in Honolulu, the phone rang in the UNCLE agents’ hotel room. Illya took the
be there shortly," Illya replied as Napoleon had just fixed himself
something to drink.
is it? Who was that?"
was Hogan. He's asked us to come to their hotel."
he say why?"
He sounded worried."
go." Shortly, he and Napoleon arrived at the couple's suite and knocked.
Hogan opened the door and allowed them to enter.
going on, Hogan?" Illya asked.
think Karla's being framed for murder."
noticed she was standing at the balcony looking out over the city towards the
sea. "Who would want her framed?"
don't know, but I intend to find out and clear her of these ridiculous
nodded and briefly described the visit of McGarrett and Kelly earlier in the
week. "We were followed to the hospital when we visited our boss the next
day after they came here."
it safe to talk here?"
Karla's going to check the phone for a bug in a minute."
came back into the room, "Hello, Napoleon, Illya." She walked over to
the phone and started checking it.
had disassembled the phone's receiver by this time and found that everything
appeared to be in order. "There's no listening device here, Robert.
However, they may have ordered a wire tap on our phone," she commented as
she reassembled the phone’s receiver. "I guess I sound paranoid."
Not at all. When one is being hunted, one must be cautious," Napoleon
hate not knowing what's going on and why. And
worst of all, I feel powerless to stop it. Do you know what I mean?" Hogan
All right, Illya and I will help in whatever way we can."
then, the phone rang. Karla picked it up. "Hello?"
Hogan? This is the British embassy calling."
this is she. What can I do for you?" She looked at Hogan, worry evident in
ambassador just received a call from London. There has been some trouble and the
person who called gave us the number where you or your husband could be
contacted in case of an emergency. We can give you the details when you arrive
here. Do you need a ride?"
We'll come as soon as I get off the phone with you." She then hung up.
"Oh, no." She slowly sat in the chair next to her. Hogan was concerned
as he looked at her.
you please excuse us for a few minutes?" Karla asked, then stood and headed
into the bedroom where she and Hogan could talk privately.
they were alone, Hogan asked, "What is it? Who was that?"
was the embassy. There has been some trouble back home," she replied
hoarsely as she suddenly had a bad feeling. She pulled out a sheathed dagger and
strapped it to her calf.
that a bit drastic?"
don't think so. Right now, it's the only weapon I have."
long as the embassy staff can't see it, that's fine." He had always
preferred to use a gun and now carried his spare one in his ankle holster.
Before leaving, he decided to change clothes. He put on a pair of white pants
and a pair of loafers as it would hardly do to show up at the embassy wearing
shorts and sandals and looking like a beach bum.
eyes roamed over his body. "It will do. At least we won't stick out like
sore thumbs wearing these outfits." They returned to the room where the
UNCLE agents were patiently waiting.
you guys give us a ride to the British embassy without us being seen with
you?" Hogan asked.
Come on. There are some stairs we can use that bypass the lobby entrance and go
straight to the garage," Napoleon replied. They headed out the door and
went to the stairwell.
they were at the UNCLE agents' car. Karla and Hogan hid in the back seat and
Napoleon and Illya got in front. Illya started the car, put it in gear and left
the garage. He didn't see anyone following them, although he noticed a brown car
with a man sitting in it apparently observing the front of the hotel.
several blocks away from the hotel. It's safe to come up now," he said.
it's better if we're not seen with you until we're at the embassy," Hogan
commented and gave them the address of the British embassy. It was a
fifteen-minute drive from the hotel.
noticed a man in a brown car parked outside the hotel when we left. Was that
your tail?" he asked.
I don't know who he is or who he's working for, but the longer they think we're
there, the better off we'll be."
they were approaching the British embassy. "We're almost there. I can see
the entrance from here," Napoleon commented.
and Karla slowly sat up in the back seat. They each had their papers with them.
At the entrance, Karla rolled down the window and explained that she had
received a call from the embassy regarding an emergency in England and that they
were to give her more information upon her arrival here. They were admitted to
the compound and entered the building. The secretary asked for their papers,
they produced them and were admitted to see the ambassador. He and Napoleon
waited with the car outside.
did you put on your bulletproof vest this morning?" Illya asked quietly.
why?” Napoleon said a little surprised. “Didn't
I just have a distinct feeling that we're going to need them before the day is
he had heard that there had been a theft at the MI-6 agents' home in England,
Chin Ho Kelly had a hunch. His
hunch told him to call the chiefs of all the islands' police forces and ask them
to check in their gun theft report records for a theft of any Walther make of
gun. Upon returning to his office after giving Steve the new information
regarding Robert Hogan, he found he had a message to call the chief of police on
made the call to the chief of police on Kauai, who said, "We had two people
who reported guns of that type stolen, back in 1955. However, they were tourists
visiting here from London and the weapons were never found. We took their
fingerprints so we could check them against those taken at the scene, but there
weren't any additional prints found, so they were discarded after six
closed his eyes briefly in frustration. "What were their names?"
a moment," the chief turned the pages of the report in front of him, found
the names and continued, "Robert and Karla Hogan."
the report say what their occupations were?"
Like I said, they were tourists. You know how strange tourists are."
thanks," he replied with a laugh, then hung up. Some tourists!
later, Steve returned to his office, looking stressed. He followed him into his
Chin, due to some new information I received just before leaving Diamond Head,
we now know there is a fugitive in our midst."
do you mean by that? Who?"
you left, there was a call from Interpol. They said that there had been an
anonymous tip sent to them about five other murders in England and Europe. The
slugs from those bodies were compared to the one from the weapon with Hogan's
fingerprints on it found at the site of the murdered retired MI-6 agent."
matched. Hogan is the fugitive," Steve said as he looked at him seriously.
"And I was worried about his wife being an ex-SS officer! We're going to
have to bring them in for further questioning. Contact Duke and have him bring
them here. Did you want something?"
but I guess it doesn't mean anything now."
just spoke to the chief of police on Kauai. A Robert and Karla Hogan from London
reported their Walthers were stolen while they vacationed there back in
same two people?!? Now, that adds another new twist to the plot. Contact Duke
and we'll get this settled yet."
saw a telex on his desk that May had just placed there. It was from Interpol.
When he picked up the paper, he held a wanted poster for the arrest of one
Robert Edward Hogan. According to it, he was wanted for the murders of four
people in Europe and two more in England. He was considered a fugitive, armed
and extremely dangerous. "If he's a fugitive, can she be far behind?"
He looked at the wanted poster once more. "Perhaps the victims here knew
about them being fugitives."
Fat was waiting at the airport in Honolulu for one passenger to deplane from the
flight from Los Angeles. Soon, he saw the man he was looking for, carrying a
young, blonde haired girl. She appeared to be sleeping. He walked over as the
man came into the terminal, they picked up his one piece of luggage and went to
Wo Fat's car.
is going according to your plan. The items were found at the scene of the
murders and because of my agent monitoring the Five-O office, I have learned
that many inquiries have been made with regards to the Hogans' backgrounds
recently. It seems that the man is in trouble due to some anonymous tip to
Interpol regarding five other murders in Europe and England, besides the one
where the weapon with his prints was found."
I believe they have already issued a wanted poster for him now. What about her?
Have the authorities here arrested her yet?"
McGarrett has a soft spot for pretty women. Someday, that will be his downfall.
However, the couple is under surveillance right now."
he swore. "It will have to do for the moment. Let's go to the hotel. I will
arrangefor your payment to be sent to your Swiss account tomorrow."
Duke entered the Ilikai after speaking with Chin and had the steward open the
door to the Hogan suite when there was no response to his knocks. Upon entering,
he found it empty. He reached for the phone and called Steve McGarrett's office.
May buzzed Steve at his desk.
on the line," she said.
him through." He turned on the speaker.
I'm at the Ilikai, suite 1777. They're gone."
he asked, incredulous.
right, Steve, they're gone."
did they get out?"
don't know. I've been in front of the hotel all day and that is the only way out
via car. I had Kono watching the lobby and they certainly didn't get out that
about the back?"
got some plainclothes officers around the back of the hotel. I haven't heard
anything from them."
now they're running and someone here is helping them. Thanks, Duke. I'll put out
an APB for them." He found the pages of his report with their descriptions
on it so he could send them with the APB.
hung up and returned to his car. Just as he did, he saw a car pull up in front
of the Ilikai with Wo Fat's henchman driving. *I
wonder what Wo Fat is doing here? * he thought as he observed the passengers
in the car, Wo Fat, an older man, who looked to be in his mid-sixties and a
young, blonde haired girl about ten years old sitting next to him. The older man
and the young girl got out of the car along with Wo Fat and entered the hotel.
He followed them at a discreet distance, observed them register and once they
had left, showed the hotel clerk his badge and asked what room the people he had
just registered had been given. Once he found out, he returned to his car and
called Steve back on the radio.
won't believe who just checked into the Ilikai.”
right, Duke, I’ll bite.”
Fat?” There was a touch of
surprise in his voice. He did not
expect that. “What's he doing here? Who else was with him?"
older man, in his mid-sixties and a young girl, I would say she's about ten
work, Duke. Keep an eye on them. Make sure they don't leave without us knowing
what, Steve?" Chin asked as he hung up.
did the Hogans leave their hotel suite? Why is Wo Fat here?"
Fat is here? What for?"
question. The Hogans probably realized they were being watched and ran before we
could arrest them. Where do we start looking?" Steve replied. "With
the introduction of Wo Fat into this case, now we know of someone who would want
the intelligence leaders dead. Hogan was right about that -- someone from a
rival intelligence agency -- Wo Fat."
makes sense. Oh, by the way, when we first started the wire tap on their phone
at the hotel, I heard the man Hogan called in England say that he had checked on
their home and that there hadn't been any more break-ins. Hogan also asked if
the man was nervous."
until we can find Hogan, we're up the proverbial creek." McGarrett thought
for a moment, then continued, "Put yourself in their shoes for a minute. If
you were going to be gone for an extended period of time and you had one or more
children who were going to stay at home with a friend, wouldn't you give them a
phone number where you could be reached?"
you were going to another country, wouldn't you also give them the number of
your country's embassy where you were going in case of an emergency?"
that moment, the officer monitoring the phone tap to the Ilikai entered the
office and handed Chin a piece of paper. "Thanks," he said to the
officer, then turned back to him. "They received a call from the British
embassy about twenty minutes ago."
was it about?"
didn't say. However, Karla Hogan said they would go there as soon as they got
off the phone."
now we know where to start looking for them. If they're really going there, it
will make dealing with this a lot easier." He handed him the wanted poster
from Interpol to look at. Chin's eyebrows went up in surprise as he read the
have May check for the address and phone number of the British embassy here in
Honolulu," Chin responded after returning the wanted poster to him. He
nodded as he was on the phone.
I have some news with regards to this case."
We have a fugitive wanted by Interpol in our midst."
Hogan of MI-6."
was a brief pause before Jonathan replied. "I'm surprised. That was the
last name I expected to hear. All right, I'll cancel the rest of this
Will you inform Mr. Waverly of UNCLE? He can contact Napoleon Solo or Illya
Kuryakin much quicker than I can. We may need their help to bring Hogan
ran? Do you have any idea where he is?"
but he might not go there and could be anywhere. We're on our way to check out
the place and I've got to go, Jonathan. Good-bye."
Steve," Kaye hung up and went to inform Mr. Waverly about the recent
developments in the case.
Hogan walked back outside the embassy building. "The two of you should
leave and return to your hotel.
you sure? Won't you need a ride back to your hotel?"
manage. Thanks for getting us here in one piece and more importantly, unnoticed.
I have a feeling that all hell is about to break loose and it's best if you're
not here or anywhere near us when it does."
drove the car out of the embassy compound and parked it about a block away.
Illya's communicator warbled just then. He took off the cap of the device. “Kuryakin here.”
Kuryakin, is Mr. Solo with you?" Mr. Waverly asked.
need you both to listen carefully. I've just been informed by Jonathan Kaye that
your friend from MI-6 is wanted by Interpol for six murders in Europe and
England. All were either current or recently retired MI-6 agents."
Are you serious, sir?" Napoleon looked at Illya after he had taken the
communicator from him.
Hawaii Five-O has issued an APB for the Hogans. Where are you now?"
a block away from the British embassy. When did this happen?"
were informed just now as the two of you had escorted them here upon their
arrival. No one else here will be notified, pending the investigation of Hawaii
Five-O. Also, the rest of the meeting has been canceled due to the occurrence of
the unfortunate events of the past few days."
do you want us to do?"
where you are and inform Steve McGarrett if the two MI-6 agents show up there. I
will be leaving on the next plane to the mainland. As soon as this matter with
Hogan is settled, return to headquarters at once."
sir," he responded slowly, then returned the communicator to Illya who put
its cap back on and replaced it to his pocket. "That's great! Now we've
assisted two fugitives to get to where our authorities really have no power to
get to them, their embassy."
wasn't kidding when he said all hell was about to break loose," Illya
decided to return to the Ilikai. He started the car and put it in gear.
are you doing? Mr. Waverly told us to stay put."
have a bad feeling about this. Why would they need to go to the British embassy?
Obviously, something has happened back home and this is the only place that
could be contacted without our authorities knowing about it."
considered that as they returned to the Ilikai, then he remembered the picture
with the three children in it that Karla had shown him. "You don't
one or more of their children have been kidnapped?" Napoleon replied as he
drove to the hotel.
after they left, several unmarked police cars arrived at the front of the
British embassy. They entered the compound.
inside the embassy, the ambassador saw Robert and Karla Hogan in his office.
When they were seated, he explained what had happened and that the authorities
in England thought that one of their children had been kidnapped. They had a
description of the man from James Roberts and a composite sketch had arrived in
the diplomatic pouch from London that morning. He handed it to Hogan, who looked
at it and shook his head negatively before handing it to Karla.
reminds me of someone. I just can't place who." She paused, then looked
closely at it. "Do you have a piece of tracing paper?"
think my secretary does."
a moment, Karla was at the window with the tracing paper and the sketch. She
outlined what was already on the paper, but instead of only gray hair, put in a
mustache also. When she pulled both pages from the window, she looked at the two
of them. The one in her left hand was the tracing paper and the one in her right
hand was the sketch. Suddenly, she recognized the man in the picture she had
recognize this man! His name is Colonel Rudolf Freiberger, a member of the SD
during the war. My best friend, Andrea married him in 1935. They had a son later
that same year."
there a reason that this man would be after either of you?" the ambassador
there was a knock on the door. The secretary reentered the room. "Sir?
There are two police officers here to see you. They insist on seeing you right
this instant. Are you available to see them?"
I'm sorry, we'll continue our discussion shortly, please make yourselves
comfortable," he said to them. They went and sat on the couch on the other
side of the room.
two men entered.
I'm Steve McGarrett and this is Chin Ho Kelly of Hawaii Five-O," McGarrett
began as he pulled out his identification.
we're looking for one of your citizens in regards to this wanted poster issued
by Interpol," McGarrett began as he handed the ambassador the wanted
poster. "Have you seen this man recently?"
ambassador looked at the wanted poster the police officer handed to him and it
had Hogan's name and picture on it. He could hardly deny it as all the officer
had to do was turn around and see the object of the wanted poster. "Well,
as a matter of fact, yes. We were just speaking when you arrived," he
motioned for Hogan to come over to the desk.
Steve and Chin turned around and saw their fugitive approaching the desk.
ambassador handed Hogan the wanted poster with his picture on it. "What is
this?" Hogan asked in disbelief as he sat in the chair next to the
ambassador's desk and looked at it. He looked first at the ambassador, then at
McGarrett and Kelly. "This
can't be!! There's no reason for me to have killed these people!"
it comes to murder, there is always a reason. You're
wanted for these six murders, two of which were committed in England and I'm
going to have to take you in for questioning, then hold you until you can be
extradited to England," McGarrett said flatly, hoping that Hogan didn't try
to escape as they hadn't heard from Napoleon or Illya.
was also shocked as she came over to her husband, stood behind him and gently
placed her hands on his shoulders. He was so shocked at seeing his face on the
wanted poster that he hadn't moved. "Ambassador, if I may continue about
yes, certainly. Mr. McGarrett, we were just informed that one of the Hogan
children had been kidnapped and I was giving them what information I could and
was about to help them contact their other two children."
man was Andrea's husband. After the war, Andrea and Friedrich, who was
Freiberger's brother, were engaged in the trade of military secrets, in short,
espionage. Robert and I were among eight MI-6 agents who were involved in the
sting operation which resulted in their arrest. I was called to testify against
them at their trials. They were convicted as a result of my testimony and
executed shortly afterwards. We were present at their executions, along with the
other six agents who had been present at their arrest. Freiberger may have been
at the trial, I don't remember. He wasn't at their executions, but maybe he had
someone there who told him who attended or took pictures of everyone present. It
could explain the occurrence of these events now. He may believe that I am the
one solely responsible for the death of his wife and brother. As a result, he is
taking his vengeance out on me and my family."
looked at Karla Hogan. "Yeah, he may have seen your actions as a betrayal
not only of Germany, but also of your best friend."
that time, Mr. McGarrett, I no longer considered her to be my best friend. Her
philosophy of life changed during the war and I didn't share her beliefs
anymore. Because of the drastic change in German philosophy as a whole and the
fact that I disagreed with it, I was in deep trouble with the SS in 1943 --
despite being a Colonel. Shortly after I realized this, I was sent to a POW camp
in the southern part of Germany, one Luft Stalag 13, to check out the story of a
man who could supposedly predict what city was to be bombed on a given night.
Upon my return, I think my superiors in Berlin would have had me executed.
However, I met Colonel Robert Hogan there and he helped me to escape to England.
I disappeared from Germany practically overnight. He saved my life." She
looked down and smiled at her husband and gently rubbed his shoulders when she
said this. They were extremely tight and felt like steel cable.
this Freiberger have any reason to go after your husband?" McGarrett asked
only reason I can think of is because he was also involved in the arrest of his
wife and brother. You said you have a wanted poster for him? Does it list the
it does." He took it from Hogan and handed it to her.
she looked at the names, she recognized them all. "These are the other six
MI-6 agents involved in the sting operation! And now, I believe that Freiberger
has kidnapped one of our children. Ambassador, do you know which one it
one I spoke to was a boy. He said his name was Robert Hogan and that Andreas was
closed her eyes. "Oh, no! Karla!"
Do you have a recent picture of your children?" Chin asked.
I do," Karla replied and pulled a color photo out of her purse. "This
is Robert, Andreas and this is Karla. They will be thirteen, eight and eleven,
respectively, later this year."
Duke said that Wo Fat had just checked into the Ilikai with a man in his
mid-sixties and a young girl with blonde hair who he thought was about ten years
old. Could the man be this Freiberger and their daughter?"
don't know, but I think Duke would recognize her if he saw her picture. Let's
go. Will the two of you please come with us?"
If there is any chance that this is our daughter, then we must do everything in
our power to get her back safely," Hogan replied, all concern for his own
welfare vanished instantly upon learning that his daughter's life was in danger.
four of them left the embassy building, got in McGarrett's car, left the
compound and headed for the Ilikai.
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Betty's Book Me Danno
Original Posted March 18, 2001