White as snow
By Marianna HeuslerAppearing in December 31, 2012 issue.
Tag Line: The detectives took statements from the victim and the suspect. Now they had to decide whose story had the ring of truth!Overview: Ms. Stanton’s diamond ring had been stolen from her home while she was at a Weights for Women class.
Crime Scene: Ms. Stanton’s home. They observed the inside of the home with a broken window and shards of glass on the rug, as well as the area outside beneath the window.
Clues: Overlapping footprints outside the window. Shards of glass on a pristine white carpet. The ring was insured for $20K. It was muddy outside as it had just stopped raining. Nothing else was stolen. The neighbor claims Ms. Stanton hated her diamond ring.
Red Herrings: Neighbor is also in the Weights for Women class and knew when Ms. Stanton would be away. The neighbor’s husband is a convicted felon. Neighbor’s house was messy and disorderly as a result of neglect indicating a need for money by them.Solution: Ms. Stanton staged the robbery for the insurance money. Although it was muddy outside, there were no footprints on her white rug.
My two cents: Easy to figure out. Mud outside vs clean carpet inside. This was a little too simple for my taste.