The Crime Scene features fictional crime cases in a unique combination of interactive fiction and gaming. Each week, Yoknapatawpha County detectives post evidence from the current case. You are invited to participate in the investigation by reviewing the presented evidence and offering your theories and questions to the detectives and other web sleuths.
What's the Difference between Paid and Free Participation?
|View case evidence||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|View complete witness biographies||Yes|
Get case updates every Monday,
Wednesday & Friday
|Get case updates every weekday||Yes|
Access case evidence as soon as
Participate in discussion with other
|Comment on case documents||Yes||Yes|
Receive weekly Case Newsletter
|Use the Evidence Search Engine||Yes|
Ask questions and get answers
from our investigators
Case Detectives [Paid]
- See new evidence before anyone else.
- Interact directly with our detectives through our paid subscribers-only Question/Answer page. Post questions, and our detectives will provide answers to help you solve the case.
- Get exclusive access to the Evidence Search Engine, which allows you to quickly locate all evidence items related to a particular topic.
Case Officers [Free]
Evidence is not issued to Case Officers until after Case Detectives have reviewed it and not all information is available for free.
If you sign up as a Case Officer, you'll receive a weekly email newsletter to update you on the latest case developments and newly available case information.
Unregistered viewers [Free]
How Do I Become a Case Detective?
You may become a Case Detective at any time during an investigation by clicking the Join Now! link provided in Subscribe section of the menu at the top of each case page. We accept credit cards and PayPal.
Instant access is available when you pay online with our secure server. If you feel the hours of entertainment you receive from the Crime Scene are not worth the money you paid, we will refund your money. Details here.
How Do I Start?
To participate, examine the case evidence. Information is organized in categories of Interviews, Evidence, Biographies, and Press. Some of the items you'll see include evidence photos, coroner reports, witness interviews and surveillance video.
Links to each category are provided on the main case menu and on the right side of each case page. Click on these links to move between categories and view the different pieces of evidence.
New information is posted every weekday for Case Detectives, and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for Case Officers and unregistered viewers.
I've Reviewed the Evidence. Now What?
Do you have a theory about how or why the crime was committed? Who should be the prime suspect? What clues should the detectives follow next and what evidence do they need to gather?
Crime Scene investigations are propelled by input from the viewers, so everyone's contribution is helpful.
Where Can I Post My Input?
There are three levels of participation - as a Case Detective (Paid Subscription), as a Case Officer (Free Subscription) or as an unregistered viewer. Only Case Detectives and Case Officers can post their input.
In addition, Case Detectives can submit questions in the paid subscriberss-only Question/Answer area and get answers from our investigators.
How Do I Win?
No one wins the Crime Scene. It is a community of web sleuths who enjoy sharing ideas and theories. Everyone wins the Crime Scene as the participants' collective efforts refine theories and narrow down clues to ultimately reveal the culprit.
Where is this Yoknapatawpha County?
Yoknapatawpha County was created and immortalized by the legendary William Faulkner. The fictional county includes Faulkner's own hometown of Oxford, Mississippi and surrounding areas.
Thanks for your interest and welcome to the Crime Scene!