Japanese artist’s puzzling “spot the killer” murder mystery has net baffled

Japanese illustrator Shida (@shida_7) has a talent for dark and thought-provoking artwork that has just enough detail combined with an air of mystery that invites you to fill in the blanks by imagining a story to go along with it.

That’s probably a big reason why Shida has been able to befuddle so many with a simple question accompanying a murder-mystery themed illustration: “Who killed that girl with the red hair?”
Source: @shida_7
Q.赤毛のあの子を殺したのは誰? pic.twitter.com/UCPYdpOdPY
— 羊歯 (@shida_7) September 3, 2020

The “who dunnit” murder mystery is being dissected in Twitter replies, with many analyzing the piece for clues, red herrings, and trying to decipher a story, as well as friendships and possible grudges between the girls (Shida clarifies that everyone in the picture is a girl).

Shoes, blood, a stray strand of red hair on a girl (intentionally placed by another girl or legitimately stuck on in an altercation?), a ring, as well as the way each girl is responding all have people in the replies coming to different conclusions, with many zooming in on perceived hints.

After receiving an influx of theories and guesses, Shida replied that there is nothing more boring than a mystery where the truth is absolutely clear, and would draw a continuation in which they thought people could pinpoint the culprit. So Shida provided an alternate angle from the victim’s point of view (or, behind the victim, rather) which reveals a few more clues.

Source: @shida_7

視点 pic.twitter.com/vStklhtFLd
— 羊歯 (@shida_7) September 8, 2020
You would imagine Shida’s comment and the smiling girl is a dead giveaway, but many seem to think it too simple of a reveal and possible a distraction.

このお下げの女の子
赤毛の子とペアの指輪
首と指先に着いた血液
虚無な表情

赤毛の子と何かしら親しい間柄で
トラブルで誤っての殺害?

そして気になるのが
双子ちゃん
背中に着いた赤毛
他の子とは対照的の微笑み

うん、わからん( 。∀ ゚) pic.twitter.com/LvObDHdNV0
— ごんごん (@ttomnwef1593) September 8, 2020

ワンピースの後ろリボンにも血が付いていますね… pic.twitter.com/t384aBIJmp
— 村人A (@muralove_A) September 9, 2020

視点が変わって犯人が誰なのか混乱してしまったけど
赤毛の殺された子が、どうしても茶髪が赤に染まったようにしか見えなくなってきて、鳥が止まってる辺りの葉っぱに血が着いてるように見える
1枚目の木の下辺りに着いてる血と何か関係があるのかな…
分からん… pic.twitter.com/YLkPQcmIr4
— ふぁい (@yiyrsc) September 8, 2020

2枚の写真で分かった事は、被害者だけ胸元にリボンが付いていない。
写真でわかる範囲で見るとみんなつけているのに、、。
さらに2ペアずつ付けているリボンが同じってところで同じリボンは姉妹と見て良いのかな? pic.twitter.com/Dp4nlE1e6q
— tel@ki3.26 (@Aki2116n326) September 9, 2020

気になるところといえば、
ボブの子の襟についた赤色の髪の毛。
その後ろの子の謎の笑み。
三つ編みの子の虚無感と、首と指に付着した血。
赤毛の子の手を握ってる子に着いた血は花をたむけたのかな?
三つ編みの子と赤毛の子が同じ指輪をしてるのも気になる pic.twitter.com/yF1divw9kI
— しづき■趣味垢っぽい (@Shiduki_0722) September 10, 2020

やはり三つ編みの子が怪しいですね… pic.twitter.com/n0ezCQhcHa
— Verrell べレル || Commission Open (@Verrell1108) September 9, 2020

ほんとだ pic.twitter.com/YtLmEUeum6
— エビフライのあいかさんです (@aika_00627) September 8, 2020

So, who do you think is the killer?

Whether you’ve come to a conclusion or not, be sure to follow Shida (@shida_7) on Twitter and Instagram for more great artwork and possible followups.

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