Monday Mystery: Screaming Mimi

This image is only relevant in that she was a columnist.

Note: Last time Hugh chose an easy mystery.

The Solution:

Mimi McKay had recently called actor Hamilton Alexander a has-been in her much-read column. The column had cost him the lead in a hot new film, and Hamilton wanted to kill her. But it was his wife Stephanie who shut Mimi up for good.

Stephanie, a chemist, went to the same health spa as Mimi. She knew Mimi, but Mimi didn’t know her. When Stephanie overheard the columnist making a late appointment for a massage and whirlpool, she went to her lab, then returned to the spa. First, she knocked the whirlpool attendant unconscious from behind, and hid her in the towel closet. Then she dumped a large container of hydrochloric acid into the whirlpool.

When Mimi arrived, Stephanie pushed her into the whirlpool and quickly ran out the back door. Mimi was instantly burned to death by the searing acid. Never again would she call anyone “all washed up.”

The Case:

Mimi McKay, a cut-throat Hollywood gossip columnist, is found dead in the water.

The Mystery:

Who murdered Mimi, how, and why?

(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)

Hint #1: Mimi had a late appointment for a massage and whirlpool
Hint #2: The whirlpool attendant was found unconscious


You’re free to ask anything, (please keep it to one question a post for simplicity’s sake,) but Jurd can only answer your questions with:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes and No
  • Irrelevant
  • I don’t know
  • Rephrase your question
  • Define what you mean by…

Disclaimer: Monday Mysteries are culled from the 1993 Milton Bradley game, Crack the Case – but don’t go peeking.

Skinner Co. makes no claim to the intellectual property presented here, we’re just a number of friends playing a board game in a digital living room.

98 responses to “Monday Mystery: Screaming Mimi

  1. Was Mimi killed by someone she wrote about?

  2. Was the killer a famous Hollywood celebrity?

  3. Did Mimi drown?

  4. Was Mimi poisoned?

  5. Was Mimi shot?

  6. Were there any visible wounds on Mimi?

  7. Did Mimi work for her killer?

  8. Was Mimi related to her killer?

  9. Was Mimi killed by a fan?

  10. Was Mimi killed by a complete stranger (did not know her or her writing)?

  11. Is Mimi’s body on a boat when it is found?

  12. Was Mimi killed by an animal?

  13. Was Mimi’s throat cut?

  14. Was the killer motivated by something Mimi wrote?

  15. Did she know her killer?

  16. Was Mimi on a boat full of zombies?

  17. Would it help if I moved the “login” block to the top of the page? I know some folks have been hitting issues with the spam filter misidentifying them.

    • The issue I ran into was that I mistyped my email address. After that it sent me to the verification page, even when I used the correct address. Once I verified, it went back to normal. So, at least in my case, operator error.

  18. Was Mimi found in a bathroom?

  19. Was the killer paparazzi?

  20. Was the killer in entertainment (actor/musician)?

  21. Was the killer a politician?

  22. Was the killer involved in organized crime?

  23. Was Mimi found in a pool?

  24. Both hints are up!

  25. Was the massage therapist the killer?

  26. Was mMimi killed by a lover?

  27. Was Mimi killed by someone posing as a masseur at a spa?

  28. Was she killed by a lover of a celebrity?

  29. Was the killer also a patron of the spa?

  30. Did the killer sneak into the spa?

  31. Joe & Linda McTee

    Was Mimi stabbed?

  32. Was the killer a woman?

  33. A super fan, killed Mimi over an article she wrote about their favourite celebrity?

  34. Who murdered Mimi, how, and why?

    What you know for sure:

    – Murderer was a fellow spa member
    – Murderer was also a celebrity’s female lover (I’ll even give you this for free: a celeb’s wife)
    – The murderer was sneaking about the spa
    – Mimi had a late appointment for a massage and whirlpool
    – The whirlpool attendant was found unconscious
    – There were visible wounds on Mimi, but she was not shot or cut

  35. Was Mmi bludgeoned?

  36. Were the visible wounds bruises?

  37. Was Mimi strangled?

  38. Did Mimi reveal facts of an affair involving the celebrity and someone else?

  39. Did Mimi reveal facts of an affair involving the celebrity’s wife and someone else?

  40. Did the killer try to make it look like a suicide?

  41. Were Mimi’s wrists slashed?

  42. Waa Mimi having an affair with a celebrity?

  43. Was the damage visible on Mimi burns?

  44. I think Joe might have it…

  45. Let’s give it a shot…

    Mimi wrote a scathing criticism of hot celebrity, Jesa Hunk. When his wife, Ima Startu read it, she became incensed. Sneaking into the spa late at night when Mimi was the only clientele, she knocked the masseuse out, threw gasoline on Mimi, then set her alight with a match. Mimi attempted to save herself by jumping in the pool, but alas, was too late.

    Critics can be so harsh sometimes!

  46. Solution is up! Congrats, Colorado!

  47. Also, I have nothing pressing for the next 6 months, let’s try a medium mystery. πŸ˜‰

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