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"Justice Society of America: "The Mystery of the Forgotten Crime!"": The Justice Society of America finds a car wreck victim in their headquarters. The stranger claims to know that Rob Victor, a man convicted of the murder of millionaire Timothy Kimbal
- Why should anyone want me out of the way- unless this investigation of ours might turn up something that someone prefers remain hidden even after twenty years?
Appearing in Justice Society of America: "The Mystery of the Forgotten Crime!"
- the Thunderbolt
- Big Hunk Adams
- Big Hunk's Gang
- Hengast Kimball
- Doris Black
- Jabez Smith
- Rob Victor
- Tim Kimball
- Green Flame of Life
- Green Lantern Ring
- Gold Watch
- Murder Weapon (Hengast Kimball's Gun)
- Nth Metal Wings
- Silver Belt Buckle
- Tie Clasp
Synopsis for Justice Society of America: "The Mystery of the Forgotten Crime!"
The Justice Society of America finds a car wreck victim in their headquarters. The stranger claims to know that Rob Victor, a man convicted of the murder of millionaire Timothy Kimball twenty years ago, is innocent. He makes this claim, despite having had amnesia for the last twenty years, and can’t remember who he is or how he knows that Victor is innocent. The only clues he provides the Justice Society with are his possessions from twenty years ago. Each member takes one item and sets out to investigate the case, trailed by an unknown masked man.
Hawkman follows the trail of the man’s belt buckle to the Kimball house, where he is attacked by armed men working for the gangster “Big Hunk”. After dispatching them, he talks to the housekeeper, who was present the night of the murder. She tells Hawkman that there was a party, and both Tim and Rob were pursuing the same woman, Doris Black. Rob had too much to drink, and Tim and Rob were arguing in the library when a shot was heard. Everyone rushed in and saw Rob holding a smoking gun and standing over Tim’s body. Green Lantern follows the trail of the man’s wallet to Doris Black. The wallet was a gift from Doris Black to Tim Kimball. On the way, Green Lantern is also attacked by men for unknown reasons. Doris tells Green Lantern that after the shooting, Rob Victor loaded Tim’s body on a boat, and lit it on fire to escape prosecution. Green Lantern then goes to visit the prison warden for more clues and learns that Rob Victor escaped from prison eighteen years ago, but was reported to be dead to cover up the mistake. The Atom takes the man’s scarf and visit’s Kimball’s former butler, and he is also unsuccessfully attacked by Big Hunk’s men. The butler, in possession of the murder weapon, tells the Atom that the D.A. prosecuting Rob Victor told the Kimball family that the murder weapon was owned by Tim’s cousin Hengast Kimball, and that it was only loaded with one bullet. After that conversation, the D.A. was never seen again. Upon hearing the story, the unknown masked man steals the murder weapon. The Atom tries unsuccessfully to recover it, but the masked man escapes with the weapon. Doctor Mid-Nite takes the man’s gold watch and visits Hengast Kimball. The masked man is already there, preparing to shoot Hengast. Dr. Mid-Nite prevents the assassination, but can not prevent the masked man’s escape. Hengast tells Dr. Mid-Nite that on the night of the murder, he gave Rob Victor plenty to drink to try and cheer him up, because Doris Black had chosen Tim. He also said that Rob knew where to find Hengast’s gun. Johnny Thunder leaves with the man’s tie clasp, but doesn’t get far before he’s attacked, tied up, and left with a time-bomb. The masked man rescues Johnny, and tells Johnny that Rob Victor was innocent. The masked man then sets off to kill the Kimballs and Johnny gives chase. The masked man accuses Hengast Kimball of hiring thugs to stop the Justice Society and killing the D.A. Not knowing what to do, Johnny asks the Thunderbolt to bring the other members of the Justice Society to help.
After going through their clues, Hawkman sends Flash to bring Big Hunk in for questioning. Flash deals with Big Hunk’s guards, and Big Hunk confirms that Hengast Kimball hired him to stop the Justice Society’s investigation. When the Justice Society talks through what they know, Hengast attempts to flee, but it subdued by Dr. Mid-Nite. The masked man reveals that he is Rob Victor, and says he’s not guilty because the car accident victim is Tim Kimball, alive and well. With this revelation, Tim remembers that Hengast shot him, and put the gun into Rob’s hand, knowing he was too drunk to do anything about it, and Hengast confesses to attempted murder.
- Reprinted in All-Star Comics Archives Vol. 6.
- The cover has the AA Bullet for All-American Comics, Inc.
- Flash and Green Lantern's chapters were originally written for the Spectre and Starman, respectively. The chapters were written before All-American split from D.C., and the characters had to be drawn over.
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