Murder by Mail

On the morning of September 18th, 1841, an postman delivered a large package to the Kalamazoo hours before its anticipated departure to New Orleans. However, the journey was delayed, and the package remained there for a week. Shortly before its departure,...

Background

Robert Matthews, who later called himself Prophet Matthias, came from a strict Presbyterian household. He was orphaned as a child and was raised by church elders. After moving to Manhattan, he began preaching on street corners and attended an African Methodis...

Background

The Staten Island of 1843 was much different than how it is known today. Back then, it was a small, maritime community of only 10,000. Here is where the Van Pelt Houseman family lived. George Van Pelt Houseman was a wealthy oyster merchant who lived with his...

It is almost essential for any live interactive murder mystery to include at least a few characters with a shady background. The most intriguing characters are the ones who seem to have a clean reputation on the surface, but they have many secrets for the audience to d...

 

When someone is murdered, it is usually taboo to claim the victim deserved their fate, regardless how despicable and heinous their behavior may have been. This is why many authors of murder mysteries (including immersive murder mysteries) channel this frustration and...

Many of history’s most notorious murders were committed out of passion. What makes many of these crimes so intriguing is how many close to the crime find the murderer’s actions so uncharacteristic of them. Our NYC murder mystery experiences often use characters who hav...

When putting together a murder mystery there are several things to take into consideration. Once the crime is committed, it is up to the central character or characters to put together the clues of the case to find the culprit. However, on a summer day in 1897, police...

One of the most notorious New York murder mysteries is that of Mary Ann Degnan. Characters in murder mysteries or crime dramas tend to have a secret past or alternate persona. This case is a prime example of this archetype as the victim was identified as several differ...

When writing characters for our plays, often times we take inspiration from many of the most notorious murders in New York. We not only draw inspiration from their crimes, but we also try to incorporate their personality for our characters in our New York immersive pro...