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The Eilean Mor Lighthouse Mystery

The strange case of the Island of Eilean Mor begins in 1895, with the construction of a lighthouse on the biggest of the Flannan Isles, just off the west coast of Scotland. An inauspicious start, but then again, most mysteries begin that way, right?

Created to be a beacon to those lost at sea, the lighthouse ended up losing three of its steadfast lamplighters, and became part of an unsolved mystery that has baffled many, and been solved by none! People the world over have been trying to crack this case, there have even been court cases about it! Information and clues have been found, lost, traded, and changed illicitly, but the clues just don’t add up, and time has made sure that this mystery will never be solved.

The year was 1900, mid December, and in a few days time, relief would come for one lucky member of the lighthouse crew. Storms had come and gone, but time and routine continued on for the three men who inhabited the lighthouse and made sure its beacon was lit every night. At the time of their disappearance, all reports from passing ships and weather records say there was no storms on the island. Storms had occurred a few nights before that, but had calmed in the previous days.

Joseph Moore, a fellow lighthouse keeper, came off the Hesperus and was the first man ashore, and the first person to discover that his comrades were missing! When no one responded to their ship signal and flare upon reaching shore, Moore hurried up the cliff of the shore only to find the lighthouse devoid of his fellow lamplighters. He hurried back to the ship, and then a crew was sent out to search the island, but Ducat, Marshall, and MacArthur were nowhere to be found.

The captain of the Hesperus quickly headed back to the mainland where he sent a telegram to the Secretary of the Northern Lighthouse Board in Edinburgh detailing the days events. Robert Muirhead, the Superintendent in overall charge of the Flannan light, came out to perform his own investigation after being informed of the event, a few days after Moore and the crew of the Hesperus had searched the island.

After some damage and upended box of rope were discovered down by the loading docks on the cliff shore, a theory was created that a giant wave came through and swept them all away, but with no recent storms recorded by passing ships or the lighthouse log book, it just didn’t make sense! As years passed, evidence was forged to make the vanishings seem supernatural, records were transferred, damaged, and lost to us forever.

Indeed the three men were truly vanished, and all that remained were theories, lies, and an unsolved mystery. Some people believed that the unfortunate three were abducted by aliens. Yet others were convinced that fairy creatures from the island spirited them away! There were even a few who believed that GIANT BIRDS snatched them up and took them off to be dinner for their nestlings.

Only one thing is for certain, and that is that we will never truly know what happened to James Ducat, Thomas Marshall, and Donald Macarthur by that lighthouse in December. You can look over the evidence and try to solve the mystery yourself, but if you are really in the mood for a mystery, look no further! Come join The Murder Mystery Company for an evening of mystery, intrigue, and murder, and crack a case with our mystery experts!

Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House

No one knows the actual birthdate of Sarah Winchester. A small mystery compared to the rest of this peculiar woman’s intriguing life.

Born Sarah Lockwood Pardee, she was the one of seven children born of Sarah Burns and Leonard Pardee. She grew up in the usual way, but there was nothing usual about this child. She was quickly recognized as a prodigy for her adeptness with language and music, giving her the apt title of “the belle of New Haven.” By the age of twelve, she had mastered Latin, French, Spanish, and Italian, and was extremely well versed in Shakespeare and Homer.

Sarah’s musical ability came as no surprise since one of her driving passions in life was numbers, and music is intrinsically tied to numbers and patterns of numbers. It was also no surprise, with her high intellect, that she ended up attending school at Yale’s Young Ladies Collegiate Institute. There she underwent a strict and rigorous curriculum of liberal arts, science, and mathematics. It is at this school that we can find the roots of her oddness and the numeric obsession that consumed her later years.

Sarah was fascinated with number sequences, and strongly believed that there were numerical messages in everything. She incorporated symbols and numbered code into every aspect of her life, including the house she would one day build. Sarah’s love of Geometry and specific symmetrical numbers is prominently displayed throughout the Winchester House. But most importantly, Sarah adopted the numeric, cryptographic techniques of Francis Bacon, incorporating them into her architecture along with specific Baconian symbols.

After Sarah finished her schooling, she was married to William Winchester. After several years of marriage and the loss of their only child, William inherited his father’s successful gun company, The Winchester repeating Arms Company. Shortly after that, William died of tuberculosis, leaving Sarah a childless widow, with a 20 million dollar inheritance and owner of almost 50% of the company stock. She spent a few years in Europe after that, then settled down in California, in what is now known as the Winchester Mystery House.

Sarah began furious construction on her new house as soon as she occupied it. There were teams of workers working in round the clock shifts so construction never stopped, even when she was sleeping. The construction itself is what has spurred the legend of this house. There are anomalies and oddities to be found anywhere you look. Skylights in ceilings look through to other rooms, stairways that lead to nowhere, doors that lead to open air, and countless, seemingly haphazard elements compromise the house, which at it’s peak was over 7 stories high and had over 600 rooms.

There are a several theories running as to what spurred Sarah to purchase and begin renovations on the house. Many mathematicians will tell you about her connections to the Freemasonic and Rosicrucian philosophy through her schooling and connections from family who were members, as well as a good many of her teachers. Some say she was obsessed with numerical ciphers, and believed ( as many of the Freemasons did) that there were meaningful, secret, numerical encryptions everywhere, in people’s names, birthdates, even hidden in the works of Shakespeare. These people will tell you that every action she took in her adult life up to and including the construction of the Winchester House was based on the teachings of the Freemasons and her perceived messages from these encryptions.

The second theory is definitely a more sinister version of events. After the death of her husband, it is rumored that Sarah went to see a then famous Boston medium named Adam Coons. Coons told her that she was being haunted by the spirits of all the people murdered by Winchester guns, and that to appease the angry spirits, she would have to go to California, and purchase the Winchester house, which she did. She then started the perpetual, 24 hour a day construction on the house which the spirits that tormented her demanded. . She would hold nightly seances in her home for the spirits with the use of a Ouiji board, and 13 different colored robes for each specific ritual.

It has been speculated that the constant construction was done to stave off her own death. Not only was she tormented by the spirits, but she was convinced that if construction stopped, they would be her doom. She even slept in a different room every night as an extra measure to throw the spirits off her trail. She would ring her alarm bell every night at midnight to signal the spirits that it was séance time, and then again at 2:00 am, signaling the spirits that it was time to depart.

Nobody really knows what provoked Sarah Winchester to move to California, purchase a farmhouse, and begin nonstop renovations that would not cease until the moment of our death. Was it an obsessive compulsion that was allowed to run free? Spirits? Insanity? The world may never truly know what inspired the woman behind the house.

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The Bouvet Island Lifeboat Mystery

There is a place in the Southern Atlantic ocean that is considered the most remote island in the world. If you were to draw a circle two thousand miles in diameter with this island at it’s center, it would not intersect with a single spec of land. This island is Bouvet Island.

This unlikely piece of real estate is the tip and crater of an extinct volcano. The scant nineteen square miles of dirt is 93% covered by glacier and is perpetually tormented by storms of the worst variety. Temperatures there rarely rise above zero and the “beaches” are sheer ice walls 90 feet high. There is one “safe” way onto the island, and that is by helicopter. That is if you can get past the constant sea mist that hangs heavily in the air from the near perpetual storms.

It was actually discovered in 1739, but no one actually managed to set foot on the island until 1927. This was due to no one being able to find it consistently, and an inability to scale the rough cliffs. There was no reason to go there. It is a thousand miles off of any trade routes, contains no resources, and, as you may have surmised, is not a terribly pleasant place. What they found in 1927 was just as they expected. Ice and dirt. They did a quick survey and mapped it out and then left. There were a few visits in the following years with the hope that they would find a large, flat area on which they could place a weather station. This was a fruitless endeavor until the mid 1950’s.

In 1957, it was discovered that the “extinct” volcano at the heart of the island burped up a significant amount of lava and created a whole new section of island. This flat, low lying section of island was possibly the one thing they had been looking for to place a weather station. An expedition to explore that possibility was put together in 1964.

On Easter morning in 1964, the South African ship R.S.A. and the Royal Navy’s Antarctic ice vessel HMS Protector rendezvoused at the coordinates of the island. They had to wait three days for the winds to drop below 50 knots (About 60 mph), so they could safely get a helicopter into the air.

When they landed, it took only moments to find something most peculiar. About 200 yards into the island, surrounded by fur seals in a small lagoon, there was a boat. Swamped and riding low to the gunwales, but still seaworthy, lay an unmarked lifeboat. This was a thousand miles from any shipping lanes or any land. There were also two small oars and a floatation tank that had been split open and flattened. There was no other sign of humans. The expedition searched the rest of the accessible island and found no remains or signs of even momentary occupation.

When the next expedition came some years later, the boat was gone.

This poses so many questions for which there are so few answers. Was this lifeboat manned when it ran into the island? It would seem so, as the boat was so far from the actual shore. So far that it must have been dragged by hand. Add to that, the oars were placed to the side and there was the modified floatation tank. There are no recorded shipwrecks in that area, and once again, this was far from any conventional shipping lanes… How long could someone survive on a lifeboat in those terrible subzero oceanic storms? Long enough to make a thousand mile journey?
And what happened to them when they got there?

There is no scenario that works. No line of thought that makes sense. No plausible explanation. And now, there is no way to know, as the evidence has vanished.

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The Very Strange Case of the Bermuda Triangle

Greetings from The Murder Mystery Company, where we are tackling our next unsolved mystery: the very strange case of the Bermuda Triangle. Though there are many critics who say all the incidents, disappearances, and deaths in the Bermuda Triangle are just regular dangers and losses of life on the ocean, it can’t be denied that there are definitely some unanswered questions, and more than a enough mystery to catch the attention of the public, and become the massive legend and attraction it is today.

Not only are there mysteries surrounding the tragedies that occurred within the Triangle itself, but there have been some very strange happenings concerning the triangle outside of its borders. . On April 13th 1975, in Fort Lauderdale, on radio station WFTL, Ray Smithers Bermuda Triangle researcher and radio DJ was in the middle of a Bermuda Triangle themed show. Hundreds of phone calls were coming in to ask questions, make comments, and share their Bermuda Triangle stories with Smithers.

Suddenly all of the phone calls were cut off. Smithers tried to answer the phone five times. Five cut off phone calls later a mysterious caller with a strange voice began talking about the “aura” of Earth being the Bermuda Triangle. This phantom caller claimed it was a sort of communication window used by The Millionth Council, of which there is no record or previous knowledge. Many, many listeners contacted the radio station after this bizarre event, sharing similar experiences of bad feelings and feeling strange while listening to the mystery caller. It was never debunked or explained.

There is no concrete proof as to why so many strange things seem to happen in this area. Is it aliens? The lost city of Atlantis? Strange magnetic storms? Outgassing of methane bubbles from the ocean floor playing havoc with floating vessels? Planes that were perfectly fine have gone missing, and boats have faced walls of fog that made it hard for the passengers to breathe. Many people have reported that their navigational equipment failed or malfunctioned while flying or boating through the area.

One thing we can be sure of, is that it won’t be solved anytime soon. As long as vehicles and people keep disappearing and compasses keep malfunctioning, people will keep believing. Is there something there? The world may never know.

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The Very Strange Case of the Bimini Road

The Murder Mystery Company loves a good mystery, and the very strange case of the Bimini Road is one that has captured the attention and imagination of geologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, marine engineers, and innumerable divers across the globe. This underwater ruin, located in the off the northwest coast of North Bimini island in the Bahamas, is the fabled path to Plato’s infamous Atlantis, the lost city sunk under the waves as punishment for the greed and arrogance of its people.

Some people believe the Bimini Road was the connecting path from Bimini Island to the outer islands of Atlantis, while others believe it is actually a wall or water dock. Still others believe that it is a natural beach rock formation created by sediment and water erosion, an example of tessellated pavement, a natural phenomenon.

Many archeological teams have evaluated the Bimini Road as a prospective link to the lost city of Atlantis, and have dismissed it due to lack of evidence. However, there is more than a science side to this mythological mystery. Famed American Mystic Edgar Cayce made a prediction in 1938 concerning : “A portion of the temples may yet be discovered under the slime of ages and sea water near Bimini… Expect it in ‘68 or ‘69 – not so far away.”

Cayce made many predictions through his life that were unerringly accurate, and the discovery of Bimini Road in 1968 is certainly on his list of spot on predictions. However, he made many other claims about Atlantis, including his belief that Atlantis and it’s citizens were aliens, that were debunked after his death. This has lead skeptics with a less than favorable opinion of his actual ability, and discredits his correct prediction about the discovery of the Bimini Road altogether.

With so many differing points of view and a myriad of conflicting evidence surrounding this intriguing underwater mystery, it’s hard to say which is right and which is wrong. Will we ever know if Plato’s words were a work of fiction or the first written record of Atlantis after being passed down orally for three generations? Is the Bimini Road truly a path to the lost city? Is it even a road?

Take a look at all the clues for yourself and see if you can’t crack the very strange case of the Bimini Road. Or, you can try your hand at solving a crime with our mystery experts at a crime scene near you with The Murder Mystery Company! Happy sleuthing!

Top Three Classic Murder Mysteries to See Before You Die

Greetings Detectives! You know we love a thrilling mystery here at The Murder Mystery Company, and today we want to share with you our top three picks for some classic murder mystery movies that will get you in the mystery solving mood.

3) Murder on the Orient Express


This tragic murder mystery takes place on a train full of motive, intrigue, and murder. After a well loved little girl is viciously killed and the criminal is let loose, a group of grief filled, rage stricken family and friends decide to take justice into their own hands. Little do they know that they’re on the line for murder when a detective crashes the party! This is a classic whodunit thriller you simply must add to your list.

2) Rear Window


This classic Hitchcock film takes mystery solving in a new and slightly unorthodox direction, making voyeurism the main tool in gathering clues, and solving what is undoubtedly one of the most lowdown and dastardly murders in cinematic history. An injured man housebound in a wheelchair witnesses a murder. By sleuthing through his window with a camera and binoculars, he tries to gather enough evidence to force the man to confess. There are several moments in the film that definitely give you a gut wrenching thrill.

1) Clue


What kind of Murder Mystery Company would we be if we didn’t put Clue as our number one pick!? This movie has it all, the glamour, the adrenaline-rush inspiring plot twists, a dark creepy mansion, and all the suspicious characters you could ask for. This game inspired film even has three different endings!

It’s all well and fun to watch these killer classic films and shout your guesses at the tv screen while you watch, but if you want to solve a real live mystery, come join The Murder Mystery Company at a crime scene near you for all the food, fun, and murder you can ask for!

A Murderously Mysterious Bachelorette Party

Greetings detective! Are you getting hitched? Maybe your sister or best friend? Well, congratulations to the happy couple! You know what this means, though, don’t you? Strap in, it’s time for a bachelorette party! We know that visions of drunken bar hopping revels and half naked “firemen” are running through that brain of yours, and if you cringed, you are in the right place.

Why not try something fresh and new to celebrate the last single night of your life? I’m talking about an evening of mystery, intrigue, and murder. Get all your friends together and dive into a live action game of Clue, where a murderer can lurk behind any innocent face.

The Murder Mystery Company has cornered the market on providing killer parties that keep people coming back for more! We have an exciting variety of themed murder mystery shows that are sure to create a memorable night.

Get your party dressed to the nines in your ball gowns and jewels for our Murder at the Masquerade show, and find out whodunit at the Annual Billionaire’s Masquerade Ball!

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, shimmy into a flapper dress and kitten heels and immerse yourself in the seedy underbelly of the roarin’ 20’s. Solve a mafia murder gone wrong while living it up in a speakeasy.

You can also try out our wedding themed show, and figure out who offed a member of the wedding party in time for the happy couple to say “I do!” This is the perfect excuse to give your bridesmaids dresses a test run!

We have many more themes to choose from, and each one can be customized to your party to make it just perfect. You even get help planning the party! We have a team of on call Crime Scene Planners waiting to help you create an amazing party other brides-to-be will envy.

Make a memory that will never be forgotten with The Murder Mystery Company and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Click here or call (888) 643-2583 (CLUE) to start plotting a murder mystery bachelorette party to die for.

A Murderously Fun Halloween Mystery Party

Greetings Detectives! It’s that time of year again, brightly colored leaves are crunching under our feet, toothy jack-o-lanterns laugh at us from porch fronts, and the scent of pumpkin spice is wafting under our noses from positively everywhere! It’s decision time, you have to find the perfect costume, and the ultimate choice looms: to party, or to throw a party, that is the question.

If you need help answering, here’s a new idea to chew on. Spend the creepiest night of the year throwing a murder mystery costume party with the experts in mystery entertainment, and solving a mystery right at your party. We have a criminally fun crime scene theme list to choose from, so you can host a murderous masquerade and let your friends glam up in their ballroom favorites, or you can get down and dirty 1920’s style with a mafia themed party. Not into those? Check out our theme list and pick your favorite, or customize a show to your favorite Halloween theme!

Everyone is throwing a costume party for Halloween, but with us you get more than monster mash and bobbing for apples, you get a crime scene and a front row seat to a murder (comically executed) and all the shenanigans that lead to the culprit! You and your guests get to be the suspects and detectives in your own personal live action game of Clue!

Planning this killer party is an easy task, we put you in good hands with one of our charming on call Crime Scene Planners, and they will make sure everything is ready to go for the event, all you have to do is scare up some guests!

Make your Halloween frightfully fun with a murder mystery costume party this year by clicking here or calling 888-643-2583 today!

Halloween 2015

Residents and out of towners alike will have three opportunities this Halloween to catch a murder mystery dinner show with The Murder Mystery Company with their three night string of masquerade themed shows titled “Murder at the Masquerade.” This special three night span of shows will be running from October 30th to November 1st. There are a limited amount of seats, which are first come first serve.

Tickets to the show not only include an interactive, two hour play with three acts, but audience members also get to be part of the show, interacting with the performers and other guests to find clues and solve the crime by the end of the show.

Also included in the price of the ticket is a three course meal with is served during the non interactive parts of the show. Audience members generally dress up to the theme, and have the opportunity to have their “mugshots” taken before the show to be taken home as souvenirs at the end of the night.

General Info
Tickets are $60 and can be purchased via our website or by calling our Murder Mystery Experts at (888) 643-2583 (CLUE).

About The Murder Mystery Company
Here at The Murder Mystery Company, an award-winning company with sell-out performances in major cities across the country, we don’t offer just a show; we offer a one-of-a-kind experience. Our two-hour, interactive murder mystery show wraps guests up in a thrilling whodunit experience from the moment they walk through the door! It’s like being in a live action version of the game Clue! Our guests are guaranteed to walk away with great memories and fun stories to share with everyone they know. For more information, visit our website or call (888) 643-2583 (CLUE).

Atmospheric Entertainment

New, remarkable company Atmospheric Entertainment offers the nation immersive entertainment packages to host once-in-a-lifetime events.

Finally, the remarkable trend of immersive theatre which has critics and audiences hooked in LA and New York finds identity in Michigan. Since party goers today long for a one-of-a-kind special event, Scott Cramton, CEO, asks “What makes a party perfect? The answer is people.”

Picture this: your next event suddenly is infused with superior revelry; stunning starlets draped in decadent dresses from the 1920s, possessing whip-sharp rapport and humour. Atmospheric Entertainment offers a plethora of decades to choose from that will make everyone believe they have actually traveled through time. Adept actors impress by taking your event to the next level and imparting guests with a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Anyone can host the event of the year by bringing our character actors right to their venue for an encounter filled with personal one-on-one interactions between your guests and our players!

Atmospheric Entertainment is the perfect way to spice up a corporate event, a fundraiser or charity event, or your next private party.

General Info
Pricing and availability can be found online or by phone at 855-525-ATMO.

About Atmospheric Entertainment
Atmospheric Entertainment was created by the nationally prominent entrepreneur Scott Cramton, a pioneer in the field of interactive theater. Utilizing his unmatched network of professional actors across the United States and his successful, tested training methods, we give clients a true “character” experience where they get to interact with their favorite characters. To give special guests an experience that will leave an impression for years to come, we created Atmospheric Entertainment. From Fortune 500 companies to celebrity galas, our carefully developed characters have proven time and time again just how much positive impact they can have on any event. Contact us today to see how we can help take your event to the next level.

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