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chapter one extraordinary murders I was

staying in Paris during the spring and

part of the summer of 18 there I met a

Monsieur C Auguste Dupin this young

gentleman came from a noble family but

he himself was not very rich he was not

really interested in money

he lived frugally books were his only

luxury we first met at an obscure

library in the who Mon map by some

strange coincidence we were both looking

for the same book after that we met many

more times he told me about the history

of his family I was astonished by the

extent of his reading when did he find

the time to read so many books and I was

fascinated by his vivid imagination it

was decided that we should live together

while I was in Paris we found a big old

deserted house in the phobos san jamar

as I had more money than duper I offered

to pay the rent our isolation was

perfect we admitted no visitors nobody

knew the address of the house where we

lived for some strange reason du pere

loved the night and I began to share his

enthusiasm of course the night did not

last forever so when the morning came we

closed all the shutters on the building

to simulate the conditions of darkness

then we lit two or three candles this

was to have enough light to read or


or simply talk we sat in the house all

day until the clock indicated that the

true night was coming then we went out

into the streets continuing our

conversation we walked far and wide in

the great city looking for things to

stimulate our imagination

there was an infinity of mental

excitement in simply observing the world

it was during these walks that I

discovered and began to admire Japan's

incredible analytic ability he told me

that he could see directly into men's

hearts and minds at first I did not

believe him but then something happened

to change my mind one night we were

walking down a long dirty street near

the Palais Royale I was looking at a

newspaper when I noticed one particular

story extraordinary murders this morning

at about 3 o'clock a number of terrible

screams awoke to the inhabitants of the

catchiest nirvash the screams were

coming from the fourth floor of a house

in the Rue Morgue only two people lived

there Madame les Bonnie and her daughter


Camilla spinae after several attempts

neighbours finally entered the house

together with two policemen by this time

there were no more screams but as the

group ran up the stairs they heard two

more angry voices coming from the upper

part of the house however when they got

to the fourth floor there was again

silence they divided up into small

groups moving from room to room they

finally arrived at a back room the scene

they discovered there was almost too

horrible to describe the apartment was

in great disorder

the furniture was broken and the bed lay

in the middle of the floor on a chair

was a razor covered in blood

bloody lengths of human hair lay in the

fireplace on the floor there were three

large silver spoons an earring and two

bags containing four thousand francs in

gold the drawers of a desk which stood

in one corner were open and papers were

scattered about under the bed was an

open safe with the keys still in the

door it contained a few letters and

other papers but nothing of any

importance there was no sign of madame

les Binet but somebody noticed there was

an extraordinary quantity of soot in the

fireplace and so they searched the

chimney there they found the dead body

of the daughter the body was quite warm

a doctor examined it and found many

bruises and cuts on the throat there

were several dark bruises and finger

marks this suggested only one thing

strangulation they searched the rest of

the house but found nothing finally they

went into the small garden at the back

of the house there they found the body

of the old lady her throat was

completely cut and when two men tried to

raise her the head fell off the body

itself was completely mutilated it

didn't look human no one has yet found a

clue that could help to solve this


chapter 2 the testimonies the next day's

paper had the following additional

details but tragedy of the Rue Morgue

police have questioned many individuals

about this horrible incident the truth

behind the murders however still remains

a mystery below we have printed the

testimonies of the neighbors and

witnesses Pauline

Dube or Madame les Benes laundress says

that she has known both the victims for

three years the old lady and her

daughter's seemed to have a good


they were very affectionate to each

other they paid her very well she didn't

know what Madame Lisbon A's job was she

never met anyone in the house when she

came for the washing they didn't have a

servant there was no furniture in the

building apart from that in the fourth

floor apartment where they lived

Pierre Marat tobacconist says that he

has sold tobacco to Madame Lisbon a for

almost four years he was born in the

area and has always lived there the

victims moved to the house six years ago

the two of them lived a very quiet life

he believed they had money the only

people who entered the house were the

old lady and her daughter a porter once

or twice and a doctor eight or ten times

other neighbors said similar things

there were never any visitors to the

house nobody knew if Madame les Binet

had any relatives the shutters of the

front windows were usually closed and

those on the windows at the back of the

house were always closed with one

exception the large room at the back on

the fourth floor

it was a good house and wasn't very old

easy dogmas a policeman says that

someone called him and told him to go to

the house there he found about 20 or 30

people at the gates they were trying to

get in

he opened the gates easily with a piece

of metal a screams continued until the

gates were open then they stopped they

seemed to be screams of a person or

people in great agony they were loud and

long the party went upstairs from the

first floor they could hear two voices

they seemed to be arguing one was quite

low the other much higher a very strange

voice the first voice was that of a

Frenchman not a woman the other voice

was that of a foreigner but he could not

tell if it was a man or a woman he

thought the language was Spanish but mr.

Dumas say does not speak Spanish himself

or he do Val a neighbor says that he was

one of the party who first entered the

house in general he agrees with the

testimony of Moosa but he thinks that

the high voice was that of an Italian

although he does not speak Italian he is

certain it was not French he could not

be sure that it was a man's voice

possibly a woman he knew Madame les

Binet and her daughter he was sure that

the high voice did not belong to either

of them Monsieur Auden himer

restaurant owner comes from Amsterdam

and does not speak French he was passing

the house when he heard the screams they

lasted for about ten minutes he was one

of those who entered the building but he

was sure that the high voice was that of

a man

a Frenchman he didn't know what it was

saying the words were loud and quick

spoken in fear and some anger the voice

was harsh the low voice said several

times heaven help us and once my god

drooling the menial banker says that

Madame les Binet had some property

she had an account with his bank she

made frequent deposits in small sums

three days before her death she took out

the sum of four thousand francs the bank

paid her the sum in gold and sent a

clerk to her house with the money

Adolphe de Boer Clark do mean your and

son says that at 12:00 noon he

accompanied to Madame Lisbon a to her

house with the four thousand francs in

two bags he did not see anyone in the

street at that time William Byrd tailor

is an Englishman he has lived in Paris

for two years he was one of the first to

go up the stairs he heard the voices and

also a sound like the sound of people

fighting the shrill voice was very loud

he believes it was German although he

does not speak the language

perhaps the voice of a woman four of the

above-named witnesses also said that the

door of the room where they found the

body of Mademoiselle s Binet was locked

from the inside

everything was perfectly silent when

they opened the door there was nobody

there the windows of both the back and

front room were closed and locked from

inside a door between the two rooms was

closed but not locked the door from the

front room into the corridor was locked

with the key on the inside

a small room in the front of the house

at the end of the corridor was open this

room was full of old beds and boxes the

police searched the whole house some of

the witnesses say that only three

minutes passed between the time they

heard the angry voices and the moment

they forced the door of the room others

thinks the interval was as long as five


Alfonso got Thea Undertaker says that he

lives in the who morgue he was one of

the party who entered the house but he

did not go upstairs he was too afraid

he heard the voices arguing but he could

not hear what they said the low voice

was that of a Frenchman the high voice

was an Englishman he is sure of this

although he does not understand English

Alberto montani Baker says he was one of

the first to go upstairs

he heard the voices clearly the low

voice was that of a Frenchman he thinks

that the shrill voice was speaking

Russian he has never spoken to anyone

from Russia several witnesses said that

the chimneys of all the rooms on the

fourth floor were too small for a human

being to enter them the apartment had no

back door for a killer to make his

escape while the party were coming up

the stairs the body of Mademoiselle

Lisbon II was so firmly pushed up the

chimney that it took four or five of the

party to remove it paul duma doctor says

that he saw the bodies in the early

morning they were both lying in the room

where the daughter was found the young

lady's body was covered in cuts and

bruises the throat was directly marked

the face was discolored and the tongue

was partially bitten through according

to Monsieur Duma the girl's death was

the result of strangulation the body of

the mother was horribly mutilated all

the bones of the right arm were broken

the whole body was badly bruised and

discolored it was not possible to say

what the cause of these injuries was

possibly a heavy wooden Club or an iron

bar or a chair any large heavy object

could produce these results in the hands

of a powerful man but it would be

impossible for a woman the head of the

old lady was separate from the body her

throat was cut probably with a razor

this is the strangest murder case that

Paris has ever seen

as usual the police know nothing but

there is not one single clue to help


Chapter three at the scene of the crime

the story of the murders in the Rue

Morgue continued in the evening edition

of the newspaper it says here that the

police have arrested and imprisoned

adorable the clerk from the bank I said

the Parisian police are clever but no

more than that de pan replied there is

no method in the way their work other

than the method of the moment the

results they get a surprising but most

of the time they are obtained simply

thanks to diligence and hard work but

when these qualities are not enough

their strategies fail Vidocq for example

was a good policeman but he always made

the same mistake his investigations were

always too intense he couldn't see

clearly because he held the object too

close perhaps he saw one or two details

clearly but in doing this he couldn't

see the object as a whole it is possible

for an investigation to be too profound

the truth is not always at the bottom of

the well in fact I believe that the

truth is often at the surface of things

as for these murders de panne continued

we will go and see the house with our

own eyes I know the police commissioner

it will not be difficult to obtain

permission to been obtained permission

and we went immediately to the Rue

Morgue it was late in the afternoon when

we arrived at the house it was an

ordinary Parisian house before we went

inside we walked around the building the

ban examined the whole area with great

attention then we entered the house we

went upstairs to the room where they had

found the body of Mama's L Alice bunny

to my surprise the bodies of the two

women was still

there the pen examined everything

including the dead bodies we then went

into the other rooms accompanied by a

policeman we stayed in the house until

it began to get dark then we began the

journey home on the way home the band

stopped for a moment to visit the

offices of one of the daily newspapers

my companion did not speak about the

murders again until about noon the next

day did you notice anything peculiar at

the scene of the murders he asked me no

nothing peculiar I said only the things

I read about in the newspaper the

newspapers know nothing he declared it

seems to me that they consider this case

insoluble for the very reason that

renders it easy to solve I mean the

bizarre character of the murders the

police cannot understand the fact that

there is no obvious motive for the

atrocity of the murders they are also

confused by the angry voices because

there was no one upstairs apart from the

body of man was a les Binet and there

was no way to leave the building apart

from the stairs the stairs that the

investigating party of neighbours were

going up the disorder of the room the

incredible violence of the murders the

mutilation of the old lady's body these

things are incomprehensible to the

police but the police have made a


they think the case is difficult when in

fact it is only very strange in this

case we must not ask what has happened

we must ask what has happened that has

never happened before I looked at de ban

in silent astonishment I am waiting for

a person to come here I don't think he

is responsible for these terrible

murders but he is involved in them in

some way I look

the man here in this room every moment

perhaps he will not arrive but the

probability is that he will the band

continued looking at the wall as he

spoke we know that the witnesses heard

two voices arguing and that these voices

were not the voices of the victims and

if they are not the voices of the

victims they must be or one of them must

be the voice of the killer let us now

consider the testimony did you notice

anything peculiar about it well all the

witnesses said the low voice was that of

a Frenchman but they all had different

opinions about the other voice yes that

was a testimony they gave but it was not

the peculiarity of the testimony the

witnesses as you say agree about the

identity of the low voice but regarding

the high voice the strange thing is not

the fact that they disagreed the strange

thing is that each of them an Englishman

a Spaniard an Italian a Hollander and a

Frenchman thought it was the voice of a

foreigner they were all sure that it was

not the voice of one of their countrymen

but each of these witnesses also says

that the voice was speaking a language

that they do not know the Frenchman says

it was a voice of a Spaniard but he does

not speak Spanish

the Hollander does not speak French but

says that the high voice was that of a

Frenchman the Englishman thinks that it

was the voice of a German and does not

understand German the Spaniard is sure

that it was a voice of an Englishman but

he does not know English the Italian

believes that it was a voice of a

Russian but he has never spoken to

anyone from Russia the band continued

from these conflicting testimonies we

can conclude that the voice was very

strange in addition one witness says the

voice is hard

Shh rather than shrill and to others say

it is quick and unequal none witness

could distinguish any words it said I do

not know continued depan if this is easy

for you to understand but I tell you now

that the part of the testimony regarding

the two voices is enough to enable us to

find the solution to this mystery

chapter 4 the mystery unfolds the band

continued letters now imagine that we

are in the room in the Rue Morgue

what is the first thing we should look

for the way the murderers escaped Madame

les Binet and her daughter were not

killed by ghosts so how did the

murderers escape let us now examine the

possible means of exit one thing is

clear when the party came up the stairs

the assassins were either in the room

where they found man was Ellis Binet or

the room next to it so we have only two

rooms to look for exits the police have

made a complete search of the apartment

but when we were there I decided to make

my own search both doors going from the

rooms into the corridor were locked with

the keys inside then there are the

chimneys as we have already seen these

are too small to permit a person to

climb up them in fact they are too small

to permit a cat to climb up them so the

only possible exit that remains are the

windows the murderers couldn't escape

through the windows at the front of the

house because somebody in the street

would see them therefore they passed

through the windows in the back room

there are two windows in this room one

of them is completely visible I examined

this window and found that it was nailed

shut it wasn't possible to raise it then

I examined the other window it too was

nailed shut the police concluded from

this that the murderers did not use the

windows to escape even if they did

manage to raise the windows they could

not replace the nail again from the

outside so the police did not even try

to remove the nail from the

second window but I knew that the

windows were the only means of exit I

went to the first window and with

difficulty I took the nail out once in a

was out it was easy to raise the window

but the police were right it wasn't

possible to replace this nail from the

outside then I turned to the other

window it looked exactly the same as the

first once again I pulled the nail but

when I took it out I saw that what I had

in my hand was only a part of the nail I

raised the window and saw that the

bottom part of the nail remained in the

windowsill the nail was broken and I saw

that the fracture was very old now I

understood everything this window only

appeared to be locked and when the

assassins closed it from the outside the

nail once again appeared secured the

police didn't see this because they

didn't try the second window they

assumed from its appearance that it too

was securely locked the next question is

how the murderers get down from the

fourth floor to the ground before we

went up to madame les Benes apartment I

had a walk around the building less than

two meters from the window I have just

spoken about there is a lightning rod

which runs to the ground from this rod

it is impossible to reach the window

itself but then there are the shutters

on the windows these shutters are very

interesting they are in the form of a

single door but the top part is a

composed of horizontal wooden bars which

provide excellent handler holds each

shutter is about a meter wide which

means that if it is extended fully back

to the wall the shutter of our windows

is less than a meter from the lightning

rod it

possible that someone with great

strength and agility could jump from the

lightning rod to the shutter then he

could use his feet to push himself from

the wall and close the shutter and if

the window was open he could even enter

the room but after all I have said I

want you to consider the extraordinary

agility necessary to do this it is

possible but and here is the important

point you would need to have an almost

animal-like agility to do it now we must

put together the two peculiar facts we

have the first is this act of

animal-like agility that I have just

spoken about the second is an extremely

peculiar voice that the witnesses spoke

about the voice that was both shrill and

harsh and also unequal and of course you

remember that none of the witnesses

could agree about its country of origin

at that point I felt that I almost

understood what do ban was saying but I

could not make the final connection you

see Dabangg continued that I have moved

the focus of my investigation from how

the assassins get out to how they got in

because I believe they used the same

route in both cases but now let us

consider the inside of the apartment

here the peculiar thing is why the

assassins did not take the gold almost

all the 4,000 francs that miss you

mignon talked about were in bags on the

floor this money cannot be the motive it

is simply a coincidence that the money

was delivered to the house on the same

day as a murders stranger coincidences

than this happen every day of our lives

if the gold was a real motive then the

murderer must be a complete idiot it is

impossible to believe that after

murdering the two wound

he forgot to take the gold so now we

have three points the strange voice the

incredible agility and the absence of

any motive for the murders

Chapter five court but let us look now

at the murders themselves here is a

woman strangled to death and then pushed

up a chimney would an ordinary murderer

pushes victim up a chimney don't you

think that is a bit excessive a little

absurd even do you think that it is

something a normal human being would do

remember also that it took four men to

pull her down from the chimney the

murderer must be incredibly strong and

there is other evidence to suggest this

almost superhuman strength on the


there were several lengths very thick

lengths of human hair now you and I know

that it is extremely difficult to pull

even twenty or thirty hairs together

from the human head but our murderer

pulled perhaps half a million hairs from

the head of man mozzarella's Pinay and

then the fruit of the old lady was not

simply cut the head was completely

separated from the body but the

instrument the murderer used was a

simple razor then we must also consider

the terrible ferocity of these actions

now we almost have a complete picture of

the murderer incredibly agile with

superhuman strength brutally ferocious

but without motive in human in his

reasoning and actions and with an

extremely strange voice that is foreign

to the ears of men from many different

countries what is your opinion a mad man

I said some maniac escaped from a

psychiatric hospital an interesting idea

said do bad but mad men come from some

nation it is true their language is

often incoherent but it does contain

recognizable words and the hair of

madmen is not like the hair I

now hold in my hand I found this piece

of hair in madam this Benes hand what do

you think

don't burn I said completely shocked

this is no human hair I didn't say that

it was said Dupin but before we decide

it's true nature I want you to look at

this drawing it is a facsimile drawing

of the bruises and finger marks that

were found on the throat of mam was a

Lisbon a you see that this drawing gives

us the idea that the hands of the

murderer easily encircled the throat

they did not move until she was dead

now take the cylinder of wood which is

approximately the diameter of the throat

and wrap the drawing around it I

followed Japan's instructions now I want

you to try to place your fingers over

the finger marks of the murderer I tried

to do this but it was impossible the

hands on the paper were too big the

fingers too long this I said is the mark

of no human hand now read this article

that I found in a book on ethology I

took the book that depan offered me and

read it was a detailed description of

the large orangutan of the East Indian

islands I knew very well that beasts

enormous size its incredible strength

and ferocity and its capacity to imitate

human sounds and actions I now

understood completely the horrors of the

murders in the Rue Morgue the

description of the fingers is exactly

the same as those in the drawing I said

the orangutan is the only animal that

could make these marks also the hair

that you showed me is identical to that

of the beast described in the book but I

cannot understand the details of the

mystery for example the fact that there

were two voices arguing and one of them

was clearly that of a Frenchman this is

true said to bear and we also know

it was the voice of the Frenchman who

said the words my god

certainly this Frenchman knew about the

murders it is probable however that he

was innocent of the bloody act itself I

imagine that there orangutan escaped

from him and that he followed it to the

house in the Rue Morgue but after the

confusion of the incident I do not

believe that he recaptured it it is

still free but this is just my intuition

if the Frenchman is innocent of the

murders the advertisement which I left

that the office of Lomond last night

will bring him to our house he gave me a

newspaper and I read court in the Bois

de Boulogne eeeh early in the morning of

the morning after the murder a very

large red orangutan the owner of the

animal believed to be a sailor from a

Maltese ship may come to collect it at

number who football Sanja man how could

you possibly know I asked that the man

was a sailor and from a Maltese ship I

do not know it said do bad I am Not sure

of it but I found this piece of ribbon

at the bottom of the lightning-rod it is

a type of ribbon that sailors used to

tie their hair in a ponytail if you look

at the knot you will see that it is the

kind that only sailors can tie and this

particular knot is peculiar to the

Maltese our man is innocent of the

murders de panne continued but he knows

about them certainly he will hesitate

before replying to the advertisement and

before coming here and asking for the

orangutan but he will also think I am

poor my orangutan is of great value

particularly to someone poor like me why

should I be afraid why should I lose it

because of some imagined danger after

all the beast was found in the Bois de


a very great distance from the scene of

the murders and no one could possibly

think that an animal was responsible for

them above all the advertiser knows me I

don't know how much he knows about the

atrocity but if I do not collect the

animal I will attract suspicion both to

it and to me and I do not want to do

that therefore I will answer the

advertisement and get the orangutan back

and keep it with me until everyone has

forgotten this horrible incident

Chapter six a sailor's story at that

moment we heard the sound of footsteps

on the stairs

but now the visitor seemed to hesitate

and we heard him going back down deep

and was moving to the door when we heard

him coming back up this time he did not

hesitate but came to our door and

knocked come in said to bear in a

friendly voice a man entered he was a

sailor a tall muscular man good evening

he said sit down my friend said to pan I

imagine you are here for there orangutan

a remarkable beast how old is he I don't

know exactly the Sailor replied maybe

four or five have you got him here bono

said to pan we cannot keep him here he

is at a stable in the rue de Bourg you

can get him in the morning thank you

said the Sailor I would of course pay

you a reward for finding him that's very

kind of you said to bear now let me see

what shall I ask for this service I yes

I know my reward shall be this you will

tell me everything you know about these

murders in the Rue Morgue as he said

these words do ban walked slowly to the

door and locked it and put the key in

his pocket he then took a pistol from

his pocket and placed it calmly on the

table the Sailor fell back into his

chair trembling with fear his face went

as white as death itself he did not say

a word my friend said de pan in a kind

voice there is no need to be alarmed I

know that you are innocent of the

murders in the Rue Morgue

but you must admit that you are involved

in them in some way you had nothing to

hide but every principle of Honor

obliges you to confess all that you know

an innocent man is now in prison charged


murders you must tell us who the real

perpetrator is I will tell you all I

know about this business but you will

not believe me I do not really believe

it myself but I am innocent

the Sailor was silent for a moment then

he began to tell the story it began on

the island of Borneo our ship stopped

there on the way to India a friend of

mine captured an orangutan but he fell

sick and died I became the beasts master

I took it with me on board the ship

where it stayed until we got back to

Paris then I hid it in my apartment I

knew that it was valuable so I decided

to sell it the next evening I went out

with some sailor friends when I got back

in the early morning I could not believe

why I saw there sitting in my chair was

the orangutan its face was covered in

shaving foam and in its hand was my

razor it's set there looking at itself

in the mirror I realized that the Beast

was trying to shave but all I could

think about was the razor in its hand I

was terrified for a minute I didn't know

what to do then I took the whip that I

used to control the orangutan when he

saw it he was afraid but before I could

do anything he ran out of the room and

down the stairs and then jumped out of

an open window into the street I

followed the orangutan down Street after

Street the city was deserted it was 3

o'clock in the morning and everyone was

in bed

finally I trapped it in an alley at the

rear of the Rue Morgue but then

beast saw a light shining from the open

window of madame les Benes room on the

fourth floor of her house running to the

building it saw the lightning rod which

it climbed with unbelievable agility

then with one long arm it grasped the

shutter which was against the wall and

used it to swing itself into the room at

first I was happy the Beast was trapped

and it would be easy to capture it now

but I was afraid for the occupants of

the house so I decided to follow it with

some difficulty I climbed up the

lightning rod but when I got to the

level of the window I could not reach

the shutter I could only look into the

room I was horrified by what I saw and

heard the two women was screaming I saw

the orangutan take madam less money by

the hair and cut her throat with the

razor the movement of its arm was so

powerful that the woman's head was

almost separated from her body on seeing

her blood it became furious and jumped

upon the girl of putting its hands

around her throat until she too was dead

dust then it saw me through the window

and was suddenly afraid it became

agitated and started throwing the

furniture around the room I could see it

wanted to hide the evidence of its

terrible acts so it took the body of the

girl and pushed it up the chimney then

it turned to the body of the old woman

which it threw out of the window as the

orangutan approached the window I was

terrified I climbed back down the

lightning-rod and ran home as fast as I

could I wanted to get as far away from

the beast as possible so the worst that

the party on the stairs heard were your

exclamations of horror I said and the

shrill harsh voice was that

of the beast' de pan added and that is

almost the end of the story

de pan and I went to the police and told

them everything they immediately

released a dove Lebon the clerk from the

bank and as for the Sailor well he

finally caught his orangutan and sold it

to the City Zoo for a very large sum of


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