Dan Dennis shows you that G-Men did not have to observe rules or laws in comic books. Here, rather than getting a warrant for an autopsy in a sterile medical lab, Dan sneaks a complicit medical examiner into a private funeral home and has the examiner perform one in the dark. Interesting verdict on that autopsy -- unless it was skin cancer, there would be no outwardly visible sign of cancer. I wonder how much cutting up the examiner did.
Ed lays out a good series of clues that can be gathered at a crime scene.
I guess there were not too many ranches with plane hangars in the area, so solving the "who done it" part of this mystery was relatively easy. Finding one of them conveniently holding the murder weapon in the hangar certainly helps.
By making it a tripod-mounted weapon, the Editor has made it virtually impossible to use in melee range, to Ed's benefit.
Of course, the caption is way too long, taking up an entire panel, and includes a lot of detail we just do not need to understand the story.
Sam takes three bullets before he goes down. With those hit points, he must be a master criminal!
$50,000 is a fortune in 1940 money.
(Scans courtesy of Digital Comic Museum.)