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One For The Money
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Information
Season 1
City Ripmoor
District Little Scherrap
Case Number 5
Partner(s) Sergio Crosby
Progression
Preceded by Succeeded by
The White Feather Not What You Think
"Rosalind Bates has been found murdered, detective, and the unusual deaths of those affiliated with Walsh's Workings continue... Why was Bates killed, but more importantly, who silenced her?"
—Case Teaser

Plot

Sergio and the player immediately head off to Walsh's Workings after getting the news that Rosalind Bates was found murdered, and they arrive very soon. As soon as they arrive, Rosalind's dead body is the first thing that greets them in the hallway. It is evident that she was shot once, straight through the heart. Examining the crime scene, something else that is discovered is a safe, and Rosalind's wallet. Examining Rosalind's wallet, inside is a receipt from just hours previously for a restaurant. Arriving at the restaurant, they are greeted by a waiter, Augustine LaFramboise, who says that Rosalind was a frequent customer, consistently dining at their place. He allows them to investigate the whole of the restaurant, and in it, it is found that there was a torn-up note. Piecing the note back together, an unusual stain was found on it. It was revealed to be a note telling Bates to meet up in Walsh's Workings, related to an important business deal.

Taking the stain to Thorsten, who has replaced Maximillion temporarily, he identifies it as a famous brand of alcohol, to be more precise, Chardonnay. He asked Dominik about the victim, and was told she was a teetotaler. Since the note was written by the killer, Thorsten concludes jubilantly that this means that the killer drinks Chardonnay. Examining the safe that was found in Rosalind's office reveals it to be locked, but Sergio remembers the code from the first case, and asks the player to input it, and shockingly, it works. Inside it is a whole file of papers, on every employee. Next to some of the names was a red X. Looking at the X, Sergio realises that they are all employees who were dead/arrested, like Farrah Anderson, Evan Blake, Sylvester Walsh and Brenda Rivers, to name a few. On closer inspection, Sergio realises that the names all have several comments on it, except for one, a temporary worker by the name of Hayley Irvin who was very new, and started a few days ago, who Sergio realises was a suspect in Sylvester Walsh's murder. When talking to Hayley, she cries out in anguish at the news, saying that she couldn't expect such a thing to happen to her boss so early. When asked about anyone who might want the boss dead, Hayley said there was a strange man visiting her at odd hours, which she noticed because it was so odd and she snapped a few pictures.

Analysing the pictures reveals the man to be Oscar Fabris, the mob boss. Sergio isn't too excited to see him, and the feeling is reciprocated. When asking about Rosalind Bates, Fabris merely laughs saying that he and Rosalind were old friends, and he popped in to see her now and again, and unless they have any evidence to the contrary, they should leave him be.

Finally, Dominik says that he finished with the autopsy. When asked what he discovered, he says that not much evidence was there due to the lack of contact between the killer and the victim. He happily says that one thing he did discover was that the killer had left some weird trace in the victim's body, most likely from the bullet, and he managed to identify it as gasoline. He then suggested the idea that the killer drove a car from the evidence. He says it probably wasn't helpful, but every bit counts.

As Sergio and the player review what evidence they have, they note that Fabris's arrival can't be a coincidence, and he's connected in some way to the case. As they talk however, Tabitha rushes over to them, and announces that Homer Perkins has arrived at the police station, demanding to speak with the people in charge of Rosalind Bates's murder.

Homer Perkins storms in and walks straight in to the player's office, and says that as the cops in charge of his sister's murder, he expects results. He bemoans having his sister murdered right after he was attempted to be killed. He sighs, saying that he'll be driving back to his mansion, where he needs a sip of Chardonnay, and if the police got any hints over his sister's fate, could they please call him?

After talking to Homer, Sergio suggests investigating Rosalind Bates's home, as they might find a huge amount of potential evidence while they are there. At Rosalind Bates's home, they find a flirty message, with some sort of white substance on it. Fearing the worst, the player and Sergio look at it through a microscope, and are relieved that it's only spit. Taking the spit to Thorsten, he identifies it as Augustine LaFramboise's spit. Talking to LaFramboise once again, he confesses that he and Bates were seeing each other, despite her being much older than him. He regrets that the woman he loved is dead, but strenuously denies any link to the murder, saying that after his shift finished, he was watching TV, after driving home from work. Also at Rosalind Bates's home, the only other evidence that is left there to be found is evidence of a money transaction from Rosalind Bates to one Gladys Milner. Remembering the last name to be that of Charity Milner's, the killer in the Brenda Rivers murder case, Sergio and the player decide to talk to her.

Gladys says that she never knew Rosalind Bates that well, and was surprised to see monthly checks of over two-thousand dollars. As a matter of fact, Gladys had been calling Rosalind at the very moment of the murder, and it was she who had reported the murder. When asked if she had any possible link, Gladys thinks hard, before saying that she heard the killer's voice over the phone, and that it was somewhat high-pitched. When played video recordings of all the suspects that they have so far, Gladys only remarks on three of the voices as being likely. After that, Sergio notes that Glady's voice was as shrill as the killer she named.

Sergio angrily remarks that they need to tie Fabris to the case somehow, and what better way to do that then go back to the victim's office. Under the victim's desk, is a trash bag. Inside the trash bag is a note, penned by an unknown hand, saying that "you [Rosalind] have a very important choice to make. Let's trust it's the right one, shall we...". Sending the note to Thorsten, he says that the slant of the letters conveys a man with power, a man who demands respect, a man who needs control, and Sergio says that sounds like an accurate portrait of Oscar Fabris. Talking to Oscar Fabris, he "confesses" that he sent that note to Rosalind, but it was about nothing! He says that he and Rosalind commonly shared a bottle of Chardonnay together, and they were the best of friends, connecting with their shared love of driving fast cars. The choice he was talking about, according to him, was a potential lucrative offer that he was offering to her.

After Oscar leaves, Sergio curses, saying that Fabris is too good at covering his tracks, and there's no evidence tying him to the crime. Sergio says that he wishes that Fabris would kill someone, so that he could go to jail. As the player and he continue their discussions, Thorsten calls them, and says that he has undeniable proof that he knows who the killer is.

Talking to Thorsten, he jubilantly announces that he has been doing some work, and has found out, that the alarm wasn't busted, and since Rosalind wasn't killed at the door, he assumes that the killer let themselves in, and the only way that could ever happen is if the killer had a job at Walsh's Workings, or knew someone who did. He says that this could only apply to Hayley, Homer, Augustus, and Oscar. He says that security cameras that he found prove the Fabris could enter by himself, as could LaFramboise, and that makes him definitively sure. He says that they should probably investigate the restaurant that Rosalind Bates was last in, as there may be pivotal clues there.

At the restaurant, they find a torn-up note. Putting it back together reveals a faded note, and further unfading this would reveal a note from Gladys Milner saying that she doesn't care about the two-thousand dollars, and that all she wants is her daughter, who "you [Rosalind] are responsible for rotting in prison". They decide to talk to Gladys again, and she says that one day, her daughter arrived at her house, telling her mother that Rosalind Bates had ordered her to kill Brenda Rivers. She had tried to refuse, but Rosalind had shown no sympathy. Eventually, her daughter had ended up in prison. Gladys spitefully finishes by saying that she wished Rosalind was dead, but she didn't kill her.

Also at the restaurant is found a phone, containing an image of thousands of documents, with a caption saying "Rosalind, I'm not your slave!". Sending that to Candace, she manages to identify it as coming from Hayley Irvin. Talking to Hayley, she says that Rosalind swamped her in paperwork and other work, and still paying her minimum wage. She says that she's not sad Rosalind's dead, as now she doesn't have to drive to work at 3 am, and she can actually drink Chardonnay.

The restaurant also reveals a wallet, which belongs to Homer Perkins. They ask Homer Perkins and he says he's been spying on his sister, as he doesn't trust her to keep her voice shut. When asked what his sister needed to keep shut about, Homer haughtily says that he's not going to tell them anything.

At the end, they decide to go back the place where Rosalind was murdered. There, they find a smudged paper. The smudged paper, when unwrinkled, is still faded. Then, it's further cleared to reveal a shoeprint. Taking it to Thorsten, he says that sadly, the most he could do is figure out that the killer wears PLIGMA sneakers. Sergio says that he only remembers 4 suspects wearing the sneakers.

When the player figures out the case, the player and Sergio arrest Hayley Irvin for the murder of Rosalind Bates. When confronted, Hayley reacts in shock at the accusation, laughing, before gnashing he teeth, gnarling and confessing. She says that she was paid by someone to kill Rosalind Bates, by someone who's name she doesn't know, nor did she care to find out. She did it for the money, and that's it. She let herself in when she knew Rosalind would be by herself, and shot her once. Then she left. She's arrested and taken to trial. At court, Judge Benedict Sherridan sentences Hayley Irvin to 50 years in prison, with the chance of parole in 20 years. Hayley merely shrugs, saying that it's worth it as Walsh's Workings will fall down as well now.

After the trial, they are ordered to talk to Hayley Irvin in prison. They are greeted by her, and she is interrogated for what is known to be a long time. However, during the interrogation, Hayley doesn't crack, not giving up any new information. They decide to visit the place where Rosalind was murdered in hopes that they have more information available. There, they find a laptop, but it's broken. Upon fixing it, they need a passcode. Unlocking, it's shipped off to Candace, who says that a payment was forwarded to Hayley. They go back to talk to Hayley, and she shrugs, saying she's bored and says that she doesn't know who the payer was.

Left with no clues to the payer's name, Sergio suggests meeting up with Homer Perkins, suggesting that maybe he could have some idea. Homer Perkins laughs, saying the player should obviously know, considering they told him themselves. Homer accuses Fabris of being the one who ordered the hit on him. The player and Sergio then ask about the construction of his railway, and Homer replies excitedly that it started yesterday, since all houses affected have now been paid off. Sergio then warns him about potentially finding a dead body in one of the houses. Homer is surprised, but promises to call them if such a thing does happen.

They then go to talk to Oscar Fabris. He denies everything related to the murder. He says that there's no evidence connecting him to the murder. Sergio and the player then go and search the restaurant where Bates and Fabris constantly met. There, they end up only finding a notebook. Dusting it, they find an impression of a 16 digit sequence. Candace says that it's a code for an address that is right in the railway. The address is then sent to Homer Perkins who says that he'll get his workers on it.

After all that, Sergio and the player are waiting for a call from Homer, when suddenly, Romain Chandler calls them and says that there's a dead body, and they need to get over here immediately...

Summary

Victim

  • Rosalind Bates (shot in her office, straight in the heart)

Murder Weapon

  • Gun

Killer

  • Hayley Irvin

Suspects

Augustine LaFramboise
Waiter
Height 5'11"
Age 34
Weight 154 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood AB-

Profile

  • The suspect can drive a car
  • The suspect has a high voice
  • The suspect has access to Walsh's Workings
  • The suspect wears PLIGMA sneakers
Hayley Irvin
Temporary Worker
Height 5'9"
Age 20
Weight 130 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood A-

Profile

  • The suspect drinks Chardonnay
  • The suspect can drive a car
  • The suspect has a high voice
  • The suspect has access to Walsh's Workings
  • The suspect wears PLIGMA sneakers
Oscar Fabris
Mob Boss
Height 6'0"
Age 45
Weight 164 lbs
Eyes black
Blood O-

Profile

  • The suspect drinks Chardonnay
  • The suspect can drive a car
  • The suspect has access to Walsh's Workings
  • The suspect wears PLIGMA sneakers
Homer Perkins
Millionaire
Height 5'9"
Age 56
Weight 180 lbs
Eyes green
Blood O+

Profile

  • The suspect drinks Chardonnay
  • The suspect can drive a car
  • The suspect has a high voice
  • The suspect has access to Walsh's Workings
Gladys Milner
Retired Lady
Height 5'6"
Age 69
Weight 150 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood A+

Profile

  • The suspect drinks Chardonnay
  • The suspect can drive a car
  • The suspect has a high voice
  • The suspect wears PLIGMA sneakers

Killer's Profile

  • The suspect drinks Chardonnay
  • The suspect can drive a car
  • The suspect has a high voice
  • The suspect has access to Walsh's Workings
  • The suspect wears PLIGMA sneakers

Crime Scenes

Hallway Hallway Corner Hallway Bonus
Restaurant Restaurant Table Restaurant Bonus
Rosalind's Office Rosalind's Desk Rosalind's Office Bonus

Steps

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

The Root of Evil (5/6)

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