My Observations

Curtain Call

Episode 6

Physical Items

  • Appraisal Note
  • Bloodstained Letter
  • Coded Notes
  • Cufflink
  • Julia Letter
  • Key
  • Memoir Pages
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Rap Sheet
  • Taxicab Receipt


  • Michelle Gray Investigations




  • Where is the missing jewelry?
  • Who killed Viola Vane?

Physical Items

Appraisal Note


Holy shitballs! This could definitely help Julia save the theater.

Bloodstained Letter

Observation #1

The letter refers to the ring we received in Episode 4.

  • The year 1903 is inscribed inside.

Observation #2

The sum of 1903 is 13.

  • Shift the coded letters by 13 and then use the Atbash cipher.

Observation #3

  • Once decoded, the words read:
    • Hector
    • Mother
    • Evelyn
    • telling her about my child
    • finish out my contract
    • Mother hurts me
    • the father of my child
    • Julian
    • Mother's
    • collect my jewelry from its hiding place in the false bottom of the liquor cabinet at the Grace Note
    • swiped the cabinet's key from George's office
    • Julian
    • Mother
    • find
    • jewelry in that lockbox is worth more than enough to keep me and Julian comfortable
    • my child
    • George
    • Viola

Coded Notes

Observation #1

This is the same type of code that Viola and Evelyn used on the rehearsal notes from Episode 1.

  • Dots replace vowels and coded words are backward.

Observation #2

Once deciphered, the coded phrases read:

  • Hector told me
  • it's the right thing to do
  • raise someone else's baby
  • leave him on somebody's doorstep
  • He's not Hector's responsibility
  • he's not mine, either
  • But he's all alone now that Viola's gone
  • That's not my fault
  • I should've told you the truth from the start
  • turn our back on a helpless child
  • I made a mistake

Observation #3

This is a correspondence between Ira and Evelyn.

Observation #4

Ira must not have told Evelyn he was the baby's father, so Hector did but not until after Viola's disappearance.


Observation #1

On the backside is "16".

  • The cufflink we received in Episode 1 had "1" on the backside.
  • Combined, they read "1:16".

Observation #2

"1:16" references Ruth 1:16 which is quoted in Ruth Erikson's obituary.

  • These cufflinks were the gift she left George, mentioned in the telegram in Episode 3.

Julia Letter

Observation #1

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


Observation #2

As well as the subject line for when we know who killed Viola and possibly the location of her treasure:



Observation #1

This was found with Viola's remains, but it is too big for a lockbox.

Observation #2

On the Cadence Theatre website, in the gallery under "History" there is a picture of Ira in George's office. In the background is a panel of keys.

  • Comparing the Roman numeral above the key to the blueprints we received in Episode 4 reveals that the object the key belongs to must be in the Grace Note bar.

Memoir Pages

Observation #1

Um, did Hector just come out and admit he was gay?

  • Okay, so if he was gay, he really did plan to marry Viola strictly for show. Man...

Observation #2

So, Ira and Evelyn took the child in.

  • Good, considering Ira was the father to begin with...

Newspaper Clipping

Observation #1

Browning is a callback to the premium case "1934".

Observation #2

The "Broadway Blunder" snippet is about Olga's behavior after being kicked out of the theater. It apparently resulted in an arrest.

Observation #3

The "Proposal Problem" snippet is about Evelyn and Ira.

Rap Sheet

Observation #1

This lady was just a schlub.

Observation #2

This document provides that there were at least 2 occasions where Olga was physically abusive toward her daughter.

Taxicab Receipt


This receipt shows that Evelyn arrived at her destination at 6:08 pm.


Michelle Gray Investigations

Observation #1



Observation #2



Observation #3 - CADENCE



Observation #4 - CADENCE → JAMAICAobituary.jpg

This is an obituary of Ruth Erikson.

Observation #5 - CADENCE → arrestrecords.jpg

*Betucia is a callback to the premium case "1934".

Observation #6 - CADENCE → arrestrecords.jpg

Arrest #14593 is for Olga. This gives her an alibi for the time of 5:40 pm, which means she could not have killed Viola.


Before 4:54 PM

  • Preliminary rehearsal for You Can Leave It Right Here was held. Rehearsal broke for George Erikson to talk to his wife, Ruth Erikson.

4:54 PM - 6:15 PM

  • Ira Adler claimed to have left shortly before rehearsal resumed to make a telephone call in George Erikson's office. This call supposedly took him over an hour. This phone call was to the Excelsior Hotel.

5:00 PM

  • Ruth Erikson left the Cadence Theater for Penn Station to catch a train after talking with her husband, George Erikson.
  • Rehearsal resumed.

5:13 PM

  • Olga Gaina arrived at the theater and began an argument with Viola Vane over a "family matter" in Romanian and attempted to physically assault her with her cane.
  • The argument was broken up by Hector Roland and Joseph Sampson. Joseph took Olga Gaina's cane from her and escorted her from the building.

5:20 PM

  • Ruth Erikson boarded a train at Penn Station to Tannersville.

5:23 PM

  • Roughly the time Joseph Sampson left to purchase flowers for Viola Vane.

5:30 PM

  • Evelyn Kittridge went to check on Viola Vane in Viola's dressing room. She brought along with her Viola's coat and purse, as well as Olga Gaina's cane.
  • Hector Roland left the theater for an event across town. Upon leaving, he saw Olga Gaina trying to gain access back into the theater. He left through a side entrance and arrived at his destination at 6:00 PM.

5:40 PM

  • Police arrived to deal with Olga Gaina outside the theater.

5:45 PM

  • Roughly the time Evelyn Kittridge left the theater for a dinner engagement. Upon leaving, she heard another voice coming from Viola Vane's dressing room but could not discern if it was male or female. Evelyn arrived at her engagement several minutes after 6:00 PM.

5:57 PM

  • Roughly the exact time Viola Vane was attacked and murdered with a jeweled cane belonging to her mother, Olga Gaina.

6:00 PM

  • Hector Roland arrived at his destination.
  • Roughly the time Ira Adler heard a "scuffle" coming from one of the dressing rooms and then the sound of the service elevator being used. He left the theater shortly after to attend his reservation.
  • Joseph Sampson received his order at the florist.
  • Olga Gaina was booked at the police station.

6:08 PM

  • Evelyn Kittridge arrived at her destination.

6:15 PM

  • George Erikson left the theater.
  • Roughly the time Ira Adler ended his telephone conversation.

6:30 PM

  • Roughly the time Joseph Sampson returned to the theater with flowers for Viola Vane. He claimed that Viola's dressing room was empty and that her costume trunk was absent.

7:00 PM

  • Ira Adler received his "special" drink at the Excelsior Hotel.

9:51 PM

  • Time that Ruth Erikson sent a telegram from Tannersville, Pennsylvania to her husband George Erikson.


Guilty Until Proven Innocent

  • Evelyn Kittridge
  • George Erikson
  • Olga Gaina
  • Hector Roland
  • Ira Adler
  • Joseph Sampson
  • Ruth Erikson


Subject Line


Where is the missing jewelry?

Grace Note

Who killed Viola Vane?

George Erikson