RARA-AVIS: Burden of Proof

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 12 Nov 2005

Mark wrote:

I don't think courts had the same burden of proof in the 1930s. Nor did the cops have the same constraints on eliciting confessions.

************* That's true. Nevertheless, I thought that Brigid's confession to the police would be how Spade revealed to her that he killed Archer because of some deal gone sour in their partnership.

The way I remember it, the motive that Hammett contrived for Brigid to kill Archer was about as thin as the walls at the Red Roof Inn. I might use this as an excuse to reread the book. It's been a while.


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