Monday, May 19, 2008

Marvelous Mystery Theater

Love a good mystery? Then check out this cozy case:

The Case: "I didn't mean to kill him," Dennis Twitchell moaned. "It was an accident. I just wanted to teach him a lesson."

The young man was on trial for murdering his friend Arnie. Although the jury believed him and was sympathetic, they still felt obligated to return a verdict of involuntary manslaughter.

The Mystery: How did Dennis kill his friend? And what lesson had he been trying to teach?

The Clues: 1. Dennis studied harder but Arnie got better grades. 2. Cheaters never prosper. 3. Arnie died coughing and sneezing.

THE ANSWER?? Arnie was cheating on his high school tests. His method was to write out a tiny crib sheet and hide it in his palm during a test. When he was through using it, he would slip it into his mouth, chew it up and swallow it. Without success, Dennis had often warned Arnie that cheating was wrong.

One night before a test, Dennis secretly wet Arnie's crib sheet and rubbed white peper into it, hopig that Arnie would finally develop a bad taste for cheating. Next day, when Arnie stuffed the pepered paper into his mouth, he had a severe allergic reaciotn to the pepper. He lost consciousness and ws rushed to the hospital, but was dead on arrival. Dennis who couldn't lie any more than he could cheat, confessed immediately.

Congratulations to ausjenny for correctly solving this week's mystery!


Ausjenny said...

i have no ideas except maybe he tried tomake him eat the papers.

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Ah...he ate paper but no one forced him.

Mary Connealy said...

The dog ate my homework?

Arnie, the dog, got better grades in obedience school?

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

(laughing) You're so creative, Mary. I love how your mind works.

No, Arnie isn't a dog.

Ausjenny said...

Mary Love you idea!

You know I think while he was eating paper which he had the answers on. Dennis Read him one of Mary's comments which had him laughing so much he choked.

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

(laughing) Believe it or not ausjenny, you may have accidentally stumbled on PART of the answer!

Arnie WAS eating the paper he had written answers what might Dennis have done to the paper that accidentally killed Arnie???

Ausjenny said...

Maybe Dennis had put something poisonous on the paper to make it desolve.
or dipped it in arsnic (sp)
maybe just something that arnie was allegric too which caused a reaction when he was eating the answers would have had to be something he could get where he was.
maybe it was pepper. or a spray like deoderant which would cause the reaction.

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Ding, ding, ding!! Congratulations, ausjenny. You've correctly solved our mystery.

Ausjenny said...

Oh so cool. I had fun playing along this time. thankyou.

Mary Connealy said...

Okay, just gotta say here, Lisa the Clue Girl, when you said Dennis 'wet Arnie's crib sheet' my mind went into a very weird direction.

You said crib, I thought baby. You said wet, I thought diaper.

I'm with Arnie. I'd have died to if I ate that.