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Murder in the Castle!
I was sitting in my office going through paperwork, I get a call from my supervisor. It seemed to be pretty urgent judging by the tone of his voice and the way he was speaking. I could not understand much, but I managed to decipher that there were some deaths at Elsinore Castle. When I heard those words I was quick to get on the scene, there were a lot of people there, but there was one in particular standing in the corner crying with his head down. I quickly walked over to him and asked him his name, and before I could even get those words out, he said that his name was Horatio and he would be glad to come in for questioning and could answer all the questions that I had about these deaths.

Once Horatio and I arrived back at my office, we went to the interrogation room and I began my questioning. I just cut right to the case and asked him what all he saw. He proceeded to answer, I saw everything, but first I just want you to know that Hamlet was a really close friend of his, and he might get a little emotional when answering. Told him that was alright and just to tell me everything he knew so that we could get to the bottom of this. We were talking and he started by saying that there was a fencing competition between Hamlet and Laertes. When they were getting their swords, Hamlet just walked over to grab sword, but Laertes looked like he already picked his sword, like he needed to get that particular one. He proceeded to say that Hamlets mother Queen Gertrude began to get excited after the first two rounds and drank a sip of some wine that was intended for Hamlet. Horatio watched her as she began to become woozy and fell to the ground and soon to be her death. Horatio proceeded to tell me that in a sudden burst of anger, Hamlet grabbed Laertes’ sharpened fencing sword and cut his arm.

After all of this, there was still much more to discuss, but I had a phone call that the evidence had arrived back and I needed to come check it out. When I walked to the evidence, I saw that there was a wine glass, two swords, one sharpened and one dull, and some poison. The sharpened sword also had some blood on it. Horatio’s alibi has been confirmed up to this point, but I wanted to get them all fingerprinted just to make sure and clear Horatio’s name.

While the evidence was going in for fingerprints, I proceeded to interview Horatio. When I walked back into the room, Horatio seemed to be really upset but said that he could continue the interrogation. He told me that Hamlet was plotting a scheme to overcome the scheme that Claudius had to have him murdered in England. After this he told me that Claudius had dropped a pearl into Hamlet’s cup of wine that was covered in poison to finally kill Hamlet. The sword that Laertes was using was not just sharp, but it had poison on the end to puncture Hamlet and then let the poison get into his blood. When the Queen went to drink the wine, the king Claudius tried to get her not to drink it, but she proceeded to drink. Then Horatio told me that Claudius said that the wine was poisoned and that it was too late to do anything. Then after all of this happens and Hamlet finds out about all of this, he steals Laertes’ sword and draws blood and the poison enters his blood. The Laertes told Hamlet that he had been. Horatio says that after all of this, Hamlet walks up to the King and makes him drink some of the poisoned wine, then after all of that, Hamlet stabbed Claudius , and Claudius along with Hamlet, Laertes, and Gertrude.

Several hours later, the fingerprints came back, and there were none of Horatio’s prints on anything, so his statement was backed up and Horatio was let go. The case was closed and this case gave me a lot of publicity and I proceeded to get my own firm and now I am the boss and I have all of my best investigators with me.
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Poor Ophelia
While vacationing in Denmark, I visited an ex-psychology classmate. He was reviewing a case on the drowning of a young woman named Ophelia, and asked me to assist him. While looking at the file, I noticed that after her father’s death her behavior changed drastically.

We went on to her father’s boss, Claudius, to get a better understanding of Ophelia’s behavior. To my surprise, Claudius was very helpful. He explained that the day before her death, his messenger had seen her walking around the palace in a robe singing old songs. He also stated that Ophelia and his nephew Hamlet may have been lovers. When asked where his nephew was, he said he had been sent to England. He went on to tell us another shocking piece of information. Hamlet killed Polonius, Ophelia’s dad!

I walked away to look around as my classmate continued a conversation with Claudius. “ Wow, who would’ve known he rlover, Hamlet, killed her father, “ I thought to myself. That could have been a reason Ophelia went insane, and drove her to commit suicide, but who is to say she knew Hamlet killed her father? My thoughts were soon interrupted by a woman. She introduced herself as Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. We started conversating about Ophelia.

Gertrude told me how Ophelia was a timid and shy girl. She said once her father died and Hamlet left for England, Ophelia turned into a mad woman. She went everywhere singing love songs, some about love and faithfulness, the rest about a woman not being able to marry because her body was no longer pure. As she talked to me, I realized that she not only knew Ophelia, but had also witnessed her death. She explained how Ophelia was carrying violets by the river bank, and began to try to hang them on a tree limb. Obviously, it couldn’t support her, and that is when Ophelia fell in the river and started to float. Her clothes began to get heavy and pulled her under the water as Ophelia kept singing, and she drowned. I was shocked. Ophelia didn’t scream for help nor did she try to save herself, and Gertrude did not seem to help her either. I thanked Gertrude and went to get my classmate so we could sum up the case. He was waiting on me.

I started off by telling him that as I dug deeper in the case, it had gotten weirder by the moment. Ophelia obviously showed signs of depression, but her death was still unexplainable. At this moment, I’m still going to consider it a suicide. I let him in on the fact that Gertrude was there when Ophelia died, and just like me, he was shocked. I wanted to tell him more, but we had to get back to diagnosing Ophelia before it was my time to depart. We left the palace, and shortly arrived at his office to get to work. With little evidence and our two strange witnesses, we came up with a diagnosis. Ophelia was suffering from depression. Then, since she had no one else, and her brother were too worried about avenges rather than seeking help for her, it became major depression. With this people show signs of restlessness, which could explain her wandering. The also have feelings of helplessness, which could describe her singing the sentimental songs. It’s also a possibility that Ophelia could have been pessimistic, and without proper treatment people can become suicidal. That can explain why she didn’t save herself or call for help while she was in the water. I feel Ophelia wanted to die, and suicide was what she chose.Due to the lack of evidence, it was harder to process her, and who is to say our witnesses were being truthful., but since that was the only evidence we could say Ophelia was depressed. We finished up the case and I thanked my good friend and left denmark feeling accomplished.
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Prince Hamlet
Recently, I have been asked to examine the mental health of the diceased Prince of Denmark, Hamlet. This case is very interesting because it involves so much foul play that it is hard to sort through it all. I interviewed Hamlet’s friend Haratio to get the full story of what happened. About a month ago, Hamlets father was murdered and his uncle Claudius seized the throne and married Hamlet's widowed mother Queen Gertrude. Hamlet was currently in college but had to put class on hold due to his fathers death. He came back home to Denmark where his best friend Haratio tells him that there have been sightings recently of his dads ghostly spirit just wandering the halls of the castle. Haratio took Hamlet to see it and Hamlet claims that the spirit is his father's and that it told him that Claudius killed him and that Hamlet should revenge and claim the throne as rightfully so. Hamlet begins behaving erratically the next week or so due to the evidence presented by him. The royal family and Lord Chamberlain Polonious think his behavior stems from his mad love of Polonious's daughter Ophelia, so they hire Hamlets other friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. After spying they realized Hamlet was indeed mad but supposedly didn't love her and requested that she should join a nunnery and wished he could abolish marriage.
A couple days later these actors came into town and Hamlet decided to hire them to perform a play. This play was a reenactment of how Hamlet imagined his uncle killed his father and Hamlet wanted to watch Claudius closely to see if he shows any signs of guilt. The only other person Hamlet shares this information with is Haratio. They began to watch Claudius throughout the play and just after the murder seen in the play, Claudius suddenly stands up and emotionally requests that the play be stopped. Hamlet and Haratio knew then and there Claudius felt very guilty and could not stand it anymore. Hamlet follows Claudius to kill him but finds him on his knees praying to God and based on his beliefs, if he would've killed him while he was praying then Claudius would have went to heaven. So Hamlet restrained himself and went on to confront his mother in her bed chamber. At this point he is contemplating suicide in his head constantly and he feels as if she was linked to his fathers murder seeing as she married his brother just one month after his death. They bicker and argue for quite some time when Hamlet hears a noise behind the tapestry. He suspects it is the King spying in him again so he draws his sword and plunges into the curtain where he finds that is was actually Polonious. For this crime, Hamlet is sent to England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstein. Claudius orders Hamlet be put to death immediately upon arrival but did not tell Hamlets friends.
In the aftermath of Polonious's death, Ophelia goes mad with grief and supposedly drowns herself out by the lake of the castle. Laertes is Polonious's son and had been staying in France but comes back to Denmark in a fit of rage for his father and sisters death. While all that was going on, Haratio receives letters from Hamlet saying he is on his way back home due to pirates seizing his ship. Hamlet also devised a genius plan to swap the letter that Rosencrantz had from Claudius that told the people in England to kill hamlet to a different letter stating to kill Rosencrantz and Guildenstein. On Hamlets way back he encounters a funeral and comes to realize it is Ophelia they are laying down to rest. He behaves erratically after watching Laertes jump into her grave and hold her body one last time. Hamlet claims then he loved Ophelia more than Laertes ever could.
Claudius creates a plan of his own to get Hamlet and Laertes to duel in a fencing match but Claudius is going to sharpen Laertes blade and also put poison on the tip of it. However, if Hamlet wins, Claudius will give him a goblet of wine with poison in it as well. They begin to duel and Hamlet land the first two hits then turns his back to Laertes where Laertes curs the back of Hamlets neck exposing him to the poison.Almost simultaneously, Gertrude takes a sip of the wine in celebration for Hamlet but was unaware of its chemical composition. Hamlet steals Laertes sharpened blade and cuts him with it where then Laertes tells everyone that Claudius poisoned the blade and wine. Gertrude falls to the floor dead and Hamlet plunges the blade into Claudius and makes him drink the rest of the wine as well. Moments later Laertes and Hamlet both fall down dead but as Haratio went to drink the wine to kill himself, Hamlet stopped him and said he must remain alive to tell the story of what happened.
Going souly off of Haratios story, it is hard to state whether or not Hamlet was indeed mad or not. Based on the tragic events that recently happened to his father and possibly soon to be wife, I would say Hamlet is perfectly sane and if I was in his situation I would react the same way. I understand that contemplating suicide is not something a particularly sane person would do but when your constantly lied to and deceived im sure it would make him feel helpness and feel like there was no way out of his situation besides death.
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Case #2332 The Case of the Uncase
As I was getting off late one night from finishing a previous case, my supervisor called to update me on an international murder. Since our detective department was the best in the U.S. at solving unexplainable deaths, Denmark’s government decided to contact us to help them solve the mysterious death of the King of Denmark. I responded to my supervisor by saying that he mights as well make some coffee because it was going to be a long night.

Before looking into the mysterious death, I began to look up background info on the King and his family. The man who was the king of Denmark at the time was named Claudius. Claudius was the brother of King Hamlet who had recently passed away. After the death of King Hamlet, Claudius marries Gertrude, who was King Hamlet’s previous wife, and then takes over as King. I also find out that King Hamlet and his wife had a son named Prince Hamlet.I later called Denmark forensic scientists and found out King Hamlet was poisoned to death through his ears. I thought it was particularly strange for a King to be poisoned and later his own brother takes over as king. I remember making note out of suspicion.

I gathered background information on the family. My supervisor told me that Denmark police has a man in custody who could probably give us more information about the death of Claudius. My supervisor then claims that they’ll be flying him to the U.S. so we can interrogate him ourselves. In the meantime, I gained the autopsy report of Claudius from forensic scientists in Denmark and it says that Claudius had a cut on his hand. The report also said that Claudius contained a large amount of poison in his body. Later that night, I found out that Gertrude and Prince Hamlet were also poisoned to death. I felt as if these deaths weren’t coincidences but yet a plot for someone to become the new ruler of Denmark. I also thought there could’ve been some type of treason involved. I thought about the different situations of the deaths but decided to get some sleep. I also decided to relook at the situation the next morning.

I was informed the next morning that the suspect had made it to the U.S. and was on the way to our department for interrogation. I quickly hopped in the shower, put some clothes on and rushed over. When I arrived a fellow detective told me that the suspect’s name is Horatio and he was the friend of Prince Hamlet.When I entered the interrogation room, Horatio looked at me and told me that he didn’t murder anyone. I asked Horatio multiple questions about the royal family. Horatio told me that he and Prince Hamlet were good friends and that he wouldn’t have done anything to harm him. Horatio also informed me that Claudius killed King Hamlet by placing poison in his ear. Horatio also explained that the ghost of King Hamlet started appearing to Prince Hamlet. The ghost of King Hamlet wanted Prince Hamlet to avenge his death by killing Claudius. I instantly assumed that Horatio was lying. I began to threaten Horatio with a large amount of jail time but he concluded that he had seen the ghost along with other people.

Horatio also told me that Prince Hamlet devised a plan to create a play. In this play Prince Hamlet recreated the murder of his father.The plan was to make Claudius feel guilty after seeing the play. He then reported that Claudius tried to send Prince Hamlet to England but Prince Hamlet outsmarted him by telling them his ship was overrun by pirates. With this information given by Horatio, I assumed that Prince Hamlet was behind the death of Claudius.
It seemed to me that Prince Hamlet had all the motives to kill Claudius. Horatio explained to me that right before Claudius’s death, Prince Hamlet and another man named Laertes competed in a fencing match. It seemed as it was an ordinary fencing competition, but Horatio concluded that Laertes used a sharpened sword that was lined with poison. Laertes cut Prince Hamlet with the sword. In retaliation, Prince Hamlet stabbed Laertes. Horatio claimed that after Prince Hamlet stabbed Laertes his mother, Gertrude, drank a cup of wine that was mixed with poison. While Laertes was dying, he confessed how he and Claudius came up with this plan to kill Prince Hamlet. Horatio also informed me that Prince Hamlet cut Claudius’s hand and forced him to drink the cup of wine his mother drank from. Finally, Horatio explained as Prince Hamlet was dying, the King of Fortinbras walked in and said Prince Hamlet will be buried as a soldier.

I didn't know whether I could believe Horatio’s story or not, so I got in touch with King Fortinbras. King Fortinbras also agreed that he gave Prince Hamlet a soldier’s burial. He also told me that he didn’t witness the murder. I became frustrated because there was no one to charge for these deaths. I wondered if Horatio was lying to me just to save himself. After Horatio was interrogated, my superiors told me that they had gained the fingerprints of everybody who was there. The fingerprints were taken from the wine glasses and the fencing swords. Horatio’s prints were not on any of those items. Since everybody who was involved in our investigation was dead, there was no one we could arrest. Cases like this are very frustrating for detectives;however we can give the people of Denmark a feeling of ease to know what happened to the king, queen, and prince.
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Case #192837465 Suicide or Murder
It has been brought to my attention that my precinct was picked to save a big case, that had about 9 or 10 deaths that was involved around one person. My boss came to me and ask me to pick anyone to help solve these cases. So I assigned each person with a case and the case that I chose, was the one about the death of Ophelia, which was said that she drowned. I need to prove and make sure that she did drowned and also were there any witnesses at the scene that could have help stop her from drowning. There was probably not much evidence because she died in the lake and if there was any kind of fingerprints or anything on her it was washed away. In the file it said that she fell off a tree branch into the water. I need to find out like if someone tried shaking the tree to make her fall or was she pushed into the water. But another thing that I need to find out is where there people around the lake that could have tried to do something to save her or even get someone to go help. First I need to find out that if she did kill herself, what was the reason for her to kill herself, like was she having problems with family, life struggles, or even man problems. From what I see that she could be mad about the death of her father or even about the situation with her and Hamlet. Ophelia had been going through a lot lately, starting with Hamlet changing and acting crazy and probably was upset with Hamlet hitting and pushing her around. I looked into finding anyone that knew here, that is still around to find out more about her and what is going on in her life that would have made her want to kill herself. In the case file it states that the investigator that looked into her death at the time said that there was no witnesses to be found at the scene or anyone that would come clean about seeing her kill herself. I went to find the person that had this case to find out what he can tell me about the death of Ophelia. He said that they really did not go deep into this case, they declared it as a suicide and closed it. They did find the branch that she fell off. I used the branch as part of my evidence. What I looked for on it was to see if there were any signs of it being cut or did it just snap and fall. There was no signs of it beings cut and this was probably my only evidence I would be able to find and use. But Since there was no witnesses I had to put everything together for the reasoning that might kill herself. I found she was going through a lot at the time first it started off with the death of her father. Her father was a very close person to her in her life. Also when she found out that Hamlet which could possible be her true love was being sent of to England and the thought that she might not never see him again. She possibly felt that she had no one left in her life and that her life could possibly means nothing anymore. From what it looks like that Ophelia just need to breathe and went into a tree and fell in the lake. When she fell in the lake she just decided that there was no reason for her to try to save herself and died.
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Torn Between The Two
The day was going peacefully until I heard a nervous knock at my office door. “Come in,” I said hesitantly. In came a woman who looked as if she were scared. “I need help Detective; I need you to help save me,” said the mysterious woman in a frenzy. This woman instantly caught my attention with my reply, “Why are you in danger ma’am? What is your name?” “My name is Gertrude, Queen of Denmark sir,” she stated gracefully. I began to look more into Gertrude and could tell she was a kindly and rather self-indulgent woman. “Well ma’am that answers one question, but what about the others?” “Well,” she began “I think my husband is trying to kill my son.” “So why are you in danger?” “Because I must protect my son.” “I take it that your husband isn’t your son’s father. “ “You are correct. See I am a widow; my husband recently died but I remarried my husband’s brother, Claudius.” I was in shock. I quickly understood this case would be more challenging than others, but the real question to pose is if I was ready to take on the challenge. “Queen Gertrude, if you would give me your address, I will begin working on your case tonight,” I said with deep concern. “You cannot waste time my dear sir you must hurry.” “Yes ma’am, I will”. Gertrude jotted down her address and left my office.
The next step was to get a start on this case. “Might as well begin this case early. This type of case will definitely call for sleepless nights,” I thought to myself. I pulled up to the castle and began to look around. Moments later a Ghost appeared. In my mind, this could not be real and it was only something I could come up with in my head. “I am the late King Hamlet,” the Ghost said. “I did not make it in time,” I said aloud. “Yes Detective, you did, but I am Hamlet’s father,” he exclaimed. Somehow things were starting to make more sense now and I could only think that detective work was not for me. “Take heed young sir the one you are working for is, an incestuous, that adulterate beast,
With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts,--O wicked wit, and gifts that have the power
So to seduce!--won to his shameful lust The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen.” I could not believe my ears. Here is the late king saying his wife committed adultery or maybe she lusted for his brother, still being one of the deadly sins. Something the Queen did was not right, but yet she did not seem to see it this way.
Suddenly, I heard arguing from a chamber. At that moment, the late King disappeared. I looked at the window and began to run towards the sound. I was close enough to the window to peek inside and notice a young male. This had to be Hamlet but why was he so furious with his mother? “You have offended your father,” Gertrude said “Like you have offended my father,” Hamlet spat back at his mother. I have all the pieces to this puzzle, but I cannot figure it out. What is going on? What am I missing? Moments later I heard a screech. What could that have been? I looked back into the window and saw a dead man lying on the ground. Hamlet had killed a spy who later was identified as Polonius. Every second this case takes a turn on me. I watched Hamlet as he dragged the body out of the room with the queen running behind him. This was my chance to get inside. I jumped in the chamber and hid behind the curtain. I gave myself a few minutes before I moved from the hiding place. I heard tears from the Queen two rooms down; this is where I began to travel to. “He’s more furious than a storm at sea,” she proclaimed. “I blame myself for not being as stern with him in the beginning.” As I listened, I noticed the Queen was protecting her son because in fact he did not feel bad about killing Polonius at all. She was making it seem as if he did and she was keeping the secret of knowing that Claudius had killed her husband.
Gertrude was beginning to seem like the middle woman to me, simply only wanting her family to get along. It seemed she was torn between her son and husband and did not realize what her mistake was until the argument she had with her son. Her eyes were turned to look into her soul with his words stabbing her like daggers. The truth does hurt and it seems she wasn’t ready for it. What is a woman really to do in a situation like this? The answer probably would be the same thing the Queen was doing and that was to protect her son and make her husband happy. I quickly wrote down my thoughts before I went to sleep that night knowing that tomorrow was going to be a long day. Word was there was going to be a fencing contest between Hamlet and Laertes. Of course I had to blend in with the others that were there, so I decided to borrow some Prince Hamlet clothing. He wouldn’t notice it. It was time for the match. I missed the beginning but came just when Hamlet was taking a break. “Stay, give me drink.—Hamlet, this pearl is thine. Here’s to thy health,” says Claudius. “Let me finish this round; sit it down a while” Hamlet replied. “He’s flabby and out of breath.—Here, Hamlet, take my handkerchief and wipe your forehead. The queen drinks to your good luck and happiness,” the Queen said. I watched as she wiped her son’s forehead with care and love like this would be the last time she would ever touch him. She seemed happier than any encounter I’ve seen with her. It seemed she was happy that her son was happy for a change. Claudius seemed to try to stop her but couldn’t. What is so special about this cup I wondered? Moments later the Queen collapsed. Hamlet rushed over to her proclaiming, “No, no, the drink, the drink! Oh, my dear Hamlet! The drink, the drink! I’ve been poisoned”. Those were her last words.
This case was over, whereas I realized my job was never to protect the Prince; my job was to make sure the Queen saw her son happy for the last time. Was it that she knew the truth behind her evil husband or was she tired of a deranged son? She always loved her son but exemplified it in a different way. She was always there to take up for him. This case came to end by saying the Queen committed suicide because she knew the wine was poison. It was sad to see a family go through this but at the end of the day facts are facts and I must do my job.
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Case of the Century
Today is the day. Today is the day that I was going to make history. I received a call from a man in jail named Horatio, who desperately urged me to investigate the case at Elsinore Castle. This is one of the biggest cases of the century. The King of Denmark, Claudius, was murdered along with his wife/sister-in-law, Gertrude, his nephew, Hamlet, and a man named Laertes. Fortinbras, now the King of Denmark, accused Horatio of the deaths and had him sent to jail. I believe he did this just to get rid of anyone that was associated with the king and his family. It is my job to figure out exactly what happened and my gut tells me that Horatio is innocent.

I immediately head over to the prison to speak with Horatio. “I didn’t do it!” he blurts out. “I know, I believe you,” I reply, “but I need to you tell me everything that happened in order for me to prove your innocence.” He says it all started when King Hamlet was murdered and King Claudius took over. He says that King Claudius and Prince Hamlet were both plotting ways on how to kill each other. “This is where Laertes comes in,” he says, “King Claudius hired Laertes to kill Prince Hamlet.” “But why is Laertes dead?” I asked. “During the duel between Laertes and Prince Hamlet, Laertes cut Prince Hamlet with his sword,” he said. I cut him off, “But that wouldn’t kill a man.” He continues, “Ah yes, but the sword was coated in poison.” It all started to make sense! I made a note to head over to the lab next to see the autopsies and evidence from the crime scene.

Horatio continues,” Hamlet grabbed Laerte’s sword and returns the favor.” “What about the King and his wife?” I asked. “You mean his sister-in-law?” he snidely remarked, “Gertrude drank of the poisoned wine that was meant for Prince Hamlet, if he were to emerge victorious from the battle. This was the King’s idea. As for King Claudius, he got what he deserved. Prince Hamlet stabbed him with the poison covered sword and made him drink the rest of the poisoned wine.” I wrapped up the interview and told him that I would be back after I took a look at the autopsies and evidence to back his story.

I raced over to the lab. I felt like my heart was beating faster than I was driving because of how close I was to solving this case and freeing Horatio. I first looked at the autopsy reports and sure enough they were all poisoned. Even better, they were all poisoned by the same poison. So far Horatio’s story checks out. Next I make my way to the evidence room. I find the box of evidence from the case and remove the cup and sword from the box. I send it down to the lab immediately to check for any trace of poison. The results came back positive for poison. I checked to see of the poison from the evidence matched the poison from the autopsy reports and they did. I also dusted the evidence for fingerprints; neither the cup nor the sword had Horatio’s fingerprints. They both, however, were covered in the fingerprints of all four victims. This along with his story proves Horatio’s innocence. The real murderer is King Claudius, though there is nothing we can do about that now.

I head back over to the jail to give Horatio the good news. I inform him that a trial is being set up and should happen within the next few weeks. I tell him of the autopsy reports and the evidence and that they both had poison just as he said. “I am confident that you will rightly be set free after the trial.” “Thank you so much,” he replies, “I knew you could solve this case and prove me innocent.” I started to head home when I received a call from my boss. I have been promoted!
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Tags: Hamlet , Murder
Case #231 A Misguided Prince
Case Opened: 3/16/14
Case Closed: 3/17/14

It was a tiring day at the office, a lot of paper work, and cases that still needed to be finished. Although I had all of this work to finish, I was excited because I was taking my vacation to Denmark the next day. After finishing all of my paperwork, I immediately headed home to pack. The next day I woke up and headed to the airport to catch my flight. Off to Denmark I went, and it was more beautiful than I could imagine.

I was staying in the Elsinore Castle, who was owned by King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, and Prince Hamlet. I introduced myself to the owners and the other people residing in the castle, because I was going to be staying there for a week. As soon as I was unpacking my stuff upstairs, I heard arguing which seem to be coming from Hamlet and Gertrude. I continued to mind my business when I heard a loud scream, so I rushed upstairs to help. There was a dead man laying on the floor. The person who was stabbed was a man named Polonius. He was a chief counselor for the king, and a father of two kids.

I told Queen Gertrude and Hamlet not to move until I got to the bottom of this case. I called the authorities to come pick up Gertrude, and Hamlet until further investigation. When the authorities arrived, I told them that I was a licensed detective, and that I would love to help them solve this crime. The authorities agreed, and I began to work immediately. The first thing I noticed as I was sweeping the scene was a bloody knife on the nightstand next to the bed. I bagged up the knife, and the bloody curtains that were on the floor too.

After gathering all of my evidence, I took a taxi to the address on the card that the crime scene unit gave to me. As soon as I walked in, they knew who I was immediately by the evidence bag in my hand. The secretary led me to the lab where I met a forensic scientist just like myself. We introduced ourselves and began to work. The first thing I wanted to do was run tests on this sword. After running tests on the sword, the results came back just as I had suspected. Polonius’ blood was on the end of this sword, and hamlets fingerprints were on the handle.

Polonius blood was also all over the curtains that I took in for evidence. Gertrude’s fingerprints were nowhere to be found on the sword, or the curtains. This left one main suspect, which is Hamlet. I asked authorities if I could have a one on one interrogation with him, and they allowed me too.

I asked Hamlet how did this happen in detail, and he explained the whole story without an inch of symphony. Hamlet said, “ mother told me to come up too her room because she wanted to have a word with me. I confronted her about marrying my uncle and killing my father but she did not want to hear it and screamed in rage. I heard a male voice behind the curtain and quickly pulled out my sword and stabbed the curtain. Next thing I know, Polonius comes from behind the curtain and drops dead on the floor.” I told Hamlet, “you know you are going to jail for this dont you?” He replied, “ I know I will have to pay for these sins.”

After the interrogation, Hamlet was taken out of the interrogation room in handcuffs for murder. They eventually let Gertrude go, because she had nothing to do with the crime. Who would have ever thought that I would come upon a crime scene while on vacation? I surely didn't.
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Case #14578 - Ophelia's Mysterious Death.
Possible Suicide
Perseus Moon - ID No. 001049858
Case Closed: 3/14/2014
Case Reopened: 03/19/2014

What in the world occurred here? It’s been 58 hours since Ophelia Marks died. There is very little evidence to what caused her death. I was summoned to Denmark, North Carolina because I specialize in odd cases such as these. According to the family, Ophelia was the girlfriend of the Governor’s son, Hamlet. Only 4 months ago, the Honorable Kingsley Hamlet, King for short, died from unknown causes. It was never determined if he died of natural causes. I hopped on the quickest plane to Denmark and began my investigation. When I arrived, I found no one there to greet me. It was as if no one truly cared about Ophelia. I rented a vehicle and drove to the address listed as her residence. I knocked, but the sound echoed through the entire house as though not a single item remained in it. At this point, I am confused and disheartened that I flew all this way and am receiving no assistance.

I turned around to walk back to my car when a black Audi R8 pulled into the driveway near my grey Civic rental car. A man draped in luxurious clothing stepped out of the vehicle. I was immediately repulsed by this man’s aura. He introduced himself as Claudius Hamlet. I immediately made the connection that this was the brother of the late Kingsley Hamlet. I began to recall the report I was given for the journey. This man, after his brother’s death, had made a special request that he be Governor for the remainder of his brother’s term. The request had been granted and he was rather pleased. He asked what my business was in this area. I began to explain that I was Perseus Moon, a detective summoned here to investigate the recent death of Ophelia Marks. The case was hard to determine if it was suicide or murder. He smiled at me and asked me to follow him back to the Governor’s mansion. I obliged and followed him through a multitude of curvy and treacherous roads. Along the way, I couldn’t help but dwell on the fact that not only did this man take his brother’s term but also his wife. In only five months, this man had married his sister-in-law and took a political position. At the time, I decided that was a different case for a different time. We arrived at the mansion in about 8 to 10 minutes and parked. I noticed the grandeur of this home and decided they are not hurting financially.

I made my way into the building and the Governor introduced me to a man with puffy red eyes as though he had recently been crying. His name was Laertes Marks, the brother of Ophelia. He explained to me that not only had his sister died, but through gritted teeth as if he wasn’t telling me the full truth, he explained that his father was missing as well. I inquired further about his father, but he would give me no more information. We made our way upstairs and I was introduced to Gertrude Hamlet. She explained how Ophelia was a dear friend of the family and how she would be sorely missed. She spoke of her in great detail and kindness. This lady was graceful with her words, the way she described finding her dead felt like it should be written down in a book for all the world to see. I felt moved to tears. After she quit talking, I inquired about the death. She reiterated that she had went down for a short stroll and saw Ophelia floating in the river. I thanked her once again and told Claudius that I would be back, but I needed to go to the area in which she was found. He gave me directions to the river and sent me on my way.

When I arrived, I noticed there wasn’t much to see. I looked out over the river and saw it was a decent sized river. About 9 feet deep and 28 foot across. It wasn’t a fast moving river, it seemed calm in the afternoon light. The current pushed it ever so slowly. But there was a current. I then realized that Mrs. Hamlet would have had to make her way to the river just as she had died. Otherwise, the current would have carried her away. I looked around the scene once more and saw a tree. The tree was missing a branch. The area in which the branch would have come from looked very fresh. There was still strings of wood hanging off as if it had recently fallen. I ran back to my car and dug through my clothes bag. I had brought a pair of swim trunks just in case I wanted to utilize the hotel’s pool. Since there appeared to be no one around, I changed right there on the spot. I ran back to the river and praying that nothing in it would kill me, I jumped in. The water was cool and fresh on my face. It felt like the perfect temperature. I angled myself downward and dove to the bottom of the lake.

There at the bottom was a large tree limb. Its weight had dragged it to the bottom and kept it there. I noticed something stuck to the smallest branch. It was a torn piece of clothing. I brought it to the surface and made my way to the car. I dried off and changed into suitable clothes. I drove to my hotel for the first time that day. At the front desk, an envelope was waiting for me. It contained a picture of the body after it had been pulled from the lake by Gertrude. The material and color looked exactly the same. I pieced together what I thought happened. It seemed to me that Ophelia climbed on the tree to look out over the water, the limb broke, and Ophelia could not swim. Gertrude saw her and decided to not help her because she felt that Hamlet was too good for her. I speculated this due to the fact they spawn from two different class structures. Though she was a storyteller, and a damn good one at that, she could not hide the facts. I went back to the mansion and asked a few follow-up questions. Gertrude was eager to talk to me and began to elaborate even further. The thing that gave her up was when she mentioned that Ophelia’s soggy clothes had pulled her to the bottom until she had drowned under the weight of them. She said she could still remember her shrill singing as she went under. How did Gertrude know that without being there to observe the death?

I immediately left and went to the Police Station. I gave them my findings and had them arrest Gertrude. When they searched her residence they did in fact find a journal entry full of distaste for Ophelia. She felt as though Hamlet should marry someone of great importance. Also there was another part of Ophelia’s dress tucked away in the same journal entry to remind her that her issue was gone.

I decided that the case here was finished. Though Gertrude had not killed Ophelia, she had, in fact, watched her die and was therefore guilty of Negligent Homicide. She should be put before a jury and tried for such.

-P. Moon

Addendum to the Journal Entry.
Perseus Moon.

My condolences to the Hamlet family. While waiting for Gertrude's trial she was killed in a murder plot by Claudius. By his actions he killed Gertrude, Laertes, and young Hamlet. At the end of it all young Hamlet killed Claudius. May this troubled family find peace in the afterlife.

-P. Moon
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Case #4:Tragedy in the Elsinore Castle
In my last case I stated that I was going away for a little while. Denmark was my destination of choice. I had a friend, Sofia, whom I went to university with from Helsingør, Denmark. She would always insist that I visit her and she would show me the best places to eat, shop, and tour around. My flight was about ten hours long, which was just enough time to give me jet lag. I happened to arrive about thirty minutes early. As I am waiting for Sofia to arrive, I watch the news. Two days ago, I learned, the king of Denmark, King Hamlet, was found dead in his garden. The Castle of Elsinore is being investigated at this time.

I received an email notification from my department; apparently the Danish government wants someone from our agency, which is one of the best in the country, to probe the scene and add fresh viewpoints to the investigation. They offer me a place to stay in the castle for the duration of my exploration. As I am reading through their files on what they have already found, I see that the cause of death was due to poison. They believed he committed suicide by ingesting something deadly, but could not figure out why. That’s why I was called in.

After a month of interviewing all of the family members, friends, employees of the castle, I still could not find any conclusion as to why King Hamlet would take his own life. Everyone I talked to told me about how great of a monarch he was and how loving and caring he was toward the people of his country. None of those characteristics points to a suicidal person. It was considered a sin here and if you committed suicide it meant you would not go to heaven. I could only think of a couple alternative explanations for his death. One would be that he was really unhappy and did an exceptional job at hiding it from everyone. Another reason would be murder. Maybe someone slipped poison into something King Hamlet consumed.

I looked for people who might be persons of interest to my murder theory. His son, Hamlet, may have done it. He could have had a greedy attitude to rule and murdered his father for the throne. While interviewing Hamlet the first time, I was told he was away at school in Germany. I checked and his alibi was the truth. He could not be his father’s murderer. Hamlet’s Uncle, Claudius, was my next suspect. He recently proposed to the queen of Denmark, Gertrude. It seems odd that the queen would marry her dead husband’s brother. For me, it adds both of them to the top of my suspects list. Claudius could have murdered his brother because he wanted the throne or because he wanted to be with Gertrude. Gertrude, on the other hand, could have murdered her husband to be with his brother. While interviewing them, both of them denied ever hurting King Hamlet. They said that they just both happened to find attractive qualities in each other and that’s what brought them together now.

One day as I was sitting in my room, reading over and over the files, I heard a knock outside the door. It was Hamlet. Something was up with him today. He seemed shaky and jittery. “I know exactly what happened to my dear father!” he proclaimed. He went on to tell me that he knows it was his Uncle who murdered his father. His uncle slipped poison into his father’s ear as his father was sleeping. I asked his how he got his information and he said I wouldn’t believe him. I asked him to tell me anyway. “My father’s ghost told me.” Curiously I asked him how he saw his father’s ghost and communicated with it. “ I saw him late last night. At first, I couldn’t believe it. I thought I was having a nightmare. He spoke to me. He told me who his killer was and how he ended up dead. It was my Uncle. If you don’t believe me, at least check my father’s ear.” I was skeptical to agree but I haven’t had any luck with this case so I figured it couldn’t hurt.

I called for a reexamination of the deceased. Poison had been found inside his right ear. Puzzled, I have to admit that Hamlet was correct in his explanation of how the poison got into his father’s body. I can’t say, however, who put the poison there. Hamlet could be telling the truth and Claudius may be the murderer, or maybe Hamlet could have could have played some part in his father’s death, even though he was away in Germany. Either way, Hamlet is the only person who knew what happened to his father in detail. It is hard to believe that a ghost just happened to tell him what happened and name his uncle as the murderer. There were no links I could find to tie Claudius to the case. The evidence so far points only to Hamlet. I went to get a warrant for Hamlet’s arrest. Maybe while he is in jail, they can run tests on him to see if he has some kind of mental illness that could explain his “encounter” with his father’s ghost. That would be the only way to try to get him out of jail and prove his innocence.

While going through my list of suspects, one name stood out to me. It was Polonius, the chief counselor to Claudius. When he was being interviewed he was quick to dismiss himself as having any part in King Hamlet’s death. Although he had an alibi that was checked out to be true, he still seemed like he was withholding some information. I called to interview the man again. When he came in, he seemed nervous. I asked him if everything was okay. “I didn’t do it.” was his response. I replied, “I have reason to believe that you did not kill Hamlet. I also have reason to believe that you may know who did. To withhold information that important could have some serious consequences.” He became quite. “If you know anything, then now is the time to tell me. We will find our answers eventually, and when we do, if you had not told the truth, you will be in serious trouble.”

He looked at me for a moment, then looked away, and then looked up, as if looking to Hamlet or God for something. “It seems you have gotten to me. I have answers. Claudius came to me a few months ago with a plan. He said he was going to get rid of the king and he wanted me to help him. I told him that he could not become king that way because king Hamlet’s son, Hamlet, is next in line for the throne. He said that he thinks he can get Gertrude to marry him. I was very skeptical of his plan. I didn’t want to be a part of it, but he offered me great things for when he would become king. So I agreed.” “What happened to King Hamlet?” I asked. “Claudius got a hold of some poison and while the king was sleeping in his garden, he poured it down his ear.” That story matched up with Hamlet’s story. I asked him how we could be sure that he was telling the truth. “Bring him in here and i’ll get him to confess.”

We brought the two together and at first, Claudius denied everything. He was beginning to look foolish with Polonius telling us what he did. He suddenly got angry and began to argue with Polonius. “We had a deal!” “There was no way out of this! They would have found out eventually and there was nothing I could do to protect you.” Polonius replied. I took that argument as a confession that Claudius did in fact kill his own brother and married his sister-in-law to become king of Denmark. He was tried as the murderer of king Hamlet and sentenced to life in prison.
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Case #0104 Death In The Closet
It had been very hectic these passed two weeks. Everyone was constantly working on a case no stop. When we were in the middle of one case, another one would walk through the door for use to solve. No one understood why there were so many cases at one time, we have never had this many all at once. It was as if every criminal just got out of jail and went on spree. Then on Wednesday, another case was brought to our attention. We were told that this case was to take priority over all other cases. As everyone headed to the crime scene to our surprise, it was a mansion, the same mansion from a case about a week ago of a man named Hamlet. We found poison in his body but we still do not know who committed the crime, it is still under investigation. I think the colonel may think that these two cases may be connected. When we arrived at the crime scene, the brother of Hamlet, Claudius found the body under the stairs. The body had one bullet wound to the chest and there were no signs of a struggle. This man was shot and killed immediately. As I examined the body, the other investigators interviewed the brother who was now married to the widow of Hamlet. That was messed up in so many ways. They denied knowing anything about the murder and could only tell us that his name was Polonius and that he had two children, Ophelia and Laertes. The widow looked flustered and nervous when she spoke. I had a gut feeling telling me not to believe her. I think this man was shot by accident; there was nothing sneaky about this murder.

As I examined the bullet in the body, I noticed that it was nothing like any bullet I had ever seen. It looked as if it were some hundred years old. In fact, the mansion looked like time had left it behind. Anyway, I pulled out the black light in search for blood and I found a trail that led me to a room. Whoever killed this man did a great job of cleaning up the mess from a naked eye point of view, but with a black light, it was like seeing the crime being committed in front of me. I entered the room and began to search for a possible murder weapon. In the middle of my search, I found the area where the body bled out and the broken mirror on the door. According to the radiating lines, the gun was fired from outside the door. I think the body was shot from outside the closet through the door and bled out. There were signs of blood on the inside of the closet door. After I figured out how it happened, I continued to look for the murder weapon. I considered the point and angle the gun could have possibly been shot from and then looked for a place with quick access to the weapon, and this led me to the nightstand. As I opened the drawer and it was nothing but books at first glance. I moved the books around and one was much heavier than it appeared to be. I opened the book and there laid the gun used to kill the man. After I found the murder weapon, I took some photographs of the crime scene, collected the evidence, and headed back to the lab.

When I returned to the lab I ran an autopsy on the body for cause of death and used fingerprinting to gain a positive identification on the victim, and it was in fact Polonius. Since Polonius did not have a wife, I went to tell his children of his premature death. When I arrived at the mansion, Ophelia was standing in the lobby in tears. I took it that someone had already told her. Therefore, I just gave Ophelia the positive identification of the victim as her father. It did not help her situation considering her brother was still in France, but I had to do my job. The next day the autopsy reported that the bullet to the chest was the cause of death and I was able to match the bullet with a gun. The bullet that killed Polonius was from an Allen Thurber, single shot, and side hammer pistol. I took the fingerprints from the gun and ran them through the database to receive a match. This is going to take about a day so I went back to the mansion to ask the widow more questions. When I arrived to ask her some questions, the brother of her husband stopped me and asked me to leave so I respected his wishes and left.

Friday I came into work and went to see of the fingerprint had a match and it did not have a match yet so I went back to my office. Then the colonel came in and told me that there was another case. Ophelia was found dead. She must have been upset with her father’s death more than I thought. The colonel split us up into teams to tackle the two cases. Since there was no match for the fingerprints and the family did not want to be interviewed, I was able to finish my reports on previous cases. Then after lunch, we received Intel of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s deaths in England and we were ordered to tell their families.

I came into work Saturday morning and there were still no matches on the fingerprints. Then the colonel came in again and told me that four more people from the same mansion were killed. This time they were Claudius, Gertrude the widow, Laertes, and Hamlet the son of the late Hamlet. Laertes must have come home around the time of Ophelia’s death. Then the one of the investigators brought in a witness, Horatio. He was Hamlet’s best friend. I did not know how he could help me in this case but what I did know was that I needed to find the fingerprints on the gun. This crime had to have been done by someone who lived the house and knows the layout. I began to test the fingerprints of Claudius, Gertrude, and Hamlet. I tested Gertrude’s first because I feel she had something to do with it. It surprised me that her fingerprints came back negative. I tested Claudius’s fingerprints next and they came back negative as well. I thought that it would not be Hamlet but I tested his fingerprints anyway. Hamlet’s fingerprints came back positive.

I could not believe that Hamlet killed Polonius. I have connected Hamlet to the murder but I still need a motive. Why did Hamlet kill Polonius? I still feel that he did by accident. I have to find out why Hamlet killed Polonius but everyone who probably knew is dead. Then I thought to myself, “didn’t one of my co-workers bring in a witness. Yes, I believe his name was Horatio. He was Hamlet’s best friend.” If Hamlet were anything like me in a non-psychotic way then he would have told his best friend everything because he can trust him next to his family. So, I went to listen in on the interrogation that had already taken place.

Investigator- “So why won’t you tell us Hamlet’s motive for killing Polonius, Laertes, and Claudius?
Horatio-“Because Hamlet is my best friend and I was the only one he could trust. He could not trust anyone else in his family.”
Investigator-“Why not?”
Horatio-“Because they were all spying on him.”
Investigator-“Why were they spying on him?”
Horatio-“I have already said too much. Hamlet would be angry if I said anymore.”
Investigator-“Sir, your best friend is dead.”
Horatio-“But his spirit still walks among us.”
Investigator-“Sure it does! Look you have already given us this much you might as well continue.”
Horatio-“Alright then. Well, Hamlet wanted to intentionally kill Claudius because Claudius killed Hamlet’s father. However, in order to hide his intentions Hamlet began to act as if he was insane. When everyone got wind of him acting weird, they began to spy on him to figure out why he was insane.”
Investigator- “That explains his motive for killing Claudius but what about his motive for killing Polonius?”

This is what I have been waiting for!

Horatio-“He killed Polonius... (Sigh) by accident. His mother wanted to speak with him so he went to her room and spoke with her. Little did he know it was a plot to have Polonius eavesdrop on their conversation. When Gertrude yelled for help because Hamlet was ruffing her up Polonius answered from behind the closet door. Hamlet then picked up the gun and shot at the door. At first Hamlet, thought that it was Claudius but Hamlet lit a match and saw it was Polonius. Hamlet knew that he had sinned and that he would pay for this crime, but it was the first of many sins he would commit before his death.”

“Investigator continues the interrogation”

I finally received what I needed. I knew that Polonius was killed by accident. The shot was too clean. There was nothing sneaky about this murder. Hamlet knew that he had done a terrible thing and did beat himself up for it. He hid the body and continued with his mission to avenge his father’s death. My part of the case was solved so I was able to go home for the rest of the weekend. This was by far the longest case I have ever done.
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One Man Alive
Friday night right before I’m about to clock out and go on vacation I receive a phone call saying I needed to report to this crime scene at Elsinore Castle. Once I arrive, I see one person standing in the corner with his head down crying and several dead people. My first thought was why would he kill all these people. I did not want to talk to him at the crime scene therefore, I walked towards him asked his name and could he come to the station for questioning. He replied and said his name was Horatio and he would be glad to come to  the station. Once back up arrived, we left immediately.

Once we arrived and got inside I offered Mr.Horatio a cup of coffee. I sat down across the table from him and my first question was did he see it all? He responded and said he saw it all and was willing to tell. He began to tell me that Hamlet was a close friend of his. He had been going through a lot and felt as if he had no one on his side but him. First the King of Denmark was Hamlets father until his uncle had him murdered. What bothered Hamlet the most was that his mother and uncle got married shortly after his father died and his uncle became the new King. During our talk an officer called me and said they collected evidence and was bringing them to me. Continuing Horatio and I conversation he mentioned that Hamlet was in Love with a female by the name of Ophelia. Ophelia was the daughter of The Lord of Chamberlain of the Kings court which was Polonius. She also had a protecting brother name Laertes who did not want her talking to Hamlet.

Then a knock at the door which was officer Joe asking could he see me. As he opened up the evidence there was a cup, two swords, and poison. We looked at each other and could not figure out what had happened. The swords also had blood on them. I sent them in for fingerprints. As I sent Officer Joe in to talk to Horatio, he found out even more information.

 Horatio told him before Hamlet died he told him that he plotted to overcome Claudius’s scheme to have him murdered in England. He said he told Hamlet not to fight but he insisted. The king says that if Hamlet wins the first or second hit, he will drink to Hamlet’s health, then throw into the cup a valuable gem (actually the poison) and give the wine to Hamlet. The fight begins. Hamlet strikes Laertes but declines to drink from the cup, saying that he will do another hit first. He hits Laertes again, and Gertrude which is Hamlet's mother, rises to drink from the cup. The king tells her not to drink, but she does so anyway. Suddenly, Claudius said the wine is poisoned and it’s too late. Laertes say under his breath that to wound Hamlet with the poisoned sword is almost against his conscience. But they fight again, and Laertes cuts Hamlet, drawing blood. Scuffling, they manage to exchange swords, and Hamlet wounds Laertes with Laertes’ own blade. Laertes is the one with the poisoned blade. Suddenly, the queen falls down and dies. Laertes tells Hamlet that he, too, has been slain, by his own poisoned sword, and that the king is to blame both for the poison on the sword and for the poison in the cup. Hamlet, in a fury, runs Claudius through with the poisoned sword and forces him to drink down the rest of the poisoned wine. Claudius dies crying out for help. In the mist Horatio saidnhe was standing out the way watching everything happen before his eyes.

A few hours had passed and all the fingerprints had arrived. Each evidence did not have any of Horatio's fingerprints on them therefore we could not charge him with anything. We only can go off the story that Horatio told us because he is our only eye witness left.

Horatio was released home and this was another successful case completed by the homiside crew.

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Headline News
The Death of a King
By Clark Kent
March 3, 2014
DENMARK-- It is official; King Hamlet of Denmark has perished and the throne is now empty. Rumor has it that he was sleeping on a bench in his garden when he died. It appears that he died of natural causes. Denmark is in a state of grief, especially Queen Gertrude and Prince Hamlet. However the question still remains, will Prince Hamlet become the king of Denmark? Further reports to come…

Celebration in Denmark

By Clark Kent
March 27, 2014
DENMARK— It has been nearly a month since the death of King Hamlet and the country is moving on. Denmark has been quite the busy country since his death. It has been announced, today, that Queen Gertrude will be marrying King Hamlet’s brother, Claudius. After the Wedding, Claudius will be pronounced King of Denmark. Furthermore, Prince Hamlet doesn’t seem to be too pleased about this, considering that he is still grieving over the death of his father.

Insane or Swirling Emotions?
By Clark Kent

March 29, 2014
DENMARK—After everything that has been happening in Denmark, the death of King Hamlet, the marriage of Queen Gertrude to Claudius, and Claudius becoming king, it appears to have made Prince Hamlet insane. If not insane, then these events have majorly swirled his emotions up. It must be hard for someone to deal with a father’s death and then his mother marrying his father’s brother. Hamlet is, for sure, still in a time a grief. Regardless of the case, hopefully Hamlet will heal soon.

A Mess in the Theater
By Clark Kent
April 1, 2014
DENMARK--A major play production for Hamlet was interrupted for unknown reasons. It is a known fact that the prince loves plays. Both his mother and uncle thought that it would be an exceptional idea to hire a cast to perform for Hamlet, to try and cheer him up. However, during the performance, the play was interrupted by the king, who ordered the play to be stopped for unknown reasons. After the play was stopped, he immediately stormed out of the theater, leaving the audience in confusion.

Murder in the Palace?

Clark Kent
April 7, 2014
DENMARK--Polonius, the king’s right hand man was shot yesterday afternoon. According to the queen, Polonius was in her closet spying and her conversation with Hamlet. Hamlet has been acting insane for the last week or so and the queen says that the reason he was eavesdropping was to find out exactly what is wrong with Hamlet. It is reported that while Hamlet and Gertrude were talking, the situation got a little heated. This then led to Gertrude calling for help. Since Polonius was just behind the closet door, Hamlet heard when he made a noise. Out of insanity, Hamlet pulled a handgun out of his belt and shot the door, killing Polonius. The queen asked him what he had done and she said that Hamlet was shocked. According to the queen, Hamlet said, “Nay, I know not. Is it the king?” If the queen is correct about what she said, then it seems as if Hamlet was hoping it was the king whom he killed. Hamlet immediately fled the scene carrying Polonius’ body. Hamlet has not been seen since then. The officials are now hunting for Hamlet and Polonius’ body.

Suicide of a Possible Lover
Clark Kent
April 9, 2014
DENMARK--It has been two days since the death of Polonius, the king’s adviser and another death has occurred. This time, it was the Ophelia, Polonius’ daughter. Ophelia was swimming in the Guden river when she drowned. Officials have ruled her death as suicide because she was in the river fully clothed with her heaviest dress on. This event has turned into a major controversy. Since it was ruled a suicide, Ophelia will not be able to be buried in the graveyard because she died by suicide and in sin.
Changing the subject, according to rumors, Ophelia and Hamlet were secret lovers. If this is the case, this will add another reason for Hamlet to remain insane. How much more can Hamlet take emotionally?

Massacre in the Palace
Clark Kent
April 15, 2014
DENMARK--It is a sad day as the smell of death roams the palace. Four people have been killed during the past eight hours at the palace. The king, queen, prince, and Laertes, son of Polonius, have all fallen victim to this dark day. Witnesses of the deaths state that all four people died almost simultaneously during what seemed like a harmless fencing match. The witnesses claim that it seemed as if all of these people, other than the king, were poisoned. It is reported that the king died by a stab wound. Authorities have come to the conclusion that there was a major plot behind the deaths. It is as follows:

The match was between Hamlet and Laertes. However, Laertes cheated and used a sharpened Foil dipped in poison. His intentions were to cut Hamlet and kill him. Authorities believe that he wanted Hamlet dead to avenge his father’s death. He also had a backup plan, in case Hamlet won, he had his wine poisoned.

Their match lasted for three rounds. Hamlet won the first two and Laertes was able to win the second round, and was able to successfully cut Hamlet. Hamlet had won the match but was cut in the process. Queen Gertrude accidentally drank the poisoned wine in celebration of Hamlets victory. Moments later she fell dead. With the Foil still in hand, Hamlet took the poisoned sword, stabbed the king, and forced him to drink the remainder of the poisoned wine. Hamlet, Laertes, and the king all fell dead nearly at the same time, according to eyewitness accounts.

The scene is still being investigated. Authorities believe that their conclusion is factual based off of eye witnesses and pictures of the scene. The last month and a half has been nothing but death and grief. Is Denmark falling apart? Who will reign as king? Only time will tell.

A New King of Denmark

Clark Kent
April 16, 2014
A new king has been claimed in Denmark after the gruesome events that occurred yesterday. Prince Fortinbras of Norway has claimed the throne and is now the king of a mournful country. Horatio, a humble and loyal friend of Prince Hamlet, recalled that King Fortinbras entered the room after all the bloodshed.

According to Horatio, King Fortinbras stated, “I have some rights to claim this kingdom, and by arriving at this moment I have an opportunity to put them into effect.”
The recent events of Denmark will never be forgotten. They might possibly go down in history as one of the lowest points of the powerful country.
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Case# 3344216
When I got to work this morning, I received a phone call from a detective Holly. Detective Holly explained that he had just left the scene of a very interesting case.

Holly:Hello Mrs. Shields, how are you today?
Shields:I am doing well. What about you?
Holly:I am doing well myself; however, I need your help.
Shields:What can I help you with Mr. Holly?
Holly:I need your help in trying to diagnose a man named Hamlet with a mental illness from the scene I just left.
Shields:Okay, I can help you with that! Is there any way I can schedule an interview with him?
Holly:No, that’s what I was about to tell you. There is no way for an interview because Hamlet is deceased. When I arrived at the scene Hamlet, his mother, his uncle, and another man by the name of Laertes were all dead.
Shields:Was there anyone alive? Is there anyone else that I can talk to who knew Hamlet very well?
Holly:Yes, there is. His name is Horatio. Horatio was the only one alive when I arrived at the scene, and he told me he was Hamlet’s best friend. He was able to tell exactly what happened, and he is actually the one who wanted us to try and diagnose Hamlet with a mental illness or see if he was even mentally ill.
Shields:Why does he want to see if Hamlet has a mental illness?
Holly:This is a very interesting case; therefore, I think you would have more luck talking to Horatio.
Shields:Okay, I can do that! Do you have his contact information?
Holly:Yes, his phone number is 123-456-7890.
Shields: Okay, I will give him a call! Thank you Mr. Holly.
Holly:No, thank you!

After getting off the phone with detective Holly, I was very curious to why Horatio would want to see if Hamlet had a mental illness; therefore, I decided to call him.

Shields:Hello Horatio, my name is Zelda Shields. I am a professional psychologist and I specialize in diagnosing mental illnesses. I received a phone call this morning from detective Holly, and he informed me that you were wanting help to see if we could figure out if your friend, Hamlet, had a mental illness.
Horatio:Yes, I was wondering if there was any way you could see if he had a mental illness. I don’t know if you will be able to though. Hamlet is deceased.
Shields:I can certainly try my best! Why do you want to see if Hamlet has a mental illness?
Horatio:It’s a long story. Could we meet and talk?
Shields:Yes! We can schedule an interview. How about 2:30 p.m. at my office?
Horatio:Yes, that sounds good!
Shields:Okay, see you then.

After the phone call with Horatio, I was even more curious as to why Horatio would want to try and diagnose Hamlet with a mental illness.

Horatio arrived on time, and we began the interview.

Shields:So Horatio, why would you like to see if Hamlet had a mental illness?
Horatio:Well Horatio’s father was murdered, and not even a month later his mother married his uncle. Hamlet was really angry at his mom, and Hamlet believed his uncle had killed his father.
Shields:I can see where Hamlet would get mad about that;however, how does that make you think he was insane?
Horatio:Well you’re going to think I am crazy saying this;however, Hamlet saw his father’s ghost and talked to him. When he talked to his father’s ghost, he told Hamlet that his uncle did kill him and he needed to take revenge and kill his uncle.
Shields:I’m not saying I don’t believe you, but I’m going to have to be very cautious trying to diagnose Hamlet because I don’t know how much of your story is the truth.
Horatio:Throughout Hamlet’s house there are cameras everywhere. I could get you the recording so you could watch them.
Shields:That would be great! Until you can get the recording, you can go ahead and finish your story.
Horatio:Okay, well after Hamlet talked to his father’s ghost, he was determined to kill his uncle;however, he did not want to just walk up to him and kill him. Hamlet told me that he was going to start pretending he was insane so he could kill his uncle.
Shields:So Hamlet was pretending he was insane to kill his uncle?
Horatio:Yes, but as time went on he seemed as if he was really insane.
Shields:What was he doing that made you think he actually turned insane?
Horatio:After Hamlet talked to his father’s ghost and he told Hamlet he needed to kill his uncle, Hamlet was very skeptical about it. One day he was dead set on killing him and the next day he was contemplating it. Hamlet also started acting weird towards the woman he was in love with. Her name was Ophelia. Some days he acted like he loved her and other days he acted like he didn’t. The day of her burial, Hamlet got into the grave with her and confessed his love for her. I do not know this for a fact, but I think Hamlet was contemplating killing himself because he could not take what was going on. I would just like to know if Hamlet was mentally ill or not for my own closure. He was my best friend.
Shields:Why don’t you get the recordings from Hamlet’s and I’ll watch those and see what I can do.
Horatio:Okay, I can do that. Thank you so much for your time.

Horatio returned the next day with the recordings. I told him thank you that I would watch them as soon as possible.

After watching the recordings, I noticed Hamlet speaking to someone in his mother’s room whom I could not see. It may have been his father’s ghost;however, I could not hear anyone else talking back to Hamlet and his mother did not seem as if she saw or heard a ghost either. I also noticed that when Hamlet started acting insane, he goes to Ophelia and makes her very upset. However, on another day he tells her how much he loves her. On a different day, Hamlet tells Ophelia to go to a nunnery. Hamlet seems like he does not know how he feels or what he wants with Ophelia. I also discovered that Hamlet killed Polonius, when he was talking to his mother, thinking it was his uncle spying on him.

After talking to Horatio and watching the recordings, I came to the conclusion that Hamlet had Bipolar I Disorder. When someone has Bipolar I Disorder, they are flying suddenly from one idea to the next, they have mixed emotions, and they may also suffer from depression. I believe that Hamlet suffered from all of the symptoms. Hamlet was flying suddenly from one idea to the next when he was trying to decided whether or not to kill his uncle. Hamlet also had mixed emotions about Ophelia. One day he said he loved her and the next he was telling her to go to a nunnery. I also believe that Hamlet suffered from depression. I believe that Hamlet suffered from depression because of his father’s death and his mother marrying his uncle. I believe this because Hamlet may have been contemplating killing himself. Lastly I diagnosed Hamlet with Schizophrenia. When someone is schizophrenic, they may have depression and suicidal thoughts. They may also have bizarre behavior, hear, and see things that are not there such as ghost. Therefore, I have diagnosed Hamlet with Bipolar I Disorder with depressive episodes and Schizophrenia.

After I came to the conclusion of Hamlet’s diagnosis, I decided to call Horatio and ask him to stop by my office so I could tell him about my conclusion.

As I told Horatio of my conclusion, I handed him a typed and printed copy of my findings so he could read it. After Horatio read over my conclusion and why I came to that conclusion he became very confused.

Horatio:So you think Hamlet had Schizophrenia because he saw his father’s ghost?
Shields:Yes, and because he was also showing signs of depression.
Horatio:Well I don’t think Hamlet should be diagnosed with that!! He did see his father’s ghost!! I saw it too!!! If he is schizophrenic because he saw his father’s ghost that means I am too!!! And I am not schizophrenic!!!
Shields:You saw his father’s ghost too?
Horatio:Yes, and I am not schizophrenic!!
Shields:Well I am sorry that I have upset you. I just thought you would like to know what I diagnosed Hamlet with.
Horatio:Yes, I wanted to know! But I am concerned that if Hamlet had schizophrenia because he saw his father’s ghost that I may have it!! But I know I am not schizophrenic!!!
Shields:Would you like to come back in another day and we could run some test, talk some more, and see if you have any mental illnesses yourself?
Horatio:Yeah I guess we could do that.

After talking with Horatio, he decided to come in for more examination. I am hoping to be able to diagnose him soon or allow him to go on with his life after to loss of his best friend.
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The Original Soap Opera
There have been many days in my life that I would have considered bad days, for various reasons. Whether it was spilling coffee on my shirt, getting loaded down with paper work, or nothing more than a dark and overcast sky, these days were placed in my bad day bin. Then one day, which was also on track to fit the “bad day” criteria, I came across a case that had been closed for some time. This case immediately made me realize that my days weren’t quite as bad as they could be. As I read the case file it became apparent to me that there was some type of deep hatred amongst members of this particular family. The conclusion of the file showed that investigators entered the main living room of a house owned by a man named Claudius and found four victims: three male, including the owner of the house, and one female, named Gertrude, who was Claudius’ wife. Further DNA testing showed that the other two male victims were not related to each other, but one of them, named Hamlet, was the son of Gertrude but only the nephew of his mother’s husband. Which meant that Gertrude was married to Hamlet’s biological father’s brother.
I was very shocked and almost disgusted at the situation, and I felt as though I needed to know the whole story behind what had happened. This curiosity led me to track down the lone witness to the event and question him. I was able to contact this individual who was now a middle aged man named Horatio. I asked him to come to my office and tell me what he remembered had happened that day. My first question to him though was not necessarily about the crime, but about how the family became so intertwined as far as Hamlet having an uncle/dad. Horatio explained to me that Hamlet’s real father had been murdered in cold blood by someone that had never been found by the police. Just a month after his father’s death, Hamlet’s mother married Claudius and went on with her life. Horatio then told me that one night the ghost of Hamlet’s father came to Hamlet and him telling them that he had been murdered by his brother, and that Hamlet should seek revenge for his death.
I was taken off guard by this remark and I became curious as to how mentally stable Hamlet was at the time of the events that left four people dead. I began to consider the most common illnesses that can cause hallucinations such as Schizophrenia or Bipolar disorder. I also considered Schizoaffective disorder which is a mixture between Schizophrenia and a mood disorder. This diagnosis can be made when a person has features of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder but does not strictly meet the criteria for either alone. The main problem I had with these possible illnesses was that according to Horatio, who was a very close friend of Hamlet, said that he never noticed any signs of these disorders in Hamlets behavior. These illnesses do not just show up overnight either. As Horatio continued he told how he had spoken to Hamlet right before he died. He said Hamlet told him to tell his story and explain what had happened. After hearing this I determined that Hamlet was not mentally ill. He was completely aware of what had happened, what the repercussions could be, and the fact that he showed normal emotional responses while talking to Horatio on his deathbed led me to believe that Hamlet was not mentally ill.
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