Monday, March 16, 2009

The Case:

Millionaire Whitney Astorbilt is found dead, bleeding from the neck, in his Park Avenue penthouse. His killer is arrested, based on evidence involving a star.

The Mystery:

Who killed him, how, and why? How was the killer caught?

The Clues:

1. Blood is thicker than water.
2. Every Thursday, after dinner, he signed his checks.

The Answer:

Think you know the answer? Fill in the comment box to submit your guess. Winner receives a free book!


Karen Kincel said...

Maggie Dunham, Astorbilt’s private secretary, had a brother who was a real loser, both at gambling and at life. Maggie loved her brother dearly and willingly supported his habits, until he got in over his head and was being blackmailed for $50,000 in casino gambling debts. Maggie asked Astorbilt for loan to cover her brother’s losses, but he flatly turned her down. So Maggie devised a plan to get the money.

During their weekly after-dinner check-signing session at his penthouse. Maggie waited for astorbilt to sign his last check – a weekly expense check made out to cash for $1,000. Just as he was finishing his signature, Maggie plunged her ballpoint pen into his neck. She then altered the check to read $51,000.

At the bank the next morning, Maggie was arrested. Unbeknownst to her, Astorbilt had standing instructions to the bank to question any check on which he didn’t not place his trademark star as the dot on the ‘I’ in his last name. Fittingly, Maggie ended up spending time in the pen.

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