THE ELK MOON MURDER 
KEY CLUES

You have to ask the question: "who had the means, motive, and 
opportunity?" in solving this mystery. Almost all suspects have a strong 
motive for commiting the crime. Therefore, the focus should be on who 
had the means and the opportunity. From Forensics tests , you discover 
that Anna Elk Moon most likely knew her killer. Of all the suspects, how 
many did Elk Moon know personally?

What was the victim doing the day of the murder that seemed unusual? She 
was calling people urgently about something. She reached two people: Joe 
Edeta and Vaughan Dresner. In both their interviews they talk about 
Anna's having discovered something about the design on the pot. 
Moreover, from Joe Edeta's interview, you discover that Sonny Two 
Feathers, Joe's nephew, was there with Joe during Anna's phone call. 

From several interviews (especially Joe Edeta, Astrid Ames, and Vaughan 
Dresner), library articles, and Forensics you learn that the pot -- 
specifically, the design on the pot -- held some significance. Examining 
the design on the pot as sketched in Elk Moon's journal, you notice two 
peaks. Later, if you examine the pot found in the van and placed in the 
Evidence Room at Police Headquarters, you will discover that the design 
on the pot was changed. Why would someone go to the trouble to change 
the pot design? What significance did the pot's design hold?

In the library, there are several mentions of the casino site being 
located at the base of the "double-peaked" Sangre de Cristos mountains, 
as well as a photo of the mountains. An article states that Ed is 
working closely with the Pueblo Tribal Offices (Sonny Two Feathers) on 
the casino development, which will be located at the base of the double-
peaked Sangre de Cristos mountains. Further, the caption under the 
picture of the double-peaked mountains also calls out the historic 
"double-peaks."

If you closely examined the pot drawing and the photograph, you would 
realize Anna made some connection between the pot's design and the 
Sangre de Cristos mountains. If the kiva pot design was indeed a drawing 
of the Sangre de Cristos, could that possibly signify that the kiva site 
was located somewhere in the vicinity? Being an arch anti-casino 
activist, couldn't Anna use that information to stall the casino 
development, which was just about to be approved -- per the library 
article? Who would be most upset by this news? Ed and Sonny. In an 
article, Joe Edeta states that his nephew (Sonny Two Feathers)'s "vision 
has been clouded by the lure of the white man's riches," implying that 
Sonny has "sold out" in some respect.

After McHorse's arrest it is clear he was framed. Who would have had 
access to him? Who of the suspects would know McHorse to be able to 
frame him? Additionally, McHorse was drinking at the Saguarro Bar the 
night of the murder in Nambe. Sonny Two Feathers was at the Bristlecone 
Bar in Nambe the same night. In a library article you discover that the 
Saguarro Bar and Bristlecone Bars are owned by Ed Snyder, Sonny Two 
Feather's associate in the casino project. Sonny was there for Anna's 
phone call to Joe and in Nambe the night of the murder. Sonny had the 
means or the ability to know McHorse, the proximity to find him and drug 
him the night of the murder.