PHYSICAL ITEMS

Accessory

  • This is a lace glove, beige in color.
    • Did it belong to a child?! I can't even fit it on my hand or halfway down my thumb!

Birthday Ribbon

  • This button was for Viola's baby boy.

Divorce Papers

  • Ruth filed for divorce from George because of his running around on her.
    • Good for her!

Doctor's Reports

  • Viola was preggers?!
  • It appears that Ira knocked Viola up and then decided to dump her after learning she was carrying his child. She then went on her "rest cure" to cover up the pregnancy from others.
  • Hector was aware of the pregnancy since he had contacted the doctor and it was recommended he hire a caregiver for Viola during her pregnancy.

Hector Note

  • This is a letter from Hector to Ira.
  • The message at the bottom is a book cipher.
    • The first number relates to the line.
    • The second number relates to the word in the line.
    • The third number relates to the letter in that word.
  • Once decoded, the message at the bottom reads:
    • "DR. CALLED. BABY BORN. DO YOU WANT TO VISIT? HAVE YOU TOLD E?"
  • This letter confirms that Ira was the father of Viola's baby.

Hotel Records

  • A.R. Lairde is an acronym for Ira Adler.
  • When he placed the phone call from the theater to the Excelsior Hotel, he pushed back his reservation and ordered an extravagant drink.
    • The call was lasted from 4:54 PM to 6:15 PM, spanning the time of Viola's murder.
    • This means he could not have killed her, as he was on the phone with the hotel.

Julia Letter

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

Memorial Article

  • So, despite Evelyn's ill attitude at the time of Viola's "disappearance", she feigned grief and adoration simply because she made it big due to the murder.
    • She definitely had ulterior motives.

Notebook Pages

  • This is a "book cipher" of sorts. The top number is the number to shift backward by, while the bottom number is the number of letters in the code that need to be shifted.
    • For example, the first one is 8/3. Every 3rd letter will be shifted back in the alphabet by 8.
  • Once decoded, the messages read:
    • THE BETUCIAS (callback to the 1934 Premium Experience)
    • CHICAGO OVERCOATS ("Chicago Overcoat" is a Prohibition-era slang term meaning "coffin" or cement shoes.)
    • SOLD THE THEATER
    • MY WIFE
    • BETUCIAS
    • CADENCE
  • This is a letter from George to his mistress before selling the theater to Ira.
    • With whom was he cheating on Ruth?

PI Report

  • The "Sir and Madam" this report is addressed to are George and Olga.
    • This can be deduced from the ledger in Episode 2 (PI fees - $4.15/hour - Cover for Olga?)
  • Why would George and Olga be having Viola followed?

Theater Sale Contract

  • This documents the sale of the Cadence Theater from George to Ira and Evelyn.
    • The sale took place in 1935.
    • Was this the "responsibility" Hector was referring to in his letter to Ira in Episode 1?

WEBSITES

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


CADENCE

  • Password
    • WALDORF


  • CONEY
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      • At the bottom, Viola wrote an encoded message.
      • It is an Atbash cipher.
      • Once decoded, the message reads:
        • "I ASKED MR. GERMOND ABOUT DISCREET, TEMPORARY STORAGE. HE RECOMMENDED A PALADIN BRAND LOCKBOX."

SUSPECTS

Remaining Suspects

  • Evelyn Kittridge
  • George Erikson
  • H̶e̶c̶t̶o̶r̶ ̶R̶o̶l̶a̶n̶d̶
  • Ira Adler
  • J̶o̶s̶e̶p̶h̶ ̶S̶a̶m̶p̶s̶o̶n̶
  • Olga Gaina
  • R̶u̶t̶h̶ ̶E̶r̶i̶k̶s̶o̶n̶

TIMELINE

Running Timeline

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.


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.


5:45 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.


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.

GOALS

Subject Line:

DOUBT

Who is innocent?

  • Ira Adler