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Hamptons WhoDunIt Festival
April 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – April 16, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
The Hamptons Mystery & Crime Festival, also known as the Hamptons Whodunit, will present its inaugural edition in East Hampton Village from Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16.
The festival was created for fans of mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and true crime stories, and will take place at venues throughout the Village of East Hampton, including the East Hampton Middle School, BookHampton, the East Hampton Library and the Maidstone Club.
The event kicks off on Thursday evening, April 13, with a cocktail party hosted by Professor Plum at the Maidstone Club.
Guest speakers at the event include author Michael Connelly, Anthony Horowitz, Alafair Burke, A.J. Finn, Casey Sherman, Megan Abbott, and many other authors, filmmakers, producers, reporters, moderators, and others in the crime writing community.
In addition to talks, panel discussions and book signings, there will be several interactive events, including tours of the South End Cemetery on James Lane, across from the Gardiner Windmill on Friday and Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. with Town Crier Hugh King. This is the final resting place of several well-known figures, one of which is Lion Gardiner.
Here, in the cemetery that overlooks the town pond, guests will learn the story of Goody Garlick who was accused and acquitted of witchcraft in the 1600s in East Hampton — before the infamous Salem Witch Trials took place.
On Friday night there will be murder mystery trivia and escape rooms at the East Hampton Library from 6 to 9 p.m. The themes of the escape rooms are “Stranger Things” and “Plum Island,” where teams will work together to unravel clues and escape while there is still time.
Beginning Saturday morning, participants have the chance to solve a murder mystery with the Crime Scene Challenge of “Who killed the mayor?”
Participants will be invited to handle this investigation the way a detective would using creative thinking, deductive thinking, and problem-solving skills to crack the case.
A true crime bus tour takes place on Saturday afternoon where Mayor Jerry Larsen (who is alive) will take visitors on a guided tour through the Hamptons’ most notorious crime scene sites. Many may not know about the murders, kidnappings, and mob hits of the 1940s through 1990s that happened right here on the South Fork, but they will leave with newfound knowledge of those ghastly events.
A full schedule of events is online at www.hamptonswhodunit.com.
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