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Monday, May 21, 2007

A million dollar answer!!(contd from my prev blog)

Marc made enquiries about the lady who had claimed to be Mr.Martini’s wife but was not able to find her anywhere in Canada. A week later one of the news articles which the editor had deemed to be not very prominent in content read something like this “Ms.Lucille Royale, murdered in a train!” and the article further went on to say that Ms.Lucille was a small time stage actress and was going on the train enroute to Europe to join her stage troupe for their latest play. Her friends came forward to recognize her but could not throw any light on why she had been stabbed and murdered. One of her friends also stated that she had been to Canada on a Vacation.

Marc immediately left to the place where the murder had taken place. The French police were amiable enough to brief him about the murder and further pointed out that the lady had a piece of paper clutched in the palm of her hand. Marc at once recognized the lady as the one who had claimed to be Mr.Martini’s wife and clutched in her hand was a piece of the fake marriage certificate.



In his mind, he knew what had happened but there was no shred of evidence. He will have to force out a confession.

The room consisted of three people, the inspector, Marc and the doctor who had given Mr.Martini the eye drops. Marc said “I have a confession statement here signed by Ms.Lucille stating that you have killed Mr.Martini and further gave her instructions to act the part of the dead man’s wife”. “This is blasphemous!!” cried out the doctor “I am a doctor of very good reputation and you are trying to tarnish it by making such uncalled for ridiculous statements. I do not know anyone named Ms.Lucille”. Marc further showed him the confession statement and said “This evidence is enough for a jury to convict you!”

“How is this possible”, the doctor protested “I did not tell her-” his face became contorted. He realized his game was up and confessed to the crime. The man named Mr.Martini had somehow come into the knowledge of one his previous crimes and was blackmailing the doctor for money. The doctor assented once or twice and then decided to put an end to it. He made a call to the hotel reception stating he was Mr.Martini and that he required a doctor’s attention immediately. He went into his blackmailer’s room in the pretext of talking things out and stealthily put 2 drops of eye drops in a glass of water available by his bedside without catching his notice. While leaving, he also left the eye drops on the table beside his bed.

After about a month when the police were still not convinced, he paid an actress to come to Canada with a fake marriage certificate and act the part of a grieving wife, further affirming his weak heart. He had not told her about the crime committed but paid her well for the part and for keeping her silence. However the thought that she might resort to blackmailing kept haunting him, driven by two successful murders he committed the third one.

The inspector was literally beaming at Marc since he had got all the laurels and appreciation for this case and told Marc “It is a good thing you got that girl to confess!”

Marc smiled and said “It was a fake document…just like the marriage certificate”.


P.S: imagine this story to have taken place in Canada in 1960's...
Disclaimer:This story is not based on any person alive or dead or any true incident...

15 Comments:

  • At May 21, 2007 at 3:24 AM , Blogger BKa said...

    Hey I was right.... I told u it was the doctor who was involved in the crime.. N i also said he was poisoned.. The only thing I dint guess ----- the lady was not Martini's wife...

    Hey but are eye drops poisonous? The 2 drops in water --- can it kill a person ?? Well u must be knowing better cos u ve tried every medicine on earth n u know their composition too.....

    Gr8 An christie.. Hope 2 see some more like this ........ :-)

     
  • At May 21, 2007 at 3:24 AM , Blogger Varun said...

    Hey Anu...how did the Guy actually die? By drinking the water mixed with the eye drop solution???

     
  • At May 21, 2007 at 3:40 AM , Blogger ajaygroups said...

    Hey Gr8 finish..
    Still i hav a few Qs
    1.How can a few drops of eye drops kill a person and if it was poisonous it wud hav been known in the post mortem.
    2.This is a story that is supposed to have taken place in 1960s.
    So there wud hav been no cell phones.
    If the doctor had called the hotel reception and claimed to be Mr martini, then they cud hav easily identified that it was not a phone number belonging to one of their hotel room phones and wud hav definitely known that it was a fake call.
    3.if they thought that the call was genuine, then they shud have arranged for a doctor and it cud hav been someone else instead of the doctor cum murderer

    Ps:
    Sorry for so many questions... When it comes to such things i really cant stop myself... !!

    Anyway a pleasure reading such interesting posts... Need more of them...

     
  • At May 21, 2007 at 3:40 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    @b.ka & varun
    eye-drops is very dangerous when taken internally...it contains a compound called digitalin which attacks the heart and does not leave any trace of its poinsonous content in the body...

    two drops are enough to kill a man!!

    I do apologise for inconsistencies if any that creeped in the narration since this is my first detective story... will give a better one next time :-)

     
  • At May 21, 2007 at 3:52 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    @ajay
    1. for the eye drops i have already answered.it does not leave a trace..

    2. There are no cell phones.the doctor also stayed in the same hotel if you remember.so they wouldn't know if it was fake call..

    3. The doctor while making the call could have said "please get me this doctor whom i assume is staying at your hotel,coz i require a doctors attention immedietely" and asked for the very same doctor
    (or)
    The doctor could have made himself very well known before the crime was committed and played the card using psychology
    There are multiple possibilities...

     
  • At May 21, 2007 at 4:45 AM , Blogger Ramesh said...

    hey Radha.... Super story... Nicely Narrated... Gud one..

    Hope to read more like this....

     
  • At May 21, 2007 at 6:31 AM , Blogger Navien said...

    Hey Anu..That was an interestin twist in d end which I din expect..

    Didn't rather expect eyedrops to be d trigger in d death :-)..cudn think 2 drops of it wud kill a person..but now ur explanation in d prev posts justifies it

    On d whole a gr8 post!! Hopin to read more of dese..

     
  • At May 21, 2007 at 9:11 AM , Blogger Confessions of a Born Procrastinator said...

    Guess what most people are amazed by is the fact that just two drops of eye drops can kill a man... Definitely new info to me.. :)

    That puts an interesting question into perspective... Cud it have been the way Bob Woolmer was killed... (robbed that one frm the previous set of comments)... I mean, the situation looks pretty much similar doesnt it.. [:)]

     
  • At May 21, 2007 at 9:38 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    The eye drops killing is not a new concept...it is just another method of poisoning.

    There are so many toxins like this that we come acorss in a normal detective story like taxine, digitalin, stychrine, arsenic etc...these ideas have already formed a part of various novels ...

    I don wanna comment anythin abt woolmer here...this is truly a fictious story that formed a part of my imagination.thats all...

     
  • At May 21, 2007 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Sesh said...

    Hey Anu,

    Dat was a nice ending and thank u very much 4 such a gr8 piece of info dat 2 eye drops can kill a man when taken internally.. wil start researchin on dis :)

    Continue ur detective stories :)

     
  • At May 21, 2007 at 11:45 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    Digitalin is actually compound extracted from the fox glove plant...

    The following is an extract i found in the site called englishplants.co.uk
    "A Dr William Withering from Warwickshire discovered digitalin as a heart strengthener in 1785. Digitalin must be administered by someone qualified in its use. Overdose or accumulation of digitalin leads to nausea, vertigo, depression, anxiety, dryness of mouth, confused vision, coma, convulsions, followed by death in many cases. Digoxin is extracted from Grecian Foxgloves. This powder is 300 times more effective than digitalin powder and acts more quickly on heart muscle. Again it needs to be administered by somebody qualified"...

     
  • At May 22, 2007 at 4:29 AM , Blogger Confessions of a Born Procrastinator said...

    Man... one things for sure...

    I am so gonna stay outta ur hit list... Murder kar doge or kisiko pata bhi nahin chalega... Bahut dangerous customer lagte ho... :)

     
  • At May 22, 2007 at 5:05 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    :-) nothing like that dude!!

    if i am dangerous then agatha christie,conan doyle,edgar allan poe were all dangerous!!!

     
  • At May 22, 2007 at 11:15 AM , Blogger bharathan said...

    for all u know, Bob Woolmer could have ben killed with two eye drops!!! must pass on a link of this blog to Jamaican Police!!! hehe

     
  • At May 22, 2007 at 10:03 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @bharathan
    just to clarify the situation...nowadays eye drops do not contatin this compound...it used to contain digitilin from till abt 1970's.

    Nowadays however it is used in verious other medicinal preparations.

     

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