View Full Version : Cold Case--The Williams Family (Results are up!)

12th May 2007, 5:45 AM
*Note: This contest will not contain any graphic pictures or descriptions
This contest belongs in 'Other'.
Start date: June 10
End date: June 29th

Cold Case: Every Picture Tells a Story

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It’s the year 2007, and two newlyweds have just bought a historic Victorian to turn into their future home. While renovating, they happen upon something amazing...
Hidden in the walls of the Victorian are photographs, presumably from the mid-1800s. While this in itself is intriguing, there is more to the story.

The unsolved murders of the Williams family in 1861 have, of course, long since blown over. Now, nearly 150 years later, these photographs of the family have brought the case back to light, and the police are determined to uncover the truth. Armed only with what evidence the police had managed to collect at the time of the murders, it’s YOUR job to untangle this web.

Your boss gives you some background information on the murder: The cause of death could not be decided by the police of the time; it was only apparent that the deaths were definitely murders. One of the Williams’ slave, Nicholas, was hanged for the murder, although there was no solid evidence against him.

Your boss gives you this list:

Edward Benjamin Williams, Male, Age 61, Head of Household
Elizabeth Jane Williams, Female, Age 50, Wife
Edward Benjamin Williams Jr., Male, Age 30, Son
Hannah Eliza Williams, Female, Age 15, Daughter
Tobias Walter Williams, Male, Age 7, Son

Thomas Reilly, Male, Age 17, Other
Mary Elizabeth Williams, Female, Age 19, Other
Frederick Daniel Williams, Male, Age 58, Other
Christopher, Male, Age 40-60, Slave
Nicholas, Male, Age 16-25, Slave
Miranda, Female, Age 30-40, Slave

“There were three names that we couldn’t make out on the suspect list, and presumably one unidentified victim,” s/he says, before handing you the photographs and sending you on your way.

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NOTICE: The dates have changed, and the rounds have been condensed!
Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=912269&postcount=18)-June 10th-June 15th
Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=915624&postcount=40) -June 16th-June 20th
Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=921937&postcount=59) -June 21st-June 25th
Round 3 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=928529&postcount=86) -June 26th-June 29th

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You must take from 3-5 pictures each round, of whatever you choose, as long as it is relevant to the round story. You will be judged on your pictures. Please include captions. You can write whole paragraphs or a few simple sentences, whichever you choose. But please include at least a small description of what is going on in the picture.
Note: you cannot win the contest if you do not solve the murder. The picture scores are mainly just to decide a winner, because there will more likely than not be numerous people who solve the murder. Between those who solve it, the person with the highest overall score will win.

I rather not have extensions, but if absolutely necessary, please PM me by at least a few hours before the round’s end.

Each round, you will be given facts and clues. You may guess who the murderer is at any point after the application round (given you have already completed the requirements*), but you must PM your guess to me-no posting in the thread! And no random guesses; you must have some kind of evidence** against this person if you intend to accuse them.

*Requirements: There are certain things you must unveil before you can make an accusation. First, you must find the relations between the victims and those suspects listed ‘Other’. Second, you must discover who the three unknown suspects are and who the unidentifiable victim is.

**You CAN use process of elimination as your evidence
Once again, random guesses ARE NOT evidence!!!

Sam Croton (Scout)---Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=912933&postcount=22)---Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=921238&postcount=55)---Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=923289&postcount=73)---Round 3 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=930280&postcount=94)---SOLVED
Jacob Cornelius (JocusDorkus)---Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=913450&postcount=28)---Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=919546&postcount=46)---Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=928088&postcount=84)---Round 3 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=932997&postcount=107)---SOLVED
Hannah Taylor-Greenwood (asmodean)---Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=914759&postcount=36)---FAILURE
Eloise Watson (romyhorse)---Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=914912&postcount=37)---Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=920623&postcount=51) ---Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=927761&postcount=82)---[Round 3 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=932782&postcount=105)---SOLVED
Seth Cowen (Mnemosyne)---Application Round (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=915465&postcount=39)---Round 1 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=920509&postcount=50)---Round 2 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=922641&postcount=70)---Round 3 (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=930641&postcount=95)---Rejoined! SOLVED

Round 1 Results (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=921934&postcount=58) Round 2 Results (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=930029&postcount=90) Round 3 and End Results (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=934012&postcount=116)

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You don’t need to have any judging experience; really, all you do is judge a contestant’s entry each round by giving it a score from 1-10. Take off if a person types in netspeak. You are judging only pictures, not the captions (except the netspeak...NETSPEAK MUST DIE!!!). Please PM me if you would like to be a judge...I’d really appreciate it!

1. Me...(evlevnz92)
2. breena
3. GalacticSimmer94

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Every contestant gets...*drum roll, please!* THREE CRAPPILY MADE DRESSES BY ME!!! In case you were wondering, these were my attempts at old-timey clothes. The closest I got was the flapper dress one...because with the original mesh it looked kinda like Princess Peach gone mental...
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Lovely pic, too, huh?
Flapper dress: Mesh 11 by Liana Sims 2 (http://www.lianasims2.com/mesh_page.html)
Blue dress: Mesh by Brianna, but since I can't seem to find the mesh at WDS, go to Pronupsims, Guests, Bridesmaids, and download the mesh for any of the dresses that say the mesh was by BriAnna. (http://www.pronupsims.fr.st/)
White/Blue dress: Mesh by chriko, "Wide Gown", found on Meshes, Page 2 (http://www.2-f0r-u.de/startsims2.htm)

Winner: A house by breena! (Thanks a ton for donating it!)
2 Bdrm, 2 Bath Ranch-Style house w/large inground pool, water fall w/jacuzzi, a tree-shaded hammock to lounge and take in the view, and a large deck for grilling and entertaining.










Here is the list you must PM to me when you think you have solved the murders! If you are correct in your assumption, I will put SOLVED next to your name in the Contestants list.

How was Thomas Reilly related to the victims?

How was Mary Elizabeth Williams related to the victims?

How was Frederick Daniel Williams related to the victims?

Who was the unidentified victim? (Name, gender, age, relation to victims)

Who was the murderer?


11th Jun 2007, 1:35 AM
Approved 6.10.07
Ends 7.1.07 (Timeline edited as per host request)

***Do NOT post replies and/or contest applications before the contest host has checked in on this thread, or your post will be deleted.***

11th Jun 2007, 3:56 AM
w00t! Checking in!

11th Jun 2007, 10:59 AM
This sounds intriguing, what are the requirements for the application round?

11th Jun 2007, 12:56 PM
Heheh, woops, forgot about that! xD

See NEW Application Round post below, or click the new link in the Rounds section of the first post.

12th Jun 2007, 12:34 AM
how will this work? What will the pictures be of, and how will we get evidence?

12th Jun 2007, 12:39 AM
I'll give you facts and evidence each round, and you'll use those to solve the crime.
There will also be a short background story each round, which is what your pictures will be of.

12th Jun 2007, 6:07 PM
Did you want a picture of the detective for the application too?

12th Jun 2007, 7:36 PM
Oh right...heheh...sorry this is my first contest, and I keep forgetting this stuff...xD
I'll update the app. stuff right now.

12th Jun 2007, 8:22 PM
I'm really interesting in joining, I absolutely love the concept of this contest (is a non-closeted Agatha Christie mega fan), but I've one question before I join.

I understand that each round you'll give us evidence to further in the investigation, and that the pictures are the background, but to what? I was thinking, and let me know if I'm wrong, that the background story and pictures are of how we (or rather our characters) got the evidence...am I right to assume that? Like lets say you give us a date of importance and name that connects to one of the victims, is our round entry then of how we got that information through short story telling with the pictures to match?

Ooh, and another thing, is there any specific way you want the 'house' to be? Is there any that you've seen that we could download?

Okay, I think I'll be going to get several shots of my 'detective', LOL :D

-Jocus Dorkus stalking about- :hat:

12th Jun 2007, 8:50 PM
The background stories are actually more like this:

You recieve a phone call...blah blah blah...first stop: the park...etc., etc.

The facts and clues are just listed by number, (1., 2., 3., so on and so forth)

So the only thing that you CAN take pictures of is really doing what's in the background story.

Sorry if this isn't too clear...I'm trying to explain it as well as I can...=)

And no, there is no specific house or anything that you need to use.

12th Jun 2007, 10:30 PM
Come on people, bring on the detectives!!!

13th Jun 2007, 4:15 PM
Shoot...I really can't extend the dates much, because I need it to be done before July 1st (I'll be gone for 3 weeks starting then). Please, if this contest sounds even REMOTELY interesting to you, enter! (Hey, the contest is really easy, too!)

13th Jun 2007, 4:23 PM
Sounds fun I think I'll enter and the contest ends on my Birthday :blink:.

13th Jun 2007, 5:57 PM
Please do! It'd be great to have you on board, dani! Oh, and happy month-early Birthday! x)

13th Jun 2007, 9:28 PM
Yey, im a judge. I guess that means I will not be entering. Oh well lol

Also what you could is run auditions until the 1st and then explain to the mods and contestants that you will be gone for three weeks but the contest will the resumeafter that immediatley.

Also depending on weather quite a few people aply in the next few days I may have to drop out as judge because Im soon to be a contestant in 2 stories and im starting my 1st story soon, buts that only a possibilty and nothingg definate yet. :)

13th Jun 2007, 10:27 PM
Abandoning a contest for 3 weeks seems pretty drastic though, and applications being open for 3 weeks is even more so. Besides, the idea of applying for a contest that won't start for almost a month after you apply just isn't that appealing. =/

And PLEASE don't drop out! I've got no contestants as of yet, and the only other judge I've got is breena, and...ah, never mind. Just please don't drop out.


The application round is now just Round 1. I'm putting that up, and people who are applying can just do that. -_- Gimme a minute to make a post and you'll see what I mean.

13th Jun 2007, 10:30 PM
*Please also include the name of your detective before you post your pictures*

Application Round: It is now time for your first stop, the Worcester Manor, where the photographs were found. This is where the Williams family had lived before their untimely demise. You scan the house, investigate where the pictures were found, and check out the old shacks in the backyard.

Application Round Facts:
1. The photographs were found hidden between the bricks in the fireplace.
2. The murders occurred between 1-4 A.M. on July 14th, 1861
3. The family always locked their doors at night, and only the most educated person with enough money for special tools would be able to pick the locks
4. The slaves lived in shacks in the backyard

Application Round Clues:
1. Edward Benjamin Williams had a brother
2. The 6th victim was 25 years old
3. Hannah Eliza Williams was engaged

Goals for the Application Round:
1. Narrow down the Suspects list
2. Have the 6th victim listed (just what you know about them)

14th Jun 2007, 2:24 AM
I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to enter. I just won’t have application in till late tomorrow probably because we are upgrading my operating system and I have to reinstall everything.

14th Jun 2007, 3:38 AM
Ohhh, THANK YOU, Carmilla! x)

14th Jun 2007, 9:41 AM
Wow, this is very intriguing and it seems as though you've spent a great deal planning this out. Count me in! I'll post my app after my Law Enforcemnt (that's right) final tomorrow.

14th Jun 2007, 3:29 PM

Name: Sam Croton
Age: 34
Why you became a detective: Both my parents were cops so I guess you could say I was born with justice in my blood. And even though they spent their careers as patrol officers, they wanted more for me. So they pushed me to be a detective.

For a while I was in Homicide. But the victims families grief was so fresh, so strong that I found it difficult. So I switched to Cold Case. Here the families had the time to gain control of their grief, to learn how to live with their pain before they ever even met me. It made it easier. I found that there was also something satisfying about delivering justice long denied. And letting the victims and their families know that they were not forgotten.

After arriving on scene I talked with the current homeowners. During this conversation I learned that the doors in the house were the original ones built with the house. Considering this a lucky break, I examined each of the entry doors and locks. The locks were sophisticated even by todays standards. Too sophisticated for just anyone to open be able to pick.

Next I thoroughly examined the fireplace where the pictures had been found. I searched the outside looking for secret hiding places. I even stuck my head inside to look up the flue. But I found nothing.

Afterwards I decided to head outside to the slave quarters.

Surprisingly they were still there. Although they were probably never in great shape, now they were dilapidated and too dangerous to enter. Suddenly it hit me. Something I wished had occurred to the original investigators before they hanged an innocent man.


I'll finish my entry either late tonight or tomorrow. I need to get together some Victorian things for my pics.

I'll post my app after my Law Enforcemnt (that's right) final tomorrow.

:blink: I will not be afraid....I will not be afraid......

14th Jun 2007, 4:48 PM
Wow, really sorry for the delay, between hosting and the yesterday's trip, I haven't even had time to go in game, however, I'm going right now to start getting the pics. So definitely count me in!

Originally Posted by Mnemosyne
I'll post my app after my Law Enforcemnt (that's right) final tomorrow.

I will not be afraid....I will not be afraid......

That was just too funny... though, I find myself on the same boat...

I will not be afraid >_< LOL

-Jocus Dorkus looking for her private Detective gear- :read:

14th Jun 2007, 5:14 PM
You guys rock!

14th Jun 2007, 8:40 PM
Now that the application round includes the first clues, are we supposed to do 3 detecting type pics or still just the one application pic?

14th Jun 2007, 10:03 PM
Regular rules apply for the app. round; so yea, you do the 3-5 pics instead of the app. pic.

Oh, by the way, don't list the things you find out in your post. The goals are just meant to be helpful hints so that you know you've done everything you can during that particular round. You don't have to use them.

14th Jun 2007, 10:21 PM
Scout and Jocus....lol That's right...be afraid. Be very afraid. *scampers off to take her final*

14th Jun 2007, 10:36 PM

Name: Jacob Cornelius
Age: 28
Why you became a detective: Growing up with a Marine father was tough, whenever I told him I was afraid of something, he'd give me a gun and told me to shoot first and ask questions later. But since I was child I couldn't stop myself from asking questions, from noticing the fine details and striving to put all the pieces into one picture. It was a habit that greatly annoyed my father, and yet at the same time fondly reminded him of my mother who unfortunately was murdered when I was only a year old. Night and day, my father hunted for her killer and along the way taught me many things, however, it wasn't until my father's own murder that I threw myself into the field completely. With my father's teachings and my mind, I knew I'd go far...

Round 1


It was my day off, first one actually in nearly two weeks since the last case I had been working on. It was another multiple homicide, coincidentally a family as well, all by the hands of the father’s son with his second wife. Tragic story really, but at last the boy had confessed and the case was closed. Today I was going to enjoy a nice peaceful day at the lake, fishing with a beer or two and some old time talk with my brother, but no sooner had I arrived before my phone began to ring. Without hesitation I answered only to have wished I hadn’t. Another case, it was important the chief said and right around where I was in Worcestor. With already a hundred and fifty years of catching up to do, I couldn’t waste anymore time he insisted.


And so of course, like the obedient boy I was trained to be, I took the case with a heavy sigh and got back into my precious car and managed to make it to the mansion just as dark clouds began to gather. At first sight the manor was rather imposing, it seemed to have a life of its own and I took a moment to think as I stepped out of the car how murders and unfair deaths could turn inanimate objects such as the house into near living beings. I still didn’t have all the facts, just the main ones to go along with for the meantime, regardless, I knew enough to recognize the dark aura the manor emanated. “Damn, I really hate these kind of cold cases…” Unfortunately for him however, he was the best for them.


The newest couple to have bought the manor was the McLoughlins and the ones to have discovered the photographs within the fireplace as they set to renovate the old Victorian home. From the looks of it though, they had nearly finished the renovations. Ah, the joy of money… Now, the first order of business was to meet the new couple and see if they had any information worthy to know. Jan McLoughlin was the first to greet me and introduce herself and her husband as he walked out into the front entrance. “I hope you can finally shed some light into these murders” she commented as they took me on a tour of the manor, “I hope so too” I had replied.

The shacks had been the last on the tour, although good to see, it was hardly substantial anymore since most of it had rotted away through time and the elements. However, having gone through the other important spots in the house, I had determined that with the doors having been locked, it couldn’t possibly have been the slaves. So the Nicolcas guy was certainly innocent…unless, one of the windows had been used, though from the look of them (with the reassurance from the new couple they had kept the originals), they appeared rather tough to open or get through. Even so, it was possible for one of the slaves to steal the keys, then again, that was also a far shot…

Even with the information the couple managed to give, and the other facts I gathered from the chief, there still were too many questions outweighing the answers. In that case, time for some good ol’ library research…


I hope you don't mind if I write it out like a story. I rather like doing that, lol :D

14th Jun 2007, 10:37 PM
Pics are great! Thanks a ton for joining, Jocus! =D


By the way, guys, starting tomorrow I'll be gone till Monday (visiting out-of-state relatives). Heheh, no, don't worry. I won't be abandoning the contest or anything. Just I won't be able to check in as often (my usual 10x a day, that is), and won't be able to distribute the application prizes till then. Just wanted to let you know so you didn't think I'd disappeared or anything. =)


Oh, and Jocus, what did you use to get the pics like that? I mean the sort of colorless but still bright and shiny and colorful thing...heheh...I love the way it looks!

14th Jun 2007, 11:08 PM
Thank you! I was hoping they were ok, it's basically from when he gets the call and assigned the case, and then goes to the house to check it out. Well, that's all in the text, but don't worry, I'm working on that. :D

As for the techniques used, not that complicated actually.
It's mostly by using filters, diffusing and sharpening and brightness and contrast. Mainly, I wanted to emulate the filters they use for the show I absolutely love, Supernatural, which seems faded out and darker. :moose:

I'll be editing soon, and have fun in your visit Evlevn!

-Jocus Dorkus rocking about- :smash:

15th Jun 2007, 12:56 AM
Ok I edited my application to add the pics needed.

Jocus, they do look like pics from Supernatural. Nice work.

15th Jun 2007, 1:23 AM
I LOVE SUPERNATURAL! It's one of my faaavorite shows! Now that you've mentioned it, though, your pics DO look like the camerawork in that show!

Anyway, on to the announcement-type thingy.

For your application round entries, you just need to do the tasks listed in the NEW Application Round post. You don't need the Age, Why you became a detective, or headshot, etc. but you certainly can if you'd like too. All you need is your pics from the Background Story of the App. Round and the Name. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused!

15th Jun 2007, 3:31 AM
Ooh, and here I thought I was the only nut crazy about Supernatural, LOL :D

Although after just having watched it, I realize that mine are a bit even paler. Ah, well, Supernatural with my own artistic twist, LOL :dumbfunny

I've started with the text but I'm growing really tired. I've barely had any sleep these past few days so I think it's a good idea of I go to bed early tonight and start early tomorrow as well. I'll finish the round tomorrow, the latest.

Take care everyone and thank you for the kind comments!

-Jocus Dorkus feeling rather sleepy- :hat:

15th Jun 2007, 7:35 AM
Great entery Jocus, looks great! :)

15th Jun 2007, 6:12 PM
oh i'm so in, but be warned, this is my first contest and i have no idea what the hell i'm doing....or how to do it for that matter...aha, i'll be back with an entry in a tick

15th Jun 2007, 8:49 PM

Name: Hannah Taylor-Greenwood
Age: 33
Why you became a detective:

I've always felt a need to do good in this world, becoming a detective was the bridge I needed to gain something close to fulfilling this goal.

This just so happens to be me, at my desk. This was taken about 5 minutes before the boss rand me to send me on this case. Blast that copy boy and his insane desire to take photos of people.

Killer house! Oh no, what a bad pun...hope that doesn't end up on my file. Looks like this is where I'll be spending most of my time for a while...I better solve this case pronto.

Upon speaking to the owners they informed me that most of the furniture is left over from when the Williams resided in the house, looks like i hit a break, now time to go over it all with a fine toothed comb, or in my case a laser..gun..thing.

Camping out in the living room, the place where i think everything happened...nothing so much as a mouse squeek and I was really looking forward to a haunting.

The slaves quarters. Looks like the maid is late...no way i'm headed in there, at least not without a hard hat and an ambulance on stand-by.

So there it is, my first post...sorry the images are dodgy, remind me to turn my graphics up before i take more, if those are too bad i can retake them...i would've now but it's late and i'm about to go to bed. Any feedback would be nice though, positive or heartbreaking :D

Also about the goals posted in the the application thread, do we post the goals in our thread or do we PM you what we think?

15th Jun 2007, 10:21 PM
Hi, I'm Eloise Watson, Private Investigator and Fortune Hunter. I'm here to visit Worcester Manor, the scene of grisly murders nearly 150 years ago. The owners of the property, Jan and David McLoughlin, bought the house a few months ago to renovate. When the old plaster was being removed from the walls photographs were found which may relate to the murders. I've been brought in to investigate.


Some photographs were found hidden behind bricks in the fireplace. I'm hoping these will help me narrow down the list of suspects.


I also checked out the slave quarter's to the rear of the property. This was where Nicholas, the slave who was hanged for the murders, lived. These photographs seem to suggest his innocence.

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16th Jun 2007, 4:16 AM
Awesome entries guys! I'm just gonna leave the app. round up a little longer, till tomorrow morning, and then I'll post Round 1. That is, if I'm allowed to go ahead with a contest that has all of 4 contestants...xD

16th Jun 2007, 8:13 AM
Name: Seth Cowen
Age: 30
Why you became a detective: When I was eight, my mother was brutally murdered in our home. My father did it. No one believed me at the time, but I saw it happen. The cops, the detectives...no one would believe the scared little boy who saw his father shoot his mother in the chest. Why, I'll never know. But I vowed, that haunting night, to be a different man than my father, and those stupid cops who questioned me, and to put men like him away behind bars. To this day, my father roams free.


While it took a great deal of hard work and determination, I rose through the ranks in the police force and was finally promoted to detective. I was absolutely ready to get away from my desk (piled high with reports) and to get out on the street. Of course, my first assignment was to investigate a cold case over 150 years old. I know he pawned if off on me, but now that it's my case, I'm determined to solve it.

I arrived quite late in the afternoon (you see, my mother demanded that I take her to lunch, and who can deny a sweet old lady riveting conversation about bowel movements over beans and rice?) and called to let the couple know I had arrived. They told me the location of the spare key, and I let myself in.

I was told that the pictures were found behind the brickwork of their fireplace (which oddly enough they'd stashed them back right where they'd found them) so I pulled them out and examined them. Over a century and a half old, the pictures had to be handled rather delicately.

I ziplocked the photos and put them in my car. I headed out to the shack out back, which still stood proudly on lowered ground. The brickwork had withstood a century and a half of mother nature's wrath, and although I was impressed, I knew that If I but sneezed in the vecinity of the place, it would surely collapse. So i descended the stairs and headed into the slave's quarters.

The moment I entered the place, I was assaulted by the most awful stench. It was terrible, really. I couldn't imagine why it was smelled so awful and I can't even begin to describe it. I snooped around for a while, which didn't take long because the room was occupied only by some discarded boxes, slave chains and thin inadequate sleeping arrangements. The stench of the place slithered over my nostrils, down my throat and wrapped itself about my lungs, threatening to steal my breath. I had to get out of there.

I returned to the small hotel room I rented while the investigation is going on, and I found myself cross-legged on the floor pouring over my notes. I believe I can clear my head enough to begin fathoming what conspired in that house. That is, if my mother would stop calling me.

16th Jun 2007, 3:04 PM
Thanks for the entry, Mnemosyne! (Where'd you come up with a s/n like that anyway? :)

Okay, guys, since I waited a month for this contest and cause I'm a jerk we're going ahead with Round 1 anyway! Here ya go!

Round 1: Now that you have investigated the crime scene, it’s time to gather information from the other available sources. First and foremost, the Worcester town library.

Round 1 Facts:
1. The men who discovered the bodies were Alfred Combs and Geoffrey Pike
2. Pike was a police officer
3. Frederick Daniel Williams was Edward Benjamin Williams’ only brother

Round 1 Clues:
1. This old newspaper article:

The bodies of Edward Sr., Jane, Edward Jr., and Tobias Williams were found early yesterday morning, murdered. The body of Edward Williams’ daughter, Hannah, could not be found, but trails of blood leading to the well in the basement indicate that the murderer may have tried to dispose of the bodies, but ran out of time and only managed to get rid of Hannah Williams’ body.
The bodies were found by a neighbor of the Williams’ and by a police officer, whose names will be kept anonymous at their requests. These two men are potential suspects. Another suspect is the teenaged cousin of Edward Williams Sr.
When the brother of Edward William Sr. arrived in town this morning from England by ship and heard that the brother he had come to live with had died, he was distraught. He is reportedly trying to make enough money to return to England.

Goals for Round 1:
1. Have all but one suspect known

17th Jun 2007, 2:12 AM
I'm working on finishing the text now while starting with Round 1 also, but I have a question that occurred to me last night.

I know we have to find the relations between those listed as others and find the unidentified victim before we can start making any accusations, however, once we do, is there a limit of accusations we can make? Like lets say I finally have all those and I pm you who I think it is and I get it wrong, is there a limit to how many more times I can make the accusation?

Thank you!

-Jocus Dorkus enjoying her new office- :hat:

17th Jun 2007, 3:59 AM
Nope, no limit.

18th Jun 2007, 4:35 AM
I'm working on my round 1, so don't think I've forgotten you evlevnz92!

19th Jun 2007, 4:25 AM
Just checkin in! Two days left till the round is over! =D

19th Jun 2007, 8:35 AM
I know, I'm working on it. Don't worry, Det. Seth will make an appearance soon!

19th Jun 2007, 10:30 PM

There was something so cliché about motels, and yet I enjoyed them. Sometimes I wonder why, but I know deep down that it’s because that was how I was raised. All my life, in and out motels, that even now with my own home I find myself taking long trips and checking into them more often then what perhaps was necessary. The chief knew very well that I had no problem going where most hesitated to, and that was probably why I had gotten my day off interrupted. That and I had a keen eye for detail.


Arriving at the library, I went straight to the archives, looking through all newspapers of that year. It was difficult only because a good amount of them had rotted with time, while others were stuck ‘cause of heat and what not, and others I just couldn’t read. However, luckily enough for me, I managed to find an article over the tragedy that day. “Ah…now it’s starting to make some sense.” The girl’s body hadn’t been found, the main assumption that it had already been disposed of in the basement’s well, but then that suggested that the killer (or very well killers too) had been interrupted…by who? If the murders had occurred between one am and four, I doubt the neighbor would have heard through his sleep and gone to see what was happening. Back in the day the houses were much farther apart than today, so perhaps it was one of the slaves, awoken by their cries…then again, that’s another quandary in itself, for the COD of the four that had been found was unknown at the time, and after a hundred and fifty years, I doubt exhuming their bodies would do any good. So, who is to say they even had time to scream…? “Too many damn questions and not enough answers.”


Thanking the library assistant for her help, I hopped back into my car, the well in the basement the next stop in mind; that was of course hopping they still had it. Actually, realizing it now, that’s the one place the new couple hadn’t taken me, well, that and the attic. Perhaps they hadn’t known about the basement. Regardless, at least now I know the connection between Frederick Daniels and Edward Benjamin, which was exactly what I had thought, however, the cousin was a bit of surprise. Though I figure that the ‘teenaged cousin’ is Thomas Reily. Another connection I’ve been struggling with is Hannah and her fiancé, for she was engaged, and I know that the sixth victim was twenty-five, it seems to fit the age group for her. So I figure the sixth unidentified victim is the fiancé. Well, that’s all fine and dandy, but I still don’t have a name…


Like I said before, too many questions and not enough answers. Parking in the McLoughlin’s driveway, I stepped down thinking about the other piece of the puzzle that had been bothering me. I still don’t know at what time the neighbor, Alfred Combs and the police officer Geoffry Pike discovered the bodies, ‘cause that could enlighten why they had been at the manor to begin with. It does seem rather suspicious, and just ‘cause Pike was an officer, that didn’t rule him out alone. Lord only knew how many cops were crooked. Still, that particularly question nagged me the most, ‘cause instead of narrowing down the suspects list, it only seems to be growing. And to think, there’s still one more to discover as the chief had pointed out.

With another heavy sigh and heavy feet, I greet the couple again and I’m delighted to hear that the basement hadn’t been completely renovated yet. Goodie…

Pictures are coming up next! Hope it's okay, if not let me know!

Btw, I decided to go with the name Romyhorse used for the couple so it's not so confusing. :D I hope you don't mind Romyhorse.

20th Jun 2007, 3:00 PM
I'll be posting my Round One entry late today. I didn't want you to think I had forgotten. :D

20th Jun 2007, 4:09 PM
Not long until round end guys. I have written out my judging for his round and will post as soon as round ends. good luck everyone! :)

20th Jun 2007, 6:44 PM
Nice entry, Jocus!

20th Jun 2007, 8:21 PM
Round 1

I slept restlessly last night and hadn't managed to clear my head at all. The slave's shacks gave me the chills and was proboably the reason for my loss of sleep. Tossing and turning, I just couldn't get the images out of my head: the hanging. The slave blamed for the murders was hanged. Couldn't have been the slave.

Anyhow, the next morning I decided to go to the town library. Surely they would have something; an article, a scrap of paper with something on it. Some kind of clue.

I searched the computers untill noon, but with no luck. I believe it was around 2:30 in the pm, when a lovely lady sidled up to me and said, "What you're looking for is downstairs. You'll know." Of course, I thought she was the libararian, so I took her word and went downstairs to the basement. The archives room was cool and smelled of century's year old paper and dust.

I found an old news artivle from the day after the murders, proclaiming the two men who found the bodies of the husband, wife, and the two son's. Quite odd that the daughter's body was never found. The article mentioned the well in the basement of the manor. Stupid of me that I never thought to look in their basement for any clues. Before I left, I wrote down the news article verbatim.

The basement of the couple's home was lightly decorated and featured an extensive wine collection and the well I wasn't expecting. The couple told me they had liked the well and had decided to leave it while renovating the basement. I could tell the wife no longer thought as much, but she remained calm and left me to the well.

I took a look around the foundation of the well and the flooring (they hadn't replaced/covered up the concrete yet). Looking down into the well, it was dark and oddly enough, there was no particular scent wafting up through the narrow tunnel.

20th Jun 2007, 9:55 PM
I spent the night going over my notes from my visit to the house. At the moment I still didn't have much background information so I decided a trip to the local library was needed the following morning. The librarian was very hepful and showed me their large local history section.

http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/9086/a4wc9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

After a morning's research I finally hit upon something, a reference to the murder quoting an article from the Worcester Gazette. Maybe I was finally getting somewhere.


I was in luck, the library kept an archive in the basement of the local newspaper. Unfortunately the older papers hadn't been put on to microfiche or disc so it was in very poor condition. I wasn't allowed to handle it but the librarian put it on a lightbox for me so I could read the article:

The bodies of Edward Sr., Jane, Edward Jr., and Tobias Williams were found early yesterday morning, murdered. The body of Edward Williams’ daughter, Hannah, could not be found, but trails of blood leading to the well in the basement indicate that the murderer may have tried to dispose of the bodies, but ran out of time and only managed to get rid of Hannah Williams’ body.
The bodies were found by a neighbor of the Williams’ and by a police officer, whose names will be kept anonymous at their requests. These two men are potential suspects. Another suspect is the teenaged cousin of Edward Williams Sr.
When the brother of Edward William Sr. arrived in town this morning from England by ship and heard that the brother he had come to live with had died, he was distraught. He is reportedly trying to make enough money to return to England.


This was an interesting lead. I hadn't known of the existence of the basement when I visited the house so it looked like a second visit was in order.


20th Jun 2007, 9:58 PM
I live in England Evlevns, so I will post my scores tomorow morning as it is 10pm here :)

20th Jun 2007, 11:21 PM
I'm done with my entry, pictures and all, here (http://forums.sims2community.com/showpost.php?p=919546&postcount=46)

I love all the entries so far! That's such a cool looking basement Mnemosyne, great pics. :D

-Jocus Dorkus mellowing out, haha- :hat:

21st Jun 2007, 3:27 AM
Why thanks! And as noted before, the look and feel of your pictures are amazing..really gives you that..investigatory (word?) aura. Everyone's are great so far!

21st Jun 2007, 5:56 AM
Knowing that I was going to need more information than the reports and the house had given me, I decided more research was in order. And for a case this old, with no living witnesses, that could only mean the town library.

Even before I arrived, the stress from such an old case was already causing my head to throb. Walking through the library parking lot, I knew the odds were slim that I would find anything useful. But neither my pounding head nor my lack of luck so far would deter me.

Once inside I took a couple of aspirins and began to go through historical records searching for any mentions of the murders.

But it wasn't until the librarian, Ms Beatrice Sneedle brought me an old copy of the town paper that I found anything useful. Now I knew that perhaps the house had more evidence yet to be discovered.

21st Jun 2007, 1:49 PM
Nice entries, guys! As of now, we're just waiting for asmodean's entry and the judges scores (NOTE TO JUDGES: Please continue sending in scores as scheduled; if you don't mind, I'd like to do the judging for everyone else normally and possibly score asmodean's later, if an entry is submitted).
As for the mystery lady, Mnemosyne, all I have to say is this...what a twist! =D

21st Jun 2007, 6:39 PM
Sending in my scores now :D Good Luck!

21st Jun 2007, 8:01 PM
Round 1 Results:
asmodean---(whatever the score ends up being minus 2, that is, if an entry is submitted)

21st Jun 2007, 8:03 PM
Round 2: You’ve been searching the town records for clues, but you’ve found very little that can help. And then, that night in your hotel room, the phone rings. Looking at the clock, you realize that it’s nearly one o’clock in the morning! “Look,” you grumble to the receiver. “Who is this?” You freeze when the caller identifies herself as the great-granddaughter of Hannah Eliza Williams. She recognizes Williams from a very old family photograph (dated 1865) that her grandmother had given to her. You ask the girl to meet you the next day with the picture to confirm her beliefs.
The next day, the girl flies in and you meet at a cafe. She shows you the picture, and sure enough, the woman in the photo is most definitely Hannah. The girl, who introduces herself as Maria Renda, says that, according to her grandmother, Hannah’s family had died in a fire. When Maria had learned the truth, she had called right away. She also tells you that her family has lived in the same town since Hannah had escaped to it. Using your super-awesome crime-fighting media skills, you manage to use your newfound fame to get a free ticket to Maria’s town that very same day. A few hours later, you land in the town of Elmira.
Time to check town hall for records.

Round 2 Facts:
1. Hannah Eliza Williams moved in with a Sir Hansel Norman upon arrival in Elmira, but another person came with her. Therefore, it would appear as if Hannah had escaped with another person.
2. The trip from Worcester to Elmira would have taken a week if a person were walking, but records indicate that Williams did not arrive for at least three weeks
3. Hannah Eliza Williams was married to a Simpson Renda in 1863.

Round 2 Clues:
1. Hannah Eliza Williams did not murder her family
2. The person she escaped with was the murderer
3. The 3rd suspect was Simpson Renda, but he did not leave Worcester until 1862
4. Those who found the bodies were innocent

Goals for Round 2:
1. Have the suspect list completed
2. Narrow down the suspect list to two people

21st Jun 2007, 8:11 PM
Sounds cool. Does this mean Asmodean is out of the contest?

21st Jun 2007, 8:33 PM
If s/he doesn't submit an entry by tomorrow morning, than yes.

21st Jun 2007, 9:43 PM
Ok. Sounds fair :)

21st Jun 2007, 9:56 PM
OMG! :wow Evlevnz, that is such a great twist! Oh man, this case just gets juicier by the round! LOL

I can't wait to do this round! It's so intriguing!

And everyone has done so amazingly so far! Thank you judges!

Btw, until when do we have for round 2?

-Jocus Dorkus looking for her thinking cap- :mag:

21st Jun 2007, 9:58 PM
I'm looking forward to judging this round because it sounds great :D

Jocus - I love the grey/ washout effects that you do with your pictures :)

21st Jun 2007, 10:11 PM
Wow I couldn't even manage a 7 for my pics. Thats pretty sad. Am I eliminated?

21st Jun 2007, 11:15 PM
Hush Scout. I thought your pictures were great.

22nd Jun 2007, 12:57 AM
Nope, no eliminations (heck, with 5 contestants, I couldn't eliminate even if I WANTED to!). And as for the scores, Scout, you didn't do bad! =(

And regarding the end of the round, the dates should be listed on the original post.

WHAT A TWIST! Haha, okay, no more Robot Chicken for me...

22nd Jun 2007, 1:44 AM
Thanks Mnemosyne.

evlevnz92, oh good. I have no problem with being in last. :howdy: But is it possible to get some judges comments so I can improve?

22nd Jun 2007, 3:43 AM
Yea, I'll PM what comments were given.

22nd Jun 2007, 4:39 AM
After I left the library, I called mother to let her know I was safe (which is what I tell her every hour on the hour....mothers!) and that I didn't quite know when I'd have the case solved. That night, In my motel room, I was just about to scrap all my notes and let the case grow colder still, when the phone rang and I struck gold. Well, gold struck me, I should say.

Maria Renda was on the other line and told me she was Hannah's great grand-daughter. We agreed to meet the following afternoon at the Worcester Airport.

I met Maria in the airport's lounge and she showed me the photograph of the woman that was unmistakably Hannah. She went on to tell me that her (Maria's) grandmother told her that the Williams' family died in a fire. Odd. I decided a flight to Elmira was in order.

Hours later, we discovered we'd been chatting off-topic for hours and just when I was gathering the courage to ask her to dinner upon my return from Elmira, the intercom notified me that my flight was boarding. I went to the men's restroom, changed into something more comfortable for the flight, then headed out to say goodbye to Maria and board the plane.

It was a nice flight and when we landed, I commented to the gentleman next to me on the beauty of Elmira. But as I sat at the curb for an hour awaiting a taxi, I then grumbled about the ineffieciency of the taxi system.

Thirty minutes later, the taxi dropped me off at the Elmira Town Hall building. Although it was well past closing time, the secuirty guard allowed me in after I flashed my badge and identified myself. I had called the Town Hall earlier, before take off at the Worcester Airport, so they were expecting me. The guard told me the records dept was in the basement. Well, where else would old records be but underground? I thought. I rode the elevator to basement level 3.

The personal record drawers were sorted alphabetically by last name. Locating the 2nd to last drawer, I found the Williams' file. Therein I found some interesting tid-bits on Hannah and her escape from Worcester. Married in 1863, eh? Interesting...indeed....


I know you said 3-5 pictures, but I love this round so much, I couldn't help but add a 6th picture! If it's too many, I'll take one away.

22nd Jun 2007, 5:16 AM
No problem! Thanks for the super-quick entry, Mnemosyne! =O
*leaps with joy*
And I'm glad you guys seems to like this round. =D

22nd Jun 2007, 8:59 AM
Love it! I was so excited to see Round 2 up, so I started up my game and starting snapping shots....for like 4 hours! Anyhow, it gave Seth a chance to flirt...he's such a ladies' man!

22nd Jun 2007, 6:47 PM
Sitting in my hotel room wondering if there is enough information to continue the case.

Meeting with Maria Renda in a cafe. She explains the history of her great-grandmother in Elmira.

Reviewing the information I had collected so far while flying to Elmira.


Mnemosyne wow that was fast. Such nice pics too. Bet Seth wouldn't flirt with my Maria Renda as I made her elderly. And slightly ugly. :D

22nd Jun 2007, 7:45 PM
Looks great so far, Scout! Haha, I'm loving how fast you guys are getting these entries in! xD

22nd Jun 2007, 8:18 PM
PSH! Seth flirts with anything on two legs. Anyhow, perhaps Maria is supposed to be elderly....hmm..well...I guess she looks good for her age?! :)

Maybe if everyone can get their entries in quick, the round can end sooner. That's the bad thing about getting an entry in within a day: waiting till the round ends!

SCOUT - fantastic plane pic!

23rd Jun 2007, 1:26 AM
Mnemosyne, I don't think she HAS to be old. The plane was a download so no credit to me for that. But I agree it is a fantastic creation.

23rd Jun 2007, 4:12 AM
Hehe...not if Hannah gave birth when she was 50! =D
Actually, I'd never even considered that. When I was writing it, I was thinking 18-ish, although she probably would be closer to 50 or 60...xD

23rd Jun 2007, 7:53 PM
Omg, your rounds are amazing Mnemosyne and Scout! Both of you have such great custom content that make it more believable...ack, I lack in that department. :P

Don't worry, I'm working on my round, I should be posting it up tomorrow.

Again, this is so much fun! :spin:

Btw Scout, how did you get the vacancy sign to blink in your picture? I think that was the neatest touch!

-Jocus Dorkus going for a hotdog now- :dsausage:

23rd Jun 2007, 8:06 PM
Thanks JocusDorkus. I've been downloading stuff as I go for the contest. The vacancy sign is an actual blinking sign in game. So cute. I then took a pic with it off and one with it on. Then I used psp to edit the pics. I left the lit version the same and copied the unlit sign part from the unlit pic onto a copy of the lit pic so the rest of the pic remained the same. Then made an animated gif using the 2 pics..

It's from Sapphire Sims -Sleezy Animated Motel Sign (http://www.sapphiresims2.com/showthread.php?t=17009&highlight=motel) in case you would like it also.

24th Jun 2007, 6:57 PM
Round ends tomorrow night, guys!

25th Jun 2007, 4:38 AM
Thank you Scout, that really was just so well done, and something I never would have thought to do! :clap:

Just letting you know that I'll have my post in tomorrow! Sorry about the delay, I just had some expected things come up, but I'm buckling down for the entry tomorrow! No worries :D

-Jocus Dorkus in need of some good sleep- :snore:

25th Jun 2007, 9:10 PM
After my fruitless trip back to visit the basement, I decided to call it a day. It was getting late so I picked up a Chinese takeaway on my way back to my Hotel. I changed into some more comfortable clothes and sat down to eat my late meal and read over my notes.


It was all very interesting, but even though I'd found out some more information about the family I still wasn't much further on in my investigation. What should I do now? I decided to sleep on it and take a fresh look at it in the morning. I was just getting onto bed when the phone rang. I glanced at the clock, it was nearly 1 am, who on earth could be calling at this time?!


I got the shock of my life when the caller identified herself as the great-granddaughter of Hannah Eliza Williams!
"Is this some kind of joke?" I asked angrily!
"I'm sorry to disturb you so late, but I just found out you were looking into the murders. I have a photograph of Hannah my grandmother gave me, she wasn't murdered..."
Wow, this was a turn up for the books! "Could I meet you tomorrow and take a look at the photograph?"
"Well, I live in Elmira but after reading about the murders I was planning a visit to see where my family came from. I could fly over tomorrow."
"That would be great! Thank you so much." I replied. We finalised the details of our meeting and I went to bed intrigued by this new information.

The next day I met up with Maria Renda at a local cafe. She pulled out a photo frame from her bag. "Here," she said, "That's her on the left."
She passed me the photograph and I looked at an older Hannah Williams. This changed everything. I asked Maria to fill me in on her family history. She'd been told Hannah's family had died in a fire. I decided a visit to Elmira was necessary.


I went back to the Hotel and packed up my belongings. In the cab on the way to the airport I went over everything I had learned. The news that Hannah had survived, and had travelled to Elmira with a companion, gave a new look to my list of suspects.

As soon as I arrived in Elmira I headed to the Town Hall to order copies of the marriage, birth and death certificates for Hannah and her descendants.


25th Jun 2007, 9:29 PM
Great entry, romyhorse!

26th Jun 2007, 2:25 AM

Whenever a new lead popped up from the seams, I didn’t hesitate to follow it, but so far they’ve all been dead ends and with no window of opportunity in sight, I’m actually feeling for the first time like this case was simply meant to stay cold. It had been some time since I felt this kind of frustration while working on a case, and to be honest, I really hate feeling like a fish out of water. I already looked through all the evidence that at my disposal, sniffed through every archive and questioned everyone who could possibly have an answer for me, and I’m no where closer than when I started days ago. Alone, in the motel room, time quickly clocking by and I was just about ready to call the quits when I got the call of the century… Hannah had survived and helped in the creation of a line of descendants, to which one he was speaking to directly, miss Maria Renda. The information she was offering promised a whole new set of leads and hopefully, the final answers and clues I needed to crack this cold case once and for all.


Needless to say, I barely got a lick of sleep, the morning sunrise a warm welcome as I quickly prepared for the meeting with the great-granddaughter that will hopefully be the key to this great mystery. I left the motel early, having offered to pick her up from the airport and once that was done, I took her to the local diner for a bit breakfast and much needed story telling.

According to her, or well, to her great-grandmother, Hannah had proclaimed the family had died in a fire, and when she reached Elmira, she wasn’t alone apparently, though she soon married Simpson Renda and the rest, as they said, was history. “So you can see how shocking it was to come across this new information about my great-grandmother, especially since somehow the truth seems so much stranger than fiction. I felt like I had stumbled upon an old murder mystery, and it stems from my ancestry!” she commented, torn between horrified at the truth and excited about the discovery. I chuckled, she has a point, “indeed, now you know what I’ve felt like for the last couple of days.”


After a while, there wasn’t much else she could tell me, so we drew our meeting to a close and as I drove her to a near hotel, she suggested I’d go to Elmira myself and check it out. She had read my mind, for that was exactly what I was planning and with a green light from the chief, I was soon on a plain to a place I hoped held even more answers for me. Upon arrival I was quick to waste no time and went straight to Town Hall for any and all records I could possibly get my hands on. Good thing was, most town officers were more willing and helpful than the other ‘city’ cops. I guess that was why I preferred taking cases in more rural areas of the nation.


“Hmm, that’s interesting…” I set down file had been looking at for the better part of an hour. According to the records, from the night of the murder to the day when Hannah arrived to Elmira had been a total of three weeks, two more weeks than what was necessary if she truly had been in a rush to leave Worcestor. So what did that mean? From analyzing the clues and evidence I had so far, I was pretty sure that she hadn’t killed her family, and from other reports it was also clear that neither Combs nor Pike were guilty, so that at least narrowed down the suspect list a little, but there still was the mystery of who was the man she had escaped to Elmira to begin with, because by all odds, he certainly must have been the murder. Alright, so down to one suspect…with no name, no face and real evidence to nail him…I need coffee…


I hope it's okay :D

26th Jun 2007, 1:50 PM
Looks great! =)
We're just awaiting the judges' scores. In the meantime, I'm gonna go ahead and post the final round.

26th Jun 2007, 1:54 PM
Round 3: You’ve almost got the murder solved, you just know it! Now all you’ve got to do is determine which of the two remaining suspects was the murderer. While thinking, you receive a phone call from the police in Worcester. They have just made a startling discovery! You immediately fly back to the town.
The police tell you that some local kids have accidentally discovered a type of basement-like hole underground. In it is a well-preserved diary, written by Hannah Eliza Williams herself. The few legible pages in it say this:
The deed has been done, and now I just have to wait till the end of the week before I take my leave. I dare not write the name of my parents’ murderer, lest this diary be found and we be tracked down. But we will escape to my savior’s uncle’s home in Elmira. When we leave, my cousin will receive the blame, and no one will suspect a thing.
I am no doubt damned for this, and yet I still cannot contain my relief. If I were married to that bumbling oaf Richard Allman, my life would be miserable. Alas, it is my father’s fault: had he let me out of this arranged marriage, he would have lived. As would his employee, Mister Richard Allman. Let them burn in hell together, and though someday I shall join them, it is not today.
It is not a woman’s world, and maybe it never shall be.

Round 3 Facts:
1. Hannah Eliza Williams’ cousin was not the murderer.
2. Thomas Reilly and Sir Hansel Norman were not related
3. One of the two remaining suspects was married to one of the victims

Round 3 Clues:
1. Do you really need any?

Goals for Round 3:
1. Solve the murder!

26th Jun 2007, 5:12 PM
Yeah!!! I got a "SOLVED" next to my name. :mag:

26th Jun 2007, 6:33 PM
Yay! Congratulations Scout! Well deserved! :clap: I know for a fact that you're quite the powerful thinker! :D

But now I must get my thinking cap on...ooh, it's broken...*sigh* :einstein

-Jocus Dorkus scratching her head- :Pike:

27th Jun 2007, 1:38 AM
Thanks Jocus Dorkus! I'm sure everyone will solve it.

Will we be getting the scores today? I know we're on a tight schedule but I was hoping to get Round 2 scores before I started working on my Round 3 pics.

27th Jun 2007, 4:48 PM
Sorry, was just awaiting Galactic's scores. Okay, Mnemosyne just rejoined, so I don't have her scores yet, but I'll post the rest of yours now.

Sam Croton (Scout)---8.5
Jacob Cornelius (JocusDorkus)---7.5
Eloise Watson (romyhorse)---8.5

27th Jun 2007, 7:42 PM
YAY! I solved it. lol I thought I was so off. Anyhow, you want pics for the third round then?

27th Jun 2007, 7:59 PM
Yea, please.

27th Jun 2007, 8:17 PM
I really should have gone with my first instinct, LOL :D

Yay! Can't wait to go in game and start with round 3. This has been so much fun, thank you again Evlevnz for this contest! :beer:

-Jocus Dorkus cooking up noodle soup- :num:

27th Jun 2007, 9:14 PM
I went back to my office and finished all the paperwork. There was always a sense of satisfaction in closing a case no matter how old.

Despite that satisfaction, the case still seemed to need a sense of closure. I considered my options and decided to pay one last visit to the murder scene.

As I walked away for the finale time, I hoped that Nicholas could rest easier knowing he had finally received what little measure of justice I could give him.


Thanks for posting the scores evlevnz92. I'll be working on my entry tonight and tomorrow. I have ideas for 2 of the pics. But am stumped for a third idea.

Mnemosyne, knew you would solve it. Congrats!!! And welcome back!!!

JocusDorkus, first instinct is always best. Unless its just something weird like a shot of all your sims feet. In which case just ignore it. And perhaps seek professional help. :dance:

28th Jun 2007, 2:30 AM
After the plane ride home, I don't even stop to change clothes before heading to the station and taking a look at this diary that's been found. My god, I think I've hit the jackpot. I believe I read it over maybe a hundred times and after consulting my notes, it hit me: I know who did it!

A celebration was in order, so my co-workers and friends met at our usual hangout: The Red Door. To my surprise, Miss (and I emphasize the "Miss") Renda showed up to extend her thanks. This small bar was just the place to celebrate my closing the case. One cold case solved, so many more to go.

It took some courage and some sleezy elbow jabs from my buddies, but I finally asked Miss Renda to dance. I tell you, the view from here is amazing!

As the day waned on and dusk peeked over the blanket of the horizon, I offered to escort Miss Renda to the airport to catch her flight home to Elmira. It was then that Miss Renda, Maria, told me that she was everso grateful to me and how could she show her thanks? Of course, ideas flitted through my mind, but they were never vocalized. They didn't need to be. Maria put her hand on mine...and needless to say, we never made it to the airport.


The last 3 pics really have nothing to do with the case, but I thought it helped everything draw to a close. Plus...Detective Cowen was rewarded handsomely for a job well done ;)

28th Jun 2007, 2:42 AM
Haha, great Round 3 entries so far, Scout and Mnesmosyne! *looks at the last line of Mnemosyne's post* xD

28th Jun 2007, 5:36 AM
Ok I finished my last round entry. My captions are terrible but you get the idea. My poor detective didn't get rewarded handsomely. :sadpanda:

28th Jun 2007, 6:04 AM
LOL..aww poor Sam. She should have stuck around and chilled with Nicholas..maybe...heh. Great pictures!

28th Jun 2007, 9:02 AM
Oh my, those are great! I especially love the fact that there's a box of donuts right behind Sam, just fabulously funny! :banana:

And what a reward for Seth! LOL Both just great endings! :clap:

I'll be posting mine up tomorrow, can't wait!

-Jocus Dorkus sad that there's no I Love Lucy on tvland- :num:

28th Jun 2007, 10:20 AM
Yeah! I solved it on my second attempt! Thank goodness for that as I'd run out of options :D I'll try and get my 3rd round up tonight.

28th Jun 2007, 9:31 PM
Good job on solving it Romy and Jocus!

28th Jun 2007, 9:36 PM
Everyone solved it? Drats! There went my chance of winning. :report:
Congrats Mnemosyne, JocusDorkus and romyhorse!!!

28th Jun 2007, 10:13 PM
Okay guys, Round 3 will be ending tomorrow night! =D

(BTW: Still no responses from the judges, Mnemosyne...sorry for the delay.)

29th Jun 2007, 4:35 AM
Hey it's alright. I'm in no hurry, just curious that's all. lol hush SCOUT, you're pictures for round 3 are awesome.

29th Jun 2007, 11:30 PM
The records from Elmira weren't very enlightening. I was getting frustrated, I'd got my list of suspects down to two but I'd come to a dead end here. Fortunately luck was on my side and next morning I received a phone call from the Police Department back in Worcester, new evidence had been discovered! I caught the first flight back to Worcester and headed straight to the Police Station.

There I was able to read Hannah's diary which had been discovered by some local kids. This new information together with what I had learned in Elmira led to the murderer... I hurried back to my office.


I added the new evidence to my whiteboard and stood back to double check everything. Yes! I was right! The name of the murderer was staring back at me.


There was one last thing I had to do. I picked up the phone and called Maria Renda's hotel. "I've got some news for you." I explained, "Could you come to my office?"


Whilst waiting her arrival I popped out to the Off Licence next door and bought a bottle of champagne. Well, it's not every day you solve a 150 year old murder! When Maria arrived I explained to her the new evidence and unveiled her great-grandmother's family's murderer. "Wow, that will be some story to tell my grandchildren!" she exclaimed.


30th Jun 2007, 12:57 AM
Very nice Romy! I especially like the whiteboard.

30th Jun 2007, 4:35 AM

The research in Elmira had proved useful, though limited, which was why by the second day the chief sent me back to Worcestor. Not that I minded, I needed to focus on everything I has collected so far and make heads or tails out of it. Not an easy task as some would believe. At least, by process of elimination I was down to two suspects, however, each lead had run a dead end. Boy was I getting sick and tired of them, not to mention the case as whole, it was a rather insistent head-scratcher. Yes, I was good at cold cases in general, but most often than not, the outcome could never be completely predicted, especially when there’s not enough to go by in the firs place. Well, for now, as per usual, I was only hoping for either a stroke of genius or a new case breaker clue…

And I got it in the form of an e-mail.


According to Higel, a couple of neighborhood kids found an underground entrance to what appeared to have been a basement long abandoned and within it, a very crucial and important discovery: Hannah Eliza’s diary. In a detective’s world, that was like finding pure gold in a nearly empty mine. I replied my interest, and within an hour, he was in headquarters with the much anticipated diary in his hands. Even the chief appeared to be floating, which was agreeably rare for a man that made a life of brooding and sulking about always. The moment it came into my hands, the feeling of discovery hit me really strong, you know, like one of those moments where you know have it, it’s right there, you just need that extra piece to complete it, and by jove, you did find it. Yeah, just like that and as I continued to read the last entry in her diary, I just knew.

But of course, a hunch is nothing if you don’t have the evidence to back it up.


I called the Hall records of our own little town and asked for papers that could tie any of my suspects to Hansel Norman. From what I was told, Hansel Norman and Thomas Reily were not related at all, nor was he connected in any other way to the Williams, which meant that Frederick Daniel Williams was just proven innocent, which meant, there was finally only one suspect left. Well, not really, because I was damn sure that was murderer. Now all that was needed was tie up loose ends and of course, write another tedious report on how I managed to solve a hundred and fifty year old case that had run stone cold for so long. Easy peasy, right? Right.


I called up Maria Renda and this time she invited me to dinner as I relayed everything I had discovered and who the murderer was. Naturally, she was quite relieved to hear that it wasn’t her great-grandmother and was very grateful for the closure I was able to give to the case. I assured it had only been my job, but that indeed, I had to admit, it felt good to finally give rest to the souls that had been slain that day and to those who were blamed so harshly all the while innocent. It was still hard to rack up in my mind how two girls, alone, could have escaped with such knowledge and still have lived with a moderately good life. I understand why the father, and the employee, but everyone else in the family, I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. Alas, it wasn’t like I could talk to Hannah and analyze her mind and words, so the best I could really do for myself was accept it and let the satisfaction of another case closed sweep me into the moon, if even for the night.


“I heard, congratulations!” yelled my best friend as she greeted me, “I just heard from Higel, and what did I tell you? I just knew you would.” Trust me when I tell you, you’re life just isn’t complete without one nerdy best friend. “Thank you Catarina, how could I ever have doubted your faith in me?” Shrugging her shoulders, she smiled real big, “beats me, but I know one thing for sure…I know you’re not going to turn down a night of Sinclair ZX Spectrum fun!”

What did I tell you? I don’t know ‘bout you, but with another case under my belt, I feel like celebrating in front of a colorful screen. :D

I just have Catarina's cameo, since Jacob did one in her entry, LOL :P

30th Jun 2007, 7:18 AM
HAhahahha..Fantastic Jocus. As I was reading and looking at the pics, I was just waiting for her! Great pictures, too.

30th Jun 2007, 9:08 PM
As always, nice entries romyhorse and JocusDorkus!!

Hey I recognize that nerd. :einstein

30th Jun 2007, 10:26 PM
Haha! Indeed! She just seems to pop out of nowhere! :P

Thank you, and I must say, I've really enjoyed this contest, it's been fun with a little brain exercise, so overall just great! Can't wait to see the results.

-Jocus Dorkus feeling for kitties all of a sudden- :beer:

30th Jun 2007, 10:35 PM
Oh we definately need more contests like this one. I loved it. Didn't think I'd figure it out on the first try! And kudos to ALEE for planning the cold case. Awesome!

30th Jun 2007, 10:43 PM
Thanks guys! Well, I'm off tomorrow at, like, 11...where the heck are my judges?! xD
Umm...so...any lurkers around here feel like emergency judging???
(Yes, still waiting for Galactic's R2 score for Mnemosyne, and both judges scores for R3)

30th Jun 2007, 10:50 PM
My final scores have just gone through! :)

Well done to everyone through out, there have been some amazing enteries over this contest. I know that only 4 of you followed this contest through but every single one of you showed amazing talent and did well with this contest. I enjoyed being a judge in cycle one but I intend now to focus on my upcoming story aswell as house and beauty contests so i will not be returning for a cycle two if there is one.


GalacticSimmer94 :p

1st Jul 2007, 1:31 AM
Alright, if breena doesn't send her scores in by 10 then I'll just have to use only mine and GalacticSimmer's scores. I really, really hate to rush this so much, but I honestly have to have this contest over tonight.

1st Jul 2007, 5:05 AM
Evlevnz, I never recieved a pm that it was time to judge...I'll send in my scores asap.

Sorry for holding everyone up :(

ETA: Good luck and Everyone did Excellent jobs!

Scores are officially sent :anime:

1st Jul 2007, 6:05 AM

Sam Croton (Scout)---7.84
Jacob Cornelius (JocusDorkus)---8
Eloise Watson (romyhorse)---8.84
Seth Cowen (Mnemosyne)---5.7

Sam Croton (Scout)---7.73
Jacob Cornelius (JocusDorkus)---8.33
Eloise Watson (romyhorse)---8.45
Seth Cowen (Mnemosyne)---7.05

Congrats, romyhorse! You all did really well, and I really enjoyed hosting this contest! =

1st Jul 2007, 6:12 AM
Congratulations Romy!

1st Jul 2007, 7:12 AM
Congrats everyone! :grouphug: You all have done so well, I'm so proud to have participated in this contest with all of you, it was a real pleasure! :banana:

I just had so much fun, and I would like to thank you Alee for that, and I hope it's not the last one! *coughhintcoughhing* 'cause it would be a shame if it were!

-Jocus Dorkus getting ready for good ol' sleep-

1st Jul 2007, 8:46 AM
Well done Romy, and well done to everyone else who took part in this contest, it was fun to judge. :)

1st Jul 2007, 9:04 AM
Yes, everyone did such a great job and I'm glad everyone solved it too! I can't believe I came in last place, but we live and learn, right?

There'd better be another contest like this Alee...don't make me think up one myself and take over! :P

1st Jul 2007, 9:34 AM
Mnemosyne, you may have come last but the final results were extremely close and also you have learnt alot from this contest and it has helped you approved, which is just as good as winning.

1st Jul 2007, 10:40 AM
Wow! Thanks everyone, I had lots of fun on this contest, and I certainly wasn't expecting to win. Everyone had such great entries I was sure I didn't have a chance.

1st Jul 2007, 2:04 PM
Great job everyone...congrats!

~Romyhorse, Congrats! Here is a preview of the new home that Ms. Eloise Watson has won...I wonder if she'll get that fabulous interior designer from Scotland to decorate for her, what's her name... ;) lol! I hope you enjoy the house... *off to package it, will pm you with it later*






1st Jul 2007, 2:08 PM
WoW great prise Breena and I think everyoen who was in this contest put 100% in! :)

1st Jul 2007, 4:20 PM
Congrats romyhorse!!!

Everyone did a great job so kudos to all of us. And thanks to breena and GalacticSimmer94 for being fantastic judges. And big thanks to Alee for thinking of the contest and running it. I had a great time.

2nd Jul 2007, 2:14 AM
Galactic Oh I agree 100%, it was just shocking! lol But Romy deserved it, especially in her round 3 shots, which were great. Thanks again Alee, I loved this contest! :beer: