Magna cum Murder

crime writing festival

October 28-30, 2011

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Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

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Kathryn Kennison, Director

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Jama Kehoe Bigger
Austin Lugar
Nancy Lindley
Diane Watters
Kenny Jones
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Follow the Murder Mystery on Twitter! 

Magna cum Murder intern Austin Lugar is a Telecommunications major at Ball State University. This semester he is in a Pop Culture and Communication class and they were assigned a project to show the power and potential of Twitter. For his project, Austin decided to craft a murder mystery that will take place entirely through a real time Twitter feed.


Seven characters are going to a mansion for a dinner party when--what do you know--a murder takes place. Along with the host of the party, his surly butler, and the determined detective the crime will (probably) be solved.


You can follow along on Wednesday, March 30th starting at 7PM EST. It will take place for about three hours.


There are two ways to watch all of the comedic action. Keep track of the hashtag #popclue. All of the tweets will have that tag.


Or you can follow all 10 characters which you can find at these links:                         


This will be an entertaining experiment in telling a story with a new platform. There will be plenty of jokes and clues through the duration. The more people follow along the more fun it will be. So if you think this sounds good, please tell your friends to follow these accounts or the hashtag. (If you write about this, I would love to know.)


"I hope to see you on Twitter this Wednesday at 7PM!" says Austin. 

Register now for McM 2011!

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In the words of last year's Guests of Honor:  


"Magna cum Murder is the best kept secret in the mystery convention world - come and see why so any people return year after year! Whether you're the newest fan or the guest of honor, you're met with warmth, a friendly welcome and an invitation to enjoy a most memorable weekend! Magna is a must for mystery lovers."

 - Caroline Todd


"Magna com Murder is hospitality at its finest. Panelists and attendees are very informative. It's a place where everyone participates."

- Charles Todd

2011 Magna Guest of Honor

Parnell HallOh my, you will not want to miss Parnell Hall, our 2011 Guest of Honor!

Find Parnell's early Stanley Hasting's private eye novels now available on Kindle!  

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And we would like to hear from you! Email us your "you-may-not-know-this-story" about Parnell. C'mon, we know you have them!

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