(1) The murderer was Henry Alfonso aka Burt Camfurt.
(2) The method was poisoning by absorption through the skin.
(3) Alfonso did it to prevent Stork from showing photos of him and
his lover Greta on nationwide television.
Upon arriving at work this morning and reading today’s script, knowing how many criminals had been spotted and captured as a result of this show and fearing the same fate, Henry Alfonso, now known as Burt Camfurt, rummaged through the flora around the Hollywood Reservoir and discovered some monkshood growing amid the underbrush. He was quite familiar with it, both from the term paper he’d written in college — ‘The Healing and Poisonous Qualities of Common North American Plants’ — and because it was the same poison, native to the Rockies of New Mexico as well as Southern California, that he had used to murder his wife. He ground the leaves up into a syrup with the mortar and pestle he always kept in his makeup bag and stirred the syrup into the liquid adhesive he used for Ronald Stork’s toupee. It made the glue less sticky so that it didn’t hold the toupee on as well, leading Stork to ask for a second application. But monkshood is quickly absorbed through the skin and it did the trick before Stork completed his report on Alfonso’s earlier crime.
When Alfonso killed his wife and ran off with his teenage lover Greta Phillips three years before, both being even more in love with everything theatrical than with each other, they quickly made their way to Hollywood, where they changed their names to Burt Camfurt and Patti Landers, changed their looks, using Henry’s talent for makeup, and got jobs working on television shows. Henry used his theatrical expertise to become a makeup artist, and after a few one-shot jobs on small-time productions, landed the on-going slot on “Unresolved Murders.” When the opportunity arose, he got young Patti (nee: Greta Phillips) hired on as the show’s set-side caterer.
By the time the police connected up the TV star’s murder with the story he was reading when it happened, Henry and Greta, aka Burt and Patti, had disappeared again. They’re rumored to be acting in a Shakespearean company touring the New Zealand provinces.