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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?   UnregisteredViewers[Free] CaseOfficers[Free] CaseDetectives[Paid] View case evidence Yes Yes Yes Participate in discussion with other web sleuths   Yes Yes Comment on case documents   Yes Yes Receive weekly Case Newsletter by email   Yes Yes Access case evidence as soon as it's available     Yes Ask questions and get answers from our investigators     Yes View solutions to previous cases     Yes     Register Now Subscribe Now Preview new case documents before they become available to the general public. Interact directly with our investigators through Ask the Detective. Exchange theories and ask questions to get insights that will 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. In addition to these special features, Case Detectives have access to all information presented to the free viewers as well as the weekly email newsletter. Case Officers pay nothing to examine the available evidence files or to post comments on case documents. Case files are not released 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. Registration is not necessary to view the evidence, but it is required to post comments on case documents. {/tabs2} 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. Get instant access to subscriber-only features and content 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 does Crime Scene work? To participate, examine the case evidence. Information is posted every weekday, organized into categories of Interviews, Evidence, Biographies, and Press. Use the links provided on the main case menu and on the right side of each case page to move between categories and view the different pieces of evidence. Some of the items you'll see include witness interviews, forensic analysis reports, and evidence photos. {/slider} Use the comments to communicate with your fellow web sleuths. Pose your questions, view others' theories, and share your thoughts about the case. 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. {/slider} To discuss theories with other Crime Scene participants, you must register as a Case Officer (Free Subscription) or a Case Detective (Paid Subscription). Once you've signed up, you can comment on case documents and collaborate with your fellow web sleuths. In addition, Case Detectives can interact directly with our investigators in the Ask the Detective area, available exclusively to paid subscribers. {/slider} Crime Scene is a community of web sleuths who enjoy sharing ideas and theories. Everyone wins the Crime Scene as the participants work together to refine theories and narrow down clues to ultimately reveal the culprit. {/slider} 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.   Want to work with Crime Scene?Check out the currently available Crime Scene jobs.   Thanks for your interest and welcome to the Crime Scene!Det. Murphy

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[Murdered Mommy] Whodunit?

Case Detectives: The Kudzu Kids are worried. Why are so many dogs missing in Yoknapatawpha County? Maybe the county's animal control officer can provide some clues. Coming up… Rachel, Zach, Melody and Emma try to figure out if there's a pattern in where the missing dogs were last seen. Will you help? Case Officers: Your investigation into the murder of Missy Hammond wraps up on Friday. Do you know who strangled this young mother and left the body for her seven-year-old daughter to find? Coming up… an all-new Crime Scene case for all ages begins for you on Monday, October 31st. Join the Kudzu Kids in solving a neighborhood mystery. Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] What did the PI see?

Case Detectives: Your investigation into the murder of Missy Hammond concluded on Monday. Did you accurately identify whodunit? Coming up… an all-new Crime Scene case for all ages begins for you on Monday, October 24th. Join the Kudzu Kids in solving a neighborhood mystery. Case Officers: You're closing in on Missy's killer. Does private investigator Pam Thompson hold the key to cracking the case? Learn more in today's update. Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] What secrets was the child asked to keep?

It's always hard to be in the middle of an acrimonious divorce, and it's even worse when you're just seven years old. Liddie Hammond found herself caught between the two people she loved the most and their extended families. Who told her to lie about what happened and why? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] Does the jealous wife's alibi hold up?

Maureen Kirby makes no secret of her feelings about Missy Hammond, her husband's high school girlfriend. She thought Missy was threatening her marriage, and she didn't like it. But was Maureen "running errands" when Missy was murdered, as she claimed? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] A loyal girlfriend is a great alibi?

Selena Crosscroft is smart, driven and clearly devoted to her boyfriend, Roger Hammond. But can she vouch for his whereabouts at the time his ex-wife was murdered? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] You think your in-laws are bad?

Gloria Hammond, Missy's former mother-in-law, never had much use for Missy, even she was still married to her son. After Missy and Roger divorced, relations got even frostier — until Gloria realized that Missy was the gatekeeper standing between her and her granddaughter. They reached a kind of detente that let Gloria and her husband, Thomas, see seven-year-old Liddie. Now Missy is dead, murdered in her own home. How sad do you think Gloria Hammond is about it? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

[Murdered Mommy] First potential suspect? Always the ex

Everyone knows that Missy Hammond's divorce was ugly, and the battle over custody of their daughter was heated. Now Missy is dead. Where was her ex that day? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

Who killed my mommy?

Seven-year-old Liddie's grandparents brought her home one evening, and she found her mother "asleep" in bed. When her grandfather arrived the next morning, her mother still hadn't woken up. What happened to this young mother? How much did this child witness? Examine the evidence, and share your theories in the forums and the comments.

Arrest in Hammond murder

The local newspaper reports on the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Missy Hammond.

Suspect interview

The detectives spoke again to their prime suspect in the murder of Missy Hammond.

Additional forensics

The Crime Lab provided findings on their analysis of additional evidence collected in the Hammond investigation.

Trace evidence analysis

The Crime Lab provided findings on their analysis of trace evidence collected in the Hammond investigation.

DNA analysis

The Crime Lab provided findings on their analysis of DNA evidence collected in the Hammond investigation.

All Files

All case files are listed here chronologically.

Case News

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The Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department is investigating the murder of young mother, Missy Hammond.
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