Operation: Downtown Murderer

This Operation has concluded and is now closed for participation. See our most recent Operation in the Operation Category for the ongoing event.

Prologue

As the sun began to set on the small town of Millville, a young girl named Emily sat on the porch of her home, watching the stars twinkle in the sky. She had always been fascinated by the vast expanse of space, and often spent hours staring up at the heavens, dreaming of all the amazing things that lay beyond the Earth.

On this particular evening, Emily’s gaze was fixed on a bright, glowing object that seemed to be moving closer and closer to the ground. She watched in awe as the object descended from the sky, its dazzling lights casting a radiant glow across the landscape.

As the object drew closer, Emily could see that it was shaped like a huge, metallic spaceship, with strange symbols and markings etched into its surface. She gasped in excitement as the spaceship seemed to be heading straight for her, its engines roaring as it hurtled towards the ground.

Suddenly, there was a loud crash, and the spaceship plowed into the ground just a few feet away from where Emily was sitting. The impact was so strong that Emily was knocked off her feet, tumbling to the ground as debris and dust flew everywhere.

When the dust finally settled, Emily picked herself up and rushed over to the wreckage, her heart pounding with fear and excitement. As she approached the smoking ruins, she saw that the spaceship had crashed right into her mother, who was lying on the ground, unconscious and covered in debris.

Without a second thought, Emily raced to her mother’s side, tears streaming down her face as she begged for her to wake up. But it was too late – the crash had been too severe, and Emily’s mother had been killed on impact.

Overcome with grief and shock, Emily sat by her mother’s side, tears streaming down her face as she watched the stars twinkle above. She knew that she would never forget the moment when an alien spaceship had crashed into her mother, changing her life forever.


Briefing

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to[email protected]
date: May 01, 2022, 21:00 EET
subject: Briefing “The Downtown Murderer”

So bit of a different task we got on our hands this time. The local Police Department has their hands full with a murderer. New cases every week, severed limbs and cut eyes and all, very horrible stuff. Due to the nature of the killings, public pressure is mounting and the city is rapidly panicking.

Your task is simple, catch the killer.

Below you’ll find the summary of the killings up until this point, the victims and timeline of events.

Good luck on this one, there’s a lot of pressure on this.


Epilogue

Dear Diary. As I sit here in the scorching heat, in a metal box with no airconditioning (which I fixed btw, repair guy never showed up). Are the eyes really the binding factor? Surely the alien I encountered had these two eye colors. The bastards are very good at hiding themselves.

Also as a side note, the police in this country are so dumb. I tried leading them to the same conclusions as me, but they just wouldn’t see it. Fucking nobody would. The sad truth is just that they took her away, and taking her away, that also took him away. And nobody cares about the truth.

It’s what drove me to all of this, I know how to spot them, but the human bodies they took over are being sacrificed in screams of agony to prevent people from finding the truth. I bet making those fake news stories of Hillary Clinton as a lizard alien were a crude joke, to show us what they can get away with.

Anyway back to today… I just got here yesterday, the place is nice. And by the name of the places around here, people are more open to my knowledge here. Once the dust settles (which it never does here if you know what I mean lol). I might open a business here, I’m sure the aliens come back here as well just to taunt us more. Maybe open a little gift shop that doubles as my lab?

So getting here was okay, I thought they would have stopped me at the airport. I’m sure one of their little agents, called me in after they cracked the archive. But then again, the police here is so fucking dumb. I mean I literally blog about the experiments and my ideas and nobody ever caught on to that. Some people even just randomly liked my stories, again probably the aliens letting me know they’re laughing at me.

You know diary, that’s what actually makes me mad. I started this to just prove that they exist, but as they kept taunting, even after taking them both away from me.. It just grew into pure hatred over time. What came from a place of understanding and wanting to know the WHY of her death. Has grown into hate after years of being taunted by them. They can pretend they’re not aliens, but these days I get intense satisfaction when I see the life drain from their eyes. Even as they keep up the façade of being a real human, I know what they are and fucking enjoy their pain. They deserve it.

That reminds me, the only issue I see around there is that it’s fuck-all nowhere. People going missing here will get much more attention than in a city. I might have to move my operations to Las Vegas. Killings there are normal, I will get away with anything. I know this because the lord is watching me, HE knows what I do is righteous for humankind. We are under attack by these creatures and he guides me as I end them.

Sorry for trailing off so much diary. This damn heat is killing me here, I already miss the Chicago winters! It does make me wonder though, will they ever find me? Or will they actually get thrown off by thinking my ticket was a decoy?

Hold on diary, speaking of the devil, the AC repair guy is outside. Too late but hey, I’ll be right back…

Meanwhile at an undisclosed location in Nevada

“We got a possible location!”

Special Agent Diaz looks at her partner

“Well where is she? And what’s the lead?”

“Just came in through those Tiberian Serpent people. Some subcontractor called Tactical OSINT Agency. From France of all places!”

“What did they get?” Diaz asks surprised

“So they managed to geolocate some trucks from the Nevada Department of Transportation, they were in one of the pictures”

“You’re telling me our government needed the French to recognize our own trucks?”

“Yes ma’m”

“Alright call it in, let’s get units to surround the area, we’ll go in as staff and prevent a barricaded suspect situation”

A few minutes later, Diaz and her partner Dunham are on their way to Space Station RV Park in Beatty Nevada. Local PD has already setup a perimeter around the area and is informing with RV Park staff about the suspect.

Slowing down and turning off the light signals on her approach, the name of the place dawns on her “Fucking SPACE STATION rv park of all places…” The owner of the park greets her on the corner of the street, where he shows a picture of the trailer and woman they’re looking for.

“She checked in yesterday, about lunch time, 12:30 ish I’d say. Bit of an odd one, but hey it’s a trailer park in the middle of nowhere. Mostly get alien enthusiasts here, so we don’t judge too much.”

“Got it, alright everyone get in breaching positions. Parker and Morena, get in civvies we’re gonna knock on the door and prevent we’re here to fix the AC”


Materials and Answer Instruction

Step 1

What do all the victims have in common? Why are they being targeted?
(one word answer)

Download the Police Reports Summary.

Step 2

Alright not sure how you’re getting on with figuring out why these people are targeted, but we believe the killer just left us another clue. We received the follow message with 3 attached images:

“You missed a few, they deserve to rest properly”

Below are the images of the three locations, identify where these are so the local police units can look for bodies. We need the names of the locations.

Location 01
Location 02
Location 03

Step 3

Excellent work on finding the locations, the state of the victims matches the killers MO exactly. In a twist of fate, or by the hands of the killer, we’ve received an anonymous tip regarding a video that surfaced. It’s on a completely new YouTube channel, no other content posted, we believe the account to be a sock puppet.

We need you to find out the meaning of the video on this channel. Does this get us anywhere?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyOofwsh3r5FlC3tr1mJQoA

Step 4

Amazing job on finding the meaning of that message. Local PD wat chasing down a rabbit hole deep enough to come out China, excellent work. So we just got word of a new missing person, her name is Julia Morena, 35 years old from 210-200 W 4th St, Hinsdale, IL 60521.

Julia never arrived for her evening shift at the hospital two days ago, her coworkers couldn’t reach her so they contacted her family. After getting nowhere, they contacted us. Please locate Julia and find out if her disappearance is related to the killings. We will need her location, dead or alive unfortunately. I suggest you keep an eye out in case the killer posts something about this.

Step 5

Alright so big hit today! There was a note found at the local university, people got suspicious at the request stated on this note and contacted the local police. The person stated on the note is not familiar at the university, the needed email address had also been cut off.

We sent the original note for forensic analysis to the lab, this will however take several days. Attached below you find a typed out copy of the note as found in the university.

Objective: Trick this person into scheduling a meeting with an undercover agent.

Step 6

After looking at CCTV footage, we have identified the killer to be Kaylee Ann Taylor, a 41 year old DevOps engineer at the university. Local police raided her residence, but found nobody there except her pets. Speaking to her neighbors, it turns out she left town  and asked them to take care of her home for a while. So far we are investigating the house and surrounding area. Local police has taken a laptop that was left behind, this device contained a lot of files that are being looked into. However, one file on the desktop immediately stood out. So far our Red Team has not brute-forced it yet, perhaps you can have a crack at it using your knowledge of the subject? In the meantime, we’ll be checking for credit card payments, cellphone calls and local traffic cameras’. BOLO went out already and all Chicago news outlets will plaster her face on every screen possible.

Find out where Kaylee Ann Taylor is hidding.

Download the file:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u581lvzm2klzisw/AABd6y5KjJ2Sz53tU6mXHuD7a


Scoreboard: Operation Downtown Murderer

Special Agent CallsignPosition
Central OSINT Agency [COA]80
MagnumPI80
Rajat Kumar Goyal70
Vishal Behl70
Politix70
DerMichael70
SIMON70
Callred70
Szwed70
DerMichael70
Veeh70
OLoFI70
Ace70
Stray70
dr8870
Rui70
Cyb3rDoctor70
Cr7pt0H2nt3r60
theNerdInTheHighCastle60
paulinator40460
sh4rky60
B!B60
Team CAKEFILE60
Icarus50
tech50
lilac19050
Thoughtpolice40
netoeuler30
Денис30
EMM30

Write-ups: Downtown Murderer

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