The Remmington Murder〔4/4〕|
An arrest was made in the residence of Olivia Remmington on the following morning. Ryder Washington gave Mrs Remmington a letter before he left. The details of the letter read:
Dear Mrs Remmington,
For the past forty-eight hours, I have been investigating your husband’s murder. I have gathered clues from those helpful conversations with you and from other useful sources. Your husband was a good man and I felt that I had done justice to you and Mr remmington by revealing the evil mind who had been long plotting this malicious murder.
Bill Remmington had a wife before he was married to you. The woman’s name is Rachael Wright. I doubt that you will have any knowledge of this since Mr Remmington never liked to talk about his past. However, I have enclosed a photograph of Rachael Wright and Bill Remmington’s letter to her. With careful research, I found out that Mr Remmington was married to Rachael Wright for five good years between 1969 and 1974. The reason for their divorce was not known. Ever since your husband married you during the summer of 1975, this woman had disappeared from the English society. I suspected that she had moved to America.
With information from the police force in New York, my suspicious were confirmed. Rachael Wright left England on the same year your husband married you. I guessed she left the country with utmost hatred for your husband and presumably for you too. I suspected that she might be the murderess but she had died last spring in her new home in New York. No, it could not be her. The murderer must be a person who had free access in your house where she could get real close to Mr Remmington to have any knowledge of your husband’s illness. She must be a person who can enter your husband’s room and meddle with things in your residence without anyone suspecting her. This person must be one of your servants in your household.
I used a “she” for the murderer all the time because I had already discovered her identity. She is none other than your maid, Mary Vance. Her real name is Lisa Wright. Yes, she is none other than Rachael Wright’s daughter! Your husband did abandon Rachael Wright when she was pregnant, you realise. Rachael Wright must have left England with grief and pain and her hatred had turned to vengeance. So after twenty years, her daughter Lisa had come back to England to kill Bill Remmington. Only she had disquised herself as a new maid for your household. After she had gained your trust, she plotted her evil scheme. After serving Bill Remmington for months, she must have known your husband’s heart problems. So she waited for the night you had gone to attend Mrs Davison’s party to carry out her scheme. She served dinner to Bill Remmington as usual and secretly took out your husband’s medicine from the drawer and emptied it into the sink. Your husband, who was frequently in a drowsy state due to his sickness would not have noticed her doing so. That night was the best opportunity for Lisa Wright to carry out her scheme as everyone in the household except George was out. However, George would not see what she did because he as the butler would be downstairs waiting for you to return.
I had thought earlier that the murderer was out for your husband’s vast fortunes。But I realized it was wrong when you said that all the assets would be inherited by you and the orphanage. This case of vengeance long overdue for twenty years had indeed astonished me in my detecting career. Lisa Wright shall answer to the law this morning. I thank you for hospitality and please take care.
[Signed: Ryder Washington]