Mr. I. M. Rich, wealthy financier, is beside himself about the theft of $73,000 in negotiable securities from a safe in the den of his palatial mansion. The police don’t seem to find fingerprints–obviously Mr. Rich was hit by a professional safecracker and burglar.
In any case, the police note:
- A faint trace of an odd red clay here and there between the safe and the service entrance.
- Some green smears, much like a Magic Marker, on the outlet where the safecracker may have plugged a drill, a lamp, or some other electrical device.
- A sweet, sickly odor near the safe dial.
- Some careless smears on the outside of three panes of glass on the service-entrance door. (The door hardware showed no visible jimmy marks.)
The investigators tell Mr. Rich about what they found. Being a smart cookie himself, the financier suggests to the detective that…