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Time to Die

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John Doe's flight ran late so it was already nighttime when he arrived at the lodge he booked to stay. It was just a small lodge in the middle of the forest. He wanted to experience nature and would like to experience the summer festivals in the Philippines. But he booked the specific lodge because it just piqued his interest. He's quite eccentric that way.

Speaking of eccentric, there was another guy who may seem odd from an ordinary and normal perspective. He was sitting on the porch outside while drinking a bottle of milk. Sherlock just got out of the bath and he nodded at John Doe as he walked past him to check-in. It was quite a lovely but warm April night.

"Hey, good evening. I would like to check-in. I have my reservation, under John Doe."

Sherlock overheard the man talking to the receptionist in the small lobby of the lodge. It may have been accidental but it was true to Sherlock's nature to be aware of his surroundings, to take every little detail into consideration and that includes people's conversations.

"Welcome to the Philippines, Mr. Doe. Here's your key to your room. Enjoy your stay." the receptionist replied.

Sherlock heard the clanking of the wooden key chain against the front desk.

"Thank you very much." the American replied.

Sherlock heard the sound of the key is picked up and the steps going further away.

"Mr. Doe, wait..." the receptionist tried to hold him off while he was walking away. That's what was going on inside Sherlock's Obvious mind. He was like picturing how the scene was unfolding with the sounds and their dialogs.

"You forgot your luggage Sir." the receptionist continued.

"Oh hey. Thanks."


Sherlock Obvious was lying awake on his bed around 10:10 in the evening when a scream rang out across the hallway and pierced through his door. He quickly got up and dressed in his robe before going out of the room. People were gathered outside the doorway of a guestroom.

He ran towards the crowd and when he got there he saw John Doe lying on the floor beaten to death and was drowning in a pool of blood. The room was so messy and there are signs of struggle. A golf club was lying beside the victim and it may very well be the murder weapon.

Sherlock instructed everybody to move away and to call the police. He then told them not to let anybody go anywhere outside the lodge.

There were only 4 people in the lodge's vicinity that night, aside from Sherlock and John Doe of course.

He went on to observe and study the crime scene. There was no other exit aside from the door. The windows were sealed with grids made of metal and they were locked from the inside. Sherlock walked around, shut the TV off, and went into the bathroom.

John Doe's luggage was beside the bed and they were still unpacked.

He then walked over to the body and inspected it closely. There were several wounds on the body and excessive defensive wounds. Even his analog wristwatch didn't escape from the altercation. The watch stopped at exactly 10:03. Sherlock then deduced that it was the time of his death or around the time of the beat down.

There was a camera pointed at the lobby going to the dead guy's room but the angle was not comprehensive enough to tell whether someone came into the room or not. The 4 people were all seen throughout the video going in the direction of the room.

The maintenance guy was seen going towards the area around 8:00 in the evening and he was seen coming from the area at around 8:30.

The kitchen crew came around 8:50 and left at about 9:10.

The reception was seen around 9:30 and was out at 9:45.

And then the one who discovered the body, the housekeeping staff who was seen coming in around 10:00 and the scream at 10:10.

Sherlock made his mind about the killer.

It was later ascertained that the person Sherlock named as the killer was indeed the perpetrator.

Who was it? Why did Sherlock suspect that specific person?

Hi yo!

How was it? It's a very simple problem, isn't it? With such a very simple solution. Pardon me, I just thought about it on a whim and while I was out buying dinner.

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Series    : Sherlock Obvious
Title     : Time to Die
Published : 20-Nov-2021
Author    :  © RB 

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Reception? I am not really good sa ganito pero kutob ko lang hahaha. Diba my access din sila sa mga keys sa room? Hehe.

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2 months ago

hehe meron.. may access sila.. :)

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1 month ago

It's hard! I read multiple times but could not guess who the killer was!

But I'd guess nonetheless. The reception may have the access to enter the room of John Doe through the keys. Regarding the murder weapon, I don't think a maintenance, a cook, or a housekeeper staff would use that. Wait, the housekeepong staff! It could also be, but a murder can't be possibly done within 10 minutes (10pm to 10:10pm).

The reception was around for 15 minutes, and I think that's enough.

The maintenance giy us also on my doubt list. I mean that's 30 minutes. It's also possible he did this.

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2 months ago

heheh I will be using this comment for the answer. :) It's fascinating. :) You might have been the closest to the explanation.

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2 months ago

I think its the housekeeper kasi siya ang last person who enter the room. If yung tatlo ang pumatay it is impossible na hindi manotice dahil "John Doe lying on the floor beaten to death and was drowning in a pool of blood". Super duper sure ako na ang housekeeper ang pumatay kahit 10mins lang yan.

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2 months ago

hahah this is nice... :) Gusto ko ung super duper sure. :)

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2 months ago

Ngayon lang ako naging super detective Sir🙈 Sana pumasa hahaha

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2 months ago

haha tiwala lang.. :)

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1 month ago

Based on the story I have read.. My suspicious person is the kitchen crew because the house keeper came there and he/she is shocked of what happend and witness the deadly body. By the way im newbie here.

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2 months ago

hmmm... good observation.

and welcome aboard! :)

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2 months ago

Thank you so much :)

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2 months ago

Lol this is not as easy as you claim. It could have been any of the four persons that committed the murder. Personally I have two suspects.

If the kitchen crew is more than one person, then it might have been the kitchen crew.

Also the person who discovered the body, might have killed him, waited a few minutes then screamed.

This is really confusing lol. Got me feeling like an inspector this morning😅

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2 months ago

A good exercise to start the day eh? :)

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2 months ago

I think its the kitchen crew. Because the house keeper came there and i think the house keeper is shock as she saw the dead man's body.

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2 months ago

hmm... great thinking...

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2 months ago

I think the housekeeping staff because it's the last person who's been there. So I think probably the housekeeper.

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2 months ago

That's a sound reasoning. :)

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