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Timeless Murder Mystery

Mystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.

 

Puzzle ID:#13102
Fun:*** (3)
Difficulty:** (1.79)
Category:Mystery
Submitted By:willymapo*cr****
Corrected By:MarcM1098

 

 

 



The police were checking the place. Outside, Mary, Mr. Olson's faithful secretary, was a mass of nerves. Inspector Will was reviewing the facts:
1. Mr. Olson has been murdered. The murderer buried a stiletto through the back of the chair and right through his heart.
2. All the place was a mess, but nothing seems to be lost. Some sheets on his desk had coffee stains, but Mr. Olson was not a coffee drinker. There was no coffee container of any kind in the office. There were a couple of gloves in the floor.
3. Mary had in her visit book just three announcements: Hari Colton (2:35), Louis Williams (3:10) and Joseph Markis (3:45). Mary says that Joseph was the only one to serve himself a cup of coffee in a paper cup.
4. The cup of coffee was found in Mary's wastebasket. She claims that Joseph entered Mr. Olson's office with the cup in his hands, and then he left it in her desk, so she took it and threw it away.
5. The stiletto had no fingerprints at all, but the paper cup was all covered with one type of fingerprint: Joseph's (they had a mobile fingerprint lab).
6. Mr. Olson's wristwatch was broken, probably due to the fight, and it showed the time at 3:50.

Inspector Will then talked to Mary, to tell her she was under arrest.
Why did he suspect her?





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Comments

dakini**
Jun 26, 2003

Anyways, sunnyfunny, you're a bit off aren't you ;> Great teaser, very well thought out! I enjoyed it.
willymapo*cr*
Jun 26, 2003

Thanks!
I love murder mysteries :-)
highiq151
Aug 03, 2003

It was very logicall i like teasers that aren't lenghty with answers you wouldnt guess in a million years. you could find the answers by simply following the clues which where perfect and fit the solution. but this is one you normally wouldnt get even with the clues. i really like this one and hope you continue t right these type of teasers . ; ^ ]
xiaobaby
Oct 08, 2003

pretty easy but fun =) i like it
intelligence
Dec 22, 2003

nice teaser
oosunshyneoo*
Jul 11, 2004

Great ONE!
usernameAhk**
Jul 31, 2004

interesting...i like that one
babygirl35*
Dec 08, 2004

nice one
poljay
Mar 03, 2005

Ya got me! Very nicely done!
whaleycm*
Mar 28, 2005

Good Teaser. This had all of the elements of a good mystery. The answer was not far fetched and story was clear and carefully written.
jeSuS123*
May 10, 2005

had me stumped. good job, you fooled jeSuS.
sueintexas*
May 22, 2005

very well done
drift15*
Jun 10, 2005

its awesome...but then for the second proof, couldn't it be that the guy left the cup of the coffee, went away, came back with gloves and knocked it over in a fight?
burfly01*
Jul 02, 2005

THE ONLY THING THAT THREW ME OFF WAS THE FIGHT AND WHAT HAPPENED TO JOSEPH BUT IT WAS GOOD IT MADE ME THINK!
rkaalandAus*
Nov 16, 2005

Wonderful I love this catagory
stormtrooper*
Nov 06, 2006

I came. I saw. I liked it. Good one!
(user deleted)
May 02, 2009

Murder mysteries are so amusing~ I actually figured that there wasn't a fight, since it would be quite unlikely to be caught unaware in a chair with the murderer behind you during a struggle~ It was neat though! : D
lissiclownAus*
Jul 08, 2009

i really liked this
oxana007ru*
Mar 16, 2010

It would have been COMPLETELY good if you had mentioned that the gloves didn't have Mary's fingerprints on them. If she had worn them, there wouldn't have been fingerprints on the coffee cup. Other wise AWESOME teaser!
potteris2kool*us*
Apr 05, 2010

I got it because Mary was the only woman and he was killed with a stilleto, which gave it away for me right there. other than that good teaser. Maybe you could try and add anither woman and then explain it.
princess2007A*
Mar 26, 2011

EEEEEASY!! LOVED IT!
extremebluenesscus**
Jul 11, 2013

Because I know that some people don't know that stiletto has multiple definitions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiletto



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