The Leopold Locked Room Essay

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The Leopold Locked Room is a short mystery story written by Edward D. Hoch. Leopold, a police captain is found in a closed locked room with his murdered ex-wife. Results show that Leopolds gun fired the fatal shot, but Leopold and readers know hes not the killer. Every bit of the story is cleverly though out. If you enjoy reading short mystery stories this is a great story to read. Captain Leopold and Monica were once married. When Monica wanted to go pursuit her career and her dreams in California as an actress, Leopold refused to go with her because he just started on the police force and his future looked bright.

Monica left him. Shortly after arriving in California and having no luck with the acting career she had a nervous break down. A year later Leopold had received his divorce papers. For the past 15 years Monica had wanted revenge on Leopold since she thought it was his fault for all her past mistakes. The wedding had become the perfect opportunity to get her revenge. Monicas niece Vicki Nelson was getting married to Ted Moore. Ted Moore is a lawyer, which later would try to help Captain Leopold. Captain Leopold was invited to the wedding but he didnt want to go long because he knew Monica would be there.

He didnt want to see Monica at the wedding, so he told his colleague Lieutenant Fletcher about the story of him and his ex-wife Monica. At the end of their conversation Captain Leopold asks Fletcher to wait outside in the cop car. So he has an excuses and didnt have to stay long at the wedding. At Sunset Farms where the wedding was held, Captain Leopold runs into a few of Monicas family members. One being Monicas step brother Immy Fontaine. They talk for a bit then Leopold is introduced to Dr. Felix Thursby, Monicas new boyfriend.

Later in the story you find out that Dr. Felic Thursby real name is Max Thompson. During the wedding reception, Monica wanted to talk to Leopold. So they entered a huge unfurnished square room where they could talk privately. Monica locked the doors behind them. The guest heard a shot. When Lieutenant Fletcher entered the room he seen Monica on the floor and that she had been shot and that Captain Leopold had his gun in his hand. Since Captain Leopold was the only other person in the room with Monica, Fletcher accused him of shooting his ex-wife.

He sniffed the gun and found that someone had recently fired it. He was shocked. Captain Leopold claimed that he did not fire the gun and did not kill Monica. Lieutenant Fletcher was puzzled because it was only Captain Leopold and Monica in the room. Lieutenant Fletcher took Captain Leopold to the police station and Monica went in an ambulance. She later died on the way to the hospital. The detectives continued their investigation to find out what happened and who did it, if Captain Leopold did not shoot his ex-wife Monica then who did and why.

Although, the events in this story would not happen in real life because of the technology we have. Monica would have definitely got caught way before the ending of the story. Everything from the characters, plot, setting and the style of the story worked well together. The characters worked well because everyone tides together. The characters were well thought out and believable because at a wedding your bound to see someone you dont want to see especially if its your ex-wifes family.

The plot is extremely good and cleverly thought out and maybe even could have happen if everyone believed that a doctor was on sight. Maybe the ambulance wouldnt stay in the back of the car because its to small. However, it is really suspenseful and interesting. In the plot Captain Leopold and Monica had a heated discussion about the past. Monica told Captain Leopold, Your going to know what I knew. Bars and cells and disgrace. Your going to know the despair I felt all those years ago. She said just before she was shot.

Moments later the doors were unlocked from the outside and Dr. Thursby rushed to Monicas side, being the only doctor in the room everybody believed him when he said she was nearly dead. He later went in the ambulance with her on the way to the hospital. He rode in the back of the ambulance with her alone because everybody thought he was a licensed doctor. The climax was very interesting. The settings is very important to the story because the crime is committed in a locked, huge unfurnished square room.

Which makes the reader keep guessing who could of done the crime, when it was only Monica and Captain Leopold in the locked room. The setting is in my opinion the best part. However, the locked room is not the only setting in the story,there were many others but it was the most interesting one. The style of the story is easy to read because its told by a third point of view and kinda threw the eyes of Captain Leopold although the narrator does not appear to know more then Captain Leopold does about whats going on. Its very interesting and memorable.

In conclusion, I personally really enjoyed reading this short mystery story because everything was cleverly thought out and it all pulled together perfectly. Every detail was written perfectly and brought the story together. I found this story interesting because of the locked room setting. I wanted to keep reading to find out who committed the crime. I thought that the Leopold locked room was exciting and suspenseful. Also it works well as a story and I would definitely recommend it. If you enjoy reading short mystery stories, this is a great story to read.

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