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A Hands-On Approach
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General information
Season 1
City Easthaven
District Ridgeview Academy
Case # 32
Initial release date 3rd March 2020
Partner(s) Jake Coleman (All Chapters)
Case chronology
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Class Dismissed Team's Spirit
A professor meets the grip of death in the Alpha Psi sorority house! But what were they doing there, and why were they killed? It's up to you to find out!
—Case Teaser

A Hands-On Approach is a case featured in Criminal Case, it appears as the thirty-second case in The Syndicate and the thirty-second case overall. It takes place as the second case in the Ridgeview Academy district of Easthaven.

Plot

Following the distressing arrest of Margot Valentine for the murder of Frau Bryant, the team elected to investigate the Alpha Psi sorority house to solve lingering mysteries. As they arrived, they found cheerleader Christi du Lune and her squad demanding to know why they were searching her sorority. The team soon spoke to the cheerleader as Jake and the player headed inside, with the pair soon opening a wardrobe. Then, the strangled body of art professor Patricia Greenhill fell out, her eyes cold and blank. Unsure why Patricia was in the sorority house, they sent her body to a sorrowful Daphne, who concluded Patricia died from manual strangulation. They first spoke to Christi on the body in her sorority house, who stated she "like, had no idea about any dead gal". Following this, they questioned star quarterback Parker Aveiro and janitor Melvin Stevenson. As the pair recapped the investigation by the sorority house, Noah approached them with a lead. He then said that he contacted private investigators, who revealed that Patricia believed her boyfriend was having an affair with a student inside Alpha Psi.

They soon spoke to Patricia's boyfriend, music professor Ricky Price. He categorically denied all allegations of sleeping with a student, insisting Patricia was paranoid after seeing him meet with the students to help with their studies. After speaking to Ricky, they suspected bookworm Viola Deakins, a member of Alpha Psi who had joined to help them with the competition. They also discovered Christi had ordered her sorority sisters to avoid Patricia after she continued to invade the house. Melvin was also placed under suspicion after taking pictures of Patricia bathing through her window. Barbara then revealed that Daphne was in the sorority house, turning it over. They rushed back to the house, where Daphne frantically searched. Daphne then admitted she felt helpless to protect her daughter, as Velma and William returned her to the precinct. They then discovered Ricky's proposal was rejected, Patricia was investigating Parker for doping, and that Viola had requested Patricia's help in leaving Alpha Psi, for unknown reasons. Finally, the clues aligned as Ricky was found guilty of the murder.

Ricky charismatically denied the allegations, telling the duo that Patricia accusing him was enough without them. As Jake presented the evidence, Ricky began to sweat, continuing his attempts to plead innocence. Jake became angrier and demanded to know why he killed Patricia, asking if it was about the proposal. Ricky then snapped, saying Patricia needed to die for putting her nose where it didn't belong, for discovering the truth. Ricky then clammed up, demanding a lawyer before saying another word. Outside, in the main room, the police paced back and forth. Knowing Ricky wouldn't crack, Mildred insisted the answer was hidden in Alpha Psi, vowing to find it one way or another.

Knowing the truth was with Alpha Psi, Grayson suggested speaking to newly-enlisted member Viola. Daphne and the player soon spoke to Viola, who at first clammed up, before Daphne pleaded that she wanted to know the truth and help her daughter. Viola then confessed Margot was her friend, from the mystery society, and told them Ricky made visits to Alpha Psi to leave messages for some of the members. They hurried back to the house, eventually discovering Margot's secret stash of messages. Per William, it was discovered that Ricky visited Alpha Psi to inform her that the Chessmaster requested her presence. Jake and the player then rushed to Margot's cell, where she tearfully confessed that after winning the competition, members from Alpha Psi were hand chosen by the Chessmaster to join BISHOP. Margot, not knowing what it was, went along with it, before she found herself too deep to leave. A tearful Margot then revealed that Frau Bryant was also a member, who she ordered to take out after the Chessmaster deemed him a threat, or risk her mother's life. Daphne then hugged her apologetic daughter, promising to make it better for her.

They then confronted Ricky again, who soon confessed he was a member of BISHOP. He then revealed that Patricia's investigation into Alpha Psi, believing him to be having an affair, risked exposing the operation, so he was forced to strangle her and hide her in the wardrobe. The team then convened with their findings. Knowing the Chessmaster used the competition to recruit new, younger, members into BISHOP, they decided to speak to Christi once more. Christi, who was panicked after trapping a hair curler in her locks, quickly told the team "she, like, had no idea about any recruitment", but suggested they search the bleachers, so she could remove the curler, as it was a hotspot for rumours. Behind the bleachers, they recovered a faded sports message, which they recovered. William then revealed the university were hosting a tennis tournament later that week, with the winning team promised prizes beyond their wildest imagination.

Believing the Chessmaster would use the tennis tournament to recruit new members, similarly to how they used the sorority competition, the team decided to investigate the tournament next, hoping to find new leads into BISHOP and the Chessmaster's influence over Ridgeview Academy.

Summary

Victim

  • Patricia Greenhill (killed before being stuffed in the wardrobe)

Murder Weapon

  • Manual Strangulation

Killer

  • Ricky Price

Suspects

Christi du Lune
Sorority President
Height 5'4"
Age 19
Weight 119 lbs
Eyes Blue
Blood A-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect chews gum.
  • The suspect drinks coffee.
  • The suspect plays the piano.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect has long hair.
Parker Aveiro
Star Quarterback
Height 6'3"
Age 20
Weight 203 lbs
Eyes Blue
Blood AB-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect chews gum.
  • The suspect drinks coffee.
  • The suspect plays the piano.
Melvin Stevenson
Janitor
Height 5'5"
Age 54
Weight 183 lbs
Eyes Brown
Blood A+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect chews gum.
  • The suspect drinks coffee.
  • The suspect plays the piano.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect wears glasses.
Ricky Price
Music Professor
Height 6'0"
Age 46
Weight 201 lbs
Eyes Brown
Blood A-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect chews gum.
  • The suspect drinks coffee.
  • The suspect plays the piano.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect has long hair.
  • The suspect wears glasses.
Viola Deakins
Sorority Sister
Height 5'5"
Age 19
Weight 147 lbs
Eyes Brown
Blood A-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect drinks coffee.
  • The suspect plays the piano.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect wears glasses.

Quasi-Suspect(s)

Margot Valentine
Prisoner
Height 5'4"
Age 19
Weight 130 lbs
Eyes Brown
Blood A+

Killer's Profile

  • The killer chews gum.
  • The killer drinks coffee.
  • The killer plays the piano.
  • The killer has long hair.
  • The killer wears glasses.

Crime Scenes

Sorority House Rooftop Water-Tower Sorority House Bonus
Soccer Pitch Bleachers Soccer Pitch Bonus
Music Room Grand Piano Music Room Bonus

Steps

Chapter 1

  • Investigate Sorority House. (Clues: Victim's Body, Washing Line, Broken Badge)
  • Examine Broken Badge. (Result: Sorority Badge; New Suspect: Christi du Lune)
  • Confront Christi over the body in the sorority house. (New Crime Scene: Soccer Pitch)
  • Investigate Soccer Pitch. (Clues: Torn Fabric, Cleaning Supplies)
  • Examine Torn Fabric. (Result: Varsity Jacket)
  • Examine Varsity Jacket. (Result: P AVEIRO; New Suspect: Parker Aveiro)
  • Question Parker on the murder in the sorority house.
  • Examine Cleaning Supplies. (Result: Faded Badge)
  • Examine Faded Badge. (Result: Employee Number)
  • Analyze Employee Number. (04:00:00; New Suspect: Melvin Stevenson)
  • Examine Washing Line. (Result: Patricia's Necklace)
  • Analyze Patricia's Necklace. (08:00:00; Attribute: The killer drinks coffee)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer chews gum)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)

Chapter 2

  • Confront Ricky over his girlfriend's death. (Attribute: Ricky chews gum; New Crime Scene: Music Room)
  • Investigate Music Room. (Clues: Pile of Books, Broken Wood)
  • Examine Pile of Books. (Result: Faded Book)
  • Examine Faded Book. (Result: Recovered Title; New Suspect: Viola Deakins)
  • Question Viola about joining Alpha Psi. (Attribute: Viola drinks coffee)
  • Examine Broken Wood. (Result: Easel)
  • Analyze Easel. (06:00:00; Attribute: The killer plays the piano; New Crime Scene: Bleachers)
  • Investigate Bleachers. (Clue: Sorority Message, Faded Photos)
  • Examine Sorority Message. (Result: Christi's Message)
  • Confront Christi about her warnings. (Attribute: Christi chews gum, drinks coffee, and plays the piano)
  • Examine Faded Photos. (Result: Bathing Photos)
  • Analyze Bathing Photos. (04:00:00)
  • Confront Melvin over taking the photos. (Attribute: Melvin chews gum, drinks coffee, and plays the piano)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)

Chapter 3

  • Investigate Sorority Water-Tower. (Clues: Ring Box, Purse, Faded Letter)
  • Examine Ring Box. (Result: Engraved Message)
  • Speak to Ricky about the ring for Patricia. (Attribute: Ricky drinks coffee and plays the piano)
  • Examine Purse. (Result: USB Stick)
  • Analyze USB Stick. (05:00:00)
  • Confront Parker about the doping allegations. (Attribute: Parker chews gum, drinks coffee, and plays the piano)
  • Examine Faded Letter. (Result: Viola's Letter)
  • See why Viola was lettering the victim. (Attribute: Viola plays the piano)
  • Investigate Grand Piano. (Clues: Piano Sheet, Gum Packet)
  • Examine Piano Sheet. (Result: Hairs)
  • Analyze Hairs. (05:00:00; Attribute: The killer has long hair)
  • Examine Gum Packet. (Result: Unknown Substance)
  • Analyze Unknown Substance. (09:00:00; Attribute: The killer wears glasses)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Be the Best... Or Nothing at All (2/5). (1 star)

Be the Best... Or Nothing at All (2/5)

TSAI7

  • Speak to Viola about Ricky's visits. (Reward: Alpha Psi Badge)
  • Investigate Sorority House. (Clue: Margot's Box)
  • Examine Margot's Box. (Result: Letters)
  • Examine Letters. (Result: Letters from Ricky)
  • Analyze Letters from Ricky. (06:00:00; New Quasi-Suspect: Margot Valentine)
  • Speak to Margot about the Chessmaster. (Reward: Burger)
  • Confront Ricky with your knowledge.
  • See if Christi knows anything.
  • Investigate Bleachers. (Clue: Faded Sports Message)
  • Examine Faded Sports Message. (Result: Tennis Tournament)
  • Analyze Tennis Tournament. (04:00:00)
  • Move onto a new crime! (1 star)

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