Templeton compiled this lovely chart of the characters who appear in Laura Bow 1 along with a picture and brief description. The descriptions will not reveal who was guilty of the crimes committed in the game. You will have to figure that out while sleuthing!
This dog appears to be a very old (and lazy) bloodhound. His loose skin hangs in folds and his long ears almost drag the ground. You sense that Beauregard must be the Colonel’s beloved dog. He can be observed lying near his doghouse most of the time, eating bones.
He must have once been a beautiful stallion, but now, with many passing years, he has been reduced to an old broken-down nag. He has a nervous nature and nasty kick, though. You guess he must be the Colonel’s horse. Like the Colonel, he’s a veteran of the Spanish-American war, but now rarely leaves the comfort of his stable.
Laura’s father. A veteran detective on the New Orleans Police force, who taught his daughter a lot about detective work.
You are the heroine of the game. A lovely girl of twenty, with light red hair and dazzling green eyes, journalism major at Tulane University at New Orleans. Though you appear somewhat naive, you are really a very studious, inquisitive, down-to-earth, energetic, courageous and resourceful girl. Unfortunately, before this night is over, your resourcefulness and courage will be sorely tested. Good luck… you’ll need it!
The Colonel’s cook. She is an overweight black lady who, on the surface, seems to be superstitious, reserved, distant and unfriendly. However, you sense that she is probably a very nice person just “mindin’ her own bizness”, and can be friendly and helpful if approached cautiously. You have heard that Celie practices voodoo and you wonder about it.
Gertrude “Gertie” Dijon
A widow of the Colonel’s and Ethel’s brother, Rudy’s and Gloria’s mother. She obviously is behind the times, as she looks like she has just stepped out of the gay ’90’s! A bit of a snob, money-grabbing and bossy, she walks around with her nose up in the air and has an annoying habit of constantly playing with her many strands of pearls.
Colonel Henri Dijon
A frail, cripple, Southern-style, ill-tempered curmudgeon in his late sixties. He never married and lives an eccentric life of seclusion here on this bayou island. He was wounded while serving with distinction in the Spanish-American war. From observing his estate, it appears that though he is supposedly wealthy, he spends little money to maintain it. He always seems to sit in his wheelchair, smoking cigars.
Rudolph “Rudy” Dijon
The Colonel’s nephew, Gloria Swansong’s brother and Gertie’s son (You surmise that “Swansong” must be Gloria’s stagename). Rudy is a handsome man and any woman would be attracted to him. But, you sense an undercurrent of hostility in Rudy; a sense that he should not be crossed. It is said that he is a gambler, womanizer, slick and lush, who has never worked an honest day in his life, and owes a lot of money to many people.
Dr. Wilbur C. Feels
A pudgy man in his mid-fifties. He seems to be a nervous type and sweats profusely, and always wears a monocle. You gather that he has been the Colonel’s physician for many years. He is known for his lecherous ways, and his questionable medical practices. You wonder if he ever samples his own wares.
The Colonel’s pretty French maid. You assume that she is probably very apt in her duties — whatever they may be. She is young, blonde, and sexy. She seems to have a vivacious personality, but you can sense a certain cunning underneath it all. It is rumored that she and the Colonel are involved in a relationship of a somewhat more than domestic nature.