SUICIDE OR MURDER? In real life what looks like a suicide sometimes turns out later to be murder, and vice versa. In today's story a smart policeman will be confronted with that conundrum, but to solve it he will have to consider the importance of a . . .
By Murray Leinster (Will F. Jenkins, 1896-1975).
First appearance: Popular Detective, February 1944.
Reprinted in Popular Detective (Canada), December 1944 and Triangle Quarterly, Fall 1945.
Short short short story (4 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
(Note: Text faded but readable.)
"But the aspirins ain't aspirins."
It certainly looks like suicide, but a police investigator thinks the circumstantial evidence points another way . . . .
~ Anna Martin:
"He barged in, smashed some windows, and found his wife with her head in the gas-stove oven."
~ Bob Martin:
"Suspecting him's absurd."
"But you can't arrest a man if his wife commits suicide."
". . . looked at the written order, nodded, and went out once more."
~ Detective-Sergeant Larned:
". . . the darndest people do the darndest things! This is the dumbest trick I've ever seen. Killin' sticks out all over it."
Reference and resource:
- "Pajamas, toothbrush, and a box of aspirins.": "Aspirin is one of the most widely used medications globally, with an estimated 40,000 tonnes (44,000 tons) (50 to 120 billion pills) consumed each year." (Wikipedia HERE).
- About a year ago we highlighted Murray Leinster's Cold War SFFnal thriller, "The Psionic Mousetrap" (HERE). We will be checking in with the incredibly prolific Leinster (pronounced "Lenster") in the future.