You have two weeks.
Although I may change the deadline if it's somehow necessary.
Each time someone left the inn (i.e. Bill to get check the lamp and Eiko and Gabriel to check on Bill) the culprit sneaked into the forest and screamed to attract their attention. The victim hears the scream, runs towards it, then gets nabbed by the culprit.
Bill is the culprit! He didn't actually went out to fix the lamp but ran off into the woods to carry out the plan. He's the only one who's familiar with the location (since he owns the inn) so he would've known about the cabin. Finn saw the fire and drove away in his car, hence the lack of a final unidentified body.
At least two people amongst the seven names we know of were already dead when the screams happened.
The culprit alone used Finn's car.
The culprit alone knew about the cabin.
The screams were genuine screams of terror and pain.
The culprit is Finn.
He saw the cabin while he was looking out from the balcony in the early part of the evening.
He left his door cracked so that he could hear when the others came up the stairs.
He killed Don and Carl and left them in their rooms. Don is dead in the shower. Carl is dead in bed, but that's not discovered as the light is not turned on when Amanda and Gabriel go into the room.
Bill is killed elsewhere in the woods and his body is hidden.
Eiko is killed and placed in the cabin.
The cries are from a frightened and hurt potoo, possibly hurt and scared by Finn but otherwise unrelated.
Finn returned to the cabin, killed Amanda, set the cabin ablaze, and dumped her body in the lake, before leaving in his car.
I like this blue truth. I was wondering if someone was gonna come up with the theory that includes the potoo's cry. I need to lay out some reds, though.
The screams were human. The potoos were there, but they never made a sound.
Don't be sad. I may bring the idea back in a future gameboard, I promise. Just because I find it funny.
Anyways, here's something I want to know.
First, if Bill was innocent, then it would mean he went out solely to fix the lamp around 00:30 AM. However, Bill did not come back inside the lounge when we reach 01:00 AM, that's the reason why Eiko went out to find him, right ?
And that is for you :
At the time of the inspection, no corpse was hidden in the woods.
Carl was alive when Amanda and Gabriel went into their room.
Don was never attacked in the shower.
Also, there's one last red truth I want to make. All 7 named humans have a driver's license. It was never mentioned in the story, I know, but this is how I want it to be played.
I set up this account a while ago, I should probably use it at some point.
Finn is the culprit.
He used the bedsheets (or possibly the curtains, if you want some title relevance) from his room to create a rope from the balcony to the outside, allowing him to go from the second floor to outside and back without being seen by the people on the first floor. The rope and the missing sheets/curtains weren't seen by anyone because the lights were off in the corridor, the room, and the outside.
He went outside via the balcony rope (nobody heard this because Gab had her door closed and Amanda was drunk) and killed Bill when he went out to check the lamp, taking the lamp with him to ensure nobody used it to see the rope. He took Bill away from the door (either moving the corpse, or luring Bill away then killing him), then went back inside.
He killed Don after Carl fell asleep, and left his shower on so no one would check on him. Then he climbed outside again.
He attacked Eiko, but Eiko fought back hard enough to make him let out the screams heard by Gabriel. Eventually, however, he still killed her. Then he returned to the inn and killed Amanda, probably killed Carl, and set the fire (the order of events isn't important).
The burned corpses are Don and Carl. Bill's corpse is in a random spot in the woods.
I welcome you with open arms.
Your blue is splendid.
The culprit only ever used the front door to go in or out of the inn.
I already said in my last post that 'At the time of the inspection, no corpse was hidden in the woods'. Know that if a corpse was in what you call a 'random spot in the woods', it would have been found during the inspection because it can't be hidden. Every discovery has been stated in 'First Report'.
But if you insist, then sure, I'll give it to ya.
Aside from Eiko's corpse in the cabin, at the time of the inspection, no human corpse lies inside the forest.
She killed Finn during the window of time when the two of them were alone on the 2nd floor, then Carl immediately after Gab left.
Bill noticed the lamp was deliberately sabotaged, and went out searching for the saboteur. He screamed after finding the cabin full of oil and realizing someone was planning to commit arson. His reaction was so dramatic because he knew there was a Traumatic Backstory among the suspects and that there was a serious risk of a massacre. He ran off to warn the others, Eiko arrived, and Amanda followed and killed her. Everyone acting separately missed each other in the darkness.
Then she did the arson. I can envision two solutions for Amanda's death.
1. Amanda was inside the inn as part of the arson, made a mistake, and was stranded among the flames. She jumped out the window to escape, landed wrong, and broke her neck. Bill and Don dumped her body in the lake because it would be easier than trying to explain whatever happened here to the police.
2. Amanda killed Gabriel, then swapped I.D.s/clothes/fingerprint records at the local precinct/however the bodies were identified so that the police thought she was Gabriel and Gabriel was her. The fantasy section at the end represents Amanda-as-Gabriel being accused of the murders.
Finn's car was taken by Bill and Don. They were escaping from a murderer, so they grabbed whichever car was closest.
Note that you could swap Don and Carl's roles in this theory without any meaningful changes.
The ruleset I use makes it almost impossible for me to deny your blue, or at least the reds I envisaged are no better than simply saying "X is not the culprit" or "X did not kill Y".
However, there lies one last tiny contradiction. The red truth that states 'The culprit alone used Finn's car' was ignored.
If Amanda was the culprit, then there would be no way for Bill and Don/Carl to escape. It's impossible to escape the crime scene by foot, don't worry.
If you can solve this one problem, and that your answer doesn't get denied, I will validate your truth.
After that, players will still be able to submit blue truths until the deadline which will be modified. If they can find a truth that's closer to the Single Truth than yours, the W will be awarded to them.
The unaccounted victims are
In the trunk of Finn's car.
In the trunk(s) of the other car(s)
At the bottom of the lake.
Under the floorboards.
Above the ceiling.
Down the toilet(s) in pieces
The very first possibility is VALID. Deadline for other players is in one week. See you there.
So, just thinking out loud here... being unable to deny that theory in red means you CAN'T say:
Bill didn't leave the inn under his own power for innocent reasons.
The scream from outside was of pain.
Nobody swapped identities at any point.
No, you're right, I didn't pay enough attention.
Sheesh, it's what happens when you create rules such as this !
We aint finished yet.
Nobody swapped identities at any point.
'The screams were genuine screams of terror and pain' was already proclaimed with the red.
I don't expect this to work, but I gotta try,
Alright. One last shot.
The only actual problematic event on this gameboard is the scream heard by Gabriel, which occurs while everyone except Bill and Eiko is inside. The narration combined with the red denies the possibility of anybody going outside without being seen at any point prior to a few seconds before the scream is heard,
Process of elimination: The scream was Eiko killing Bill.
The "two victims" red was Carl and Don, who were poisoned by Eiko poisoning the drinks they took upstairs with them using the same clever sleight of hand she uses to win at Koi-Koi. They die of the poison at some point between when Amanda and Gabriel enter the room and when the scream is heard.
Eiko kills Bill, then spends the time between the screams and the discovery of her body lighting the fire, killing the stragglers, moving corpses into the trunk of Finn's car, and puts a brick on the accelerator to make the investigators think there's a missing fugitive. Then she commits suicide. Alternatively, she fakes her death with props and makeup, then kills everyone, moves the car, and cuts her throat for real after Gab finds her "corpse" (knife "through" the throat in the narrative vs "throat cut" in the report).
Corollary: The same theory, but Bill is the culprit. He prepared poisoned drinks easily because he's the bartender, then screamed when he took a few hits from Eiko's self defense. Then he killed everyone and left in someone else's car to divert suspicion from himself.
Actually, I think I like that theory better...
No poison of any kind was ever used.
All murders were committed directly.
The culprit used Finn's car to escape, meaning the culprit was inside the car and drove away from the crime scene and never came back.
Sorry for not telling the last one earlier.
Remember when I said "last shot"?
When A, C, and G return to their room, they leave the door "half-closed". In the darkness, "half-closed" is closed enough to prevent a deliberately sneaking culprit from being seen. Bill went back to his room, then killed Amanda and Carl after Gabriel left, then followed her outside.
With the lamp missing, the culprit could sneak past her easily. He confronted Eiko in the woods, screamed when they fought, then moved her corpse into the cabin while Gabriel was wandering lost. The screams were closer than Gabriel assumed, they just weren't very loud because they didn't belong to a dying man.
The board ends here, so Bill could kill whoever's left (most of the rooms at the inn are catboxes, I'm not 100% on who he kills when) at his leisure. He put Finn's body in the trunk for the same reason he left in Finn's car: to frame him. Note the men's corpses were burned, but none of the women's. A male culprit faking their death.
'I lied' ?!
Anyways, the culprit was outside the inn when Gabriel left her room.
To be perfectly clear, the culprit was outside the inn when Gabriel opened the front door of the house.
Same theory, but Bill killed Finn and Don, then sneaked out before Gabriel left.