Part 50: Update #5Let's All Play Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective - The Banker's Final Debt (Update #5)
Notebook (New clues will be spoilered.)
1. Inspector Gregson from Scotland Yard surprised us with a visit to inform us of a very troubling murder. Oswald Mason, the chief accountant for the Bank Of England, was found murdered at his home at 10 pm the previous night by his wife. On the surface, there seems to be no motive and he appears to be a simple, hard-working man. Gregson was here at the request of the exchequer as it seems like Mason was doing important work for The Treasury. The chancellor wants to make sure that Mason's death has nothing to do with the work that he was involved with. At this point, there are no connections with the murder, to the Yard, it appears like a commonplace murder.
2. Holmes spoke to Sir Adrian Malmquist at The Treasury about the murder of Oswald Mason. Malmquist finds the murder inconvenient as Mason was set to give him a report regarding some embarrassing irregularities. Even though the investigation was dealing with large sums of money, Malmquist believes that murder over this report doesn't make any sense as his death will only delay the investigation and not stop it from happening. Besides this, all of MAson's paperwork has been accounted for.
The Treasury relied on Bacon and Company for many of their investments, they are one of the largest investment houses in London. It came to The Treasury's attention that six months ago, Bacon and Company were under deep financial straits and do not own sufficient liquid assets to meet their liabilities. They had invested in too many securities that were weighing down the London Stock Market. Her Majesty's government and Lionel Foxcroft, the Governor of the Bank Of England, guaranteed to cover the discredited securities. But when their books were audited it was discovered that they were investing in more securities than they were reporting, over £1,300,000 worth. Oswald Mason was attempting to trace the additional securities. Sir Adrian believes that the Bacon and Company directors, Michael Essex and Mitchell Yourke, are hoping to make a profit out of all of this.
3. Lestrade believes that he has the case cracked as he believes this to be just a typical case of breaking and entering. He has informed us that entry was made into Mason's residence was through an upstairs window which was forced open. The intruder made his way downstairs and into the study where he encountered Mason, a fight ensued which lead to Mason's death and the intruder escaped through the study window. Nothing seems to have been stolen, all of the jewellery and heirlooms have been accounted for. The paper's that Mason was working on were sent to The Treasury and have all been accounted for. The Inspector hasn't yet found a motive for this incident at this point.
4. The detective paid a visit to Oswald Mason's residence and found Constable Parks awaiting them. He is awaiting the Yard to conduct a final investigation before he leaves the scene, he assures us that everything is in the same place as when he had found it the night before. Mason's body was found sprawled across a blood-covered desk and Parks believes that he was killed with a statue. He believes that the intruder entered the house through an upstairs window as it showed signs of forced entry. The intruder seems to have exited through the study window, there's a palm print in plaster residue on the window and there are pieces of plaster shards on the floor. Oswald was found by his wife when she had returned home from visiting her sister's, Dahlia Farmer, Parks was doing his nightly rounds when he heard Rose Mason screaming. Parks immediately covered up Oswald and had him sent over to St. Bartholomew's Hospital and then gathered up the paperwork and sent them to the Yard. The murder weapon is currently in the possession of H.R. Murray. Rose Mason is currently staying with her sister, Dahlia Farmer.
5. Watson consulted Sir Jasper Meek about his report on Oswald Mason. His body arrived at 0030 on the 11th of April, Mason was in his early forties and was in very good health. The cause of death was a blow to the side of the head by a heavy blunt object. Blood was discovered under Mason's fingernails which were of a different type to his own.
6. Mr Kimbel informed us that Oswald Mason was very well-liked at the Bank Of England, he had been working there for over fifteen years and was one of their most trusted employees. Kimble knew very little about Mason's work with The Treasury. One of their responsibilities is to oversee government audits and this was Mason's area and it was highly confidential. Kimbel only knows that Mason was working for the Chancellor Of The Exchequer and we will need to speak to the Governor, Lionel Foxcroft if we have any further questions. After asking for permission to investigate Mason's office, Kimbel informed us that he was planning to have Mason's secretary, Mabel Brown, sort through his papers but he has given her the day off due to the current circumstances.
Holmes and Watson investigated Mason's office and discovered several things:
A bank statement which declared that on April 4th, Mason had withdrawn a personal cheque for £240.
Two tickets to travel to Greece with the Aberdeen Nav Company, purchased on the 28th of March.
A receipt from Evenson & Company Gift Shoppe for two statues, dated the 31st of March.
A bill from the Langham Hotel for £3. 6s.
7. When the Irregulars visited Porky Shinwell they discovered that he didn't know anything about this case.
8. Witson visited Murray at the Criminology Lab, the murder weapon was a small statue of David and it still had bloodstains on it. It was one of two replicas that were sitting on the fireplace mantel.
9. Holmes met with Lionel Foxcroft, he informed us that only he and Malmquist knew about Mason's involvement with the investigation.
10. Watson was able to interview Rose Mason at Dahlia Farmer's residence and both of them were able to answer his questions. Rose visits her sister every Thursday evening to play whist, she didn't seem to think that any visitors were expected back at her home. Rose had returned home at 10 o'clock and that is when she found Oswald in the study. The place was in a mess, furniture was overturned and books had been strewn about. Oswald had bought Rose a Venus De Milo statue a week beforehand and had promised to take her on a special trip. She believes that it would have been to Paris as they saw the original Venus De Milo there on their honeymoon. The statue is currently broken into pieces.
11. The Mason's had been taking good care of Mabel Brown ever since her husband had died at sea three years ago. They had bought Mabel a statue for her birthday last week, which she had discovered that it had been broken into pieces when she returned home from work last night. Mabel seemed to think that it had fallen.
12. The shop owner of Evenson & Co. Gift Shoppe told us that Oswald Mason had ordered two Venus De Milo statues on the 31st of March. They delivered both statues for him, one to Rose Mason at their home address and the other was sent to Mabel Brown. The last three statues were sold to a gentleman on Wednesday. The owner offered to order more from, J. Small & Co., the manufacturer of the statues.
13. We sent the Irregulars to the Langham hotel, they discovered that Oswald Mason only used their rooms for business meetings.
14. Mrs Small was in attendance when we visited J. Small & Company. The Venus De Milo statues have been very popular lately. Last Wednesday, A man from Southampton had purchased the last five statues. The other statues had been sold to Evenson & Company and the gift shop at the British Museum. Her late husband made fifteen of these statues three years ago but refused to sell them. She revealed to us that Jonathan Small had died a fortnight ago and that he wasn't a very reputable man. It seems like the barman at the Red Bull Inn knew him very well.
15. We arrived at the Small household, we have already discovered that Jonathan Small is now dead and his wife is currently running the business. Their landlady did reveal to us that Mr Small always returned home drunk from the pub and beat his wife regularly. Mrs Small was the one who took care of everything.
16. Henry Ellis revealed to us that Oswald Mason was known in the office for his work with the government, but what is known about it is that wasn't anything worth killing him over.
17. Our trip to Mitchell Yourke's residence was fruitless, he seems to have left for France this morning.
18. We spoke to Michael Essex about Oswald Mason's audit of Bacon and Company. He told us that if we had any questions then we should speak to his barrister, Charles Dixon
19. Unfortunately, the Irregulars only found sweet fanny Adams at Quentin Hogg's.
20. The British Museum had already sold the last of their Venus De Milo statues. A "Mrs Smith" bought all five of the statues only yesterday. The attendant believes he has seen her on stage before, he assures us that her name isn't "Mrs Smith". Maybe we could find something in today's newspaper.
21. The barman at the Red Bull Inn told us a little more about "Jonny" Small. He wasn't surprised that Small came to a violent end as he was a wild one and always on the wrong side of the law. He always wondered where he came up with the money for his ceramics shop as he heard rumours about the Drummond Bank robbery as well as other heists. The word on the street is that his Rose killed Jonny with poison.
22. Watson visited the Aberdeen Shipping Company and got confirmation that Oswald purchased two tickets to board the "Grecian Queen", which was departing for Athens on April 21st.
23. Charles Dixon was currently unavailable, unfortunately. His associate assured us that Dixon wouldn't be available to us in any capacity for the foreseeable future.
24. Our visit to Bacon and Company was equally fruitless. Their employees have been advised to not say anything about these matters to anyone.
25. The Irregulars were sent to De Vries Diamonds and the lady there said that she recognized Nat Cook after the burglary. Two other people were involved too, the Irregulars seem to think that it was the "Three Musketeers".
26. Violette Blue was not in her rather messy room when we went to visit her. There were several Venus De Milo statues in the middle of the room, several of them had been smashed open. It seems like Blue had found what she was looking for as the statues from the British Museum had remained intact. Blue had left her room around twenty minutes before Watson arrived, she had left in a hurry with a gentleman. Mr Kent was loading their luggage into a carriage, presumably from the Central Carriage Stables, when he overheard the gentleman tell the cab driver to head towards Waterloo Station.
(Alfie Kent is not in the directory.)
27. Holmes visited Disraeli O'Brian to enquire further about Jonathan Small. Small was convicted of selling stolen goods in 1880 and served a six-month prison term. He was also cited on public drunkenness and disturbing the peace in 1885, 1886 and twice in 1882. Small is also a suspect in the Drummond Bank robbery in 1886 along with Leroy Eakin, the case wasn't brought to trial. He was also a suspect in a diamond robbery in 1887 along with Nat Cook, there was not enough evidence to bring Small to trial but Cook was convicted of the crime and is awaiting release from Millbank Prison.
28. Violette Blue wasn't at the Oxford Music Hall, unfortunately. It seems like she won't be back any time soon as she didn't attend yesterday and won't make an appearance today because of an illness. She has currently been replaced by Sandra Gamble.
29. When we spoke to Mrs Nims at De Vries Diamonds she informed us that she remembered the robbery pretty vividly. The robbery itself was over and done in fifteen minutes, they had stolen some rather valuable diamonds. There were three robbers, two of them remain unidentified but the lady recognised Nat Cook as he had taken off his mask as he was exiting the shop.
30. We tried to speak to Nat Cook at Millbank Prison but he didn't want to speak to us. It seems to be common knowledge that Cook has £100,000 waiting for him outside of prison that he earned from the De Vries Diamond robbery. The diamonds have yet to be recovered and he hasn't confessed to the police about their whereabouts. Cook did have a cellmate and confidant, Errol Hawk, who was released on Monday. A woman had come to meet Hawk upon his release who seemed to cause an impression on the guards, apparently, she is "a looker" and can sing like an angel.
31. We sent the Irregulars to Edward Hall at the Old Bailey. Hall seems to think that "The Three Musketeers" have split up, the Irregulars don't agree with this answer.
Central Carriage Stables - Central Carriage Stables is located at 5 Grey's-road, WC. It is here that all of London's cabs are stabled and dispatched. This is a good place to find information about people's movements about the city.
Gamble, Sandra - Nothing on file.
Hall, Edward (Old Bailey) - Baker Street Regular.
Hogg, Quentin (Police Gazette) - Baker Street Regular.
Hotels - Langham Hotel - The Langham Hotel is located in the West End of London and boasts the city's most elegant accomodations. A favourite place of the King of Bohemia.
London Library - Baker Street Regular.
Pike, Langdale (Society Club) - Baker Street Regular.
Raven & Rat Inn (Shinwell, Porky) - Baker Street Regular.
Small, Aggie - Nothing on file.
Somerset House - Baker Street Regular.
Waterloo Station - Waterloo Station is located in Lambeth and provides the final stop for the South Western Railway. It is in desperate need of repair.
Time to vote!
You can choose up to, and including, five more locations for the detectives to visit. You're also free to send the Irregulars to one location.
We have visited nine out of nine key locations. You can call to end this case if you can answer this question: Who killed Oswald Mason?
Voting will end Friday, 28th August at 2215 GMT.