Murder they solved

Plaza Verde hosts 1920’s themed mystery night

By Christian Hunick
On October 12, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Suspicions arise as a body is discovered and marked off at the Plaza Verde Murder Mystery Night. Students were given characters and background information and then let loose to question their peers about possible motives.

ASU’s Residential Programs hosted on Oct. 6 for the second time a 1920’s themed Murder Mystery Night in Plaza Verde Residence Hall

Attendees assumed the roles of party goers at a swanky speakeasy called The Juice Joint. After the murder of mob boss Notorious Nick, guests pieced together clues they got from interacting with the other characters.

Participants used creative ways to learn more about who could be the murderer, through eavesdropping or bribing with fake money.

Sophomore Zack Boehme played Cy Ramsey, an illegal gun dealer.

"The gun that was used during the murder came from me, so people suspected I was the killer," Boehme said.

Southside Sal, an opposing mob boss, a hostess and an ex-wife all had motives to kill Nick.

"Basically, everybody related to Nick could have been a suspect, but as you pieced things together you realized everything wasn’t as it seemed," Boehme

Participants were also tasked with completing secret objectives given to them before entering The Juice Joint.

"One of my objectives was accusing the chief of police of murder so I could get the status of chief of police," Boehme said.

It was revealed that the chief of police, Chief Cameron, was the murderer.

"After the death of Nick, the first one to react was the chief of police, so I was pretty suspicious," said Juan Hernandez, sophomore.

Housing Area Coordinators and Residence Hall Resident Assistants, RA’s, collaborate to create multiple programs and events throughout the academic year.

"My role as area coordinator in charge of Plaza Verde and Vanderventer is to put on programs for students to enjoy their college experience in lots of different ways," said Paul Hamilton, residence life area coordinator.

"One of the luxuries of having mostly freshmen in your area every year is you get a new crop of students who are excited about programs you have already done before," said Hamilton.

Housing and Residential Programs will have a western-themed murder mystery later this year.

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