The West gets wild

Students solve a murder in the Wild West

By Christian Hunick
On November 9, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Students mingle to get background information as well as clues from each other. Every visitor was given a notecard that contained their character’s bio and was vital to the mystery.

Students got another chance to take part in a real-life game of Clue on Nov. 3 at a western themed murder mystery night.

The event took place in the courtyard at Vanderventer Apartments, which had been transformed into a saloon set in the fictional town of Deadwood. The backstory was that a celebration party had been planned to award prize money from a poker tournament, but the winner was killed.

"The three main suspects were an outlaw named Jesse, the owner of the saloon who was in financial debt and an investor named Montgomery Money," freshman Gilbert McCluskey said. McCluskey played the role of Deadwood’s Sheriff Sam.

Participants learned more about each character and their possible motives for murder as the night went on. They were each given special tasks to perform to advance the plot.

"It was different for each person," freshman Lorenzo Guerra, alias Earl Ray, said.

Some characters had to be more involved than others. McCluskey’s role had him interacting with many of the other characters.

"They gave me a major role, so I had to do a lot of stuff, like a lot of the major and minor characters came to me and tried to get me to pay money," McCluskey said. "And smaller characters like him [Earl Ray] could put some lies out there and make it harder for the main ones."

At the end, everyone could turn in a "who done it" form to vote on who they thought the killer was.

"I thought it was the owner Harry," McCluskey said. "Someone told me that he tried to hire Jesse to kill the victim, and I thought that if Jesse didn’t do it he probably did it himself."

When all of the votes were submitted, it was announced that the murderer was Montgomery Money, who wanted the prize money from the poker tournament. Only one person guessed correctly.

McCluskey said that he also attended the 1920’s themed murder mystery in October.

"I went to this one because I really enjoyed the last one."

McCluskey also encouraged people who are on the fence about going to events like these to get involved.

"I encourage people to do it if they have nothing else planned because it will make your weekend more fun," McCluskey said. "It only takes like two or three hours of your time to come out and interact with people instead of sitting inside all night watching movies."

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