Truths
  • Full theories only
  • There is no more than one culprit.
  • The culprit is defined as the person who killed Beowulf.
  • There are no accomplices.
  • An accomplice is defined as someone knowingly assisting the culprit.
  • All Knox rules except 8 are guaranteed, and for rule 3 I'm going with 'no secret passages'.

  • The culprit is X.

    X, who was working with Beowulf and Freki to steal the cult's silver, planned to frame Wolfgang for subsequent murder and theft. This is why the amusement park was chosen as the location where one of the culprits, Beowulf, would shake his pursuers.

    To this end, X hid in the ferris wheel's control booth before Beowulf arrived. After making his request and riding up to the top, Wolfgang left the control panel. Here, X takes the short window where Wolfgang isn't observing the wheel to move it--after this movement, the box at the top of the wheel is no longer where Beowulf is hiding.

    Next, the goons arrive, searching for Beowulf. The top cabin is searched, and as expected, no one is inside. Freki, who is in on the plot, is the one that mans the controls while Geri and Wolfgang search the other cabins. From this position, Freki fools Geri into believing they've searched every cabin. This could be accomplished with another movement while Geri and Wolfgang go downstairs, such that the "top" cabin is in fact searched twice.

    Meanwhile, X, the person caught on camera entering Wolfgang's apartment, is lying in wait. Sometime earlier, he's made a copy of Wolfgang's apartment key, allowing him entry. Beowulf makes his escape from the cabin (either by breaking it open once everyone has left or with a sneaky unlock by Freki) and heads to the rendezvous point at Wolfgang's apartment. Beowulf enters via the open window of a different apartment (one of the two on the first floor, perhaps), allowing him to avoid detection by Fenris. He enters Wolfgang's apartment and gets stabbed, etc etc. In order to solidify the case against Wolfgang, he sets the chain and removes the door from its hinges, leaves, then replaces the door. If you prefer, a smaller "door" is cut into the chained door, evidence of which is destroyed when Fenris busts down the chained door. For good measure, he creates a fake blood trail leading to the front entrance of the building (this can be done before or after the murder), then hides upstairs in the apartment that Beowulf entered through.

    If we want to be extra rigorous here and avoid running afoul of Knox's 1st, X can be either of the park's employees.
  • While Wolfgang was manning the booth, nobody could have entered it without him noticing. Furthermore, both floors of the booth are too small to hide in.
  • Only one relevant key to Wolfgang's apartment ever existed.
  • No door was damaged or taken off its hinges. (...before Fenris' investigation)
  • First, early in the morning, the culprit had actually been hidden in Wolfgang's apartment. After Wolfgang left, they simply unlocked the front door from the inside (since I imagine on the inside is a simple bolt.) The culprit then escaped through the window.

    Next up, the disappearance.

    In the time it took for Wolfgang to get to the control booth, the culprit snuck into one of the cabins to the side of the one Beowulf was in. After the ascent, the culprit maneuvered to Beuwulf's cabin, unlocked the door, pushing him out and into the river below. This caused the injury Beowulf would receive, causing the bleeding. The culprit then closed the cabin and jumped into the water, but with grace, managing to avoid significant injuries. Dragging himself and Beowulf to the other side of the shore, we come to our first twist.

    Wolfgang's apartment is actually on the other side of the river. The 30 minute commune is simply the time it takes to go down the river, cross the bridge, and go back up to the park. By directly swimming, the commute is cut to nil.

    Now, while on the other side of the shore, the culprit makes a preparation. This is where the second twist comes in.

    Beowulf has no legs. That's why he had difficulty walking -- because of the artificial legs he was on. The culprit throws those away.

    Now comes the third twist: the culprit is really really short.

    The culprit puts the dazed Beowulf on his shoulders, puts a mask on him, and puts a coat over them. He then walks over to Wolfgang's apartment, goes through the front door, and simply enters Wolfgang's apartment. He goes into the room, locking the front door, making sure the window is locked and setting the chain. A bit before Wolfgang shows up, he stabs Beowulf and hides into the lower half.

    My incredible evidence for this is the money. While the amount doesn't make sense for one person, it does if we assume it was the combined amount of two people. The culprit had already had some money from before, and after dragging Beowulf out of the water, stuffed the other man's money in the coat, as well.
  • When Wolfgang left and locked his apartment in the morning, there was nobody inside.
  • The Ferris Wheel is large enough that you wouldn't survive a fall from the cabins at the top, river or not.
  • Anyone hiding inside the apartment would have been found and exposed during the search. That includes if they were posing as part of the victim.
  • The culprit picked Wolfy's pocket, taking the key and the charm. Probably in the morning, on Wolfy's way to work, before he was too far away from the apartment. The culprit then at some point un-picked the key back onto Wolfy's person. (Could've been shortly before Wolfy returned home; the culprit could have returned the key, then rushed ahead back to the apartment building, entered through the window they had left unlocked, and locked it by hand.)

    The Ferris Wheel escape is the same... except instead of just jumping off from the top, they climbed to the top of the cabin that Wulfy had been in, went halfway down the Ferris wheel but using the tops of the cabins as stairs, and then jumped into the river. (I guess you could go the full way down that way, if you're lame.)

    Even if the culprit isn't an evil leprechaun, they can bypass the camera easily by leaving the incapacitated Wulfy outside of Wolfy's apartment window, entering the front door, and then pulling in Wulfy's body through the apartment window.

    Once the crime scene was set up, the culprit locked the room from the inside, affixed himself to the ceiling right above the door, and then maneuvered himself out while Wolfy and Neuro were distracted by the corpse, before the search of the room occurred.
  • From the time Wolfgang left his apartment to the time he returned, the key to his apartment remained on his person.
  • During this board, nobody except Beowulf was ever at the top of the Ferris Wheel. (top = everything above half its height)
  • After Wolfy locked Wulfy in the ferris wheel, while Wolfy was on his way to the control panel, Lykos or Lupa ran up, unlocked the cabin, and ran away. (Wulfy probably asked them to do so beforehand. Helping the victim doesn't make them an accomplice.) Once at the top, Wulfy could then escape using the cabin as stairs, or with a rope or bungee or something. The culprit ambushed Wulfy when he reached the bottom, I guess.

    The culprit got into the apartment by breaking the window and replacing the glass.
  • While Wolfgang operated Beowulf's cabin to the top, it was properly locked.
  • No windows were ever broken.
  • The victim was trying to hide in the Ferris Wheel from The Pack as to avoid getting caught by them because he stole their silver. Beforehand, the victim tampered with the lock of the cabin. Normally, you turn the bolt up, slide over, then bolt down to lock it. But the victim did something to the lock so that the bolt can’t go all the way down after you slide it over or it goes back up again shortly after turning the bolt down for the proper lock. (Piece of material placed to prevent the bolt from going down all the way, broke part of the lock or maybe the lock is old and worn so it didn’t close down properly to begin with.) The slide part of the bolt still works properly, however, so Wolfgang assumes he locked the cabin properly.

    Of course since the slide part still works, the door to the cabin can’t be opened by this alone as that slide is still in place. But once the slide happens, the bolt is effectively off the lock and so can still open the door without having to slide it back down again, as is the case with all sliding bolt locks. This is where the trick comes in.

    Before you can go to the top of the Ferris Wheel, it of course has to go in this crescent moon angle before you reach the top. (So if you’re in a cabin, you start all the way down, then it goes left, left up, up, right up and now you are at the top) This movement of going left and then left up, along with the velocity of the Ferris Wheel moving and perhaps some gravity, causes the bolt to slide to its unlocked state and the door can be opened from inside the cabin as a result.

    Now back to the story. Geri and Freki arrive at the Ferris Wheel, having found Beowulf’s hiding spot because they need their silver back. The above paragraphs set up was done by Beowulf all in the case this would happen, as he knew he’d be sitting duck otherwise. But they were not going to get him alive, so time to commit suicide. Beowulf jumps out of the Ferris Wheel the moment Wolfgang and Freki are out of view, going towards the control panel. Beowulf dies. (The police say death was more or less instant and that the knife had pierced the victim's heart, but they never said death was due to the knife.)

    At this point, Geri saw this happen and hatched a plan to keep the silver all for himself while pinning Beowulf’s death on Wolfgang. (Or perhaps this was his plan all along given the security footage, expecting that it was likely that Beowulf would kill himself if he was caught, or perhaps they were in cahoots all along. Might reconsider this later.)

    Geri hides the body of Beowulf, by ordering his bloodhounds to all group together in a cozy herd and stand right near the body, (Kinda like a sheep herd except with dogs) making the body out of view as all the hounds are covering it like this:
  • However, one of the hounds decide to chew on the victim’s leg at this point, which causes a wound in the leg, which Geri later patches up with bandages)

    When Geri and Freki bring Wolfgang to their hideout, they take the lead with the hounds only really following close behind them going after the humans. This way nobody ever notices the corpse that is lying around on the ground near the Ferris Wheel. The body is left behind there and since nobody is around thanks to the pandemic, it stays there for a while and is never found.

    Geri and Freki beat the snot out of Wolfgang, perhaps even knocking him unconscious once in a while, back at the hideout. It is at this point that Geri obtains Wolfgang’s key to his flat, as well as his trinket which is found on top of the corpse later. (Would be easy to pickpocket Wolfgang during interrogation without him noticing because he is getting beat up) At some point during the interrogation, Geri goes back to the Ferris Wheel to collect the corpse, which he brings to Wolfgang’s flat, presumably near the window. Geri enters Wolfgang’s flat, opens the window to haul the body in and thrusts a dagger into the victim’s back.

    For the chain lock, I assume there must have been a way to put the chain in place while still being on the side of the flat’s exit. Your hand can’t go through the gap of the door, but with a chain lock there is still a gap regardless. Perhaps by the use of some thin and long tool, like a pencil or something else that’s long and thin, Geri could scoop the chain through the gap of the door and then attempt to drop the chain to where the chain is supposed to go, into the lock. Repeat until successful. Geri locks the main flat door with Wolfgang’s key again and brings the key back to Wolfgang who is still in interrogation, who never notices his key was gone/back cause he was too busy getting beaten up to remember or notice.

    As for Fenris and his surveillance camera… Fenris mentions he only heard the door open once, but he never said anything about hearing it close that would have prompted Fenris in checking the security footage. Alternatively, Fenris only checks the footage when he hears a door open and the culprit was super sneaky quiet with opening and closing doors to avoid detection by Fenris all other times. Fenris also only mentions he saw someone in the footage arrive AT THE APARTMENT and didn’t actually see anyone enter Wolfgang’s flat, all in all leaving plenty of opportunities to enter Wolfgang’s flat unseen and unnoticed.
  • I believe the culprit to be the person that Wolfgang saw before he did the Ferris Wheel thing. I will call him Beowulf Prime (B').
    My theory goes as follows. B' killed B early on with a stab to his chest and then placed his body in Wolfgang's house with the knife trap lodged on the ceiling, which will drop and puncture his back in time. This is to give off the illusion that his death was actually recent. As for the body warmth the room could be simply kept hot. Cough thermodynamics cough. The perfume is to mask the rotting smell. I presume he did this early on before he showed himself at the Ferris Wheel.

    As for how he entered Wolfgang's house, He snuck into Wolfgang's house last night and opened the window. The then entered through the window placed the body set the chain and left. But before he did, he placed the silver trinket (which is dense and heavy) to use as a mechanism to lock the window from the inside when he leaves. (I hope this is not considered a string trick uwu). He then scattered the blood trails and climbed out of the window.

    Beowulf Prime then went all the way the Ferris Wheel and purposely showed Wolfgang his face to set his trick in place, burnt himself when he's at the top of the Ferris Wheel until there's only ashes left so when the cabin returned down he wasn't there. I kinda got this idea that he will disappear by killing himself during the karma prose because it seems natural that he is guilt ridden after murdering his twin brother. My evidence for this is the money since it would kind of make sense as DWaM pointed out if it was for two people. He also faked the limp because he knew Beowulf had a leg injury to add some credibility to his elaborate trick.
  • First, the disappearance. I'll upgrade Fury's theory. The lock was perfectly functional. Once he got to the top, Beowulf slammed against the sides of the cabin, causing it to shimmy left and right, giving it momentum until:

    The whole fucking thing rotated around the bar holding it. In the moment it was upside down, the latch came off by itself due to gravity!!

    I could argue that Beowulf parachuted across the river or something. But let's keep things reasonably sane.

    The leg injury was faked. In actuality, Beowulf could easily climb -- and he did so -- moving to one of the side cabins. It's important to note which one. If we assume the ferris wheel moves a clockwise direction, Beowulf would move to the one directly RIGHT of his cabin. Why? Because when his captors bring the ferris wheel down, if he assumed (correctly) that his captors would go on to search the cabins, that one would be the very last one to possibly be searched. Then, it was simple: after they started searching through the cabins, Beowulf simply carefully returned to the cabin he had originally been in. Since they would likely not search the same cabin twice, they would never find him.

    Alternatively, he could've simply slipped out when they were searching the first cabin, but then I imagine the dogs would've barked. Unless, of course, he had a different scent than the one given to them to track or something.

    Still, if this is all true, we have a problem. This is taking too much time. Beowulf had to already be at the apartments. In other words, the person caught on camera at 7:05 couldn't have been him. Very well. Let's have this man -- this stranger -- simply go down the hallway somewhere. He does not enter Wolfgang's room.

    After all, how could he? If the culprit was not in Wolfgang's room at the start of the day, and the culprit was not able to get the key, only one conclusion can possibly be made:

    In spite of the bloodtrail leading to his apartment, at the time he returned, there was nobody in it. The person who had entered -- the person who had been bleeding -- might've bled, leaned against the door to Wolfgang's apartment, managed to suppress the wound temporarily and made their way forward.

    But the fact of the matter remains someone DID get in. So how do we explain that?

    It's simple. We just need to remember the movements. As he's about to enter his apartment after unlocking it, Fenrir calls to Wolfgag, causing the latter to go back down the hallway. Understand? He was not in front of the door. This is important, because it means that when Fenrir went into his room for 15 seconds and Wolfgang was waiting for him: nobody was minding the door to the room.

    It was at this time that someone came from downstairs -- it was either Beowulf (who had, in the meantime, been let in through one of the upper windows by the masked man caught on camera), or the masked man himself. Since this man will be the victim, the implication of the latter option means the victim was not actually Beowulf, but someone with his face and wallet.

    The victim ducks into Wolfgang's apartment. The wound reopens, connecting the bloody trail from before. He goes into the main room, setting the main chain. He then leans against the door. It's his weight that prevents a gap.

    When Fenrir bursts through the door -- devours it -- the victim is hit with such force that they fly across the room, hitting the kitchen counter, which, in turn, causes the knife to fly from the countertop, into their back, and the victim to roll onto the floor, finally ending up on their stomach.

    Dead.
  • When Wolfgang left his apartment in the morning, the window in the apartment was locked.
  • Nobody could have completely reduced themselves to ashes.
  • When a ferris wheel cabin is properly locked, it can only be unlocked by a human hand undoing the bolt from outside the cabin.
  • That blood trail in the building really belonged to Beowulf. All of it.
  • Beowulf was already dead before Fenris destroyed the door.
  • Copypaste the other theory, while inside the cabin Beowulf disguised themselves as a pile of silver bars by using the silver they already have, which Freki/Geri steals and does not mention to Wolfgang for obvious sketchy-authority reasons.

    The locked room is a lolsuicide.
  • The culprit is Lykos.
    Before Wolfgang could return to the booth, Lykos made the ferris wheel spin really fast, and it reached the top quickly, meanwhile Beowulf slammed against the sides of the cabin just like DWaM suggested, and at some point it detached from the ferris wheel and went flying, straight to Wolfgang's apartment.
    Lykos knew how the ferris wheel worked, so he could help Beowulf with this. Notice how Beowulf didn't die, since the cabin protected him, and the glass is strong enough to not break. As for how a 30 minute travel was achieved in one flight, the route Wolfgang normally takes is the intended one, while Beowulf avoided all of that, perhaps jumping over a river.
    Now, Wolfgang returned to the booth, and he gave the wheel a normal spin, so the cabin that was at the bottom when the cabin got detached went to the top, and Wolfgang didn'tt think anything was amiss. Wolfgang didn't notice a cabin was missing because there were a lot of them.
    Lykos then disguised himself as one of the men in black, And Lupa as the other, and pretended nothing happened, he knew about them since Beowulf told him. Lupa didn't have any other role in this, they were bribed by Lykos just for this.
    While Lykos and Lupa were beating Wolfgang, Lykos took the strap from him, then he rushed to Wolfgang's apartment and freed Beowulf from the cabin, he managed to arrive before Wolfgang since Wolfgang was severely injured. Beowulf was bleeding because of the fall, and walked to the front of Wolfgang's apartment, then he entered, as was shown on the footage by the camera in front of the door.
    How did he enter, you ask? Wolfgang's apartment is yet another wheel, so Lykos made the rooms rotate, and Beowulf took a second key for that apartment, which he took from the landlord in Berlin after killing him. This key was never used on the door to Wolfgang's apartment, so this is not considered a relevant key for it. Fenris' apartment isn't part of the mechanism, that's why it didn't rotate.
    Anyways... Beowulf entered the apartment, and Fenris saw it on the footage, then he walked into the room, the blood that was dripping was from the injury Beowulf got when the cabin crashed, he also locked the door from inside and set the chain. Beowulf opened the window and dropped a rope he had brought with him, hidden under his clothes. Lykos entered the apartment through there, but Beowulf had different plans, he pushed Lykos out of the window, and dropped the key out of it, the strap fell to the floor while Beowulf was pushing Lykos.
    Beowulf took a knife from the kitchen, because he saw the strap and thought of a contraption that would reasonably work on a beaten up Wolfgang, he glued the knife to the ceiling, thinking that Wolfgang would try to pick up the strap, and then he would shake the unstable room through the wheel contraption, so that the knife would stab him in the back, but Lykos, with the last strength of his, did it instead while Beowulf was placing the strap correctly, and the knife stabbed Beowulf in the back while falling, helped by the moving room so that it got deeper in.
    When Wolfgang got to the apartment, he was so messed up that he didn't notice the apartment wasn't his, even if it was really similar, the room being poorly illuminated didn't help either.
    The reason for this mess? Part of it wasn't planned, as you'll notice. Money, of course, The plan was for them to share it, but Beowulf betrayed Lykos and pushed him out of the window at the end. The reason for the presence of both banknotes and coins is that Beowulf was poor, while Lykos was rich and handed some of it to Beowulf for the plan.
    The reason for choosing Wolfgang's apartment was that Lykos already knew where it was and he could set up the trick easily, knowing how it really functioned, and they both had some past grudge over Wolfgang (this might be due to shady affairs of Wolfgang, and that is the reason why he has a fake name).
    The men in black at the end are the real men in black, they were called by Beowulf, who told them Wolfgang was hiding him.
    At some point Beowulf sprinkled some perfume across the room so that when the men in black eventually came, he could take them by surprise and not be detected by the dogs.
    Wolfgang didn't notice the men in black weren't the same ones he saw because they were covered in black, they barely talked and he wasn't in a great condition after being beaten, at the end.
  • My body is ready.

    Regarding the first mystery of Beowulf's disappearance, he had an accomplice (does not violate red since Beowulf is not the culprit). When he entered the ferris wheel cabin, while Wolfgang was making his way to the control panel (and thus wasn't looking at the ferris wheel), an accomplice came out of the bush somewhere, unlocked the cabin, let Beowulf out, and locked it up again. The two then escaped. Wolfgang didn't see that and assumed that Beowulf was still in the cabin as it ascend.

    Earlier theories speculated that the apartment was across the river from the theme park so I'll use that too. Beowulf and accomplice crossed the river using a boat and arrive at Wolfgang's apartment.

    The next question is how did they enter the locked apartment?

    The answer; the diagram shown in the gameboard isn't merely the schematic of the apartment, it is a top down view of the apartment complex. That's right, Wolfgang's apartment's and the one above's ceilings were removed. This was likely done sometimes in the afternoon while Wolfgang was out.

    Beowulf and his accomplice climbed the building side (accomplice helped Beowulf) and into Wolfgang's room. The accomplice then betrayed Beowulf, killed him, and planted a blood trail. (They unlocked the door from the inside and also planted the blood trail in the hallway. The masked guy Fenris saw in his footage is not relevant to the mystery.)

    The culprit (who is called Luna because Luna's Trap) then climbed out the way they came in.
  • None of the cabins ever got detached from the ferris wheel.
  • The apartment Wolfgang returned to and found the body in was the same apartment he left in the morning.
  • Beowulf was really still inside the cabin when Wolfgang made it ascend.
  • It was never possible to enter Wolfgang's apartments through anything other than the door or window.
  • The cabins of the ferris wheel's windows can actually be opened and Beowulf simply escaped through the window of the cabin. There is mention of the window at the control panel that cannot be opened and the window of the apartment being locked from the inside, but there is nothing mentioned about the windows of any of the ferris wheel cabins other than that they simply weren't broken. The gameboard never directly adresses that escape through the cabin window is impossible. Just that the windows were never broken.

    Alternatively, the cabins themselves could simply not be enclosed from all sides. There might be an opening, such as on the roof of the cabin, part of the build-in design of the cabins that is difficult to reach and therefore escape through such an opening is never considered by anyone. Beowulf reached the opening by by slamming the sides of the cabin like DWaM suggests, making the cabin move around like a pendulum and so could reach the opening up top by making the cabin swing wildly enough.

    As for the locked room that is Wolfgang's flat, for now I'm gonna be cheap and will just say that the culprit temporarily replaced the lock to the door and installed it back in after he was done in Wolfgang's flat. Like if it's a doorknob lock, just unscrew the doorknob and the culprit temporarily replaces it it with a doorknob he does have the key to. Unlock the door and do your business in the flat. Then when he is done, lock the door again replace this new doorknob with the old one that is compatable with Wolfgang's key. This doesn't count as damaging the door as the door itself remains intact and this doesn't count as picking the lock as you are removing the lock entirely.
  • Each cabin only ever had one way in or out: the door.
  • No locks got ever replaced. No other (...relevant) key was ever capable of unlocking or locking the door to Wolfgang's flat.
  • The chain can only be set by hand, by someone standing on the side it's on.

  • Beowulf's disappearance: When Freki and Wolfgang were descending Beowulf's cabin, Freki, who knew how to operate the Ferris Wheel, distracted Wolfgang somehow and instead descended one of the cabin beside Beowulf's. Freki then, when controlling the cabins so the two can check every one of them, skipped one of the cabins (Beowulf's) while the two were distracted. Freki then later return, alone, after having a friendly walk in the forest with Wolfgang and the other dude and let Beowulf out.

    Beowulf's murder: All of the reds regarding Wolfgang's apartment said "When Wolfgang left his apartment *in the morning*...", however the narrative made it pretty clear that he left it in the afternoon, at 1 PM. Thus the Reds do not apply and those theories can still be used. So, when Wolfgang left his apartment *in the afternoon* he probably left his window unlocked, or the culprit was hiding in there. Beowulf then entered via the window and got shanked. The culprit then hid in the room and ninja'd his way past Wolfgang and out of the room while Wolfgang was stunned by Fenris going full berserk on his apartment.
  • When Geri, Freki, and Wolfgang went through all the cabins, they actually checked all of them.
  • The culprit moved the wheel by hand
  • or maybe the wolves did it. Beowulf just leaves as the bozos are checking the other wheels.
  • The culprit is X.

    Beowulf's cabin is locked by Wolfgang, and he leaves to operate the wheel. The cabin reaches the top. An accomplice uses one of the other attractions in the park to reach the top of the cabin and unlock it--perhaps some ride that just happens to involve a tower that ascends to the height of the top of the wheel. Beowulf then exits the cabin, locks it once more, then hops down from the top using the rest of the cabins as steps.

    As for the murder, the victim is not Beowulf, but X, who looks identical to Beowulf. X used Beowulf's blood to create the blood trail leading up to Wolfgang's front door before Wolfgang's arrival. Of course, there's the issue of the blood trail continuing into the entry of Wolfgang's flat. Let's say the culprit drilled some holes in the floor of the apartment above and dripped the blood in from there.

    While Wolfgang was distracted after unlocking his front door, X sneaks in, makes their way to the main room, then chains the door shut. He uses the rest of Beowulf's blood to finish the blood trail, then commits suicide.
  • During this board, nobody except Beowulf was ever 'at a height higher than half the height of the ferris wheel'.
  • Beowulf is the only relevant person that died.
  • Except for the door and window, there never were any openings through which something like blood could enter Wolfgang's apartment.
  • The culprit is X.
    Beowulf had planted the blood traces between the two doors in the apartment beforehand, and covered them with a carpet.
    Beowulf had been preparing for the escape, so he waited for a full moon to happen, and when it happened he rode the wheel. As soon as he reached the top, the timing was perfect, and while Wolfgang was distracted by Geri and Friki, the tides caused by the full moon were pushed on the wheel by the wind, the wheel then started turning, helped by the momentum of the tides given by the speed of the river. When Beowulf reached the lower-half, presumably the bottom, the culprit freed him, and they went to the apartment.
    The culprit killed Beowulf near the window, outside, then took his blood and started planting it across the hallway, they also removed the carpet from underneath the door, the blood was now clearly visible. Wolfgang returned to the apartment and unlocked the door, seeing all the blood, meanwhile the culprit sneaked past him while he was distracted by Fenris, and entered the apartment, chain-locking the door.
    The culprit then opened the window and took Beowulf's body from outside and put it in the room. The culprit crawled on top of the ceiling hiding, between Fenris breaking the door and Fenris beginning the search of the apartment, the culprit left by crawling along the ceiling, unnoticed.

  • Beowulf's disappearance: The Ferris Wheel cabins actually have openable windows. Beowulf merely opened it, reach out, unlock the cabin, close the window, and escaped by climbing down the other Ferris Wheels.

    Beowulf's murder/suicide: The blood trail inside Wolfgang's apartment was actually forced perspective. The culprit, after planting Beowulf's blood as trail in the hallway, painted some red dots on the lightbulb in the hallway such that, when it shines a light into the entrance of Wolfgang's apartment, the shadow would look vaguely like a blood trail. The culprit, Beowulf, then, while Wolfgang is distracted by Fenris, entered the apartment, substituted the forced perspective blood with real blood, chainlocked the door, and committed suicide.
  • The culprit is Lykos.

    To create the disappearance at the ferris wheel, the culprit and Beowulf worked together. As any theme park employee would know, it is imperative that a ferris wheel is balanced. That is to say, people must be loaded such that the weight is equally distributed along the wheel.

    Of course, Beowulf's request all but guaranteed that this would NOT be the case.

    Once his cabin reaches the top, the accomplice enters the scene. He loads up the cabin just below the halfway point of the wheel--which is permitted by the previous red about venturing to the top of the wheel--with weight. It's likely they used a combination of their own body weight as well as another weight the accomplices had available to them: the bag of silver they'd stolen from the moon cult.

    Using this approach, the wheel would rotate ever so slowly such that the two weighted cabins at 12 and 3 o'clock move clockwise. The accomplice can shift weight from the cabin they'd weighted into the cabin shifting to the new 3 o'clock position until Beowulf's cabin is within reach. Here, they unlock the bolt, freeing Beowulf.

    If you want to be a stickler about how the top cabin was found locked, assume every cabin was locked beforehand, and only the cabin loaded up with silver is unlocked, then relocked as it that cabin "shifts".

    Now for the apartment. We don't have much room to maneuver here. There really only seems to be one opportunity for the victim to enter here. Let's forget about the man caught on camera by Fenris: that's someone else, so Beowulf likely entered through an open window somewhere else in the building.

    Our window of opportunity is the moment Wolfgang unlocks and opens his door. The blood trail in the hallway (the only part of it Wolfgang says is old/dry) was created earlier by Beowulf, from his leg wound. After Wolfgang opens his door, he sees blood going into his entryway, which is the first suggestion that the victim has already entered the flat before then. This is simply impossible, so I have to imagine Wolfgang is wrong here: he's in a bad state, so it's not hard to imagine that there were spots in his vision, making it look like the trail continued inwards.

    So at this point, the victim rushes in, chains the door, and dies. But now we have another problem: death was instant, wasn't it? So who delivered the killing blow, and how did they escape?

    This is just a trap. The narrative suggests that death was instant by appealing to the police's conclusion. But this simply cannot be true. They must be incorrect. If we operate under the assumption that the culprit killed the victim in the flat, we run into a sure contradiction when attempting to explain how the culprit disappeared from the chained room. Therefore, the killing blow MUST have been dealt outside the apartment. But the victim alone must then enter the flat, so the killing blow CANNOT mean instant death.
    The victim, mortally wounded but still mobile, rushed inside in an attempt to save themselves. They chained the door, then perished next to it. This--the body resting against the door--explains why the gap was so small.

    Why the incorrect assessment by the police? Fenris' fault. His feat of strength at the door buried the knife deeper into the wound and flung the already dead Beowulf into the position his body was found. Now, as far as the police would be concerned, the wound appears to have been an instant death.
  • The culprit is Fenrir. The "raveging" and "devouring" of the mystery do not necessarily mean he solved it.

    The escape from the Ferris wheel could've been one of the previously-suggested ideas. I'll also throw in some additional ones:

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    The footage at 7:06 PM was Fenrir himself. He simply caught himself going home and decided to repurpose the footage to pass it off as Beowulf.

    Beowulf himself was, at some point, assaulted and brought to Fenrir's apartment through the window. At some point, he was wounded but managed to escape the apartment, rushing to Wolfgang's apartment. He was likely banging for help. Fenrir caught up to him and knocked him out.

    He then had the idea of framing Wolfgang. He took the unconscious Beowulf, got him outside the building through the window. Then, due to the old nature of the building, he carried Beowulf into Wolfgang's apartment by removing the (likely wooden window) in its entirety; glass and lock and everything. He then carried the body in, stabbing him in the back and leaving him be. He pulled the window back.

    Wolfgang returns. He sees droplets of blood (but doesn't realize they don't fully go from the entrance, but rather at some point in the hallway). At this same time, Beowulf -- with a knife in his back but still alive -- wakes up and tries to make a break for it. He's leaving a trail of blood behind him as he does this. He gets to the entrance door. However, when he hears the door being unlocked, he gets startled and hides behind it.

    When Wolfgang looks in, he sees the trail seemingly continuing into the entrance.

    At this point, Fenrir calls out to Wolfgang. Wolfgang's attention is drawn away from the hallway. Beowulf takes the chance to peer into the main hallway. And what does he see? Fenrir, the man who attacked him, and Wolfgang, the man who operated the wheel. It can't be a coincidence. Something's gone fucked. These men want to kill him.

    So what does he do? He dashes back into the apartment, locking the door behind him with the chain. He then tries going for the window, but passes out in the meantime.

    While Fenrir is searching the room, he pushes the knife deeper into Beowulf. Beowulf had died earlier, but Fenrir realizes what must've happened and decides to make the death appear instantaneous. He also pushes the window further into the wall, making it appear as if it had been firmly in place the entire time.
  • The river water never rose to a point where it would be capable of turning the wheel.
  • When Fenris broke down the door, the only people in the apartment were Wolfgang, Fenris, and the deceased Beowulf.
  • The cabin windows cannot be opened.
  • Wolfgang spotted actual blood on the floor inside his apartment just after he returned and unlocked the door. That blood had already been inside before he unlocked it.
  • Even with added weight, nobody would have the physical strength to directly move the wheel.
  • Beowulf's death was instant.
  • Each cabin was truly empty when it got searched and announced to be empty..
  • No cabin, when locked, ever had any openings through which a hand could pass.
  • No windows were ever removed or similarly tampered with.
  • The culprit if Wolfgang. He has a split personality -- let's call it the Werewolf. Wolfgang is not aware of the times this split personality take over, to him it just seems like time passing by faster than usual, as long as Werewolf comes back to the exact same place he started.

    After bringing Beowulf up, Werewolf took over. Werewolf brought Beowulf back down, knocked him out. Werewolf then went across the river, disguised himself as Beowulf, and entered the apartment building. Werewolf then unlocked the door to the apartment, locked it behind him, and brought Beowulf in through window, leaving it unlocked. The trail of blood was the blood dripping from Beowulf's coat, which Werewolf was wearing, likely due to an injury Beowulf sustained when Werewolf was trying to knock him out. He then went back across the river to the amusement park.

    Werewolf knew about the cameras. If Beowulf had later escaped, Werewolf would claim that Beowulf was seen entering the apartment building normally, of his own volition, making the story about being kidnapped at the ferrish wheel questionable.

    He then returned to his post, where he gave control back to Wolfgang.

    After getting beat up, Wolfgang stumbled home. Werewolf, shortly before he arrived, took control of him yet again. He understood that the man he was trying to steal silver from was into some deep shit, and that it would be bad to keep him alive. The goons were about to catch up to him, and if they found the unconscious Beowulf in the apartment, it'd be bad news. He decided to kill Beowulf and get the body away.

    He snuck back in through the window and did the deed.

    He was about to drag Beowulf's corpse out when he realized he was too weak to do it. The damage to his body was too great. Worse yet, leaving him here would stink the place up. What to do, then? He realized that he couldn't just leave his apartment back through the window: the goons would catch up to him, he was safer here. But he couldn't just huddle in the apartment, either. The body was going to be found no matter what. He knew that the moment Fenrir checked the cameras he'd realize something was up if Wolfgang wasn't seen entering through the front door.

    Werewolf would have to risk it. Create an impossible crime.

    He set the chain from the inside and left through the window. He let Wolfgang back into control, making him think he was just arriving back in his apartment.

    Werewolf took back over for a single crucial moment -- when Fenrir was in the bathroom. He leapt to the window and locked the window, closing the locked room. With this, not even Wolfgang would be suspected. And Wolfgang himself knowing nothing of the plan, the only thing he would be able to give is a bizarre story about a man disappearing from the ferris wheel and appearing in his apartment. Even with the key on him, the inner locked room would not be explainable, so he would be safe...
  • Wolfgang is innocent. There are no split personalities involved.
  • There is a bag of silver in a cabin as suggested in a previous theory. However, it isn't moved by physical weight, but moved by magnetic force instead. (I don't care that silver is not magnetic - everyone just assumed it was silver by the color or something.)
  • Well, Wolfgang was beat up and there was this big section break. I'd like to propose that someone transported Wolfgang to his apartment and back in order to use the key. Why have to transport Wolfgang? Because of the strap keeping it effectively attached to Wolfgang's body. (I don't care that Wolfgang says the strap is in their pocket, maybe they're one of those people who like putting one hand in their pocket all the time.)

    When Wolfgang 'woke up', Freki and Geri and their dogs were already long gone as Wolfgang fell out of consciousness. This is why "neither them or their dogs seemed to notice" - they were long gone.

    Beowulf's death is a lolsuicide, or if you prefer, extreme magnetic trinket tactics were used by using the magnet through the wall/floor/ceiling in order to provide the force required to say, put a knife through his back.
  • The culprit is X.

    Before Beowulf began his ascent, an inflatable doll was placed in the cabin directly next to the one at the very bottom. The door to this cabin was properly locked.

    When the Ferris wheel began its ascent, there would have been an angle where Wolfgang temporarily wouldn't have been able to see Beowulf's cabin. It is at this point that Beowulf ducked and activated the infaltable doll to start inflating. After bringing the cabins up, Wolfgang went outside and checked to make sure he'd gotten Beowulf up in the right cabin. He saw the infaltable doll believing it was him and was satisfied.

    Minutes pass. The goons arrive. Beowulf -- in the cabin next to the one Wolfgang thinks Beowulf is -- activates the remote yet again, blowing the doll up. The doll's remains would've been considered trash; and the goons wouldn't have paid attention to it in wake of smashing up the cabin, anyway. If you don't like that, then their vision is impaired and while they're not totally blind, they can't see entirely well and missed the scraps. The dogs are there as guide dogs.

    When the cabin is brought down and Geri and Ferki start tearing it up, the culprit covertly sneaks up to the wheel, unlocks the cabin where Beowulf is, and the two of them run away.

    During this, the culprit makes some quick preparations. At 7:06, he enters Wolfgang's apartment building, being captured on the cameras. The door does not need a key to be locked or unlocked from the inside, let us suppose. He thus unlocks the door from the outside using method X: either a wire underneath the door or a magnet or something; just not a lockpick, as that would leave scratch marks.

    He goes in, locks the door behind him, and leaves.

    Later, he and Beowulf enter the apartment through the open window. At some point they get into an altercation, and Beowulf gets injured. Beowulf starts running out of the apartment and gets out in the hallway, but the culprit catches up to him and knocks him out.

    The culprit then carries Beowulf back into the apartment.

    11 PM. Wolfgang returns. Upon hearing footsteps, the culprit goes out into the entraceway to check who's coming. At this point, Beowulf activates. He shuts the door to the main room, setting the chain. The culprit doesn't have a lot of options, but he's sure as hell not one to give up.

    He takes the knife and slings it through the gap in the door. It hits Beowulf in the back, just as he's moving toward the window to his escape.

    The front door to the apartment opens. The culprit hides behind the door, leaving a trace of perfume out in the entranceway.

    In the 15 seconds it takes for Fenris to get the book, the culprit slips out of the hallway and escapes. Alternatively, the culprit slips out of the hallway and escapes right before Fenris and Wolfgang are deciding what to do about the chain lock.

    If you don't like knife throwing, then the culprit stabbed Beowulf and then set the chain from the outside: which is no contradiction, because the chain is on that side to begin with, and the two mistook it for being set on the inside due to the darkness. The rest of the escape still happens the same way.
  • There was never any magnetic interaction between something placed on the ferris wheel and something not on the wheel.
  • Likewise, there was never any magnetic interaction between something inside Wolfgang's apartment and something outside the apartment.
  • Wolfgang did not return to his apartment before 11PM on the day in question.
  • ...and nobody else could have used his key while it was 'on his person'.
  • There was never any string or similar object placed in such a way that it would be both inside and outside Wolfgang's apartment.
  • And you'd definitely have to interact with the inside if you wanted to unlock the door to Wolfgang's apartment without the key.
  • Nothing passed through the second door while the chain was set. (...until Fenris destroyed it.)
  • When Beowulf entered the cabin there was nothing inside any of the other cabins, and this remained true until the search started.
  • The culprit is Lykos!

    At the moment the goons showed up the ferris wheel was going down, Lykos was standing on the roof of the control booth. When the cabin with Beowulf passed by him, he unlocked it, letting him out, and quickly locked it back again. While everyone was busy searching the cabins, the two simply got down and ran away.

    The person seen at 7:06 at the camera was Lykos himself.

    After escaping, Lykos hid Beowulf in the apartment building, bandaging his leg. Under the bandages, however, he planted a small bag of cyanide, which could've burst at any point.

    11 PM. Wolfgang returns. He unlocks his door. The trail of blood in the hallway is Beowulf's from the time Lykos had walked in at 7:06 (the blood could've gotten on him from participating in some other tending to Beowulf's leg wound).

    However.

    The trail of blood Wolfgang saw in the entrance was NOT blood.

    It was jam. From the slice of bread he'd made that afternoon after sleeping in and rushing to work. The darkness simply made him mistake it for blood.

    At some point upstairs, Lykos stabs Beowulf in the bag. He either got tired of waiting for the cyanide to work or the two got into some kind of on argument after Beowulf saw the goons start to arrive at the apartment building having followed Wolfgang. Beowulf does not die from this, and instead runs downstairs, away from Lykos.

    Downstairs, Fenris turns Wolfgang's attention away from the door. Beowulf appears from the opposite direction and dashes into the apartment, deciding to escape through the window. Still believing Lykos had given him up, and finding it super-suspicious the wheel operator is there, he doesn't trust either of them; setting the chain in the main room. As he does all this, he now leaves a trail of actual blood behind him.

    As he approaches the window, the bag of cyanide bursts, killing him instantly.
  • Nobody could have unlocked a ferris wheel cabin while the wheel was in motion.
  • The culprit is X.

    The night before, Wolfgang forgot to lock the door to his apartment after returning home. The culprit or Beowulf went into the apartment, did something (like get the knife) and left, leaving behind a trail of blood. The trail of blood could've been left due to Beowulf's actual injury if it was him, or by the blood culprit got on him while treating the injury.

    Alternatively: Wolfgang slept with his window open and the culprit snuck in, leaving through the door.

    If the door was locked when Wolfgang woke up, the culprit locked it by simply setting the deadbolt on before leaving, causing it to lock behind him when he shut the door.

    Alternatively: Culprit entered through the unlocked door, locked it behind him, did his thing and left through the open window.

    The intruder doesn't notice the trail of blood due to the darkness. Wolfgang doesn't notice the trail of blood the next morning because he's in a rush. The other tenants don't notice the trail of blood because they don't step out into the hallway to begin with -- they're in self-isolation.

    For the ferris wheel escape: X puts a cardboard cutout against the window of a cabin 3 cabins or so away from Beowulf's. It is outside of the cabin, not contradicting the red. Beowulf gets locked in, then Wolfgang enters the booth and looses sight of Beowulf. Beowulf ducks, so all wolfgang see is the cutout. The cutout is brought to the top.

    When the ferris wheel is brought down, the wrong cabin is there. Meanwhile, the cabin Beowulf is actually in is positioned directly above the control booth. The culprit opens the lock and lets Beowulf escape. While getting off the top of the booth, Beowulf's leg wound reopens.

    The cutout itself disappears either due to a string pull, or by falling off on its own at some point due to the wind.

    The culprit and Beowulf go to the apartment building. They enter through one of the upstairs windows, avoiding the camera.

    The culprit treats Beowulf's wound. While doing this, he plants a bag of cyanide to burst and kill Beowulf instantly.

    11 PM. Wolfgang returns. Beowulf sees the goons decend upon the place. Thinking X betrayed him, Beowulf and X fight. X stabs Beowulf in the back with the kitchen knife from Wolfgang's apartment, but it doesn't go in deep enough to kill him.

    Beowulf runs downstairs. Just as Wolfgang's attention's drawn away from the door because of Fenris, Beowulf goes into the apartment, setting the chain and leaning against the door.

    At this moment, the bag of cyanide bursts, killing him instantly.

    When Fenris devours the door, he sends Beowulf's body flying across the door. The force of the impact also causes the knife to wedge itself deeper, making it appear as if it was the cause of death.
  • When Wolfgang controlled the ferris wheel to move Beowulf up, he kept looking at the correct cabin - the one with Beowulf in it - and truly brought that one to the spot on the very top.
  • Beowulf died from the knife found in his back - effectively instantly in the moment it pierced him.
  • The culprit is Lykos.

    Ferris Wheel: tie a sturdy rope or tow line to the wheel, and then tie the other end to one of other attractions in the park that happens to spin or pull in such a direction that it would rotate the wheel. As stated above, Lykos, the accomplice and culprit, lets Beowulf out once the cabin is at ground level.

    Apartment: As DWaM theorized, the blood trail was left beforehand. The window for entry remains the same. For the actual death, the culprit appeared at the window, startling Beowulf and causing him to fall onto his knife, killing him. This is after setting the chain, of course.
  • No rope ever connected anything on the wheel to anything not on the wheel. There were also no other attractions in the park that would have been able to produce the required pull.
  • Beowulf did not fall onto the knife.
  • The culprit is Beowulf, as it's the person that killed Beowulf. The room is just Beowulf slipping in the 15 seconds and offing themselves, the blood could be made earlier with a carpet or deposited under the door gap.

    That means any 'accomplice' for the wheel did it unwittingly... Well. Let's go back to an earlier theory.
  • It is not stated that it was properly locked when the wheel was coming down. You could plausibly state that it was still 'properly locked' even with the rising of the wheel meaning 'turn up', as it stopped being properly locked at some point. The horizontal motion of the wheel is then 'slide over' and the downward motion is 'turn down'. This unlocks the cabin and lets Beowulf exit from below the halfway point of the wheel.
  • It's all just a wacky accident.

    We've been over the blood trail. We've been over how Beowulf sneaks into the apartment himself and sets the chain while Wolfgang is distracted. Won't go over those again.

    The ferris wheel worked like this: first, extra weight was put in all of the cabins. Nexxt, the controls/break/whatever were tampered the night before to cause the wheel to always be slowly turning. So slowly one wouldn't notice it if they weren't actively staring at the thing for half an hour.

    When Beowulf goes up, this sabotage causes him to shift a cabin. After this, the culprit takes some weight off the lower cabins, causing a weight imbalance, making the ferris wheel stand back in place once more.

    An accomplice helps Beowulf escape while the goons are searching the wrong cabin.

    While the search continues, the accomplice is covertly removing the extra weight from the other cabins: while one cabin is being searched, the accomplice is removing the weight from the one next in line. This way, nothing is amiss at the time of searching.

    The death is an accident. Beowulf slipped due to the bad luck of the charm, the knife flew in the air along with the charm. He landed on his stomach due to the weight of the silver. The knife fell onto his back. The charm then landed on the back of the handle, pushing the blade further in, making it appear the knife couldn't have landed there through simple gravity.
  • The control mechanism of the wheel wasn't tampered with. It always worked as one would expect. (meaning it wouldn't cause movement while in resting position)
  • Gravity wouldn't be strong enough to make a falling kitchen knife actually penetrate Beowulf's back.
  • No other inanimate object was touching the knife when it stabbed Beowulf.
  • This board is one giant deception by someone who wanted to write a perfect crime, also memes.
    The culprit is Fenris, even if it was not intentional at all.
    The night before, Beowulf entered the unlocked apartment and planted the blood from his leg on the floor (possibly all of it, certainly at least the one between the two doors). Wolfgang missed this blood when he left, having just woken up, also the rooms were dark.
    Beowulf stole a ton of silver, specifically for this trick. His accomplice Lykos helped him prepare for this trick and started blatantly telling Wolfgang bs about the pendant. Beowulf rode the wheel, and intentionally dropped the silver to give Wolfgang a hint (remember, this is a mystery fiction), as expected Wolfgang returned to the booth and made the cabin ascend.
    When he was at the top, Beowulf moved all the weight to one side of the cabin (his body, the silver and the coins, there were probably a lot more), so the cabin slowly started spinning by itself because of the weight, and reached the bottom, then Lykos freed Wolfgang, and they took all the silver out. Notice how they did this while Wolfgang was distracted by Geri and Freki, and the perfume was to mask Beowulf’s scent.
    Beowulf quickly made his way to Wolfgang’s apartment, while the third tenant entered it with a mask at 7:06, a pandemic is going on (or they were bribed). When Beowulf reached the apartment, he noticed the blood on the floor since he was looking down, and unlocked the door. While Wolfgang was distracted, waiting for Fenris, Beowulf entered the apartment and took the kitchen knife, then he went to the door to set the chain...
    It would all be good, but when Fenris tries to open the chained door, Beowulf is holding the knife, and his hand is accidentally pushed so that he stabs himself, afterall he had entered something like 15 seconds earlier, he was still setting stuff up, It doesn’t help that right after that, Fenris destroys the door, launching Beowulf into the room and sinking the knife way deeper in.
    Meeting Fenris there really was unfortunate in the end.

  • The apartment: There is only one missing element here. How did Beowulf die in the locked room? The positioning of the body is key here, as well as one missing piece. Let's assume the bar he dropped is still in his pocket.

    That bar, however, is not a silver bar. It is a powerful electromagnet. Unbeknownst to Beowulf, it is turned on (perhaps during a struggle with the culprit at some earlier point in time), sending a knife from the kitchen behind him hurdling towards him. The knife--lined up with the magnet in his pocket--sticks in his back and he flops forward, dead.

    The wheel: The night before, Beowulf set up large sheets of clear plastic along the axes of the wheel. The effect here is to create a makeshift wind turbine. The next day, when it would be windy, the wheel would slowly--imperceptibly so--rotate. According to Beowulf's calculations, 45 minutes was enough time to shift a cabin over by at least one position. As described earlier, this created the opportunity for an accomplice--the culprit, Lykos--to stealthily undo the bolt and free Beowulf.

    A second, more promising idea brought to you by DWaM:
    Beowulf has a magnet on him, one that he can turn on and off at will. By turning it on, his cabin is attracted to the next metal spoke on t he wheel, causing the whole thing to turn ever so slowly, causing the desired shift.

    If you prefer, he can load up the top of the next cabin over with a magnetic metal. The electromagnet would be attracted to it, as in the above case, causing the wheel to turn.
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