was born in 1962 and died in 1997 [PILOT]
birthday was on the tenth of the month. The only time the 10th falls
on a Monday in 2005 is in January and October. I am inclined to think
that Trudy's birthday was in October. [I
am inclined to agree, but that would make her 35 at the time of her
death if the November 1997 date is correct.][MRS.MONK]
was the only child of Dwight and Marsha Ellison [GAME SHOW]
middle name is Anne[PILOT]
put a cinnamon stick in her coffee – a trick she picked up in Spain. [MRS.MONK]
is allergic to fish. [MRS.MONK]
favorite wine is a 1984 Allacco Cabernet.
loved to write poetry. [BACK
TO SCHOOL, PLAYBOY, MRS. MONK, etc.]
kept every promise she ever made [BLACKOUT]
always went barefoot, even when it was cold out. [BLACKOUT]
head was oval-shaped. [BLACKOUT]
favorite dish is Chicken Cacciatore. [ASYLUM]
favorite perfume was Shalimar. [MRS.MONK]
was Willie Nelson’s biggest fan. [RED-HEADED
used strawberry shampoo and lilac lotion. [MEDICINE]
father Dwight Ellison is now a successful game show producer. [GAME SHOW]
mother is now a grief counselor. [GAME
Before She Met Adrian
best friend in high school was Arleen Cassidy, now vice-principal
of AshtonPreparatory School. [BACK TO SCHOOL]
attended AshtonPreparatory School on scholarship. [BACK TO SCHOOL]
was the valedictorian of her class and worked on the yearbook committee.
[BACK TO SCHOOL]
played tennis. [GAME SHOW]
apparently graduated at the age of 15 in 1977. [This conclusion, drawn from Trudy having painted the flowers in the
1977 senior class mural, could be erroneous. We know she painted
the flowers; we don’t know she graduated that year.] [BACK TO SCHOOL]
painted flowers on the Class of 1977's mural. [BACK TO SCHOOL]
favorite place to write at Ashton was under a certain tree on campus.
[BACK TO SCHOOL]
was quiet, smart and didn't date much. [BACK TO SCHOOL]
was waiting for the right man and would know him when she found him.
[BACK TO SCHOOL]
was from Los Angeles. [GAME SHOW]
was a rock 'n roll fan in her youth. [GAME
was not only academically gifted but also excelled in sports. [GAME SHOW]
had a diary as a young girl, which had butterflies on the cover. [GAME SHOW]
had a golden retriever named Ginger who died. [GAME SHOW]
After She Met Adrian
fell in love with Monk when he was a detective, on the street, breaking
cases. [Ball Game]
met Adrian on August 12th (year unspecified) [ASYLUM]
and Adrian married in 1990. [OTHER
and Adrian honeymooned at the Allacco Inn
and Winery. [GETS DRUNK]
worked as a reporter for The Examiner and later for The Chronicle,
writing hard-hitting exposes.
went to Madrid with Janice Ellinghouse and wrote one story with her. [MRS. MONK]
drives very fast or, at least, Monk thinks so. [GAME SHOW]
loved New York City. [MANHATTAN]
gave Adrian a wrist watch which now doesn't work anymore, though
he wears it anyway. [CAPTAIN’S
had a keychain with a "T" on it, which Adrian now uses for his keys. [PILOT]
always said that marriage was 90 percent love and 10 percent forgiveness.
She was married to me, so she was sort of an expert on forgiveness."
sometimes calls Adrian 'my darling' [MEDICINE,
was engaged in a legal battle with Dale the Whale in 1993 because
she called him the "Ghengis Khan of
Finance" [DALE THE WHALE]
and Adrian had to sell their starter home to pay the legal fees resulting
from Dale Biederbeck’s lawsuit. [DALE THE WHALE]
and Adrian had been married 7 years when she was killed. [OTHER WOMAN]
had a separate office at the time of her death for which she was only
paying $600 a month. [COBRA]
last words, according to a paramedic were "Bread and butter."
[DALE THE WHALE, MRS. MONK]
was 34 when she died. "Every time I close my eyes she's there.
She is always wearing the same dress, she is always 34, and she is
so…." (If Trudy was born on October 10th 1962, she
must have been killed before that date in 1997 to be 34 years old
at the time of her death.) [OTHER WOMAN]
has been dead four years as of 2002 [PILOT]
and as of October 2005 [GOES
HOME AGAIN] she has been dead 8 years.
man who built the bomb which killed Trudy was Warrick Tennyson. He
said he was hired by a six-fingered man. [MANHATTAN]
was buying cough medicine for Ambrose when she died. That's why she
was in that parking garage or at least that’s what Ambrose thinks.
gravestone reads: ‘Trudy Anne Monk 1962-1997 Beloved Wife and Daughter.’ [PILOT] [THREE PIES]
Recap of what we know about Trudy's murder
It happened at and no one else was hurt or killed.
This is written in the headlines of the papers he is going over in “Mr. Monk and the Candidate”, but the smaller
print in the articles below this doesn’t say anything about her murder.
They look like articles from the financial section, probably just put
in by Monk prop people to have something below the headlines to look
The headlines read:
Blast Kills Award Winning Columnist
– Trudy Anne Monk was killed instantly when her car exploded this
morning. Nobody else was hurt, she was 35.
Monk Murder Still Unsolved – Three
months after Trudy Monk was killed in a car explosion, police are
no closer to solving the crime, says spokesman.
Explosion Rips ThroughParkade Killing One
– Unexplained blast at this morning killed
journalist Trudy Anne Monk, police have no explanation. (This article
has no date on it: neither did any of the others.)
Detective's Wife Slain – Decorated
detective in shock after hearing report.
No Links To Other Car Bombing
Suspected – Detective Adrian
Monk of the San Francisco Police has failed to produce evidence linking
Monk car bombing with... (I can't read further than this, another
paper is obscuring it)
The parking spot was number B5, or close to B5, as indicated
by the post in the background of the photos of the scene.
She was somewhere near a drug store, picking up medicine for
Ambrose (“Three Pies.”) The
trigger was a cell phone. I assume that the killer set the bomb off
by dialing the number. Considering this, I think it is likely that the
person wanted to be certain that Trudy was the victim,
probably to be sure she was the only victim. [Assumes
too much?] He/she wanted complete control over when the bomb went
off. He/she possibly even followed Trudy to know exactly when was the
best time to plant the bomb and to detonate it.
We don't know if the parking garage where Warwick Tennyson
met Frank to deliver the bomb is the same garage where Trudy was murdered.
[I don’t think there is any reason to assume
it is.] The detonation method was given to us by Warrick Tennyson
in “Manhattan.” Also we learned from him that a six fingered man named
Frank hired him, paid him $2000, and met him in a parking garage. The
amount of plastique used has been mentioned, but is inconsistent (10lbs
in “Manhattan”, 3lbs in
“Theater” or was it 5lbs?)
There was another car bombing in the Bay Area close to the
same time, which Monk couldn't link to Trudy's bombing. This to me seems
very odd. Car bombing shouldn't be that common, should they? Two car
bombings in a short period of time in the same area would usually indicate
a link, unless the second one was a copy-cat or done to make the police
think it was related to the first bombing. The parking level Trudy was
on was underground, I believe, because Sharona's vehicle in “The
Candidate” was pointed downward when she was going to pick him up
and Benjy asked what Monk was doing. You could assume that all or most
parking garages in San Francisco are underground, but I don't think
that's likely. [Not
only likely, but absolutely true.]
We know from “Employee
of the Month” that Joe Christie, Adrian's partner, was with him when the call
came through about Trudy's murder and that Adrian was laughing when the phone rang,
but no one has seen him laugh since. So we know that someone was with
him and can confirm his whereabouts when it happened, as well as his
reaction to the news.
In “Dale the Whale”,
Dale said that her last words, according to the coroner's inquest, were
“bread and butter” and he taunted Adrian about it, wondering what it
meant and if it was a message to him. Adrian later told Sharona that this was something
Trudy always said when they were holding hands but had to let go for
a moment because someone walked between them or a pole was in their
path. He thought it meant she was trying to tell him she had to let
go for a little while but it wouldn't be forever. I don't think most
people think of the phrase this way, to mean this. I have more often
heard it to mean where the money they live on comes from, like her and
Adrian's jobs were their bread and butter,
just as an example.
I'm glad you asked this question, because I have heard this
odd phrase from my wife for more than 25 years. We will be walking down
the street, and every time we are separated by an obstruction in our
path (parking meter, movie star, alien spacecraft, whatever), she will
demand that I say "bread and butter." Until now I presumed
that this quaint ritual was a throwback to her childhood spent in short-order
diners, but apparently this "bread and butter" business is
more widespread than I had thought.
But it's not so widespread as to be well-documented, evidently.
Only one source (the Dictionary of American Regional English, or DARE)
of many that I checked even mentioned the phrase. DARE explains it as
"an exclamation used when two people walking together are momentarily
separated by someone or something coming between them." The earliest
citation listed by DARE is from The Federal Writers Project "Guide
to Kansas" published in 1939, where the
"bread and butter" ritual is described as a "ubiquitous"
incantation among schoolchildren of the area. If it was ubiquitous in
1939, the ritual is probably much older, possibly dating back to at
least the 19th century.
"Bread and butter" is not listed in one place I hoped
to find it, Iona and Peter Opie's "The Lore
and Language of Schoolchildren" (Oxford University Press, 1959).
As this extraordinarily fine volume (now, unbelievably, out of print)
covers only the British Isles, "bread and butter" may
be a native American creation.
As to its meaning, I think it's simply one of a number of rituals
children follow, on the order of "step on a crack and break your
mother's back," designed to invoke magical protection from bad
luck. In this case, the fact that bread and butter "go together"
gives the ritual power an affirmation of togetherness, lest a momentary
separation be an omen of permanent one.]
[I first heard the phrase
with this meaning in a Twilight Zone episode.I believe it’s the episode “Walking Distance”
starring Gig Young. When he walks between two young lovers they say
the phrase and then clasp hands again. As soon as I heard Dale say it,
I associated the phrase with this usage.]
In “Goes to Jail,”
Dale said that the bomb that killed Trudy was meant for her, not Adrian, even though Adrian always believed it was meant for him.
[Of course, there’s always the
possibility that Dale was lying.] Dale also told Adrian to go to New York to find Warrick Tennyson because he
had information about and was “involved” in Trudy's death. We find out
in the next episode (“Manhattan”) that he built the bomb, and was hired
by a man with six fingers, who USA Network’s Monk episode guide refers to as Frank.
From “Billionaire Mugger”
we find out that a scrap of paper from Trudy’s appointment book for
the day before she died read, '530 Kelly Street, Mr. Simon.' Adrian initially assumed it meant an address,
but every year (presumably about the same date) he realizes that it
might have meant as a time and Kelly Street as a person. He goes to the home of
a woman named Kelly Street, but then blocks it out of his memory.
In this episode, the door is answered by Ms. Street's sister, who I assumed hadn't met
him before because she didn't seem to remember him. Maybe she was visiting
that year? She tells Adrian that Mr. Simon was her sister's dog
and Kelly hadn't been able to bury him so she had him stuffed. Maybe
Trudy was doing a story about that, because it is something people might
consider strange. Then Kelly comes in and tells Monk that he's been
back every year to ask about his wife's murder, but he doesn't remember.
Trudy’s last entry into her appointment book is the one about
Kelly Street. We aren’t given any information about what, if anything,
Monk might have found out on previous visits that he may now be blocking
Also on the scrap of
paper is a note in red ink 'P/U Dry Cleaning' and in sort of lighter
black ink 'Quincey's B-day.' (Assuming this
is how they know it was for the day before her murder, different inks
indicate notes were written at different times, with different pens.)
Finally, in darker black ink, '530 Kelly Street' is written. Justbelow
that in the same ink, parallel to this is what looks like 're.' with
most of what follows missing. Then below that, same ink, but on the
line rather slanted across the page are the words 'Mr. Simon'. I wonder
if this indicates that it was written at a different time from the note
above it about Kelly Street. ‘Re’ could be rd., the abbreviation
for road. However, If she wrote the abbreviation
for road, it wouldn't make sense for her to have written out the word
‘Street’ unless it was the woman's last name. It could be nothing though.
[Surely, “re.” means regarding?]
Among the things that Adrian has at his home as evidence, besides
the scrap from the appointment book:
clippings from the days or weeks after the murder
Photos of the crime
of the police reports
lab report says that they also recovered hair, her watch, contents
of her purse and clothing fragments and has the date on the report as
11/11/97. [This date would not correspond to her being born on October 10 in 1962
and being 34 at the time of her death. She would have been 35.]
That was on a Monday. One of the headlines said
it was a Monday morning when she was killed.