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The Mystery of Stony Lane


 

 

 

     Stony Lane is a long, narrow, dead end street.  Stony Lane is connected
to Main Street, which is a very long street with many small roads connected
to it.  There are hills on both sides of Main Street beyond the small roads.
Stony Lane is about 500 feet long from Main Street to the end of the street.
Stony Lane is not connected to any other street.
     John lives alone in a one story house on Stony Lane.  He has been living
alone for 20 years on Stony Lane.
     On a Saturday in July, at 7 o'clock in the evening, John walks out of
his house, and gets into his car, and then he starts driving to a park.  He
makes a turn from Stony Lane onto Main Street.  He is going north on Main
Street, and he drives three miles, and then he makes a right turn onto a small
road, which leads to a park.
     John enters the park, and then he parks his car on the side of the road.
He gets out of his car, and then he walks around the park for about 20 minutes.
Then he gets back into his car, and he drives back onto Main Street, and he
is going back to Stony Lane.  He is going south on Main Street, and he drives
three miles, and then he makes a right turn onto Stony Lane, which is the
street where he lives.
     On the right side of Stony Lane, there are two houses at the end of the
street.  There is a red house, which is the closest house to Main Street,
and next to the red house, there is a yellow house at the end of the street.
     On the left side of Stony Lane, there are also two houses at the end of
the street.  There is a green house, which is directly across the street from
the red house, and next to the green house, there is a blue house at the end of
the street.  The blue house is directly across the street from the yellow house.
     The red house is average size.  It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, a
kitchen, a living room, a dining room, a cellar, and an outdoor porch in the back.
     The blue house is average size.  The blue house is very similar to the red
house.  Both houses are the same height, and the same length going across.  The
only major difference is the blue house has an indoor porch in the back, which
makes the length from the front to the back longer.  The blue house also has four
bedrooms and two bathrooms, a kitchen, a living room, a dining room, and a cellar.
     The green house is small.  It is about ten feet lower than the red and
blue houses.  The red and blue houses are about five feet wider than the green
house.  The green house has two bedrooms and one bathroom, a kitchen, a living
room, and a dining room.  It has no cellar and no porch.  Every room is on the
same floor.
     The yellow house is very small.  It is about three feet lower than the
green house.  The green house is about seven feet wider than the yellow house.
The red and blue houses are about twelve feet wider than the yellow house.  The
yellow house has one bedroom and one bathroom, a kitchen, a living room, and a
dining room.  It has no cellar and no porch.  Every room is on the same floor.
     Beyond the end of Stony Lane, there is a large amount of flat land with no
trees.  There are hills about 300 feet away from the end of Stony Lane.
     Mike and Jill are married.  They are young, and they live on Stony Lane.
They have a dog.  They are on vacation, and they gave John the key to their house.
He would go to their house every morning, and unlock the front door, and then he
would let the dog out.  In the early evening, John would unlock the door to their
house, and let the dog go back inside.
     The dog is standing in the middle of Stony Lane between the red house and
the green house when John makes a right turn onto Stony Lane.  John parks his car
on the right side of the street just before the red house.  Mike and Jill live in
one of those four houses with their dog.  They live in either the red house, the
blue house, the green house, or the yellow house.
     John gets out of his car, and walks over to the dog, and then they walk to
one of those four houses.  Then he unlocks the front door, and then he lets the
dog go back inside of the house.  Then he walks back to his car, and he gets
inside, and then he drives to his house, and then he parks his car in the
driveway.  Then he gets out of his car, and then he walks to the front door.
Then he unlocks the door, and then he walks back into his house.
     John works five days a week.  On Monday through Friday, he would get up very
early to go to work, and he would leave his house at 5:30 in the morning.  In the
summer, when he is leaving for work, sometimes he would be standing in his front
yard looking at the hills, which are less than 400 feet away from his house, and
he would see the sun rising behind the hills.  He would always be looking in the
opposite direction of Main Street to view the sun rising behind the hills.
     Fifty years ago, there was a young woman who lived alone in one of those four
houses who was murdered.  Her name was Brenda.  She lived in either the red house,
the blue house, the green house, or the yellow house.  The murder happened in the
first half of July.  She was stabbed to death in her bedroom on a Friday night
between 11:30 and midnight.  Someone heard a scream.  Brenda was found dead on the
floor at ten minutes past midnight.  The murder happened on a day that was easy
to remember.  It was one of the bloodiest murders that ever happened.  The number
of times that Brenda was stabbed is equal to ten plus the number of bedrooms in
John's house. 
     When the murder scene was examined, a shocking coincidence was discovered. 
If the murder happened one night earlier, or one night later, then there would
have been no coincidence, and fewer people would have remembered the date.  The
murder did not happen on a holiday.  The murder was never solved.
     The house now has a new owner.  Some repairs were made on the house.  No rooms
were added to the house, or taken away from the house.  The dimensions of the house
are the same as they were 50 years ago.  The other three houses look the same as
they were 50 years ago.
     Mike and Jill came home two days after John went to the park.  The next day,
Mike and Jill saw a photo of the murder house the way it looked 50 years ago.
The photo was taken one day after the murder.
     Mike and Jill could walk out the front of their house, and make a right turn,
and then continue walking straight on Stony Lane, and the next house that they
would pass on the same side of the street as their own house, would be John's
house.  Mike and Jill do not live in the same house that John lives in.
     Mike and Jill's house has either two or three more bedrooms than John's house,
or John's house has one more bedroom than Mike and Jill's house.
     If John's house has one bedroom, then the murder house is a kitty corner away
from Mike and Jill's house.  If John's house has two bedrooms, then the murder was
committed in his house.  If John's house has more than two bedrooms, then the
house which is directly across the street from Mike and Jill's house is where the
murder was committed.
     Jill had two nightmares about the woman who was murdered 50 years ago.  In
her first nightmare, she was standing in the front yard of a blue house with her
dog between 11:30 and midnight, and she was looking at the house.  The blue house
was average size.  Jill heard a woman screaming from inside the house, and then she
saw blood flowing down the front of the house in many places.  The entire front of
the house was covered in blood.  Jill was frightened by the sight of blood, and
then she ran to her house with the dog.  She went into her house with the dog, and
then she ran into her bedroom, and then she got in bed with Mike.  A minute later,
she woke up, and she was relieved to find Mike in bed with her, and it was only a
dream.
     A few nights later, Jill had another nightmare about the murder that happened
50 years ago.  In her second nightmare, she was standing in the front yard of a
green house with her dog between 11:30 and midnight on a foggy night, and she was
looking at the house.  She could see most of the house through the fog.  The green
house was small.  It was about ten feet lower than the blue house that she saw in
her first nightmare, and the blue house in the first nightmare was about five feet
wider than the green house in the second nightmare.  Then the fog got thicker,
and then it completely covered the green house.  A few seconds later, the fog
diminished, and then the fog was completely gone.  The green house was gone. 
The green house vanished into thin air.  Then all of a sudden, another fog quickly
moved in, and then it completely covered the land where the green house once
stood.  A few seconds later, the fog diminished, and then another house appeared.
Then the fog was completely gone.
     A yellow house appeared on the land where the green house once stood.  The 
yellow house was very small.  The yellow house was about three feet lower than
the green house, and it was about seven feet narrower than the green house.  Jill
heard a woman screaming from inside the house, and then she saw blood flowing down
the front of the house in many places.  The entire front of the house was covered
in blood.  Jill was frightened by the sight of blood, and then she ran to her
house with the dog.  She went into her house with the dog, and then she ran into
her bedroom, and then she got in bed with Mike.  A minute later, she woke up, and
she was relieved to find Mike in bed with her, and it was only a dream. 
     Mike and Jill may live in a house which is very similar to one of the houses
that she saw in one of her nightmares, but the murder was not committed in their
house.
     In one of Jill's nightmares, she saw the murder house exactly the way that
she saw it in the photo.

 

 

     1. Which house do Mike and Jill live in?

 

     2. Which house does John live in?

 

     3. In which house was the murder committed?

 

     4. How many times was Brenda stabbed?

 

     5. What was the coincidence that was discovered at the murder scene?

 

 

 

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