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"The Vegas Victim" by Richard Ciciarelli

Solve-it #322 - September 2014

Previously published Feb. 2007

The Solution

Who shot Jack Watkins?

Terry Jones

How other people responded:

6% said Ella Watkins
48% said Terry Jones
34% said Cindy Jones
12% said Not Sure

The Explanation

What evidence will prove the killer's identity?

The only person in the group in a tux was Terry Jones, so West deduced he was the killer.

When she was shown the scene of the crime, Detective West realized something was missing. Jack Watkins was preparing to go to a formal dinner, but nowhere in the room were the white dress shirt, bow tie, or studs he would need for his tuxedo.

Then she remembered the smear on Watkins' hand. Nothing in the room was found that indicated where he had wiped the hand. She realized that after he was shot, Watkins must have clutched at his wound, getting his hand bloody. Then he wiped the hand on the closest thing he could-- his killer's clothing.

The killer certainly couldn't leave Watkins' room with bloody clothes, so he removed them, burned them in the fireplace, and put on Watkins' shirt, tie, and studs.

The only person in the group in a tux was Terry Jones, so West deduced he was the killer.

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