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“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in 1841. The story opens with the discovery of the violent murder of an old woman and her daughter. No grisly detail is spared in the description of the crime scene as it is discovered by neighbors responding to the womenâ€™s screams. The police are baffled by the fact that the murderer has managed to escape even though the womenâ€™s apartment appears to have been completely sealed from the inside. The genteel but impoverished C. Auguste Dupin and his nameless friendâ€”who narrates the storyâ€”offer their services to the police and, through a brilliant interpretation of the clues at the scene, identify the murdererâ€”an escaped orangutan.