Solve-it #3 – The Family Feud – Solution


(1) Emil McCoy.

(2) Self-defense.

(3) Kurt planned to shoot Emil at his office. Emil killed Kurt instead then
later transported the body back to the clinic alley.


While under intense questioning, Dr. Bromley makes this statement. “I know I could lose my license for this, even go to jail, but… Burt McCoy came to me after the fight. He was planning to sue his cousin for assault. When I told him nothing was broken, Kurt asked me if there was any way we could fake a broken leg. He would pay me half of whatever he won. So I dusted off some old X-rays and had Kurt admitted. I had no idea he was planning anything more than a little fraud.

“That night I happened to be at the clinic with another patient. I looked in on Kurt at 12:30 and found his room empty. I didn’t know what to do, so I pretended he was still there. Raising the alarm would have simply drawn attention to the fact he could walk.

“Right then I knew. Kurt was using me as his alibi for murder. Shortly after I gave the ‘do not disturb’ order, he must have taken off the inflatable cast, climbed out the window and driven over to Emil’s.”

The police quickly piece together the rest. Kurt had sneaked into Emil’s office, intending to kill him. Emil, however, turned the tables, killing Kurt instead.

Seeing the clinic wristband, Emil deduced that Kurt must have sneaked out. Hours later, when the streets were deserted, he drove the body back in Kurt’s car. By wandering the halls, he figured out where room 507 was situated and planted the corpse beneath the window. He knew that if Kurt were found wearing street clothes, the police might deduce that he had left the clinic on his own. So Emil stripped the body then broke Kurt’s leg for real, accidentally breaking the fibula bone instead of the tibia.

“Funny,” Dr. Bromley said at the end of his statement. “Kurt worked so hard to give himself an alibi and all he wound up doing was giving his killer an alibi.”


5 Responses to Solve-it #3 – The Family Feud – Solution

  1. Chaitanya Chauhan March 23, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    Well it was a bit too tough!

  2. Dnyaneshwar Maske April 8, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

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  3. Dnyaneshwar Maske April 8, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

    The story was too tough to solve just by reading it.

    • Derek Williams April 22, 2017 at 10:50 pm #

      it really was

  4. Γιωργος Παπανδρεου January 9, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

    This doesn’t make sense. Why would his cousin not simply admit the entire situation since it was self defence? He already has the proof that he didn’t leave the office and there is also proof that the tibia bone was never broken, therefore the doc is up to something.

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