This isn’t the version we watched, so no guarantees:
Welcome to Flash Pulp, episode five hundred and thirty.
Tonight we present Mulligan Smith in Their Time
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Flash Pulp is an experiment in broadcasting fresh pulp stories in the modern age – three to ten minutes of fiction brought to you every Friday evening.
Tonight, we return to a simpler time, when private investigator Mulligan Smith’s greatest concern was the possibility of a serial killer.
Mulligan Smith in Their Time
Written by J.R.D. Skinner
Art and Narration by Opopanax
and Audio produced by Jessica May
Flash Pulp is presented by http://skinner.fm, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Intro and outro work provided by Jay Langejans of The New Fiction Writers podcast.
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Note: Last week Colorado Joe chose a hard mystery.
Harry Ashton was dying, and in financial straits. His insurance policy would inject much-needed cash into his failing business, but the policy would not pay out for death by his disease (a pre-existing condition) or from suicide. What he needed was a suicide that looked like a murder, but one that no one would ever be arrested for.
His plan took nerve, but was simple: He took a light-weight knife and tied the handle to the retractable cord of a vacuum cleaner in the hall closet. There was an unobstructed path from his bathroom, through the bedroom and out to the closet. After stabbing himself, he let go and the cord retracted, pulling the knife all the way into the closet. His loyal housekeeper was his accomplice: being first on the scene, she closed the closet door, then later recovered the weapon. Ironically, it was the police, not the housekeeper, who noticed tiny drops of blood leading to the closet.
Old Harry Ashton’s young wife and the housekeeper are together in the downstairs library. Suddenly they hear a scream from Harry’s bathroom upstairs. The housekeeper drops her dust mop and runs up the stairs, followed a second later by the wife. Both run through Harry’s bedroom into his adjoining bathroom. Harry is on the tile floor, a fatal wound in his chest. There is no knife in the bathroom or the bedroom.
Later that night, the housekeeper sneaks upstairs and recovers the weapon hidden in the hall closet. The police eventually discover the sequence of events and arrest the housekeeper – but not for murder.
Who killed Harry? How did the weapon get from the bathroom to the closet? What was the house-keeper’s role?
(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)
Hint #1: When the housekeeper ran upstairs, her first act was to shut a door
Hint #2: When the housekeeper recovered the knife, she had to untie it
You’re free to ask anything, (please keep it to one question a post for simplicity’s sake,) but Jurd can only answer your questions with:
- Yes and No
- I don’t know
- Rephrase your question
- Define what you mean by…
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