Haunted by a 17 year serial murder investigation? Here is a checklist to help you get the right storage unit so you can keep plucking away.
1. Drive up and 24 hour access is your first search criteria. This will generally take you to more offbeat or industrial areas of town. You won’t have to worry about seeing a lot of pedestrians, and people won’t pay much attention to you because they are probably engaged in one of their vices. This all plays very well on the isolation you are probably feeling, and will encourage introspection. Avoid Starbucks.
2. 10 x 20 is a perfect size. That’s a typical one car garage size, and it give you space to get organized, and pace around.
3. Definitely need electricity in the unit. More detail to follow on the items you will be plugging in. Your electric uses shouldn’t exceed a 120 volt 15 amp circuit, and won’t raise any flags with the utilities, unless you plan on storing bodies in a chest freezer.
4. Concrete block construction is important mostly for aesthetic reasons. Many units available of the drive up 10×20 garage style will be metal frame or plywood and wood frame construction. For security reasons, concrete is unnecessary because when people steal from storage units, they cut the lock and go through the door, not the wall. But when it comes to spray painting “Yellow King” on your walls, nothing is going to have the same gravitas as concrete block. Remember that feel you want to convey when you slide that door open to show your first visitor what you have been spending the past 3 years working on.
5. Make any blank concrete block wall come to life with a sheet of plywood. You’ll be able to staple on maps, photographs, evidence, etc. Thumb tacks will work on plywood, but a staple gun will be appropriate.
6. Without blowing a circuit, you’ll need a lot of task lighting. Cast the halogen task lamps directly at the walls when you need to focus. Set the mood by placing the task lamps in corners and using an up-lighting method for ambient light. The task lamps will provide some nice heavy shadows to accentuate your storage working space. Utility lights on cords will add even more depth to the utilitarian study you are creating.
7. Most likely you are working on a cold case, or something from before the days of HD, and you’ll be able to pick up a video tape player and old tv on the cheap. Most people will pay to get rid of this equipment. Is everything saved to digital? I would still recommend grabbing an old tv, and setting it on static. Again, just for ambiance.
8. A mini-fridge is too high tech and an energy hog. Get an old Igloo chest cooler. Nothing cheesy on wheels either. This will be where you keep the Lone Star, and probably nothing else. You probably won’t even remember ice, and the bottles will just float around in ice-melt. That’s fine too, nothing like a room temp beer, you miserable bastard.
10. Get organized! The Container Store is a great resource, and maybe you can even catch an Elfa sale and save a few bucks.
Every investigation is going to be different, and you will have to match the storage unit to your budget, and many other factors. This checklist will help you get the basics. Rust Cohle probably had some location scouting help, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t find everything on the checklist.