Are Crooks Really This Stupid?

Patricia Bradley Mystery Question 24 Comments

Time is still ticking…I have five weeks to meet my deadline and still have not finished the first draft…rats. But the characters finally started talking to me. And I know what happens next. Rachel, the heroine, is going to get kicked off…wait a minute. If I tell you, you won’t read the book! 🙂 So I better get to the answer to last week’s question.

Last week’s Mystery Question:

The following all have something in common. What is it?

Fairfax. Mutual. Broadway. Jackson.

They were all prefixes for phone numbers when I grew up. Every city used the prefixes for the first two numbers rather than the actual number like we do now. Our phone number was FAirfax 32-844.(3232-844 Some of my friends were in a different part of the city and their numbers started with MUtual–. (I don’t remember any of their numbers. 🙂 Another note, area codes started in 1947.

Now for this week’s Mystery Question.

This week I’ve found three more stupid criminal stories that are too stupid to be true…except they are. I’ve made up another and it’s up to you to figure out which one is the one I made up.

  1. Moments after robbing a bank, the robber jumped into a car, shouting, “Get away quick, before the cops come.” He failed to notice that the car he was counting on to spirit him to safety was a *police* car.
  2. A  burglar decided to rob his next door neighbor was caught red-handed by the neighbor when he returned home. The burglar fainted and when he came to, pretended that he’d been sleepwalking.
  3. A psychiatrist was listening to a patient talk about her sex life when he pulled out a gun and shot her to death. As he explained to the court, “I just couldn’t take those nut cases anymore.”
  4. A man convicted of robbery worked out a deal to pay $9600 in damages rather than serve a prison sentence. For payment, he provided the court a check — a *forged* check. He got 10 years.

Okay, Super Sleuths, which one is it? Next week I’ll draw for the adult coloring book!

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  1. Jan Ballard

    I’m going to guess #3. I’m sure many psychiatrists may have felt like this though. I also have to say I admire the guy pretending to sleepwalk. What a quick thinker he was!

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  2. Sally Shupe

    I’m going with #2! I remember a number starting with LE2 from growing up in PA. But I don’t know what it went with. Probably not a phone number! Happy writing! Hope those characters keep talking to you. Can’t wait to read this newest book!

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  3. Edward Arrington

    I just finished reading Justice Delayed right before midnight last night. Great story! I will be posting my review later today after I go get my glasses adjusted so things will stop being so blurry. I almost had to stop reading but didn’t want to put the book down. As for stupid crooks, I’m not a psychiatrist but know some people I think would push me to that point if I were a psychiatrist and they were my patients. However, I am choosing #1 for the fake story.

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