Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A party to die for

Want more than the usual dull conversation about work, kids and real estate at your next party? David Wachtendonk ’03, who loves a good mystery, has a solution.

His Web site host-a-murder.com helps hosts plan a Murder Mystery Maniacs party, at which guests help solve a murder committed during the event.

Someone at the party is designated the murderer, and everyone else is given a motive, weapon or opportunity (two of the three). Guests question each other to try to solve the case. Hosts can choose from more than 40 scenarios and entertain 10 to 100 guests.

“Our most popular event is our 1920s Speakeasy Scandal. Our most popular corporate event is called ‘Dump the Trump,’” Wachtendonk said.

Wachtendonk said he gets his best scenarios from his customers. His most unusual request to date has been to customize a murder mystery for the vessel MyOctopus, one of the world’s largest private yachts.

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