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My Detective Story On the third night of October 2003, we, meaning Sir Dexter Holland and I, Travis Barker, were standing in a small, dimly lit gallery. I couldn't help but think that the five paintings everyone was making such a fuss about, were - well, they were awful and I believe that my friend and senior detective, Dexter was also thinking of something along the same lines. However, we were being paid well for our detection skills and not our abilities as art critics. The exhibition had caused quite a stir in the press; each painting was worth a cool million and we had been hired to make sure that everything went smoothly and according to plan. "Well Mr. Holland, Mr. Barker what are your verdicts?" said Mr. Ulrich, the curator, hovering nervously. I watched as Dexter looked thoughtfully at the gallery and followed his example. I had pushed my brain to the limit to find possible ways that a criminal might try to take the paintings. The walls and ceiling were solid concrete. There was no cellar below the floor and the only door had a security guard posted beside it. There were no windows, and both air vents were no bigger than a shoebox. "It's my belief that these five paintings are impossible to steal," said Dexter distantly. "I sincerely hope so," said a small, bald-headed man as he marched into the gallery. ...read more.


He said to Dexter. "Impossible, " murmured Dexter. A glimmer of an idea was forming in his mind. "How do you steal a painting that is impossible to steal, Mr. Ulrich?" said Dexter striding into the room, bright and confident. The guard, the artist and the curator were assembled in the gallery once more. "I... I really don't know," said the curator in bewilderment. "You don't!" declared Dexter triumphantly. "That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard," said Delonge throwing his arms in the air. "The painting is clearly gone!" "Gone from the frame, yes! But it hasn't been stolen," said Dexter. "Will you stop talking in riddles, please Mr. Holland, this is giving me a frightful headache," said Mr. Ulrich. Dexter walked to the centre of the room and turned to us. "Gentlemen ...we know that the painting didn't leave the room when the lights were out." "That's right," said the guard. "I was standing in the doorway the whole time. Nobody could've gone past me." "And we searched every single person before they were released. Even the five of us were searched thoroughly," said Dexter. "Yes, yes, yes ...but where is this leading?" Delonge was growing impatient again. "It is my theory that the missing painting is still somewhere in this room!" said Dexter, "I believe the criminal removed 'The Mask of the Medusa' from its frame and hid it somewhere in here with the intention of coming back to get it at a later date!" ...read more.


No doubt he had an accomplice who made sure the lights would go out. He cut 'The Mask of the Medusa' from its frame, stuck it on top of the real 'Behind the Mask' painting and then covered it over with the copy of 'Behind the Mask'! All this time, there have been three paintings in that one frame!" "The original painting, the stolen painting and the fake painting," mused the guard. "I see," said Mr. Ulrich, "and today when the lights went out he simply removed the top two paintings, making it seem like nothing had changed." "Correct! He assumed that if everything looked the same, nobody would get searched "Precisely," said Dexter with a wink, "and it looks like we've unmasked our thief... Right Mr. Delonge? I ran a profile on you and found that you aren't really Delonge are you? You're plain Shyam Stelinta, art thief and fraud criminal, having been put into jail for 3 years already. Your accomplice, the big man here on the first day, Mr. Thomas Kelvin, is being tracked down as we speak. And we have the proof of you being caught red handed and the word of Kelvin, who we'll offer community service over a jail sentence if he tells us the truth and testifies against you... Which he will." With that Stelinta was arrested and charged, and Kelvin did as we thought and told the truth and all ended well, with the one thought in my mind... nothing is impossible and everything has a simple explanation. By Abbas Lightwalla ...read more.

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