Bark Up the Wrong Tree
General information
Season 1
City Easthaven
District Velvet Avenue
Case # 42
Initial release date 15th June 2020
Partner(s) Jake Coleman (All Chapters)
Case chronology
← Preceded by Succeeded by →
Foal Play Too Rich for Blood
As the past snippets blur with the present, we rush to Breakspear Park at the elusive request. However, a group of dogs barking at a tree stump reveals a horrific sight! Can you solve this case - or are you just barking up the wrong tree?
—Case Teaser

Bark Up the Wrong Tree is a case featured in Criminal Case, it appears as the forty-second case in The Syndicate and the forty-second case overall. It takes place as the second case in the Velvet Avenue district of Easthaven.


Years ago, after a gun had been fired and blood had been spilt, the Chessmaster stands quietly on their own in a darkened room, trying to wash away the blood from their clothes and hands. They then looked up, their eyes tired, cold, and haunted. It never got easier.

That day, the Easthaven Crimes Force hurried to Breakspear Park at the request of an elusive note. Heading early to make sure it was safe, Jake and the player arrived in the park, where people stood unaware of the fight between dark and light in the city. As a woman wandered by, the group of dogs she was walking began to bark, smelling blood. They investigated, only to find adventurer Esmeralda Topaz dead, strangled with her own intestines. Soon after, they suspected security consultant Livia Lomasz, eccentric gemmologist Victor von Haunt, and pensioner Augustus Draper, who had been allowed supervised visits outside due to his early-stage dementia. William then rushed up to them, informing them of a stabbing behind bars.

William explained that Quincy Beck, who had helped them recover the Key, had been stabbed in the showers by a confiscated shiv, revealing he was in emergency care. Shortly after, they resumed their investigation, suspecting fortune teller Mama Masque and First Lady Leila Stainton. After learning that Augustus saw Esmeralda talking with shadowed people from his retirement home, they were asked by Victor to meet him in his shop. The eccentric man began to explain that he needed to tell them something, before the lights turned off. When Nancy turned them back on, Victor had been bludgeoned.

Daphne confirmed Victor died from a swift blow to the cranium, likely from a sledgehammer. They then learned that Mama and Leila were recruiting members for the CHECKMATE task force, which Esmeralda angrily refused. Livia and Esmeralda were also seen fighting before her death after Livia accused Esmeralda of stealing priceless artefacts. As the team wondered how Victor and his murder fit in, they found Livia guilty of the homicides.

The security consultant didn’t deny the accusations, instead congratulating them for finding her, confessing she’d been under their noses the entire time. Livia went on to explain that after resigning as a knife-thrower, she became a security consultant for the Easthaven prison, where she was entrusted by the Chessmaster to take care of any problems that could arise. Wanting a place in their new world order, Livia did as she was told: murdering Drake Henderson and Rebecca and Thelma, helping arrange the murders of Raymond Henderson and Gregory Charles, and attempting the murder of Quincy Beck, all to further BISHOP’s plans. When asked how Esmeralda and Victor were involved, Livia revealed Esmeralda was a BISHOP member, who sent messages to other members via the crystals she’d pawn at Victor’s shop. However, Victor discovered Esmeralda’s secret and planned to expose her to the police. Knowing this couldn’t happen, Livia attacked Esmeralda in the park, strangling her with her own intestines. She then killed Victor using the same sledgehammer she used against the twins to tie the final loose end. In court, Livia laughed, telling them Easthaven was too dumb to see what she had been doing this whole time. As the killer mocked Judge Watson, she sentenced her to life imprisonment in solitary confinement for all her crimes, telling her to sleep with one eye open as she was now a loose end to BISHOP. Outside, Chief Campbell congratulated them on finding Livia, only for a wounded Vinnie to approach them.

He then called out for their help, revealing he’d been branded. Knowing he was now a target of BISHOP, Barbara and the player soon rushed to find medical care for Vinnie whilst Velma took him back to the precinct. After finding a medical kit in the fitness headquarter, Daphne and Matthew were able to dress the wound. Vinnie then revealed a woman with red eyeshadow and a pierced lip branded him, which Jake remembered matched Zaria Run’s profile. They soon confronted her, where the former magician’s assistant confessed to the attack, saying she was threatened and left with no choice. When asked about Vinnie’s upcoming assassination, she insisted she didn’t know anything else.

Meanwhile, as night fell, Nancy and the player arrived at Breakspear Park to investigate the elusive note they were sent. A second note was on a nearby bench, signed by an alias named E.E. The note then read that before they could trust the force, E.E. needed them to pass a trial to prove their loyalty. Wary, but knowing they didn’t have a choice, the pair agreed with the note, heading to Victor’s shop to complete the trial. After doing so, William received another note from E.E. The note then read that E.E. was a friend, with personal knowledge of BISHOP’s doings. E.E. then advised them back to the park, where they found a hard-drive inside a hollowed-tree stump. Per William, the drive contained proof of Eloise’s accusations: Seth Murdoch was indeed funding BISHOP. Mildred was shocked, declaring that E.E. couldn’t be trusted, before storming out.

Afterwards, Vinnie apologized for his past once more, to which Velma forgave him, telling him life was too short and she couldn’t live in a world without him. The couple then kissed, promising to raise their baby right. Later, armed with E.E.’s evidence, Chief Campbell told the team they needed to apprehend Seth and fast, regardless of Mildred’s personal feelings.

Years ago, as the Chessmaster feels their guilt, regains their composure, and returns to the others, they hear murmurings that the American spy still refused to talk. Before long, they begin suggesting they threaten the child’s life next, in hopes of giving the spy no option but to talk. The Chessmaster was enraged, telling them the child was not involved, but they wouldn’t listen, determined to uncover the truth. Racked with disillusion, the Chessmaster tried to persuade them… but to no avail.



  • Esmeralda Topaz (strangled with her own intestines)
  • Victor von Haunt (bludgeoned in front of the team)
  • Quincy Beck (attempted murder; stabbed in the prison shower)

Murder Weapons

  • Victim's Intestines
  • Sledgehammer
  • Confiscated Shiv


  • Livia Lomasz


Livia Lomasz
Security Consultant
Height 5'4"
Age 22
Weight 145 lbs
Eyes Blue
Blood AB-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect has anatomical knowledge.
  • The suspect does push-ups.
  • The suspect goes golfing.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect has red streaks.
  • The suspect wears white.
Victor von Haunt
Eccentric Gemmologist
Height 6'5"
Age 44
Weight 197 lbs
Eyes Brown
Blood A-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect has anatomical knowledge.
  • The suspect does push-ups.
  • The suspect goes golfing.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect has red streaks.
Augustus Draper
Height 5'9"
Age 65
Weight 178 lbs
Eyes Green
Blood AB+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect has anatomical knowledge.
  • The suspect does push-ups.
  • The suspect goes golfing.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect wears white.
Mama Masque
Fortune Teller
Height 5'5"
Age 22
Weight 152 lbs
Eyes Green
Blood O-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect has anatomical knowledge.
  • The suspect does push-ups.
  • The suspect goes golfing.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect has red streaks.
Leila Stainton
First Lady
Height 5'6"
Age 38
Weight 142 lbs
Eyes Blue
Blood AB-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect has anatomical knowledge.
  • The suspect does push-ups.
  • The suspect goes golfing.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect wears white.


Vinnie Anderson
Former Spy
Height 6'0"
Age 30
Weight 160 lbs
Eyes Brown
Blood A+
Zaria Run
Vinnie's Attacker
Height 5'4"
Age 21
Weight 122 lbs
Eyes Green
Blood AB-
Mildred Murdoch
Height 5'3"
Age 23
Weight 151 lbs
Eyes Blue
Blood AB-

Killer's Profile

  • The killer has anatomical knowledge.
  • The killer does push-ups.
  • The killer goes golfing.
  • The killer has red streaks.
  • The killer wears white.

Crime Scenes

Breakspear Park Park Benches Breakspear Park Bonus
Gem Shop Shop Racks Gem Shop Bonus
Fitness Club Exercise Equipment Fitness Club Bonus


Chapter 1

  • Investigate Breakspear Park. (Clues: Victim's Body, Pile of Intestines, Broken Holster, Business Card)
  • Examine Broken Holster. (Result: Scratched ID Number)
  • Examine Scratched ID Number. (Result: Numbers)
  • Analyze Numbers. (07:00:00; New Suspect: Livia Lomasz)
  • Question Livia on her holster in the park.
  • Examine Business Card. (Result: Gem Shop; New Crime Scene: Gem Shop)
  • Investigate Gem Shop. (Clues: Broken Sign, Cane)
  • Examine Broken Sign. (Result: V VON HAUNT; New Suspect: Victor von Haunt)
  • Question Victor on owning the shop.
  • Examine Cane. (Result: Insignia Identified; New Suspect: Augustus Draper)
  • See Augustus about his cane in the shop.
  • Examine Pile of Intestines. (Result: Slice Marks)
  • Analyze Slice Marks. (07:00:00; Attribute: The killer does push-ups)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer has anatomical knowledge)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)

Chapter 2

  • Investigate Fitness Club. (Clues: Sports Bag, Broken Machine, Butterfly Knife)
  • Examine Sports Bag. (Result: Creepy Mask; New Suspect: Mama Masque)
  • Question Mama Masque on her mask. (Attribute: Mama Masque does push-ups)
  • Examine Broken Machine. (Result: Specialised Machine)
  • Analyze Specialised Machine. (07:00:00; New Suspect: Leila Stainton)
  • See Leila over the machine. (Attribute: Leila has anatomical knowledge and does push-ups)
  • Examine Butterfly Knife. (Result: Blood Sample)
  • Analyze Blood Sample. (05:00:00; Attribute: The killer goes golfing; New Crime Scene: Park Benches)
  • Investigate Park Benches. (Clue: Picnic Basket)
  • Examine Picnic Basket. (Result: Damaged Photograph)
  • Examine Damaged Photograph. (Result: Strange Photo)
  • Analyze Strange Photo. (03:00:00)
  • Question Augustus over photographing Esmeralda. (Attribute: Augustus has anatomical knowledge, does push-ups, and goes golfing)
  • See why Victor needed to speak to you. (Attribute: Victor has anatomical knowledge, does push-ups, and goes golfing)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)

Chapter 3

  • Investigate Shop Racks. (Clues: Victor's Body, Lost Property)
  • Autopsy Victor's Body. (15:00:00; Result: Faded Paper)
  • Examine Faded Paper. (Result: Numbers)
  • Confront Livia over her fight with Esmeralda in the shop. (Attribute: Livia has anatomical knowledge, does push-ups, and goes golfing)
  • Examine Lost Property. (Result: Torn Poster)
  • Examine Torn Poster. (Result: Propaganda Poster)
  • Confront Leila over the poster. (Attribute: Leila goes golfing, Mama Masque goes golfing)
  • See why Mama put the poster up. (Attribute: Mama has anatomical knowledge)
  • Investigate Exercise Equipment. (Clues: Weights, Sauna Towels)
  • Examine Weights. (Result: Sledgehammer)
  • Analyze Sledgehammer. (07:00:00; Attribute: The killer has red streaks)
  • Examine Sauna Towels. (Result: Victor's Badge)
  • Analyze Victor's Badge (10:00:00; Attribute: The killer wears white)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Hearts of Greed (2/5). (No stars)

Hearts of Greed (2/5)


  • Hear about his attack from Vinnie.
  • Investigate Fitness Club. (Clue: Storage Locker)
  • Examine Storage Locker. (Result: Medical Kit)
  • Analyze Medical Kit. (08:00:00; New Quasi-Suspect: Zaria Run)
  • Confront Zaria over branding Vinnie. (Reward: 20,000 Coins)
  • Investigate Park Benches. (Clue: Faded Note)
  • Examine Faded Note. (Result: Message from E.E.)
  • Investigate Gem Shop. (Clue: Broken Gem)
  • Examine Broken Gem. (Result: Fixed Gem)
  • Investigate Breakspear Park. (Clue: Wooden Hatch)
  • Examine Wooden Hatch. (Result: Hard-Drive)
  • Analyze Hard-Drive. (05:00:00; New Quasi-Suspect: Mildred Murdoch)
  • Tell Mildred of Seth's involvement. (Reward: Anonymous Mask)
  • Hear Vinnie's apology. (Reward: Burger)
  • Move onto a new crime! (1 star)


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