Season 1
Original Run: June 23 2013
— August 18 2013
Days/Episodes: 9/9
Channel: ABC [1]
Created by: Anthony E. Zuiker
Hosted by: Gildart Jackson
Winner: Kam
The Killer: Cris Main Page: ABC's Whodunnit?
Runner-up: Lindsey
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Season 2

Announced in late March 2013 by ABC, Whodunnit? premiered on June 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM ET/8:00 PM CT.


The game follows 13 guests with 11 actual contestants, one killer and one designated victim (Sheri) into Rue Manor, the estate where all events happen. They are about to participate in a reality mystery game where each of them will be murdered one by one by the unknown killer. The lucky 2 contestants survive these obstacle will have to figure out the killer's true identity among the last three survivors and walk away with 250,000 $. They are:

Contestants Navigation
Season 1
Adrianna Cris Dana Don Dontae Geno Kam
Adrianna Cris Dana Don Dontae Geno Kam
Lindsey Melina Ronnie Whodunnit ? (Season 1) Sasha Sheri Ulysses
Lindsey Melina Ronnie Sasha Sheri Ulysses

Elimination & Accusations

The game is distinguished for its elimination style. Instead of the contestant just leaving the game, they also have to play dead. And most of the "deaths" seem to be dramatic, yet hair-raising for a few good episodes. Also, just like its predecessor, "The Mole", each of the contestants has to state their case, as well as, of course, name their strongest suspect for the title "Whodunnit?" Below is the cohesive boards showing each of aforementioned suspects the contestants have pointed out in each episode, as well as their placings in the entire game.

How to read the boards, for exaple: Kam has managed to accuse Geno on 6 consecutive days and spent the next 2 days seesawing between Melina and Lindsey, even doubted the butler before coming to conclusion who had really dunnit.

Players Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 3
Kam Geno Geno 2 Geno Geno Geno Geno Melina Lindsey Lindsey Giles Cris
Cris Adrianna Adrianna Geno Geno Lindsey Lindsey Lindsey Lindsey Lindsey Kam 4
Lindsey Cris Cris Cris Cris Cris Cris Cris Cris Cris Murdered
Melina Cris Cris Cris Cris Cris Kam Kam Cris Murdered
Ronnie Dontae1 Adrianna Kam Kam Kam Kam Kam Murdered
Geno Kam Kam Kam Kam Kam Kam Murdered
Sasha Adrianna Ulysses Ulysses Kam Lindsey Murdered
Dana Adrianna Adrianna Kam Kam Lindsey Murdered
Ulysses Dontae Adrianna Geno Geno Murdered
Don Dana Cris Cris Murdered
Adrianna Dontae Kam Murdered
Dontae Adrianna Murdered
Sheri Murdered
The contestants who solved all the riddles first The contestants who impressed the killer
The contestants who both solved the riddle first and won the case
Scared card only Scared card and "murdered"
The winner The killer The runner-up
1. All but Dontae and Lindsey managed to solve the riddle thanks to Ronnie's shouting out. But technically, he's the one who came up with the idea of looking at "2 kings" first.
2. Kam was the first to solve the riddles, but Cris and Ulysses were there too.
3. There was practically no scared or spared card on day 9. The one finishing the riddles last received a message leading to their "demise".
4. Cris changed her suspect, pointed out why it should've been Kam.

Suspected Contestants

Note: Since Sheri was eliminated before the game started, she neither was accused or accused anybody.

Don, Sasha, and Ronnie are the only contestants who were never suspected.


High Voltage

Day 1: High Voltage

Main article: High Voltage

The first day at Rue Manor witnessed the death of NFL cheerleader, Sheri. She was killed for "her inconsistency" (as stated by the note given to Giles by The Killer). The Killer broke into her room with a crowbar while she's taking shower and wrote a note: "Meet me at the fish tank. I have vital info for you". As she came to the fish tank, The Killer was waiting outside. With a slingshot, The Killer shot a musket round into Sheri's neck, severing major arteries thus killing her instantly. While collapsing, Sheri hit the fish tank, making cracks on its wall. The pressure then built up and shattered the tank, release huge amount of water onto Sheri's body. Because of the cut wires prepared by The Killer, Sheri's body was electrocuted, misleading some contestants into believing the COD was electrocution. While Sasha impressed The Killer by figuring out his moves, Don and Dontae did not, thus each received "Scared" card. At 4:38 AM the next morning, residents were awaken by a loud fire alarm. Bewildered by the alarm, contestants gathered outside Rue Manor, only to realise that Don and Dontae were missing, but Don ran out at the last minute anyway, just then, everyone heard loud screams coming from the mansion. It was later revealed that Dontae was engulfed in flames, running for his life. As he jumped into the pool, everyone was visibly shocked.


Riddles and Solutions

To unlock any mystery, you need a key.
So please accept this gift from me.
Only think twice on what lock you'd turn.
From the passage you find, you'd surely learn.
There are 12 keys, one for each of you,
You might just find the missing clue.
Go run, go twist, unlock the lies,
To find salvation takes several tries.
  • Solution: The keys each received contain two number separated by colon (13:17), and the other face print symbols of 2 crowns representing a verse from the Bible:

“Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.” (2 Kings 13:17) [2]

By following the verse given, players overlooked the East Window where 3-digit number was carved onto window sill (6-1-3) and found a large trunk just outside the lawn. They hurried out of the mansion, used the keys to unlock the trunk, only to find out that the trunk contained a slingshot with a crowbar (used in the murder of Sheri).
Fire Starter

Day 2: Fire Starter

Main article: Fire Starter

In the wake of "Dontae's inferno", residents were again shaken by the news that The Killer is still lurking amongst them, and this time, no one can escape from Rue Manor. As for Dontae, last night, he received strange gifts. The first one was his pajamas, a flannel-cotton design secretly soaked in benzene prepared especially for him. The second was a medallion saying: "St. Agatha Pray for Us" accompanied by a note: "St. Agatha, patron saint, protector from fire, sleep well". He then wore the necklace and put on the "special" socks and dozed off. At 4:38 the next morning, The Killer started the fire alarm, waking everyone up, including the poor Dontae. As he ran to the door, his socks gathered static electricity, enough so that just about the time he touched the doorknob, a spark jumped from his right hand up to his medallion, set him on fire instantly. And the result is what everyone was witnessing earlier the episode. Somehow, a few contestants believed he was drowning owing to the fact that he couldn't swim. Anyway, Ulysses managed to pass his state of the case, thus spared for another day. Unfortunately for Dana and Adrianna, they both received the "Scared" card, which could probably result in their "death". As Dana worriedly thought Adrianna was the real killer, only used "Scared" card to distract everyone else, a break of dawn revealed the opposite, Adrianna had to run for her life. After hopping on a golf cart at about 7:13 AM, she drove away from the mansion against The Killer's warning, thus blown up and landed on a tree nearby.


  • Crime Scene
  • Dontae's Rooms:
    • The doorknob was the origin of fire.
    • A box left behind, perhaps contained a medallion or a pendant.
    • A note written: "St Agatha, patron saint, protector from fire, sleep well!"
  • The Morgue:
    • Dontae's pajamas were different from the others, as his were flannel-cotton.
    • Dontae's right forearm and his chest burned much worse than any other parts, thus the starting point.

Riddles and Solutions

You'll know that you're getting warm,
When you find fire in liquid form.
Above the cycle, you'll spot the label
Search high and low, if you're able.
To ignite the truth, you must track this clue,
Dragging your feet could be the death of you.
Fire Starter Riddles

The riddle by The Killer

  • Solution: "Fire in liquid form" and "above the cycles" were meant to be a bottle of benzene situated on a shelf down the laundry, the label of which said:
 Instructions for use:
 Spray your flag and find the same,
 then turn the knob to help make your claim.
 The time is now to drag your feet
 For those who die cannot compete.

The riddle on the benzene bottle

Spraying the liquid on their flags, it turns magenta. The other side of said flags show Rue Manor's crest with a stripe, pointing to a room with exact symbol on its door. Immediately after Kam touched the metal knob, the pink stripe ignited, implying that the stripe has been soaked with the same type of liquid found in the laundry. That led them to conclude that by gathering enough static electricity from the carpet and touching metal doorknob, with the presence of benzene or any flammable substance, one could easily go off ablaze.

Day 3: Kaboom

Main article: Kaboom
Mountain Lyin

Day 4: Mountain Lyin

Main article: Mountain Lyin

Bum Ba Dee Da

Day 5: Bum Ba Dee Da

Main article: Bum Ba Dee Da

All The World's A Stage

Day 6: All The World's A Stage

Day 7: Party Crasher

Main article: Party Crasher

Day 8: Frost Nixin

Main article: Frost Nixin

Day 9: Golden Cuffs

Main article: Golden Cuffs



Below are the facts given by ABC: [3]

  1. Only three members of the show’s production staff knew who the killer was leading up to the reveal. Show creator Anthony Zuiker chose not to know until the final episode.
  2. A lot of the set dressing in the morgue was generously loaned to the show by CSI:NY.
  3. The killer used in the true crime shoots is the same actor who plays the killer in the true crime scenes for CSI:NY - Walker Haynes. He even wears the same outfit and gear. (You'd think the cops would catch on to this guy...)
  4. The killer's handwriting was actually written by one of the producers to protect the killer’s true identity.
  5. Even though the cast was treated to gourmet meals & catering, all they ever wanted was beer and pizza. (We can relate)(Except for the "being treated to gourmet meals" part)
  6. Every murder and crime scene was written by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker and his team of CSI writers.
  7. The cast was rather intimidated by the silent maids, who appeared to be very menacing. Truth is, the two ladies were very sweet and cheerful outside of Rue Manor.
  8. The cast never went in the pool for a leisurely swim. (Guess they were too busy worried about being murdered or something.)
  9. Executive Producer Anthony Zuiker personally added many of the final touches and clues to each murder scene.



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