In The Witness,
you are a police detective working near Los Angeles. The year
is 1938, and on this stormy February night a wealthy but frightened
man has asked your for protection. In spite of your best efforts,
a death will occur, and you will have twelve hours to solve
the mystery and try to arrest the killer.
If you think you
have enough evidence one or more suspects to convince a jury
of their guilt, you can arrest them and conclude the case.
Your ever-helpful assistant, Sergeant Duffy, will assist you
in taking the accused into custody. (He will also offer help
before the arrest if you ask him for it.) You can can except
to receive a letter from your superiors about the outcome
of the grand jury investigation - and, if the District Attorney
gets an indictment, of the trial itself. If the jury does
not convict, your higher-ups will probably tell you where
you may have erred, so that you can profit from your mistakes.
Because the state
cannot win the case unless it can prove guilt beyond a reasonable
doubt, you are expected to establish the traditional ingredients
of an ironclad case for the prosecution: the accused must
have had a motive, a method, an an ample opportunity to commit
the crime. There are many possible endings to this case, and
the one you reach is determined by your actions and by the
deductions you draw from the evidence you gather. But one
ending fits the facts better than any, and you will know it
when you reach it.