at her gallery, but Meera was sure that nothing would be sold. Valereea was discovered to be nosing around Jackson J. Jackson’s junkyard, and that Valereea had paid Jackson’s welding services with a cancelled check. Valereea was also sleeping with art store employee Astro Hawtee before she broke it off with him because “he wanted too much from her.” Valereea was also discovered to have abused and disrespected her assistant, Sean Rubio, who claimed that the knowledge he had gained from his job was worth the abuse. Valereea had also angered art collector Megu Hashira by selling Megu some counterfeit art.

Killer and motives

The killer turned out to be Sean.

Upon admitting to the murder, Sean said that he really wanted an art gallery of his own. Because Valereea would not take him as a partner in the project, Sean killed her to get the gallery, even defending himself with Valereea's statement that a person had to take what they wanted. Judge Powell sentenced Sean to 25 years in prison.

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