Stanstead Murders Solved
Stanstead’s local Ursuline Convent has been silent and still for so long, but Friday evening changed all that. The many seniors presently living at the Manor were treated to a social event like no other. The ballroom was packed with approximately 150 guests who were treated to dinner and an art auction.
The evening started off quietly enough, but as Ross Murray, the evening’s Master of ceremonies, began his introduction, guests began to realize that this may not be an ordinary dinner event after all. Mr. Ross kept making cryptic references to possible murders that may or may not take place during the course of the evening. Strange that an MC would feel the need to mention that sort of thing…..or was it?
The evening began to heat up as the Colby siblings discovered their illegitimate sister, hailing from Paris, was possibly going to muscle in on a cut of their inheritance. Then a painting from the Colby’s private collection, which was to be auctioned that evening, was found to have been swapped with a worthless painting. The reporter from the Stanstead Journal (not a real one, you under- stand) started asking a lot of questions and the Police Investigator prevented anyone from leaving the room.
It appears Mr. Ross’ intuition served the visitors well, except for two, that is. The two murder victims that night may have been well advised to heed his dire warnings. It appears that a helpful fellow by the name of Chad, friend to Mr. Colby, was the first
to fall. He was found in a back room with a gavel wound to the temple. Poor sod! The guests, in a ghoulish frenzy, all left their meals to come have a look before the coroner arrived to claim the corpse.
As the evening evolved, the Colby offspring squabbled while the visiting art critic belaboured the point that the new professor at Stanstead College had neither the formal art training, nor teaching credentials, he should in order to hold such a position. When his engagement ring to the young and spoiled Ms. Colby turned out to be a dud, eyebrows began to be raised over whether the chap was who e claimed to be.
As the Stanstead Journalist started to unravel the murder, getting closer to identifying the perpetrator, he suddenly fell dead in the middle of the ballroom. Poison, it appears. The Police investigator, not quite so adapt at questioning the guests, did ultimately deduce who in fact had committed the murders and stolen the Colby artwork.
Apparently the young Mr. Colby had contracted his friend, the impoverished younger brother of Dr. Banting, to produce a forgery of the painting some time before. Colby had sold the original for profit. Not wanting his siblings to discover the theft, he made the painting disappear before the visiting critic could discover the deception. Sadly, his friend Chad, who knew of the theft, threatened to divulge Colby’s secret, so he was disposed of in a backroom with the auctioneer’s gavel. The journalist discovered the crime. His most likely source of information came through questioning the inebriated and selfproclaimed forger, Mr. Banting, who was close friends with Mr. Colby. When the reporter discovered the motive and perpetrator, he was unceremo- niously poisoned by Mr. Colby, we later discover. The night ended with the arrest of the murderer and everyone resumed their social pleasantries for the remainder of the evening.
The actors in the skit were very dramatic and funny. Naturally there were a few other disgruntled and eclectic characters thrown in the mix to make the murder more complex and difficult to solve. The story was funny and certainly intricate enough to have most guests scratching their heads for a good part of the evening. Actors visited each table, complaining of one another and divulging clues as to the nature of other characters. At the end of the evening each guest was given a list of questions they were to answer to see who could guess the culprit. The mystery was solved and the murderer’s identity divulged at the end of the meal.
On the whole, this dramatic dinner event was a great idea. Patrick Gauthier, coordinator of the Stanstead Recreation and Cultural Center, should be commended for pulling the whole production together. Guests also helped make the evening feel authentic, as the majority of them were dressed in 1920’s attire. The evening was undoubtedly a success and there is no doubt next year’s tickets will sell out very quickly.
Manoir Murder actresses.
Manoir Murder ballroom dinner.
Second murder victim poisoned, Stanstead Journal reporter got too close to the truth.