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THE CASE OF THE TYPED NOTE
Anthony Durrant - 12:11pm Nov 7, 2003 PSTGuest User
THE CASE OF THE TYPED NOTE
by Anthony Durrant
Lucrezia Archipelagos looked at the body of Norman Baker, ex-convict turned schoolteacher. There was blood on the desk under his head. Beside his head was a typewriter with a note still in it, typed by Baker before he died.
"He was shot through the cheek," Inspector Yelsew told Lucrezia. "Death was instantaneous."
"Baker was one of my husband's last arrests as a police detective," she replied, "and we were very proud of him. He was a good example of how someone can turn their life around. Baker never carried a gun and was very proud of the fact that he had never committed a murder."
She pulled the note out of the typewriter. It read:
"Horus has found me. He called earlier today to tell me he was going to kill me. I can hear him coming up the steps to my office. Please, please, whover finds this note, call the police! Horace is coming closer -I can hear him!
"I've just completed tomorrow's lesson on how to pronounce the letters O, P, and Q. Whoever finds this note must deliver the lessons to my substitute tomorrow morning before the class starts. Horus is opening the door - I can hear him right behind me. Goodbye, kids! Goodbye, cruel world!"
"Norman was a kindergarten teacher," said Lucrezia with a sigh, "and he'd been using the typewriter a lot more since a stroke paralyzed the right side of his face."
She noticed that the word "Horus" was slightly lower than the other words in the first paragraph, but not in the second paragraph. The words in the first paragraph other than "Horus" were darker and more indented than those in the second paragraph except for the last few words: "I can hear him right behind me!"
Lucrezia kneeled down and unplugged the typewriter, then removed the ribbon. She reeled it back until she found what she sought: the impression of the note on the ribbon.
"What are you doing, Lucrezia?" Yelsew asked.
"I'm about to arrest you for the murder of Norman Baker, Inspector Janice Yelsew. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. You don't have to say anything if you wish, but anything you do say will be taken down and could be used against you in a court of law. Baker's typewriter gave me the evidence I needed to arrest you, Inspector!"
Too bad for the inspector, Lucrezia thought. Such a pretty girl, too. But she had murdered Baker.
WHY DID LUCREZIA ARREST THE INSPECTOR?
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