Posted in Thriller

The Murders in Rue Morgue

This story features Poe and Dupin once again. In fact this seems to be the first time the two men meet. There is the whole psycological discussion like in The Purloined Letter but it takes place at the beginning of the story rather than the middle.

The story begins with the men walking together down the street. As the approach the Rue Morgue (Mortuary Street in French). There is a bit of commotion.

There are aweful sounds of an attack coming from a locked home. When the crowd finally breaks the door the most gruesome sight meets them. A room is utterly ransacked. There are bloody tresses of gray hair laying about and copiuos amounts of blood. Stragelt enough there are no bodies. A search is commenced for the inhabitants of the house- a mother and daughter. The daughter is found stuffed up the chimney and it takes 6 men to pull her out. The mother is found in the backyard decapitated. Both women were brutally throttled before death.

As you can well imgane this murder puzzles the authorities. What is more puzzling still is that the would be rescuers heard two voices. One strill and the other deep. One voice was definitely French; the other voice was described as being either French, Italian, Russian, German, or American. Funny enough the people hearing the voices were of different nationalities- namely French, Italian, and American. Then there was how the intruder entered. They clearly didnt use any of the doors.

What type of murderer kills the people, leaves the gold, and enters and leaves without a trace? I’m not telling!!!

This was a great story. Actually someone made this story (which is really short) into a movie. Its an old movie. They added more complexity to the tale-not to mention more murders. This one is more of a thriller than the Purloined Letter. So enjoy. If you read it, let me know if you guessed the ending before Dupin’s big reveal.

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The Purloined Letter

This story is told from the first person perspective of Poe. While he is sitting with his friend Dupin pondering over the Murders of the Rue Morgue, the Chief of police walks in to consult with them on an “odd” matter.
A letter was stolen from the royal apartment for blackmail purposes. The royal in question is a female, the thief is one of the ministers of state. He boldly stole the letter while in the presence of the lady. The minister has been using the letter to wield greater political power than to which he would otherwise be entitled. The royal entrusted this matter with the Chief.
The police has searched the minister’s residence in secret for 3 months. The Chief even went as far as to have the minister “waylaid.” Dupin could given the man no better advice than what the police had already done. A month later the police chief returned having failed yet again. When the man desperately offered 50,000 of his own francs to get a hold of the letter, Dupin presented the letter (securing the payment first).
After the Chief leaves, Poe and Dupin go through a psychological discussion as to why the police failed. Basically the police thought the minister was stupid because he is a poet and therefore only checked places a “stupid” person would conceal things. However the minister disguised the letter and hid it in plain sight.

I missed it as well!! The policy were very very thorough in their search. I was prepared for some complicated, fancy mumbo jumbo. The obvious totally eluded me. So my advice is to check the obvious things first. This is a great story especially if you need a quick read for lunch or on the subway.

Posted in Classic, Liked It, Mystery

The Purloined Letter

This story is told from the first person perspective of Poe. While he is sitting with his friend Dupin pondering over the Murders of the Rue Morgue, the Chief of police walks in to consult with them on an “odd” matter.
A letter was stolen from the royal apartment for blackmail purposes. The royal in question is a female, the thief is one of the ministers of state. He boldly stole the letter while in the presence of the lady. The minister has been using the letter to wield greater political power than to which he would otherwise be entitled. The royal entrusted this matter with the Chief.
The police has searched the minister’s residence in secret for 3 months. The Chief even went as far as to have the minister “waylaid.” Dupin could given the man no better advice than what the police had already done. A month later the police chief returned having failed yet again. When the man desperately offered 50,000 of his own francs to get a hold of the letter, Dupin presented the letter (securing the payment first).
After the Chief leaves, Poe and Dupin go through a psychological discussion as to why the police failed. Basically the police thought the minister was stupid because he is a poet and therefore only checked places a “stupid” person would conceal things. However the minister disguised the letter and hid it in plain sight.

I missed it as well!! The policy were very very thorough in their search. I was prepared for some complicated, fancy mumbo jumbo. The obvious totally eluded me. So my advice is to check the obvious things first. This is a great story especially if you need a quick read for lunch or on the subway.

Posted in Classic, Horror

The Tell Tale Heart

This is a great psychological thriller. A young man working for his older boss is driven mad by the man’s filmy blue eye. Over a week, he creeps into his employers bedroom turning a lamp on his eye to make sure the man doesn’t wake.

The night he decides to kill his boss, he accidently wakes him up while opening the lantern. At first the man is not sure he wants to kill him; but the sound of the old man’s heart beating drives him over the edge.

After killing the man, he dismembers his body and places it under the floor boards. Meanwhile a neighbor overheard the screams and called the police. In arrogance the man invites the police officers into the employers bedroom and sits over the spot where he has concealed the body. But guilt drove him mad, and he confesses.

I read this story when I was in high school. It was great. The best thing about this story is that although it is extraordinarily short, Poe is able to build tension. I could feel the tension between the murderer and victim as they both waited for the other shoe to drop. I could feel myself going mad as the murderer thought he could hear the victims heart beat. Most books can’t convey that level of emotion in a few paragraphs, but Poe is a genius!!!! So if you’re looking for a chilling tale for the next camp out or Halloween party, you might what to try this one.