This is a kid who has gone to the reform school for knife fighting. The night of the murder he bought a knife, a switch knife. It would then take a very stupid kid
What do you mean?
I want to know-is the kid smart or is the kid dumb?
to go and murder a man, his father, with an instrument that everyone would associate with the kid.
I quite agree, he's dumb.
I'm not sure I understand.
However, if he were dumb, then why did he make the kind of wound that an inexperienced man would make with a knife?8
To murder someone must take a great emotion, great hatred. And at that moment he would handle the knife as best he could, and a trained knife-fighter would handle it as he had been trained, underhand. . . . A manwho had not been trained would go overhand. . . . But the kid is being very smart. Every-one knows that he is an experienced knife-fighter- so he is smart enough at that moment to make the wound that an amateur would make. That man is a smart man. Smart enough to wipe the fingerprints away, perhaps even smart enough to wait until an el train was going by in order to cover the noise. Now, is the kid smart, or is he dumb?
Hey, now, wait a minute!
Exactly. A dumb man, a very stupid man, a man swept by emotion. Probably he heard nothing; he probably didn't even hear the train coming. And whoever did murder thefather did it as well as he could.
A possibility, but no one did that we know of.
It would take an awfully dumb man to take that chance, doing the murder as the train went by.
Well, the woman across the el tracks saw the murder through the el train, so someone in that el train could have seen the murder, too.