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August Dupin – is a private detective, who investigates the crime.
Given his background and profession, Dupin should sound refined, intelligent, charismatic, but emotionally in control. We suggest a voice in its late 30s/early 40s. 2011-04-26 09:40:03 GMT 2011-04-30 16:00:00 (GMT +02:00) Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
Regardless, I don’t believe we’ll be traveling by coach anytime soon. We’ll have to venture forth on foot. Fortunately, the town is not far off. Let’s clear this tree from the road, and be on our way.
Our patron, Julien, lives in the town ahead just beyond the bridge. A man of low means, and fond of literature, he fell in love with a woman of high society named Victorine LaFourcade. Madam LaFourcade reciprocated Julien’s feelings, but due to her societal status, she was married to a wealthy banker whom she did not love – Monsieur Renelle Fore.
Did you see that just now, my friend? I could have sworn I saw that woman from the coach again. We’ve arrived at the back entrance of Julien’s home on Rue Cimetière. Let us check in on him. I wish we could have arrived sooner, but our last case kept us away longer than usual.
Look out! You weren’t hurt were you? Something is going on upstairs. We must get to Julien quickly. I fear his mental state is declining with the death of Victorine.
I’ve seen residences in various states of disrepair in my time, but I must say that this one tops them all. It would seem the city hasn’t the funds to invest in its repair. It is a pity that Julien has to live in such a place as this. Now that we’re here, we need to learn what room he is staying in.
Once again, this specter appears before us. I do not understand whether she means to help us or hinder us? Is this the spirit of Victorine, or that of someone else? There are still too many questions left unanswered.
Please my friend, try and calm down. I am Detective Dupin, and this is my associate. We’ve come at your request to investigate the death of Madame Victorine LaFourcade. Why don’t you give me the rope, and lets the three of us talk shall we?
I am truly sorry for your loss Monsieur Julien. But, before you do anything rash, please give me and my associate a chance to find Victorine’s letter. Perhaps it will bring you some peace. We’ll be back very soon.
Fear not Monsieur Julien. My associate and I do not make a habit of giving up on investigations. We will discover the truth for you. Now, if you please, give us the rope and promise us that you’ll wait for our return without doing something you’ll regret.
Greetings my good man, I am detective Dupin, and this is my associate. Would you have happened to notice anything strange transpiring in the cemetery as of late?
You make a good point, sir. In that case, would you allow us to search the cemetery for ourselves?
Here you are sir, just as you requested.
My associate and I were hired to look into the death and burial of a loved one. She passed away just recently.
Do you happen to remember the name of the man who paid your gravediggers?
I heard some peculiar sounds coming from the crypt not far from the entrance. Have you by chance experienced anything similar recently?
I see. Well, my associate and I will have a look then. Could you tell me my good man where I might find something with which to clear away moss? The crypt entrance has become rather covered in it.
I wonder who the woman was that is interred here. It would seem that someone went to great lengths to destroy the dates of her birth and death from the crypt.
Would you agree me with, my friend, if I was to suggest that this woman was buried alive? She most likely awoke in the crypt, and desperately tried to get out. She most likely wanted to find a way to let someone know that she was still alive. But no one came for her. I believe that we’d better take a closer look around.
Take a look at this locket. The woman in it bears a striking resemblance to the ghostly woman who has been following us. Wouldn’t you agree? Her name is Louise… Fore? She must be Monsieur Renelle’s previous wife to Victorine!
Sir, I feel I should tell you that Louise Fore, Renelle’s first wife, was not dead when she was buried. This is obvious by simply viewing the inside of her crypt.
I should say that there is an obvious link between the two deaths, Victorine’s and Louise’s. They were both married to Monsieur Fore, and died relatively shortly after being married. Then, he buries them both with little to no public presence.
I believe at this point it is prudent to investigate Monsieur Fore. We must discern his motive for killing his wives, and find irrefutable evidence of his guilt.
Curious… this receipt shows that Monsieur Fore purchased several items from the pharmacy recently. But for what purpose did he buy them? This may prove useful. I think we’d better take it with us.
It appears that a deep sleep condition similar to that of Louise’s can be triggered intentionally with the right ingredients. Why would Monsieur Fore wish to learn such a thing?
We must find Monsieur Fore post haste! If Louise’s spirit succeeds in realizing her revenge, we may never learn what became of Victorine. Let’s make our way to the Fore estate.
The land behind this fence is that of the Fore estate. We are only private investigators my friend, and the authorities may still not view Monsieur Fore as a suspect. So, we must be unseen while we search the estate. I propose we sneak in through the back. But first, we’ll need to deal with this light.
While I would normally not condone trespassing, I feel we have no other choice in this matter. Wouldn’t you agree, my friend? Our suspect is a member of the city council, and quite wealthy, which naturally puts him above suspicion. We have our work cut out for us.
Our first goal will be to collect strong enough evidence to where he could not escape prosecution. So far, we have but motive, to increase his wealth. We also need to solidify how he killed his wives, and where he buried Victorine.
It is best that we act with discretion while inside. While we have no proof of Renelle’s guilt, most people would not respond well to unwelcome guests in their home. Should we be arrested, all our efforts will be for naught.
Do you feel as I do? I feel as though the portraits that adorn these walls are watching us. I wonder if Monsieur Fore ever feels the same.
It would seem that Renelle knew that Victorine was fearful for her life since he keeps half of the key to her crypt. I wonder if her realization of his intent spurred him to act quickly.
It is clear now that Monsieur Fore wished to keep his wife’s condition a secret. According to her will, her fortune was to go to Julien in the event of her death. It is fortunate that Renelle did not think to destroy this evidence.
No! Monsieur Fore! What about Victorine? Is she still alive? Answer me! [Dupin has now regained his normal composure] Renelle was gloating, because he’s known all along that Victorine is still alive. Wait… what is that in his hand?
We haven’t a minute to waste! We must find the remaining piece to the key of Victorine’s crypt, and find her while there is a chance she yet lives. It must be somewhere here in the house.
I think now would be a good time to check in on poor Julien, and let him know that there is still time to save Victorine. But we must act fast!
Julien, I have some news for you concerning Victorine. There is a chance that she is still alive. Monsieur Fore triggered her deep sleep condition, and proceeded to bury her alive, so that he could claim her wealth. We must hurry to the cemetery, and find her crypt, and hope we are not too late.
We should speak again with the groundskeeper when we arrive. I believe he knows more than he is letting on about where Victorine was buried.
I’m sorry, but there is no time for pleasantries. We’ve learned that Victorine LaFourcade was buried alive. We have a clue that might help use learn where in the cemetery she was buried.
[Giving the groundskeeper the plate] Take a look at this. Have you seen this before?
[With rising tension] Please, sir. This key is keeping a living woman locked in a place reserved for the dead. You have to help us save her!
Julien, please remain here with Victorine. My friend and I will find a way to get inside the crypt. I fear brute strength will not work here, but rest assured, we’ll find a way.
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