The Witness (1983), Infocom's second interactive mystery, by Stu Galley.
As described on the box:
FEBRUARY 1938, LOS ANGELES. FDR's New Deal is finally rolling. Hitler's rolling, too; this time through Austria. But as Chief Detective for a quiet burgh on the outskirts of L.A., you've got other fish to fry.
One gilt-edged society dame is dead. And now it looks like some two-bit grifter is putting the screws to her multi-millionaire old man. Then you step in and the shakedown turns ugly. You're left with a stiff and a race against the clock to nail your suspect... unless you get nailed first!
Nobody said a sordid family affair like this was going to be a cinch. Everyone from the knock-out heiress to the poker-faced butler may end up in the slammer before it's over. Ahead of you is a Gordian knot of motives and alibis. And the only testimony you can trust is that of your own eyes -- because you are The WITNESS.
PDF file of scanned original game manual.
Game info, box photos and blurb, specifications, release information, and sample transcript from manual.
Article by Stu Galley about the game's creation.
Text of game announcement from Infocom's newsletter.
Three reviews by Brian Reilly, Stephen Grenade, and "Bozzie".
High-quality scans of the gray box packaging, manual, matchbook, suicide note, and telegram.
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