The crime is the key component to a murder mystery. Sure, you need a setting, a theme and characters to play their parts, without a crime though the evening would quickly draw to a close.

How do you conjure up a crime if you have no experience of dastardly deeds?  And what should you be thinking if you are plotting a crime for a murder mystery for the very first time?

We’re going to cover the basics in this next blog post. Knives at the ready and poison on standby, plan the perfect crime this way…

Choose a victim

Having established a theme for the murder mystery evening, pick a setting and drawn up a list of characters, the next part of the process is to choose a victim or two. Depending on how long the evening is intended to last, you might decide to choose a solitary victim and build the suspense around their murder. Once you have chosen the victim introduce them to the audience as soon as possible. You might want to kill their character off straight away at the beginning of the evening and get right into the action. Another option is to slowly introduce them to the audience, give them a little dialogue and use their character to develop reasons why other characters might want to kill them.

Plot their demise

You know who the victim is so it’s time to bump them off. Be as mercenary as you like when you think about their demise. Poison, stabbing and strangulation are good options. They could be shot or hit over the head with a blunt object. Be realistic with the choice of murder weapon though. If the murderess is small and slight it’s unlikely she’ll be able to strangle her heavily-built husband or lift a lead pipe to strike the fatal blow.

Think of motives

Why has the character committed such a foul deed? You need to give the murderer a suitable motive otherwise the plot can seem rather unbelievable. Well-written murder mysteries cleverly unwind as the night unfolds and the murderer always has a good reason to kill their victim.

Assign a killer

You’ve picked a victim, you know how they are going to be killed and can think of a few motives why certain characters might want to bump them off so what’s left to do? Pick the killer! To make it more fun try to pick one of the characters the players are least likely to guess. Give each character a reason to want to kill the victim and you pretty much have your pick from all the cast. Decide early on who’s going to be the main culprit and give clues that slowly reveal who the killer is.

Planning the crime is all part of the fun at a murder mystery dinner.  Book our services at Murder Mystery and we’ll do all the planning for you leaving you free to test those sleuthing skills.

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