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In the novel Five Little Pigs, Superintendent Hale was the investigating officer in the original murder case of Amyas Crale. He briefed Poirot thoroughly on the police findings from his case notes but in his opinion there was no other plausible conclusion other than that Caroline Crale had killed her husband.

Superintendent Hale at first suggested that Poirot tell Carla Lemarchant that Amyas committed suicide, as that would spare her having to know that her mother was a murderess. However, both he and Poirot did not think it reasonably possible that Amyas had poisoned himself.

When Poirot spoke of wanting to know the truth, Superintendent Hale's "square rather red face" grew a little redder, and he told Poirot that he thought they had got the truth in this case. Poirot valued this pronouncement, because he knew Superintendent Hale to be "an honest and capable man".

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