Note: Last time Jay chose a medium mystery.
Elderly tycoon Elmore Channing III had been promising to marry mistress Dolly Dollerz for two years. Tired of waiting, she stole $50,000 from Elmore’s library safe, and was making her getaway when Elmore stopped her with his sudden marriage proposal. Dolly realized that instead of a mere $50,000, she’d have access to millions by marrying Elmore and waiting for him to die. She accepted.
That night, Dolly crept down to the library to return Elmore’s money before he discovered it missing. But Elmore was a light sleeper and caught Dolly as she was putting back the cash. Ironically, he assumed she was stealing from him and threatened to have her arrested. Dolly grabbed the fireplace poker and used it to change his mind with a sharp blow to the head. Unfortunately, the poker was too persuasive and Elmore dropped to the floor – dead! Since marriage was then out of the question, Dolly again took the $50,000 and fled.
Aging millionaire Elmore Channing III hobbles out to the front lawn of his elegant mansion. Dolly, his beautiful young mistress, is walking towards her car. “Please come back, Dolly,” the sick old man pleads. “I’ll do anything. I’ll even marry you!”
Dolly stops and turns towards Elmore. “Well it’s about time!” she says as she follows him back to the mansion. “I want to get married soon!”
That night the millionaire dies in his library. Days later, Dolly is found in a distant motel with $50,000 hidden in a sack. She is arrested for murder.
How and why did Dolly kill the rich old codger?
(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)
Hint #1: The millionaire’s library was a “safe” place
Hint #2: Dolly wanted to give back a little to gain a lot
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