Vocabulary Reading:

Vocabulary Reading: Crime 2

This article uses words from the 1000-2000 range of the General Service List. Read it. Then answer the comprehension questions.

Cracking the Case

The detective made a thorough investigation. It was a tough case to crack as he could find no witnesses. He puzzled over it all day. Then he found out that traces of drugs had been found on the young man’s body. This made him suspicious that it was a drug related case. He sent the police out with dogs to see if they could pick up the scent left on the knife handle. Sure enough, they did. They followed the scent under a bridge that crossed a railway track. Here they picked up the scent of a second person. They followed this scent back to the train station locker. Although the drugs were gone, they knew that they had been here. This man had picked up the drugs and met the murderer under the bridge.

Knowing the time of death from the autopsies done on the bodies, the detective checked the train schedule to find out where the two men had gone. The train was headed for Vancouver, but it would stop in the small town of Hope first. They informed the police in both Hope and Vancouver of the murder case and told them to arrest any known drug dealers.

The police did their job responsibly and arrested several known drug dealers. They also seized 45 kilograms of drugs. They questioned all of the suspects and found a connection between Matt and one of the drug dealers. They had both gone to the same high school. Witnesses came forward saying that years ago they had known each other well. The drugs the police had seized from this suspect were the same as the traces of drugs found on Matt’s body and in the train station locker.

Faced with so much circumstantial evidence, the partner pled guilty and turned in his friend so that his own punishment would be lighter. In court, he swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Both murderers were proven guilty and thrown into prison. Society was rid of them for a while. Satisfied that the crime was solved, the police returned to their regular duties.


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