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Lay D. Furst is an apprentice hatter who makes hats for men. He was a witness to the murder of Mason Milverton, who was one of his clients.

Witness to murder[]

Main article: The Adventure of the Runaway Room

One night, Furst boarded an omnibus driven by Beppo. He tried to go inside to escape the bitter cold, but it was locked, and a man inside refused to let him in. As such, he was forced onto the roof deck, with fellow passenger Bruce Fairplay meeting the same fate. They both saw that the cabin contained two men, Mason Milverton and Magnus McGilded.

At one point, Furst peered through a skylight into the inside of the omnibus to witness a horrifying sight. He saw two passengers, their faces hidden from view. One of them had been stabbed with a large knife, and the other's hands were bloodied. Furst screamed, attracting the attention of Beppo, who also witnessed the scene. The omnibus was stopped, and Furst and Fairplay fetched the police to arrest McGilded and charge him with Milverton's murder.

The three were called as witnesses to McGilded's trial. The prosecutor was Barok van Zieks. During the course of the trial, Furst gave two different accounts of how he had come to witness the events. He first testified that he had come upon the sight as his eyes were absentmindedly wandering while he was thinking of new hat designs. He later testified that he had heard Fairplay look into the cabin and gasp, causing him to look as well.

Fairplay also testified about the bloodstained hands, but defense attorney Ryunosuke Naruhodo presented the gloves that McGilded had been wearing at the time, and there was only a small stain on one of them. With Furst corroborating Fairplay's account, however, Naruhodo argued that the person with the bloodstained hands was actually a fifth passenger, while McGilded had sat on the opposite side, out of their view. The fifth passenger was revealed to be a young pickpocket by the name of Gina Lestrade.

Near the end of the trial, Naruhodo suggested that Milverton had been killed on the roof deck and then dropped through the skylight. Furst and Fairplay furiously took to the stand in response. Furst believed that the skylight could not be opened, recalling an incident in which he tried to open one from the inside, to no avail. However, it turned out that it could be opened from the roof deck. A bloodstain was found near the skylight, which, along with a large bloodstain on the omnibus floor, made the two men look even guiltier. Despite van Zieks's claims that these bloodstains had not been there during Scotland Yard's investigation, he was unable to corroborate this memory with any evidence. As such, Magnus McGilded received a not guilty verdict.

The next time Fairplay and Naruhodo encountered each other in court, Fairplay said that he had been questioned by the police and all doubts about him have been cleared, though he did not know what had happened to Furst.

Personality[]

True to his name, Furst is generally polite, though not so much when accused of the murder, when he would mirror Fairplay in his fury. Furst is also easily frightened, especially in contrast to Fairplay. After witnessing the direct aftermath of Milverton's murder, he became scared of knives, screaming upon seeing one, even when eating.

Name[]

  • Japanese - Adam Redifast (アダム・レディファスト, Adamu Redifasuto):
    • His Japanese surname, Redifast (レディファスト), is likely a play on the saying "ladies first".
  • English - Lay D. Furst:
    • His full English name is a play on the saying "ladies first", referencing his Japanese surname.
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