The front-page photo of the Arts & Science Council's president being led away by an officer must have caught a few eyes. Now everyone can help get to the bottom of it.
"No signs of breaking and entering," the police report says. "Nothing stolen. The security cameras show nothing conclusive. Just a security officer with his skull smashed."
The crime scene was the Mint Museum, but the clues are all over uptown.
The slaying was plotted by the ASC for "The Lady of Charlotte," a murder mystery whose authorship is a mystery, too. The story -- with the clues woven into the text -- is spread across 10 kiosks and bus shelters uptown.
The truth is out there.
The saga begins in front of the Rock Bottom restaurant at North Tryon and Seventh streets. Readers can follow it from there, and when they think they've solved the crime, they can submit their finding to the ASC on Facebook.
The ASC will reveal the guilty party -- as well as the story's author -- on Feb. 14 at a time and place to be announced. The sleuths who have identified the killer correctly get the chance to win a yearlong pass to the Mint and $100 gift card from CarolinaTix.
The mystery, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is meant to "bring the written word to Charlotte in an unexpected way," said ASC president Scott Provancher. That was before the officer interrupted the ASC's campaign kickoff Tuesday and hustled him away.