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In the novel The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, describe who committed the third murder, what they used to commit the crime, when the murder occurred, where the murder occurred, why he or she was killed, who was the victim, how they were killed, what clues there were, Poirot's questioning, and was there any other unusual information?

In the novel The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, the third murder is of Sir Carmichael Clarke. This murder is the true purpose of the entire serial murder spree, which arranged the deaths of others to hide the significance of this one. The murderer is motivated by a large family inheritance.

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Agatha Christie's The A.B.C. Murders is the tale of a serial killer who murders victims alphabetically by name and place of residence. Against this killer is Hercule Poirot, Christie's most famous detective, who uses logic and character insight to solve crimes.

The third murder in this story, that of Sir Carmichael Clarke, occurs at his home in the village of Churston. The killer's letter alerting Poirot to the planned murder was intentionally misdirected and delayed for three days to prevent Poirot from stopping the murder. The wealthy Clarke was killed by a heavy blow to the head as he took his habitual evening walk.

By this point in the novel, Poirot has gathered a team of earlier victims's relatives to help him with the investigation. When he interviews Clarke's brother and his secretary, the latter is eager to help Poirot. In those family relationships lies the key not only to Clarke's murder but to the entire ABC murder spree: with Clarke's wife dying of cancer, he would probably soon remarry to his secretary and leave her his wealth rather than leaving his fortune to his brother. Clarke's brother planned the series of alphabetical murders not only to hide the fact that his brother was the true targeted victim, but also to place blame on an innocent but unstable salesman who worked as his pawn.

Poirot's questioning cleverly uncovers motives and clues over the course of the investigation. Now that you know whodunit, can you spot how Poirot solves the murders?

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