Crime Scene FAQ
Crime Scene features fictional crime cases in a unique combination of interactive fiction and gaming.
Each week, Yoknapatawpha County detectives post evidence from the current case.
You are invited to participate in the investigation by reviewing the presented evidence and offering your theories and questions to the detectives and other web sleuths.
What's the difference between paid and free participation?
|View case evidence||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Participate in discussion with other web sleuths||Yes||Yes|
|Comment on case documents||Yes||Yes|
|Receive weekly Case Newsletter by email||Yes||Yes|
|Access case evidence as soon as it's available||Yes|
|Ask questions and get answers from our investigators||Yes|
|View solutions to previous cases||Yes|
- Preview new case documents before they become available to the general public.
- Interact directly with our investigators through Ask the Detective. Exchange theories and ask questions to get insights that will help you solve the case.
- Get exclusive access to the Evidence Search Engine, which allows you to quickly locate all evidence items related to a particular topic.
In addition to these special features, Case Detectives have access to all information presented to the free viewers as well as the weekly email newsletter.
Case Officers pay nothing to examine the available evidence files or to post comments on case documents.
Case files are released to Case Officers one week after Case Detectives have reviewed it and not all information is available for free.
If you sign up as a Case Officer, you'll receive a weekly email newsletter to update you on the latest case developments and newly available case information.
How do I become a Case Detective?
You may become a Case Detective at any time during an investigation by clicking Subscribe in the top right corner of any page. We accept credit cards and PayPal.
Get instant access to subscriber-only features and content when you pay online with our secure server.
If you feel the hours of entertainment you receive from the Crime Scene are not worth the money you paid, we will refund your money. Details here.
You can also become a Case Detective for free with Case Credits
2. Get to work investigating the case and earn Case Credits at the same time.
3. When you've collected 400 Case Credits, redeem them for one month as a Case Detective.
The more you examine the evidence, the more Case Credits you earn.
How does Crime Scene work?
To participate, examine the case evidence. New information is posted every weekday at Noon Central Time.
Case documents for the current investigation* are presented in reverse chronological order so you can see the most recent information first.
* For previous cases, the case documents are in chronological order so you can start at the beginning.
- Click the Day tags at the top of the Case Files page to filter case documents by the day they happened in the investigation.
- Click the Evidence, Interview, Biography, or Press tag at the top of the Case Files page to filter by document type.
Some of the items you'll see include witness interviews, forensic analysis reports, and evidence photos.
Use the comments to communicate with your fellow web sleuths. Pose your questions, view others' theories, and share your thoughts about the case.
Do you have a theory about how or why the crime was committed? Who should be the prime suspect? What clues should the detectives follow next and what evidence do they need to gather?
Crime Scene investigations are propelled by input from the viewers, so everyone's contribution is helpful.
To discuss theories with other Crime Scene participants, you must register as a Case Officer (Free Subscription) or a Case Detective (Paid Subscription). Once you've signed up, you can comment on case documents and collaborate with your fellow web sleuths.
In addition, Case Detectives can interact directly with our investigators in the Ask the Detective area, available exclusively to paid subscribers.
Crime Scene is a community of web sleuths who enjoy sharing ideas and theories. Everyone wins the Crime Scene as the participants work together to refine theories and narrow down clues to ultimately reveal the culprit.
If you have questions about a case, post in the forums or the comments of the case document you're wondering about.
Where is this Yoknapatawpha County?
Yoknapatawpha County was created and immortalized by the legendary William Faulkner. The fictional county includes Faulkner's own hometown of Oxford, Mississippi and surrounding areas.
Want to work with Crime Scene?
Thanks for your interest and welcome to the Crime Scene!