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dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 2:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"I can say with all confidence that Mary Roti is a female (albeit, bearded & obese) and definitely not Moriarty in disguise (as some may have suspected)"
Why Watson whatever gave you that extraordinary idea? My suspicions were entirely based on the fact that her name is a near-anagram of one Tommy Rira; a gentleman known to the police for impersonating a male impersonator.

Try to discover more about Maximus' rivals for the World's Shortest title - to be sure, a distinction almost as coveted as similarity to John Shuttleworth! In particular take a detailed look into the unfortunate circumstances of the previous holder's suicide and find out if he has any living relatives. Were the other Pratt brothers also in competition for the honor?

"Holmes, will be amused to hear that the old chap is still around. You know, he was so pleased to see the back of those warts and he still recalls his gratitude to the professor for the ointment that he prescribed."
You are most welcome I'm sure. However the Professor is not *that* kind of herpetologist..
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 2:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And Watson, I want you to examine Mary Roti for signs of the polycystic ovarian syndrome. I feel sure that could explain much!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 3:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Krss

As for the grudge against Maximus, proceed like this: ask each suspect about the *other* suspects if they carried a grudge against Maximus.

I have completed this task and here Is a summary of the information that has been gleaned:

Huppim Pratt - During the last circus season Huppim and Maximus were in regular disagreement about the running of the circus. Huppim had been the brain behind the success of the circus but it was the other’s money that funded it and prior to his death, Maximus was trying to exert more control over the business.

Muppim Pratt – Despite his diminutive size, Muppim is an athletic acrobat and is a talented entertainer to boot. Maximus was jealous of Muppim’s natural abilities and his popularity. I have not learned about any grudge that Muppim had for Maximus but there is a general belief here that there was an ever growing schism between the triplets i.e. Huppim & Muppim were drawing apart from Maximus.

Albert (The Zulu Warrior. Nobody can pronounce his Zulu name and so he adopted the name of the Queen’s late husband.) Albert is regarded as a bubbly person with a big heart. He gets along well with everybody but does have some difficulty in keeping his “warrior instincts” under control. He has caused trouble within the circus fraternity for striking out when his anger has been inflamed. Initially he did get along well with Maximus but their relationship became strained when Albert acquired a kitten and Maximus enforced his personal rule about “no animals” being permitted in the compound.

Jago (The Australian Aborigine) Jago is generally a quiet and solitary individual with a gentle nature and is amiable to those who get to know him. However, I have learned of a heated encounter between Maximus and he, only a week prior to the midget’s death. Jago was observed to be downcast and in a dark mood for several days afterwards. His easygoing attitude changed during that time. I asked Jago about this and he shrugged it off as “the boss, taking out his bad mood” on him. He explained that it had upset him for a while but that he had recovered from it.

Kill Bodie (The American Cowboy) there is a general knowledge about the tension between Bodie and the deceased. Apparantly Maximus took a disliking to the American and latterly had been threatening him with virtual blackmail. I will discuss this more (with regard to Kill Bodies history and his relationship with Maximus) below.

Lilly Lustre (Kill Bodie’s assistant) In public she was polite to and spoke well of Maximus but in private she never had a kind word to say about him. Her stance was compounded when the relationship between he and Bodie deteriorated.

Harra Singh (The Indian Sikh) Harra is one of the few who seems to have had a measure of respect for the dead man. Maximus permitted Harra to keep his snake at the circus and it appears that Harra was very grateful for this special allowance. Some regard Harra Singh as a sycophant and nobody seems to trust him.

Mary Roti (The bearded fat lady) I was astounded to learn that Maximus and Mary had been courting up until the end of June. A more unlikely couple I cannot imagine but apparantly they were very good for each other and were happy. Marriage was planned for the end of the year. However, Maximus suddenly changed and became paranoid about Mary wanting him “only for his money” and called it all off. Mary was mortified and later this turned to bitterness – especially when she became sure that Maximus was paying more than the usual attention to Lilly Lustre. Some observed that her mood lifted the week prior to the murder. Some speculate that she may have a new romantic interest in her life.

Cricket (The Chinaman) He is a mysterious and inscrutable individual who nobody seems to know much about. Before the murder took place, there was a colourful rumour that Cricket was an agent from some secret chinese sect who has been planted in the circus to recover a particular gem that was the original and rightful property of an ancient temple.

Arty Morty (The gate keeper and maintenance man) Arty has always been a faithful employee of the circus and someone that Maximus felt that he could trust. However, a recent tension developed between the two and nobody is sure of the reason although Arty had been asking for more help with his duties. He’d requested the appointment of another watchman / maintenance man to replace those who were on break during the close season. This request had been denied.


Fred
Would you talk to Kill Brody and question him as to his relationship with the dead man?
Dear Mr Fred, thank you for assisting in this case. I will pursue your other lines of enquiry very shortly!

Krss
Ask Lilly and Kill themselves and then we'll see if we should ask someone else.

I interviewed Kill Bodie and the raven haired Lilly Lustre together. Lilly has a nickname – “The Raven Princess”.

The story goes like this:
Kill Bodie was a multi talented cowboy who turned entertainer. He developed finely honed skills in sharp shooting, use of the lassoo and other such arts, akin to his trade. He fell in love with the daughter of a Native American Pawnee Chieftan and the attraction was mutual. However, she was only seventeen years of age while he was in his mid forties and her father refused permission for their marriage. To cut a long story short, they eloped and “escaped” to England where they posed as a double act at the circus.

In the weeks leading up to his detah, Maximus had been putting the pressure on Bodie, making more demands on him and suggesting that he could leave if he didn't like it. However, Maximus had tried to become more friendly with Lilly and had offered her a prestigious, solo role in the circus.

Maximus had learned something of the couples background and was implying that he might alert the authorities if Bodie resisted Maximus in any way.
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 4:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Fred

Kind sir, I received your entreaty and am willing to help.
Once again, may I thank you attending and supporting us in our endeavour to solve this case, whilst we are still awaiting the arrival of Sherlock Holmes himself.

Mayhap I can have a quick reprisal of the salient facts of this case so far?
Well we seem to be still in the dark with this one. Please read Sherlock Holmes letter and also my initial diary entry (both written on the 30th September 1888). This will provide most of what we know. Also, reading this post will be very helpful By Simon Downham (Beroean) on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 11:59 pm:

The body of Maximus had three wounds. A non-fatal looking stab wound to his abdomen and pair of puncture wounds to the back of his neck. The punture marks are small and close together. We recognise that they could have been caused by snakebite.

There is a snake (Indian Cobra) on the circus site belonging to Harra Singh. He states that he was in bed and that the cobra was in it’s basket at the time of the murder. However it now appears that the snake was missing and unaccounted for during that time. The snake has since been recovered.

It seems that almost everybody has a motive for murder and that everyone has an alabi.

A priceless collection of gemstones was removed a box, presumably stolen. This was only discovered upon entry to the caravan where the body lay.
The murder and robbery occurred behind lock and key. It is a mystery as to how the murder was comitted, what the cause of death is and how this was achieved within a securely locked environment that nobody else had access to.

There are certainly other points of interest and clues but I think that you will need to read the reports so far to aquire everything. However, please feel free to instruct me further!


Watson, do you think your experience with snakes in the "Speckled Band" caper could be of some use?
Indeed, I have been hoping that my experience would be useful but I have to admit that my role in that “caper” was very much as an observer but the possiblibility of something similar here hasn’t been lost on me, althoughh that is as far as we have progressed.

I have a feeling perhaps off all the stolen items had some use for the criminal. What do you think?
Also, could you relist them for me?
I think that you could well be onto something useful here.
Here is the list:

Jago – His Boomerang is missing.

Muppim – His stilts disappeared a few days ago but one of them has been returned.

Kill Bodie - His prize set of fly fishing hooks and some fishing line all missing

Mary RotiTwo pairs of her Knickers have been stolen from her washing line.
UPDATE on Mary’s Knickers: On the 3rd of October one of her missing pairs of knickers were secretly returned. This was the silky pink pair, which I have dispatched to London where Holmes can test for signs that a snake has ever inhabitted those knickers. I believe it was Jane who suggested that the large pair of knickers could have been used as a carrying sack for the snake!
Mary was not most pleased about being seperated from her knickers, especially as she has to have them specially tailored, (due to their size) and only has two pairs remaining – both purple.
I must now report a most bizarre fact. Mary has approached me to report, whilst I was away for my short break in the Lake District, one of her remaining pair of knickers went missing! Now, she only has one pair of these garments in her posession.
I do wonder what Holmes would make of this!!

Lilly Lustre (The Raven Princess) – Her collection of sea shells and pebbles went missing weeks ago but have all mysteriously reappeared.


Would you talk to Kill Brody and question him as to his relationship with the dead man?
Please see my last post for this information

Also, were any of the circus folk dirt poor?
Yes, very much so. The folk from overseas are all quite poor. (Cricket, Harra, Jago, Albert, Kill and Lilly). They depend on the circus for their upkeep and have nowhere else to go during the winter being unable to find any alternative employment. Arty and Mary are reasonably okay for money, whilst Huppim & Muppim were well off but are now rich s they inherit!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 4:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dryman
"I can say with all confidence that Mary Roti is a female (albeit, bearded & obese) and definitely not Moriarty in disguise (as some may have suspected)"
Why Watson whatever gave you that extraordinary idea? My suspicions were entirely based on the fact that her name is a near-anagram of one Tommy Rira; a gentleman known to the police for impersonating a male impersonator.
Goodness Gracious. I was entirely unaware of this fellow! I’m glad at least that we have eliminated him from our enquiries – he sounds like a most unsavoury sort of chap!

Try to discover more about Maximus' rivals for the World's Shortest title - to be sure, a distinction almost as coveted as similarity to John Shuttleworth! In particular take a detailed look into the unfortunate circumstances of the previous holder's suicide and find out if he has any living relatives. Were the other Pratt brothers also in competition for the honor?
It may take me some time to perform these operations. I need to ask Lestrade and Holmes about these matters. I will certainly let you know as soon as any information arrives.

"Holmes, will be amused to hear that the old chap is still around. You know, he was so pleased to see the back of those warts and he still recalls his gratitude to the professor for the ointment that he prescribed."
You are most welcome I'm sure. However the Professor is not *that* kind of herpetologist..
Well I never!

And Watson, I want you to examine Mary Roti for signs of the polycystic ovarian syndrome. I feel sure that could explain much!
I see what you are thinking. You are referring to her obesity and hirsuitism, no doubt! I must say, I am inclined to agree with you. Excellent work my dear chap. I shall make mention of this to Holmes in my next telegram!
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 5:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

TELEGRAM - 8th October 1988

Re Mary's Pink Knickers STOP
No evidence of contact with Snake or other reptile STOP
Knickers to be returned to owner by Police escort STOP

Sherlock Holmes
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 5:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm not sure if this has been done already. How exactly was the caravan locked? By a lock? a bolt? The thing is, could someone have locked the caravan by a contraption, operating it from the window and later removing through the same? you mentioned some fishing line was missing - could that do the trick?
Dref (Dref)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 8:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Watson, are there any marks or odd features about the cobra? If so, did the snake have them before?
Krss (Krss)
Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2004 - 8:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What exactly was Lilly Lustre's part in the circus performance?

It appears as though everyone had a motive to murder poor Maximus. Do all of them have alibis? Are they corroborated by other people?
Drew Sollenberger (Sollen)
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 2:38 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

watson my good man it is so nice to finally meet you. I belive I will hop in and offer my support. Fear not because I have no facination with unuaually large knickers.

borrow the other stilt and check it's hight against fence. I assume that the midgets couldn't reach the top even with the stills as they would still be no taller then the average circus goer, but could one of the taller individuals have reached the top of the fence with them?

on a related note place the stilt so it is standing up and allowing to drop back on the ground. what does it sound like. ask the man who heard the sound on the night of the murder if the falling stilts sound similar to what he heard.

check the room where the murder took place for fishing line, paying particular attention to the door. if you can also check the area around the fence and any tree limbs you can see for fishing line that may have been used as a pullie.
Dref (Dref)
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 7:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Watson, is there any way that the rooms and persons of all the suspects can be throughly searched? Perhaps one of the stolen items will be found somewhere.
Jane T (Newgirl)
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 1:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh, dear me! Jane, Jane...are you misbeahving...again?!

Watson, if you see this man Haenlomal on your travels, kindly arrest him immediately. He is a snake of the worst kind and I would not be surprised if he had charmed his fellow creature into biting poor Maximus (surely Minimus would have been a more appropriate name...). I have long suspected, and his latest virulent outburst has proved, that he exists only to blacken the names of respectable ladies such as myself, spreading malicious lies and casting outrageous slurs upon our pristine characters.

As may already be evident, I have little to add to the investigation, but if it is all right by my fellow sleuths, I will concentrate on the knickers. I am concerned for poor Mary, and feel that there is some significance in the repeated thefts of her underwear. I have spent the last few days sewing a pair of knickers out of silky purple fabric (flame-retardant of course), and although I have not seen Miss Roti in person I hope I have not underestimated her proportions. They are being dispatched in tonight's post, and should arrive with you within a couple of days. I would like you to take Mary into your confidence and enlist her help in solving the mystery of the disappearing knickers. Ask her to hide any pairs that she has left, and hang the new knickers on the washing line insouciantly.

To the casual observer, the enclosed underclothes look like ordinary knickers, but there is actually a midget concealed in the gusset. His name is Bugsy. Armed with a camera and a tape recorder, he will be able to report any strange goings-on with the knickers, and procure evidence thereof. He has enough food and water to last for 48 hours, but please do not forget about him. I feel he could be a valuable ally in our quest.
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 4:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

9th October 1888

I am taking all of your instructions very seriously and need time to perform them in such a way as to do justice to each one. Please be patient with me, as I endeavour to perform these tasks in the traditional painstaking manner.
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 4:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Martin
I'm not sure if this has been done already. How exactly was the caravan locked? By a lock? a bolt?
The caravan was locked and bolted from the inside. The key appears to have remained insitu from the inside. Maximus owned the only key and the doorlock cannot be locked or unlocked from the outside, whilst the key is in the lock on the other side of the door. The bolt on the inside is heavy duty and appears to have remained in the bolted position.

The thing is, could someone have locked the caravan by a contraption, operating it from the window and later removing through the same?
I find it difficult to conceive because it would require such a fiendish skill as to render it unlikely. However if someone of Moriarty’s ilk were involved, I wouldn’t put anything past them.

you mentioned some fishing line was missing - could that do the trick?
I suppose that it is conceivable but it seems most unlikely
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 4:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Fred

Watson, are there any marks or odd features about the cobra? If so, did the snake have them before?
I have inspected the cobra again and as far as I can tell, there are no marks or odd features about the cobra but then again I am no expert in these matters.

I questioned Harra Singh about the very same matter and he has made a disconcerting statement. He reckons that for safety reasons, he removed the fangs from the cobra soon after he acquired it. Indeed, I inspected the mouth of this reptilian beast and he is right. There are no fangs!

Can we believe him? Did he remove the fangs before the murder? Or did he remove the fangs just recently so as to deflect any suspicion away from himself? If he is telling the truth, why did he fail to inform us of the fact before now? I pressed the fellow on this matter and he declares that he was so upset by the death of Maximus that he wasn’t thinking clearly! If you ask me, I doubt his story. He is a queer one, and I for certain am most wary about trusting him.
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 4:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Krss

What exactly was Lilly Lustre's part in the circus performance?
Lilly is merely Bodie’s assistant. She adds the glamour to the act. Her talents are mostly limited to her attractive appearance and feminine charm of which there is no short supply.

It appears as though everyone had a motive to murder poor Maximus. Do all of them have alibis?
The murder occurred somewhere between the hour of midnight and 1.00 a.m. Apart from Arty Morty who was posted at the gate, everyone else claimed that they were in their caravans.

Are they corroborated by other people? Only Kill Bodie and Lilly Lustre (Raven Princess) They corroborate each other.
Simon Downham (Beroean)
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Sollen

watson my good man it is so nice to finally meet you.
The pleasure is mutual old bean!

I believe I will hop in and offer my support. Fear not because I have no facination with unuaually large knickers. How refreshing

borrow the other stilt and check it's hight against fence.
I have performed this task for you

I assume that the midgets couldn't reach the top even with the stills as they would still be no taller then the average circus goer,
Correct

but could one of the taller individuals have reached the top of the fence with them?
No, I am certain that they could not. The fence is fifteen feet high. Earlier, I stood on the stilt myself and the top of the fence is still a good four feet or so from my reach.

on a related note place the stilt so it is standing up and allowing to drop back on the ground. what does it sound like.
What an interesting line of investigation. I like your idea. On the firm grassy earth here, it makes the sound of a light thud.

ask the man who heard the sound on the night of the murder if the falling stilts sound similar to what he heard.
Indeed. I conducted this experiment with Arty Morty for you. He says that the sound of the falling stilt is not disimilar to what he heard but the latter was a much heavier sound. He adds that, he only would have heard the stilt if it were very close to him. He feels that the sound he heard, was more distant and came from somewhere within the site of the circus rather than outside.
I must say. This idea of yours has really got him wondering. He hadn’t given it much thought before but he is racking his brains right now. He also says that the noise he recalls, did have a vague familiararity about it, but he is unable to identify it at the moment.


check the room where the murder took place for fishing line, paying particular attention to the door.
Yes, I have done that for you but cannot see anything noteworthy.

if you can also check the area around the fence and any tree limbs you can see for fishing line that may have been used as a pullie.
My word! I walked the whole of the perimiter of the fence, inside and outside, making a close study of both the fence and the trees. It took me all of two hours. I made a small discovery that might be significant but at this stage it is incomprehensible to me. On the inside of the fence there is a nail embedded in the timber with some remains of what could be some fishing line tied around it.
Dref (Dref)
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2004 - 11:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Perhaps the snake was somehow "cast" into the cage?
Simon Downham (Beroean)
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - 12:02 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Fred
Watson, is there any way that the rooms and persons of all the suspects can be throughly searched?
Yes there certainly is! We already did a search of all of the caravans but I believe that you are right in asking us to do the job again. This time we will do it even more thoroughly

Perhaps one of the stolen items will be found somewhere.
That is sound reasoning!

……. Many hours later………

We have completed a thorough search of all of the caravans and bodily searches of the owners. We found some interesting items but nothing that I can honestly say, will help us in this murder enquiry. However there is one piece of significant news to report. Mary Roti approached me shortly after I announced that Lestrades men and myself would be combing the caravans again, in search of evidence. Can you imagine what she revealed to me? She declared that her knickers, once again, miraculously reappeared on her washing line. Would you believe it?

Now I am regretting that I informed the circus folk about our planned search. Maybe I should have been more discreet. I apologise for being rather clumsy in my approach in our latest manouvre. I would appreciate it if you didn’t mention it to Mr Holmes!

None the less, a pattern seems to be emerging here. Somebody desperately wants those knickers and keeps thieving them, but every time we engage in a search, the knickersare anonamously returned to their owner.

I find this baffling in the extreme. It provokes a number of questions.
In the first instance, why were two pairs of knickers stolen?
Why is only one pair ever returned.
Why are there never any more than 2 pairs missing at any one time?
For what purpose does the thief need these knickers?
Are you any the wiser, dear colleagues?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - 12:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"Can we believe him? Did he remove the fangs before the murder? Or did he remove the fangs just recently so as to deflect any suspicion away from himself? If he is telling the truth, why did he fail to inform us of the fact before now? "

Most strange indeed! Watson I must ask you to measure the distance between the two putative fang marks on Maximus' body, and send these measurements along with the snake itself to the Rt. Hon. Prof. Piltdown-Smythe by special courier. Ask him to measure the distance between the fang removal scars and confirm whether the fatal bite could have been delivered by this snake; and also to make a determination based on the age of the scars as to approximately how long ago the fangs were removed. Also request that he make a thorough veterinary examination of the creature and report any anomalous results to us. (I am sorry to impose so on his time but the dear fellow does so enjoy pottering arond with snakes..)

And Watson, you will be most interested to learn of some intriguing discoveries I have made regarding Mary Roti. As you'll see on perusing the following document she has recently made a series of highly suspicious enquiries regarding breadmaker parts, and also holds down a second job as president of a trucking firm in Chicago. One does wonder where she finds the time..
Jane T (Newgirl)
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - 4:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has the package arrived yet, Watson? I think Bugsy should be able to clear up the matter of the disappearing knickers.

I still think that the most obvious explanation is that the knickers are a red herring. It is clear to me that Mary is taking the knickers off the line, putting them on over her existing knickers and snickering to herself at your efforts to locate them. Next time her knickers "disappear", have a look up her skirt and see how many pairs she has on.

Alternatively, it could be that Huppim and/or Muppim are using the knickers as a tent, or an emergency group shelter. Check their caravans tonight and see if they are there. And when I say "check their caravans", I do not mean "peek round the door and then run away, in case there is a snake there". I mean go and make sure that they are actually in their beds.
Dref (Dref)
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - 5:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mayhap the stilts were used by the criminal on the night of the murder and the knickers were put over them to muffle the sound they would make?