Exploration of Behind-the-Scenes Sites and Unsolved Murder Investigation to Highlight Hotel Breakers 100th Anniversary

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To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Hotel Breakers will take Cedar Point guests on a park-wide hunt for clues, guiding them through the Â?green roomÂ? at the Palace Theatre and other behind-the-scenes locations.

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Hotel Breakers will take Cedar Point guests on a park-wide hunt for clues, guiding them through the “green room” at the Palace Theatre and other behind-the-scenes locations. Guests will grapple with century-old vintage puzzles such as Barnum's classic “Trick Mules” and will come face-to-face with the long lost mummy of Rootentooten and P. T. Barnum's original 1842 'Fiji Mermaid.' The weekend mystery will take place Sep. 9-10 and Sep. 16-17 and is based on a famous—but fictional—murder during the hotel's inaugural season in 1905.

Wanting to highlight the rich history of carnivals and amusement parks, they've enlisted the services of “Shadow Stalkers,” a mystery design company. The end result of this collaboration is “A Century of Secrets.” Guests will reopen a cold case from that first season and will be faced with an extraordinary list of suspects—Nellie Bly, Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, Alexis Barnum, H. G. Wells, and Alonzo Pinkerton.

Exploring otherwise off-limits sites such as the “green room” or makeup room behind stage at the Palace Theatre is a popular element of these weekend mysteries, giving the guests a chance to “peek behind the curtain” into the working areas of the park.

The unsolved 1905 murder was the invention of “Shadow Stalkers.” The six famous guests had all decided to visit the new hotel but were there for very different reasons. During their stay, a collection of Egyptian artifacts (including the 4,000 year-old mummy of Rootentooten) was locked for safe keeping in an empty hotel room. When it was opened in the morning, the guard who'd been on duty inside the room was found murdered and the room's contents were in disarray. Smudges of a rare Egyptian mold were found on the body.

Realizing this could be a blot on their careers, the six guests banded together and investigated the case. First they proved to the local police that none of them could possibly be guilty. Then they sent their final report to a Swiss bank to be kept sealed for 100 years. Guests at the hotel will have to find the solution before that report is opened.

This celebration of history and intrigue was designed by “Shadow Stalkers,” now in its 10th year of producing custom mystery events and team building programs. The contact person there is Mr. Denham. He can be reached at 419-663-4103.

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