The Police Detective Who Was So Good He Caught Himself
Samuel Reason | December 21st, 2018
One day Chief Inspector Robert Ledru put his socks on and they were pretty damp which was strange, but he had no time to worry about such trivial things! He had just arrived in Le Havre to work on a new case, had gone to sleep early with his revolver under his pillow. Ledru was in Le Havre as he was tracking down the mysterious disappearance of seamen around this coastal area, but upon arriving at the local police station he was asked if he could change his focus: there had been a brutal murder during the night.
The victim Andre Monet was on holiday, had been visiting the beach. His body had been found at dawn on the beach with a bullet that had gone straight through. The search was on to find the missing bullet and figure out which weapon had taken the man’s life. Ledru was intrigued there appeared to be no motive or interest for killing this man. In fact, there was very little to go on at all and the local police did not have a suspect.
Ledru went to investigate the crime and walked all the beach, in hopes of finding some clues. He found the set of footprints that must have been made by the murderer and ordered that casts be made. He was troubled, the footprints looked eerily familiar. With the casts in hand, he went back to the beach and realized with terror that it was his own footprints.
Once the bullet had been found, shot from a German pistol – like his own Ludger, it only confirmed his fears: he was the killer. He immediately turned himself into the authorities, Ledru was a decorated detective and had played a part in putting numerous criminals behind bars. At first, his superiors could not believe his story: killing someone while sleeping. But they locked Ledru up and kept a pistol in his cell loaded with blanks, low and behold a few weeks later, he rose in his sleep and tried to shoot the guards.
Confirming that the detective was indeed a sleepwalking killer.
Sounds to me as though the detective was almost too honest for his own good. Wonder how many folks today would do the same thing?
Coffee out n the patio this morning. Temps are going up to 75! Can you believe it?