Students solve a murder mystery


Donovan Wilson Reporter

The Halloween season is different this year, but the Bookmarks English Club did the best they could with the regulations and held an online murder mystery event open to anyone who wanted to join.

“I will be the host and I’ll put you all in a random generator and I’ll private message the murderer and they will private message me who they want to kill,” said Taylor Havrilla, president of the Bookmarks English club.

The Bookmarks English club has an annual murder mystery event near Halloween. This year, due to COVID-19, it was held online through a WebEx call at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 28. The event ran until 9:00 p.m. and consisted of five rounds of the murder mystery game.

Bookmarks is an on-campus English club. Their mission statement is to promote literacy through literature.

Bookmarks is an on-campus English club. Their mission statement is to promote literacy through literature.

During the night portions of the game, the murderer would tell the host who they wanted to be murdered. The victim would then have their camera turned off and their mic muted, representing their death. During the daytime portion, the remaining party members would question each other and then vote to execute who they think the murderer is.

There were five rounds that happened throughout the event. Round one failed due to the murderer of the round accidentally messaging his would-be victim to everybody rather than just the host. However, round two went with no issues. Round three was interrupted by the meeting crashing but rounds four and five went smoothly.

“During last year, I almost passed out while wearing my death cape,” said Sophia Oneto, Vice President of Bookmarks English Club.

An aspect of the night was just friends sharing anecdotes from murder mysteries of years passed. However, due to the socially distanced aspect, shenanigans were not quite as high stakes this year.

Another aspect of the night was the idea of playing a character. Every member of the club appeared on camera in some sort of costume that ranged from a Pokémon character to Andre 3000 from OutKast’s “Hey Ya” music video.

“I was outside strolling along the lake because I had a song stuck inside my head,” said George Shelton, a member of Bookmarks.

Made up alibis and back stories were another part of the game. The member of the club playing a Pokémon kept referencing areas from the Pokémon games and shows and the member of the club play Andre kept referencing being a musician.

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