Dead Man’s Tale
Original Air Date: Mar 26, 2017
Caitlin – Senior Staff Writer
Having learned that Damon, Shinwell’s attempted shooter, believes Shinwell responsible for his brother’s murder has left us with a lot more questions than answers. Sherlock believes Damon’s story and tries to convince Joan she may not know Shinwell as she thinks she does. And, of course, this won’t be the only thing on their minds- not when a man wins a bid on an abandoned storage locker and finds a dead body inside.
Given the expensive items stocked away and the fact he was using an assumed identity, Sherlock deduces our victim is a thief. He was stealing items from those who died without a will. A co-worker, knew about this behavior and let it happen, but was away when Travis’s murder took place. He also knows Travis made an especially big score before his death. It may have been a ship captain’s log out a beautiful old chest. That captain may actually have been a pirate captain- one Black Peter, whose writings could lead to his treasure.
Gregson is understandably dubious, but if the treasure exists, it might be underwater- so Travis would need someone with specialized skills to help him. There was one man who Travis spoke to, but he had already tracked down the location of the treasure- and found it missing. So who has all this fortune now? They come up with a suspect, and he immediately says he has both the treasure and the book. He bought the book on the dark web from a dealer Joan (and Sherlock’s pal Mason) set out to catfish. The man’s address lines up to that of a parolee, but he isn’t the seller. His daughter is
We can probably rule her out as having the strength to drive a sword into a full-grown man’s body, but she has been selling antiques for quite a while. The book’s sale was done through a third party, but that man let her have the money. So if he has nothing to gain from this, why do it? He may have been intentionally trying to harm Travis’s potential partner, who lost out on quite a lot when he lost out on the treasure. And so we get another lead and yet another redirect- to modern pirates flying a flag with scuba gear instead of crossbones.
These individuals believed people looting treasure leave the ships that house them in ruin. But they, too, never went after any treasure. And the belief there was no treasure to be found was the plan of Travis’s potential partner all along. In taking a page out of The Producers, he tricked his investors into giving too much money for a treasure he would never find, meaning he could run off with all that they gave him. But when that plan looked to all apart with treasure that really did exist, he had to kill Travis. He tries to avoid accusation, but the sword he pitched into the sea will made it a useless effort.
As the case caries on Joan listens to Damon’s story and believes it. She’s upset to realize her new friend is a murderer. Sherlock takes it upon himself to speak to Shinwell about the topic. He wants the man to confess, but Shinwell refuses. When Joan finds out, she is disappointed, but Sherlock maintains that Shinwell should be locked up again- before he potentially gets put in witness protection after helping the police. He may be right. Shinwell tracks him down later and does confess- he killed his friend to try and stop his old gang (long story). And know, he won’t let anyone stop him from continuing at that goal. He punches and kicks Sherlock a few times to make that point very clear. You just can’t trust anyone, can you?
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