Death By Gas

A brain-teaser by J. J. Matthews

Death by Gas


Remember … the milkman had smelled gas, gotten the help of a passing patrolman, and together, they'd broken down the door to the apartment. They found the girl laying on the couch, already dead, and Herman Matthews in the bedroom, coughing from the gas.


The testimony of the milkman showed he never touched the tube or the gas cock. The patrolman took the tube from the girl’s mouth. If he didn’t turn it off, he must have seen it had been turned off.

That left only Herman — who, by force of habit — had turned the gas off.

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