By Friedrich Dürrenmatt
In Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s experimental mystery "The Assignment", the spouse of a psychiatrist has been raped and killed close to a desolate tract spoil in North Africa. Her husband hires a lady named F. to reconstruct the unsolved crime in a documentary movie. F. is quickly unwittingly thrust right into a paranoid global of foreign espionage the place everyone seems to be watched—including the watchers. After researching a contemporary photo of the intended homicide sufferer fortunately reunited together with her husband, F. turns into trapped in an apocalyptic panorama riddled with political intrigue, crimes of wrong identification, and terrorism.
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Undeterred, at breakfast the following day the landlord was given a hot milk drink with wine or spice. Little did he know that his posset, as the drink was known, would contain another dose of a more lethal chemical: arsenic. Unanticipated by Webster, the rest of the family were also to have this drink. Again the poisoner failed; there was too little arsenic and so the family were briefly ill but soon recovered. Despite two incidents having occurred in Webster’s presence, there was seemingly no suspicion aroused against the lodger.
Nonetheless, the statement gives some background to what occurred. No doubt his military life from such a young age had made it difficult for him to settle into a ‘normal’ life. Even marriage could not dissuade him from taking up a life of crime that would ultimately lead to violence, murder and his own death. It was in 1774 that Cocklayne met a servant girl who worked for an elderly widow named Mary Vickers, who lived at Full Street in Derby. Recent times have seen most of the historic buildings in and around Full Street replaced with a multi-storey car park and other modern developments, although the Cathedral (the church of All Saints, which became the Cathedral in 1927), the Silk Mill and The Dolphin public house are amongst few remnants of the past.
If they had stopped at burglary then it is quite likely they would have successfully stolen what was a huge sum and got away with it, had they left the area; but what took place that night resulted in a determined effort to catch the two men. Cocklayne’s criminal record was now to have added to it the charge of murder and Foster was to be considered to be his accomplice, although one could easily argue that both men played almost equal roles. In order to steal what they did the two men felt that they had to restrain Vickers.