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#1 DocBlack

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 03:09 PM

It had been weeks since James had heard from his girlfriend. So he called his buddy and told him that he was worried. They agreed to meet up at James' girlfriend’s house.
They met at the house and went to the door, James let himself in and tried a light switch, no light. He tried all the switches that he could find, finally finding a working light switch down the hall.
On his way back to the door where his friend was waiting he tripped and fell to the floor, his friend came running up to help him and realized that he had just tripped over the body of James' girlfriend.
The police were called and made an arrest the same day.
Who did they arrest and why?

Spoiler for Hint,

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#2 jesusfreak1024

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 03:25 PM

Spoiler for They arrested...

these criminals really need to rethink their plans!! :P
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#3 grey cells

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 03:28 PM

Spoiler for They arrested...

these criminals really need to rethink their plans!! :P

This should be the logical answer.That was a good one. :)
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Posted 22 March 2008 - 05:33 PM

If its assumed that James knew the body was there and bypassed it on the way in, it seems equally obvious he would have bypassed it on the way back. It seems to me that whilst James was trying the light switches to no avail, his friend was removing the body from a nearby room (WHERE HE HAD PREVIOUSLY LEFT IT! WATSON) until suddenly he was interrupted by James finding a working light switch, whereupon his friend left the body insitu and resumed his position at the entrance door (So, Holmes, you`re saying we still don`t know who committed the dastardly deed, but his friend was arrested for causing bodily harm to James!) (Elementary Watson!):blink:
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#5 sunrise

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 09:47 PM

Spoiler for They arrested...

these criminals really need to rethink their plans!! :P


Also, if the body was there in the begining and James took care not to trip over it, then how come James' friend did not trip as well? (or notice the body when the light was turned on).

James' friend is more likely suspect.

An observation: The girlfriend had died only some time before James and his friend arrived, because otherwise, they would have smelled the dead body upon entrance.
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#6 HorvathsGirl

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 10:29 PM

An observation: The girlfriend had died only some time before James and his friend arrived, because otherwise, they would have smelled the dead body upon entrance.


True, however it says in the riddle that he had not heard from her in weeks, which brings me to another observation... why would he wait weeks to go to her house instead of going after just a couple of days? Could he have been trying to hide the murder?

Maybe I am thinking too much into this.
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#7 Lost in space

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 11:01 PM

Spoiler for As I see it!

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 11:03 PM

Spoiler for it must be

Edited by Noct, 22 March 2008 - 11:04 PM.

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#9 jword

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 11:25 PM

Spoiler for it must be

exactly the point I tried to make, if the body was in the entrance way it did not have to be laying across the width of the space , but could have been laying along its length and therefore in the dark could easily have been passed without any incumberance, and as I suggested might not have been there in the first instance.

Edited by jword, 22 March 2008 - 11:27 PM.

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#10 itachi-san

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 01:21 AM

They both did it, but James was so shocked from killing his girlfriend that he got amnesia and forgot the whole thing. He even forgot he had a girlfriend, which is why it took him so long to figure out that he one and that she was missing. The friend was happy when James got amnesia (now no one could rat him out), but when James partially recovered and called his friend, the friend began to panic. So when they got to the house James went in first and the friend suspiciously 'just waited' by the door. He was really moving the body to a safer location, when he got uninterrupted by James returning. He promptly dropped the body and returned to his waiting spot to not arouse suspicion, and James tripped over the moved body still not having remembered the killing. Also, James had a cold and couldn't smell the decayed body, but his friend knew what to expect so he wasn't surprised by the smell. Case solved :)
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