A newspaper publisher gets onto the express elevator on the way to his 12th-floor office. But when the elevator, a new model with push buttons for each floor (the operator pushed the top-floor button) gets to the top floor, the publisher is nowhere to be found. The elevator closes and goes down. To the horror of staffers on two lower floors, the elevator opens at each floor to reveal the publisher, who's dead from a gunshot wound. The publisher himself had pushed the buttons for the two floors before he died, implicating someone -- but who? Written by
Did You Know?
When Ellery meets Zelda Van Dyke in her apartment, Arthur Van Dyke, her grandson who writes obituaries for the newspaper states that Ellery was born in NYC on April 2, 1912. Since the show is set in 1947, this would indicate that Ellery is 35 years of age. See more
When Ellery visits the newspaper building he examines the elevator at the 6th floor. He presses the button for the 12th floor, but the elevator in the shaft is seen going down instead of up. See more
Now, why didn't I think of this before? Probably because it's so simple. The impossible crime is not only possible, I know who killed Henry Manners. It was somebody who knew his rigid work schedule, somebody who knew how to get to him, and still have an alibi. Now, that's all the information you need. Oh, don't forget: three buttons were pushed.