- Character: Mr. Ratchett
- Description: Ratchett is our murder victim. In the novel, Poirot says, "He was a man of between sixty and seventy. From a little distance he had the bland aspect of a philanthropist. His slightly bald head, his doomed forehead, the smiling mouth that displayed a very white set of false teeth, all seemed to speak of a benevolent personality. Only the eyes belied this assumption. They were small, deep set and crafty."