Soemone makes the murder of wealthy George Sherman look like a ritualistic killing, hanging his corpse from a Cersis tree (aka a Judas tree, after the one Judas Iscariot supposedly hanged himself from) and adorning it with branches. When George is found to be far less wealthy than thought (he had given everything away except a huge life insurance policy), suspicion turns to his wife Paulette, who already has a boyfriend on the side.
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In most episodes you are shown the victim and told that they will die. In the beginning of this one, and "The Adventure of Veronica's Veils", the victim is already dead. See more
Father Devlin, a Catholic priest, admits to Ellery and Inspector Queen that Sherman did not make a formal confession, and Inspector Queen mentions that Sherman was not a Catholic. Therefore, under New York State law in the 1940s (and today), nothing said between the two would be covered by confessional privilege, but neither Queen mentions this. See more
Welcome to the hour of disenchantment, Mister Queen. May I offer you a drink while I still can?