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Sunday, May 20, 2007

A million dollar question...!!

The man clutched his heart, swayed side forth and fell down after knocking the door of the well known detective Mr.Marc Wimbledon.

As Marc opened the door, all he could fathom was that a man was dead outside his room and had tried to seek his help at the very last minute. He called for the hotel manager who sent a word to the police and then examined the unknown man’s belongings to find his identity. The man had possessed no more than a few visiting cards, a key and some unsettled old bills. On further interrogation with the hotel staff, he found that the man’s name was Mr.Martini Gonzalez. He was staying in the very same hotel and had asked for a doctor to be sent to him some hours back. The doctor who had attended to him amiably answered all the questions put forth by the inspector. Apparently the patient had complained of some eye irritation for which the doctor had prescribed eye-drops after which they had had a chat about the local weather, news etc. The doctor could not understand what might have been the cause for this sudden death. He could only put it down to a sudden massive Heart attack....

Marc was not convinced. Why? Simply because the man’s eye seemed perfectly alright but the eye-drops prescribed by the doctor was opened, there was only half a glass of water by his bedside, the window sill was perfectly locked on the inside and his shoes were unsightly to look at (not to mention his clothes). The opportunities were numerous considering he had not locked his door; it could have been any one of the hotel staff or even a total outsider. But the motive and the method were not to be found. There was absolutely no evidence to be gained from the room. At the ungodly hour that this death had taken place, there was no eyewitness either.

Marc tried his best to elicit information from various sources but could not trace the man’s roots. At last after about a month, a lady with droopy eyes, draped in black came forward and told the police that the man, Mr.Martini Gonzalez, was her husband and that they had been married for the past 20 years. She produced a marriage certificate to prove her claim and also accepted that Mr.Martini had been suffering with a heart ailment for the past 10 years and had come to Canada for a business transaction.

The police had not yet found any evidence to point towards murder or in refutation to the lady’s statements. The lady, with innocent wonder her eyes, meekly said her husband did not have any enemies in the world and apologized for not having been informed about this sad news earlier. So the death was attributed to heart attack due to normal causes and the case was considered closed by the police.

Marc was still unconvinced.

The question I put forth to you is that…can you guess what actually caused the death of this unknown man?? Was it due to natural causes or was it a premeditated murder? If so how was it carried out?

P.S: the ending of the story will be out soon….


  • At May 20, 2007 at 8:39 AM , Blogger BKa said...

    Hey An this one was very interesting.. I knew this was coming cos u r so fond of reading the works the worlds most popular mystery author - Agatha Christie.

    I think his wife with the doctor's connivance murdered him. He must have been poisoned. This is 1 evidence :
    "there was only half a glass of water by his bedside"

    For which Martini has resisted - n probably cos of that his clothes were crumpled and unsightly...

  • At May 20, 2007 at 9:45 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    hmmm good thought!!!

    However u r missing somethin here when i said the clothes were unsightly...

    Also if he had been poisoned,it would have left traces...

    U may b right or may not be...i don wanna disclose it as yet :-)

  • At May 20, 2007 at 9:55 AM , Blogger Ramesh said...

    Radha.. Nice detective story...

    I think he died b'cos of Heart attack only....he might have got sudden attack then he wud hve drank some water and srch his pockets for pills(probably b'cos of that his clothes were crumpled and unsightly)..since he didnt found it he came out,asked 4 help and died...

    Very well written...Radha...

  • At May 20, 2007 at 12:58 PM , Blogger Nivi said...

    wowie detective story cool..not very surprising considering the things u read...and y is there a sherlock pic man??

    anyways coming to your question hmmm i think the prosecution needs more evidence to proceed with the case. wat say your honour???

    anyways itys just that i ama relaly bad at this guessing game.. will wait for the climax!!!

  • At May 20, 2007 at 7:47 PM , Blogger Sesh said...

    Hey Anu,

    I dunno who killed Bob Woolmer :P

  • At May 20, 2007 at 9:58 PM , Blogger BKa said...

    See An, why did the lady come to the police only after a month ? Thats y i suspect her !!
    N when you say his clothes were unsightly, it may be because of the scuffle he had with his murderer.

  • At May 20, 2007 at 10:06 PM , Blogger Navien said...

    Hey interestin one!! So turned to detective stuff..good fr a change!!

    Well I guess the guy wud ve died of natural circumstances (must b heart-attack
    or somethin)..And i feel dis further needs more evidence n pointers.hmm may be close, but no cigar fr

    Lemme wait fr d finale!! I am chompin at d bit to know abt it:-)

  • At May 21, 2007 at 12:00 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    since it was a detective story i thought ill put up some detective sorta pic...this is the only thing i found in google images :-(

    This is soooooooooooooo not woolmer!!! you will know it when i write the endind...

    of course i would say i dedicate this to my fav author agatha christie :-)

    u r kinda right n a little wrong.actually u could come very close to ending if you thought may be a a teeny weeny bit more.try da!!! ill get u a cookie :-)

    @ramesh n navien
    if he died of natural causes why should there be eye drops in his room while his seemed perfectly alright???

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  • At May 21, 2007 at 3:30 AM , Blogger ajaygroups said...

    Hey an... excellent story line... My observations are
    1.He had a scuffle with some one and in the process he got his shirts a bit crumpled.
    2. He was out of his room when he was murdered as no one carries a key that too a heavy one(hotel keys!) inside the hotel room.
    3. The lady appears a month after the murder and readily carries all the required certificates even without being asked for.
    4.If he had had a heart attack, then he wudnt hav the knocked on the detective's room. Obviously he wanted to tell the detective that someone had tried to murder him

    Yes! He was murdered. How? the author knows best.Why? God only knows.Where? May be outside his hotel room.


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