The Murders at the Rue Morgue


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  • Dupin and the narrator meet in a library. The narrator finds that Dupin is a very analytical man. They live together in a dark apartment, and often take walks outside at night.
  • Madame and Mademoiselle L'Espanaye are found, murdered. The elderly woman was found in the backyard, decapitated. The daughter was found to be suffocated, then shoved forcefully up the chimney.
  • Screams are heard at the at the home of Madame L'Espanaye. Neighbors and French policemen rush into the house to investigate.
  • Dupin investigates the crime scene thoroughly. Through investigation and deductive reasoning, Dupin concludes that the perpetrator entered through the window. Since the daughter was strangled and shoved up the chimney with such force, along with the discovery of orangutan hair, Dupin deducts that the perpetrator was not human. He puts out an ad for the owner of the orangutan.
  • Dupin and the narrator wait for the owner of the orangutan to arrive. Dupin hears footsteps coming up the stairs, so he and the narrator draw their guns to confront him.
  • The owner, a sailor, recounts the violent events of the murder, which was committed to his orangutan when it escaped its cage.
  • The orangutan is confirmed as the killer. The man initially accused of the crime, Le Bon, is released from jail.
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