Analysis of the works of three coffins

Aug 19, 2018

A person walks into the house and then evaporates; a person is shot in the snow, and there is no second person's footprints around him - two sinister events, accompanied by spiritual events such as brotherly resentment, corpse resurrection, evil curse, etc. The Three Coffins became the pinnacle of the impossible crime novel.

The readers of the mysterious mystery are dizzying, such as the fog in the five miles. However, only Dr. Phil, he can find a line of light from the fog, and finally smashed it, and saw the impossible murderer. "Three Coffins" has an extraordinary position in the secret room novel. One factor is that it contains two extremely inconspicuous secret rooms (one is a generalized secret room on the snow). Another factor is Dr. Phil's most famous "room secret speech" in history. ". In fact, no matter which one is enough, this work is very popular. "Three Coffins" is not an exaggeration in the history of the first secret room. In this book, Karl perfectly combines the mechanical secret room with the psychological chamber to create a perfect chamber. In the 17th chapter of the book, he also used the mouth of Dr. Gideon Phil to publish the "Secret Chamber" lectures, which will analyze the secret rooms of the past 100 years, which can be described as the great achievements of ancient and modern. Here is Carl's classic "room lecture":

"Well! Ha! Now, your box has a door, a window, and a solid wall. Before the doors and windows are closed, before discussing the method of escape, the so-called low-level tricks of secret corridors leading to secret rooms. (And, it's rare now), I won't mention it. This kind of story design is unacceptable to the readers, so all authors who are self-respecting don't even need to declare that there is no secret passage. As for some foul tricks. We don't discuss it either, like the gap between the sidings, so wide that it can reach into a palm; or the bolt hole on the ceiling, it is actually poked by a knife, and the plug is filled with the bolt hole unconsciously. The upper level of the attic floor is also dusty, arranged like no one has ever walked. This action is small, but it is also a foul behavior. Whether the secret cave is small enough to be used as a thimble for tailoring, or as large as a valley The warehouse standard, the basic criteria will never change, all are fouls. Regarding the reasonable type, you can just copy it down, Mr. Petters..."

“Very good,” said Patters, grinning. “Please continue.”

"First of all, there is a secret room murder. The room in the crime scene is really completely closed. In this case, the reason why the murderer did not escape from the room is because the murderer is not in the room at all. The explanation is as follows: First, this is not murder, but A series of coincidences of erroneous yang caused an accident like murder. First, before the room was unlocked, there might be robbery, attack and fighting, some people were injured and the furniture was destroyed. The situation is reminiscent of the struggle during the murder. Fighting. Later, the victim was killed by accident, or stunned in a locked room, but all incidents were taken at the same time. In this case, the method of causing death is usually a brain rupture. The general speculation is caused by sticks, but it is actually a part of the furniture, perhaps the corner of the table or the protruding edge of the chair, but the most common object is actually an iron fireplace cover. In short, since Sherlock Since the advent of Sherlock Holmes’s adventure story “Humpback Man”, this cruel stove has killed many people, and to some extent, this The deaths all seem to be murder. This type of plot, including solving the mystery of the murderer, answers some of the most satisfying works, which is the "Secret of the Yellow Room" by Gaston Lerou, which is called history. The best detective story.

Second, this is murder, but the victim is forced to kill himself, or mistakenly hit into the death trap. It may be caused by a haunted room, or it may be lured. The more common is to input gas from outside the room. Whether it is gas or poisonous gas, the victim will be mad and slammed into the walls of the room, making the scene seem like a trapped beast, and the cause of death is still a knife wound on his body. Another example of a variant that extends from it is that the victim puts the spike of the dendrite into his head, or hangs himself with a wire mesh, and even strangles himself with both hands.

Third, this is murder, the method is through the organs already installed in the room, and this organ is difficult to detect, it is hidden in a seemingly harmless place on the furniture. The design of this trap may be done by a guy who has been dead for many years. It can be automated or re-set by the incumbent. It may be a new evil invention that is extended by modern technology. For example, there is a pistol mechanism inside the microphone. Once the victim picks up the microphone, the bullet will fire and run through his head. There is also a pistol with a thread on the plate. Once the water freezes, the original water will expand, and the wire will be pulled. Let's take the alarm clock as an example. When you wind up the alarm clock, the bullet will shoot out; or (the alarm clock is a popular weapon), we have another kind of exquisite large wall clock, which has a terrible upper end. The humming device, once the noise is loud, you want to get close to turn it off, as soon as you touch it, it will throw a sharp edge and cut your lower abdomen on the spot. In addition, there is a kind of heavy object that can be swung from the ceiling. As long as you do a high back chair, the power of this heavy object will knock your head and smash it; another bed can release deadly gas; There are poison needles that will disappear mysteriously, will-"

"You understand," Dr. Fair pointed to everyone with a cigar. "When we studied these various institutional traps, we really entered the field of 'impossible crime,' and the locked room could be pediatric. This situation may continue to develop, and there may even be an organ for electrocution. The string placed in front of a row of portraits can be connected to electricity; the board can be recharged; even gloves can be electrified to death. Any object in it, including the teapot, can kill people. But these tricks seem to have never been used now. So, let's go on.

Fourth, this is suicide, but deliberately arranged imaging is murder. Someone stabbed himself with an icicle, then the icicle melted! As the weapon was not found in the locked room, it was assumed to be murder. Or, someone shoots himself, the gun used is tied to the end of the rubber band - when he let go, the firearm is pulled into the chimney and disappears. In the case of non-closed rooms, the trick can be changed into a gun attached to a heavy wire. After the shot, the gun is quickly pulled over the bridge railing and then falls into the water. In the same way, the pistol can also slam through the window. Then fell into the snow.

5. This is murder, but the mystery is caused by illusions and disguise. For example, in the case where the door was monitored, the victim was murdered inside the house, but everyone thought he was still alive. The murderer dressed up as a victim, or was mistaken for the victim from behind, and hurriedly walked to the door to show up. Then, as soon as he turned around, he dismounted all the camouflage, changed his body, changed back to his original appearance, and immediately walked out of the room. Because when he left, he walked past others, which caused the illusion. In any case, his absence was proved; because when the body was discovered, the police presumed the time of the incident after the fake victim entered the house.

Sixth, this is murder. Although the murderer started outside the room, it seems to have been committed in the room. ”

"For the sake of explanation," Dr. Fair interrupted the topic of classification. "I classify this crime, known as 'long-distance crime' or 'ice column crime'. Anyway, no matter how they change, it is an extension of the basic prototype. I just said the case of icicles, you should understand. The door is locked, the window is so small that the murderer cannot pass through; but the victim is obviously assassinated in the room, and the weapon is also missing. Ok, ice The column was launched from outside the room like a bullet - and then it melted away without a trace. I believe that AnnaKatherine Green (1846-1935, American female writer writer) is the first person to use this trick in detective stories. The novel is called "Initials Only" (1911). (By the way, some tricks will develop into various genres, she is indeed a great success. More than fifty years ago, she published the first mystery novel. It creates a story of a murderous secretary killing an employer, and I think that from today's statistics, the secretary is still the most common murderer in the novel. Today's most popular reasoning Home, precisely suit, also 'good guys' to refer to his killer role. These days, however, as long as the house exists, the secretary is still the most dangerous man.)