Inside Pentonville Prison in
Meeting with his friend Inspector Marlowe, Chan discusses reopening the case.Marlowe protests that Donald was fairly tried and that here is no reason to do so.Marlowe explains the facts surrounding the case, stating that all evidence pointed to the guilt of Arthur Donald, who had worked for the murder victim, Dr. Roy Beach, who had found Donald, down and out, at a
Chan then begins a quick round of investigation.Visiting the widow of Dr. Beach, Chan learns that Mrs. Beach had had an affair with Arthur Donald which was discovered by her late husband.Next, he visits the mission where Donald often stayed and where Dr. Beach had found and hired him.There, the mission padre informs Chan of his belief that Donald was not capable committing such a crime, even though the murder weapon was found at the mission where Donald often continued to stay.At Pentonville Prison, Chan speaks with Arthur Donald.Donald tells how Mrs. Beach had extravagant taste and that there was friction between herself and her husband.When asked about his relationship with Mrs. H, Donald vehemently denied having had an affair with her and that the prosecution tried to pin that allegation on him during the trial.Donald also recounts his interactions with Beach on the day of his murder, noting how he had taken the doctor to have a passport photo taken and how the Beach had given him a large sum of money to hold as he didn’t like carrying around large sums of cash.Donald also notes that, due to his medical knowledge gained during military service, he had, less than a month before the murder, typed Dr. Beach’s blood as AB.During the trial, however, Dr. Beach’s blood type was grouped as type O.Leaving Donald’s cell, Chan asks a waiting Inspector Marlowe who it was that identified the body of the deceased doctor.Marlowe answers that it was Beach’s wife who identified the body.After the Beaches are taken away, Inspector Marlowe calls to arrange for a pardon for Arthur Donald.
Chan next visits the passport office where Donald had taken Dr. beach on the day of the murder and finds that only one passport was issued that day to a Mr. Carl Bonner.At Marlowe’s office, Chan learns that Mrs. Beach’s maiden name was Madeleine Bonner.It turns out that Carl Bonner is her half-brother who had to
Inside the mausoleum, Chan, hiding in the darkness, sees the approach of an armed man. Chan surprises the intruder, who, along with Mrs. Beach, flees and is stopped outside by Inspector Marlowe, who calls him “Mr. Wood.”Not Mr. Wood, Inspector,” notes Chan, “This is Dr.