List of possible suspects

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Djuna, the small gypsy-blooded orphan boy was adopted by
Inspector Queen during his lonely years when Ellery was attending college.1

Djuna - rendition in Japanese comics of the orphan boy by JetThis cheerful young man, an orphan for as long as he could remember, ecstatically unaware of the necessity for a surname-slim and small, nervous and joyous, bubbling over with spirit and yet as quiet as a mouse when the occasion demanded.

Right: Djuna - rendition in Japanese comics of the orphan boy by Jet

He came to the Queens a beaten little creature of Romany origin with no surname, a swarthy skin an a fluid cunning. Valet, excellent cook, housekeeper and on occasion confidant... Black, curly haired and rather silent but interested in sports: "I wish it was baseball season. I want to see Babe Ruth smack'em'..". He played baseball, handball and basketball. He even gets picked as quarterback on the football team at the club. He also patronized the movies.

JJMcC once told us that Djuna was in perfect health and had recently undergone the stress of a cosmic love affair with a little witch of a country girl. 2

He slept in a small room beyond the bedroom used by father and son.1

The cousins named Djuna after the avant-garde novelist Djuna Barnes. During the 1940s and ’50s, he played a major part in some children’s mysteries by Ellery Queen, Jr.

Later Djuna is replaced by Annie (
Ellery Queen, Master detective) and Mrs. Fabrikant (King is Dead, A Fine and Private Place). She's sometimes referred to as "Fabby" 47  and her cooking seemed to be infamous ...


Sergeant Thomas Velie made his entrance in the Queen-saga
with Sergeant Velie as depicted by Frank Godwin for a "Redbook" edition of "The Chinese Murder Mystery".the words "What's up, Doyle?" in The Roman Hat Mystery where he is introduced to us as a tall man in plain clothes. He is addressed by Inspector Queen in a rather fatherly way as "Thomas". Whilst t
he faithful sergeant addresses Ellery as "maestro".
Velie aka
"the tall one with the sledgehammer hands and the rumbling voice.." still has (largely through the Hutton TV-series) somewhat of a cult following.

Above right: Sergeant Velie as depicted by Frank Godwin for a Redbook edition of  The Chinese Murder Mystery.


Howard Smith  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
Appeared on radio showHoward Smith ( 08/12/1893 - 01/10/1968)

The first actor to portray the Sergeant in the hour long first radio series (1939). . ... (click on picture for more)

Ted de Corsia  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared on radio showTed de Corsia (09/29/1905 - 04/11/1973)

During October 1939, he replaced Howard Smith as Sergeant Velie in the Ellery Queen-series before breaking into movies in 1948. ... (click on picture for more)

James Burke  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...Appeared in EQ movieJames Burke (09/24/1886 - 05/23/1968)

Mostly typecasted as a cop, usually a none-too-bright one, most notably as Sgt. Velie in Columbia's Ellery Queen mysteries (1940s)  ... (click on picture for more)

Ed Latimer  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
Appeared on radio showEd Latimer ( 02/14/1897 - 1956)

Played Sergeant Velie on radio in 1947. ... (click on picture for more)
George Mathews  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
Appeared on radio showGeorge Mathews (10/10/1911 - 11/07/1984)

George played Sergeant Velie for two episodes in 1947. He took over from Ed Latimer who after two weeks reclaimed the role.  ... (click on picture for more)
Alan Reed  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
Appeared on radio showAlan Reed (08/20/1907 - 06/14/1977)

The actor who will forever be the voice of "Fred Flinstone" took on the part of Velie on radio in 1947. ... (click on picture for more)
Bill Zuckert  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
Appeared on EQ tv-showBill Zuckert (12/18/1915 - 01/23/1997)

Played Velie in the easily forgettable murder mystery Ellery Queen, Don't Look Behind You (1971) ... (click on picture for more)
Tom Reese  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
Appeared on EQ tv-showTom Reese (08/08/1928 - 12/12/2017)  

Played in the 1975-76 Wayne-Hutton TV series Ellery Queen, probably the finest portrayal of Sergeant Velie. ... (click on picture for more)

Dr.Prouty as depicted by Frank Godwin for a "Redbook" edition of "The Chinese Murder Mystery".Doctor Samuel Prouty, assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner  of New York County. Prouty resembles the popular conception of Mephistopheles smoked his dark, dangerous-looking cigars with furious puffs.1 The authority when it comes down to pinpointing the cause and time of death! 

Right: Dr.Prouty as depicted by Frank Godwin for a "Redbook" edition of "The Chinese Murder Mystery".


Robert W. Strauss  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...

Appeared on radio showRobert W. Strauss (03/1879 - 11/09/1940)

Prouty in the first hour long radio series. The actors organized a pool, the winner being the one who unmasked the culprit Ted de Corsia and Robert were the most frequent winners.  ... (click on picture for more)

Charles Lane  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
Appeared in EQ movieCharles Lane (01/26/1905 - 07/09/2007)

The three first Columbia movies (1940-1941) produced by Larry Darmour featured Doc Prouty played by Charles.   ... (click on picture for more)

Arthur B. Allen  -- CLICK FOR MORE -- ...
Appeared on radio showArthur B. Allen (04/08/1881 - 08/25/1947)

The second part of the 1st radio series was also the last in which Doc Prouty appeared. ... (click on picture for more)

Henry Sampson, District Attorney

Appeared early on in the first Queens. Used to address Richard Queen as "Q".1


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