Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder
KEY CLUES --------- You have to ask the question: "who had the means, motive, and opportunity?" in solving this mystery. Almost all suspects have a strong motive for commiting the crime. Therefore, the focus should be on who had the means and the opportunity. From Forensics tests , you discover that Anna Elk Moon most likely knew her killer. Of all the suspects, how many did Elk Moon know personally? What was the victim doing the day of the murder that seemed unusual? She was calling people urgently about something. She reached two people: Joe Edeta and Vaughan Dresner. In both their interviews they talk about Anna's having discovered something about the design on the pot. Moreover, from Joe Edeta's interview, you discover that Sonny Two Feathers, Joe's nephew, was there with Joe during Anna's phone call. From several interviews (especially Joe Edeta, Astrid Ames, and Vaughan Dresner), library articles, and Forensics you learn that the pot -- specifically, the design on the pot -- held some significance. Examining the design on the pot as sketched in Elk Moon's journal, you notice two peaks. Later, if you examine the pot found in the van and placed in the Evidence Room at Police Headquarters, you will discover that the design on the pot was changed. Why would someone go to the trouble to change the pot design? What significance did the pot's design hold? In the library, there are several mentions of the casino site being located at the base of the "double-peaked" Sangre de Cristos mountains, as well as a photo of the mountains. An article states that Ed is working closely with the Pueblo Tribal Offices (Sonny Two Feathers) on the casino development, which will be located at the base of the double-peaked Sangre de Cristos mountains. Further, the caption under the picture of the double-peaked mountains also calls out the historic "double-peaks." If you closely examined the pot drawing and the photograph, you would realize Anna made some connection between the pot's design and the Sangre de Cristos mountains. If the kiva pot design was indeed a drawing of the Sangre de Cristos, could that possibly signify that the kiva site was located somewhere in the vicinity? Being an arch anti-casino activist, couldn't Anna use that information to stall the casino development, which was just about to be approved -- per the library article? Who would be most upset by this news? Ed and Sonny. In an article, Joe Edeta states that his nephew (Sonny Two Feathers)'s "vision has been clouded by the lure of the white man's riches," implying that Sonny has "sold out" in some respect. After McHorse's arrest it is clear he was framed. Who would have had access to him? Who of the suspects would know McHorse to be able to frame him? Additionally, McHorse was drinking at the Saguarro Bar the night of the murder in Nambe. Sonny Two Feathers was at the Bristlecone Bar in Nambe the same night. In a library article you discover that the Saguarro Bar and Bristlecone Bars are owned by Ed Snyder, Sonny Two Feather's associate in the casino project. Sonny was there for Anna's phone call to Joe and in Nambe the night of the murder. Sonny had the means or the ability to know McHorse, the proximity to find him and drug him the night of the murder.