Behind the Scenes: The Murder Most Foul

I chose to do a little behind the scenes for my final just to discuss how everything was done. I was going to put it in the most with my final, but I thought that would be kinda distracting/annoying. To begin, I first thought of a general story line which was part of last weeks post about my progress. Once I did that, I created the different types of media. I used writing, visual, web, and audio assignments in my final product.

For the first part, I created the audio of Marlene’s death and the following 911 call. I used sounds from the stock sound site we used earlier in the course. It begins with the sound of horses and then a person walking into Marlene’s tavern. You hear a scream and then hear Marlene being shot followed by screams from the crowd and a frantic 911 call.

Next, I created a haiku that acted as a note from Marlene’s killer. The note ends up being a little ironic because it leads to the killers capture. The haiku was fun to make also!

After those I created a web page for the killer. I used XRay Goggles to change Facebook as much as I could. This was a challenge because there was so much going on on Facebook that I couldn’t change as much as I would’ve liked. I had to take a screen shot and do a lot of editing in photoshop to change names (on chat) and the picture.

For the final piece of media, I created a crime board of the suspect and his other acquaintances. The police realize he is part of a large crime ring, so the board got a little larger than I originally planned on. I used stock images from Google for the people and made up some names for a couple guys. Many people do not have names because they are unknown as of their investigation.

How Do I DS106?

So this post is for all the newbies in the new DS106 class or those of you that joined of your own free will. During the course of the semester, these are some things that I learned/ thought everyone would like to know:

  • Just because you aren’t very artistic does NOT mean you won’t like/do well in this course – I am pretty terrible with art, but I did well and enjoyed the class
  • Don’t stress out – a good rule of thumb for anything
  • USE the resourced provided to you – this one may seem like a no brainer but there are probably people that didn’t use them and should have. They make the course a little easier and have useful tips!
  • Don’t wait until the end of the week to do everything – while this is possible to do, you can imagine it would be easier to spread things out a bit (it also results in less stress for you later)
  • Have fun! Think outside the box when it comes to the assignments – you have pretty free reign in terms of interpreting the assignments, especially ones from the assignment bank
  • When you’re using something that you never have before, try and take some time to learn the program so you can hone your skills a little – I didn’t do this and I think that it would’ve made some of my final products a little better
  • Don’t be afraid to be a little cheesy – sometimes it’s really fun
  • Embrace the theme! Whatever it is, it’s important throughout the semester, so embrace it, even if you aren’t a fan of it.
  • Have some fun – a cheesy, but necessary piece of advice. I believe this class can easily be your favorite if you just have fun with it!

Good luck future DS106ers!

The Murder Most Foul

Here it is! The final product. The story begins with this audio of someone killing Marlene in her tavern.

After the shooting, the killer runs away and the police come shortly after the call. They come and ask any witnesses if they saw anything – everyone claims that they saw nothing and don’t know what happened. Police leave empty handed, unsure what happened to Marlene. They continue with their investigation for the next 2 days and receive a note from the killer. The killer wrote the note in the form of a haiku and used it to taunt the police.¬†Screenshot (38)

Once they received the note, they were able to retrieve a finger print from it. Using the print they discover that the killers name is Kevin McLeane; using this information they discover that Marlene had been chatting with him on an internet site. They pull up his profile and find that he’s connected to some people that have recently frequented Marlene’s tavern.


Upon realizing that Marlene’s murder may not have been random, the police begin investigating McLeane and some of his friends. They discover that McLeane and two other men are involved in a crime ring with a few others. The men control a few people under them, some of whom the police are able to identify, others they cannot. The one person they have not been able to identify is the boss of the crime ring. They know that he generally wears a top hot like hat and is tall but that’s it.

Police Board

Throughout their investigation, they arrest some of the people in the crime ring – the names of which have not been released. The map above shows each person and how they are associated with each other. Kevin McLeane is arrested and charged with Marlene’s murder – but the police still haven’t been able to determine why she was killed. Hopefully they will find out in trial.


For information on how the content was made see this post.

The Final Product

I’ve been thinking about the final project throughout the week and trying to figure out what I want to do. I was watching some SVU and How To Get Away With Murder, and thought that it would be cool to do a murder mystery type thing with a twist.

To start my story I want to begin with the killing of a young women and use an audio assignment to portray the person who finds the body and calls 911. Once the police arrive, they will investigate the crime scene and return back to the station

Once at the station, the police will create a crime board – but with a twist. The crime board is a design assignment, that will obviously come in handy for this project. I think I may actually create the crime board and potentially round up a few friends to be the detectives if they aren’t too busy. A few days after the initial murder, the police will receive a note from the killer – hinting that this was not a random event.

After receiving the letter and investigating, the police determine that the girl had gone to meet someone she had met online – and he was likely the killer. I plan to create my own Facebook page using the xray goggles (which were really cool and I want to use more of).

I’m not sure yet where I’ll go from there, but I’m hoping to get a little feedback/ constructive criticism and figure it out!


PS. My character is part of the assignment, I just haven’t told you all how yet!

Two Creations

This week, we were tasked with doing 2 daily creates. I chose to do a negative space drawing and to show the power of 4 with art.

My negative space drawing was done using some leaves I found outside of my boyfriend’s house. I placed them on a paper and sketched a picture of them on another sheet and colored in everything around it black. Even though I’m not super artistic, I think they turned out pretty good!

For the power of 4 daily create, I used a picture of my siblings and I and added a little frame and a little caption to the picture. While this wasn’t my most creative thing ever, I thought it was an original type idea cause 4 children have a decent amount of power!


Week 9: Reviewing The Shows

So as we were told in our weekly assignments, this week was pretty chill! I was relieved that we had a fairly easy-going time because last week I had a ton going on so it was nice that most classes were pretty relaxed this week. We had to do 3 daily creations and mine can be found here. I kept things fairly simple with the creations, but still obviously tried to be as creative as I could. I think the creates this week were also a little more laid back than they have been in previous weeks. I had fun with the tombstone one, and even looked through it to see what other people came up with. Some people got really creative and others were pretty serious; ultimately, I decided to go with a more laid back one.

My favorite assignments this week were actually the 10 star choose your genre assignments. I had a lot of fun reading through everyone’s character posts and deciding who to use in mine. I loved making the seven character story and the crime board (which I decided to relate to my story). I had a lot of fun creating an idea around the characters I chose to use. I thought about not using 7 characters from the class, but as I was reading through each one, I came up with a fairly good idea and ran with it! My last assignment was to create a poster for a camp I attended. Obviously, I used my character Marlene and not myself, but I liked the camp I chose!

Also for the week, we had to listen to the other radio shows and tweet along. I listened on Thursday to Turning Tumbleweeds and really enjoyed it! As I mention in the post, I thought this group did a great job, especially with their use of sound effects. I think that they created a really good story which definitely kept me guessing until the end. I’m looking forward to next week and seeing what that has in store for us!


This week, we had to do 3 daily creates.

For my first create, I chose to bury passive aggressive Facebook posts, because who wants those…ever? I used a photo of a blank tombstone from Google and added in the words using Paint. I posted this the day after because I forgot to hit the submit button and noticed it after posting my daily create for the next day.

For the next create, I had to make a gif of the great train robbery. I chose a part fairly close to the beginning where the 2 guys are tying up the man at the station. I chose the caption “oh no, he fell!” to add a little humor to it.

For the last daily create, we had to explain the aphorism “Never throw tapioca down a mine shaft”. I decided to take it as though the tapioca was already made and since I love tapioca, I thought it would be because the miners would eat all of it and be too full to work.


Who’s the Boss?

For this assignment, I created a crimeboard that is related to my earlier post about the seven characters and their story. I added in a little twist though – Bonnie Sue, a sheriffs wife, is linked to Andy, a bank robber, but we don’t know why. I used a corkboard picture from Google, to create the board and added in a picture of a post it that I took. I had to cut around the picture, which as you can see was not 100% successful, but I think it looks okay. I then added each person to the board and connected them accordingly. Since I don’t have pictures of each character, I used a symbol or Google pic to represent them.

Here’s the final product!


Turning Tumbleweeds

This week I listened to Turning Tumbleweeds on DS106 Radio. I thought the show was really well done! They used a lot of great sound effects to enhance the story. For example, the high pitched music in the background made it seem eerie/creepy. There was also a really good use of other sounds, like a door shutting, dog barking, etc that made the story authentic; it felt more like¬†listening to a movie than hearing a show on the radio. Occasionally, the mic seemed to fade out/it was hard to hear them speaking, but I’m guessing that was just a technical difficulty. I was also a big fan of how they told the story. I thought that it was very interesting to hear the story from different people – 2 friends asking each other what happened, it kept things interesting and kept me guessing. I really liked the commercials they used – I thought they were all very well done and entertaining. Overall, I thought the show was very well done and had a lot of great effects that enhanced the story.

Seven Characters, One Story

This assignment was to make a story using 7 characters, similar to Justice League. I decided to try and create a movie idea using 7 of our characters.

One warm day, Marlene was cleaning her bar when Rose, and shortly after, Maybelline ran inside and locked the door behind them. Rose told Marlene, a man visiting from a different town recognized her from one of the wanted posters where he was from. He tried to trick her by introducing himself, but she got a weird vibe so she left. As she was leaving, she heard him whisper to his buddy “hey, isn’t that the girl from the posters back home?”. Rose left the store, running into Maybelline on the way. She quickly explained the situation to Maybelline and immediately, they thought of Marlene. Once at the tavern, Marlene helps Rose devise a plan to get out of town that night; she can go stay with Marlene’s cousin Agnus in Tombstone Arizona. The next day, Kyle and Merrell come in Marlene’s place, asking her all about the town and who lives there. She over hears them talking about finding Rose and turning her in for the reward and worries they’re bounty hunters! Will they be able to track down Rose? Can they survive long enough to get to her?