16 Crime And Murder Riddles That Would Bring Out The Sherlock in You

There is something about mysteries and riddles that attract the brightest minds. Sherlock, with his intelligence, could have become anybody but he chooses to be a detective.

There is a detective in each one of us. All of us love the thrill and excitement of solving a complicated mystery.

Here are some interesting riddles that would give your brain some serious exercise.
 

1. The Building mystery

A dead body is found at the bottom of a multistory building. It looks quite clear that the person has committed suicide by jumping off from one of the floors.

A  detective comes, goes to the first floor and walks in the room facing the direction in which the body was found. He opens the closed window of that room and flips a coin towards the floor.

He goes to the second floor and does the exact same thing till the last floor. Then, when he climbs down, he tells the team that it is a murder, not suicide.

How does he know that?

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Answer-

If it was a suicide and she had jumped out of the window then how come all the windows were closed.
 

2. The Funeral mystery

A girl, at the funeral of her mother, met a guy whom she did not know. The girl fell for the guy and wanted to contact him. She looks for him but couldn’t find him. A few days later she kills her sister. What did she do that?

A few days later she kills her sister. What did she do that?

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Answer-

She was hoping that he would come again to a funeral.
 

3. The Cottage mystery

An old man lived alone in a small cottage. One certain Thursday morning, while the mailman was delivering a letter he found out that the old man is murdered. He immediately calls the cops.

When the cops arrive at the scene. They find two bottles of milk, Monday’s newspaper, a catalog, flyers, and unopened mail. The police find the suspect. Who is the suspect and why?

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Answer-

They suspect the newspaper boy, as Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s newspapers, were missing.
 

4. The Recorder mystery

A man was found dead with a cassette recorder in one hand and a gun in the other. When the police came in, they immediately pressed the play button on the cassette. He said “I have nothing else to live for. I can’t go on,” then the sound of a gunshot. After listening to the cassette tape, the police knew that it was not a suicide. How did they know?

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Answer-

If the person died then who pressed the reverse button.
 

5. The Court mystery

A man is in court for killing his wife. In the closing statements, the man’s lawyer surprises everyone when he announces “His wife was just missing. Everyone look at those doors. His wife is going to walk in those doors in about 30 seconds.”

The entire court is silent and the jury stares at the door as the lawyer and the defendant stares at the jury

After a couple of minutes, the lawyer says “See! If you were so sure he killed his wife, you wouldn’t be watching that door!”

The jury immediately gave a guilty verdict. Why did the jury convict him?

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Answer-

The man was guilty because he was watching the jury and not the door as he knew she won’t come.
 

6. The Car mystery

A man was shot to death while in his car. There were no powder marks on his clothing, which indicated that the gunman was outside the car. However, all the windows were up and the doors locked. After a close inspection was made, the only bullet holes discovered were on the man’s body.  How was he murdered?

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Answer-

It was a convertible car.
 

7. The Honeymoon mystery

A couple went on for their honeymoon trip. But only the husband returned from the vacation and said that his wife met an unfortunate accident and died. The police arrested him saying, “Your travel agent called. You murdered your wife.”

How did the agent know that it was a murder?

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Answer –

The man had booked only one-way tickets for his wife.
 

8. The Burglary mystery

A couple reported a robbery. The husband told  the policeman, that he thinks that the burglar presumably entered the house by breaking through the window, pointing to the broken window glasses on the outside of the house.

The policeman noticed that the inside of the house only a few tiny pieces of window glass particles scattered around near the broken window area and told him that it was not a burglary and no outsider has entered his house through that window. What made the policeman so sure?

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Answer-

When a window is broken from the outside by a thief, most of the glass will be found on the inside of the house, not on the outside of the house.
 

9. A Chemical mystery

A famous chemist was found murdered. The police knew that two people were involved in the murder. They found a note that written by the chemist which read – ’26-3-58/28-27-57-16′.

After reading the note the police immediately caught the murderers. How?

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Answer-

The numbers correspond to atomic numbers on the periodic table of elements: ‘Fe-Li-Ce/Ni-Co-La-S’. Therefore, the name of the suspects was Felice and Nicolas.
 

10. The Ship mystery

A Japanese ship was en route to the open sea. The captain went for a shower removing his ring and keeping it on the table.  When he returned, he found it had gone missing. The captain immediately called the three suspected crew members and asked each one where they were and what were they doing in the last 15 minutes.

The cook said, “I was in fridge room getting meat for cooking.”

The Engineer , “I was working on generator engine.”

The seaman said, “I was on the mast correcting the flag which was upside down by mistake.”

The radio officer said, “I was messaging to a company about the arrival”

The navigation officer said, “I was sleeping in my cabin.”

The captain immediately caught the thief. How?

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Answer –

It’s Japanese ship so it has a Japenese flag and Japanese flag is the same upside down.
 

11. The window pane mystery

A guy was found dead in his study by his friend. The victim’s friend called the police. He told them that when he was walking by the victim’s place, he thought that he would pay him a visit. But as soon as he wiped the frost on the window to peep inside, he saw his body lying on the floor and therefore immediately called the police.

The officer immediately arrested him for the murder of his friend. How did the officer know that he was lying?

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Answer-

Frost forms on the inside of the window, not the outside. So Peter could not have wiped it off to discover Ben’s body.
 

12. The Hospital mystery

“Who shot her?” cried a man as he rushed into the hospital where his wife was kept.

The man was stopped by the police who asked him where he was last night he told them he was spending the night at a friend’s place.

He told them that when he called to check on his wife, the maid answered the call and just told him that his wife has been taken to the hospital. And as soon as he heard this he came running to the Hospital. After hearing this the police immediately arrested him. Why?

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Answer-

As, soon as he entered the hospital, she cried “who shot her?”. How would he know that she was shot when no one informed him so.
 

13. The Apple mystery

A serial killer invited a prospective victim to her place. They ate together and after the meal. She offered her an apple. When she refused, she insisted that they share the apple. So, she took the apple and cut into two halves. Both of them started eating the apple. As soon as her guest ate the apple she died. If both of them had the same apple, how come one died and one survived?

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Answer –

She used a knife coated with just on one edge with cyanide/ poison. When she sliced the apple in two, only the victim’s half was poisoned.
 

14. The Tea mystery

A woman was horrified to find a fly in her tea. The waiter took her cup and went into the kitchen and returned with a fresh cup of tea.

She shouted, “You brought me the same cup of tea!” How did she know?

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Answer-

She had already added sugar to her tea.
 

15. The man in the snow mystery

A man was found dead out in a field of snow. The only tracks that were left was a set of footprints between two parallel lines. Who should the police be looking for?

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Answer –

A man in a Wheelchair.
 

16. The Border mystery

Every day, a man used to cross the border on a bicycle with two bags of sand. The border officers got a tip that he is a smuggler. So the customs officers checked his and found they had only sand. As they could not find any evidence, they allowed him to cross the border. So, what was the man smuggling?

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Answer –

He was smuggling bicycles.

Well, if you can solve these mysteries then you should start thinking about shifting to 221B Baker Street.

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