Hunt a Killer Introduction

Welcome, Detective.

And congratulations on joining a community of tens of thousands of detectives across the globe. Hunt a Killer is an interactive experience that is completely unique - like being transported into a TV show with items you can touch and secrets to uncover. This experience is episodic. Think of each box as a new episode, building on the one before it and adding more to the story. You will conduct an investigation, establish means, motive, and opportunity, and search for connections as you work toward the gripping finale.

After each episode, you should be able to eliminate at least one suspect. To do this, you'll need to examine evidence from each episode and cross-reference from past ones to put the pieces together of what happened that night and why. Good luck!

First Steps

  1. Read all welcome emails
  2. Find a space to dedicate to the investigation ~ desk, spare bedroom, corner of kitchen table, etc.
  3. Gather your supplies (or order a murder board kit from HaK) ~ corkboard, highlighters, notepad, binders, red string, etc.
  4. Join the Forum and the Official Hunt a Killer Facebook Group
  5. Keep everything found inside the box
  6. Use the Inventory Card to ensure all items are in the box

How to Play


Start with the letter from your contact. This will be your anchor for each month's episode. Read everything else as well. Is there anything that seems out of place? Identifying inconsistencies will help focus your investigation.

Physical Interaction/Tools

Don't be afraid to play around with the items in your box. Turn them upside down. Stack them on top of each other. Hold them up to a light. Stack them on top of each other. Hold them up to a light. You may be surprised how much you can learn from a new perspective.


Be on the lookout for scientific, historical, and real-world connections. Use online research or your local library to gather new knowledge and test your theories.

Means, Motive, and Opportunity

See who has access to the murder weapon, who has a reason to want the victim dead, and who had access to the victim around the time of death. You get all three of those, and you've found the killer. Read everything with care, and don't take anything as truth without thinking about it long and hard.

Take Notes

Jotting down notes on clues you uncover and ideas you develop right from the start may aid in your investigation in this episode, or in future ones. Some documents may not be fully clear until you get more information in future boxes.


When you think you're done with your episode, or if you're stuck, check out the recaps online.

HaK Gives Back

Every year, 36% of murders go unsolved. Cold Case Foundation, a nationally-recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to stopping the devastating, compounding effects of cold cases and providing hope and resources to families affected by violent crime. For every subscription box sold, Hunt a Killer will donate to help the Cold Case Foundation seek justice for the victims of violent and deadly cold cases.

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