Mr. Clancy, a local plumber, was robbed and his assistant, John Morgan, saw the whole thing. Morgan said that he and Clancy were driving Clancy’s truck when it broke down. Morgan stayed in the car while Clancy popped the hood to take a look.
That’s when, according to Morgan, a hobo came out of nowhere, ran up behind Clancy, hit him over the head with a lead pipe, robbed him and ran for the woods. Chief Brown was sure that the tramp and the money were far from town.
Encyclopedia pointed out that Morgan probably did it. First of all, it was a little fishy that he was able to describe every detail when he was sitting in the passenger seat with the hood up. He probably wasn’t able to see anything.
Not mentioned in the story: is it a complete coincidence that a homeless dude happened to possess a lead pipe and that he used it to hit a plumber? Where would this guy have gotten a lead pipe?