Monday Mystery: Capital Crime

Beer Bottle Cap

Note: Last time Encaf chose a medium mystery.

The Case:

If it hadn’t been for that beer bottle cap, they would never have figured out that Paul was murdered by his wife, Paula.

The Mystery:

How did she do it?

The Solution:

Paul and Paula had a good marriage, until she became an animal rights activist and he an avid bear hunter. Heated arguments eventually gave way to a silent, resentful animosity. Finally, Paula realized she liked animals a lot more than she liked Paul, and decided to spare their lives by ending his.

Paula prepared for Paul’s next bear-hunting adventure by sewing powerful little ceramic magnets into the lining of his thick gloves – the gloves which held his compass as he navigated the mountains. Consequently, Paul spent his last hours wandering around in circles on a cloudy day with a wind chill factor of -28 degrees. When rescuers found Paul’s frozen body, the magnets were discovered when the cap of his beer remained stuck to his glove. Paula was arrested when identical magnets and thread were found in her home, and the “grizzly” affair was concluded.

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

Hint #1: If Paula had just told Paul to get lost, he’d probably be alive today.
Hint #2: Paula had a magnetic personality


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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.

48 responses to “Monday Mystery: Capital Crime

  1. Was paul known to drink a special label of beer?

  2. Was the bottle cap from a beer?

  3. Was it the location the cap was found in that gave Paula away?

  4. Was the bottle cap the twist off kind?

  5. Did Paula put something in Paul’s beer?

  6. Was the bottle cap found on Paula?

  7. Did the bottle cap have Paula’s DNA on it?

  8. Was the bottle the murder weapon?

  9. Was the bottle cap found on Paul?

  10. Were there two bottle caps?

  11. Did *Paula* drink a particular brand of beer?

  12. Was Paul allergic to beer?

  13. First hint is up!

  14. Did Paul die in a vehicular accident?

  15. Was Paul killed by a weapon?

  16. Did Paul die from a fall?

  17. Did Paula use her GPS to kill Paul? (She told him to get lost)

    • Ha – this game was originally released in the 1990s, so consider this mystery a historical drama from the ancient age before GPS.

  18. Does Paula work for a beer company?

  19. Second hint is up!

  20. Was Paul killed with a metal detector?

  21. Was Paul lost in the woods?

  22. How did Paula do it?

    • Paul went for a hike in the woods, but he didn’t know that Paula had given him a beer with a magnetized bottle cap. It interfered with his compass, he got lost and died.

  23. Did Paula add a beer cap in Paul’s compass after asking him to meet her somewhere specific in the woods, making it read wrong so he wandered until his death?

    PS I have only a passing knowledge of how compasses work so yeah. 😀

  24. Solution is up!

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