Monday Mystery: Crossing to the Other Side

A black sedan

Note: Last time Doc Blue chose an easy mystery.

The Solution:

It wasn’t Senator Sherman who was the target. It was his chauffeur, Rocko.

Rocko was a heavy gambler who was behind in his payments to a local loan shark. After weeks of excuses, the greedy moneylender decided Rocko must pay – with his life!

The assassin-to-be was disguised as a tollbooth attendant when the limousine approached the bridge. Rocko was just about to pay the toll when the killer pulled the gun. Rocko quickly pressed the button to close the electric window and floored the accelerator, causing the killer to misfire into the back seat – and unfortunately into the Senator. Rocko, who lost control of the car, was knocked out in the accident, but when he regained consciousness he told the police everything!

The Case:

Senator Sherman’s car had just pulled onto the long suspension bridge when it went wildly out of control. The car careened across the divider and slammed into the oncoming traffic. The bullet-proof windows were up and the doors locked. Inside was the Senator, dead – shot once through the head. No gun was found in the car.

The Mystery:

Who killed the Senator? What was the motive? And how could he have been shot in a locked car?

(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)

Hint #1: Crossing the bridge took its toll on the Senator.

Hint #2: The Senator was a driven man


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
  • No
  • Yes and No
  • Irrelevant
  • I don’t know
  • Rephrase your question
  • Define what you mean by…

Disclaimer: Monday Mysteries are culled from the 1993 Milton Bradley game, Crack the Case – but don’t go peeking.

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88 responses to “Monday Mystery: Crossing to the Other Side

  1. Was the senator shot with a gun?

  2. Was it the senator’s gun?

  3. Was the senator shot before he was in the car?

  4. Had the Senator been shot before his car reached the bridge?

  5. Was the Senator alone in the car?

  6. Was the Senator driving the car?

  7. Did the cars driver shoot the Senator?

  8. Did the shot that killed the senator inadvertently kill the car’s driver, causing the accident?

  9. Colorado Joe

    Beside the driver and the senator, was there another passenger in the car?

  10. Colorado Joe

    Assuming another passenger, did that passenger fire the shot that killed the senator?

  11. Colorado Joe

    “No gun was found in the car.” Was there a gun disguised as something else and not found in the car?

  12. Is the senator’s car a convertible?

  13. Was the senator shot from inside the car?

  14. Had the senators driver suddenly succumbed to a zombie bite he’d received earlier, and the resulting transformation into a flesh eating zombie, forced the senator to use his concealed weapon in self defence? Did the senator perhaps get bitten in the Frey and decided to give himself mercy rather than try and run a a zombie candidate in the next election?

  15. Did the driver have a heart attack due to the gun shot?

  16. Was the senator shot from outside the car?

  17. Was the gun thrown out of the car before the car went out of control?

  18. Was there a toll booth on the bridge?

    And assuming there was, was the operator the one who shot the senator?

  19. Did the toll booth operator shoot the Senator?

  20. Had the senator been shot before the car departed (and was therefore already dead when the car reached the bridge)?

    • Define what you mean by ‘departed’?

      I can say that he wasn’t dead before they reached the toll booth.

  21. Who killed the Senator? What was the motive? And how could he have been shot in a locked car?

  22. Colorado Joe

    Did the driver have to roll the window down to pay the toll?

  23. Colorado Joe

    Had the Senator introduced legislation that would automate toll taking or in some other way cause the toll operator to lose their job?

  24. The driver rolled up to the toll booth, rolled down his window but refused to pay the toll (or was sleeping with the toll booth operator’s wife, or the toll booth operator was his ex-wife), the toll booth operator shot the driver and the bullet got the senator too.

  25. Did the toll operator shoot the senator while the window was down to pay the toll?

  26. Did the toll operator dislike the senator for a political reason?

  27. Did the toll operator dislike the senator for a personal (non-political) reason?

  28. Colorado Joe

    Was the toll operator paid to shoot the senator?

  29. Colorado Joe

    Was the murder politically motivated?

  30. So the senator was killed by the toll both operator, shot while the window was down paying the toll. Was the senator a trump republican, because that’s reason enough……

  31. So: Who killed the Senator? What was the motive? And how could he have been shot in a locked car?

  32. Was the senator trying to end the toll of the bridge?

  33. Was the toll booth operator out of correct change and panicked?

  34. Did the toll booth operator give the driver the gun to shoot the Senator?

  35. Was anyone in the car related to the toll booth operator?

  36. Was the Senator sleeping with the tool booth operator’s wife?

  37. Was the driver shot by the toll booth operator?

  38. Was the tollbooth operator the former driver for the senator?

  39. Was the driver the intended victim?

  40. Was the senator collateral damage?

  41. You’re so close!

    Who killed the Senator? What was the motive? And how could he have been shot in a locked car?

  42. Was the driver cheating on the toll booth operator?

  43. Okay – I feel like the tool booth operator shot the senator by mistake, while the window was down to pay tolls. But I feel like we are missing something critical. In part, is the fact that the car went out of control relevant?

    • You’re on the right track, but don’t bet on there being too complicated a relationship between the driver and the fake toll booth operator. Also, no, the car going out of control would be backing the wrong pony.

  44. Okay, soooo….the driver owed his bookie some money and they laid a trap for him at a toll booth but he caught on and tried to drive away and the bullet intended for him hit the senator instead.

  45. Solution has been posted!

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