The prints were confirmed authentic. Everyone handled the gun at one point or another.
Ballistics confirmed that that gun had shot them all. However, the gun itself had never been fired.
It was also proven that the drawer hadn’t been opened for fifty years.
The victims were all under fifty.
It was the ultimate closed-room mystery!
Everyone was found dead, with no trace of violence, poison, or disease.
A gun was found in a drawer, but it was proved conclusively that it had never been fired.
The authorities were baffled to no end: the gun had everyone’s prints all over!
The gun was left in the drawer.
Everyone knew it was there, but no one dared use it.
Each one of them died, one after the other, while the detective tried in vain to puzzle things out.
In the end, he died, too.
And the gun remained in the drawer.