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The Hot Tub Mystery: The Story of a Very HOT Tub Herbert House Biology Department Elon University, Elon, NC Part I—The Discovery Cast of Characters • • • • Sam Garrison—Detective Roma and Clint Underhill—The hot couple Kavita Dickson and Larry Gonzales—emt paramedics Renee Volenbach—Physiologist in the Biology Department at Noletown University Friday, 7PM Roma and Clint Underhill had both had a long day. They were the owners of a successful real estate company in Desert Palm. Each had several clients, and the strain of the current real estate market was getting to them. It had been an unusually cool day for January, with temperatures hovering around  degrees. On coming home they decided to relax in their hot tub with some wine. While…show more content…
It was obvious that both had been dead for some time. Kavita called the dispatcher. “Listen, Linda, this hot tub case is a doa, but something is not right. How about sending the medical examiner and a detective out to look the situation over. Tell them to bring a thermometer!” Questions 1. What observations did the paramedics make? 2. List the questions raised about this situation or that you think that the investigators should ask of the maid. 3. List any physiological effects that you think would be associated with this situation. 4. How might these physiological effects have contributed to the Underhills’ death? 5. Make an initial speculation about the cause of the Underhills’ death. “The Hot Tub Mystery” by Herbert House Page 2 Part II—The Investigation Saturday, 9:30AM “ degrees! What is this thing doing so hot?” Sam Garrison asked Kavita as he removed the thermometer from the water. He was investigating the death of Roma and Clint Underhill, prominent real estate brokers in Desert Palm. “This hot tub should be no more than  degrees.” He remembered reading a Consumer Product Safety Commission flyer on hot tubs and wondered if the tub was associated with the death. The bodies were being taken away for autopsy as he took in the scene. “Hmm. What about these bottles of wine? It looks like they had a party—all by

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