Match Wits With The Inspector

The Inspector always cracks the case…can you?

The Case of the Bingo Blackmailer

Hildie Goertermeyer, part-time actress and model, had a problem…a $50,000 problem. After returning from Wednesday Night Bingo at St. Vincent’s On The Boulevard, Ms. Goertermeyer found a note stuck in her front door.

The Inspector examined the note. Letters clipped from magazines spelled out the demand for $50,000 in a brown paper bag to be dropped at 817 Walters Way. And for emphasis, “Or Else!” was the final line.

Ms. Goertermeyer looked distraught. “I have no idea who would want to blackmail me, Inspector. Or why. Do you think it has something to do with Bingo?”

The Inspector paused before answering. At last he said, “I do not. Bingo is merely a coincidence, or perhaps a red herring. Nonetheless, I am positive that this was all an elaborate scheme concocted by you, Ms. Goertermeyer.”

How did the Inspector know Hildie was guilty?


The Case of the Fleagle Fortune

The Fleagle diamonds were missing. Insured by Mutual of Cleveland for a cool $1 million, Mrs. Ezekiel Fleagle had reported them missing this morning.

The Inspector gathered Mrs. Fleagle and her three sons together in the Great Room of Fleagle Manor. Each had a different theory about what had happened, and each was more than willing to share it with The Inspector.

Ezekiel Fleagle, Jr. felt it was a random robbery. Efram Fleagle was convinced that they had been stolen by a disgruntled maid. Egbert Fleagle had an altogether different theory: he suspected one of his brothers.

“Well Inspector,” said Mrs. Fleagle, “Which one of my beloved sons is correct?”

“None of them,” replied The Inspector. With a flourish, he lifted the sofa cushion and revealed the missing diamonds.

How did the Inspector know where the diamonds were?


The Case of the Murdered Maestro

The lifeless body of Arturo Maccanoti, world-famous symphony conductor lie where it had been discovered. The Inspector noted that the dressing room showed no signs of a struggle. He knelt down next to the body, paused, then rose to his full height.

“Any clues, Inspector?” asked Sergeant Golpe.

“Just one,” replied The Inspector. “But it’s all I need. Maestro Maccanoti was not murdered. He was the victim of a tragic ironing board accident.”

How did the Inspector know it was an accident?


(Solutions Next Week)



Today’s Fact Cetera

It is illegal to swim on dry land in Santa Ana, California.


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