Detective Riddles

Detective riddles tell you a story and require you to figure out what is suspicious or wrong with what you’ve read. If you like doing detective work, you will love these riddles.

Statements from Six Suspects

After a local art theft, six suspects were being interviewed. Below is a summary of their statements.

Police know that exactly four of them told one lie each and all of the other statements are true. From this information can you tell who committed the crime?

Alan said:

It wasn’t Brian
It wasn’t Dave
It wasn’t Eddie

Brian said:

It wasn’t Alan
It wasn’t Charlie
It wasn’t Eddie

Charlie said:

It wasn’t Brian
It wasn’t Freddie
It wasn’t Eddie

Dave said:

It wasn’t Alan
It wasn’t Freddie
It wasn’t Charlie

Eddie said:

It wasn’t Charlie
It wasn’t Dave
It wasn’t Freddie

Freddie said:

It wasn’t Charlie
It wasn’t Dave
It wasn’t Alan

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Missing Wallet Thief

Six men, namely Martin Freeman, Jonah Jameson, Terry Singer, Mike Cooper, Jim Condon and Sylvian Bogard were in an elevator together.

Unexpectedly, the lights went out. When the lights came back, Martin Freeman’s wallet was missing which contained a confidential item.

Detectives were called at the scene. They interrogated the suspects, the witnesses, and people who were familiar with the suspects. They collected physical evidence (hair samples, fiber samples, etc.) from the crime scene as well. Overall, they were able to collect fifteen clues, but they could still not find the culprit.

Following are the clues.

  1. No two suspects have the same weight, color shoes, color umbrella, color car, or hair color.
  2. The suspect who owns a pink car was wearing tan shoes.
  3. The suspect who weighs 180 pounds owns an orange car.
  4. Terry Singer owns an orange car.
  5. The suspect who owns a blue car was wearing purple shoes.
  6. The suspect who weighs 150 pounds was wearing tan shoes.
  7. Mike Cooper was carrying a pink umbrella.
  8. Sylvian Bogard has black hair.
  9. Jonah Jameson weighs 210 pounds.
  10. The suspect who weighs 190 pounds was wearing purple shoes.
  11. The suspect who was carrying a black umbrella is not the one who was wearing blue shoes.
  12. The thief owns a blue car.
  13. The suspect who owns a white car is not the one who weighs 170 pounds.
  14. Jim Condon was wearing brown shoes.
  15. The suspect who weighs 190 pounds is not the one who has black hair.

Can you find the culprit?

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Charged for Killing Wife

A man is in court for killing his wife. In the closing statements the man’s lawyer surprises everyone when he announces “His wife was just missing. Everyone look at those doors. His wife is going to walk in those doors in about 30 seconds.”

The entire court is silent and the jury stares at the door as the lawyer and the defendant stare at them. After a couple of minutes the lawyer says “See! If you were so sure he killed his wife, you wouldn’t be watching that door!”

The jury goes into deliberation and comes back almost immediately with a guilty verdict. Why did the jury convict him?

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