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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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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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Tags: death , Hamlet , love , Ophelia
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 #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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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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Tragedien af det danske Kongerige

March 6, 2014

I’ve been debating with myself for a while as to whether or not I’m gonna include the bloody end of the Danish kingdom in my museum. I usually like to put things in here that are somewhat unknown, but lately I’m thinking that this could be too good of an opportunity to pass up. I’ve been reading in the news that the Danes believe that keeping the ill-fated sword and cup in their possession is what keeps all the ghosts haunting their castle, so they’re going to auction them off. I’ve had a friend offer to help me bid on them, and it could be a major exhibit to further put my museum out there for everyone to experience. I’m just gonna have to look into other artifacts that I could use in addition to the sword and the cup. The main story of this event that happened goes like this:

            “The King of Denmark has been murdered, and his ghost haunts the castle still. His wife married her brother in law after her husband was killed. The poor prince, Hamlet, is slowly being driven insane. Perhaps it’s because of grief, maybe there’s different reasons; it’s unclear exactly what the cause is. There was a play performed, which is still performed to this day, and it was greatly upsetting to the King, and it seems to have been a breaking point as all the murders happen soon thereafter. Hamlet soon kills Polonius, a councillor to the King. Hamlet’s lover, Ophelia, was Polonius’s daughter. Driven mad by the fact that her lover killed her father, she commits suicide. By this point, the King has devised a plan to kill Hamlet. Hamlet and Laertes, Ophelia’s brother, will compete in a fencing match, in which Laertes will have a sharp sword edged in poison. If that doesn’t work, the King will have a glass of poisoned wine that he will offer Hamlet a drink from. During the match, Hamlet was cut by Laertes with the poisoned sword. Hamlet got the sword from him and cut him with it as well. During this, the Queen had taken a drink of the poisoned wine, and she then dies. Laertes ends up confessing to the whole ordeal, and Hamlet is infuriated. He stabs the king and then forces him to drink of the poison as well. The king then dies. By this point, the poison has worked its way through Laertes, and he dies from it as well. Hamlet knows he is about to die, and so he tells his friend Horatio (who was a witness to all these events and is the main source of knowledge about the whole story) to live and let everyone know what happened. Hamlet finally dies. The kingdom is shattered, so Norway sweeps in for an easy victory.”

It’s a little bit confusing to keep up with everything, so I’ll probably just highlight the event around whatever artifacts I manage to obtain.

March 10, 2014

Well, my friend and I went to the auction yesterday for the sword and the cup. There was a major competitor for us, and it got a little expensive, but we finally won! A battle well fought. Although I might have to up security as well… but I digress. It’s worth it. Now I need to obtain more pieces to help fill out the exhibit. I’ll have to think about what else I’d like to feature.

March 13, 2014

I found a painting of Queen Gertrude’s remarriage to her brother-in-law, the new king, Claudius. It was a portrait they commissioned of them together standing at the altar.It was at another museum I had gone to for a conference. I might try to buy it off of them, or I might just see if they’ll lend it out for awhile. It wasn’t on display, just sitting in the archives, so maybe they’ll be more inclined to get rid of it. At this other museum, they brought an interesting fact to my attention. They had a wall full of news articles about the Holocaust instead of pictures and artifacts. I think this might be a good idea to show all of the other happenings to see how they were covered in that time period. After all, there were no artifacts to be had from King Hamlet or Polonius’ death. Also, I’ve read articles about Hamlet and Ophelia’s insanity during my studies of this historic event. And what better way to show Fortinbras’ threats and eventual capture of the kingdom? I think it could be a very interesting way to present this information.

March 15, 2014

I’ve killed two birds with one stone. Well, maybe not one stone, but at the same time. As I was finding all of my news articles, I received a call from the museum I had visited telling me that they’d gladly lend me the painting of Gertrude and Claudius for as long as I needed, since they currently have no use for it. I also saw two other interesting mentions of other things that could be useful in my exhibit. I saw mentions of a love letter between Hamlet and Ophelia, and of a legend passed through the Danes of King Hamlet haunting the castle. I’m sure I can find the legend online, and I can mount it on a ghostly background to emphasize the eeriness. I’m probably going to have to settle for a replica of the original love letter as well. So, I suppose that’s what I’ll spend my time on tonight.

March 18, 2014

I had told a close cousin of mine that I was working on this exhibit, and she said she had been to a production of the play that was supposedly the same play performed for Hamlet during the time all of these going ons were occurring, and she bought the film of it. She offered to let me use it as a showing for my exhibit. I might just put it on a projector and keep it on a loop showing in the exhibit hall. I’ve also been searching for something to portray Ophelia’s death, and I found a beautiful portrait by John Everett Millais that I want to buy and put up. I’m in negotiations with the owner at this time, but it seems to be going in my favor.

March 20, 2014

Well, I was able to procure the portrait of Ophelia’s death yesterday. I’ve been putting up the artifacts as I get them, so the exhibit hall is now complete, and I’ll be opening it up next week. I’m giving it a little time to make sure that everything is put up to my satisfaction. I’ve also given some thought as to what I’m going to do next to top this exhibit. I think I might dedicate a large section to Edgar Allan Poe’s life. Of course, I’m also a fan of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s life and writings. Who knows what I’ll get into next?
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The Denmark Royal Family Case
With the “John Wright Murder Case” having gone so well, I decided my next case will be my last case as a cold case detective. I will retire and I would like to work as a consulting detective. I have put a decent amount of thought into this decision.

After my short-lived vacation, I received a letter from INTERPOL, regarding a case. A playwright to be wants to create a play based on the the “Denmark Royal Family Incident,” with as much authenticity as possible. This case was not entirely solved. All the answers that we had was based off the story of a survivor, and the story was pretty vague, concerning details. INTERPOL regarded this case as a challenge and wanted to test my investigative skills.

The letter from INTERPOL read as follows:

Dear Detective L:

We were recently contacted by a playwright earlier this week. The young man wanted to create a play based on the “Denmark Royal Family Case.” The playwright did not know in detail of what had occurred. He had hoped to gain information from us; however, that case was never fully solved and had been put on the shelf for quite some time. We here at INTERPOL have heard great praise for your investigative skills. We decided that this would be a splendid way of testing your abilities ourselves. You should have received a ticket and a passport for Denmark in this letter. Travel to Denmark and solve the entire incident and uncover the full history of this case. If your skills are admirable then we would like to offer you a position as an international consulting detective. We here at INTERPOL look forward to your investigation.

Sincerely, President Mireille Ballestrazzi

I felt honored to have received a letter from the current president of INTERPOL. I accepted the case that was given to me. The “Denmark Royal Family Case” is an excellent case for me to end my career on.

Considering the fact that there is not too much information I can gather here, I decided to go ahead and fly to Denmark. On the flight there I figured I would pull up some documents on my laptop and gather what I can find. The incident occurred back in the 1960s. All the information that is known comes from a witness who survived the incident. His name was Horatio, and he is no longer alive today.

According to Horatio, King Hamlet was murdered by his brother Claudius. The new King married the old Queen. Young Hamlet wanted revenge for everything Claudius had done. Polonius was accidentally murdered by young Hamlet. Ophelia committed suicide. Queen Gertrude was poisoned by King Claudius, which was meant for Hamlet. King Claudius is then killed by Hamlet. Hamlet and Laertes had killed each other in a dual using a poisoned blade.

A great deal had occurred during this incident. The Norwegian prince Fortinbras had fortune with the incident and managed to get Denmark back. With the royal family all dead, it was an easy matter for him.

After the plane landed in Denmark, I decided I would check out the genetics database. This allowed me to find the family of Horatio. I got permission from his family to visit his home and ask questions. While I was there I learned that he had wrote a book based on the event, in memory of Hamlet. I asked if I could keep the book, and the family had no real attachment to it. Also, Horatio apparently kept the poisoned blade that was used during the dual. Of course the poison had deteriorated by now. I decided to keep hold of the sword. It might be able to tell me something.

The book was rather detailed on the events that took place. It started from where the previous King had died from a poisonous snake bite to the ear. Hamlet learned that his father was actually poisoned by Claudius. The poison that was used was henbane, also known as Hyoscyamus Niger. This plant was toxic but not exactly deadly, it causes hallucinations and seizures,or when it is given in lethal doses it causes a slow and painful death. According to Horatio’s book, Hamlet discovered the real cause of his father’s death, by meeting his dead father’s ghost. His ghost apparently asked Hamlet to avenge him. Soon after Hamlet’s discovery he demonstrated insanity; although, according to Horatio, was all an act. Hamlet managed to test his Uncle’s guilt by using actors to act out the death of the previous King. When Claudius couldn’t take the sight of the play, he proved to Hamlet his guilt. After the play Hamlet goes to speak with his mother Gertrude. Polonius, the King’s Chamberlain, was hiding behind the tapestry at the time. When Hamlet started getting out of hand with his mother Polonius began to scream for help. Thinking it could have been the king, Hamlet screamed “A Rat! A Rat!” and then stabbed Polonius with a dagger. Hamlet did not know who it was he murdered until after the fact. After this King Claudius decided that he would send Hamlet to England. Claudius gave Rosencrantz and Guildenstern a letter for Hamlet’s execution. Hamlet sent Horatio a letter explaining what caused his journey to England to fail. The ship was targeted by pirates, and Hamlet was the only one captured. According to Horatio, Hamlet learned of the letters and then he replaced them with letters to kill Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. While Hamlet was away, Ophelia had gone mad after the death of her father. She had caused her own death by drowning. When Hamlet finally returned, it was during the burial of Ophelia. He had gone mad at the sight of her burial and remarks of her brother Laertes. Soon after Osric tells Hamlet of Laertes’s challenge and the King’s wager. During an intermission of their fight Queen Gertrude drinks out of the glass the King had set aside for Hamlet. She later dies from poisoning after the fight between Hamlet and Laertes had ceased. During the fight Laertes had struck Hamlet with a poisoned blade, and as the battle continued Hamlet had gotten a hold of Laertes’s poisoned sword and struck him with it. After the queen passed away, Laertes spoke the truth of the poisoned blade and poisoned wine. Laertes told Hamlet it was the kings fault. Upon hearing this, Hamlet struck the King with the blade and then forced him to drink the poisoned wine. After this incident Fortinbras and his army came crashing in. Horatio told Fortinbras that he will tell him everything and that upon Hamlet’s last speech, he approved of Fortinbras taking the throne.
I decided to use Horatio’s story as a basis for my investigation. I would try and prove what all I can from the book.

I began by asking some of the older folk, what they know about the incident that occurred years ago. After asking around town I visited Elsinore, where it all took place, in order to investigate. First I investigated Polonius’s death. I went up to the Queen’s room and looked around where the murder should have taken place. Using a Nova Torch Light Kit, I was able to see where blood had been, even though several years have passed. I found a fair amount of bloodstains from the tapestry and followed a trail to the main hall upstairs. If I remember correctly, this is where he had the body set before speaking with Claudius.

After this I investigated Ophelia’s suicide. I have reason to speculate the cause of her death. According to the stories I heard from a few of the the townsmen, the only one to know about her death was the Queen and she had a fair amount of knowledge of the scene. I find it strange that she could describe a scene with so much detail. This would mean that she was there long enough to save Ophelia. Instead, the Queen just let her suffer. I went outside to where the willow leans over the brook. According to some of the townsfolk, the Queen found Ophelia making wreaths here. The kind of fabric used during that time could get heavy real quick when soaked. Having a large dress made of this fabric did not help Ophelia’s situation.

During my investigation I came across a shocking discovery. I found evidence that hints that Gertrude could have had something to do with Ophelia’s death. Queen Gertrude stated that Ophelia sang little hymns until she was pulled under. However, I have found small tears of silk in the mud on the bottom of the brook. This could be from the fall, but some of the tears were from a different dress. There could very well have been a struggle between Ophelia and another presence. I took it upon myself to further investigate this possibility. A few of the tears of clothing belongs to a dress style typically worn by noblewomen. One of the other tears turned out to be similar to what the Queen would normally wear. This could mean that the Queen was trying to help Ophelia, or she was trying to kill her. This possibility is plausible. The Queen could probably have thought that it was Ophelia's fault that Hamlet lost his mind. Horatio’s story mentions Hamlet’s love for Ophelia. In Horatio’s story, the Queen grabbed the poisoned cup, and the King yelled her name and asked her to not drink, she drank anyway and had this look on her face as if she knew what was in it. She could have drank the poison on purpose due to her guilt, or she could have drank it because she was in denial of Claudius being “evil.” Unfortunately I do not think I can find enough evidence to back this theory up.

Once I was finished outside I decided to head to the location of the epic duel between Hamlet and Laertes. Using the forensic investigative tools, I could see that there was blood spilled here. According to Horatio, Hamlet and Laertes were only slightly wounded. However, the poison from the blade eventually killed them. As far as the King goes, he was wounded when Hamlet tossed his sword and impaled him. Using the chandelier to keep the King in his throne, Hamlet forced the King to drink the poisoned wine. After I collected the sword from Horatio’s family’s home, I used a microscope and found small traces of inactive poisonous compounds. They were inactive thanks to the deterioration over the years.

After my investigations in Denmark, I decided to travel to England in order to further my investigation. There I checked records for the murders of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. According to the records, once England received the letters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were beheaded. After their beheading an ambassador was sent to Denmark in order to tell the King that his wishes were carried out.

I looked up the passenger list for the ship that Hamlet was supposed to arrive to England on. I then checked to see if any were alive. After doing so I learned that there are three passengers that are still alive, two of which still live in England. I paid them a visit and asked them questions about their trip. According to both of them, they were indeed targeted by a pirate ship. One of them even spotted a passenger get off of their ship and get on the pirate ship. After this occurred, the pirates eventually stopped tailing them. These stories match the one story in Horatio’s book. This proves Hamlet’s claims to having been “captured” by pirates.

Once this was finished I traveled over to Norway. My reasons for traveling here were to see if I can validate the happenings between Denmark and Norway. Looking through the Royal records, (this was possible due to my INTERPOL security clearance badge)learned that Fortinbras planned an attack on Denmark but was thwarted at first. His uncle stepped in and prevented this from happening after his uncle had received a letter from Claudius, the King of Denmark. Fortinbras then took the initiative to continue his plan of attack, but with his uncle and Claudius believing that he was going to invade Poland. After Fortinbras arrived in Denmark to carry out his plan he learned of the internal affairs that ended the Royal Family in Denmark.

After my investigations I deducted that most of what Horatio told Denmark that day had to have been true. There are still parts that we can never really learn about. So whether one believes this piece of history or not is based on the individual. I’m sure the playwright can come up with a decent play with the knowledge I have come across.

Since the case was finished, it was time for me to head back home. I typed up my report and sent it to INTERPOL. After this I prepared my resignation letter. A few days later I received a reply from INTERPOL stating that they were pleased with my work and look forward to my later investigations. This was my final journal entry as a cold case detective. From now on I will be serving as an international level consulting detective.
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Entry #4 - "King" Claudius, and the Prince of Denmark
Entry #4

Many cases have been flying by my desk recently, and I have hardly had a moment’s rest. My vacation days have all been used up for the next couple of months, so that has been out of the question, but recently I have had a bit of spare time between calls to read up on some unsolved cases. Most cold cases intrigue me, mostly because they’re, well, unsolved. Cases that date back possibly a hundred years ago that have yet to had a definitive answer are my favorites. I recently happened upon one of those cases, but it wasn't quite a hundred years ago. I thought that maybe I could comprehend what may or may not have happened in this..tragic case.
Here are my findings:
In the 1960’s, there was fairly large report of many deaths within a royal household in Denmark. Those among the deceased were:
- King Hamlet I
- Prince Hamlet, son of King Hamlet and heir to the throne
- Claudius, King Hamlet’s brother who replaced him as King
- Queen Gertrude, wife of King Hamlet and King Claudius
- Polonius, Lord Chamberlain to Claudius
- Ophelia, Polonius’ daughter.
- Laertes, Polonius’ son. Brother to Ophelia

Here is what I know so far from the previous investigation of the case:

All of those deceased were not killed at the same time. According to the previously gathered information on this case, the bodies of Prince Hamlet, Claudius, Gertrude, and Laertes were all found in the throne room. Prince Hamlet and Laertes were found wearing fencing gear, both with a large swipe dealt to the backs of their necks. Traces of a strong poison were found in the wounds. Claudius was a mere few feet away, with a gash to his hand (also containing poison), and a large amount of poison also in his digestive system. Polonius’ body had a gunshot wound to the chest, and was stuffed into a closet. He had been dead for a day or so now. Ophelia was already buried in the ground, and supposedly committed suicide. Ophelia’s body was examined, and there were no traces of poison or any physical wounds on her. She had a large amount of water in her body, though, and had most likely drowned.

Out of all the deaths, one survivor was left to tell investigators the truth. Prince Hamlet’s best friend, Horatio, had told the police a long, drawn-out story about how Prince Hamlet suspected Claudius of the death of his father, seeing as he immediately claimed the throne and married his mother. Claudius was also trying to send Hamlet to England to supposedly protect him, which also made him suspicious. Horatio also claims that Hamlet acted very strange and impulsive, almost as if he had gone mad. He frightened his mother and made very crude comments to his love interest, Ophelia. Hamlet had confided in Horatio of his suspicions, and claimed he was visited by the ghost of his father, who insisted that he avenge his death by killing Claudius. Horatio, oddly, also mentioned seeing a specter of some sort that resembled King Hamlet. Hamlet decided he wanted to get a confession out of Claudius before killing him. He held a play in the palace about a dying king and his loving queen who pledges to always love him, and Hamlet, instead of recording the play, seemed to be recording the King and Queen’s reactions. At some point during his footage, he asks the Queen’s opinion of the play.

Horatio also confirmed that there was some sort of confrontation between the Queen and Hamlet, which resulted in Polonius’ shooting. The mirror on the Queen’s closet door was shattered, and blood was found inside. Also, the closet where Polonius was found was just down the hall. Horatio swore that Hamlet would have never purposely shot Polonius, and most likely thought he was Claudius, spying on his conversation with his mother. Hamlet was blamed for the murder, and sent off to England. He returned shortly after claiming his ship was attacked by pirates, and just so happened to arrive during Ophelia’s funeral. At the sight of Ophelia being dead, Hamlet began to act very crazed and screamed about how he loved Ophelia. He and Laertes, Ophelia’s brother, had a brief confrontation, which later resulted in a fencing match inside the palace.

At this point, according to the additional notes provided by whoever was interviewing Horatio, he began to act emotionally, and nearly began to cry. He described how Hamlet and Laertes began to fence, and when Hamlet removed his fencing mask, Laertes swiped his blade across the back of Hamlet’s neck. Offended and enraged, Hamlet chased Laertes around the room and managed to get the blade from him, then returning the swipe in the same location. During that confrontation, the Queen had swooned and fallen to the floor. In her final words, she claimed she had drank poisoned wine. The King ordered for all the doors to be locked, claiming treachery was afoot. After the doors were secured, Laertes had dropped to the floor, admitting to Hamlet that the blade they had been cut with was poisoned, and that they both had little time left. The King ordered for him to be taken away, but he managed to admit that the King was to blame. Hamlet, now with the confession he was looking for, held the King in a corner with the poisoned sword. The King reached out and tried to grab the blade, resulting in being cut and poisoned. Hamlet held him there, and forced him to drink the poisoned wine that had killed the Queen. Claudius did so, and crumpled to the floor, dead.

At this point in the interview, it was noted that Horatio took a moment to sob to himself before continuing. He finished the report by saying Hamlet eventually fell to the floor, dying, and that he held him in his arms as he passed. He considered killing himself, but Hamlet insisted that he stay alive to tell what happened. Hamlet finally passed in Horatio’s arms. After the reports were made, and the bodies cleared away, Prince Hamlet of Denmark was given a soldier’s burial.

After reading through any and all case files I could find, I decided to compose a few basic points of what happened, just to assist in clarifying what exactly happened:

-Claudius killed King Hamlet I, then married the Queen.
-They arranged for a suspicious Prince Hamlet to be sent to England, out of the way.
-Hamlet behaved in an insane fashion, and confronted his mother, resulting in the death of Polonius.
-With her father dead, Ophelia grew mad, and drowned. Suicide or not is not yet determined. (I believe it wasn’t.)
-Hamlet returned from England, and Claudius arranged for Laertes to poison him during a fencing match.
-The Queen drank the poisoned wine, which was a backup plan for killing Hamlet.
-Laertes and Hamlet were both cut by the poisoned blade, and Laertes died first.
-Hamlet, before he died, cut Claudius as well, and forced him to drink the poisoned wine.

This all leads back to how and why Claudius killed King Hamlet in the first place, and whether or not Hamlet was in his right mind during these events. With the only survivor being Horatio, that was the only story that could be looked at. Horatio claimed that Hamlet acted mad at times, but when faced with the question of whether or not Hamlet was faking insanity, Horatio considered it a possibility. I would like to focus mainly on King Claudius, who seems to have been the start to this seemingly unending string of death and tragedy.

My opinion is that Claudius wanted the throne and a queen all to himself, and was extremely jealous of his brother, the King. Claudius, in an envious and dangerous mindset, killed the King and took his queen. Queen Gertrude married Claudius not even a month after her husband’s death, suggesting she knew of the murder and may have even assisted. She knew her son would be devastated and most likely enraged, so she and Claudius decided to send him away, then later have him killed when that plan failed. I believe that Claudius was a very power-hungry individual and Gertrude went along with it after seeing that Claudius obtained his throne so easily. At first she seemed to not care about the welfare of her son, but later on proved that she did in fact care for him by admitting she was poisoned. Poor Hamlet was so confused and angry that he finally ended Claudius’s life, which in my opinion, was a wise move on his part. He was already dying, so he might as well do what he had planned to do from the start. At least he died in his best friend’s arms and was given an honorable burial. This case brought tears to my eyes more than once, and I am glad to have looked into it.
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