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发表于 2015-12-6 09:35  资料 个人空间 短消息 
谜〔侦探小说〕〔4/4〕

隔天早晨,凶手在奥利维亚的住家被逮捕。莱德在他离开之前给雷明登夫人一封信。信的详细内容如下:

亲爱的雷明登夫人,

在过去的四十八小时里,我一直马不停蹄地在调查您的丈夫被谋杀的案件。我从与您的交谈,以及其他的资源,收集得到很多有用的线索。您的丈夫是一个好人,我觉得我为您与雷明登先生申张了正义,揭发了这个邪恶主脑长期策划的恶毒阴谋。

比尔雷明登在娶您之前曾有一个妻子。这女人的名字是瑞秋怀特。我怀疑您知道这件事情,因为雷明登先生从来不喜欢谈他的过去。但是,我在这里附上一张瑞秋怀特的相片和比尔雷明登写给她的一封信。经过我细心的追查,我发现雷明登先生娶瑞秋怀特整整有五年了,即在一九六九年与一九七四年之间。他们离婚的原因不得而知。自从您的丈夫在一九七五年夏天娶了您之后,这个女人就在英国的社交场合消失不见了。我猜想她移居美国了。

我从美国警方获得的讯息,证明我的猜测没错。瑞秋怀特在您与雷明登先生结婚的那一年离开伦敦。我猜想当她离开英国时,她对您的丈夫是充满怨恨的,对您我猜也是一样。我起初怀疑她是凶手,但她在今年春天在她的纽约新家去世了。不,不可能是她。凶手这个人应该能自由进出你的家,应该能够真正贴近雷明登先生,才得以知道您的丈夫的病情。她应该能进入您的丈夫的病床,在您的住所随便翻动东西而不会引起别人的怀疑。这个人应该是您家里的其中一个佣人。

我一直用〝她〞这个字眼,因为我已经查出她的身份。她不是别人,她正是您的佣人玛莉范斯。她的真名叫丽莎怀特。是的,她不是别人,她正是瑞秋怀特的女儿!您的丈夫实在曾经抛弃瑞秋怀特,当时她正怀孕,您了解吧。瑞秋怀特一定是带着巨大的忧伤与痛苦离开伦敦的,她的仇恨於是转向报复。因此,二十年之后,她的女儿丽莎回到伦敦预谋杀死比尔雷明登。她掩饰自己的身份,成为您家中的一名新佣人。当她赢得了您的信任,她开始计划她的阴谋。在服侍了比尔雷明登好多个月,她应该知道您的丈夫的心脏问题。因此,她等到那天晚上您去出席大卫逊的派对时下手。她如常的送晚餐给比尔雷明登,然后偷偷地取走放在抽屉里的药丸,将它们全部倒掉在水糟里。您的丈夫由於生病时常神志不清,所以不可能发现她暗中作了手脚。当天晚上是丽莎下手的最好时机,因为除了乔治之外没有人在场。但是,乔治不可能看到她下手,因为他是管家,必须在楼下等你回来。

我之前以为凶手覬觎您的丈夫的大笔遗产。但是,当您告诉我所有的财产将由您和当地的孤儿院继承,我知道我猜错了。这复仇案件姗姗来迟了二十年,在我的侦探生涯中,确实令我大吃一惊。丽莎今早必须面对法律的制裁。我感谢您的热情款待,请多多保重。


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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]
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