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'''Opening : ''' Here's a .22 calibre pistol. It's a familiar object. You've seen one, or its picture. Never touched one. An elegant little weapon -- blue steel, mother of pearl inlay grip -- beautiful in it's dainty snubnosed wickedness...
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'''Opening : ''' Here's a .22 calibre pistol. It's a familiar object. You've seen one, or its picture. Never touched one. An elegant little weapon -- blue steel, mother of pearl inlay grip -- beautiful in its dainty snubnosed wickedness...
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%note%Tony West, a historian of "British crime, murder and mayhem from the past," has researched the episodes of The Black Museum and [[http://wjp-otr.com/openings/bmcases.htm|matched the many of the Black Museum Episodes with the actual case histories]]. The results of his research are recorded below, together with the rest of the episode information.
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%note%Tony West, a historian of "British crime, murder and mayhem from the past," has researched the episodes of The Black Museum and [[http://wjp-otr.com/openings/bmcases.htm|matched the many of the Black Museum Episodes with the actual case histories]]. The results of his research are recorded below, together with the rest of the episode information. There are a few instances where multiple Black Museum Episodes were based on the same actual case, but rewritten. These will be noted below.
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'''Actual Case History : '''The murder of Police Constable George W. Gutteridge on a lonely country road between Ongar and Romford in Essex on September 27th 1927 by Frederick Guy Browne and William Kennedy. They were hanged May 31st 1928. '''The Black Museum Episode titled "The Gas Receipt" was also based on this case history.'''
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'''Actual Case History : '''The murder of Police Constable George W. Gutteridge on a lonely country road between Ongar and Romford in Essex on September 27th 1927 by Frederick Guy Browne and William Kennedy. They were hanged May 31st 1928. '''The Black Museum Episode titled "The Car Tire" was also based on this case history.'''
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'''Actual Case History : '''The murder of John Innes Nesbit, a wages clerk, on a train near Newcastle by John Alexander Dickman, March 18th 1910. '''The Black Museum Episode titled "Tan Shoe" was also based on this case history.'''
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'''Actual Case History : '''The murder of Elsie Cameron by Norman Thorne at Crowborough, Sussex in Dec. 1924. '''The Black Museum Episode titled "The Wool Jacket" was also based on this case history.'''
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'''Actual Case History : '''The murder of John Innes Nesbit, a wages clerk, on a train near Newcastle by John Alexander Dickman, March 18th 1910. '''The Black Museum Episode titled "The Leather Bag" was also based on this case history.'''
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'''Actual Case History : '''The murder of Elsie Cameron by Norman Thorne at Crowborough, Sussex in Dec. 1924. '''The Black Museum Episode titled "The Pair of Spectacles" was also based on this case history.'''
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%note%Tony West, a historian of "British crime, murder and mayhem from the past," has researched the episodes of The Black Museum and matched the many of the Black Museum Episodes with the actual case histories.
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%note%Tony West, a historian of "British crime, murder and mayhem from the past," has researched the episodes of The Black Museum and [[http://wjp-otr.com/openings/bmcases.htm|matched the many of the Black Museum Episodes with the actual case histories]]. The results of his research are recorded below, together with the rest of the episode information.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' %red%called "'''Car Tyre'''" by Tony West, an alternate Title(Version?) of "'''The Gas Receipt'''"%%. The murder of Police Constable George W. Gutteridge on a lonely country road between Ongar and Romford in Essex on September 27th 1927 by Frederick Guy Browne and William Kennedy. They were hanged May 31st 1928.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murders of Mrs Olive Durand-Deacon, Mr & Mrs McSwann and their son, Dr & Mrs Henderson and possibly others by John George Haigh during the period 1944 to 1949. He was hanged at Wandsworth prison Aug. 6th 1949. (You'll notice that in Britain there is no lengthy appeals process, his last murder was commited less than six months before he was executed)!
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murders of Doreen Hearne & Kathleen Trendle by Harold Hill at Penn in Buckinghamshire in 1941.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murder of Camille Cecily Holland by her common-law husband Samuel Herbert Dougal at Saffron Waldon, Essex on May 19th 1899.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' Barrister fraudster James Townsend Saward (alias "Jim the Penman" to the criminal fraternity), crimes of fraud at Yarmouth England during 1857, sentenced to penal servitude in Australia.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The Murder of James Maybrick by his wife Florence, May 11th 1889 at Liverpool. Florence Maybrick was born Florence Elizabeth Chandler in Alabama. She was sentenced to death but reprieved three days before her execution date. She spent fifteen years in jail, released in January 1904 and died in poverty in Connecticut on October 23rd 1941.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' On 2nd October 1922 Percy and Jessie Thompson were on their way home along the Belgrave Rd, Illford, Essex, after a trip to the theatre when a man rushed out of the darkness and stabbed her husband, Percy, to death. The assailant was heard to shout "Why don't you get a divorce you Cad". Edith was heard to cry "Don't oh Don't". Edith told police that she had no idea who the attacker was, but her neighbours told the police about the affair that Mrs. Thompson had been having with Freddy Bywaters. He was duly tracked down and taken to Ilford police station. In Freddy's locker they found no fewer than 83 letters from Edith, 49 of which were eventually used as evidence at the trial. Some of the letters discussed poisoning Percy, and one even discussed the fact that Edith had put ground glass into his food. One of the letters from Edith to Freddy said "be jealous so much that you will do something desperate". They were hanged at the same time, 9am on 9th January 1923. Freddy at Pentonville, and Edith at Holloway, she had to be drugged and dragged to the gallows.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' One of the most famous of all the English murder cases, the murder of an unknown tramp by Alfred Arthur Rouse on the evening of November 5th/6th 1930, near the village of Hardingstone, Northamptonshire. November 5th is an English custom called Guy Fawkes night or Bonfire night.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The Murders of Margery Gardner at Notting Hill London and Doreen Marshall in Bournemouth during June and July of 1946 by Neville George Clevely Heath. These were quite sadistic and perverted murders the details of which are not accurately portrayed in the episode. Heath was hanged on Oct. 26th 1946.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The Murder of Phyllis Dimmock at Camden Town, London on Sept.12th 1907. An artist-engraver Robert Wood was charged with her murder. He was found not guilty at trial, the murder remained unsolved.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murder of Ada Baguley by Nurse Dorothea Waddingham on Sept. 11th 1935 at Nottingham. Waddingham was hanged Apr.16th 1936.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The arrest of William Wallace for the murder of his wife Julia, Liverpool 1931. Sentence later quashed by criminal court on appeal and he was freed.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The Murder of Mr & Mrs Giffard by their son Miles Giffard in November 1952 at Cornwall.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The poisoning of Emile L'Angelier by Madeleine Smith on March 23rd 1857 at Glasgow, Scotland. At her trial in Edinburgh Scotland on June 30th that year the case was found "Not Proven", a verdict that is unique to Scotland whereas in the rest of the British Isles the equivalent verdict would be Not Guilty.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' London 1903, George Chapman murdered three women and believed by some to have been Jack the Ripper.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murder of Irene May Wilkins by Thomas Henry Allaway at Bournemouth, Dec. 22nd 1921.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The Murder of Minnie Bonati by John Robinson in London 1927.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The Murder of Police Constable Miles by Christopher Craig and Derek Bentley at Croydon London, Nov. 2nd 1952. Craig was only 16 at the time and was sentenced to be "detained at Her Majesty's pleasure" and was released in 1963. Bentley at age 18 was what is termed "feeble minded" with the mental age of perhaps a 12 year old and was executed. There was a recommendation for mercy from the jury which was ignored by the judge and he was hanged whilst 5000 people demonstrated against the sentence outside the prison. \\
This was one of Britain's most controversial executions and after 50 years of campaigning by his family and public figures he was just recently given a posthumous free pardon. It should be noted that Bentley had been in police custody for twenty minutes BEFORE PC Miles was shot dead by Craig and there is a strong rumour that the bullet that killed the policeman was fired by another policeman! It was never produced in court and there was no ballistics match done on the fatal bullet. There is a movie that can still be found at some video stores titled "Let Him Have It" which is about the Craig & Bentley case. \\
As a point of interest I picked up Christopher Craig's older brother Niven in my taxi way back in 1973. He was a small time gangster during the 1950's whom Chris Craig strived to emulate.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' Dr Edward Pritchard murdered his wife and his mother-in-law in Glasgow Scotland during February and March of 1865. He was hanged four months later.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murder of Mrs Dorothy Fisher and her 19 year old daughter Freda along with their maid Charlotte Saunders, at Matfield in Kent on July 9th 1940 by Mrs Florence Iris Ouida Ransom.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murder of Emily Beilby Kaye by Patrick Herbert Mahon on April 15th 1924 at The Crumbles, Eastbourne, Sussex.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong executed at Gloucester prison on May 31st 1922 for the murder of his wife in February 1921 at Hay-on-Wye South Wales.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murder of Annie Louisa Kempson by Henry Daniel Seymour at Oxford on August Bank Holiday weekend 1931. Seymour was hanged Dec. 10th 1931 at Oxford prison.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The poisoning of Edwin Bartlett by his wife Adelaide Bartlett on January 1st 1886 at Pimlico, London. She was acquitted of the murder.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The poisoning of Alfred George Poynter Jones by Jean Pierre Vaquier at Byfleet, Surrey, March 29th 1924.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' Known as the Brighton Trunk Mystery. The murder of Violette Kaye on May 10th 1933 at Brighton Sussex. Her lover Tony Mancini (real name Cecil Louis England who also used the aliases Hyman Gold and Jack Notyre), was found not guilty.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murder of George Heath by U.S. soldier Karl Gustav Hulten and Elizabeth Maud Jones, alias Georgina Grayson, at Staines London Oct. 7th 1944. Hulton was hanged Mar. 8th 1945. Jones was also sentenced to death but commuted to a prison term, she was released in May 1954.
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%note%Tony West, a historian of "British crime, murder and mayhem from the past," has researched the episodes of The Black Museum and matched the many of the Black Museum Episodes with the actual case histories.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' This was the murder of Alec D'Antiquis on April 29th 1947 by Christopher James Geraghty aged 21, Charles Harry Jenkins aged 23 and Terence Rolt. Geraghty and Jenkins were hung. Rolt was under age and was imprisoned.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' "The Brides in the Bath Murders", the murders of Margaret Lofty in Highgate London, Alice Burnham, Bessie Mundy at Blackpool during 1914 commited by George Joseph Smith who was executed on August 13th 1915.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murder of architect Francis Rattenbury by their 18 year old handyman, George Stoner, during March 1935. Francis Rattenbury's wife Alma was also implicated but acquitted at trial. Three days after the trial Alma Rattenbury commited suicide, Stoner was sentenced to hang but was reprieved by the Home Secretary. Francis Rattenbury was the architect who designed the Provincial government buildings in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murder of Joan Pearl Wolfe by Native Indian French-Canadian soldier August Sangret at Hankley Common near Godalming Surrey in September 1942. Sangret was hanged at Wandsworth prison April 2nd 1943.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' %red%called "'''Car Tyre'''" by Tony West, an alternate Title(Version?) of "'''The Gas Receipt'''"%%. The murder of Police Constable George W. Gutteridge on a lonely country road between Ongar and Romford in Essex on September 27th 1927 by Frederick Guy Browne and William Kennedy. They were hanged May 31st 1928.
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'''Actual Case History : ''' The murder of minor actress Gay Gibson by James Camb aboard the liner Durban Castle, cabin 126, off the west coast of Africa, October 18th 1947. James Camb was sentenced to death but reprieved owing to a suspension of capital punishment.
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'''Introduction : ''' Now here we are, the postcard. The postcard with the drawing of a rising sun. It's clear at once that a skilled hand drew this tiny picture.
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'''Introduction : ''' The buff colored service card. As I open the showcase and take it between my fingers, I ask you to come with me back to 1947.
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'''Opening : ''' A sheathed knife. It's a familiar object. Maybe your son, if he's an outdoors sort of kid, has one.
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's the sheathed knife I was telling you about. Leather sheath, Sheffield steel, bone handle. It's a pretty instrument in it's way.
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'''Introduction : ''' We've arrived at the shopping bag. One killer. Stanley Haines. Five victims, including his wife who was his second on the list.
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'''Opening : ''' These small white boxes. They're familiar objects. They might have contained sleeping pills, or a mild sedative, or aspirin. But no, they contained arsenic...
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'''Opening : ''' A bedsheet. That's a familiar object. You see them every night except on rare occasions when you're roughing it. Linen is the usual material. Sometimes they're made of silk. This one's linen. It bears the imprint of the steamship Bengal Tower
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'''Introduction : ''' The razor. One of a set of seven. They used to come in wooden cases. You remember, the seven straight keen blades marked one for each day of the week?
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'''Introduction : ''' The trunk. It's easily handled. Empty, now. But once upon a time, oh yes, this is the tale, for our intents and purposes it begins in Charring Cross Station in London...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here are the two bullets. One fired in 1944 when London shook under Hitler's onslaught of V-1s. The other fired during the uneasy peace of '47 when anxious eyes were turning eastward.
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'''Opening : ''' A walking stick. Black wood. Silver mounted. Maybe it's real ebony. A stick which might have belonged to your grandfather.
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'''Introduction : ''' The jacket. Mottled, dusty. somewhat inconspucuous in it's place on the shelf. A tragic relic of passion and violence
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'''Introduction : ''' A shoe. Oh, a pair of them, of course. Charming, delightful, it's the type of fragile footware a lady of some means would be expected to own.
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'''Introduction : ''' A leather bag. Part of a puzzle, a jigsaw puzzle involving life and death and greed which was never quite completed.
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's the letter, the letter I told you about. The letter of today's story. This one begins innocently enough, in a bank.
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'''Opening : ''' Now here is a pint bottle, labeled Meat Juice . Perhaps you've seen one of these...
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'''Opening : ''' You take this mallet. It's a familiar object. Wooden mallet, worn, with a wooden head, marked. Nicked with all it's uses...
'''Intro Items : ''' woman's handkerchief, heavy chain
'''Introduction : ''' The mallet. The little white card says in part Guy Falkes day -- bonfire night. Guy Falkes day, that's November 5th. It's an old English tradition.
'''Notes : ''' This episode has the same opening as Lady's Shoe
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'''Opening : ''' Here's an open end wrench. It's a familiar object. If you own an automobile, you own one of these. Or at least you've seen a mechanic use one.
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's the open end wrench. It's a common tool among mechanics. Even among non-mechanical types -- bookkeepers, clerks, teachers. No sign of violence or death upon it, merely a bit of shaped patterned steel...
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'''Opening : ''' You take this key...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's the key. An ordinary key. The kind used to open most of the front doors in London...
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'''Opening : ''' Here's a scarf. Torn, ragged, a faded tartan. A cheap reproduction of the honorable colors of the Stewarts. Red with green & blue crossings and a double over-check of white & yellow. This scarf belonged to Walter Hoffman...
'''Intro Items : ''' scent spray, brass candlestick
'''Introduction : ''' Here's what we're looking for, the faded tartan scarf. s I take it out of the showcase...
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'''Opening Items : ''' earthen pot, silver shilling, typewriter ribbon
'''Opening : ''' Four small bottles. They're familiar objects. Medicine bottles, shining glass, cork stoppers. The labels in neat, clear handwriting. Such bottles are in the medicine cabinet of almost every home. But these were found...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here are the four small bottles. Three of one ounce capacity, one holds two ounces.
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'''Opening : ''' Here's a dictionary. It's a familiar object. French into English, English into French. Every high school student knows what these books are like...
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'''Introduction : ''' Ah, here we are, the dictionary. You want the Engish for a French Word? Here it is. Or the French for a word in English?
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'''Opening : ''' I have here a receipt of payment for 10 gallons of gasoline. A familiar object. You've had them many times yourself if you drive a car. But this particular receipt...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's the reciept I told you about. Settled it says, paid in full
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'''Opening : ''' Here's a bit of frosted glass. It's a familiar object. You've seen such glass before in the upper panels of the doors of older houses. Perhaps the one in which you live...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here we are, the glass shards. They're sharp, pointed. Dangerous to life and limb even in themselves
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'''Opening : ''' Here's a hammerhead. Made of cast steel. Well shaped. Extremely familiar. The front end blunt, solid, designed for driving nails. The clawed prongs at the rear for pulling nails. They're practical. Very, very, very familiar. And so very, very, very lethal...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's the hammerhead I told you about. It's an efficient tool, this hammerhead...
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'''Opening : ''' You take this iron bar. It's a familiar object. The handle of a jack. If you own a car you know the jack handle. And you've used it, but never, never I trust, like this...
'''Intro Items : ''' small white box, tiny pistol
'''Introduction : ''' A jack handle. It's intriguing. Once, according to the casebook, yes, that's the story. A tale which begins innocently enough when London lived in the blackout
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'''Opening : ''' Now this jar, ... cheap stained glass container, the type you'd find in a laboratory. What's in it? A colorless fluid. Water, perhaps? A cleaning spirit? No...
'''Intro Items : ''' hypodermic syringe, umbrella
'''Introduction : ''' Here's the acid jar, sealed and somber looking in it's place on the shelf.
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'''Opening : ''' Here's a brickbat. Coarse grained. Rough edged. Familiar. Perhaps your home is built of bricks exactly like this one. In this case, however, no home was built by such a brick. Rather a home was destroyed by it. Destroyed forever...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's our brickbat. Of such bricks are garden walls built. Later the ivy or some such creaping vine grows over them...
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'''Opening : ''' Now take this button, this brass button. The symbol of a barracks parade ground...
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'''Introduction : ''' The brass button. It's an innocuous, ordinary brass button. This was found near the dead body of a woman...
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'''Opening : ''' Here's a can of weed killer. It's a familiar object. Every suburbanite with a patch of garden has used this. Or something very much like it...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's the tin of weed killer. Dried up now, it's contents are forever uselessfor any purpose...
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'''Opening : ''' You take this canvas bag...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's the canvas bag. It was once a bag used to hold provisions in a North Hampton grocery store
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'''Opening : ''' Here's a car tire. There were three others. All attached to a sedan. They were removed...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's the tire. It's an ordinary car tire, once it belonged to a sedan that stood in a garage on the South End...
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'''Opening : ''' Here's a champagne glass. That's a familiar object. Long stemmed, delicate curve, shining crystal. This fragile object belongs to New Year's Eve, to weddings, anniversaries...
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'''Introduction : ''' Here's the champagne glass. It's well designed, graceful. You could place it with a companion on a silver tray...
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'''Opening : ''' Here's a hammer. A hammer, that's a familiar object. Everyone's used one at some time...
'''Intro Items : ''' length of wire, cigarette lighter
'''Introduction : ''' It's a claw hammer with curved blades designed for pulling nails. It's heavy, well balanced, a perfect tool. One Saturday morning it rested in a canvas bag. The owner rang a doorbell in Oxford...
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