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{March 28, 2010}   Love or Money’s Review

On a Saturday Molly Clarkson was celebrating her 50th birthday. All her relatives had come: her children (Diane, Jackie and Roger) and her brother Albert. They were all used to asking Molly for money, except Jackie, who still lived with her mother. That night one by one they all asked her for money again, but she refused saying that no one would get money any more from her. They were quite upset and angry.

The next morning Roger was woken up by a cry from his mother’s room. When he got there he saw Diane coming out, who had just found her mother dead. Roger was shocked. Diane called the doctor immediately. He was puzzled because Molly had been in good health and he decided to call the police. The police came quickly to the scene and started their investigation. Detective Inspector Walsch and Sergeant Foster did the questioning.

Albert told them that he had been angry at Molly the previous night, just like all the others, because she would not give them the money they needed. He had been the first to go to bed and had gone to Molly’s bedroom to say goodnight. He thought he had heard someone going downstairs around midnight.

The next one, Jackie, admitted she had also been in Molly’s room that night. The police had found an empty bottle of sleeping pills. She had heard someone around midnight and it had been her mother to get some dinner for the dogs. She got angry when asked whether she needed her mother’s money.

Roger told the same story as the others. He wanted money to build houses on Molly’s land together with a friend and had wanted Molly to move.

Last came Diane, who admitted taking milk to her mother last night. She also made clear that she did not like her mother, just like everybody else, even Jackie. In the past Molly had stopped her love affair with the gardener boy. Jackie was really mad then.

The detectives also interviewed Peter Hobbs, the neighbour. He told them that Jackie had asked him to say that he wanted to kill Molly. And that he did say it but had not done it. After him Tom Briggs, a farmer, had come to see Molly. So they went to Tom afterwards. Tom was just having dinner and they waited a bit for him. In the front room Inspector Walsh saw a picture of a happy young girl. When Tom came in they told him that Molly was dead and it was clear he did not know. Tom had seen the whole family in the kitchen the day before and also Peter Hobbs. He did not want to say who the young girl in the picture was.

The next day the police went back to the Clarkson’s house and Inspector Walsh said he knew who murdered Molly Clarkson. His theory was as follows: Jackie had wanted Peter Hobbs to come to the house. Peter had gotten a letter from Molly and was very angry about it. He said he wanted to kill her and Jackie had wanted everyone to hear that. Jackie reacted by saying that it must be Diane, as the police had found the bottle in her bag. Inspector Walsh pointed out that that was so, but they had not told her where it had been found. The young girl in the picture at Tom’s house was no one else but Jackie. They were in love. Jackie was arrested and taken to the police station.

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