- In her letter to us, Julia Adler suggested the murder weapon may still have been in the attic.
- Could it perchance be included in this list?
- The murder weapon cannot be the metal prop sword, as although the gemstone matches, the dimensions do not.
- Aha, our murder weapon is Item #22.
- The cane has cabochon gem inserts matching the dimensions of the one found in Viola's skull, and it is missing a solitary gem.
- This can be used to decipher a code in the rehearsal notes.
- This was found by Julia Adler in the Cadence attic between some floorboards under the trunk in which she found the body of Viola Vane.
- It has some kind of insignia on the front.
- On the backside is "1:".
- What could this mean?
- According to the old article provided by Julia on the shared desktop, Joe and Ira took the cane (murder weapon) from Viola's mother.
- The cufflink could suggest the murderer was a man.
- I don't see a stage manager wearing cufflinks, which leads me to believe this belonged to Ira Adler.
- *Mendia and Whitlock are homages to our last case - The Moon Summit Mystery.
- This report suggests that Viola Vane was struck on the left side of her head shortly before being placed on her left side in the trunk.
- 3-inch heels?!?
- The killer left her watch, which had emeralds, meaning the killer did not kill her for riches.
- The watch face was shattered, suggesting a struggle and self-defense.
- This means the killer approached from the front and must be right-handed, given the killing blow was to the left side of Viola's skull.
- The time read 5:57.
- She had a passport under the name of Viktoria Gaina.
- This was her given name, Viola Vane was her stage name.
- The killer also left cash in her purse, further suggesting this was not the motive.
- Viola had a blade in her purse but did not use it.
- This suggests that she knew, and perhaps trusted, her killer.
- She died at age 23, based on the birth date provided on the passport and the date on the newspaper found with her body.
- She had previous injuries to her right hand and forearm.
- Was she in an abusive relationship?
- The murder weapon is most likely circular and roughly 8 cm in diameter.
- A ruby was found lodged in her skull.
- single cabochon-cut
- 3 cm length x 3 cm width x 2 cm height
- There is a code in the postscript of this letter.
- This is a simple book cipher.
- The first number is the line starting after "Ira".
- The second number is the number of words in that line.
- Once deciphered, the message reads:
- "SENDING YOU THE MONEY. ENOUGH TO COVER YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES."
- What the hell does that mean?
- There are actually two letters from Julia Adler, one to Michelle and one to us.
- The letter from Julia to Michelle is included with a magazine cover featuring the news of mummified Viola Vane.
- Nice, she transcribed the cursive writings and has provided them on our shared desktop.
- She explains how we should let her know of our findings, to keep it under wraps.
- Michelle introduces us to our new case in this letter.
- She advises us to fact-check anything a person says.
- She informs us of our new virtual desktop.
- Interesting, we get our own unique username this time...
- Evelyn Kittridge, Viola's understudy, was bumped up for the showing on May 4th.
- We gain a little background on our suspects from this document.
- These notes were written by Joseph Sampson, the stage manager, on the day of the murder.
- There is a crapload of code on the backside.
- The grid on the front clues that this is a keypad cipher.
- Starting with "ABC", continue the alphabet on the second line left-to-right and wrapping around to the top, with 3 letters per box ending with "YZ" in the last.
- Use the stage direction diagram in the Cadence Theatre notebook as the key to decode the messages.
- Once deciphered, the messages read:
- "GEORGE, TOO HANDS ON. INTENSE. IN THE WAY."
- "TALK TO HECTOR"
- In this letter, Ruth Erikson beseeches Ira Adler to not cast Viola in future projects.
- I wonder why.
- Your FIRST INITIAL and LAST NAME
- *HOLY SHIT! IT'S NORMAN BATES'S MOTHER!
- This is the photo Julia snapped of Viola Vane's mummified corpse before she realized it wasn't just a prop.
- This is a news article dated February 25th, 1934, revealing that Hector and Viola had called off their engagement.
- This article reveals that Viola's own mother had allegedly attacked her and crew during a rehearsal the night of Viola's murder.
- Evelyn Kittridge
- George Erikson
- Hector Roland
- Ira Adler
- Joseph Sampson
- Olga Gaina
- Ruth Erikson
- Roughly the exact time Viola Vane was attacked and murdered with a jeweled cane belonging to her mother, Olga Gaina.