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Murder mystery at Columbia

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POSTED August 9, 2013 8:39 p.m.

COLUMBIA — Join the Columbia State Park staff and costumed volunteers in a live reenactment and solve a real case of The Smith-Barclay tragedy, which took two lives, occurred in Columbia in 1855.

Now, 158 years later, the public is invited to participate in a “cold case” investigation. Help seek out the truth of this tragic event by watching a reenactment of the events, walking through the crime scene, interviewing “witnesses” and participating in the resulting inquest.

After watching the incident occur, the public will have the opportunity to interview the witnesses and participate in a coroner’s inquest to try to decide who, if anyone, is responsible for any crimes that might have occurred.

History’s Mysteries will occur on Aug. 17 and Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. As space is limited, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 209-588-9128. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. Due to the violent nature of this event, parents may find it is not appropriate for children under age 12. However, child tickets are available at $1 each. Each child under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 For more information about this event or other events at Columbia State Historic Park, please contact the park office at 209-588-9128.

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