Book of Mormon Murder Mystery

Book of Mormon Murder Mystery

BOOK OF MORMON murder mystery Instructions for Set up:

This activity should be set up in groups of eight. In each group, you will have one person to represent each character and on person designated leader to hand out the clues. (There are six characters; one to distribute clues; one extra chair for anyone who might come in late. They can read clues, or be designated to expose the murders)

Make up a set of character nametags for each table. As the people come in give them name tags and seat them so you will have one "set" of suspects at each table.

Copy the clues for each table. Cut the clues apart and put them in corresponding envelopes. All clue #1 (one for each character) in one envelope labeled CLUE #1, All clue #2 (one for each character) in a second envelope labeled CLUE #2. And all of clue #3 in a third envelope labeled CLUE #3.

In other words, if you think you will need five tables, you will need to copy and cut up five pages of CLUE #1, five of CLUE #2, and five of CLUE #3. Don't give out the clues until you are instructed to later in the activity.

When the table leader hands the clues to each character (at the appropriate time) they should not show them to each other.

The mystery in set around a three-course dinner

  • Round 1 - salad course or chips and salsa
  • Round 2 - main course or taco bar
  • Round 3 - dessert course

Pre-assign someone to set the scene and reveal the murderer. They will need to do some preparation to be ready to do this, so assign them ahead of time so they can be prepared. Now you are ready to begin.
The Activity

The following should be read or stated as all the youth are sitting down, give them their character before any clues are given out.

You are about to become a murder suspect and so is everyone else involved in this activity- Remember you are out to catch a murderer. Be inquisitive, be aggressive, be suspicious.

The Scene is the home of Judge Black Jones, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. On this (day of the week) evening, Judge Jones was found murdered, he had multiple stab wounds-

Please stand as your characters names are read- ( You could write their first clue on the back Of the first envelope these clues)

·         Mr. Enn- he has always been a fine, upstanding member of the community

·         Judge Black- A very high ranking but corrupt judge, he hates Mr. Enn and would like to see him behind bars. But fears public out cries

·         Sean Jones, JD, he is the brother of the murdered victim, Chief Judge Justice Jones, you are also a a powerful attorney

·         Mr. Mult- Average citizen who is a friend to Mr. Enn

·         Mr Fife- work for Chief Justice Jones (dead man) and judge Black

·         Maid- you work for Cheig Justice Jones (dead man)                     Directions for Table Leaders:

We appreciate your help in making this activity fun and successful for the people at your table. Help them to "get into" the activity by playing the part as much as they feel comfortable doing. We don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable, so they can lust read their clue if that is what they are comfortable with. Your job is to hand out the clues to the appropriate characters at the beginning of each round.

Choose one character to begin each round by reading their clue

While you are eating dessert, have the decide who they think the murderer is. Have them choose one person as their spokesperson. They will stand and tell who they think did it and why at the appropriate time.

Some additional helps:

As one character is accused, he/she should defend themselves by reading their clue. If it is not clear who should go next, lust choose another character to read their clue until all characters have read their clues.

Each table will be playing the game separately, but at the same time. As each round is played, another course of the meal will be served (appetizer, main course, dessert).

There will be an extra chair set at each table for anyone who may come in late. They will not have a character to play, so let them be involved by passing out the clues. perhaps they can be the spokesperson at the end of the game.

Have fun

      Clue's

Clue #1 for Mr. Fife:

I know that Mr. Mult knows that there is a great deal of animosity between Mr. Enn and Judge Black. I know Mr. Mult is a great friend of Mr. Enn and would do anything to help him.

Clue #1 for the Maid:

I know that the judge's brother, Sean, was always jealous of Judge Jones' position as Chief Justice. He always wanted {be position for himself.

Clue #1 Mr. Enn:

I have discovered that Judge Black is part of a secret group who are striving to put
themselves in power. I know be has been covering up crimes for his friends.

Clue #1 for Sean Jones:

I know my brother was always very bard on his employees and that his maid Was fed
up with the poor treatment she was receiving. She feared Judge Jones and was tired of
his abuse.

Clue #1 Mr. Mult:

I know there are a lot of bad feelings between Mr. Enn and Judge Black. Judge Black is angry that Mr. Enn is in the process of exposing him and his Corrupt group of friends.  I believe Judge Black would do anything to get revenge.

Clue #1 Judge Black:

Mr. Fife bas been a trusted employee of myself and Chief Justice Jones, Mr. Fife bas access to {be homes and offices of us both.

         Clue's #2

Clue #2 for Mr. Fife:

I saw the maid running out of the house screaming, "the judge had been murdered!" as I was approaching the house.

Clue #2 for the Maid:

I found the body lying in a pool of blood.

Clue #2 for Sean Jones:

Tuesday evening, I issued a press release announcing that my brother, the Chief Justice, had been murdered.

Clue #2 for Mr. Mult:

I found Mr. Fife lying unconscious next to the fudge's dead body when I entered Judge 'one's home. I had him arrested and charged with murder.

Clue #2 for Judge Black:

Tuesday afternoon I beard Mr. Enn say that the Chief Justice had been murdered. I sent Mr. Fife to see if it was true.

Clue #2 for Mr. Enn:

At the press release I saw blood spattered on Sean Jones clothing.                  Clue's #3

Clue #3 for Mr. Fife:

I believe that the maid is the murderer. I saw her running out of the Chief Justice's house as I was approaching it. I know she hated her boss. I believe she ran out screaming that the fudge bad been murdered in order to throw suspicion from herself.

Clue #3 for the Maid:

I beard Judge Jones confront Judge Black about his involvement in a group conspiring to oust him from his office. I know Judge Black is corrupt and wants to be more powerful than he is. I believe Judge Black killed Judge Jones so that he could have his seat and also to prevent Judge Jones from exposing and punishing Judge Black and his group. (Try to convince everyone that Judge Black is the murderer!)

Clue #3 for Mr. Enn: I knew how badly the fudge's brother, Sean, envied his position as Chief Justice. I know he always wanted the position for himself. I believe he killed him so that he could have position and power for himself, thus fulfilling his life-long dream. I believe the blood you saw on his clothing was his brother's blood. (Try to convince everyone that Sean Jones is the murderer!)

Clue #3 for Sean Joness:

I heard Mr. Enn say that Judge Jones was dead before the press release had been issued. I believe the only way be could have known that be was dead prior to its being made public in the press release was if he was involved in the murder himself I believe Mr. Enn hired Mr. Mult to kill Judge Jones and since Mr. Mult was the "hit man", I believe Mr. Mult should be charged with murder!

Clue #3 for Mr. Mult:

I found Mr. Fife lying unconscious next to Judge Jones corpse. I believe this proves that be killed him. Why else would he have been there? (Strive to convince everyone that Mr. Fife is the murderer!)

Clue #3 for Judge Black:

I heard Mr. Enn say that Judge Jones was dead before the press release bad been issued. I believe that the only way that be could have known that be was dead prior to the press release was if he was involved in the murder himself. The problem is, he was with me at the time of the murder, so I know be couldn't have actually stabbed him. I figure he hired someone else
to commit the actual murder. But, because it was all his idea, I believe that Mr. Enn should be charged with the crime of murder!

Narrator: This story is actually a true story that comes from one of the greatest books of all time. Many of you have probably read it at least once. Did anybody recognize the story? Let me tell you the story in a little different way.

There was a prophet a long time ago named Nephi. This Nephi was the son of Helaman and had at one time been a judge of the land. But because of the extreme iniquities of the people, Nephi gave up the judgment seat and spent all of his time preaching the word of God and trying to get his people to repent.

Of course, most of the people would not listen to Nephi. The Gadianton robbers were becoming more numerous and eventually took over the Nephite government. The people were 'ripening in iniquity" as we hear it said in the scriptures. But Nephi did not give up. He continued to try to teach his people and warn them about their wickedness and the wickedness of their leaders.

There were many corrupt judges at this time who were part of the Gadianton robbers. Knowing that what Nephi was saying about them was true, and being fearful to do anything to Nephi themselves, they tried to incite the people to anger against Nephi.

"And it came to pass that thus they did stir upthe people to anger against Nephi, and raised contentions among them; for there were some who did cry out; Let this man alone, for he is a good man, and those things which he saith will surely come to pass except we repent." (Helaman 8: 7)

(Nephi walks out and says:)

NEPHI:

"Behold, ye have rejected the truth, and rebelled against your holy God; and even at this time, instead of laying up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where nothing doth corrupt, and where nothing can come which is unclean, ye are heaping up for yourselves wrath against the day of judgment.

Yea, even at this time ye are ripening, because of your murders and your fornication and wickedness, for everlasting destruction; yea, and except ye repent it will come unto you soon.

Yea, behold it is now even at your doors; yea, go ye in unto the judgment seat, and search; and behold, your judge is murdered, and he lieth in his blood; and he hath been murdered by his brother, who seeketh to sit in the judgment seat.

And behold, they both belong to your secret band, whose author is Gadianton and the evil one who seeketh to destroy the souls of men." (Helaman 8:25-28)

Narrator: So it happened, that after Nephi had said these words, five men who were there decided to go to the judgment seat to see if the words of Nephi were true.

(Five men mingle together and say:)

Man #1: Now we will know of a surety whether this man be a prophet and God hath commanded him to prophesy such marvelous things unto us.

Man #2: We do not believe that he has, yea, we do not believe that he is a prophet.

Man #3: Nevertheless, if this thing which he has said concerning the chief judge be true, that he be dead, then will
we believe that the other words which he has spoken are true.

(Five men act part as Narrator tells story)

Narrator: So the men ran with their might to the judgment seat, and sure enough, they found that the chief judge had fallen to the earth and was lying in his blood.

"And now behold, when they saw this they were astonished (Act astonished), insomuch that they fell to earth (fall to the ground) for they had not believed the words which Nephi had spoken concerning the chief judge. But now, when they saw they believed, and fear came upon them lest all the judgments which Nephi had spoken should come upon the people; therefore they did quake, and had fallen to earth." (Helaman 9:4-5)

Now, let's back the story up a little bit. Immediately after the judge was murdered, and his servants discovered it, they ran and told the people. Meanwhile, the five men came, saw, and fell to the ground. Now let's pick up the story again.

(Group of people enter)

"And behold, the people did gather themselves together unto the place of the judgment seat and behold, to their astonishment they saw those five men who had fallen to the earth" (Helaman 9: 7)

Now the people didn't know anything about the group across town who had been with Nephi when he prophesied the murder of the chief judge. So think of it from their perspective. The servants run out and tell everyone the chief judge has been murdered. The people run to see, and find these five men lying on the ground. What would you assume?

(Act. out narration)

"they said among themselves: These men are they who have murdered the judge, and God has smitten them that they could not flee from us." (Helaman 9:8)

And so they grabbed the men, bound them, and cast them into prison (grab men, tie rope around hands, and take them to "prison”)

A Proclamation was sent forth telling everyone that the Chief Judge had been killed.

(A crowd of people including the wicked judges)

Narrator: The next day all the people came together to mourn and to fast at the burial.

·         Judge I: Where are the five men who were sent to inquire concerning the Chief Judge?

·         Person 1: We don't know anything about those five of whom ye speak

·         Person 2: But there are five who are the murderers, and we have cast them into prison

(Act out according to the script)

Narrator: The judges asked the people to bring the five men to them, and they were brought and behold they were the five who were sent and behold the judges inquired of them concerning the matter.

Man I: We ran and came to the place of the judgment seat and when we saw all things according to the words of Nephi, and we were astonished

Man 2: Now, as for the murder of this man, we don't know who did it. We only know that we ran and came and beheld he was dead.

Narrator: The judges, still trying to find some way to get rid of Nephi cried out against him

Judge I: Nephi must have agreed with someone to kill the chief judge so he could declare it unto us that we might believe him.

Judge 2: Let's make him confess and tell us who the true murderer is

Narrator: The five men were let go but they did rebuke the judges in their words against Nephi for they did believe him. Nevertheless the judges caused that Nephi was tied up and brought before them.

Nephi: "Oh ye fools, ye uncircumcised of heart, ye blind and ye stiffnecked people, do ye know how long the Lord your God will suffer you that ye shall go on in this your way of sin?" Behold I say unto you go to the house of Seantum, Who is the brother of your Chief Judge and ask him if he murdered his brother. He will stand with fear, and will deny it and ye shall find blood upon the skirts of his cloak, and then shall ye know that I am an honest man, and that I was sent to you from God.

Narrator: and it came to pass that they went and did, even as was said "And behold, the words which he had said were true; for according to the words he did deny; and also according to the words he did confess"

Now how do the characters of our game relate to the story we have just heard?  Mr.Enn- is Nephi (Helaman 8 & 9)

Judge Black- represents all the other judges (Helaman 9:13)

Mr. Mult- is the multitude (Helaman 9"19)

Mr. Fife- Represent the 5 who were sent (Helaman 91-6)

The Maid- represents the servants who ran (Helaman 9:6)

Sean Jones- is the murderer, Seantum (Helaman 9:26)

How many of you guessed correctly?