After Jennifer went home, Uncle Jeff wanted to walk around a little to think.
We walked in silence for about 10 minutes before he said,
"There are a few things we know about this case so far.
This looks like a crime of opportunity—that is, I don't think it was planned ahead of time."
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"Well, the murderer didn't bring the murder weapon with him to the dean's office.
It was something convenient—the statue that was already there."
"We also know," he continued, "that the dean is a blackmailer.
Blackmailers often have more than one victim.
If Alan Maurie was blackmailing Jennifer, I wonder whom else he was blackmailing."
"I see what you mean," I said. "Who do you suspect so far?"
"There are four people who had motive and opportunity," he said.
"First, there's Diana Marcelo.
She wanted to save her marriage and Dean Maurie didn't want to end the affair.
She may have gone to see him again, they fought, and she killed him.
She also had opportunity. She says she was at home alone when the murder occurred.
And as far as we know, no one can say whether or not she was there.