Local Woman Disturbingly Good at Social Deduction Games

BETHESDA, MD - A recent round of the popular social deduction game Secret Hitler left a local game group horrified by the seemingly effortless deception skills of one of their friends. Karen McAdams, local interior decorator, completed an impressive twelve-game winning streak Thursday night, lying and manipulating without the slightest hint of remorse, leading some in the group to question just what else she might be hiding.

Karen’s friend Molly Vanderbelt was left blindsided. “Karen just obliterated all of us. It didn’t matter what side she was on; by the end of the game she convinced all of us to distrust and destroy each other, again and again. She convinced me to assassinate Bill three times in a row. Three times!”

Asked if Karen had a history of deception, Vadnerbelt grew suspicious. “I always thought she was truthful. She always listens and gives great advice. It’s Karen. I mean, I trust her, you know? Or at least, I thought I did. But now that I think about it, what if she’s just been lying all along? Like the advice she gave me when I dumped my boyfriend two years ago. She told me I could do better, which helped finally ditch the guy. What if she was just saying that? I haven’t had a date in six months! Should I have just settled?”

Karen’s husband, Bill McAdams, defense contractor for Lockheed-Martin, has also been looking at Karen with newfound suspicion. “You should have heard her. She looked me straight in the eye and told me she wasn’t fascist. The next turn, she assassinated me, right in front of everyone. You think you can trust someone, but I guess in life there are traitors. There really are no spouses in board games.”

Bill continued, “Then I started thinking about her 10 p.m. nightly Pilates classes. I looked online, and there isn’t a single studio in town open past eight. Where is she going every night? I looked at the bank account statement. Why are there so many transfers back and forth to Russia? We don’t even know anyone there.”

Nonstop Tabletop managed to track down Karen for an interview. When asked if her skill at Secret Hitler deception had disturbing implications for her real-world trustworthiness, Karen laughed. “What, that silly game? No, no, I just got lucky. Say, didn’t you write that awesome article on how to turn classic board games into drinking games? That was so clever; you must have won some sort of award for that.”

Karen giggled as the twirled her long red hair around her finger. “I like your shirt; it makes your eyes look so strong and radiant… Let’s continue this later. I have a Pilates class to get to.”

According to Bill, things with Karen weren’t always so mysterious. “I’ve always felt such a connection with Karen. Like when we first met at the grocery store. She just came up out of nowhere and started talking to me. We had everything in common. She liked all my favorite restaurants, she knew every obscure indie band I loved, and she’d even seen all of the 1940’s film noir movies I watched over and over again in college. She could quote Double Indemnity line for line. It was like she she could read my mind.”

Bill pulled out his wallet as he continued. “Here, let me show you a picture. Hey, where’s my security clearance card? Oh my God... Who did I marry?”