5 Star review
Erin W. 
Very fun, highly recommend!! I threw myself a 36th birthday murder mystery party, and John was great!! He was flexible about the headcount since a bunch of people cancelled last minute and showed up late, he setup everything on his own even though I was late, he had a unique game setup that encouraged everyone to mingle and all of my friends really enjoyed themselves! It was the perfect level of difficulty where you felt like you were making progress in solving the murder, but still challenging so it wasn’t obvious at the end. John was professional and fun. It was a very entertaining, and I highly recommend him and his team!!

5 Star review
Rachel H.
Thank you, Father Yule! It was a pleasure working with Father Yule John Rakestraw. He was easy to arrange with and coordinate, and even agreed to provide us with an elf! His team was cooperative and friendly. Father Yule himself was charismatic and fun, which helped families and children loosen up and have fun for their photo-shoot! Thanks for a wonderful event! Would recommend him to others!

5 Star review
Karen B. 
We loved it! John delivered everything promised ! We had a great time for my surprise birthday party . This event added to our great kidnapping weekend. Thanks so much !

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Contact Master Detective Rakestraw

Host a Murder Mystery  that will have your group shouting for "more." AND, let me take care of every detail for you!
 

You can relax and be the center of attention at a unique mystery event that will astound your guests and make you a party legend.
 
PLUS, a Murder Mystery Training Event could be the perfect focal point for your next corporate or association meeting.

​​Murder Mystery Events

Master Detective

John Rakestraw

in the guise of Father Yule

Dear Sleuthing Friend,
 
My name is John Rakestraw, but many of my clients simply call me Master Detective. For many years, I've been writing, watching and in the last few years facilitating murder mysteries events filled with murderers, weapons and unbelievable motives. Why not grab your favorite sleuthing hat, a pen and paper to join me in a  fantastic experience that will be a grand killer time.

As I like to say . . . 


"How to run a KILLER Mystery Event, shouldn't be part of the mystery!" That's why I teamed up with Chief Inspector Jack Pachuta of Mysteries on the Net fame.

To host the MOST successful Mystery Event, you need a real pro who knows the ins and outs of mystery events,how to solving the party planning, get the whole suspects and investigation going. You need a pro on the case. When you hire me to run your Murder Mystery Event, here's what you'll get:

I have over 35 years entertaining people, from 1 to 92+ years of age. Master Detective and Santa are by far my favorites to play. I bring joy, happiness and some fantastic murderous fun too! I sing, tell stories and play a brilliant Kazoo. 

I have many years of working with people who have disabilities. the last 15 years I have been School Bus Driver of students with disabilities and now I'm a School Bus Aide. I interact with students all day. Words, when used carelessly, hurt as much as any injury. It's most important that everyone understand and use terms for people with disabilities that explain, not ridicule or humiliate them. Using terms that are helpful in maintain their dignity and let's them know that you see the person and not just their disabilities. This helps to open the door for meaningful dialogue, as well as recognizing them as a part of our group and community. They bring their special magic to the world. Love, understanding and caring about the people we interact with is the hallmark of my entertaining soul..

With that in mind . . .

Every Mystery Event is created for you… it’s a unique mystery just for you and your guests. Your own brilliant murderous party that you can have fun playing.

I'm a true professional who knows how to work with people. I have many great years entertaining people as an actor, Santa Claus, in sales, customer service and working with people and families of individuals with disabilities... you'll see that I have a handle on what makes people tick and how to use that experience to structure the right murder mystery event for your group.

I would love to have a killer time with your group. Murder is a messy business. Let me take care of all of the details.

Sleuthfully yours,

John Rakestraw