Bear News Beartown News

SEPTEMBER 1, 2002

 

MURDER AT BEARTOWN FAIR

The Beartown Constable was busy watching the 4H calf judging when he got an urgent message to go to the Merry-go-Round.  There was a dead person on board!!!
"I'm the ticket taker on this merry-go-round" blurted a young man with a 'UNIQUE RIDES' patch on his shirt and cap, "Being Saturday there was such a crowd that the ride was almost over before I had collected all the tickets.  This woman was sitting up in one of the chariots (the chariots go up when the horses go down) with the strangest look on her face.  When I said 'TICKET PLEASE' she didn't answer and when I shook her she slumped down in the chariot.  I screamed, the ride was stopped and you were sent for.  I got this blood on my hand when I shook her."
Just then a  Doctor from the crowd arrived  and pronounced
"The woman was stabbed through the heart and died instantly".
"Did you notice anything about the victim or anyone that might have been with her?" asked the Beartown Constable.
"Well, she had ridden before, a couple of times, and I saw the man she was with on the two previous rides.  He was six foot, 200 pounds, and wore western style blue jean shirt and pants with a red baseball cap.  I just happened to see him jump off just before I tried to collect her ticket."
"The Doctor said the woman died instantly from the stab wound." contemplated the Constable, "It seems strange that you can give such a good description of this woman's companion on two previous rides and then just 'happen' to notice him jump off.  That's about the weakest story of a murder I've ever heard.  You're under arrest for murder."
 

Do you know how the Constable knew the Ticket Taker was the murderer?
Check the next issue of
Beartown News for the answer.


FROM LAST MONTH

MYSTERY  FROM  YESTERYEAR

A Beartown Constable from the 1930's always sent his reports by telegraph.  Although they seemed confusing, they always contained the exact details to ensure a conviction.

PERKINS SAYS WHILE COMING UP DRIVE SAW MAN CLIMB LADDER OPEN WINDOW AND ENTER HIS BEDROOM STOP THAT HE HURRIED AS QUICKLY AS HIS LAMENESS ALLOWED TO HOUSE WHICH WAS SECURELY LOCKED STOP GOT PISTOL FROM LIBRARY QUIETLY PHONED POLICE THEN WENT UPSTAIRS TO FIND BURGLAR HAD ALREADY ESCAPED WITH VALUABLE JEWELRY FROM DRESSER STOP ON FLOOR TO LEFT OF ROPE LADDER HOOKED TO INSIDE SILL I DISCOVERED WOMANS THREE CARAT DIAMOND RING STOP FOUND INDISTINCT FOOTPRINTS ON WINDOWSILL AND DRIED MUD ON RUG STOP PERKINS SAYS STRONG EAST WIND BLOWING AT TIME STOP FROM ABOVE YOU WILL SEE ROBBERY WAS FAKED

BEARTOWN CONSTABLE

Read below to figure out why the robbery was a fake.

CERTAINLY ROBBERY WAS FAKED STOP PERKINS GAVE HIMSELF AWAY WHEN HE SAID HE SAW MAN CLIMB LADDER OPEN WINDOW AND ENTER HIS BEDROOM STOP AS YOU FOUND LADDER HOOKED TO INSIDE SILL THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE


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