Who Killed the Duke?

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“Who Killed The Duke” can be acted out by a couple of guests.  You will need to print out enough copies for each of the rolls.  If you want to get detailed, you can have them in costume but it is not necessary.  Have them stand in front of the guest and read the lines [...]

Number of participants: 10+Not specified
For: adults.
Intensity level: Medium
Preparations: You will need to print out the story for each character and narrator.  Also costumes if needed
Equipment: You will need to print out the story for each character and narrator. Also costumes if needed
 

“Who Killed The Duke” can be acted out by a couple of guests.  You will need to print out enough copies for each of the rolls.  If you want to get detailed, you can have them in costume but it is not necessary.  Have them stand in front of the guest and read the lines that go with character.  You will also need a narrator. At the end of the so called “act”, have the guests try to figure out who the murderer is by either by themselves or on teams.

In a horrible castle (not too far away from your home) there lived a horrible Duke with his horrible wife and their horrible servants. One morning the Duke was dead–murdered by one of the other horrible people living in the castle.  Who killed the Duke?

When the residents of the castle were interviewed by the police, every person gave two correct answers and told one lie. This is what they said:

  1. The Duchess
    1. I didnt kill the Duke.
    2. The gardener killed my husband.
    3. Im not guilty.
  2. The Cook
    1. It wasnt me.
    2. I have been working here for 27 years.
    3. The butler knows whos done it.
  3. The Butler
    1. I am not the murderer.
    2. The chambermaid is my witness; we were playing cards in the kitchen last night.
    3. The Duke was killed by the cook.
  4. The Chambermaid
    1. I didnt do it.
    2. I wasnt even here last night.
    3. The gardener did it.
  5. The Gardener
    1. The Duchess is lying when she says that I did it.
    2. I am innocent.
    3. The butler is the murderer.

Who is the murderer?

 

Everybody gives 2 correct and 1 wrong answer.

The Duchess says twice that she is not guilty, so that must be true. Therefore her second answer is wrong and the gardener is not the murderer.

  • 1. The Duchess
    • 1. I didnt kill the Duke.
    • 2. The gardener killed my husband.
    • 3. Im not guilty.

Also the gardener says twice that he is not guilty (which is also confirmed by the Duchess). So his third answer must be wrong and the butler is not the murderer.

  • 5. The Gardener
    • 1. The Duchess is lying when she says that I did it.
    • 2. I am innocent.
    • 3. The butler is the murderer.

The Chambermaid blames the gardener. We do already know that he is not guilty, so the third answer is wrong. This means that the other two answers are correct – the chambermaid is not guilty and wasn’t even at the castle that night.

  • 4. The Chambermaid
    • 1. I didnt do it.
    • 2. I wasnt even here last night.
    • 3. The gardener did it.

As the chambermaid was not at the castle that night, the butler’s second answer must be wrong. Therefore his other answers must be right – the butler is not guilty and the cook is the murderer.

  • 3. The Butler
    • 1. I am not the murderer.
    • 2. The chambermaid is my witness; we were playing cards in the kitchen last night.
    • 3. The Duke was killed by the cook.

The COOK is the murderer.

 
 
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