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The Devil's Playground
Season 1
City Grimsborough
District University
Case # 36
Release date 1st August 2013
Partner(s) David Jones (All Chapters)

Grace Delaney (Additional Investigation)

Preceded by Succeeded by
At the End of the Rope The Reaper and the Geek

The Devil's Playground is a case featured in Criminal Case, appearing as the thirty-sixth case of the game as well as the city of Grimsborough. It takes place at the University, a district based in Grimsborough.


The victim was a Grimsborough University student named Tom Blackwater. He was found tied up like a scarecrow, seeping with blood. The killer was an Amish farmer named Ezekiel Hersberger.

Tom wanted to buy Ezekiel's land and was also in love with Hannah Hersberger, Ezekiel's daughter. He wanted to take Hannah away from the Amish community, but Ezekiel could not let this happen as it was against the Amish rules to love a non-Amish. One day in the Amish farm, Ezekiel confronted Tom and the victim boasted about how much Hannah loved him and that she would choose him over Ezekiel any day. This angered Ezekiel to the fullest and he jumped on a horse and chased him with a pitchfork. Ezekiel strung up the victim like a scarecrow to symbolize that he wanted the non-Amish to stay away. Ezekiel called the outside world "The Devil's Playground" and hated the outside world. He wanted Tom's scarecrow death to symbolize outsiders to be scared off.

Ezekiel was sentenced to life in jail. Following the verdict, David Jones wanted the player to accommodate him to the Sci-fi Fantasy Festival.

To ensure that the police was not offending the Amish, Grace Delaney informed Chief King that she would tend for Isaac Hersberger during the investigation, while Nathan Pandit would do Grace's duties in her absence from the forensics lab. Grace wore Amish clothes in that case, in order to show respect to the community. Jones did not want to take any of the suspects to the interrogation room since he knew that doing this on an Amish would be disrespectful.



  • Tom Blackwater (found tied up like a scarecrow, seeping with blood)

Murder Weapon

  • Pitchfork


  • Ezekiel Hersberger


Killer's Profile

  • The killer rides horses.
  • The killer wears boots.
  • The killer has blond hair.
  • The killer is 6 feet tall.
  • The killer wears a hat.
Case 36 KP

Crime Scenes


Chapter 1


  • Investigate Amish Farm. (Clues: Victim's Body, Rope, Bible)
  • Autopsy The Victim's Body. (18:00:00)
  • Talk to Isaac about the murder. (Available after playing Amish Farm as a task)
  • Talk to Ezekiel about Isaac. (Prerequisite: Talk to Isaac)
  • Examine Rope. (Result: Hair)
  • Examine Hair. (Attribute: The killer rides horses)
  • Examine Bible. (Result: Bible Page)
  • Talk to Madison about the bible. (Prerequisite: Examine Bible Page; Unlocks: Student Bedroom)
  • Investigate Student Bedroom. (Clue: Student Belongings)
  • Examine Student Belongings. (Result: Confidential Compact Disc)
  • Analyze Confidential Compact Disc. (06:00:00)
  • Talk to Dylan about his land-buying activity. (Prerequisite: Confidential CD analyzed)
  • Examine Shoeprint. (Prerequisite: Victim's Body Autopsied; Attribute: The killer wears boots)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)

Chapter 2


  • Investigate Kissing Spot. (Available after going to Chapter 2; Clues: Pitchfork, Pile of Dirt)
  • Examine Pitchfork. (Result: Bloodied Fibers)
  • Analyze Bloodied Fibers. (12:00:00) (Result: Pitchfork is murder weapon; Attribute: The killer has blonde hair)
  • Examine Pile of Dirt. (Result: Faded Note)
  • Examine Faded Note. (Result: Lover's Vow)
  • Talk to Hannah about the lovers' vow. (Prerequisite: Lover's Vow unraveled)
  • Quiz Dylan about Tom. (Available after going to Chapter 2)
  • Investigate Jumbled Room. (Prerequisite: Dylan quizzed about Tom; Clue: Victim's Laptop)
  • Examine Victim's Laptop. (Result: Friendnet Account)
  • Analyze Friendnet Account. (03:00:00)
  • Question Madison about her mind game with Tom. (Prerequisite: Friendnet Account Analyzed)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (1 star)

Chapter 3


  • Investigate Picnic Area. (Clue: Broken Phial)
  • Examine Broken Phial. (Result: Poison Phial)
  • Examine Poison Phial. (Result: Poison)
  • Analyze Poison. (12:00:00)
  • Inform Ezekiel about his daughter. (Prerequisite: Poison Phial Examined)
  • Investigate Cart Lane. (Clues: Feeding Trough, Broken Sign)
  • Examine Feeding Trough. (Result: Stirrup)
  • Analyze Stirrup. (06:00:00) (Attribute: The killer is 6 feet tall)
  • Examine Broken Sign. (Result: Sign--Ezekiel, Isaac, Hannah, and Madison rides horses)
  • Talk to Hannah after her suicide attempt. (Prerequisite: Poison Analyzed)
  • Examine Isaac's Drawing. (Progress-Sensitive; Result: Drawing)
  • Talk to Isaac about his drawing. (Prerequisite: Drawing Examined; Attribute: The killer wears a hat)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Additional Investigation. (No stars)

Additional Investigation


  • Interrogate Dylan Cobbs.
  • Investigate Student Bedroom. (Clue: Briefcase)
  • Examine Briefcase. (Result: Confidential File)
  • Analyze Confidential File. (06:00:00)
  • Show the forged documents to Dylan Cobbs to make him talk. (Reward: 18,000 Coins)
  • Check up on Isaac Hersberger.
  • Investigate Amish Farm. (Clue: Wooden Pieces)
  • Examine Wooden Pieces. (Result: Wooden Train)
  • Give his train back to Isaac. (Reward: Burger)
  • Check how Hannah Hersberger is doing.
  • Investigate Kissing Spot. (Clue: Pile of Leaves)
  • Examine Pile of Leaves. (Result: Hairpin)
  • Give the hairpin to Hannah. (Reward: [MALE] Amish Hat, Amish Shirt, [FEMALE] Amish Haircut, Amish Dress)
  • Move on to the next case! (1 star)



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