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A Bogus Murder Case (5): The Wife

23 September 2012
 

Jackson's moderate house just two blocks away from Stevens's office. The local detective pressed the bell for quite a while before a woman answered the door.

"What do you want of me again, sir?"

"Mrs Jackson, I've brought two friends with me and they may be of help to solve the mystery of your husband's death."

The woman frowned, but eventually let the guests enter her home.

"I wish your visit will be a brief one," said she rigidly.

"That's also our wish," Stevens assured her.

"But, I've already told you, sir," the woman returned to her seat and started sobbing, "I know nothing - nothing."

"Ah, do you believe your husband killed himself?" asked Holmes.

"He loved me and loved our kids, and he regarded those who try to escape troubles through suicide as coward - there is no way he would kill himself."

"I see, I see." Holmes pressed his right index finger against his lips and paused shortly, then said again, "I learned your husband returned home after the Hidewood case was concluded."

"That's right sir, but it was one week after they finished the job. I asked him what he was doing during that week, he said they were ordered not to leave their office."

"Did anything occur to you at the time that seemed unusual about him?"

The woman thought for a while and her cheeks slowly coloured pink. "He - was, not quite as affectionate as he used to be, that night -"

"Ah, not quite affectionate," echoed Holmes. "He had some concerns in his mind."

"I believe so, sir. I asked him if anything went wrong, and he just asked me whether I liked Mrs. Boswell. You know people in Bristol all like her, and like Mr Boswell - he brought so many positive changes to our city. And he said if I liked them, I should stand by them no matter what happened, and that were his last words before leaving home -" the woman wept bitterly.

"Did he contact you afterwards?"

"He called me the next day, said he needed to take a business trip to London. I didn't even get a chance to ask when he would be back, the line just went dead. Since then I hadn't heard anything from him until a few days ago, when his body was found -" The woman broke down and buried her face in her hands crying.

"She really knows nothing," remarked Stevens languidly once returned to his office.

"But she told us a lot," Holmes beamed to himself, satisfactorily.

Both Watson and Stevens were baffled. "Like what?"

"Ah, my friend," Holmes turned to Stevens, "are you by any chance acquainted with the director of Bristol Psychiatric Hospital?"

"Dr. Simon is a good friend of mine."

"Very well, that's excellent, then we shall pay a visit to the hospital tomorrow." Holmes rubbed his hands and walked briskly towards the door. "Now, please show us our rooms, Stevens - Watson and I need a good rest."

Tale of Sherlock Holmes (1): Mrs Boswell
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (2): The Trial
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (3): The Photos
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (4): The Police
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (5): The Wife
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (6): The Hospital
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (7): The Mug
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (8): The Church

Below is the fifth chapter of the story in the original Chinese text written by Shellstone Homes:

离 奇 命 案

(五)

《福尔摩斯探案集·续集》

Author: Shellstone Homes

转过两条街,我们来到康宁街13号约瑟夫家门口。这是一座木结构的独立小院落,和同一条街上的其他民居风格相近,都是哥特式和罗马式建筑风格相结合的那种传统民居,屋顶是陡峭的侧三角形,房屋前有个草坪,草长得茂盛而杂乱,已经很久没有修剪过了。斯蒂芬上前按门铃,好长一段时间,屋里没有任何反应。他又按了一次,这回没过太久,门就开了。开门的女人穿着黑色的长裙,蓬松着一头金发,蓝色的眼睛深深陷了进去,没有神采,整个人看上去非常憔悴。唉,我轻轻叹了一口气,想着,如果稍加修饰,她应该是一个极有魅力的少妇。

斯蒂芬右手按在胸前,很绅士地朝女主人鞠了一躬,诚恳地打着招呼:“丹妮斯太太,很抱歉,我又来打扰你了!”

“哦,是斯蒂芬侦探,您已经来过一次了,还有什么事吗?”丹妮斯说话显得有气无力。

“丹妮斯太太,我给你带来了两位新朋友。能让我们进屋说话吗?”斯蒂芬恳求道。

丹妮斯不太情愿地把我们让进了并不宽敞的客厅,请我们在几张木制的椅子上坐下,随后对我们说:“很抱歉,我家里咖啡和茶叶都没有了,只有白开水,你们喝吗?”

“很好,我们就喝白开水!”还是斯蒂芬在回答,“丹妮斯太太,我给你介绍我的两位朋友,这一位是大名鼎鼎的福尔摩斯,这一位是华生医生。”

丹妮斯给我们每个人端上了一杯白开水。我发现,在斯蒂芬介绍福尔摩斯的时候,丹尼斯无神的眼睛闪亮一下,随即又恢复了暗淡。

“斯蒂芬先生,上次我已经和你说过了,我什么都不知道。”丹妮斯声若蚊呐,她垂下头,用两手蒙住了脸。一会儿工夫,泪水就从她的指缝里渗了出来。

福尔摩斯开口了:“丹妮斯太太,你的孩子呢?”

“她外婆接过去了,那里有爱丽丝——就是我的孩子——的几个表姐和表弟。我想爱丽丝和他们在一起会快乐些。”

“为了你的孩子,为了他们这一代多一些快乐,少一些不幸,我请你告诉我们你知道的一切,好吗?我们需要你的帮助。”

福尔摩斯的话显然打动了丹妮斯,她把头抬起了些,手也从脸上放了下来。“我真的什么也不知道。我能帮你们什么呢?”丹妮斯看上去很真诚,他似乎真想帮助我们,也许她真的什么也不知道。

“你相信约瑟夫是自杀吗?”福尔摩斯继续问她。

丹妮斯摇了摇头,泪水从两边眼角顺着脸颊流到了她细长而微翘的下巴上,几欲滴落。

“你为什么相信你的丈夫不会自杀?”

“约瑟夫是一个很开朗的人,他爱我,也很爱我们的孩子。他从来就没有流露过要自杀的倾向。有一次我们去看电影,他对影片中男主角为了逃离苦难最终选择了自杀很不以为然。约瑟夫怎么会自杀呢?”说起丈夫,丹尼斯的脸上有了那种苦涩的幸福感。

“约瑟夫在办完了安道尔案子后回过一次家,是这样的吗?你能不能详细地和我说说,约瑟夫回家都做了什么,说了什么?”

“是的,他回过一次家,不过那是安道尔案子过去一个星期了。我问他这一星期在干些什么,怎么不回家。约瑟夫告诉我说是在加班,同事都没回家,警察局要求大家不要离开岗位。”丹妮斯沉思了一会,接着说,“那一次回来,约瑟夫的神情特别严肃,这是我从未见过的。我们在一起呆了一个晚上,他只亲了亲我,再没有别的亲昵举动,这和往常完全不同……”

说到这里,丹尼斯有些惨白的脸上漾起了一抹红晕。顿了顿,她又说:“看得出约瑟夫心事重重,我一再追问,他都拒绝告诉我出了什么事。第二天约瑟夫很早起来,他坐到爱丽丝的床边,长久的看着熟睡中的我们的女儿,他偶尔也会笑一笑,但总体来说是很凝重的样子。快要出门的时候,约瑟夫问我是不是喜欢贝丽夫人,还问我对艾伯顿公爵怎么看。我告诉他,我欣赏艾伯顿公爵,也喜欢贝丽夫人,因为他们为这块土地上的每一个人尤其是生活在下层的普通人付出了太多,艾伯顿给这座城市带来了翻天覆地的变化。约瑟夫跟我说,喜欢艾伯顿公爵和贝丽夫人,就永远支持他们,无论遇到什么事都不要怀疑他们。说完,他就走了,再没有回来……”

说着说着,丹妮斯就哽咽失声了。

我给丹妮斯倒了一杯热水,她喝了两小口,怔怔地看着我们。

“你还能回忆起什么吗,丹妮斯太太?”

丹妮斯想了想,又说道:“约瑟夫走了第二天,他给我打过一个电话,说他要去伦敦出差,叫我有事找约翰。只说了两句话,我还没来得及问他什么时候回,那边的电话就挂断了。以后就再没有约瑟夫的音讯,直到几天后有人看见了他的尸体。唉……约翰也疯了……”

丹妮斯再也说不下去了,她无法控制住激动的情绪,竟嚎啕大哭起来。哭了一阵,她猛然站起来朝福尔摩斯深深鞠了一躬,缓慢却很坚定地说:“福尔摩斯先生,我知道你是神探,你一定要帮我找出约瑟夫死亡的真相,他不是自杀的!他的死肯定和贝丽夫人案有关!”

丹妮斯似乎用尽了全身的力气,说完这句话就瘫坐在椅子上。我们安慰了她几句,就告辞离开了。

从约瑟夫家出来,我们在一家小店随便吃了一份烤鱼和薯条,就回到了斯蒂芬的侦探社。

斯蒂芬很沮丧,刚进门就嚷开了:“丹妮斯真可怜!福尔摩斯先生,我们还是毫无收获啊!”

“不!我们有很很大的收获。”

我和斯蒂芬都惊奇地看着福尔摩斯,他的眼睛里射出睿智的光芒。

“从丹妮斯太太那里,我们了解到了这么几点极有用的线索。第一,约瑟夫应该是死于他杀。从他的性格看不会自杀,还有一点,就是他连给太太打个电话都不能把话说完,说明那时候约瑟夫已经被人控制了。谁控制了约瑟夫?谁杀了他?为什么要杀他?这当然有待我们去弄清楚。第二,从约瑟夫回家反常的举动可以看出,他死前已经预感到了死亡的威胁。他大约是因为害怕太太担心,或者是为了太太和孩子的安全考虑,所以他没有将这种威胁告诉自己的太太。第三,约瑟夫的死和贝丽夫人案有直接的关系。约瑟夫离家前告诉丹妮斯永远不要怀疑艾伯顿公爵和贝丽夫人,这就说明约瑟夫完全知道有人在陷害公爵和夫人。这一点和我们此前的判断是吻合的。第四,约瑟夫要太太有事去找约翰,这是一种暗示,说明约翰应该知道内情,并且很可能在约翰那里有解开整个贝丽夫人案谜团的钥匙。我隐约感觉到,我们离真相越来越近了。”

去了一趟约瑟夫家,我和斯蒂芬更多是对丹妮斯不幸遭遇的同情,没想到福尔摩斯却收获这么丰富,这让我和斯蒂芬都惭愧不已。

“接下来我们要做些什么呢?约翰已经疯了。”我试探着问福尔摩斯。

“斯蒂芬,你认识贝尔斯特精神病院的院长吗?”福尔摩斯没有直接回答我的问题,转而问斯蒂芬。

“贝尔斯特精神病院的院长西蒙先生是我的好朋友,他也是艾伯顿公爵忠实的fans(拥趸)。”

“那我们明天就去贝尔斯特精神病院。今晚我们都好好睡一觉吧。”

 
 
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What Chinese Say

About the Bogus Murder Case:

东*风*

同时,我们也应该看到,这是一起官商黑结合的强大犯罪集团,他们的势力很强大,他们操纵舆论,手握政权,为所欲为,他们背后的最大黑社会集团的老板就是这个国家的首相!是他在一手导演这场惨绝人寰的政治谋杀案!

胡说八道

直觉认为,他们三都是清白的。

*汐

杀人灭口这种把戏在侦探小说里太多了。毫无疑问这里也是.

大唐天竹

他们杀人比掐死一只蚂蚁还容易,就是不知凶手是谁。期待真相!

*邪

据说,乌恩首相的前秘书、后来被乌恩首相派去掌管舆论、当了一家大报某刊副主编的某某某也“自杀”了,又有说法是得了抑郁症……这背后的“水”确实是够深的——杀人不眨眼,无所不用其极啊……

燕儿

我隐约感觉到,我们离真相越来越近了。


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