Famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is travelling on the Orient Express in the winter when the train is snowed in. A man is murdered in his berth, throwing all the widely-varying passengers under suspicion. During the investigation it comes to light that the dead man was a criminal himself, responsible for the death of a little girl, and that fewer and fewer people on the train appear to be above suspicion at all.
Mrs. Hubbard: Don't you agree the man must have entered my compartment to gain access to Mr. Ratchett?
Princess Dragomiroff: I can think of no other reason, madame.
Question: Who was the person Poirot saw wearing the white dressing gown? And why did this person place it in his compartment? To plant "red herrings" like these do not draw attention away from the people on the train, but tells Poirot plain and simple that the murderer did NOT leave the train, but it still on board. So why bother doing it at all, as it only goes against their carefully planned cover story?Twotall
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