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Yesterday’s winner was Lynne at Hasty Brook.  (3/4)  The police would have had to have rewound the tape if it were suicide as the tape would have kept on going after he shot himself.  His brother who had a similar voice recorded it and rewound the tape.  Today’s mystery will be the last before we go to Africa on another virtual trek.  Thanks for everyone who played and I hope you had fun

George was an investigative reporter who had enemies. When he died at his office from a “heart attack,” the cops were dubious.

This morning’s video from his apartment building showed a man sneaking out of George’s apartment.

The man, Freddy, was a newly hired worker at a chemical plant Max was investigating.

Only George’s prints were found inside the apartment.

Freddy was seen leaving George’s place on multiple videos, but was never seen arriving.

So what happened and who did it?

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Yesterday’s winner was Lynne at Hasty Brook.  (3/4)  Manuel was saying aqui, Spanish for here.  The coins were rare coins he paid for with his stolen money.

Joshua Ritker was found shot dead at his desk, a gun in his hand and a tape recorder by his head. Was it suicide or murder? 

The police pressed the play button. They heard an oral suicide note, then a gunshot, then silence.

Joshua’s wife discovered the body on her return from a shopping spree.

Joshua had been depressed lately because of his failing business.

Joshua’s twin brother Ron was the victim’s business partner.

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Yesterday’s winner was Lynne at Hasty Brook.  Michael Jenkins lied about discovering the body in the office with the light on because the detective had to turn the light on when he entered the office.  He is the killer.

Simon, a father of three, was struck on the head and killed. The murder weapon, a gun, is placed on a table as you interview the victim’s sons and daughter.

You tell them their father was murdered half an hour ago. They give no other details.

Son 1: ‘I was upstairs sound asleep in my bedroom. I didn’t hear a thing.’

Daughter: ‘I couldn’t have hit him. I was stuck in freeway traffic for the past hour.’

Son 2: ‘I was out jogging in the rain. You can see how soaked I am.’

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https://scienceguy288.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/diy-mystery-series-episode-1/

So the answer to the first one of these was staring you right in the face the whole time.   First thing first.  Who took the horse?  The horse thief was Cubson.  Cubson and Kilmer are actually one and the same.  Cubson, or Kilmer, had rather expensive tastes as seen from the Armani suit receipt.  To pay for his closet, Cubson planned to use the candle and surgical knife to cut Big Brown’s leg tendon, and then win big bucks wagering against Big Brown.  He was practicing for this operation on the sheep, causing their infections.  Cubson led the horse into the fields.  You knew that it had do be somebody regularly on the farm; not Hughes, as the dog would have barked, awakening everyone.  Somebody the dog knew took the horse.  Also, Cubson had some influence over the dinner selection, allowing him to drug the stable boy.  His death, however was no murder.  Big Brown, when led out into the fields felt the initial pinch of the blade and kicked Cubson in the head, killing him.  So where is the horse?  Well, you take your friend over the the stable of Samsanov.  There a horse stands.  It is not brown, nor does he have Big Brown’s trademark white leggings. However, after a quick bath, the horse is turned into a brown stallion.  Samsanov, seeing Brown wandering the fields decided to take him for his own, a guaranteed win.

So hopefully this one is simpler.

http://www.mysterynet.com/solveit/

The members of Scotland Yard were still busy in the office of David Serdanis when Sergeant Dan Matthews came up to you to report.

“We haven’t found the gun,” he said. “Serdanis was shot at his desk from close range. He was a tax attorney, age 51. Michael Jenkins, age 53, who discovered the body, says he was a client of Serdanis’s. He stopped by about quarter to eight this evening to ask Serdanis about a real estate matter. Serdanis’s outer office was dark, but the door was ajar and he saw a light under the inner door office. He says he knocked, pushed open the door, saw Serdanis slumped over his desk in a puddle of blood, and turned right around and ran to the lobby to call us from a pay phone.”

“He expected to find Serdanis in his office at quarter to eight?” you ask.

“He says he knew Serdanis worked late hours.  His call came in at seven forty-eight. I was on patrol at the time and responded, arriving about eight. I accompanied Jenkins back to the inner office, flipped on the light, and found the body as he described.”

Matthews and you step aside as the body of Serdanis was removed.

“Who else in the building has been interviewed?” you ask.

“There were only two others around. Kate Hodgin, 47, is an accountant who works down the hall. Apparently they had an affair several months ago, but he abruptly ended it. She says she saw Serdanis in the hallway about quarter to seven, and they said hello. About seven-twenty and again about seven-forty, she heard a muffled bang, but assumed each time it was a truck backfiring.

“Uh-huh…”  you wonder aloud

“The other person in the building,” Matthews continued, “was James Stover, 32, the janitor. We discovered a record of petty theft but he says that was years ago and he’s cleaned up his act.  Not quite sure that is true because he had a nice new gold watch which looked a bit expensive for his pay.  He says he emptied Hodgin’s trash about ten past seven. He didn’t see her in her office at the time, but it looked like she had just stepped out. She says she was in the bathroom about that time. He emptied Serdanis’ trash about seven-thirty, he reckons, and Serdanis was there alive and alone. He says he didn’t hear the bangs Hodgin referred to, but says he is partly deaf and was doing some vacuuming as well as collecting trash. About a quarter to eight, he went down to the lobby and saw Jenkins at the pay phone, though Jenkins did not notice him. Stover proceeded to the basement to bag the trash. That’s where we found him.”

“There is no security guard, correct?”  You ask.

No security guard.”

“Thank you, sergeant. The fingerprint report should be helpful, and I think I know whom it will implicate,” you retort.

So whodunnit?

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This account is based of Silver Blaze by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  The characters and a bit of the plot have been adapted so they better suit this forum.  You can cheat if you want, but then, what’s the point?

You have been called in as a private investigator on a case on behalf of Andrew Simmons.  He is the owner of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, a brown stallion with white leggings.  When you arrive to his stables, he approaches you and tells you in a very nervous fashion that his prize horse and the horse’s trainer have gone missing.  The Kentucky Derby is in two days and if the horse does not show up to the race, there will be serious “monetary penalties. ”  You quickly start your investigation.  Your first course of action is to speak with the police inspector who is on the case.  You learn from him that a man has been arrested in the case.  The man in custody is Jon Hughes, a bookie who was observed spying before the Derby.  Obviously, if he kidnapped the horse, he could turn the tables and make huge amounts of money.  When arrested, he only had his wallet, keys, and a walking stick.  The inspector also informs you that there has been an exhaustive search over the local countryside to find the missing equestrian, but to no avail. 

You decide to do a little search of your own.  After walking around the countryside near the stables, you pick up a faint trail in some dried mud.  They are the impressions of horse hooves and a man’s boots.  You find that unfortunately, the tracks occur only sporadically.  Following them, you are led to another stable belonging to Pete Samsanov.  You ask to search the premises and after a bit of a quarrel with Samsanov, you are gruffly allowed entrance to the stables.  Nothing comes of your search.  A bit further on, a man runs up to you crying your name.  He informs you that Big Brown’s trainer, Richard Cubson has been found…dead in the fields.  He was killed by a terrible blow to the head.  In Cubson’s hand there is a scarf.  This is quickly identified by one of the stable hands as the scarf of Hughes.  Near the body, a small scalpel is found.  It seems that a puncture in Cubson’s leg was inflicted by this little instrument.  It did not do much damage however as it was very delicate.  His jacket is also torn on a bit of brush nearby.  Upon inspection of his pockets, a candle, and a bill for an Armani suit, purchased by someone named James Kilmer.

You decide to interview some of the stable hands and workers.  One of the stable boys, Ned Zeroscon was supposed to be keeping watch over the horse, but somebody drugged his curried chicken dinner and he awoke in a stupor with the horse gone.  Upon exiting the room where Ned slept, you encounter a dog.  The dog immediately began barking at you and did not stop until you turned the corner.  There you observe a bunch of sheep.  Their numbers seem to be greatly reduced from the last time you visited your friend’s farm.  You are informed that many have died from strange infections. 

The day of the race has finally come.  Simmons asks you if you have found his horse.  So?  Do you know where the horse is?  Who took the horse?  Who killed Cubson?  Is Hughes guilty or innocent?  Sort through the story and explain the clues.  Give it your best go.  All answers are accepted.

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On this first Soulful Sunday post, I will be talking about football: the real sport.  Not the one where the ball touches a player’s foot around three plays every game.  Just to tell everyone, I am a big Celtic F.C. fan (mainly because of Artur Boruc, Celtic’s Polish goalkeeper). 

Today, one of football’s biggest rivalries will play out.  Rangers vs Celtic.  First off, it’s kind of like the Brooklyn Dodgers-New York Yankees rivalry as they both play their games in Glasgow, Scotland.  Another reason is because of the whole Protestant vs Catholic thing in Scotland.  Celtic began as a Catholic organization while Rangers was founded to counter Celtic’s Catholic domination of the Scottish Premier League.  For more reasons behind the brutal rivalry: http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=121107

Celtic and Rangers Players in Action

Both teams have been on a hot streak, winning each of their last three games.  Celtic, however, have the advantage in both goals scored and goals against, and thus are in first place in the league (yay!).  If you pay attention to the game, keep your eyes peeled for Rangers’ top scorer Kris Boyd to be a big impact in the game.  He has scored 13 goals thus far and has more in him.  For Celtic, the man to keep your eye on is Aiden McGeady.  The flamboyant midfielder plays with great intensity which can prove to be a two-edged sword.  He has 9 yellow cards, but 8 goals and 15 assists in the League alone.   Another boon to Celtic is that a swarm of their players have returned from injury or suspension.  Nakamura, Brown, Caldwell, Hesselink, Hinkel, Naylor, and Hartley have all returned at some point during the week from injury, fit to play today. 

The last game was won by Celtic in a scoreline of 2-1, where Hesselink and Nakamura scored for Celtic.  I look forward to a very passionate game, that is sure to be fun to watch if some of the fans (hooligans) don’t take it to far (people have been killed over these games!).  I personally predict a scoreline of 2-0 favoring Celtic (there’s a surprise).

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