One day the local police from the Stack Exchange community received a concerned call from one of the bakeshop owners nearby.

Police: Good Morning, this is S.E. Police. How may I help you?

Bakeshop Employee: Hello sir, I'm an employee in the bakeshop near the police department. I am worried about the house in front of our shop. The owner of this house is one of our best customers, and he asked me to do him a favor. He wanted me to prepare 20 pieces of our specialty bread to be picked up early in the morning. He told me that he would like for his guests to taste our bread. However, it's already the second day since he asked me and I haven't seen him. I am very worried because he always picks up bread from us early in the morning, and he has promised to pick up his order.

Police: okay sir, we will send some officers to the house you are mentioning.

As the police visited the house, they tried to knock, but found that the door was open. They proceeded inside the house.

They entered the house, and tried to find the owner of the house. They found his dead body, hanging from the high ceiling of a well lit room. There were two glass windows and one of them was broken. It seemed as if something was thrown to break the window. The police that responded to the house immediately called the forensics department and started the investigation. The room was empty; there was no furniture, garbage, or any large items inside the room, only shards of broken glass and the dead body of the owner inside, the police also checked out side the the house where the broken window is and found an empty bottle of beer. broken, might be from the fall. there where also no furnitures that looked liked misplaced inside or outside of the house, the house was pretty clean.

The police checked the last contacts of the owner and found out that there were two people that the owner invited for a drink in his home, one girl and one guy. They were brougt in for interrogation, and the police asked them questions regarding the scene and what happened when they visited.

The girl admitted that they three of them had some drinks, and she also admitted that while she was drunk she happened to have a conversational fight with the owner of the house.

Girl: I said to him, "No! We can't be together again." I don't love him anymore, and I had brought my new boyfriend for him to meet and have a drink. I liked him and wanted to still be friends with him, but he still insisted he loved me and I couldn't handle it. I needed it to stop!

Boy: I was there to escort my girlfriend. Although I didn't like what he was doing to my girlfriend, I still tried to understand his feelings. But... it was too much. I had to punch him in the face to protect my girlfriend from him. He is a nuisance and he deserved to die. After the confrontation, me and my girlfriend left the house peacefully and never heard from him again.

The police are very puzzled about this bizarre crime and do not know the answer.

Now, if you can help the investigators.. WHO IS THE KILLER?

Bonus Question: How was the owner Killed?

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    $\begingroup$ Where were the glass shards of the broken window? $\endgroup$
    – Aura
    Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 15:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Aura As OP mentions, the room is empty. This probably should mean that the shards are on the outside. $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Aura i have edited the story please recheck $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ @dmg please recheck my edit. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 15:36
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    $\begingroup$ You say the beer bottle "might be from the fall" what fall? $\endgroup$
    – NotMe
    Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 17:40

5 Answers 5


Suspect its:

Suicide and the owner try to frame it on the Girl and Boy
Deliberately ordering 20 bread to ensuring the baker know there are people coming to his house and ensure someone will find the corpse
It was the owner who break the window and move all the furniture out since he's the owner, he have plenty of time to prepare and do stuff without getting suspicion

How was owner killed:

As per what one of the answer, suicide by standing on ice. The beer smashing the window is to frame the couple and also to ensure the water get evaporated

  • $\begingroup$ You got it right! $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 3:18

I suspect the

bakeshop employee.


  • He is “very worried” yet he didn't check when the customer didn't pick up the bread yesterday (even though the door isn't locked).
  • There isn't any furniture in the room, possibly because it has been stolen.
  • His guests for which he ordered the bread are probably the boy and the girl. But, they were invited for a drink, not for breakfast. Did he expect them to stay over? That's very unlikely.
  • Which leads us to the question: why didn't his guests for who he ordered the bread notice he was dead?
  • Which leads me to call the truthfulness of the baker's story into question.
  • It wasn't suicide; the ceiling is high, and if a ladder was used by the customer it should have been carried away by someone.
  • The broken bottle of beer may have been dropped by one of his guests (the boy or the girl) when they left.
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    • $\begingroup$ Nc catch :-) and facts :-) $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 22:33

    It's clear that

    He committed suicide from a broken heart. Since there was no furniture and he was the bread shop's best customer we must conclude that he stood... on many loaves of bread! He threw the beer bottle at the window shortly before kicking away the crusty bread supporting his weight so that birds could get into the room and eat the bread (which worked exactly as he planned). As a bread connoisseur he didn't want any of it to go to waste, making it his parting gift to the world.

    The 20 pieces of bread he ordered is clearly too much bread for just 2 guests to sample. He must have ordered the bread AFTER the girl rejected him (since we are never told how long ago the guests visited him) as his last meal - pig out on delicious specialty multi-grain before pulling the plug. But after being up all night crying (nobody would be able to sleep with a planned suicide coming up) he was a total wreck and realized he can't show up at the store like this and doesn't really want any food anyway. He downed a beer and figured he might as well just get it over with.

    • $\begingroup$ Even if 20 stacked loaves of bread could support the weight of an adult male, I really don't think birds could devour that much in 2 days. $\endgroup$
      – Otaia
      Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 18:19
    • $\begingroup$ @Otaia You haven't seen pigeons in action. However, pigeons crap a lot, and the house was clean. That is the obvious problem with this solution. $\endgroup$
      – dmg
      Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 18:41
    • $\begingroup$ Nice imagination.!! $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 22:29

    A wild guess:

    He hanged himself. The room being completely empty means that the window was broken from the inside. When he was about to jump from a chair/ladder/nightstand he kicked it so that it will fly through the window. That is why there was no furniture.

    • $\begingroup$ I think you got it! The OP is doing a spinoff of my question which had a similar answer. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 15:10
    • $\begingroup$ sorry guys i overlooked that problem ill revise the story $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 15:30
    • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor i have revised the story, its not that simple! xD $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 15:33

    I think

    He hanged himself by standing on ice slabs. Ice slabs melted and evaporated.


    To confuse people that it is indeed not a suicide. That is the reason why he moved all the furniture so that melted water doesn't deposit anywhere. Also he tried to show as if the beer bottle was thrown in rage after heated arguments to frame the other boy.

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      $\begingroup$ This is possible, but how do you explain the apparent break in? $\endgroup$
      – Aura
      Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 16:15
    • $\begingroup$ @Aura Added clarification in another spoiler $\endgroup$
      – Mohit Jain
      Commented Dec 8, 2014 at 12:09

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