Interactive Murder Mystery Business ‘Hunt A Killer’ Relocates Its Headquarters to Locust Point

| November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hunt A Killer, a membership service that sends interactive murder mystery boxes to customers’ homes, relocated its headquarters over the summer to the Foundry on Fort Avenue at 921 E. Fort Ave. in Locust Point. Hunt A Killer was previously located in Rosedale where it had an office space and warehouse. Along with the move, Hunt A Killer opened a new warehouse at 1440 Desoto Rd. in Morrell Park.

The new headquarters is a 3,600 sq. ft. office space facing Fort Ave. A new Hunt A Killer sign was recently placed on the facade. Hunt A Killer replaces Passport Health which relocated to McHenry Row.

Hunt A Killer COO Joshua Holley said the company outgrew its space in Rosedale and was looking for a location that worked out better for its employees as many are city residents.

“We love Locust Point, it’s a great part of town,” said Holley.

The new Morrell Park warehouse is a 21,000 sq. ft. space. Holley said the company leased from Merritt Properties while in Rosedale and that Merritt assisted Hunt A Killer with its relocation to its new South Baltimore buildings, which are also owned by Merritt.

Hunt A Killer recently hired its 62nd employee. Of those employees, 52 are based in Baltimore. The company also has a 10-person office in Seattle.

It has been a quick rise for Hunt A Killer. In early 2016 co-founders Ryan Hogan and Derrick Smith hosted a live event at Camp Ramblewood in Harford County where they staged a homicide scene that attracted 600 participants. They saw the interest and wanted to put this experience into people’s homes around the country. Hunt A Killer, which started its subscription boxes in October 2016, sent its one millionth box in August of this year.

Hunt A Killer currently has 60,000 active subscribers and has a Facebook group for players to discuss the game and clues with more than 184,000 members.

“In the beginning it was word of mouth and now we do a lot of social media advertising,” said Holley. “Our community is looking for experiences. Instead of creating another TV show, we give people a chance to immerse themselves in the story.”

Hogan and Smith are childhood friends from the Baltimore area. Holley said Hogan is the business-oriented marketing person and Smith is the creative brains of the operation.

Every season of Hunt A Killer allows players to solve a fictional homicide. Each season has six boxes, also known as episodes, which are sent each month. The boxes are filled with episode information, case files, autopsy reports, and pieces of evidence.

“You can play this story by yourself or with friends in a book club or game night. It’s a great date night event and great for families with teenage children,” said Holley.

If player’s investigations are hitting a snag, they can watch Hunt A Killer’s weekly Facebook Live videos with clues or get help from the Facebook groups which have been created for each season and episode.

Hunt A Killer’s current season is called Class of ’98. It involves a murder at a 20-year high school reunion.

Hunt A Killer has 20 individuals on its writing and design staff who curate these stories and create the clues. The paper products in the boxes for Hunt A Killer episodes are printed at Ironmark in Annapolis Junction.

Hunter A Killer donates a portion of the proceeds of each box to Cold Case Foundation which is dedicated to raising awareness and resources to help law enforcement close unsolved homicides.

Memberships to Hunt A Killer are $165 per season or $300 a year or $33.95 per box.

Hunt A Killer has big plans for the future and hopes to have 200,000 different subscribers in the very near future. “To go from two individuals growing this company out of a garage, we are very proud of what we’ve built,” said Holley. “The sky’s the limit.”

Holley said they have room to grow in the current Locust Point headquarters, but didn’t rule out taking over more space in the Foundry on Fort Avenue in the future.

Photos below courtesy of Hunt A Killer 

Episode box

COO Joshua Holley

Co-Founders Derrick Smith and Ryan Hogan

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