Super Sleuth Challenge Monday Edition – A Kidnapper’s Rock Solid Alibi

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During the month of March we have had less Super Sleuth Challenges than usual, so I thought I’d wrap up this last day of the month with a special challenge just for you.

Wednesday I will announce the Super Sleuth of the Month, so polish up your sleuthing skills and solve the crime.

One of the Oldest Cold Cases Ever Solved:

The year is 1957. A seven-year-old girl is playing in her yard with her friend during the first snowfall of the year. A stranger approached and offered piggy-back rides. The seven-year-old accepted. Her friend ran home to get her mittens and when she returned the seven-year-old was gone.

A national manhunt ensued with hopes of finding the young girl alive. Despite all efforts, her body is found four months later 120 miles from home in a farm field.

There was a person of interest in the crime who showed the traits expected of such a killer, trouble was he had a rock solid alibi. He was in another town enlisting in the air force and getting the required physical. Additionally, several witnesses came forward to corroborate his story.

Hitting a dead end in the investigation, the case went cold. By the time the truth caught up with the killer he was a decorated war hero and had even served as a Police Officer at one time.

Which of the following Clues put him behind bars for the rest of his life?

A.  An unused train ticket that had provided his alibi

B.   A criminal line-up

C.   His mother’s deathbed confession

D.   An old girlfriend’s mistake during an interview.

E.  All of the above

Check back Wednesday for the answer and the announcement of the official winner of March’s Super Sleuth of the Month. The winner will be awarded a romantic suspense novel and a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

8 thoughts on “Super Sleuth Challenge Monday Edition – A Kidnapper’s Rock Solid Alibi

  1. JaniceG says:

    I will guess E for all of the above. I think it is possible that all could have happened, and given the length of time between when the crime occurred and the conviction, all of those clues feasibly could have been revealed.

  2. Bonnie says:

    I fear it may have been C. A mother will protect a child but on her deathbed, maybe she realized the anguish her son had caused another family and told someone.

  3. dtopliff says:

    This is a really interesting one, and I’m going w/ E, all of the above. I’ll definitely tune in tomorrow to see the answer. And happy April 1st!

  4. Michelle Lim says:

    Thanks for joining in the sleuthing! This one really caught my interest, too. What an amazing thing to solve a cold case so many years later.

  5. I think it’s C. I don’t think his family liked him very much, maybe ever were afraid of him. 🙂

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