A surprised Skinny Norris
gets the boot from Huganay in "Stuttering Parrot."
Whenever Skinny showed up, it usually meant aggravation
for the Three Investigators.
E. Skinner Norris is the
archnemesis of the Three Investigators. He makes his
first appearance in "Terror Castle," has cameo
appearances in several more stories, and has a prominent
role in "Shrinking House," "Dead Man's
Riddle," and "Headless Horse." Skinny's
father is a legal resident of another state which has a
lower driving age than California; so Skinny, unlike the
Three Investigators, is able to possess a driver's
license, suggesting that he is probably between the ages
of 16 and 17.
Skinny in particular wants to be a leader of those his
own age but manages to have only a few cronies who hang
out with him. He particularly dislikes the Three
Investigators and sees it as a challenge to put them in
their place by creating problems when he can. In the
first three stories, he shows up quite frequently,
intentionally wreaking havoc on the boys' investigations.
After failing in several attempts to discredit the
Investigators in earlier stories, Skinny was quite diabolical
with his actions in "Headless Horse" and as
punishment was sent by his father to military school.