Bay View Murder Mystery “Greenfinger” is Friday Oct. 24

The second annual Bay View Compass murder mystery is happening in a few weeks. And I’ll be in it. Last year I — playing Mr. Thaddeus P. Cornelius, a defrocked Maoist southern preacher — “killed” Tony Z. because he flagrantly ignored Cornelius’ call to teach the Little Red Book in MPS as a way to fight poverty in Milwukee. (Got all that?)

Anyway, that’s a long way of saying I’ll be in this one, along with Fourth District County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic, who will be our victim/guest of honor. This time I’ll be playing Konstantin Igorivichy Lazaranov, who works for Gazprom, Russia’s huge oil company… and wants to drill for oil in Milwaukee Bay. (You know, the one you can see from Bay View.)

Anyway, here’s the press release. It will probably make more sense than the above diatribe:


October 9, 2008

Katherine Keller (event questions), 414-489-0880,
Michael Timm (mystery questions), 414-762-5642,

Bay View Murder Mystery Greenfinger is Oct. 24

The Bay View Compass presents the second annual interactive Bay View murder mystery, Greenfinger, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Hide House, 2625 S. Greeley St.

Greenfinger is a community event open to the public in which teams of ticketed guests mingle with suspects and follow clues to solve the mystery of who killed Fourth District County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic.

The murder mystery fiction begins one year ago when Dimitrijevic’s corpse turned up in the Kinnickinnic River. It’s now one year later and her political followers have organized the Green Gala in the Hide House Oct. 24 as a memorial fundraiser and community costume party to support Dimitrijevic’s cause of local community gardens.

Suspects are played by local actors (Patrik Beck, Marty Bledsoe, Jason Haas, Chris Poff, Sonia Simko, Monica Stromwall and Larry Sussman). Dimitrijevic herself is this year’s guest victim of honor and may make a supernatural appearance. Compass Assistant Editor Michael Timm wrote the mystery plot and directs the mystery drama.

Tickets are $10. Food from Transfer Pizza, Sven’s Café, and Hector’s-A Mexican Restaurant will be available for sale from when doors open at 5:30 p.m. until the mystery narrative begins at 7 p.m. Gracious Events catering service will offer a cash bar the entire evening. Guests are asked to arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. to register their teams. Costumes are encouraged. Prizes include gift certificates from Delaware House and Hector’s.

Last year, the Compass presented Who Killed Tony Zielinski?, a murder mystery featuring 14th District Alderman Tony Zielinski as the victim of honor, at the Marian Center for Nonprofits.

Greenfinger is a fundraiser for the Bay View Compass, which marks its fourth anniversary as a local, independently-owned, community newspaper this November. This summer the Compass launched its revamped Web site,

For Greenfinger tickets or more information, call (414) 489-0880 or email For a map to the Hide House and to view the murder mystery ads, go to Greenfinger is co-sponsored by The Hide House, Gracious Events, and the Park People.


(No elected officials were harmed in the making of these plays.)


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.