S: Orient Express Incident Scrapbook
BC: The End
FC: By: Sam Lee | Detective Hercule Poirot's Personal Journal | Murder on the Orient Express | By: Agatha Christie
1: The Case Of | The Murder on the Orient Express
2: As I waited to board the Orient Express, I met up with one of my old colleagues, M. Bouc. He and I go way back and I found out that I had the privilege of being on the train ride with him. Before we boarded the train, I ran into a strange man named Ratchett. At first sight, I didn't like this fellow. He just didn't "look" right to me. After I boarded the train he approached me asking for protection because he had been receiving threatening letters (like the one attached). This man did not seem trustworthy and I denied the case. That day, M. Bouc decided to ride coach and gave up his room to me. Thankfully, I accepted his kind gesture and ended up in a room next to Ratchett. I have just woken up from a loud cry coming from the room next to mine. During the night around 2:00 AM, I heard a peculiar noise coming from Ratchett's room. I looked out side and saw a lady in a red Kimono. I wonder what had happened. The conductor has announced that the train is stuck in the snow and we will not be moving for quite a while. | You'll pay for what you did. You better sleep with one eye ope because you might never open them again. -Anonymous | Entry 1: | Entry 2
3: was left open; however, there are no footprints in the snow so the murderer has to still be on the train. There is a handkerchief with the letter H on it, a pipe cleaner, a match different than the one Ratchett uses, and a burnt piece of paper that says "Remember Daisy Armstrong". Using these clues, I conclude that Ratchett is actually a man named Cassetti. A few years ago, there was a famous case where Cassetti kidnapped the Armstrong couples' only baby girl, took a ransom, and killed her anyway. I believe that the murderer killed this man out of revenge. Perhaps the murder has to do with the lady in the red kimono? | When I woke up this morning, I was informed that Ratchett had died. I go to investigate the case and find that the murderer left a sloppy amount of evidence behind. Dr. Constantine finds that Ratchett had twelve stab wounds all of varying depth. I saw that the window | Entry 3: | two matches in Cassetti's room | burnt note that reads "Remember Diasy Armstrong
4: his father was the district attorney for the case. I feel McQueen is telling the truth and is a trustworthy fellow. Next was Edward Masterman, Ratchett's valet. He didn't have anything important to say to give me any clues except that I noticed that he was a heavy smoker. I then interviewed Mrs. Hubbard who is staying in the room next to Ratchett's. She says the murderer was in her room that night, but how come he doesn't kill Mrs. Hubbard as well, because she is a witness? She seems like a very paranoid woman because she put a suitcase in front of the bolted door that connects her room with Ratchett's. She also found a button on the floor (attached) that is the same as the wagon lit conductors. I then called in Greta Ohlsson, the Swedish foreigner, for questioning. She was the last one to see Casetti. She went into his room by accident looking for Mrs. Hubbard. While she was in Mrs. Hubbard's room, she checked to make sure the door was securely locked. Greta looked a bit worried that I might think of her as a suspect. The tone she used was shaky. She must have been paranoid since she was the last one to see Cassetti. | I decided investigate more upon this case by interviewing the other passengers. I called in Hector McQueen (Ratchett's Secretary) in for an intervew. He says if he knew Ratchett's true identity, he would never have worked for him. He says he feels sympathy for the Armstrong's because | Entry 4: | "Poor soul- she was so upset! You see, she'd opened the door of the next compartment by mistake" - Mrs. Hubbard
5: The interviews continued as I called in Pierre Michel, the conductor. He has all of his buttons and is not a likely suspect. I then called in Princess Dragomiroff. Right away I was appalled by this old Russian lady for her toad-like face. She explains her routine yesterday and she has no useful information for my case at the moment. I then called in Count Adrenyi. I asked him why his wife didn't come with him but strangely he avoids the questions saying its unnecessary for her to be there. He handed me their passports. I found a strange grease spot on the Countess's passport, almost as if she was hiding something. I give the Count no choice and summoned the Countess. She confesses that the Count smokes cigarettes. | Entry 5: | ""I assure you it is quite unnecessary." The Count's voice rang out authoritatively"
6: Next on the list was Colonel Arbuthnot. He seemed like a very conservative type in the way that he talked. He stated that it couldn't have been a woman couldn't have been involved in the case just because of the fact that she | is a lady. The Colonel admits that he smokes a pipe. So far, I have not met anyone else on the train who smokes a pipe. It's either he is involved or the murderer is that cunning to set up a false clue like that of a pipe cleaner. Right before he leaves says that before he went into his room, he saw someone peering out of the door in room no. 16! I called in Mr. Hardman, the occupant of room no. 16. I assumed he had to know something of the murder, because it seemed like he had anticipated it since he was staring out the door. I was correct. Mr. Hardman was a private detective who worked for Ratchett to protect him from the threatening letters. I wonder why he tried to hire me if he already had a bodyguard. He seems to have had no clue that Ratchett was Cassetti. | Picture of Colonel's pipe | Entry 6 | "Oh! it's nothing. A mere detail. But as I got back to my compartment I noticed that the door of the one beyond mine was not quite closed" - Colonel
7: The next man was a very dull type of man who didn't really have anything to say, Antonio Forscanelli was just a plain American who was clueless about the situation, and I strongly doubt that he could have been involved with the case. However, he did mention that he smokes cigarettes, but there are other cigarette smokers on the train as well. The next woman that I interviewed, however, | organized. Lastly, I called in Hildegarde Schmidt. She is the Princess's maid and seems a bit shaky She says she bumped into a small dark man during the middle of the nigh; however, there is no small dark man on this train, which is stuck in the snow and no one can really get out. I asked her about the handkerchief and she seemed hesitant in her answer. | was a lot more interesting. After seeing all the evidence, I concluded that this crime was no ordinary ordeal. This person had to be a keen, cool, and calculated person, and Mary Debenham is just that. She seemed so cool that even when I told her about Ratchett's real identity, she didn't react. It was as if it meant nothing to her. Even her exterior shows her stern attitude. She walked into the interview with a black suit and everything about her just seemed very organized, a bit too | Entry 7 | "I am afraid I cannot have hysterics to prove my sensibility. After all, people die every day" - Miss Debenham | "There was a moment's silence as the woman examined it. She looked up after a minute. The colour had mounted a little in her face."
8: After all the interviews, we looked all over the train for a small man with a womanish voice, but we couldn't find him and with the weather conditions outside, it would be impossible for someone to escape, somethings is definitely fishy. Later, Mrs. Hubbard had found the bloody knife under her sponge bag, hanging on the door. We then searched the passengers' bags and we found a similar pip cleaner in the Colonel's bag, and the the red kimono that we have been looking for all day in MY suitcase! I also examined the door connecting the two rooms, and the story Hubbard gave does not match the door scenerio... hmmm | Entry 8 | Picture of the red kimono found in my bag | Picture of the bloody knife
9: After having a discussion with M. Bouc and the doctor, we have realized some things that don't add up. Mcqueen said that Ratchett did not speak French; however, while I was awake during the night, I heard someone from the room say "C'est ne rien pas". The doctor proclaimed that there had to be multiple murders due to the various depth and blows of the wounds. Then I remembered M. Bouc say that this train was uniquely diverse, which was a rare case in this time period, which makes me believe some identities on the train must be fake, which explains the grease spilled on the Countess's passport to cover her identity! I approach them and guess who their real identities are, and Helena Goldenberg (countess) confesses but reassures that she is not involved in the murder. I then approached the Princess, guessing that the handkerchief was hers due to Hildegarde's hesitation and the Princess admits that it is hers. However, she says that it she has no idea how it had gotten there. I conclude the passengers have lied to me a lot, and there has to be more to discover. | Entry 9 | "Your statement, Monsieur, is quite true, I am Helena Goldenberg, the younger sister of Mrs. Armstrong" | H | Princess Dragomiroff.'s Handkerchief
10: I talked to Mary Debenham and found out that she had lied to me as well about her true identity. Then after her, I find out that Antonio was actually the chauffer for the Armstrongs. Then Masterman actually approached me telling me that he was the Armstrongs' valet. Then Mrs. Hubbard also reveals her true identity, she is actually Linda Arden, the mother of Sophie Armstrong. Hildegard Schmidt was actually the Armstrongs' cook and Greta Ohlsson was was the Armstrongs' housekeeper. | After all these new identities were revealed to me, it was pretty obvious to me who commited to murder. I concluded that all of them were connected to the Armstrongs and they all planned the murder together in vengeance of Daisy Armstrong and her family. No one could have left the train due to the setting so it had to be them. M. Bouc, the doctor and I came on a consensus. In order to protect the family, we have decided that we will tell the police a stranger had come in the train, killed Ratchet and ran away. | Entry 10 | "For so many people connected with the Armstrong case to be travelling by the same train through coincidence was not only unlikely: it was impossible" | "In my opinion, the first theory you put forward was the correct one--decidedly so. I suggest that that is the solution we offer to the Jugo-Slavian Poice when they arrive" - M. Bouc
11: Analysis of How it Relates to Our Studies | For the past few weeks, we have been studying the culture of the 1920s and through the readings of The Great Gatsby, we have learned that the culture of the 1920s was very corrupt. Agatha Christie was a famous mystery writer in the 1920s and she too saw the corruption of the 1920s, so her ideas are definitely illustrated in her novel. In the end, after the murderers are caught, the people of the train agree to let them off the hook. This mentality is surely immoral; however, due to all the lying, cheating, etc. of the 1920s, people have gotten used to it and it wasn't as great a deal as it used to be. Therefore, Christie reflects this in her writing by showing how much and how easily all the passengers lie and even though they commit all those injustices, they are let off the hook.