Detective Raymond C. Schindler and the Smith Case Part 3

About the Raymond C. Schindler and the Smith case, account of the crime, case, clues, and solution.

RAYMOND C. SCHINDLER AND THE SMITH CASE

The next scenario was just that. Schindler composed a one-act play starring Neimeister and carefully rehearsed the actors, except for Heideman. Following the script, Neimeister suggested to Heideman that they take a ride in Neimeister's automobile. Traveling down a predetermined, deserted road, the actor-detective suddenly told Heideman he thought a tire was going flat. When he got out to inspect the faulty tire, a Schindler man dressed as a tramp appeared and asked for a ride. Neimeister refused. The tramp became surly and pulled a knife. Then Neimeister drew a pistol from his pocket and fired a blank shot at his assailant, who fell "dead" on cue. The young German heir then leaped into the car and raced back to their rooming house, pleading with Heideman not to tell anyone what had happened.

Schindler's encore took place the following morning, another forged German newspaper with a short article on the murdered tramp. Neimeister read it first, then handed it nervously to Heideman, who assured him his secret was safe.

To force Heideman's hand, Schindler hastily rewrote the script to include a steamship ticket to Germany for Neimeister, who left the ticket lying in a conspicuous place. Heideman was alarmed at seeing it. "What's that?" he asked. "You aren't leaving me, are you?"

"Yes, I am," said Neimeister. "I'm going back to Germany, where they'll never find me." Heideman suggested they go together, but Neimeister said, "You saw me kill a man. Suppose we had a falling out and you decided to squeal on me?"

Heideman answered slowly "Listen, if you had a hold on me like I have on you, then would you take me along?"

Neimeister had waited a long time for just such a nibble; now feigning reluctance, he quizzed Heideman, waiting patiently for the hook to set. Finally, an exasperated Heideman blurted out, "Would it make any difference if I told you I had killed that little girl in Asbury Park?" The hook was set. Heideman began to flop and sputter. He said he had been overcome by sexual desire. He said he had killed the little girl and hidden her body. He said, "They've arrested another man. They'll never get me." But Neimeister remained adamant. He went to bed, leaving his fish on the line, churning the water.

The Solution

Secretly, Neimeister notified Schindler, who in turn notified the Asbury Park police. The next morning, with a crowd of officials concealed in an adjoining room, Neimeister landed his catch, who talked at length about Marie Smith's murder. When the police stepped out and arrested him, he claimed he had concocted the wild story merely to win the confidence of his friend.

Williams was released from jail. Heideman pleaded innocent, but his confession before the law officers persuaded the jury to find him guilty of murder. He died in the electric chair.

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