A freak accident at Playstate, Vancouver, has claimed the life of one worker, and left another badly injured. Kelly Mai and Jan Schmidt, the staff members mentioned above, were testing repairs on Playstate’s oldest roller coaster. During the testing, one of the cars of the cylotron rollercoaster came off the tracks, crashing into the walkway below. Five onlookers were treated for minor injuries, while Jan Schmidt is being treated for a concussion. Unfortunately, Kelly Mai died on her way to the hospital for further treatment.
While preliminary assessments of Kelly Mai’s condition would lead one to assume that the train crash was the instigator of her death, further investigation proves this to be false. Kelly Mai was found with an unnaturally quick and shallow pulse, shallow breath, and swelling in the face. Initially, it was assumed that Kelly had suffered head trauma – causing her to present with symptoms of oedema (swelling) in the tongue and vocal cords. However, based on results from the autopsy, it has been confirmed that while she sustained numerous injuries from the roller coaster crash, Kelly Mai’s cause of death was actually allergic anaphylaxis, triggered by her reaction to cashews. Investigators also found a used epi-pen at the scene, and it is very likely that it was discharged by Kelly when she experienced symptoms of anaphylaxis. Her blood epinephrine is normal, suggesting a failed or expired epipen injection.
From the facts given to us above, we have been able to put a rough timeline of what happened at Playstate on September 16th. Fellow staff member, Jan Schmidt, who had been conducting the safety test with Kelly Mai, states that he had noticed her acting strangely before and during the beginning of the test ride. “It wasn’t until we were on the ride that I noticed her face was swelling. She was trying to get her epi-pen. She was having one of those ana-phyl-actic reactions. I helped her with the injection but it didn’t do anything…” (Jan Schmidt, informal interviews via Science World police department) From this statement, we can infer that Kelly had come into contact with cashews before the ride, possibly even experiencing some minor symptoms during the preparations for the test ride. It is possible that her anaphylactic reaction caused the two staff members to lose control of the ride, causing the crash.
It is interesting to note that the epi-pen used by Kelly Mai in attempting to treat her anaphylactic reaction on the ride had actually expired in February, 2016, rendering it useless. Meanwhile, an epi-pen set to expire in November 2016 was found in the trashcan of the staff locker room. The evidence shows that someone has replaced the epi-pen in Kelly’s bag with an expired one. Also, an empty Sunbucks coffee cup was found within 200 metres of the crash site, which could have contained the allergen. The most likely possibility was that the murderer mixed cashew milk(which, the container was found in staff room garbage can) into the Sunbucks coffee. Furthermore, DNA evidence displayed that coffee, milk and cashew sample were all found in Kelly’s Buccal Swab(DNA collected from a person’s cheek), yet the cashew and coffee sample did not appear in her Stomach Extract. The samples proved that Kelly indeed drank the coffee with cashew in just before they start the roller coaster test because there were not enough time for her stomach to digest it, while the milk probably was digested faster, or Kelly has drank some more milk long before the test.
Steve’s interview indicates some resentment towards Kelly. He states that “[Kelly] will end my brother, Brandon. Maybe he can realize that she was seeing Jan on the side. He should see that now.” Steve seems highly protective of of his brother and willing to do anything for him. This hate is also seen towards Jan. He wonders “why [Jan] didn’t just go back” and this can be again interpreted as protection for Brandon. Unsurprisingly, Kelly and Jan were injured on the Cyclotron which Steve is a mechanic for. Steve has not only has clear motives, but also incriminating evidence.
The receipt of the coffee was found in Steve’s locker, proving that Steve bought them. The fingerprints and DNA suggest that he drank cup #3 by himself, and cup #1, which contains cashew milk, might have been given to Kelly. Another piece of indirect evidence is that in the informal interview, in which Dylon has mentioned that Steve could be a doctor if he decides to quit his job, along with the microbiology and immunology textbooks found in the locker, Steve is proved to be interested in the field of science. Even though everyone in Playstate knows that Kelly is allergic to cashew(indicated in Brandon’s tweet), Steve is the only one with scientific background knowledge in order to mix the correct amount of cashew into her drink.
Some fingerprints the team have got might indicate different phenomenons; however, some are quite unreliable because the features cannot be identified. In addition, the DNA evidence are more convincing and concrete.
These pieces of evidence above, along with other numerous proofs, has lead us to believe that Steve Longmire, the twin of Kelly’s boyfriend, was responsible for deliberately triggering Kelly’s allergic reaction.