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Statistics say murders usually are perpetrated by someone the victim knows, using this information a great deal of crimes can be “brute forced” in this game once a comprehensive list of the victim’s attachments can be built. Only use this guide if you are out of options, this is a long process that doesn’t always work.
Shadows of Doubt How to solve most murders in 5 steps
Find evidence of perp (fingerprint works best)
I like to check door handles on the way out for fingerprints, as well as going through their files and computer. This usually turns up something relevant like height or hair color, but sometimes important prints are hidden well like in a crumpled up note in a dark corner.
Find victim’s employer and house
Usually a murder happens at one of these two locations, but once you have their name the house can be found easily through the city directory and then their employer can be found from the file box.
Pin every coworker from the employee file cabinet and pin every name in the address book at their house.
You’re going to want to zoom out the case board for this one and personally I like organizing the suspects by area so I can search for evidence more efficiently. If you have print evidence of the killer it is useful to look up every employee in the employee database, since their files contain print data. This can be done at the admin computer at the victim’s place of work after getting the coworkers names.
Go around banging on suspect’s doors one by one looking for contradictory evidence to the perp.
If you have fingerprint evidence just scan people’s doors. There should be two unique fingerprints on their door if they have a partner, one if they live alone. If someone has evidence that directly contradicts evidence to the perp, cross them off the list. Don’t be hasty either, sometimes evidence is shared by other NPC’s in this game so look for contradictory evidence first and foremost to prove their innocence. Save scumming can be used at one’s discretion here to speed things up.
Cross off suspects until you’ve found your perp.
If you’ve compared and collected evidence right then that person is the murderer and if you want to be safe because you’re not confident in your deductive reasoning skills just save before submitting the case. If every suspect was crossed off then you might have missed something or the killer really didn’t know the victim. It’s important to collect contradicting evidence methodically and in an organized manner so you can make the right assumptions about your findings in such a case.
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