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A snowstorm arrives on the first day of the trial. The islanders cope with minor car accidents and prepare for the unexpected. The long time islanders know that the storm’s outcome is beyond their control just like the salt water that surrounds the island.
Sheriff Art Moran takes the stand for the second time. He describes 4 pieces of rope. Two pieces of rope are from Kabuo’s boat. One, marked A, is worn and matches all the other mooring lines on Kabuo’s boat except for the rope marked B, which is brand new. The other two ropes were found on Carl’s boat. One rope matches all the other ropes on Carl’s boat; the other rope is worn and matches those on Kabuo’s boat. The sheriff believes Kabuo tied up to Carl’s boat and left this last line on it and then had to replace it. The sheriff then explains how he came to investigate the defendant. He had gone to see Etta Heine and asked if Carl had any enemies. He was then led to Ole Jurgensen, which led him to search Kabuo’s boat.
The trial setting is used again to reveal evidence. In the fashion of Sherlock Holmes, Sheriff Moran moves from witness to witness gathering evidence against Kabuo. This evidence provides the sheriff with a potential motive for Carl’s murder. Based on Etta and Ole’s statements, the sheriff obtains a search warrant for Kabuo’s boat. The mooring lines the sheriff finds provides further evidence that there was contact between Kabuo and Carl.