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Murder on the Menu

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Washington Platform Saloon and Restaurant
1000 Elm St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Queen City History




Dates and Times


The Harry Baldwin Case
On a March night in 1879, a gunshot rang out near Washington Platform Saloon. After a man named Harry Baldwin was found with a mortal wound, William Schaller, the son of a wealthy brewer, was arrested and charged with murder. The following hours begot the city’s first high-profile murder investigation. The case against Schaller started to fall apart, and the days and months ahead added nothing but more twists, turns, allegations and dead leads. The crime almost destroyed the Schaller-Gerke brewing empire, threatened to expose a celebrity Madam’s list of exclusive and influential clientele, and laid bare the depths of Cincinnati’s moral depravity.
Reach Your Own Conclusions
Guests often reach firm — and different — conclusions about how Harry Baldwin died, who perpetrated the crime, and why.  However, although Baldwin’s death riveted the city, corruption and incompetence helped ensure that the case went cold.
Crime Scene Tour, Theories, 4-Courses & Beer
Murder on the Menu begins with a brief walking tour of the 1879 crime scene. Guests then return to Washington Platform and begin a four-course, nineteenth-century inspired meal.  Each course reflects items that were popular in Cincinnati in the late 1800s.  Some of these foods and preparations have stayed with us through time, while many have been rediscovered by Chef Jon Diebold.  Each month offers a different menu paired with craft brews from a featured local brewery. Author and attorney, Michael D. Morgan, unwinds the major theories of the case between courses. Ticket price is all-inclusive.
No Professor Plumb With A Candlestick
Do NOT confuse this event with faux, murder mystery dinners. There are no actors and no bad, cringe-inducing period reenactments. Harry Baldwin had a sandwich and a beer at Washington Platform almost every night, until he was cut down by an act of violence, a crime that remains unsolved.  This event entertains through true story telling, its unique menu, and great beer.  It comports with the QCH credo — Always fun, never cheesy.
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