Last week we posted a contest asking you to solve a grizzly murder using the scene created by Eudis Mirsky. We got many submissions from you suggesting who had perpetrated such a cold-blooded act, and we're happy to announce that our winner, Keith Hembling, has been promoted from an officer to a Detective in our mini world. Congratulations!
Here, in the words of the scene creator Eudis, is who committed the crime.
ANSWER: Marshal Nay, the valet
Since there was no struggle, as seen by the neatness of the bathroom, Alphonso must have known his attacker intimately. Also, the valet made the mistake of admitting he was in the house and so would certainly have known who the last person to have visited his boss was and whether it was a man or a woman. He must have lied. What clinched his guilt was the fact that the bathroom was spotlessly clean. Any blood, and there must have been some, any evidence of violence, and again there must have been some, had been cleaned up! A towel hung on the rack and a spotless bath mat was set down next to the tub. Obviously, neither Roland nor Josephine would bother to tidy up, but a valet, trained to do so, would, could and did. Once Marshal Nay admitted to the crime, he said, “I never could stand a mess.” When questioned as to his motive, he replied that after another heated argument, Alphonso had indicated that he was going to change his will. He was no longer going to include Marshal as one of his beneficiaries, breaking a long-time promise after years of devoted service.
So, how did you do? We hope you enjoyed this little challenge!