The Mystery of the Three Suicides
Four people had gathered in an obligatory mansion to spend the weekend together. Those people may have had actual names, but referring to them as B, C, D and E will suffice. E, the owner of the mansion, had sent invitations to his acquintances B, C and D to enjoy a weekend of games at his place, and the three happily answered the call. Things went well until the evening of the first day, but things eventually took a grim turn.
As the main event was starting, B, C and D noticed that E had been out of sight for a while. All four of them had been wandering the mansion freely, so it was not unusual for one or two of them to occasionally go grab some food in the kitchen or otherwise leave the rest of the group, but E hadn’t been seen for at least an hour. They talked about it, and decided to go look for him. Eventually, their search left no corner unturned other than E’s room, which was locked.
They knocked on the door, but there was no response. Figuring that E must be inside his room, the three decided to force the door open. Entering the room, B was the first one to see E’s corpse. E was laying on his back on the bed, the sheets soaked in blood along with his shirt. The shirt was torn near the heart, revealing a gruesome red mess beneath. “Oh my god…! He’s… E’s dead!”, exclaimed B. And, indeed, E was dead.
C and D rushed into the room. Besides the body, there was little of interest in the room. A bloody knife was on the floor beside the bed, and the room key was resting on a tray on the nightstand beside some cookies and a teacup. It did not take long for the three to start discussing how this murder could have happened. It did not take long for them to reach a conclusion, either. The door was locked with the only key inside the room. The windows were likewise locked, and the room was located in the second floor of the mansion. What other choice was there than to decide it was a suicide? The only opening to the room was the small gap between the door and the floor, but there’s no way anyone could stab someone through that in the heart under any circumstance.
It was very late, and the three decided to retire to their rooms for the night. Waking up next morning, B and C met on the corridor that connected their rooms, and decided to go look for D. In an eerily repetitive scenario, D was nowhere to be found, and the door to his room did not budge. They knocked on the door, but there was no response. They tried forcing the door open, but this door appeared to be made of sturdier stuff. As D’s room was on the first floor, B suggested he go break into the room through the window and open the lock from the inside. C agreed to wait in front of the door just in case they just missed D earlier and he came to investigate the noise.
It took B a while to get to the window. As the windows to D’s room were locked from the inside, he had to break one to enter the room. Inside the room, what he saw was like the scene of E’s murder was repeated with the victim’s identity the only apparent difference. D was lying on the bed in a pool of blood, a stab wound near his heart. A bloody knife was laying on the floor next to the bed. On a nightstand next to the bed, the room key was neatly placed onto a tray with some cookies and a teacup.
After a moment or two, B got the door open, and C entered the room to witness the scene for himself. Deciding that things are getting too creepy, C decided it was about time to leave. B, likewise thinking that enough is enough, followed C to the garage outside the mansion, where their cars were waiting. The two parted ways at the garage, and B headed home. After a couple of hours of driving, inside the safety of his own home, he went to rest on the bed, unaware that three people had died in the mansion during that weekend.
Two reds to get a couple of trivialities out of the way.
All three victims did not commit suicide. At least one was murdered by someone else.
Nobody who is not mentioned in the narrative can have anything to do with the mystery.
And then, the obvious limes to get things properly started.
How did E die?
How did D die?
How did C die?