PHYSICAL ITEMS

Coded Letter

  • This appears to be a backward (meaning read from right to left) coded cipher.
  • This letter is written by Viola using an atbash cipher.
  • 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

  • There are 2 documents hidden within the coin purse.

Julia Letter

  • Julia gives us the new password to her folder on the virtual desktop.
    • ARROW
  • As well as the subject line for when we eliminate another suspect:
    • ASSASSINS

Poster Proof

  • On the backside is yet another stage position cipher.
  • Once decoded, the message reads:
    • "YOU CHECK ON VI? SHE ALL RIGHT?"

Script Notes

  • Since the "Assistant" lines are highlighted, it is safe to assume these notes belonged to Evelyn.
  • 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...?
  • If Evelyn and Ira were married, why all the secrecy?
    • This must have been before they got married...

Telegram

  • This is a telegram from Ruth to her husband George.
    • It is dated November 6, 1934, at 9:51 PM.

Theater Keychain

  • This is a gift from Julia.
  • Wow, only 55 cents to see a live show.
    • Wow, only 55 cents to see a live show.

Train Ticket

  • This is hidden in the coin purse.
  • It is a frequent punch card for train rides between New York and Syracuse belonging to Ruth.
  • It shows which days she used it.
    • November 6
    • November 15
    • November 25
    • November 28
  • Ruth wrote some "errands" on the backside, as well as a coded message.
  • Ruth's note is dated the 6th.
    • Shift each letter in the coded message by 6.
  • Once decoded, the message reads:
    • "CALL LAWRENCE?"

Train Timetable

  • This is hidden in the coin purse.
  • This gives us an idea of which train Ruth took to get to Pennsylvania.
  • There is only one train to Tannersville.
  • 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 theater around 5:00 PM that day, so she had to have taken either the 5:20 PM or 6:20 PM train.
  • 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.

WEBSITES

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  • Username
    • Your FIRST INITIAL and LAST NAME
  • Password
    • PORTER


CADENCE

  • Password
    • ARROW

  • MOTT
    • transcriptolgaletter
      • This is a letter from Viola's mother to Ira warning him to stay away from her daughter and to not cause trouble.
        • Ira must be the man Viola was referring to in her coded letter to Hector.

SUSPECTS

Remaining Suspects

  • Evelyn Kittridge
  • George Erikson
  • Hector Roland
  • Ira Adler
  • J̶o̶s̶e̶p̶h̶ ̶S̶a̶m̶p̶s̶o̶n̶
  • Olga Gaina
  • Ruth Erikson

TIMELINE

Running Timeline

Before 5:00 PM

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


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.


5:23 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.


5:45 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.


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.


9:51 PM

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

GOALS

Subject Line:

ASSASSINS

Who is innocent?

  • Ruth Erikson