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Egads! We've just received word that William Peabody III, Esq., has been found murdered in his bedchambers. We must send our brightest detective and his trusty sidekick to solve this gruesome mystery!

Death and Denial is a single stage overseer quest in Fallout Shelter.


This quest is restricted to two dwellers only. They are tasked with questioning five groups of suspects, each less trustworthy than the ones before. In between those groups, three fights against radroaches and mole rats take place.

Reginald the Master Butler will be the first person encountered and the only one that cannot accused in the end. The question asked does not really matter here or in the following interrogations, but will give differing amounts of suspicion towards the people.

The next people to be questioned are the Industrialist Rod Murphy and his Trophy Wife Pricilla, Lady Elizabeth Worthington and her Attendant Agatha, Commodore Tramiel and his Niece Vicky, and finally Alvin Peabody, son and only heir of the deceased.

Reginald is encountered in the final room again, telling him who is thought to be guilty concludes the quest. The received rewards are depending on who is accused:

Notable quotes

  • "Strange, it was sunny before we walked in...
    ...and now it's dark outside, with rolling thunder in the distance.
    Very ominous.
  • "This "manor" has seen better times..."
  • "You just can't get good help these days."


Opening message Dweller response Character response
I say, we were beginning to worry! I'm Reginald, the head butler.

It happened right after the host and guests had retired for the night.
They're waiting for you to question them in the adjacent chambers.

The game is afoot! Let's proceed! Okay, but just so you know, we tend to use metric around here.
Not so fast. Where were *you* on the night of the murder? Eating Cram in the boudoir. I still have the tins if you want to see them.
Reginald, Reginald... Dutch, is it? No sir, I don't think so.
You can't keep us cooped up in here, you know? We have rights!

I'm Rod Murphy, rich but vulgar industrialist, and this is my trophy wife Priscilla.
We haven't done anything wrong. We certainly didn't *kill* anyone!
Not since we got here, anyway...

An industrialist? In this day and age? We mostly just collect old junk and resell it... but we're very industrious about it!
What were you doing when Mr. Peabody was murdered? Coincidentally enough, trying to find clever ways to murder Mr. Peabody.
I had a cat named Priscilla, once. Don't get any funny ideas! It's bad enough Peabody tried to seduce my wife...
Hello! This is Lady Elizabeth Worthington, and I'm her attendant Agatha.

Alas, the Lady can't hear too well, so you'll have to direct your questions to me.
The Lady deeply respects Mr. Peabody, whom she's known for years.
She won't even hold a grudge for the fact he basically ruined her family.

How did he ruin her family? Got her son addicted to Rock-papers-scissors, then sucked him dry by always picking Rock.
Was that before or after she was Ghoulified? Oh, she's not a Ghoul, she's just very, very old.
What were you doing at the time of the murder? Resuscitating Lady Worthington after she tried to nibble on a blueberry scone.
Ah, the detective! I am Commodore Tramiel, and this is my niece Vicky.

So someone finally did old Peabody in, huh? Well, can't say I'm surprised.
The man had lots of enemies! More crooked than a Turkish blade, he was.
If you ask me, the killer deserves a medal. One that could complement this array, here.

Are you saying you wanted him dead? I guess it would depend on how much suffering he'd go through first.
Turkish blade, huh? Did you know Peabody was stabbed to death? Sixty-four times, if I recall correctly.
What about you, Vicky? Did you see anything? I'm sorry, my niece has a poor memory. I'm sure she can't recall what happened last night.
Hello! I'm Alvin Peabody, sole heir to my father's baseball card fortune.

I'm afraid I won't be of much help, I have no memory of last night.
All I know is I woke up this morning with a bloody dagger in my hand.
Father would know, I kind of remember him screaming my name.

Do you often suffer such memory losses? Only when I go on a violent rampage, so...every other week, maybe?
Did you get along well with your father? Oh sure! He'd disown me, I'd thrust sharp objects at him... The usual.
You're the only heir? All my siblings met grisly fates, usually when playing by the cliffside.
I must say I appreciate your candor. I'll remember that next time I go on a violent, murderous rampage.
So, did you find out who did it?

Was it the jealous industrialist, or the ruined matriarch?
Perhaps it was the retired soldier, or Peabody's psychotic son?
Please tell us, we all took bets.

It was Rod Murphy, the industrialist. Not surprised, you can never trust the “nouveau riche.”
Lady Worthington's attendant Agatha did it. Huh. Who knew such a monster hid behind those thick nerdy glasses?
The Commodore is the murderer. I guess it all adds up. Here, Mr. Peabody would have wanted you to have this.
It's obviously his son. You didn't need me for that. Strangely enough, he's the one who sent for you. Guess he didn't think this through.

Quest stages

1 Travel for 5 hours and 45 minutes to the designated location.
2Quest finishedSolve the Murder of William Peabody.
3 Interrogate first group of suspects.
4 Interrogate second group of suspects.


Single-stage quests
Main questsA Gathering of Ghouls · A Pale Imitation · A Poorly Thought-Out Plan · Against the Odds · Animal Rescue · Argh, Matey! · Arms Race · Beware of Over-dog! · Burnout · Can't Stop the Signal · Captured Critter · Choo-Choo! · Collector's Edition · CoveWatch! · Death and Denial · Den of Thieves · Diplomatic Mission! · Divide and Conquer · Dog Gone · Dog Shelter · Firestarter · Game of Vaults · Getting Started · Ghooooooooooooooooooul! · Honeymoon Horror · Hostage Negotiations · Hot Tub Slime Machine · Humans Like Us · Little Miss Wasteland · Little Red Radium Hood · Mall Madness · Monday Night Brawl · Monster Under the Bed · My Metal Pony · My Weird Science Project · Out of the Vault, Into the Shadows · Overwhelming Force · Queen of the Deathclaws! · Radiation Leak! · Raiding Party · Reign of Radroach Rodney! · Revenge of the Geeks · Robot Retrieval · Scientific Progress · Shotgun Wedding · Signal Failure · Take Me out to the Ball Game · Target Practice · The Abyss · The Brothers Grime · The Cat Burglar · The De-Buggers · The Scorpion... King? · The Secret of [REDACTED] · Time to Wake Up! · Too Good to Be True · War of the Nerds · Wasteland Doctoring · Wasteland: The Musical · Wedding Crashers · Wonders of Nature · Wonders of Science · Wonders of Technology
Daily questsBounty: 'Ol One-Eye · Bounty: Bash · Bounty: Butcher · Bounty: Shiner · Bounty: Snips · Bounty: Yak · Caps Run · Duo of Destruction: Alpha Deathclaws · Duo of Destruction: Glowing One (x2!) · Duo of Destruction: Glowing Radroaches · Duo of Destruction: Glowing Radscorpions · Duo of Destruction: Mole Rat Brood Mothers · Friendly Settlement! · Guardian of the Wastes: Deathclaws! · Guardian of the Wastes: Feral Ghouls! · Guardian of the Wastes: Mole Rats! · Guardian of the Wastes: Radroaches! · Guardian of the Wastes: Radscorpions! · Junk Run · Lunchbox Run · Nuka-Cola Quantum Run · Outfit Run · Rescue Operation · Science Cooperative! · Spelun-King Training · Spy on Raiders! · Weapons Run
Weekly questsGame Show Gauntlet · Vault-Tec Experiment Review
Limited time questsGhostly Gag · Horror Movie Night! · The Door Buster · The Haunting of Mass Chemical · The Spirit of Taking · To Grandmother's House We Go · Who's Carving the Turkey?
Special questsFactory Floor of Fear · The Mystery of Vault 666  · Vault 789 · Welcome to Paradise · With Friends Like These
Random questsA Cry for Help · A Nice Ghoul Like You · Anybody Home? · Big Trouble · Cabin Fever · Cabin Without the Woods · Clean-Up on Aisle Five · Crossing Paths · Dibs at the Red Rocket · Express Checkout · Family Matters · Fashion Statement · Food Fight! · Gas 'N Go · Get in Line · Hop on the Roach Coach · Infested! · Misery Loathes Company · One Ghoul Customer · Party Crasher · Pest Control · Pest-Case Scenario · Pit Stop · Post-Apocalyptic World Problems · Super-Duper Trooper · The Scenic Route · Uninvited Guests · Wasteland Getaway
Multi-stage questlines
A Settler Needs Your HelpFollowing His First Steps · Raider Troubles at Corvega · When Preston Calls · Kidnapping at Vault 778 · A Settler Needs Your Help
A Wasteland TailSOS! · Canine Recovery · Vault 199 · In Another Vault · The Tail Continues · No Time for Paws
Almost HumanOff the Rails · Synth in a Pinch · Not-so-Safehouse · Synths for Sale
Climbing the RanksClearing a Path · Taking out the Trash · Heat of the Knight · In Shining Armor
Detective Case FilesThe Case of the Captured Canine · The Case of the Missing Mitt · The Case of the Quantum Creeper · The Case of the Lost Lunch · The Bigsby Brown Case
Echoes of SteelHave Gun, Will Travel · Toy Soldiers · No Stone Unturned · Slash and Burn · Mission of Mercy · The Final Push
Food, Glowrious FoodAll Sales Final · Thyme is Money · Cheese, Please! · The Yolk's on You · High Steaks · The Towering Il Forno · By Hook or by Cook
Horsemen of the Post-Apocalypse Part 1Radroach Roundup · Undercover Operations · Dogs of War · Springing the Trap · Beat Reporting · Matters to Settle
Horsemen of the Post-Apocalypse Part 2Parley Time · Crime Scene Investigation · Death Revealed? · Give me Liberty and/or Death · Operation: Sandman · Release the Raiders!
Horsemen of the Post-Apocalypse Part 3Set 'em Up: Pestilence · Set 'em Up: Famine · Run, Three Dog, Run! · Knock 'Em Down · At Death's Door · Just Deserts
Journey to the Center of VaultopolisThe Path of Paula Plumbkin · A Thirst for Adventure · Paula's in a Pickle! · Into Vault 333! · Tankbusting · Return to Vault 333 · Truth Among the Ashes · Overrun · Powered Up! · The Road to Vaultopolis · The Vault-Tec Vantage · The Quest for Vault 525 · Playing Politics · The Red Rocket Reveal! · Vaultopolis Awaits!
Secret Agent PersonLive Dead Drop · The Infiltration Game · Secret Weapon Test · Sabotage! · Dart of Harkness · Extreme Prejudice
The Great Tato FamineThe Mysterious Disappearing Spuds · The Spreading Blight · The Night Watch · Spear Fishing · The Shadow Wolf · The Mole Rat Man
The Search for Jobinson's Jersey!Man on First · Man on Second · Man on Third · Time for a Grand Slam? · Worst. Coach. Ever. · Picked off at Second! · Seventh Inning Stretch · Getcha' Peanuts Here! · Last Inning! Or not... · There's no Crying in Baseball! · Runners in Scoring Position! · Conference on the Mound · Here's the Pitch... · Homerun! · Here's to You, Rackie Jobinson
The Thrill of the HuntBug Hunt · Whack-a-Mole · Aim for the Head! · Rock Them Like a Hurricane · The Most Dangerous Game · 12-Point Buck · The Final Hunt
The Wizard of WaterFons Vivus · Our Cups Runneth Over... WITH FAILURE · Half Full, Half Empty · Water into Brine · Aqua Nuka-Cola · Aqua-schema · The Reluctant Shill · Snake Water
When Irish Eyes are GlowingShamrock the Casbah · Driving the Snakes Out · The End of the Rainbow · It's Not Easy Being Green · The Banshee's Keen
Zines from the CommonwealthBroadsides · Headshots · A Map to the Stars · The (Thinly Veiled) Plot Thickens · Collateral Murder · Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy · Stop the Presses!
Limited time multi-stage questlines
Labor Dispute!Power to the People? · No Rest for the Wicked · All Work and No Play · Working Overtime · Rubarb's Reckoning
Nabbed from Nuka-WorldBottlecap Blues · In Hot Pursuit · Playing Catch-up · Pet Peeve · A Refreshing Rescue
No Thanks for the Gobbler!Gobble Gobbler! · A Delicious Trail of Danger! · The Last Gobble!
Springtime for AtomThe Rite of Spr(ay)ing · Spring Forward, Fall Back · E-Ster is Coming · The Sixth Sun · E-Ster Egg Hunt · Saving Daylight
The Book of WuvAll's Fair in Love and Nuclear War · This Golden Ring · A Labor of Love · Groom for Doubt
The Gridiron GangFirst Down · Second-Stringers · Third and Goal
The Mystery of Vault 31Halloween (Non)Fiction · Go West · Days Gone Bye · Mask Hysteria · Scare Tactics
The Party at the End of the WorldBlackout · A Special Brand · Walk of Shame · Jack Ain't Back · Human Bean Juice · KHAAANNNNN!!!!
Vault-Tec Saves Christmas!Santa's Helpers · Christmas at the Raider Camp · Cheer for the Ghouls · Rescue Santa!