The killer was not looking for a story in Moyer’s room.
The first thing Wayfare realized was that the killer was not looking for a story in Moyer’s room. He was looking for the note that was found clutched in Moyer’s hand. That note contained a sample of the killer’s handwriting, plus a clue that would lead the police directly to him.
The date on the note was written 12/4, the British and European way of denoting April 12. Americans tend to write the month first and would have written 4/12. Since the season was spring, the writer couldn’t have meant December.
Bert Ticotin became the chief’s prime suspect.
A comparison of Ticotin’s handwriting and the unusual spiked writing on the note would later prove that Ticotin wrote the note luring Moyer to his death.