The Unsolved Murders
In the novel The Secrets of The Unadilla, by Richard Sullivan,
one of the characters name, Pelican Stride, is the most mysterious
character in the book whose true sides are revealed as the book
unfolds. In the beginning of the novel, Pelican’s true appearance is
just a horrible boss who thinks the workers are his own property
and for that he treats them with no consideration. As the book
develops throughout the last two chapters, Pelican is met for the
first time, along the information about him and his background is
revealed. Pelican’s secrets are ultimately unveiled at the end of the
book. To Pelican Stride he thinks he played the game pretty well
but deep down inside he’s just a pathetic man who has nothing to
At the start of the novel, Pelican is seen as a Newspaper
owner named, The National Informers, who loves to eat Chinese
food and fires his employees whenever he feels like. Pelican is very
mysterious because he always remains in his office or his house no
one ever seen him anywhere else, and is not actually met until the
last two chapter of the book. As the book progresses, Pelican is
eventually met and information is revealed about his background.
Pelican was very rude, careless, and selfish, who thinks everybody
but his mother deserved to die because they are just on his way.
When Pelican used to live at The Unadilla Apartments building his
name was Zaboo. Back then he committed a crime, he pushed a
woman name Eleanor Eddowes out of her apartment window
because he thought the women was the reason why his uncle
made his mother cry so much. So, he made an end at his mother’s
sufferance. After more than thirty five years he received a letter
from an unknown person but, the letter was for Robert Knight, the
reporter he handed the story to and asked to. To Pelican, that was
a challenge he knew that knight wasn’t going to be able ou to solve
the mystery. Knight now lives in The Unadilla and several people
who were around in the 1930s may be suspects. “As Robert gets
close to discovering the truth, he comes even closer to becoming a
As Robert Knight investigation begins, he found out that
Eleanor Eddowes was push from the apartment window he lives in.
He interviewed everyone in the building but no one could tell him
what happened that day or who killed Eleanor. Two people he
interviewed got killed, one name Carrie Robeson and the other
Alma Finn. He didn’t know the reason they got killed but as the
reader I know they got killed because they were the only two
tenants who knew what happened and were willing to come
forward. After all the murder of Eleanor Eddowes remain unsolved
and Robert knight gave up the investigation because it was a dead
Thereafter, Pelican stride was sitting in his office thinking
about what he has done. He was explaining how he killed Eleanor,
“he remember knocking on her door, going inside her apartment,
then kicking some of her furniture with his shoe so that he ruin it.
He punched her in the chest! Then he pushed her out the window.
He kept in mind that it was easy to kill.”(Sullivan, 225) Pelican is a
psychopath. When he threw Carrie Robeson down the stairs he said
was doing her a favor and he did the same for Alma Finn, he
pushed her out of her apartment window. After more than thirty
five years he was sitting in his office feeling proud that no one
could solve the murder and give justice to three ladies that he
killed. He also said it would have been good to have some
To conclude reading this book as been a great experience it
was like being in a movie theater watching a movie. A lot of
suspense took place but the murder ended up unsolved. Pelican
Stride was a good criminal. He was the type of...
Cited: Sullivan, Richard. The Secrets of The Unadilla.Florida: Karen
Hunter Media, 2009. Print.
“The Secrets Of The Unadilla.”firstonepublishing.com. Web.
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