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To Have No Comment
C21THNC
General information
Season 2
City Stonemoor
District Bridgeport
Case # 21
Initial release date 1st April 2019
Partner(s) April Moore (All Chapters)
Case chronology
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Crime Does Pay A Code for Silence
Famed journalist found with their head bashed in inside their own newspaper office! Will you have enough clues to find the killer? Let's make headlines by finding all the clues to type into place!
—Case Teaser

To Have No Comment is a case featured in Criminal Case as the twenty-first case of Stonemoor and the eighty-first overall. It is featured as the third case set in Bridgeport.

Plot

To find out more info on the Thief of Hearts, the player and April headed to the journalism offices in the district on Dustin's request. As April and the player scouted the offices, they stumbled upon the body of journalist Marcus Birmingham, his head bashed in. After Alexandre autopsied the body, the pair began investigating, labelling Deputy Mayor Alyssa Burke, the victim's sister and author Penelope Birmingham, and April's boyfriend, investor Leo Harrington, as suspects. They then learned from Todrick that someone was causing a commotion over at the stock exchange.

The pair raced over to the stock exchange and found the victim's avid fan Madeline Bloom ranting about the victim's death. After calming Madeline down, they searched the stock exchange and questioned journalist Molly Hooper. The pair then found out from Valerie that an exposé on the victim's life had just been published. The team soon discovered that Molly was behind the shameful exposé, whose reasoning was revenge against the victim for his constant lewd comments to her. Finally, they were able to arrest Madeline for the murder.

Madeline initially denied the evidence against her but she then snapped and confessed to killing Marcus. She then explained that she had loved him so much and that she had fallen in love with him ever since his journalist career rocketed off. She said that she had followed every article that he had written and that she had wanted to marry him and build a family with him. She then went to the journalist offices, where she proposed her love for him, which made the victim laugh. Marcus then told Madeline that he wouldn't love someone like her. Angry and heartbroken, she grabbed the nearest thing, which happened to be his own typewriter, and smashed him in the head with it. Madeline then was sent to Judge South, who gave Madeline 20 years in prison with immediate counselling sessions.

After the trial, the player and April decided to investigate more about the Thief of Hearts in the journalist offices. They then found out that the thief had stolen a box of ink according to Molly and that they had left a playing card behind. After they found the empty box that once held the ink, they sent it to Fleur, who revealed that she had found traces of DNA belonging to Madeline Bloom. They then interrogated Madeline in prison, who told them that someone had offered her a memory stick of Marcus's memoirs in exchange for stealing the ink. She then told them that she had left the ink in a secluded alley just off the stock exchange. There they found, not the ink, but a poster promoting the Thief of Hearts and their plans for a giant robbery to outshine the others they had done.

Meanwhile, Judge Bethany Fairbanks told them that she had saw Dustin moping in the public park. There, they found Dustin to be nowhere, but instead they found Dustin's jacket, which contained a locket of him and Bethany. After they found the locket, they then returned to Bethany, who told them that she and Dustin had ended their relationship due to her being tired of being alone all the time. She then told them that Dustin had formerly been a huge workaholic and was rarely home to spend time with her. After months of that, she could not stand it and ended it with him, changing Dustin's views and life. They then received a message from Dustin, saying that he needed time and that the team shouldn't worry about him.

Soon after, Valerie told them that she had found a hidden address in the poster that was for a basement lodging in Bridgeport. Without their chief, the detectives decided to investigate the basement lodging for the Thief of Hearts.

Summary

Victim

  • Marcus Birmingham (found with his head bashed in)

Murder Weapon

  • Typewriter

Killer

  • Madeline Bloom

Suspects

Alyssa Burke
Deputy Mayor
Height 5’6”
Age 51
Weight 160 lbs
Eyes green
Blood AB-

Profile

  • The suspect eats chilli dogs
  • The suspect uses a Rolington typewriter
  • The suspect uses hair pomade
Penelope Birmingham
Book Author
Height 5’6”
Age 40
Weight 148 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood A-

Profile

  • The suspect eats chili dogs
  • The suspect uses a Rolington typewriter
  • The suspect uses hair pomade

Appearance

  • The suspect wears lipstick
Leo Harrington
Investor
Height 5'9"
Age 29
Weight 160 lbs
Eyes green
Blood O-

Profile

  • The suspect uses a Rolington typewriter
  • The suspect uses hair pomade
Molly Hooper
Investigative Journalist
Height 5'8"
Age 36
Weight 156 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood AB-

Profile

  • The suspect eats chili dogs
  • The suspect uses a Rolington typewriter
  • The suspect uses hair pomade

Appearance

  • The suspect wears lipstick
Madeline Bloom
Victim's Fan
Height 5'7"
Age 34
Weight 150 lbs
Eyes green
Blood A+

Profile

  • The suspect eats chili dogs
  • The suspect uses a Rolington typewriter
  • The suspect uses hair pomade

Appearance

  • The suspect wears lipstick

Quasi-Suspect(s)

Bethany Fairbanks
Judge
Height 5'6"
Age 42
Weight 162 lbs
Eyes green
Blood A-

Killer's Profile

  • The killer eats chili dogs.
  • The killer uses a Rollington typewriter.
  • The killer uses hair pomade.
  • The killer wears lipstick.
  • The killer has green eyes.

Crime Scenes

Newspaper Office Journalist Desks Newspaper Office Bonus
Public Park Swing Set Public Park Bonus
Stock Exchange Exchange Steps Stock Exchange Bonus

Steps

Chapter 1

  • Investigate Newspaper Office. (Clues: Victim's Body, Filing Cabinet, Faded Notepad)
  • Examine Faded Notepad. (Result: 12AM Meeting; New Suspect: Alyssa Burke)
  • Question Alyssa Burke on her meeting with the victim. (New Crime Scene: Public Park)
  • Investigate Public Park. (Clues: Broken Frame, Faded Graph)
  • Examine Broken Frame. (Result: Photo)
  • Examine Photo. (Result: Victim's Sister; New Suspect: Penelope Birmingham)
  • Inform Penelope Birmingham of her brother's death.
  • Examine Faded Graph. (Result: Investing Graph; New Suspect: Leo Harrington)
  • Question Leo Harrington on the murder.
  • Examine Filing Cabinet. (Result: Threat Letter)
  • Analyze Threat Letter. (07:00:00; Attribute: The killer uses a Rolington typewriter)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer eats chili dogs)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (1 star)

Chapter 2

  • Calm Madeline Bloom down. (Attribute: Madeline uses a Rolington typewriter; New Crime Scene: Stock Exchange)
  • Investigate Stock Exchange. (Clues: Scarf, Trash Can)
  • Examine Scarf. (Result: M HOOPER; New Suspect: Molly Hooper)
  • Question Molly Hooper on her scarf in the stock exchange. (Attribute: Molly eats chili dogs)
  • Examine Trash Can. (Result: Typewriter)
  • Analyze Typewriter. (05:00:00; Attribute: The killer uses hair pomade; New Crime Scene: Swing Set)
  • Investigate Swing Set. (Clues: Old Newspaper, Leo's Satchel)
  • Examine Old Newspaper. (Result: Headline)
  • Speak to Penelope Birmingham about her brother attacking her. (Attribute: Penelope eats chili dogs and uses a Rollington typewriter and hair pomade)
  • Examine Leo's Satchel. (Result: Internship Offer)
  • Ask Leo Harrington about his offer to intern Marcus' son. (Attribute: Leo uses a Rolington typewriter and hair pomade)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (1 star)

Chapter 3

  • Ask Molly about writing an exposé on the victim's life.
  • Investigate Journalist Desks. (Clues: Torn Pieces, Briefcase)
  • Examine Torn Pieces. (Result: Collage of Victim)
  • Examine Collage Handwriting. (Result: Madeline's Writing Unraveled)
  • Ask Madeline about her obsession with the victim. (Attribute: Madeline uses hair pomade and eats chili dogs)
  • Examine Briefcase. (Result: Faded Notes)
  • Examine Faded Notes. (Result: Notes)
  • Analyze Notes. (09:00:00)
  • Ask Alyssa about the scandal the victim was going to expose. (Attribute: Alyssa uses a Rolington typewriter, eats chili dogs and uses hair pomade)
  • Investigate Exchange Steps. (Result: Victim's Tie, Trash Pile)
  • Examine Victim's Tie. (Result: Red Substance)
  • Analyze Red Substance. (09:00;00; Attribute: The killer wears lipstick)
  • Examine Trash Pile. (Result: Typewriter Key)
  • Examine Typewriter Key. (Result: Skin Cells)
  • Analyze Skin Cells. (15:00:00; Attribute: The killer has green eyes)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to You Can Bank On It (3/6). (1 star)

You Can Bank On It (3/6)

SAI4

  • See what Molly Hooper has to say about the thief. (Reward: Journalistic Hair)
  • Investigate Newspaper Office. (Clue: Empty Ink Box)
  • Examine Empty Ink Box. (Result: Ink Sample)
  • Analyze Ink Sample. (09:00:00)
  • Ask Madeline about stealing the ink. (Reward: 20,000 Coins)
  • Investigate Stock Exchange. (Clue: Torn Poster)
  • Examine Torn Poster. (Result: Thief's Advert)
  • See what Judge Fairbanks has to say. (Reward: Burger)
  • Investigate Public Park. (Clue: Dustin's Jacket)
  • Examine Dustin's Jacket. (Result: Locked Locket)
  • Examine Locked Locket. (Result: Dustin and Bethany)
  • Ask Bethany about her break up with Dustin.
  • Go on to the next case! (No stars)

Trivia

  • The case name is based off a phrase, "no comment", meaning that when someone has nothing to say, they say so as a reply to a question or insinuation.

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