Three amateur sleuths solve a deadly crime in the fictional town of Mortcliff. A pageant winner meets her demise in a supposed accident.
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Welcome to the TV show with only one question - whodunnit?
This is Armchair Detectives,
the show where these 15 murder mystery enthusiasts
are going to solve a deadly fictional crime.
Our top amateur detectives dive headfirst into an investigation
set in Mortcliff,
the fictional village with one huge homicide problem.
Making sure they don't miss a beat is Mortcliff's dream police team,
DI Knight, DC Slater and Scene of Crimes Officer Simmons.
Before we head to Mortcliff,
let's wave hello to the armchair detectives.
It's almost like they'd rehearsed that.
Only three of you play each day
so please take your armchairs, Audrey, Wisdom and Laura.
Come on up!
As you know by now, the detective guessing the killer correctly
will win one of these.
Our golden magnifying glass trophy.
It's like a precious gem.
Audrey, welcome. This is your third show.
Who will be watching and supporting you at home, Audrey?
My family, my husband and my two boys, and my grandsons.
-Well, good luck, Audrey.
And Wisdom, who's rooting for you back home?
I've got loads of friends and loads of family watching,
especially my two brothers and my parents, so, yeah.
And do you think they'll be impressed with your detective skills so far, Wisdom?
I think... I think they should be, yes.
They should be. Yes.
Laura, you run a library,
do you spend most of your time in the crime fiction section?
We keep joking that we need to just sort of sideline adult fiction a bit
-and just add on a crime wing.
It's what I read most of.
Well, good luck to all of you.
It's time for round one, the Crime Scene.
Knight and Slater meet Simmons in a wood on the outskirts of town.
Notepads at the ready.
For the first time today, let's head over to Mortcliff.
So the car ended up all the way down there, did it?
The ambulance took the victim away 20 minutes ago,
she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A wheel came off causing the car to veer off the road
and down the ditch.
The victim wasn't wearing a seat belt, so was killed on impact.
Who was she?
Looked like she was going to a function, smart dress,
high heels, tricky to drive in.
The nuts were loosened on the wheel that came off.
It looks deliberate.
One air bag went off and Louise was the only person in the car
when the ambulance found her.
The front tyres look new, the back ones more worn.
There are a few items of interest in the car, but we'll...
We'll go through that later.
The car's registered to a Luke Ramsay of the same address
that's on her driving licence.
This is so isolated. Who called it in?
Well, the car's got an automated system that calls for help,
informs the emergency services there's been an accident
and sends the location. Tons of cars have got it these days.
Hang on a minute. Louise Cook.
She won the Miss Mortcliff Beauty Pageant this weekend.
You go to beauty pageants in your spare time, Slater?
Oh, I keep my finger on the Mortcliff pulse, sir.
So, she wins a popularity pageant on the Saturday
and dies in suspicious circumstances on the Monday.
Yep. Popularity can't protect you from murder, sir.
No, but it could form part of the motive, Slater.
Right, armchair detectives, let's go for it.
Somebody's obviously loosened the wheel of the car.
The two front wheels were new, the back wheels were old,
so my guess is the person who is connected to this
has got some sort of experience in regards to mechanics.
-Well, the car was registered to somebody else.
And of course the crumpled note in the glove compartment reading "fraud".
How very interesting.
Let's get details of the actual victim and talk through it.
Today we're investigating the death of Louise Cook..
She was 25 when she died.
Louise was a previous winner
of the Miss Mortcliff Pageant
and PA to Mr Johnson
at Mortcliff Motors.
She was in a relationship.
The cause of death is a high-impact collision
causing fatal internal injuries.
The time of death is estimated between 9am and 9.30am.
Mr Johnson who owns Mortcliff Motors,
I want to know a bit more about him now.
Mm-hm, straight away.
Well, first of all it just says that she was in a relationship,
but it doesn't say with whom, so it could have been
with the joint owner Luke Ramsay, we don't know that yet.
That's to be... Yet to be decided.
Would like to know where was she before 9am
and who she was with on the morning.
Well, let's look at your first piece of evidence,
see if we can move things forward.
It is a note found at the crime scene and it is,
as you thought, Laura, "Fraud".
How she won the beauty pageant probably wasn't legitimate
in someone's eyes, so they wanted to make her pay for it
and she paid the ultimate price.
It is a note in the glove compartment so far...
-It was kind of scrum...
-It was scrumpled.
It was kind of scrumpled up, wasn't it, when we saw it?
Interesting, keep that in mind as we go on to round two,
The mayor is hosting the annual Miss Mortcliff Beauty Pageant
two days before Louise's death.
Notepads at the ready, let's head back to Mortcliff.
This part of the competition is when we get an insight
into how our participants would support Mortcliff, moving forward.
In one sentence, Gemma, can you tell us why Mortcliff is great?
It's the overwhelming sense of civic pride
and community spirit that brings us together.
And finally, same question to you, Louise Cook.
In one sentence, tell us why Mortcliff is great.
It's the wide variety of local shops.
Time to announce the winner of the annual
Miss Mortcliff Beauty Pageant.
The winner will work very closely with me to promote Mortcliff.
Ladies and gents, will Louise Cook retain her crown
or will we have a new person?
And the winner of the 2017 Miss Mortcliff Beauty Pageant is...
I'd just like to thank my mother who always taught me
to believe in myself, and to my father..
I'm terribly sorry, Gemma.
There's been a terrible mistake.
The actual winner is Louise Cook.
Oh, you've got to be kidding. Joking here?
I'm terribly sorry, Gemma.
Don't worry, darling, I'll make everything all right.
You haven't seen my shoes, have you?
Should we be going on holiday now, Lou?
It's already paid for, Luke. It's only for two weeks.
You can carry on looking for work once you get back.
Besides, it'll do you good to take a break.
God, I'm going to be so late.
You're already wearing shoes.
I know, but these aren't comfortable to drive in. Never mind.
Have you moved the safe, babe?
What are you doing?
Looking at our expenses and praying for a miracle.
Don't forget to put my winning fee into the budget, Mr Chancellor.
I love you.
Where are you going?
Opening of the new Parryvale Supermarket,
the mayor's really getting me out there.
CAR ENGINE CHOKES
Hi there. Yeah, I'd like to speak to someone about a personal loan.
My car's bust again, can I take yours?
I was planning on going into town.
It's in the other direction, please can I borrow it?
I'm going to be so late.
We need to have a serious chat about our holiday expenses, babe.
When I come home, I promise.
Louise. I haven't said yes.
I know you mean it. Deep down.
There you go making my life difficult.
Hmm. Well, this is a good one.
Lots and lots of information in the film.
Right, the mayor had a bit of shuffling of the old envelopes.
Gemma's dad Gerry was..
was none too pleased that his daughter
was removed from being the winner.
We don't know why the mix-up occurred.
It was like the Oscars, wasn't it?
-Yeah. Certainly did that...
-I was thinking that.
-Freddie Powell, I'm not sure what relationship
he has to do with Louise, I just saw the name Freddie Powell
and he seemed to be cheering when she won.
At the beginning of that video,
I don't know if the mayor was holding a bloody tissue
or something like that. It looks bloodied,
-that's what I was thinking, so..
And then also, if I'm right in speaking,
Louise winked at the mayor as well.
And on the envelope where she won, it...
If I'm right in speaking, it had a red dot on the top corner.
Emma's name had a red dot as well, I was sure,
because I noticed that and they read the name out.
Let's take a look at the suspects board because then
we can talk in more detail about some of the people that we've met.
We can now see Luke, who's Louise's boyfriend,
and we also have three new suspects on the board.
Gemma Drummond, pageant contestant,
Gerry Drummond, Gemma's father,
and Freddie Powell who's a local resident.
So what about Luke, first of all?
Was the first thing he said, "Are we still going on this holiday?"
-Because he was concerned about the expenses,
but it was interesting the... "I haven't said yes to you
"borrowing my car, you're just making my life difficult."
-So she was driving...
Because hers was...
so rudely snatched from her dream of being Miss Mortcliff 2017.
I think the one that was most... wazzed off was her father Gerry.
-The one thing I'm curious about
is what did Luke do as an occupation.
If he's looking for a job now, what did he do in the past?
-Also Freddie is just a local resident, what does he do?
Because obviously if any of them have backgrounds
in automotive vehicles, it could potentially put us closer.
You get to pick a piece of evidence from the following list.
We have Louise's calendar
or the service report on Luke's car
and finally the pageant result envelopes.
That's one answer to each of our questions.
Yes, it is, it is.
I'd go for garage report,
so we could find out whether it was roadworthy enough
but there might have pre-warnings on it saying,
look, this is a bit dodgy.
That's what I'm homing towards as well.
I was gearing towards the mayor's envelopes for a starter,
but I am happy to go along with the garage report on the car.
So you've gone for the garage report, let's take a look at that.
So this is Sam's Garage Mortcliff Limited.
Customer is Louise Cook.
Sam Johnson is the technician.
The front two tyres were replaced and the wheel nuts tightened,
and the fuel pump was fixed.
Everything else in the report came back fine.
So these are the three areas on the report that were highlighted.
Now it said in that report that the new tyres were put on
the front and the wheel nuts tightened.
Why didn't they replace the back ones?
Were we told from the accident, from the scene of crime,
that the wheel nuts had been loosened
and one of the wheels came off?
I've got it...
I've got an arrow drawn to it
-so I am assuming it was the front one that came off.
I believe it was a rear one.
Who do you think is most likely to be the killer so far?
Write the name down now.
Notepads away, armchair detectives.
Audrey, who's your prime suspect and why?
At the moment it's Gerry because he looked one very disgruntled father.
Disappointed and he says, "I'm..."
Basically, he was going to do something about it.
Yeah. Wisdom, who's your prime suspect and why?
I've also gone for Gerry.
In regards to, like you said, the threat at the pageants.
Laura, prime suspect and why?
Our mystery man Freddie.
Because he's our mystery man,
he's just hanging out at pageants for no apparent reason.
So Audrey's gone for Gerry, Wisdom's gone for Gerry,
and Laura has gone for our mystery man who we know nothing about
and have barely met, Freddie.
It's on to round three, the Police Interviews.
Knight and Slater have called in Luke, Gemma and Gerry for questioning.
Notepads at the ready, it's off to Mortcliff Police Station.
She was the best thing that happened to me.
Been together for three years.
Are you the registered keeper of the vehicle that Louise was driving?
Yeah, but Sam Johnson gave it a full service yesterday.
I don't know why the wheel's come off.
He's meant to be a really good mechanic.
He owns the garage just off the high street.
Sam's one of Lou's ex boyfriends, I don't know if that means anything.
Were he and Louise on good terms?
He always gave her a good discount.
How did you feel about that?
What's that supposed to mean?
Mr Ramsay, we're going to have to ask some tough questions.
Now, how did you feel about your girlfriend
going to her ex-boyfriend for car repairs?
Some men would have an issue with that.
Can you think of anyone who might have had a grudge against Louise?
Gemma Drummond was pretty upset after the pageant,
but Lou won fair and square.
There was a weird note someone left on my car though.
Just said "Fraud", nothing else.
I saw it on the windshield when I was waiting for Louise
so I just chucked it into the glove compartment,
didn't want her to see it.
Louise was made Miss Mortcliff last year
and that's when I first met her.
She did all sorts of events for the mayor
when he was sick, which is often.
Did you think she was a good Miss Mortcliff?
She was fine.
But anyways, I gave better answers, I got more applause,
and she's older than me.
You know, past her sell-by date.
She's only three years older than you.
Yeah, that's make or break in beauty terms.
Gemma, did you write a note calling Louise a fraud?
What, me? I would never do something like that.
So you wouldn't mind it
if we arranged to get a sample of your handwriting?
That won't be a problem.
So just to confirm, Mr Drummond,
you're saying you didn't know Louise?
As I said, I know her by name and by sight,
because she is in the same line of work as my daughter Gemma,
but I do know Luke pretty well.
He plays football for the Mortcliff Mammoths and I'm their coach.
Do you know what type of car Luke drives?
Mm-hm, yeah, why?
What can you tell us about Luke?
He's been struggling.
He's been out of a job and I think it was beginning to get to him.
Just last week, he and Freddie Powell, a mate of his,
almost came to fisticuffs during a match.
Why was that?
Well, Luke's known for his temper on the pitch.
Everyone that knows him's seen it.
I think Freddie was goading him about not being able
to afford Louise, the usual "you're not good enough for her" nonsense,
but I really couldn't tell you any more than that.
Luke involved in fisticuffs with Freddie,
because of...Freddie is goading Luke about not being able
to afford Louise, and Freddie was the other person to applaud
Louise's answer about Mortcliff's shopping district.
In my opinion now, I'm kind of gauging Freddie was probably
trying to go for Luke in regards to loosening his tyres
but obviously he wasn't aware that Louise would have been driving it,
-So you think it might have been mistaken...
-Yeah, mistaken identity.
-What do you think, Audrey?
Gemma, she was a spiteful mare, wasn't she?
You know, about her being three years older
-and everything like that.
And she was a bit of a.. a madam.
She sounded like she was Daddy's little princess.
Let's bring the suspects up again.
Luke, Gemma, Gerry, Freddie
and now we have Sam Johnson, who we've added but not met yet.
Now, we know who Sam Johnson is, though, don't we?
-Yeah, he owns a garage.
-And Louise's ex-boyfriend.
Luke had been with Louise for three years
so I think that's plenty of time for Sam to get over it.
Let's have a look at the evidence
and see if we can pick something out that will help you.
Again, you've got a choice.
Louise's calendar, the pageant result envelopes,
or the forensics report on Luke's car tyre iron and wheel nut lock.
Initially, I was going for the mayor's envelope
as the second option,
but now that this one's come up, which is so annoying...
It's a more detailed and a more exact science, so..
I would like to see the calendar.
Right. Our second choice was the mayor's envelope,
shall we go for the mayor's envelopes and get that out the way?
I'd say go for the calendar.
You've changed your mind now?
I'm saying the calendar because we technically went for the first one,
so I reckon give Laura a shot, go for the calendar.
-Yeah, all right, then, we'll go for the calendar.
-It's a democracy.
-The calendar, please.
It is a democracy so far. So this is Louise's calendar.
Beauty pageant, footie,
hair appointment, Tenerife.
-She was at the pageant on the Saturday.
She was off the road on the Monday morning
on her way to the supermarket opening.
-That was on the 5th.
I feel as though I'm missing something.
Well, she had football on the Sunday after the pageant,
was there an incident at footie on the Sunday?
Because the next day she dies.
OK, armchair detectives, it's time to pick your prime suspect again.
Write down your prime suspect now.
Notepads away, please.
Let's see who you've picked as your prime suspect this time.
Now, Audrey, last time you went for Gerry.
Have you stuck with Gerry?
Yes, I have, because there's nothing else at the moment
-that's persuaded me to go to anybody else.
Wisdom, last time you went for Gerry. Have you stuck with Gerry?
No. I have changed to Freddie.
In a weird twisted way, this is Freddie's way of showing Luke
she's a fantastic girl and since I can't have her, you can't either.
And Laura, last time you went for Freddie.
Who've you gone for this time?
At the moment, I've stayed with Freddie, I am considering Sam,
and I just didn't change quite yet.
OK. We have Audrey's gone for Gerry,
Wisdom's gone for Freddie, and Laura's gone for Freddie as well.
It's time now though for round four, Dig Deeper.
It's handbags at dawn on the football field.
Notepads at the ready, let's head to Mortcliff.
Let it go, mate, it's not worth it.
You're just going to let that sleazy ref walk all over us?
Stop telling me to calm down, you're a pushover.
No wonder Louise is bored with you.
Keep your mouth shut about Louise.
Or what? You'll realise she's bored with your moping and self pity.
You're punching well above your weight, mate.
Stop it, now. Freddie, bench.
What is wrong with you?
Want to talk about it?
Babe, you will find something soon.
Will you take my car to the garage?
Fuel pump's playing up, I've booked it in.
Can't you cancel?
Sam's doing me a favour. It was fully booked, so...
I'll cook dinner.
In that case.
..it will be all right.
I know it will.
Hello gorgeous to you too.
-Well done on your win, pal.
I'm heading off to town now, how long do you think it'll take?
Come back in a couple of hours and I'll throw in a full service.
You're my hero.
-Ta very much.
-Luke was right, it was the fuel pump.
All fixed, gave you a couple of new tyres too.
You're a star, Sam.
I know, I just can't help myself. Here you are.
Paperwork's in the glove box. Jump in.
Out with it. I can see something's bothering you.
-When is it anything else?
-Sorry, but seriously, Lou, ever since you've been with him
it's just one crisis after another.
It's just the longer he goes without work the more depressed he becomes.
He's even talking about not going on holiday.
And today Freddie sent me a text,
Luke got really aggressive with him at football.
Now he hasn't... He hasn't hurt you, has he?
-No, though he is a stirrer, I mean Luke.
What? Of course not.
The guy's been unemployed for three months,
I'm worried about him, that's all.
OK, listen, I'll call round later tonight,
see if he wants to go to the pub with me.
-I'll have a man chat.
We'll play pool, drink a few pints, say nothing,
he'll feel a lot better.
You're the best.
Any time, you know that.
You come to say sorry?
He's come to grov', haven't you, pal?
Yeah, mate, sorry.
Is that a decent enough grovel? Grab your coat, pal.
You three are a picture!
My ex-boyfriend, my current boyfriend, and the boy I turned down.
Don't go getting a big head, babe.
Right, I'm going to head to the pub with the guys, just for one.
OK. Have a good time.
There's definitely a bit of rivalry between the lads.
Sam, you could tell by the way he was looking at her
that he wanted her back, because when he sort of pulled her in
and she went "no", type of thing.
As for Freddie...
The boyfriend that would have been.
If we're talking about who has motive,
who would want Louise dead,
well, all the men like her, you know,
-even though they are concerned about her welfare.
They were both holding coffee cups.
The wrench, I reckon Sam was the one who had some sort of inkling
because he obviously did the full service.
How would he know the wrench was in the boot?
OK. Let's take a look at the suspect board.
We've got Luke, Gemma, Gerry, Freddie and Sam, who we've now met.
I still think it was an accidental killing.
I don't think she was the intended victim
because it was Luke's car and her... hers was playing up.
Sam wasn't to know until Louise turned up
that she was going to be bringing in Luke's car,
and then he was going to throw in the full service for free
as a favour to her.
Yeah, but the thing is there's nothing stopping him
sneaking round at some point and undoing some nuts
and then thinking that Luke was going to get in his car
-and unfortunately Louise did.
-Well, let's see...
Let's see if we can take you forward with another evidence pick.
So there's the pageant result envelopes,
the forensics report on Luke's car, tyre iron and wheel nut lock,
and the new item is a plant pot from outside Louise and Luke's home.
I think we should go for the tyre and forensics.
-Yeah, I want to go for the tyre...
-So you want to see that.
Let's go for the forensic report. So...
that's the wheel nut lock, quad wrench, fingerprint analysis,
print match - Sam Johnson and Luke Ramsay.
Fibres - neoprene, and there's soil sediment there as well.
Well, it's Luke's car, so we would expect his fingerprints to be there.
Yes. Yes, that's right, yeah.
Sam's performed the service,
so they're the only ones with access to the keys.
The soil sediment.
-Well, it went down an embankment. I've no idea...
I don't know what neoprene is.
Let's bring up the suspect board again.
Luke, Gemma, Gerry, Freddie and Sam. Again, this...
Sam and Luke's prints are found on that nut lock.
Because they keep showing the safe and they keep showing the keys.
Sam had the keys for a couple of hours.
What about if he made a copy of the keys?
Well, guys, unfortunately it's time for you
to pick your prime suspect again.
Please write down the name of your prime suspect now.
Armchair detectives, notepads away, please.
Let's see who you've picked.
Now, Audrey, last time your prime suspect was Gerry.
-Have you stuck with Gerry?
-No. I've gone for Sam this time.
Sam's got that twinkle in his eye, he wants her back,
and he basically thinks Luke is not good enough for her,
he's out of work, he's a hard-working guy.
Last time you went for Freddie. Have you changed your mind?
-Who have you gone for?
I have now gone for Sam.
Sam. For similar reasons to Audrey?
Yes, and also something I've just realised,
in regards to his fingerprints being on the wrench,
he may have worn gloves to take a precaution
but there may have been a hole in them, but he didn't realise.
There may well have been.
Laura, last time you went for Freddie,
-have you stuck with Freddie?
Who have you gone for?
Of my three suspect, I've now gone for Gerry.
So you've gone...
I've gone back to Gerry.
Well, in his interview, he plays football with Freddie
he knew all about the argument.
It's just that background, the only one that would really benefit
from Louise not being in the picture any more.
Right. Audrey has gone for Sam, Wisdom has gone for Sam,
and Laura has gone for Gerry.
It's round five now, the Final Clues.
Knight and Slater are almost at the end of the catwalk
but how close are they to finding the killer of Miss Mortcliff?
Notepads at the ready, we're heading back to Mortcliff police station.
Ah. Simmons. What do you have for us?
Done some more tests on the car, based on the shearing that occurred,
the nuts on the front passenger wheel
have been deliberately loosened, as was the locking wheel nut
which needs a specific tool to loosen and tighten it.
So it definitely was intentional harm.
We need to speak to Sam.
Louise brought the car in for a service,
we checked the tyres for wear and tear, cuts and bulges.
There wasn't enough tread on the front two
so we replaced those as part of the service.
Generous of you.
Any chance the wheel nut wasn't done up properly?
That's something we triple check.
Besides, the car had its own locking nut which Luke keeps in the boot.
We used it, I double-checked it and then we put it back.
Any other issues?
How well do you know Louise?
She and I went out for about a year before she met Luke.
And he didn't have a problem
asking his girlfriend to bring his car to you?
Louise and I were friends, always.
What do you think of Luke?
Known him since school, stand-up guy.
He's moody though.
Louise was worried about him, she thought he was depressed,
so Freddie and I took him out to try cheer him up.
Had your car been broken into prior to this?
No break-ins, the alarm hasn't gone off.
Louise kept our keys locked in a safe overnight.
She was paranoid someone was going to steal the cars.
Only we knew the code.
Was the code guessable? Birthday, anniversary?
Lou did random computer password searches for everything,
for the safe, for all of her devices,
sometimes I struggle to remember them.
Mr Ramsay, have you considered that whoever did this
thought you'd be driving your car yesterday?
Can you think of anyone who might have a grudge against you?
Are you saying she was killed by accident?
It was meant to be me?
I can think of loads of people that don't like me,
I wouldn't know where to start.
This just makes everything a whole lot worse.
When did you last see Louise?
I saw her on Sunday evening when Sam and me
took her boyfriend Luke to the pub.
Sam lives a bit further out so he drove to the pub
and took a taxi home.
I walked with Luke as I live across the street from them.
I did see something a bit worrying on the morning of the crash.
Louise left the house in a hurry,
and Luke shouted at her,
she shouted back.
Do you always watch what's going on outside Luke and Louise's house?
It was the argument that caught my attention.
Thank you, Mr Powell, that's all for now.
Hmm. What's occurred to you?
I think Freddie might have a touch of stalking, you know what I mean?
He so happened to be looking out when they had a row and storming out.
-Saying that they were arguing, they clearly weren't,
he just was, like, "OK, she's gone in the car"
-and sat down and carried on what he was doing.
He didn't shout at her, they weren't having an argument.
No, but they were trying to play on the violence
that Luke has a history of,
because it was mentioned by Sam and it was mentioned by Freddie.
-You've got an opportunity now though
-to possibly answer some of your questions.
It's time for your final evidence pick.
Now there are two pieces of evidence left,
the pageant results envelopes
or a plant pot from outside Louise and Luke's home.
I'm going to go with the plant pot
because I want to instantly rule out Gemma and Gerry.
I think it all lies in the piece of evidence that we don't pick.
I'm going to go with the mayor's envelopes.
Oh, my goodness, Audrey.
-Yeah, because that's been there from the beginning.
You've got the casting vote.
Because I was going to go for the plant pot and now...
-now that the envelope's back in the...
-Don't look at them, Lauren,
make your own decision.
No, no, we'll go with the mayor, we're switching,
we'll go with the mayor, we're switching.
We're going with the mayor's envelopes,
no changing of mind allowed now, no changing of mind allowed.
-We have four envelopes.
NP, KH, LC, GD.
The GD and LC have orange dots at the top.
-Someone's drawn GD to rig it.
Maybe Louise's one was obscured by the other two
and he saw the first orange dot, picked it out
and then somebody whispered in his ear, "No, no, it's Louise."
Well, armchair detectives, now we've cleared everything up...
..you're about to make your final accusation.
It's time to answer the only question that matters.
Time's up, armchair detectives, notepads down.
Right, let's find out who you've accused.
Audrey, who have you accused?
Well, God, I've changed horses again.
I've gone to Freddie this time.
-The reason being that he lied.
-He lied to the police that they were having an argument
at the door which we saw they clearly didn't.
Wisdom, who are you accusing?
I'm accusing Sam.
The DNA on the wrench,
the fact that he wanted to get back with her when he...
That's what I'm thinking, I'm going to stick with that.
OK. Laura, who are you j'accusing?
I've gone back to him because he's across...
We didn't know before that he was across the road,
he's trying to set up Luke
and we know that he's friends with Sam, so he's just...
He's all over the place.
Audrey is accusing Freddie.
Wisdom is accusing Sam
and Laura is accusing Freddie.
For what it's worth, armchair detectives, I am accusing Freddie.
So the last piece of evidence has been left,
will this confirm your choices?
It's a plant pot from outside Louise and Luke's home.
Keys to access front and rear doors of the property of the victim
were stored beneath a plant pot outside the main entrance.
Luke Ramsay, resident of the property states
the keys were stored there for the past five months.
Excellent, because we had these soil traces on the wheel nut
and now we know that, you know, creepy...
creepy Freddie who knows every coming and going from the house..
He knew where the keys were.
What really happened in today's story, Driving Miss Mortcliff?
Who killed Louise Cook?
Let's find out whodunnit.
The accident happened on Monday morning, meaning the wheel nuts
must have been loosened on Sunday night.
How do you loosen the nuts using the locking wheel nut key
that's inside the locked car?
Normally, you need to put the key in the lock but with some modern cars
you don't even need to take the key out of your pocket.
Good point, Slater, but Louise kept her keys in a safe.
A portable safe, sir.
Ah. A safe that could be picked up, taken outside
so the key is within range in order to unlock the car.
So the murderer must have had access to the safe
inside Louise and Luke's house.
Well, I mean, the only people who had access to the house were
Louise, Freddie, Luke and Sam.
If our assumption is correct and Luke was the intended victim,
that leaves Sam and Freddie,
and Sam didn't like Luke much.
Sam had a couple of drinks at the pub, caught a taxi back home,
but he lives too far away to make it back in time.
That just leaves Freddie.
Well, he did take an abnormal interest in Luke
and Louise's relationship. I think he liked her...a lot.
I mean, who in their right mind would attend a beauty pageant?
Proud parent, proud boyfriend... Hang on.
-Freddie was there too, wasn't he?
Say Freddie had a crush on Louise,
he asked her out in the past and she said "no".
Luke's version of the events was a lot different to Freddie's.
He hyped up the interaction between the couple
on the morning of her death.
Maybe Freddie thought that removing Luke from the situation
would mean he would have a better chance with her.
How did Freddie gain access though?
Do you remember the plant pot outside Luke's house?
Freddie lived just across the street, he must have known
where they kept the spare key, underneath that plant pot.
He could have snuck in on the night of the Sunday,
put the safe next to the car,
searched the car, found the locking wheel nut key
and loosened the nut on the front passenger wheel.
-Fully expecting Luke to use his own car the following morning.
The handwriting analysis,
I thought you'd like to know it was Freddie Powell
who wrote the fraud note.
Why would Freddie call Louise a fraud? He wanted her to win.
Yeah, but maybe the note wasn't for Louise.
Maybe the note was for Luke.
I'll go with that.
So Louise's car breaks down on Monday morning
forcing her to use Luke's car.
Simmons, when you dusted the car,
did you find Freddie's prints inside it?
No, but I did find mud and synthetic fibres
including rubber and neoprene.
The same fibres as used in goalie gloves.
Well saved, Simmons.
And you are on fire.
Go get your man, Slater.
It was indeed Freddie who committed the crime.
Congratulations, Audrey and Laura, you picked the killer
and are today's winner
and get another golden magnifying glass trophy!
Wisdom, nearly there.
If you'd seen the plant pot evidence would you have gone for Freddie?
Just shows you the evidence picks makes the difference, doesn't it?
Armchair detectives, how many of you got that right?
Ah, quite a lot of you.
That's all from Armchair Detectives.
Tomorrow, we'll find Knight and Slater investigating a crime
at the local library, but who will they throw the book at?
And remember, no-one gets away with murder in Mortcliff.
Well done, well done. Well done.
Susan Calman hosts as three amateur sleuths head to the fictional town of Mortcliff to solve a deadly crime. From the comfort of armchairs in the studio, they watch the drama play out as Mortcliff's crack team of detectives - DI Knight, DC Slater and scene of crime officer Simmons - make enquiries with the local residents. But in a show where everyone has a motive, it might prove harder to catch the culprit than you think. The Armchair Detectives are introduced to suspects, uncover vital clues and share their thoughts and theories as the story unfolds, before making their final accusation in a bid to win the golden magnifying glass trophy.
Will the armchair detectives be able to catch the killer in today's story Driving Miss Mortcliff? A pageant winner meets her demise in what was supposed to look like a tragic accident.