MYSTERY OF THE GANGSTER GHOST
by D. M. Larson
A murder mystery
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
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.
Easy there, detective. Henry here
is ready to tell us all about
Bonnie and Hyde.
See. He’s very cooperative.
And what are you going to do if I
don’t spill the beans?
Then this psychic here, Madame
Maya, is gonna read your mind.
So what do you want to know?
What was Clyde’s real name? I have
here a series aliases: Roy Bailey,
Jack Hale, Eldin Williams, Elvin
Williams and Donald the Duck.
His real name was Clyde Barrow.
What was his middle name?!
I don’t remember!
He liked to go by Tiberius but it
was actually Chestnut.
Hey, I think that’s right. Maybe
you should ask her all the
Don’t get smart with me.
So what was Clyde like as a kid?
He stole jalopies and took them for
So what was Clyde’s first crime?
He and Bonnie robbed a bank in
Missouri and got away with $115.
The banks don’t have much money
anymore. It’s the Great Depression remember?
We know he was bank robber. Didn’t
he also take hostages and torture them?
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.
He also killed 13 people!
I don’t know if it was that many.
It was more like six.
Look. I told you everything I know.
I helped you find them. Aren’t I
free to go?
Well, you’ve been cleared of all
your charges in Texas, but you’re
still wanted in Oklahoma for grand
What? How long do I have to be in
jail for stealing car?
Twelve years and then when you get
out you’ll be hit by a train.
Get him out of here.
(Detective ELIOT removes HENRY)
So how many people did you arrest
for helping Bonnie and Clyde?
Twenty-three! Are you sure?
Did you know Bonnie was 23 when she
was killed? And they were killed
on May 23.
Of course I’m right. And out of
167 bullets fired. 50 hit Bonnie
and Clyde... 23 of those just hit Bonnie.
Now, now. I don’t know about that.
And she had twenty-three pennies in
her purse at her time of death.
Get her out of here.
(Detective ELIOT comes in a drags out the MAYA)
Dang, now she has me curious. I’m
gonna have to go look in her purse.
END OF SCENE
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