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"The Wembly Kidnapping" by Hy Conrad

Solve-it #325 - December 2014

Previously published Oct. 1997

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The Solution

Who was obviously lying in his testimony?

Eric Wembly

How other people responded:

7% said Petey Bordon
25% said Arnie Acker
51% said Eric Wembly
17% said Not sure

The Explanation

What clue put the police on the right track?

Eric's testimony about the cardigan sweater.

If Eric saw his attacker only from the rear, as he claimed, then it would have been impossible to tell if he was wearing a cardigan or a pullover. Eric was obviously lying.

Eric eventually confessed, admitting that he and Wink had staged the entire kidnapping scene in order to extract money from their cheap father.

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