Simmonds did indeed find numerous references to Mortimer Catchpole in police records, though they were largely confusing, poorly noted, and contradictory. Timelines in particular appeared blurred. Had he known what Veronica Bainbridge had told his wife he would have now been in a position to correct her – the police had indeed investigated Mr Catchpole each time he had been brought to their attention, they had simply never found any evidence to charge him with any offence. Could he now realistically be regarded as a suspect in the murders of Margaret Howard and Henry Dalling? Were the two crimes even connected? So much was still hanging in the air. Except for the link with the hotel delivery van and the discovery of the signet ring, Simmonds had absolutely nothing solid to go on in either case. The investigation had stalled.