Tom Blackwater
IMG 1720
Biographical information
Full name Tom Blackwater
Gender Male
Status Deceased
Death 2013
Cause of death Stab wounds to the torso
Nationality Flag of USA American
Residence Grimsborough, U.S.
Profession(s) Student
Partner(s) Hannah Hersberger (girlfriend)
Affiliation(s) Grimsborough University
Game information
Appears in Criminal Case
First appeared Case #36: The Devil's Playground (s1)

Tom Blackwater was the victim in The Devil's Playground (Case #36 of Grimsborough).


Tom was a student at Grimsborough University, who had brown eyes and brown hair combed back to a large height. Before his death, he wore a red t-shirt with a yellow pattern and a blue denim jacket with white buttons.

Murder details

Tom was found in the middle of the Amish farm, dressed up like a scarecrow with a straw hat on his head and his hands spread out on the post. His body was full of blood and it was immediately sent for autopsy. Tom's body was discovered by Isaac Hersberger, a young Amish boy.

Nathan discovered that Tom was stabbed with a pitchfork or something similar, which slowly bled him to death. Nathan did not find anything of note on the victim's body except a faint trace of a shoeprint, which later turned out to be of boots, confirming that the killer wore this type of shoes.

Whilst searching the Grimsborough Kissing Spot later on, Jones and the player found a a bloody pitchfork. They examined it and found some bloodied fibers. They then sent the clue to Nathan for analysis. The result of the analysis confirmed that the pitchfork was Tom's murder weapon.

Killer and motives

The killer turned out to be Hannah and Isaac Hersberger's father, Ezekiel Hersberger

Tom wanted to buy Ezekiel's land and was also in love with Hannah, 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.

Case appearances