Head of One of a Kind Investigations
|Mental (-3 untrained)||Physical (-1 untrained)||Social (-1 untrained)|
|Fleet of Foot||+1 to Speed||1|
|Fame||“That detective who found…”||1|
|Professional Training: Detective||Skills: Investigation, Empathy, Streetwise Contacts: Hookers, P.I. network||2|
|Glock 22||2 Damage (9 again)||Capacity 15+1||Kept in weapons safe at OoaKI|
|SiG-Sauer||2 Damage||Capacity 15+1||Kept by her bed, at home|
Born in 1978, Shaw had a fairly uneventful childhood in Seattle until her parent’s amicable divorce in ‘86. Her father, an insurance adjuster, moved to Chicago during her preteens, but remained a presence in her life. Shaw often visited for most of the summer and some holidays. Shaw’s mother instilled a great deal of independence and physical confidence in her daughter, encouraging her interest in sports, boxing, and rowing.
Although a competent student, Shaw was always more interest in the realities of human interactions than the black-and-white world of the law or academics. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Seattle Community College, which she earned while working as a night guard for the Northgate Mall. She applied and was accepted to the Seattle Law Enforcement Academy as soon as she met the age qualifications, and began her field training by the time she was 21.
In working patrol out of the West Precinct, Shaw began working heavily with the Major Crimes Investigation Unit, specifically working with Missing Persons cases. It was in this capacity that she met Sergeant Jack Lawrence, a key figure in that department. The mutual physical attraction was swift, but quickly channeled by both into a deep but smoldering friendship in respect of Lawrence’s married status. When it came time for Shaw to put in for promotion in early 2003, she naturally requested the MCI Unit. She was pole-axed to receive orders to report to South Precinct Vice. Her resentment simmered as the sexism she had tolerated for years was magnified by her work in sting ops and the whispered rumors beginning to fly around the force.
In May of 2003, she turned in her badge and went to work for Frank Brooks. The freedom and selective isolation of private investigation fit her like a set of old shoes, broken-in and full of comfort, if not quite something her mother wanted to brag about. She quickly achieved her P.I. license with permission to carry, working cases big and small with energetic zeal.
With the rescue of Nicole Vogel’s son in 2005, Shaw was catapulted into the limelight and forever connected with One of a Kind Investigations. Via a combination of circumstance, skill set, and connections, Shaw became wrapped up in the middle of the case, working closely with the now-separated, now-Lieutenant Jack Lawrence, but it was Shaw who finally emerged, photogenic and free, from the run-down boat house with the sweet, safe boy clinging in her arms in the swirling red and blue lights. Vogel’s media connections had raised the case to national prominence, and the single clip was broadcast across the nation. When Vogel’s “Seattle Metropolitan” entered publication a year later, one of their first spreads was a follow-up piece on the valorous lady detective and the glamorous life of a P.I.
Shaw traded on her publicity capital to build her company, purchasing One of a Kind Investigations from Brooks, but keeping him on as a consultant. The agency had increasing success, especially with Missing Person cases, though making a solid name insurance, surveillance, and background checks as well. As Shaw began to train and retain further investigators, she began to take less street level cases herself, falling into a figurehead routine, until she was jolted out of her complacency in November 12, 2008, by the only missing person’s case she has yet to solve to her own satisfaction…