By Author: Gary Delafield
Tag line: The detective arrived to find that a little old lady had died – and not of natural causes…
Police characters: Detective Kate Billings and Officer Tom DixonThe gist: Everyone at the senior home has to sign in and out to get onto the property, even Det. Billings when she arrived and was escorted to Margaret Hill’s room where Officer Tom Dixon stood guard. The ME was already on scene and pronounced Margaret dead by strangulation. A green and blue scarf was still twisted around her neck. At this point Det. Billings asked Officer Dixon if there was a motive. (Good grief.) Officer Dixon pointed to the victim’s desk and said, “Check out the will. That’s her lawyer’s phone number on the Post-it. He told me he hadn’t spoken to his client in months.” Margaret’s niece and nephew were the sole heirs. Margaret had two visitors that day; her niece and nephew. (Nicely tied up with a bow, right?) The niece arrived at 10 AM and signed out shortly after. The nephew arrived 45 minutes later and found Margaret dead. The director of the property led Det. Billings to the reception room where another senior citizen, Alice, was sitting. According to the director, Alice might have seen something as she was a nosy thing. Alice claimed she only saw the niece and nephew visit Margaret. (Somehow now both the niece and nephew were also sitting in the reception area at this point.) Alice said the niece tried to make small talk with her on the way out, claiming it was probably to establish an alibi. (What? They sign in and out.) Alice pointed at the nephew and said, “What some people will do for money!” Det. Billings noted that Alice knew about the will. Alice claimed that Margaret was her best friend and that she had given her that very same scarf that had been used to kill her. The nephew claimed when he arrived and saw his aunt dead, he thought it must be a heart attack. When Det. Billings mentioned that Aunt Margaret was about to change her will, he seemed surprised. The niece said she knew her aunt was about to change her will and that since both of her heirs were financially comfortable Aunt Margaret was going to give some money to charity. The niece said her aunt seemed happy and in fact had told her she had just met a man and she wanted her family to meet him. She said Margaret made a little joke about how she’d landed him. As the women way outnumber the men in the home, there was a lot of competition.
So that’s it. Know who did it?Crime scene: Village Senior Residence.
Clues: The scarf.Suspects: The niece, the nephew --- the new man?
Red herrings: The will.Solution: Alice is the killer. She wanted the man that Margaret landed. When the niece spoke to her on the way out, she mentioned that she was coming back later to meet her aunt’s new beau. Alice confronted Margaret and lost control when Margaret confirmed her romance. Alice’s mistake was mentioning the scarf. Until the coroner’s report no one knew the scarf had been the murder weapon.
My two cents: Okay…where to start. From the top. The staff at the residence knew Margaret had been strangled with a scarf…that’s how she was found. So to say that Alice couldn’t have heard the details of her friend’s death is questionable.The detective asked the officer what the motive is. Let me say that again…no, okay, you get it. It’s the detective’s job to figure out the motive. The officer took it upon himself to bungle the investigation by calling the lawyer before the detective bureau arrived and speaking to him. That is just not done.
How did the niece and nephew, who had left the building hours ago, get into the reception room? Also Det. Billings questioned Alice in front of the niece and nephew. It’s stuff like this that gets people off in trials. The detective just poisoned the credibility of all of the witnesses.Next, you can tell this story was written by a man. Ask any older woman in a senior home…no one…none of them…wants to hook up with a man. By that time in their lives, they’ve had it with men. So for two old ladies to argue about who was going to be his girlfriend? Hahahahahha. It would be more like they argued about who HAD to take him. Okay, I’ll back down on that one. It is possible that some older woman wanted a boyfriend.
The solution was pretty long. When you have to explain everything, maybe the story didn’t work so well. Also there was no indication that jealousy could be a motive. That came out of the blue and was only revealed in the solution. We hate that. Next thing you know they’ll be saying the butler did it.