Physical Items

Coded Letter

Observation #1

This appears to be a backward (meaning read from right to left) coded cipher.

Observation #2

This letter is written by Viola using an atbash cipher.

Observation #3

Once decoded, the words read:

  • HECTOR
  • WE CAN'T GET MARRIED, HECTOR. I'M CALLING OFF THE ENGAGEMENT.
  • MARRY YOU
  • IN LOVE
  • FALLING IN LOVE
  • LOVE
  • MARRYING
  • INVESTED IN ME
  • MOVING ON TO A GIRL HE CAN ACTUALLY SPEND HIS LIFE WITH
  • FIND LOVE
  • HECTOR
  • ARM IN ARM WITH OUR RESPECTIVE LOVERS
  • HECTOR
  • FALSE ROMANCE
  • YOUR OCCASIONAL SCENE PARTNER AND ETERNAL FRIEND
  • VIOLA
  • MOTHER
  • KEEPING HER TEMPER IN CHECK

Coin Purse

Observation

There are 2 documents hidden within the coin purse.

Julia Letter

Observation #1

Julia gives us the new password to her folder on the virtual desktop.

  • ARROW

Observation #2

As well as the subject line for when we eliminate another suspect:

  • ASSASSINS

Poster Proof

Observation #1

On the backside is yet another stage position cipher.

Observation #2

Once decoded, the message reads:

  • "YOU CHECK ON VI? SHE ALL RIGHT?"

Script Notes

Observation #1

Since the "Assistant" lines are highlighted, it is safe to assume these notes belonged to Evelyn.

Observation #2

She and Viola seem to be having an ongoing conversation on these sheets of paper.

  • What is the significance of the "x'd" out letters...?

Observation #3

If Evelyn and Ira were married, why all the secrecy?

  • This must have been before they got married...

Telegram

Observation

This is a telegram from Ruth to her husband George.

  • It is dated November 6, 1934, at 9:51 PM.

Theater Keychain

Observation #1

This is a gift from Julia.

Observation #2

Wow, only 55 cents to see a live show.

  • Wow, only 55 cents to see a live show.

Train Ticket

Observation #1

This is hidden in the coin purse.

Observation #2

It is a frequent punch card for train rides between New York and Syracuse belonging to Ruth.

Observation #3

It shows which days she used it.

  • November 6
  • November 15
  • November 25
  • November 28

Observation #4

Ruth wrote some "errands" on the backside, as well as a coded message.

Observation #5

  • Ruth's note is dated the 6th.
    • Shift each letter in the coded message by 6.

Observation #6

Once decoded, the message reads:

  • "CALL LAWRENCE?"

Train Timetable

Observation #1

This is hidden in the coin purse.

Observation #2

This gives us an idea of which train Ruth took to get to Pennsylvania.

Observation #3

There is only one train to Tannersville.

Observation #4

In order to get to Tannersville by 9:51 (when the telegram was sent), she would have needed to leave Penn Station by 6:20 PM.

  • She was seen at the Cadence Theatre around 5:00 PM that day, so she had to have taken either the 5:20 PM or 6:20 PM train.

Observation #5

She could not have been at the theater, killing Viola, and then been on time for her train.

  • Ruth can be eliminated as a suspect.