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Blackmailing Bartender Slain by Lifeguard at the Dive Bar

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All the fictional characters had humorous names with appropriate puns -- the bellhop was called BJ Baggage. The patrons used the white name badges to differentiate the characters from the guests.

Then suddenly there was a scream, and when everyone looked on the stage, the bartender, of the bar and in the game, had fallen over in his chair, dead (albeit with a few postmortem chuckles).

Asking questions, and getting suggestive answers, it seemed each character had a motive, yet pointed fingers to someone else: the resort's owner whose girlfriend was having an affair with the bartender, the girlfriend of the lottery winner who the bartender was infatuated with, and even his ex-girlfriend.

And everyone, already very cautious, tried to think a step ahead of everyone else. Some accused those that seemed to have no motive at all.

"I think it's the least obvious people [that did it]," Liz Hadgkiss said squinting her eyes. "It's the newlyweds. They look too happy."

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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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