CRIME: The Perfect Alibi

In the midst of a baffling wave of burglaries in downtown Burlington, Vt., Sheriff Dewey Perry sensed a strange new atmosphere around " his jailhouse. "There was something wrong about the tempo," he said. "Everything was too quiet." Searching for the cause, the sheriff came across a shaky-looking brick wall in the jailhouse basement. With one finger, he pushed bricks out on to Main Street. Then he searched his twelve prisoners. Frederick Hamelin had $60 in his pocket, another $145 sewn neatly into his pillow. Clyde B. Hamblin had $143 hidden in his bedding. Hamblin's and Hamelin's cells also...

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