Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mystery of the Gangster Ghost Part 1 murder mystery theatre with songs and multiple endings

MYSTERY OF THE GANGSTER GHOST
by D. M. Larson

A murder mystery 
with songs
and multiple endings

(The stage is nearly empty except for a chair, a table and

desk lamp that is pointed in HENRY’s face. The lights go

out for total darkness and then the lamp snaps on and HENRY

is in the chair looking nervous. Two detectives appear,

PETE and ELIOT, along with MAYA the psychic)


ACT 1 SCENE 1 - BONNIE AND CLYDE


PETE

All right, you. I’m gonna give you

one more chance to spill the beans

or we’re gonna toss you in the

slammer and throw away the key.


ELIOT

Easy there, detective. Henry here

is ready to tell us all about

Bonnie and Hyde.


HENRY

Clyde.


ELIOT

See. He’s very cooperative.


HENRY

And what are you going to do if I

don’t spill the beans?


PETE

Then this psychic here, Madame

Maya, is gonna read your mind.


HENRY

So what do you want to know?


ELIOT

What was Clyde’s real name? I have

here a series aliases: Roy Bailey,

Jack Hale, Eldin Williams, Elvin

Williams and Donald the Duck.


HENRY

His real name was Clyde Barrow.


PETE

What was his middle name?!


HERNY

I don’t remember!


MAYA

He liked to go by Tiberius but it

was actually Chestnut.


HENRY

Hey, I think that’s right. Maybe

you should ask her all the

questions.


PETE

Don’t get smart with me.


ELIOT

So what was Clyde like as a kid?


HENRY

He stole jalopies and took them for

joy rides.


ELIOT

So what was Clyde’s first crime?


HENRY

He and Bonnie robbed a bank in

Missouri and got away with $115.


PETE

That’s it?


HENRY

The banks don’t have much money

anymore. It’s the Great Depression remember?


ELIOT

True.


PETE

We know he was bank robber. Didn’t

he also take hostages and torture them?


HENRY

Well, there was this one time he

kidnapped a cop and made him steal

a car battery and install it before

we let him go.


PETE

He also killed 13 people!


HENRY

I don’t know if it was that many.


MAYA

It was more like six.


HENRY

Look. I told you everything I know.

I helped you find them. Aren’t I

free to go?


PETE

Well, you’ve been cleared of all

your charges in Texas, but you’re

still wanted in Oklahoma for grand

theft auto.


HENRY

What? How long do I have to be in

jail for stealing car?


MAYA

Twelve years and then when you get

out you’ll be hit by a train.


HENRY

What?! Wait!


PETE

Get him out of here.


(Detective ELIOT removes HENRY)


MAYA

So how many people did you arrest

for helping Bonnie and Clyde?


PETE

Twenty-three.


MAYA

Twenty-three! Are you sure?


PETE

Yes, why?


MAYA

Did you know Bonnie was 23 when she

was killed? And they were killed

on May 23.



PETE

You’re right!


MAYA

Of course I’m right. And out of

167 bullets fired. 50 hit Bonnie

and Clyde... 23 of those just hit Bonnie.


PETE

Now, now. I don’t know about that.


MAYA

And she had twenty-three pennies in

her purse at her time of death.


PETE

Get her out of here.


(Detective ELIOT comes in a drags out the MAYA)


PETE (CONT.)

Dang, now she has me curious. I’m

gonna have to go look in her purse.


END OF SCENE



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