On Sunday afternoon I was sitting watching TV, which is unusual for me, it was Agatha Christie’s Poirot starring David Suchet (who was once a subject of the Who Do You Think You Are? TV series).
Even as I was sitting there I couldn’t stop thinking about family history and in particular Mercy TROWER. The fact that I can’t find a record of her marriage makes me suspicious that she might have been lying about being a widow.
What Hercule Poirot made me wonder is, what would Mercy’s motive be for lying about being a widow? Allcriminals need to have a motive, be it money, lust or revenge. I am not suggesting that Mercy was a criminal, but if she was lying about being a widow then she must have had a motive for doing so.
The problem is that I cannot think of a motive, how could Mercy possibly benefit from pretending to be a widow? I can only come up with two possibilities which both seem so improbable that it is hardly worth considering them.
- Mercy had done something illegal or something she was ashamed of and changed her name and marital status to hide her identity.
- Mercy pretended to be married to inherit something from her alleged husband, perhaps a former employer.
Like I said, I can’t believe either of these are true, and it still seems more likely that her marriage wasn’t correctly recorded, not that it didn’t ever take place.
If you fancy playing Hercule Poirot (or Miss Marple), let me know if you can think of a motive for Mercy lying about being a widow, my little grey cells are just about out of ideas!