Famous Mystery Writers and Their Characters: The Poe Edition

Ah, Poe, that clever wordsmith. Imbued with the gift of leaving his readers pleasantly creeped out, it is he we must thank for the creation of some of the literary characters we love most. One of these singular creatures is Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin, a mind set to solving crimes before the word detective was even a part of the world.

Among the many delightfully dark writings gifted to our minds from Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839), “The Raven” (1845), and countless other works, his character Dupin, which we see featured in three of Poe’s works, is a marvel. Whether solving crimes on a whim for his own personal pleasure or sleuthing for monetary gain, the mechanics of his mind are astounding.

This character is said to be the bones of which the character Sherlock was written. It’s even alluded to in the first Sherlock novel, A Study in Scarlet, in a conversation between Sherlock and Watson. Both Dupin and Sherlock have the innate ability to read people based on nuance, body language, and speech, and have a disturbing tendency to reveal the minds of people who thought their secrets were safe so long as they stayed in their minds. How wrong they were!

The character Dupin set the standard for the traditional “gentleman detective,”— a member of the british gentry, very eccentric and keen minded, that often resided in a british townhouse. Dupin lived with his closest friend, and was eclectic in his hobbies (sound familiar?). He was not very fond of the police, indeed, he usually viewed them as an inconvenience at best.

The motive for choosing to solve the crimes in the three stories is different for Dupin each time, making him even harder to figure out. Poe’s character is the penultimate in rationality and comes off as snobby due to the fact that he did not interact with other people in any kind of normal way due to his heightened sense of observation and constantly churning process of abductive thinking.

All in all, Dupin makes for a fascinating character in a series of skillfully crafted stories. We salute you, Edgar. If you enjoyed this read, keep your sleuthing eyes peeled for the next famous mystery writer and character! If you want to solve a crime of your own, set in motion your own personal night of mystery, intrigue, and murder with The Murder Mystery Company today.

The Mystery of the Somerton Man

It’s December 1st, 1948 in Southern Australia and one of the world’s strangest unsolved mysteries has taken place. At 6.30 a.m. the body of an unidentified man, now known as the Somerton Man, is found. I’ll save you the details of his death because, frankly, that’s the least interesting part of this case.

The initial crime, a man found dead on a beach with two unsmoked cigarettes, was hardly remarkable…except for the cryptic code left on the body. Witnesses had viewed him the night before lying on the beach in the same position he was found. They concluded he was likely to be passed out because he wasn’t reacting to the numerous mosquitos.

Based on the interviews it is likely he died around 2 a.m. the morning on the day the body was found. He was dressed well but missing his hat which was unusual for the time period. Even more unusual was the fact that all the labels were missing from his clothing. That made it difficult to trace his country of origin, whether it be Britain, The U.S. or from within Australia herself. His wallet was also missing.

Attempts to identify the Somerton Man (named for the beach at which he was found) were unsuccessful from use of dental records. Many identifications were made over time, including a guess based on a description of EC Johnson, who was later ruled out when the man himself appeared at the coroner’s office. Newspapers ran the story with a picture, but all lines of inquiry were soon exhausted.

There was a break in the case when a brown suitcase believed to be that of the victim was handed over to police. It was from the railway station he had been at earlier that day according to a ticket found in his pocket. There were a variety of items found but most interestingly was a coat which, because of the way it was manufactured, could only have been bought in America. Was the man American? Or had he purchased the jacket from someone of the same size who had just been in America?

Around this time a scrap of paper was also discovered deep in one of the pockets of his trousers with the words, “Tamad Shud” which means “it is finished.” A wide search discovered that this was a very rare copy of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.” The detectives released this to the press and the copy from which it came was found in a car that had been abandoned two weeks earlier. The detectives concluded that the car belonged to the victim.

In the back of the book there were several lines written, believed to be some sort of coded message as well as the unlisted number of a woman living in nearby Adelaide. She was interviewed by the police but asked her name to be kept secret. The woman, later revealed as Jessica Thompson, told them a story about having given the book to a man named Boxall during the war. The Somerton Man was later disproved to be Boxall when he was discovered alive with his wartime copy of the book and the Taman Shud line still intact.

Recently, 60 Minutes revealed that the Somerton Man might be the victim of Ms. Thompson. Her daughter believes that she was actually a Russian Spy, and may have had an affair with, and subsequently produced a child with the unknown victim. There is a current petition to exhume the body for a DNA test which may prove whether a son of Ms. Thompson was fathered by The Somerton Man. All attempts at deciphering the coded message in the book have been unsuccessful to date.

This case has been infuriating detectives and police forces for decades. Time has taken away evidence and witnesses, and the window of opportunity to figure out this crime of mystery, intrigue, and murder keeps getting smaller and smaller. Luckily, solving a crime with The Murder Mystery Company won’t leave you wanting to pull out your hair. If you like a challenge, and you think you have what it takes, grab your detective hat and hop on over to a public show with us. We guarantee you will have a killer time.

Ring in The New Year With Crime and Cocktails in Milwaukee

The Murder Mystery Company and The Astor Hotel are pleased to announce their evening of food, fun, and murder for the New Year! You can catch our thrilling and chilling show, Midnight at the Masquerade, in the banquet hall at The Astor Hotel. Enjoy a decadent evening of crime solving escapades with our mystery experts, paired up with a three course meal that includes a dessert to die for!

Don your finest New Years fashions for this event. You can wear your most elaborate evening gown paired up with a Venetian mask, or suit up in a killer costume to hide your true identity while you sleuth the night away with us and solve a mystery!

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Seasonal Shows To DIE For….

Greetings Detective! The holidays are fast approaching, and now is the time to start plotting, er, we mean planning, the perfect holiday party! Every year the parties come, eggnog flows, platters laden with cookies are left with only crumbles, and carols drift through the air. Same party, different dress.

Sure it’s fun, but why not try a whole new way to enthrall your yuletide visitors this season?

Start off your holiday festivities with some ho-ho-ho’s and ha-ha-ha’s by bringing The Murder Mystery Company and their merry and murderous mystery experts to your seasonal soiree for two hours of killer comedy for any Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Yule celebration you have in mind!

Our mystery shows turn your party from merriment to murder, and it’s up to you to help figure out whodunit in a Clue style game of mystery where you and your guests are the game pieces! Solve the crime in time for some cocoa and cookies with our professional performers right in your home or at your favorite local venue.

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New Orleans Murder Mystery Hits the Casino!

Greetings Detectives! The Murder Mystery Company has been working hard to bring you mystery, intrigue, and murder in The Big Easy. Now you can have it all, food, fun, and a big ol’ mystery to solve at our brand spanking new venue, Boomtown Casino and Hotel!

We are big fans of the motto “go big or go home” so we’re bringing our biggest baddest game of murder to you with a three course dinner fit for a Mardi Gras King or Queen, and entertainment that rivals the best of the best.

Our mystery experts can’t wait to solve a crime with you, so keep your eyes peeled for more information on our show dates, how to get tickets, and which Clue-style mystery you can solve with us, all coming soon – and one last thing – don’t forget your detective hat!

Give The Gift of Murder This Holiday Season!

We’ve reached the time of year when everyone starts tearing at their hair trying to figure out what to get their parents, coworkers, in laws, significant others, really just anyone, for the holidays. Everyone is seeking a gift that is thoughtful, unique, and exciting, but doesn’t everything seem like it’s already been done?

Worry not, dear holiday shopper, we’ve got the perfect gift for those hard to shop for people in your life this season! Instead of another gift card, snag some tickets to a criminally fun Clue style crime scene with The Murder Mystery Company!

Give the gift of a memorable night out, with dinner, drinks, and a two hour interactive play! It is the perfect date night or family outing, all in one ticket. Our mystery themed shows are a delight for everyone, and the three course meal that comes with it ain’t nothing to sneeze at, either!

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Famous Mystery Writers and Their Characters: The Poe Edition

Ah, Poe, that clever wordsmith. Imbued with the gift of leaving his readers pleasantly creeped out, it is he we must thank for the creation of some of the literary characters we love most. One of these singular creatures is Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin, a mind set to solving crimes before the word detective was even a part of the world.

Among the many delightfully dark writings gifted to our minds from Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839), “The Raven” (1845), and countless other works, his character Dupin, which we see featured in three of Poe’s works, is a marvel. Whether solving crimes on a whim for his own personal pleasure or sleuthing for monetary gain, the mechanics of his mind are astounding.

This character is said to be the bones of which the character Sherlock was written. It’s even alluded to in the first Sherlock novel, A Study in Scarlet, in a conversation between Sherlock and Watson. Both Dupin and Sherlock have the innate ability to read people based on nuance, body language, and speech, and have a disturbing tendency to reveal the minds of people who thought their secrets were safe so long as they stayed in their minds. How wrong they were!

The character Dupin set the standard for the traditional “gentleman detective,”— a member of the british gentry, very eccentric and keen minded, that often resided in a british townhouse. Dupin lived with his closest friend, and was eclectic in his hobbies (sound familiar?). He was not very fond of the police, indeed, he usually viewed them as an inconvenience at best.

The motive for choosing to solve the crimes in the three stories is different for Dupin each time, making him even harder to figure out. Poe’s character is the penultimate in rationality and comes off as snobby due to the fact that he did not interact with other people in any kind of normal way due to his heightened sense of observation and constantly churning process of abductive thinking.

All in all, Dupin makes for a fascinating character in a series of skillfully crafted stories. We salute you, Edgar. If you enjoyed this read, keep your sleuthing eyes peeled for the next famous mystery writer and character! If you want to solve a crime of your own, set in motion your own personal night of mystery, intrigue, and murder with The Murder Mystery Company today.