IN TODAY'S STORY, our sleuth makes unusual use of a soap eraser and a loquacious "air raid warden" to set a trap for . . .
"The Meticulous Murderer."
By Mel Watt (?-?).
First appearance: Detective Tales, June 1943.
Novelette (16 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
"He took enough to sleep from now on."
Chapter One: "When he rose, he stood gazing at the body for a full minute, as if seeing a picture. A picture he didn't like."
Chapter Two: "Meticulous Murder"
Chapter Three: "Man-Trap"
Chapter Four: "Diller-Killer"
A good synonym for "meticulous" is "fastidious" ("being very concerned about matters of cleanliness"), which fits our murderer to perfection . . .
~ Marian Innes:
". . . was standing by a desk, her body as stiff as a statue, her hands clenched by her
sides, her eyes fixed and staring, but every muscle in her deadwhite face quivering uncontrollably."
~ Jim Innes:
"Seated in the chair before the desk was her husband. The upper part of him was
lying on the desktop, his arms stretched ahead."
~ Sergeant Mulcahy:
"His face was the map of Ireland, but behind it was a hard-working, shrewd brain."
~ The M. E.:
"He's a suicide, isn't he?"
~ George Stanton:
"There's twenty-five thousand dollars in negotiable stocks missing and unaccounted
~ Larry Rhodes:
"Nobody ever lets me in on anything."
~ Eileen Hollis:
"He was often nervous and depressed."
"You vant to rent apartment?"
~ Professor Jonathan Tack, instructor in abnormal psychology in the Crime Lab at
"He's frightened to death of guns. He would probably faint at the sight of blood.
He doesn't mind murdering, but he has to do it without bloodshed. Abnormal psy-
chological quirk in the gentleman."
- "It's the air raid warden": During World War Two wardens, all volunteers, were ubiquitous, but even they weren't able to stop The Lookout Air Raids: "the second time the continental United States was attacked by enemy aircraft during World War II"; see Wikipedia (HERE) for this little-known event.
ing was a large part of life on the United States Home Front. Tires were the first items
to be rationed." (Sara Sundin HERE).
FictionMags HERE); his only series character was limited to two appearances:
Prof. “Mephisto” Jonathan Tack:
(1) "The Meticulous Murderer," Detective Tales, June 1943 (above)
(2) "Home Sweet Homicide," Detective Tales, September 1943.