“This Far, And No Farther!” | Columbo

“This Far, And No Farther!” | Columbo

i thought i might find you here sir back at the scene of the crime sit down lieutenant give her a drink i wish i could sir but not this time ah found an official business how goes the trail very warm sir you might even say hi then you found your murderer in a manner of speaking yes sir i am and i certainly have you to thank whatever for that line in mr dolman’s verse let each man be paid in full foes irish do and take a look at what it says on that label there sir let each man be paid in full take a look at that do you see what i mean sir both lines are identical let each man be paid in full that’s an interesting observation lieutenant here’s what i think happened i’ll put my life on it mr paulie and the killer they were negotiating a deal arms for northern ireland yes yes we discussed that possibility but i don’t understand the connection between a line of poetry a whiskey slogan and a murder right i’m getting to that sir remember the whiskey bottle in mr paulie’s hotel room this is it remember how we couldn’t figure out how a bottle could fall in one place and end up in another place right next to mr paulie’s body yes i recall that very well lieutenant well tried this one sir mr paulie and the killer they’re having an argument about the guns now it’s my personal theory that the killer thinks he was double-crossed so when he shoots mr paul he thinks of it as being more like an execution like he’s handing out justice let each man be paid in full now there’s a whiskey bottle laying on the rug another kind of let each man be paid in full well the killer he’s got a pretty good sense of humor so he makes his own private pun about it and he moves the whiskey bottle next to mr paulie’s body like the label on the whiskey bottle will label the murder for what it is and execution let each man be paid in full given what he deserves pay em all very ingenious lieutenant but i’d say if it’s skimpy in a court of law yes sir but i think i handled that it’s these other bottles your personal bottles this one is from the irish pub this one is from the place we went to last night before we came here and like i said this one is from mr paulie’s hotel now do you notice anything special about these three bottles they are less empty there’s something else mr devlin you’re a bottle from the pub take a good look at it under the light you have me in a state of wild suspense lieutenant please go on it’s the scratches sir you see these tiny scratches around all the bottles you see the killer he had that habit he would make a mark on the bottle and that would set how much he was going to drink in any one sitting like on this bottle sir this is a full bottle like the one that was in mr paulie’s hotel room before it got knocked off the desk and there’s the scratcher and there’s the scratch on mr paulie’s bottle all the same scratches but hardly identical lieutenant oh yes sir absolutely identical i had the boys down at the man make a microphotograph of all these scratches [Applause] there you are they scratch on your bottle from the pub the bottle from the other bar and the same scratch on mr paul his bottom you see that sir right there in the photographs they’re the very same scratches identical sir like fingerprints and why are they identical the boys at the lab say the scratches were made by a diamond i’d say a rinser and every diamond in the world has its own special pattern every diamond leaves its own special signature find the diamond and i found my murderer what do you say to that [Music] do you know these lines lieutenants they’re by lewis carroll you can charge me with murder or want of sense we’re all of us weak at times but the slightest approach to a false pretence was never among my crimes well sir you pretended to raise money to help the irish victims and all the while you were planning to make more victims wasn’t that a pretense sir politics makes liars of us all lieutenant i bargain for the guns i’ll stand by my bargain no regrets [Music] [Laughter] [Music] [Music] that’d be the coast guard sir to stop the ship you knew that was a very clever plan mr devlin the way you handled the guns very clever i never would have figured it out if it wasn’t for mrs o’connell’s needlepoint kate’s needlepoint the guns they aren’t aboard the ship at all not yet sir the guns aren’t aboard the ship yet they’re still on the talk they would have been loaded aboard the ship just before the ship put out the sea but the house leg on the tux the company emblem that’s the o’connell company emblem just like mrs o’connell’s needlepoint she does terrific work sir i guess it was just um my noticing that your friends owned the tugboat so that’s where the guns would be no it’s never just luck lieutenants didn’t sure sergeant gilhooley teach you that well now did you mention it sir he did tell me to keep my eyes open [Music] are you sure you won’t join me lieutenants well maybe i will after all sir now that we come this far [Music] this far and no farther just one more thing [Music] you
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