Colette produced the piece of paper out of her pocket and unfolded it. It was the same document the chief inspector had left in the banker’s house. The very same document that Frank the Knife had found at the crime scene and dropped when he got in the wardrobe.
6 Piccadilly Circus
19th November 1930
Please pay to :
Mr. Mortimer Brown the amount of 15.000 pounds---------------------
The chief inspector turned pale. The sense of frustration and inarticulateness was agony to him. He himself filled up his glass with more than a dash of sherry and downed it at once.
Turpin´s eyes glistened in his rounded face and directing his voice to the two policemen who were still holding their weapons in their hands, he said:
“Gentlemen, arrest the chief inspector for the murder of the banker. Monsieur Brown, you murdered the banker.”
A cold long silence filled up the entire room. The two policemen looked at each other not knowing what to do. Colette looked at her husband with pride. Then Frank the Knife had a fit of the giggles and broke the deadly silence by saying:
“I never expected you to find out so fast, monsieur Turpin.”
Colette’s face was either smiling or frowning but she kept quiet.
In despair, the chief inspector made his way to the window, opened it and jumped to the ground. In unison, the two policemen, Colette, Turpin and even Frank the Knife leaned out of the window just to see the dead body of the chief inspector lying down in the ground. A thin line of blood was coming out of his left ear.
Frank the Knife, relieved by all that had happened, asked Turpin:
“How did you know he committed the crime?”
And before he could open his mouth, Colette replied:
“When the inspector asked what time it was, I realized he was not wearing the gold watch with diamonds he had bought in Paris last summer. He never took it off. Actually he mentioned once something that I still remember by heart: ‘I will wear this watch till the end of my days’. It suddenly dawned on me that perhaps, due to his current financial situation, he went to the banker’s house, forced him to fill out the cheque and then when he heard noises coming from the entrance door because you were breaking into the house, the inspector killed the banker and ran away.”
Looking at Frank and without letting Colette carry on, Turpin added:
“You were in the wrong place at the wrong time and the chief inspector found in you the perfect culprit.”
Turpin smiled. Colette approached him and, while kissing him in the cheek, she whispered:
“I am very proud of you.”
Then she looked back over her shoulders and saw the two policemen and Frank leaving the hotel room.