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Murder Mystery Mixer presents  Art Attack at Krackers, an interactive murder mystery and dinner - $25 per person

Murder Mystery Mixer presents:

"Art Attack" Murder Mystery
Interactive Murder Mystery & Dinner
$25 per person - meal & soft drinks included

7:30 p.m. on April 9, 2005
at
Krackers Restaurant
204 N. Main - Bristow
918-367-1220

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Art Attack Setting

It’s the gangster era and quite a stir has been generated at the news that the ninth Knocktoff painting surfaced a few weeks ago after being missing for more than 100 years. Though it is worth a fortune, its rumored curse has struck fear in all but one potential buyer – Godfather Mac O’Bray, a disfigured reclusive mob boss that collects objects d’art macabre. Intrigued by the history of the curse, Don O’Bray put out word to the misfits and muckups in his crime family that redemption PLUS payment of $1 BILLION DOLLARS goes to the Mafioso member that procures the painting and brings it to him.

Plucky gangsters from all over the world craving to redeem themselves with their Godfather and willing to risk the curse are now assembling at Krackers Art Auction to sell pieces from their personal collections and to otherwise raise money by any means possible in hopes of acquiring enough cash to make the winning bid for the Knocktoff piece.

So, will they get the Knocktoff or will they get knocked off….? The night will tell….

Art Attack Characters

Godfather Mac O’Bray (Mob Boss/Art Collector) – a disfigured reclusive mob boss that collects objects d’art macabre. Intrigued by the history of the curse, O’Bray put out word to the misfits and muckups in his crime family that redemption PLUS payment of $1 BILLION DOLLARS goes to the mafioso member that procures the painting and brings it to him.

Mya Schipscumin (Art Broker/Auctioneer) – Owner of Krackers Art to Go Auction House. The Knocktoff auction is the biggest thing to happen in her career and since she gets a 20% commission, she’s very excited.

Det. Sheila Getzurmann (Auction Security) – Her name says it all – if trouble abounds on her beat, this detective always gets her man.

Det. Will Nabbum (Auction Security) – Just like his co-worker Sheila, he relishes the chance to nabbum if anybody pulls any funny business at the Knocktoff auction.

Gabby Tellsall (Reporter) – Charming chatterbox that wins peoples confidences and then plasters the story all over the papers.

Poppa Rotzi (Reporter) – Relentless in pursuit of a story; nothing gets in the way. Much like the credit card motto, “is everywhere you want to be”.

Wilgette DeScoop (Reporter) – Believes “the devil is in the details”. Meticulous in questioning, analyzing and reporting.

Vlayd I. Foundit (Knocktoff owner) – A happy man – the infamous Knocktoff piece was found hidden in a shelf that fell in the attic of the Herr Tavern while a servant was cleaning. Although he’s the owner of the Knocktoff piece, he hasn’t seen it yet and can hardly wait to get his hands on it. Its sale is going to make him a comfortably wealthy man. In the words of his Transylvania ancestors “He’s so vlayd he found it!”

Gangsters contending for the Knocktoff Painting:

Men
Jimmy the Wrench
Guiseppe the Snitch
Tito the Fixer
Ol' Nicky Leatherchest
Marco the Enforcer
Oscar Scarface
Big Al
Lousy Lou
Tony the Fist
Jerry the Gent
Motor Mouth Mike
Itchy Fingered Sal
Good Looking Jack
Rocko the Whacko
Diamond Dutch
Angelo "Bugsy" Luka

 

Women
Maggie the Mouse
Sly Sally
Petty Crime Carla
Little Lulu
Pretty Legs Alice
Stilletto Stella
Blood Bath Betty
Knock 'em Dead Mitzi
Mad Midge
Deadly Spice
Dagger Dawn
Mandy the Minx
Kayla the Kid
Ruthless Ruth Anne
Betsy "BooBoo" Luka
Wendy the Wolf
Lucky Shot Sugar

What character will you be? Upon arrival, you will be assigned a character and receive background information, your character’s detailed goals, simple rules, possessions and other necessary information. Fond of a particular character name? Request it and if it hasn’t been assigned, you’re it!

What to wear? You should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. However, gangster attire is encouraged to set the mood. Straight dresses and headband with feather are suggested for females and white shirts, ties, black armbands and slacks for males. If you’re feeling particularly festive, feel free to deck out in full-blown gangster attire – flapper dress, boa, rope pearls, feather head band, or fedora, zuit suit, tie, armband, spats etc. …

Note – please do not bring weapons or realistic replicas. If you feel your character needs such a prop, please use a costume shop / department store plastic prop or improvise a cardboard representation.)

Painting History

U. Wilby Knocktoff was a 17th century artist that created nine paintings equal to the works of the great masters van Gogh, Rembrandt, Renoir, Monet, and Michael Angelo. Unfortunately superstition ruled in his time and people would not buy his works because of his name. Stubbornly, Knocktoff refused to sign his works with a pseudo name because he feared someone else would claim his works – and so he spent his life unable to sell his beautiful paintings. On his deathbed, he bitterly proclaimed to his wife and friends:

“may death claim all who lay hands of ownership to my works”

Extremely hard times befell his widow and seven small children after his death. Unable to pay the grocer and too proud to accept his waiver, Mrs. Knocktoff gave the grocer a painting as payment. That night the store caught fire and the grocer and painting perished. Two years later, another of the paintings was given as payment to an unsuspecting carpenter new to the area, for patching the Knocktoff shanty roof against the harsh bitter winter. The carpenter fell from his ladder next day while hanging the painting ruining it in the fall. He died two days later of a broken neck. The painting’s shredded remains were buried along with him.

Several years passed and the Mayor took pity upon Mrs. Knocktoff’s plight and bought six of the remaining paintings so as not to injure her pride with charity. Upon the trip home with the paintings, his carriage horse startled at a rabbit and careened out of control dashing the Mayor to his death. His widow, certain U.Wilby Knocktoff’s deathbed curse was real and had claimed her husband, had the six paintings burned on the spot. Mrs. Knocktoff and her children were driven out of town taking the one remaining painting with them.

Mrs. Knocktoff, now also believing in her husband’s curse, vowed never to allow the remaining picture to pass from family hands. The painting’s ownership was vigilantly guarded by the Knocktoff lineage until its disappearance approximately 100 hundred years ago. Descendant Terrence Knocktoff and his wife Amelia came with painting in tow to Oklahoma Territory and settled in the Woodland Queen area which later became known as the town of Bristow. For ease of travel to their new home and to keep the painting safe from thieves, the Knocktoff’s secured the painting in a false bottom in the wooden crate they used to carry other goods.

Once settled in the new land, Terrence Knocktoff took up the occupation of traveling peddler. While he was away on one of his two week circuits to buy and sell merchandise, wife Amelia was robbed by outlaws who took all the Knocktoff’s possessions of worth including the trunk with the Knocktoff painting.

The outlaws rode on to Little Rock to sell their goods and have a good time on the town. Within a fortnight, they returned to the Woodland Queen area and tried to ambush a prominent local business man but the business man triumphed and killed the outlaws. Little valuables were left amongst the outlaws’ possessions except for a sturdy wooden crate in which they carried coffee, ammunition, tobacco and some rations. The business man took the wooden crate and used it for a time to secure sugar and flour to protect it from field mice and rats. However, the business man soon got oak barrels to serve the purpose and the wooden crate was placed in the attic out of sight. Over time, the wooden crate was dismantled and used for shelving. A few weeks ago, one of the shelves broke from the wall and shattered on the floor releasing the painting that had been so carefully concealed by the Knocktoffs years before. The elated owner, Vlayd I. Foundit, immediately scheduled an art auction at Krackers to move the piece and cash in on its worth before it cashes him in!

Though the painting is worth a fortune, its rumored curse has struck fear in all but one potential buyer – Godfather Mac O’Bray, a disfigured reclusive mob boss that collects objects d’art macabre. Not willing to risk his best men and women, Don O’Bray put out word to the misfits and muckups in his crime family that redemption PLUS payment of $1 BILLION DOLLARS goes to the Mafioso member that procures the painting and brings it to him. So, plucky gangsters from all over the world craving to redeem themselves with their Godfather are risking the curse and assembling at Krackers Art Auction to sell pieces from their personal collections and to otherwise raise money by any means possible in hopes of acquiring enough cash to make the winning bid for the Knocktoff piece.

Will they get the Knocktoff or will they get knocked off….? The night will tell….

 

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