One of the most common complaints about mystery novels is that they’re unrealistic. It’s just not believable, the nay-sayers say, for an amateur sleuth to solve a crime that baffles the experts. But a 1980s case from the Australian Outback shows the assumptions upon which that claim is based, and disproves them.Continue
Added by J. Gunnar Grey on May 8, 2011 at 3:52am — No Comments
My uniform pocket, meanwhile, felt rather heavy. And increasingly hot.
That midnight, while Greentree and those who couldn’t escape continued the search, I rappelled down the outside wall of his apartment building, let myself into his bedroom, and planted the ruddy things in the trouser pocket of the uniform he’d worn the previous day. It seemed a decent enough plan at the time, and my skills weren’t so rusty that I left any fingerprints that would incriminate me. And I must admit to…Continue
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Most commonly, it’s the perpetrator’s fingerprints that land him or her in jail. But in the kidnapping of Charles Urschel, it was the victim’s fingerprints that lead to the capture of a notorious Prohibition era gangster.
Charles F. Urschel, oil millionaire and philanthropist, and his wife Berenice were entertaining their friends, the Jarretts, at the Urschels’ Oklahoma City home with a game of bridge on July 22, 1933, when two bandits armed…Continue
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“Okay, we’ll take this systematically,” Sherlock said. “Caren, if you’ll help me go through the writing desk? Patricia, will you glance through the armoire, make certain these two didn’t miss anything important? And Robbie my Robber, see if you can’t get that old trunk open. It looks like it’s been rusted shut for ages.” He finally paused. “Unless, of course, anyone minds interfering with a police investigation?”
from Trophies, chapter…Continue
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