November 23, 2007
Charming, handsome man with dazzling smile seeks amateur clowns for discreet encounters. No previous sense of humor necessary. Criminal record a plus. Interested? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org in the full understanding that we have your email address and might send you alarming, disturbing or annoying material at any moment.
Upon emailing email@example.com, the following reply was received by participants:
November 27, 2007
A new email was sent from firstname.lastname@example.org:
If you've finished my quiz, then it's time for the next step in the interview process, something to test your aptitude. Spaces count:
December 3, 2007
Another email was sent from email@example.com:
Heads up, clown! Tomorrow means that there's one last shifty step left in the interview process:
By shifting each letter one key to the right on a QWERTY keyboard, "steprightup" was spelled, leading to Whysoserious.com/steprightup.
December 4, 2007
January 14, 2008
Participants with cell phones received the following text message:
Shortly after replying, the following message was received:
March 26, 2008
A new text message is received by cell phone owners, although from firstname.lastname@example.org. We consider it to be part of the same investigation.
Replying resulted in this message, suggesting a new game before April Fool's:
For the phone-owners who did not manage to reply in time to participate, the following was sent:
March 30, 2008
Cell phone owners were called by a live person and informed that they were one out of 17 recruits who replied to the text message on March 26. They were given a letter and told to share their letter with other "accomplices". If a cell phone owner could not be contacted, their letter was given to a participant who was already called.
The list of letters is as follows, as compiled by participants who shared their letters on the Superherohype forums.
|Note: Original recipient of letter did not respond to calls|
|Note: Was not able to report his letter until a day later, but the puzzle was solved by deducing the N|
A text message was also sent containing 6 extra letters:
This led to www.clowntravelagency.com.
April 24, 2008
New cell phones in a package intercepted by informants in the GPD MCU's Operation Slipknot were also associated with the Joker, since soon after the conclusion of the game, these new participants received a new text message from email@example.com:
This led to Whysoserious.com/itsallpartoftheplan.
June 9, 2008
All participants with Joker cell phones received the following text message:
Upon replying yes, a new message was received:
This alluded to an event that would occur on Friday, June 13.
June 13, 2008
- All of these images depict a name of a Domino game variant, and the mask is a Domino mask. The solution is domino.
- Each word is an anagram using letters from the word commercial.
- Each fraction is a multiple of 3/8, multiplied 1x through 7x, only 2x is missing, so 3/8*2 is 6/16.
June 19, 2008
The introduction message was the same, but the words differed even though they led to the same solution when unscrambled.
- Liar Thug Insult Hut (-un)
- Lash Guilt Thru Unit (-un)
- Align This Tutu Hurl (-un)
June 25, 2008
A new text message was received by conspirators with cell phones, saying either:
July 1, 2008
Cell phone owners received the following text message at 12pm Eastern:
When the person replied, an acknowledgement was received:
The phones and their respective goons were later used that day in the exercise.
July 7, 2008
A new text message was received by Joker phone owners, with a different word following the initial note:
All include letters in the word bamboozle, leading to Whysoserious.com/bamboozle.
July 10, 2008
July 11, 2008
All conspirators who had submitted their phone numbers in any aspect of this investigation (as well as Joker phone owners) were called by an unlisted number. The message consisted mostly of jumbled clips from audio recordings heard previously in the investigation. However, it also contained a new clip mentioning the Gotham National Bank, leading to the sixth episode of Gotham Tonight, which revealed the Joker had robbed the bank. The full phone call was later uploaded to stream in the background of Whysoserious.com. The transcript is as follows:
You've reached the administrative offices of Saint Swithuns Church...
Rossi's Deli and Grill...
You've reached the Gotham City Ferry system. We're currently experiencing a service interruption on the Ferry Liberty.
You have 2 saved messages.
Hello? C-Can anyone hear me? Please help! [gunshot] OK! I'll read it!
I need to know if you, the people of Gotham, want change.
God! Karl! Officer down!
...me here...the Iceman!
[blast] What the hell was that?! What was that?! Are you trying to kill me?!
..it's all gone to hell...
Don't shoot! Don't!
...that the Gotham National Bank is in...