Here are the top suspects.
Update, 8/24/22: All was revealed in
the season two finale of Only Murders in the Building. Turns out the murderer was Cinda’s assistant, Poppy White, whose real name is Becky Butler (the girl whose murder Cinda supposedly solved in her podcast "All Is Not OK in Oklahoma"). Poppy teamed up with her boyfriend, Detective Kreps, to murder Bunny so she could have a successful podcast.
Original, 8/9/22: Who killed Bunny Folger? That’s the question podcasting trio Oliver, Charles, and Mabel (a.k.a. Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez) sets out to solve in season two of Only Murders in the Building. With just two episodes remaining, here are the top theories on who killed Bunny.
In episode six, Charles, Oliver, and Mabel create an elaborate plan to trap the person who is texting them pretending to be Detective Williams. They lure in the mystery texter to Morningside Park by promising to give them a bloody matchbook. But when the glitter bomb they’ve designed to hoodwink the suspect goes off, the trio is distracted, deep in discussion around Charles’s dating life, and the texter gets away with the evidence.
In episode seven, we learn Glitter Guy works at Coney Island when he drops his security patch, and has a chicken patch on his backpack. Viewers also see that they have an injured arm—so be on the lookout for someone with a hurt appendage. And in episode eight, at the very end, Mabel spots glitter behind Detective Kreps’s ear and realizes he is Glitter Guy.
There’s not a lot of motive for Detective Kreps, other than he clearly hates Charles, Oliver, and Mabel. He’s frustrated with the trio for making his job harder, asking them to stop interfering with "the case of his career." But why would Kreps want to kill Bunny? Could he be working with someone else on this list?
Alice, an artist who slides into Mabel’s DMs at the start of the season, was untrustworthy from the start. She not only lied about her background, but was the "Son of Sam" in Oliver’s game in the fifth episode—perhaps hinting at her true identity. She also took photos of Bunny’s bloodstains, and recreated Mabel’s apartment in her gallery, which could suggest she has a knack for staging crime scenes.
At the end of the sixth episode, Poppy tells Mabel, "Cinda is like a monster and a goddess, it’s hard to explain. She didn’t finish college. I’m pretty sure she dropped out, and her teeth aren’t real. Cinda is a liar. And it goes way deeper than dental implants … She will do anything to tell a good story. Trust me, you learn a lot about a woman when you manage her calendar. And she’s got her sights on you now, so if you and those old men need my help, please let me know. I know where all the bodies are buried. And there are lots of bodies, so to speak."
What if Poppy was hinting at something darker? Would Cinda murder someone to help along the success of her podcast?
Or, perhaps Poppy’s warning to Mabel about Cinda is a cry for help: Could the murderer have been Poppy—made to do Cinda’s dirty work? Or, could Poppy have committed the murder to try and impress Cinda?
In episode six, Cinda interviews Jimmy Russo, a character from Mabel’s past, who suggests that she has a "tendency to snap" and claims she chopped off two of his fingers. However, viewers later learn Russo sexually harassed Mabel at work and his injury was an accident. It certainly sounds like he has it out for Mabel, but could he have framed her for murder?
Another reddit theory suggests Glitter Guy could be this mysterious Jimmy Russo, but if we haven’t met him by the end of episode seven, it feels like a longshot. Only Murders likely has already introduced the killer.
Marv, a devoted fan of the Only Murders podcast, used to work in the Arconia—so he knows the passageways well. Could this superfan have committed the murder to keep the trio working together? While it’s possible, in the finale of season one, he was with his fellow Arconiacs as the trio was arrested—leading people to speculate he couldn’t have killed Bunny, changed, and made it outside in time.
That said, the clues about Marv could also lead back to Alice. He mentioned he had a daughter who came out and hates him, and his knowledge about the building could’ve been passed on to her (if she is in fact his daughter). In episode eight, we learn the killer is probably not Marv, and that he really is just as superfan trying to protect Lucy.
A few signs point to Howard as Bunny’s killer. First, there are his glasses—we know the murderer was bespectacled. Then, there’s the fact that he knew the value of Bunny’s missing Rose Cooper painting. And finally, it’s been suggested that Bunny knew her killer. When she opened the door the night of her death, she said, "What the fuck do you want?" Perhaps she was annoyed with Howard for the board meeting that just occurred. But, it’s not likely—Howard is shown to be a scaredy-cat and afraid of blood.
However, in episode eight, Howard was essentially ruled out—he was busy during the blackout flirting with his new crush Jonathan (A Strange Loop‘s Jason Veasey), and couldn’t have been chasing the trio and Lucy.
Emily Burack (she/her) is the news writer for Town & Country, where she covers entertainment, culture, the royals, and a range of other subjects. Before joining T&C, she was the deputy managing editor at Hey Alma, a Jewish culture site. Follow her @emburack on Twitter and Instagram.
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