I was recently asked to assist a friend in planning a murder-mystery party. While in the process, I realized I deleted this old post from my blog. I've decided to take the time to re-post it. Enjoy!
I experienced everything possible while planning this party. People cancelling, people joining last minute, a broken laptop, lost files, and more. This is less of a "how-to" and more of a documentation of the evening
Adam Scott, captain of the varsity hockey team at DeLuca High was found murdered in the school’s workout room on August 7th, 2012. Evidence suspects Adam was murdered between 10:00 and 10:30 pm, after an evening hockey practice. All windows were closed and the door had an automatic lock. There was no sign of forced entry. Adam was stabbed 14 times from behind. His cellphone was stomped on and lay in a pool of water beside his left hand, stamped with a circular “M.M”. The overflowing shower washed away all blood, prints and DNA. No weapon was recovered. No further evidence has been released by the police.
So, who murdered Adam?
Was it the Assistant Captain who demanded his spot back? Was it the Rich Girl, Adam's ex-girlfriend, who found out he was cheating on her? Was it the Nurse who Adam caught stealing drugs? Or was it the Science Geek getting Adam back for stealing her recent experiment and passing it off as his own?
I gave each person their character's history, motive and a few pieces of evidence to help them piece together what really happened that terrible, bloody night.
Throughout the evening the participants were given other clues to help advance the stories. Further, they were able to look at the social media highlights posted inside to get more clues.
Adam checked into the Locker Room with the Assistant Captain at 9:30 pm
I had big ideas in mind when I started planning my party, especially for decorations. Naturally, I had a small budget. Thus, we tried to fulfil those ideas with construction paper and paint. Really, they turned out adorable if you ask me!
Thank you to all my friends for getting involved. This would have been a disaster without you guys, and I love you so much.
A special thank you to my amazing brother and sister. They helped me survive my tantrums and the party would have been an utter disaster without them!
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.