Elmer "Boogie" Buttons
Biographical information
Full name Elmer Buttons
Alias(es) Boogie Buttons
Gender Male
Status Deceased
Death 2014
Cause of death Dismemberment
Nationality Flag of USA American
Residence Pacific Bay, U.S.
Profession(s) Jazz musician
Family Linda Buttons (wife; incarcerated)
Game information
Appears in Criminal Case
First appeared Case #18: After the Storm (s2)

Elmer "Boogie" Buttons was the victim in After the Storm (Case #18 of Pacific Bay).


Elmer, a famous jazz musician of African-American heritage, was a five-time Best Living Jazz Musician Award winner. He had short black hair with gray streaks at his sides, brown eyes, and had a black stubble with a cigarette on his mouth. He wore a white shirt underneath a black vest with a pink bow tie, and often used to carry his saxophone with him.

Murder details

Elmer was found by Amy, Yann and the player broken into pieces with his body parts arranged on tram cables exactly like musical notes on a music sheet, mimicking the notes written on the victim's popular song, "After the Storm". In addition, Amy and the player found a suitcase and a radio playing the aforementioned song in the scene of the murder. Amy and the player did not hesitate to submit Elmer's corpse to Roxie for autopsy even though Amy had a feeling it would be too much for Roxie to handle.

Surprisingly, after tedious hours of autopsy, Roxie proved she was not afraid to autopsy one of the most graphic murders in Pacific Bay although she admitted not having a taste of jazz music, which she thought was music for old people in her opinion. Roxie had to work with Yann about the details of the murder and as such, the killer sliced the victim to pieces and matched his body parts to Elmer's most popular song, "After the Storm", grounds for Amy and the player to deduce the killer having fluent knowledge of music.

Roxie told Amy and the player that slicing a body physically into pieces required specific tools to leave specific marks, suggesting the killer used an electric household blade (used to cut turkey) to commit the murder. Amy agreed to add the music knowledge flag to the killer's profile for now, but when the Play for Hope concert was reopened as a memorial for Elmer, Amy and the player did not hesitate to investigate the concert at the Jazz Town Park and after careful investigation, Amy and the player found an electric turkey carver inside a storm survival kit. Since there was blood covered in the carver and it matched Roxie's description on what the killer used, the electric turkey carver was confirmed as the murder weapon.

The player found some foreign substance on the handle of the carver, and managed to take a sample of white powder for Yann's analysis. After careful analysis, Yann determined the powder came from sugar and butter used for deep-frying which matched the recipe used in beignets (a pastry made from deep-fried choux paste), which meant the killer ate a beignet prior to breaking Elmer into pieces with the murder weapon.

Killer and motives

The killer turned out to be his wife, Linda Buttons.

Linda denied involvement at first but then admitted to the crime. Elmer had chosen music over his marriage for thirty years, causing Linda to become alcoholic, but he eventually promised to retire and spend the rest of his life with her. When she discovered that Elmer intended to place her in a rehab center, Linda was pushed to her limit. She hit Elmer in the head with his saxophone and quartered him with an electric turkey carver, placing his body like music notes in the tram lines for everyone to see. Judge Dante sentenced Linda to 20 years in jail.


  • Elmer's death at the hands of his wife is one of the instances of domestic homicide in Pacific Bay.

Case appearances