# Who killed Tom?

The date is 20/2/2018. You are a detective and have been contacted by the police officer to help to crack a case. "Our CEO, Tom has been murdered in his room just now. The only suspects are Norman, Hana, and Anthony. The only clue we could find was the message left on his computer: cftgbhu." the police officer said. You inspect the room more and don't seem to see any more clues.

Who is the murderer?

• You'd think that if Tom wanted to tell the world who his murderer was, and he had, you know, a computer in front of him, he could have just typed the killer's name? :/ – Xenocacia Feb 20 '18 at 6:38
• @Xenocacia If Blckknght is right, he did ... or tried to ... sort of. :P – Lawrence Feb 20 '18 at 9:51
• what about @bass answer police officers don't have CEO. I think it is perfect answer are your question would we wrong. – narasimha Feb 20 '18 at 12:35
• It was the cat. – TheLethalCipher Feb 20 '18 at 15:00
• @TheLethalCoder Hm - the checkmark didn't show up when I refreshed the page. Thanks for the heads-up. (I agree about the cat. Cats are evil.) – Rubio Feb 21 '18 at 15:51

Norman is most likely to be the killer. The letters CFTGBHU are arranged in the shape of an N (albeit a very slanted one) on a QWERTY keyboard.

• You could equally say it's a slanted H. – Richard Feb 20 '18 at 10:22
• @Richard I think it is about the direction/order of the code. To make an H, the code would look more like UHBJOKM or UHBHJKOKM. – PL457 Feb 20 '18 at 10:54
• @PL457 It definitely is. Think about how most people can't type without looking at their keyboard. Detectives are not exempt from this. Then try typing those characters one after another. It'd instantly stand out to anyone working with the police. – user3056714 Feb 20 '18 at 12:22
• @Richard Or even "N"-thony. :P – Lawrence Feb 20 '18 at 16:16
• Even I think Norman, but for a different reason. In the clue "cftgbhu", the letters "t" and "h" are present in Hana (H) and Anthony (T - Tony - short name for Anthony), where as Norman doesn't have anyone of these letters. May be the murderer wanted to give an inverse clue! – superachu Feb 22 '18 at 20:41

There was no murder, the police officer is trying to set you up. (Possibly trying to prove that you would be ready to accuse someone of murder based on a garbled message on a computer.)

Police officers don't have CEOs.

• This may disagree with your solution (linked to avoid spoilers) - but I do still really like this take on it. – Bilkokuya Feb 20 '18 at 9:58
• I feel like that would be a pretty flimsy setup.. wouldn't the detective know? (not that it's any more flimsy than the accepted answer) – ferret Feb 20 '18 at 17:13
• I feel like it's not unreasonable for a police officer to refer to a CEO involved in a case somehow as "our CEO" in a similar manner to "our witness," "our suspect," or "our waiter" (if something happened at a restaurant, for example). Not necessarily saying that he was literally the CEO of the police. – John Feb 20 '18 at 18:50
• @Bilkokuya I don't believe that people in that category of employment would be sitting at an office desk with a keyboard. – jpmc26 Feb 23 '18 at 5:28

It's clearly

Anthony

Because

The murderer would see the murder victim mashing their hand on the keyboard and writing something. Even if the murder victim did not write the murderer's name, the murderer will delete the text anyway. The murderer doesn't need to understand how the text implicates them to guess that it implicates them.

Therefore

The text was written by the murderer to frame someone.

As

The text could spell either an N or a H, the text was written by Anthony, who didn't care whether the text led to Norman or Hana being jailed.

• Wow, I didn't think of that! I clearly need to think about my names in puzzles. – Lau Wan Feb 21 '18 at 10:05
• Upvoted because this is a smart answer. – Takeshi Feb 21 '18 at 12:11
• Love how this is broken into 4 parts, it reads like the climax of a Phoenix Wright case :) – Jack Casey Feb 22 '18 at 8:02
• @JackCasey youtu.be/Y3R8tkvlAlk – jpmc26 Feb 23 '18 at 5:30

Things are crystal clear. The murderer is

The police officer

because

He stated that the murder happened "just now" and he must have been in Tom's room just before to see the writing on Tom's computer.

Anthony , as Anthony and CFTGBHU have the same number of letters