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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This is a very wild case. Although it was hard for you to convict Horatio of the crime, you had valid evidence that proved that he didn't commit the crime. I do have one question tho, was Horatio the only witness or was there more?
I am a detective and was wondering if there could be any more witnesses. Maybe there was someone else besides Horatio. I agree with your findings and your analysis. You have good evidence to back up your case but I am wondering if we could look into motives. Overall this case was well put together.
Horatio was the only person who actually witnessed the murder of Claudius. It was very frustrating only interrogating him because he might of been lying just to save himself. Since Horatio's prints didn't show up on the fencing swords or the wine glasses, I couldn't charge him with the murder of Claudius, Gertrude, Laertes, or Prince Hamlet.