Murder in Victoria’s house
London, 1889. Doctor Victoria Weber II is organising a little birthday party today. All guests have arrived perfectly on time, just before a huge snowstorm broke out.
During the party everyone is in excellent mood, except for the Host who started to feel terrible (vomiting and fainting) around 6 p.m. Maybe it is alcohol? You are an elegant group, so instead of gossiping and inquiring, you let her rest in one of the rooms, and with her consent you continue the party.
Unfortunately, an hour later Sir Reid Boyle finds her dead in the kitchen on the floor. She also seems to have developed a rash. What has happened? At the beginning of the party, she felt great. No doubts – this was no accident. Madame Weber was poisoned, and the killer is at home. You call the police to report the murder, but due to weather conditions they will only be there in the morning. Meanwhile, the next two people began to show similar symptoms. Will they also die in an hour?
Instead of waiting idly for the police, you decide to conduct your own investigation. Apparently, Madame left some notes just before her death – maybe they are the delusions of a suffering woman, or maybe this is a clue that will lead us to the murderer? Let’s start with that. And let’s hurry up, because Sir Boyle and Mr. Cyril Trantow have already started vomiting …
Mystery Explained: Victoria was killed by arsenic. In the Victorian era the arsenic was a commonly added ingredient to dyes, especially wallpaper, toys, paper, decorations, and gadgets. In this case, it was the beautiful expensive paper in which the chocolates were wrapped.
But besides that, in Madame Victoria’s house, there were more traps that could have been responsible:
- a gas leak in the kitchen (gas installations were not safe at the time),
- the dishes contained lead,
- Madame herself was dressed in a tight, elegant corset that squeezed her internal organs.