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At their hotel that night, Chan and Barry is attacked by a burglar who then steals the incriminating letter about Winstead.At the hospital the next morning, Barry is once again a patient, recovering from the attack that night.Discussing who it was that may have stolen the letter and why, Chan makes an overseas telephone call to the Ottawa Police in
Back at his hotel room, Chan asks Anne why she had tried to spare Winstead.Chan notes that Miss Gerald obviously feels that Winstead was innocent of the crime.Later, at the hospital, Anne, discussing with Winstead how it was actually she who had committed the mercy killing, agrees to issue a confession so as to clear Winstead.Winstead leaves his office to get Chan who will witness the confession.Returning with the detective, Miss Vernon is found lying on the floor clinging to life, having been stabbed with a scalpel.After placing a call to Inspector Duff about the attack on Miss Vernon, Barry returns to inform his father that Sir Edward Pomeroy, the hospital administrator who has been ailing, has collapsed in Morley’s office and will require immediate surgery which will be performed by Morley.Speaking with Sir Edward, Chan informs him that it was probably Morely who attacked Anne, surmising that he feared he would lose his position as head surgeon at the hospital should Winstead be cleared of the past crime.It was he, Chan continues, who had sent himself the incriminating letter.He also suggests that Morley had probably made Sir Edward ill somehow in order to operate on him and kill him in the process, again, to preserve his position at the hospital. Sir Edward cannot believe Chan’s accusation.Barry arrives to inform his father that Miss Gerald has just died and that she was not able to state who it was who had attacked her.
While Sir Edward is being wheeled to surgery, he expresses his faith in Morley, stating that he will have his job forever.Suddenly, Sir Edward becomes aware that his surgeon is actually Winstead, sending him into a fit of terror.Chan tells Sir Edward why he is so afraid of Winstead.It was actually Sir Edward who had sent the incriminating letter to Morley.It was also Sir Edward who had killed Miss Gerald, hoping to throw suspicion on Winstead. In terror of the prospect of dying at the hands of Winstead, Sir Edward admits his crimes, stating that he did it all for Elizabeth whom he loved, wanting Winstead out of her life.Chan notes that it will be Winstead who will save Sir Edward for the hangman.