Murders_in_the_Rue_Morge_essay - Cruzado 1 Andrea Cruzado...

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Cruzado 1Andrea CruzadoMs. SchmitzEnglish 10H P118 December 2019Who committed the murders in the Rue Morgue?One warm summer morning of July 1840, the city of Paris rose from peaceful slumber to a horrifying, appalling, gruesome tragedy; old Mrs. L’Espanaye and her daughter, who wouldn’t hurt a fly, were found murdered! Living on the fourth floor of a house on Rue Morgue street, the two women’s frenzied cries of terror alerted several neighbors and passerby not far away. A group of these ran to their aid, but the screams ceased by the time they got to the house. Breakingdown the locked door, the uneasy group desperately scoured the first three stories in search of thedistressed women, but found nothing until they reached the fourth floor. Upon forcing the door tothe L’Espanaye living quarters, the group stumbled onto a ghastly, gruesome scene. Broken furniture and tousled clothes littered the floor, and the singular bed had been stripped of its covers; the walls, bed, and floor were splattered and slicked haphazardly with blood, and two bloodied objects—a sharp knife and several strands of long gray hair forcibly torn from a human head—lay on the floor. Also on the floor the group of neighbors found various valuable objects, including an earring, several silverware objects, and two heavy bags containing a large amount of gold. Hidden under the bed covers was an open box holding old letters and newspaper clippings. At first the responders found no one in the room, but upon further search the dead body of Mrs. L’Espanaye’s daughter was discovered shoved up the chimney. Taking several people’s efforts, they pulled it out and saw various dark, deep marks seemingly made by large hands with
Cruzado 2strong fingers blotching her neck—upon further inspection by the Paris police department these marks were deemed the result of strangulation, the cause of death. The group frantically searchedthe rest of the house for the mother with no avail; they went outside around the back of the building, where they located her lifeless body slumped against a wall under the fourth floor window. Her neck was almost cut through, and when they tried to lift her up her head fell off. About five minutes after entering the room, the group (which consisted of a washwoman, shopkeeper, banker, policeman, Spaniard, Englishman, and Italian, doctor, and other neighbors and passerby) heard two voices: one low and soft that said, “My God,” in French, and one high, hard, and unidentifiable voice that spoke no distinct words. Among themselves they could not agree on the nationality of the voice, as the Spaniard thought it was English, the Englishman thought it was Italian, and the Italian though it was French. There were no steps someone could have entered and left the room where the daughter’s body was found, all the windows were closed and firmly locked and fastened with a nail, and the openings above the fireplace were too small for anyone to climb through.

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