The night of the Feast of Saint Nepomucen two patrons exiting the Clever Clogs Inn came across a corpse lying in the gutter. Both witnesses – Xavier and Bruno – are known to the Ducal Guard as they have previously been convicted of petty theft. Seeing the highly unusual circumstances of the deceased's death, the witnesses informed the Ducal Guard and Guardsmen arrived on the scene in short order.
The victim was identified as Ramon du Lac, a knight errant in the ducal service. Sir du Lac was dressed in a nightgown and nightcap, with a pillow placed under his head and a bedwarmer placed in his hand. His clothing and the pillow had been soaked through by the gutter's contents.
The victim perished as a result of being pierced through the heart by long claws. The blow was dealt with great precision. The Guardsmen searched for any fragment of a five-pointed star near the body (as was found in the case of Count Crespi), yet their search yielded no results. Witnesses Xavier and Bruno deny having taken any such item for themselves.