Note: Last time Melissa chose a medium mystery.
William Fremont was a captain George Washington’s Continental army, stationed in Valley Forge during the bitter winter of 1778. Like many other southern gentlemen, when William joined the fight he brought along his indentured servant. Joe, the servant, hated his master and yearned for a better life. Joe figured that if the war didn’t kill William, the winter would. And then Joe would be free.
But as the war and the winter lived on, so did William, and Joe decided to take matters into his own hands. Joe found some wild oleander, which he knew was poisonous. That evening, Joe brought William his meager dinner, garnished with plenty of poison. William ate heartily and died quickly. The murder was never detected because so many soldiers died of exposure that winter at Valley Forge. In the meantime, Joe slyly worked his way north and became a free man.
Captain William Fremont, a handsome 20-year-old, is found dead in the snow. His murder is never detected.
How was Fremont killed? And why was his murder undetected?
(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)
Hint #1: William came from a wealthy family
Hint #2: History has recorded it as a particularly bitter winter.
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…
Disclaimer: Monday Mysteries are culled from the 1993 Milton Bradley game, Crack the Case – but don’t go peeking.
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