DL076: Hercule Poirot: The Case of the Careless Victim — Act 1: Scene 3
A Logical Explanation
Poirot wants to take the elevator down to the hotel lobby to meet Inspector Stevens of the New York police force. While waiting for the elevator, he explains to Miss Fletcher how he knows her room was not the actual crime scene — how it is that he knows the murder took place upstairs in the room one floor above hers.
A Long Wait
He has time to explain in detail because the elevator is a long time in coming. He tells Miss Fletcher all the clues he noticed that led him to this conclusion. Together, these clues made him suspicious that his first assessment was wrong.
Poirot asks the elevator attendant what took him so long. Although Johnny has an explanation, it sounds suspicious. It doesn’t fit with the evidence Poirot observed. You’ll have to listen and decide for yourself whether you believe Johnny or not. After listening, let me know in the comments below whether you are suspicious of Johnny or not.
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So, what do you think? Is the elevator attendant the murderer? Was he really on the ninth floor, or was he in the basement? Or maybe he sent the elevator down to the basement and he was really in the room above Miss Fletcher’s. Of course, he was able to explain the problem with the indicator. But, do you believe him?