New Beginnings
General information
Season 1
City Palmwood
District Vindigo Quarry
Case # 1
Initial release date 28th August 2018
Partner(s) Madeline Ward
Case chronology
← Preceded by Succeeded by →
None, first case Carved in Stone
New Beginnings is a case featured in Criminal Case as the first case of the game. It is the first case of Palmwood and also the first case in Vindigo Quarry.


The player arrived in the airport of Palmwood where they met their first partner, Elite Force Agent Madeline Ward. When the two detectives got to the police station, they were welcomed by Chief Josh Holland, who told Madeline to take the player out to check some of the city's landmarks. Madeline decided to take the player to the city's infamous sign where they were welcomed by a frightening sight.

Case Name 9/10
Plot 10/10
Creativity 9/10
Effort 9/10
Overall 9.25/10
Grade Mastery (A+)
Afterword This case was a good case for your first case. However, I feel more effort could be put into the plot. CoolCCMystery (talk) 21:29, 28th August, 2018 (UTC)

The victim was a man named Donald Parks, who was found stabbed to death in the city's entrance. The player and Madeline quickly gathered some clues and managed to narrow the investigation to five suspects: Derek Becker, Vera Stewart, Jonathan Bowen, Karren Kelley and Nicolas Shaw. In the climax of the case, the killer ended up being Vera Stewart.

The motive for Vera's actions was that Vera's child was murdered and she belived that Donald was the one responsible for her son's murder. Madeline ended up revealing that her child's killer was not Donald, that the murder was in fact an acident and that she was living in a constant state of delusion.In court, Judge Cook after hearing upon Vera's mental state, sentenced her to 10 years in a mental institucion.

Upon Vera's arrest, the player found connection about Vera and an infamous drug lord named Lord Underwood. The player interogated Lord Underwood about his operations and ended up hitting a dead end with their leads. Madeline also asked the player to help her find a family photo she keeps on her wallet. The player looked around the city's entrance and managed to retrieve it.

In the aftermath of the case, Chief Holland congratulated the player on their first sucessful investigation and so, invited the player to explore the local Quarry as it is the central landmark of the district of Vindigo Quarry.



  • Donald Parks (found stabbed to death in the city's entrance)

Murder Weapon

  • Bloody Knife


  • Vera Stewart


Derek Becker
Local Miner
Height 6'0"
Age 36
Weight 210 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood A+


  • The Suspect eats shrimp.
  • The Suspect knows physics.
Vera Stewart
Griefing Mother
Height 5'6"
Age 47
Weight 192 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood A+


  • The Suspect eats shrimp.
  • The Suspect knows physics.
  • The Suspect uses hand sanitizer.
Jonathan Bowen
Bus Driver
Height 5'9"
Age 30
Weight 202 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood A-


  • The Suspect eats shrimp.
  • The Suspect uses hand sanitizer.
Karren Kelley
Victim's Friend
Height 5'7"
Age 23
Weight 161 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood AB+


  • The Suspect knows physics.
  • The Suspect uses hand sanitizer.
Nicolas Shaw
Quarry's Owner
Height 5'9"
Age 50
Weight 220 lbs
Eyes green
Blood A+


  • The Suspect eats shrimp.
  • The Suspect knows physics.
  • The Suspect uses hand sanitizer.


Lord Underwood
Height 6'2"
Age 43
Weight 200 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood O-
Madeline Ward
Elite Force Agent
Height 5'5"
Age 20
Weight 140 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood O+

Killer's Profile

  • The killer eats shrimp.
  • The killer knows physics.
  • The killer uses hand sanitizer.
  • The killer's blood type is A+.
  • The killer is a woman.

Crime Scenes

City Entrance Palmwood Sign City Entrance Bonus
Bus Stop Benches Bus Stop Bonus
Abandoned Hut Broken Bed Abandoned Hut Bonu


Chapter 1 

  • Investigate City Entrance. (Clues: Victim's Body, Bloody Knife; Victim Identified: Donald Parks; New Suspect: Derek Becker)
  • Talk to Derek Becker about the murder. (New Crime Scene: Bus Stop)
  • Investigate Bus Stop. (Clues: Torn Magazine, Locked Box)
  • Examine Torn Magazine. (Result: Faded Magazine)
  • Examine Faded Magazine. (Result: Photo; New Suspect: Vera Stewart)
  • Ask Vera Stewart about the photo he took with the victim.
  • Examine Locked Box. (Result: Box Unlocked, New Lab Sample: Smart Watch)
  • Analyze Smart Watch. (01:00:00; New Suspect: Jonathan Bowen)
  • Ask Jonathan Bowen if he knew the victim.
  • Examine Bloody Knife. (Result: Blood Sample)
  • Analyze Blood. (03:00:00; Murder Weapon: Bloody Knife; Attribute: The killer eats shrimp)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer knows physics)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)

Chapter 2 

  • Investigate Abandoned Hut. (Clues: Shattered Necklace, Knife Holder, Shredded Paper)
  • Examine Shattered Necklace. (Result: Karren Kelley Identified; New Suspect: Karren Kelley)
  • Ask Karren Kelley about the necklace with the victim's photo inside. 
  • Examine Shredded Paper. (Result: Old Letter; New Suspect: Nicolas Shaw)
  • Ask Nicolas Shaw about the letter he wrote to the victim. 
  • Examine Knife Holder. (Result: Transparent Substance)
  • Analyze Transparent Substance. (12:00:00; Attribute: The killer uses hand sanitizer; New Scene: Benches)
  • Investigate Benches. (Clues: Locked Phone, Torn Photo)
  • Examine Torn Photo. (Result: Threat on Photo Restored)
  • Interrogate Derek about the threat he wrote on the photo of the victim being drunk.
  • Examine Locked Phone. (Result: Phone Unlocked)
  • Analyze Phone. (12:00:00)
  • Talk to Jonathan Bowen about the messages to the victim. 
  • Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)

Chapter 3 

  • Confront Nicolas Shaw about accusing Jonathan Bowen for the murder.
  • Investigate Broken Bed. (Clues: Bag of Clothes, Locked Cabinet)
  • Examine Bag of Clothes. (Result: Karren's Clothes Identified)
  • Talk to Karren Kelley about her clothes on the victim's house. 
  • Examine Locked Cabinet. (Result: Cabinet Unlocked)
  • Analyze Files. (09:00:00)
  • Ask Vera Stewart about the death of her son. 
  • Investigate Palmwood Sign. (Clues: Pile of Rocks, Broken Sign; All tasks completed first)
  • Examine Pile of Rocks. (Result: Bloody Rock)
  • Analyze Bloody Rock. (09:00:00; Attribute: The killer's blood type is A+)
  • Examine Broken Sign. (Result: Gravestone)
  • Analyze Gravestone. (15:00:00; Attribute: The killer is a woman)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to The Price of Power (1/6). (No stars)

The Price of Power (1/6) 

  • Investigate Bus Stop. (Clue: Locked Box)
  • Examine Locked Box. (Result: Photos of Vera and an Unknown Man)
  • Check on Vera and ask her about the unknown man. (New Lab Sample: Photo of Unknown Man)
  • Analyze Photo of Unknown Man. (09:00:00)
  • Ask Lord Underwood about his business.
  • Investigate City Entrance. (Clue: Lord's Wallet)
  • Examine Lord's Wallet. (Result: Photo of Derek)
  • Ask Derek Becker about his conections with Lord Underwood. (Reward: Burger)
  • See what Madeline wants. (Prerequisite: Derek Interrogated)
  • Investigate Benches. (Clue: Backpack)
  • Examine Backpack. (Result: Madeline's Photo)
  • Return the photo to Madeline. (Reward: 20,000 Coins)
  • Update Chief Josh Holland on the latest intel collected. (Reward: PPD Badge; All tasks must be done first)
  • Go on to the next case! (No stars)


  • This case marks ScratchyCat (MysteryJones) return to writting since his last cancelled series, hence the title of the case.


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