This could definitely help Julia save the theater.
The letter refers to the ring we received in Episode 4.
- The year 1903 is inscribed inside.
The sum of 1903 is 13.
- Shift the coded letters by 13 and then use the Atbash cipher.
Once decoded, the words read:
- telling her about my child
- finish out my contract
- Mother hurts me
- the father of my child
- collect my jewelry from its hiding place in the false bottom of the liquor cabinet at the Grace Note
- swiped the cabinet's key from George's office
- jewelry in that lockbox is worth more than enough to keep me and Julian comfortable
- my child
This is the same type of code that Viola and Evelyn used on the rehearsal notes from Episode 1.
- Dots replace vowels and coded words are backward.
Once deciphered, the coded phrases read:
- Hector told me
- it's the right thing to do
- raise someone else's baby
- leave him on somebody's doorstep
- He's not Hector's responsibility
- he's not mine, either
- But he's all alone now that Viola's gone
- That's not my fault
- I should've told you the truth from the start
- turn our back on a helpless child
- I made a mistake
This is a correspondence between Ira and Evelyn.
- Ira must not have told Evelyn he was the baby's father, so Hector did but not until after Viola's disappearance.
On the backside is "16".
- The cufflink we received in Episode 1 had "1" on the backside.
- Combined, they read "1:16".
"1:16" references Ruth 1:16 which is quoted in Ruth Erikson's obituary.
- These cufflinks were the gift she left George, mentioned in the telegram in Episode 3.
This was found with Viola's remains, but it is too big for a lockbox.
On the Cadence Theatre website, in the gallery under "History" there is a picture of Ira in George's office. In the background is a panel of keys.
- Comparing the Roman numeral above the key to the blueprints we received in Episode 4 reveals that the object the key belongs to must be in the Grace Note bar.
Um, did Hector just come out and admit he was gay?
- Okay, so if he was gay, he really did plan to marry Viola strictly for show. Man...
So, Ira and Evelyn took the child in.
- Good, considering Ira was the father to begin with...
*Browning is a callback to the premium case "1934".
The "Broadway Blunder" snippet is about Olga's behavior after being kicked out of the theater. It apparently resulted in an arrest.
The "Proposal Problem" snippet is about Evelyn and Ira.
This lady was just a schlub.
This document provides that there were at least 2 occasions where Olga was physically abusive toward her daughter.
This receipt shows that Evelyn arrived at her destination at 6:08 pm.