Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
October 2022
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Another Max Gaetanno Mystery

Detective Max Gaetanno arrived at the grisly scene only minutes after getting the call – “Woman found dead in room 517 of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. (Apparently, he was downstairs playing Texas Hold-em at the time)

After looking over the bloody mess that was once a woman, he asked the coroner about time of death. “Based on body temperature, 2:30 am, give or take 20 minutes” was his answer. Max then turned his attention to the visibly shaken husband. Max asked him to describe what happened. The story went like this:

“It was about 1:30 in the morning and I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t want to wake my wife so I grabbed $50 and went down to the casino. I began playing the slot machine and won a small jackpot. I took the $200 I then had and played a little Blackjack. Pretty soon I was up about $1,000 so I went over and started playing Craps. I was winning for a while so I was betting pretty heavy and boom, just like that, I was broke. I looked up at the clock and it was 3:30am and I remember thinking “hmmmm, in two hours I went from $50 to $1000 and then down to zero. I was pretty tired by then, I guess the adrenaline of winning had worn off so I came back up to my room and this is what I found. I called the police and here we are. What do you think happened to my wife, Detective?”

Max thought it over for a moment and responded. “I think your story is a lie and you killed her. Officers, arrest this man.”

What gave the husband away?

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2 guesses to Another Max Gaetanno Mystery


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  • Roolstar

    I never saw any clocks on the wall in any casinos I visited! It’s one of the ways to make people spend more time gambling.

    This man is clearly lying about seeing the clock on the casino floor, but the evidence seems pretty shaky for a trial.

  • You’re correct, Rool.
    The husband stupidly used the expression: “I looked up at the clock.” Everybody knows there are no clocks in Las Vegas Casinos. Had he said he looked at his watch or the watch of another player, he may have gotten away with it. But the expression he used convinced Max that he had made the story up on the fly, because if he made up that part, the rest of the story must have been equally fabricated. When confronted with this fact, he broke down and confessed.