Well, suspicion fell upon William Kennedy’s story, because the gas station’s surveillance cameras didn’t show him dropping off McCabe like he claimed. Not only that, but Kennedy also had McCabe’s keys on him, even though McCabe would have needed them to enter his house. McCabe’s wallet also happened to be in the possession of his other friend, who claimed he took it from McCabe at the nightclub to prevent him from buying any more drinks. Did McCabe’s friends murder him because they envied his, uh, wallet and keys? Probably not, since cops soon found footage of Kennedy dropping McCabe off at a different gas station. He simply got the name wrong.
Even if you suspect some sort of robbery-murder plot here, how would that account for the weird-ass voicemail? Did the perpetrators morph into werewolves before they murdered McCabe? And even though McCabe was heard saying he’d been shot, there were no gunshot wounds or injuries on his body. What the shit?
A World-Class Sherlock Holmes Fan Has A Bizarre Murder Mystery Death
Richard Lancelyn Green was considered the world’s foremost scholar on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the badass creator of Sherlock Holmes and a devoted fairy believer. Sadly, Lancelyn Green would not live to see his favorite character portrayed by the guy from Ally McBeal. On May 24, 2004, he was found dead on his bed in his London flat. He had been garroted to death — a shoelace had been wrapped around his neck and tightened with the handle of a wooden spoon. Hmm, it almost sounds like a scene out of an Agatha Christie novel or something.
It Gets Weirder …
Prior to his death, Lancelyn Green had implied that his life was in serious danger. In order to complete an ambitious biography on Doyle, Green wanted access to a recently unearthed archive of the author’s private papers and journals, and he didn’t seem deterred by the fact that they were rumored to be cursed. When Lancelyn Green discovered the items were going to be auctioned off to private collectors, he attempted to put a stop to this, and as far as he was concerned, this was enough to bring the wooden-spoon-carrying assassins out into the open.
Lancelyn Green became increasingly paranoid, and told people he believed he was being followed by an unidentified American. When he invited a friend over for coffee, he insisted they talk outside because his flat was bugged. If that wasn’t enough, when Lancelyn Green’s sister attempted to call him on the night of his death, she was baffled to hear an American voice on his answering machine. Was Lancelyn Green knocked off by a killer so brazen that he literally left his voice behind at the murder scene?
Well, it turned out the voice was a generic automated recording which popped up whenever you deleted your own message, which Lancelyn Green apparently did … for some reason. Since there were no signs of forced entry into his flat, many people started leaning toward the idea that he took his own life after deliberately planting clues to make it look like a murder — which, incidentally, mirrors a plot device from a Sherlock Holmes story.