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Mr. Thomas Rogers and his wife, Ethel Rogers, are the first to arrive on Indian Island. However, they don't know any more about the owners of the island than the rest of the invited guests. Mr. Rogers and his wife were hired via a letter from a reputable agency to take care of the property. In the few days they have been on the island, they have yet to see their employer. That said, they have received instructions in writing regarding their job duties. Let's find out more about Mr. Rogers, one of the characters in And Then There Were None, a mystery by Agatha Christie.
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Mr. Rogers' Crime
After the guests on Indian Island have dinner, Mr. Rogers is asked to play a record entitled 'Swan Song' on the gramophone. Thinking the record contains music, Mr. Rogers is just as surprised as the other guests when the recording makes the accusation, 'Thomas Rogers and Ethel Rogers, that on the 6th of May, 1929, you brought about the death of Jennifer Brady.'
After recovering from the initial shock, Mr. Rogers tends to his wife, who has fainted, by providing her with a drink and putting her to bed, encouraging her to, 'Pull yourself together, Ethel.' Mr. Rogers vehemently denies murdering Jennifer Brady.
According to Mr. Rogers, he and his wife had been hired to care for Jennifer Brady and her home when she was ill. Mr. Rogers claims that on the night Jennifer died, medical treatment was delayed because a storm had knocked the phone out of order. However, he did walk to the doctor seeking treatment for his charge. 'There was never a word said against us. Not a word,' he tells the other guests.
Medical personnel confirmed that Jennifer Brady died of natural causes, although her attending physician suspected that neglect may have played a part. Miss Brady had heart problems that required the use of amyl nitrite when she fell ill. Most likely, the Rogers did not provide her with the medication she needed during her heart attack. The Rogers benefited from Jennifer Brady's death as she had remembered them in her will. If that scenario is true, technically speaking, Mr. Thomas Rogers and his wife did not break any laws. Should they be punished?
Mr. Rogers: Suspect
When Mrs. Ethel Rogers dies in her sleep that same night, the other guests consider the possibility that Mr. Rogers may have killed his wife to keep her quiet about Jennifer Brady. However, one of the other guests, Philip Lombard isn't buying it. Mr. Rogers is not very intelligent and seems to be sincerely terrified. The actual killer later confesses that 'When Rogers brought up some brandy for his wife, he set it down on a table and in passing that table I put the stuff into the brandy. It was easy, for at that time suspicion had not begun to set in.' So, although inadvertently, Mr. Rogers did kill his wife.
If you found your spouse dead while on the job, would you keep working? Even after his wife's death, Mr. Rogers continues to be an excellent butler. Within moments after finding Mrs. Rogers, he serves breakfast to the other guests. Additionally, Mr. Thomas Rogers is the first to notice that the china Indian boy figurines have begun to disappear as the people in the house die.
Mr. Rogers' Death
The next morning, Mr. Rogers does not wake the guests for breakfast. They find him in the washhouse, where, while chopping wood for the oven, he was hit on the head with an axe.
The killer later says, 'I killed Rogers on the morning of August 10th. He was chopping sticks for lighting the fire and did not hear me approach.' Mr. Thomas Rogers is the fourth victim to die on Indian Island.
Let's review. In And Then There Were None, a mystery by Agatha Christie, Mr. Rogers and his wife are hired as caretakers on Indian Island. According to a gramophone recording, he was responsible for the death of his former employer, Miss Jennifer Brady, who left the Rogers an inheritance. Most likely, the Rogers withheld her heart medication, allowing her to die of natural causes.
Although an excellent butler who continues to work even while in mourning, Mr. Rogers is a fearful man who's not very smart. Unbeknownst to Mr. Rogers, the killer implicates him in Ethel Rogers death, by putting sleeping medication in a drink the butler gives his wife. He then kills Mr. Rogers with an axe while the butler is chopping wood for the kitchen fire.
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