In Season 2 of Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, Charles, Oliver and Mabel are determined to bring Bunny’s killer to justice.
All season long, as the investigation continued to unfold, TVLine followed along with a makeshift Murder Board of its own. The list below will point you in the direction of potential clues, single out persons of interest and explain every major reveal. Keep scrolling for a breakdown of Episodes 1-9, then log your case notes in Comments.
🔪 Prior to her death, Bunny is in possession of an erotic self portrait by Rose Cooper. Someone, perhaps the killer, is determined to get their hands on it. Aware of its value, Bunny has a copy made. She hides the original canvas at the bottom of Mrs. Gambolini’s birdcage.
🪡 On March 11, Bunny dines at the Pickle Diner with an unknown lunch date. When her plus-one gets up to leave, he (or she) grabs a matchbook from the counter — the same matchbook Mabel finds in her closet.
🔪 On the afternoon of March 12, just hours before her death, Bunny receives a phone call, presumably from her lunch date, who is still determined to procure the Rose Cooper painting.
🪡 When Bunny answers her front door the night of the murder, her tone implies that she recognizes the killer. She manages to escape to Mabel’s apartment, but the killer catches up to her via the Arcatacombs. He (or she) stops to sneeze along the way.
🔪 The killer stabs Bunny with Oliver’s knife (which is later stashed in Charles’ kitchen) and Mabel’s knitting needle. Shortly thereafter, Mabel enters her apartment, takes off her coat and sees the killer run into her closet. But before she can grab her knitting needle (or even process that it’s missing) and chase after the intruder, Bunny approaches her and falls to the floor.
🪡 Bunny’s last words are believed to be “fourteen” and “Savage” — though there’s a chance she said “passage” rather than “Savage,” referring to the killer’s escape route.
🔪 Glitter Guy texts Charles and Oliver and warns them to get out of the building.
GLITTER GUY IS... DETECTIVE KREPS
The big reveal comes in Episode 8, when Howard bumps into Kreps’ left shoulder, which is still sore from a stab wound. Shortly thereafter, Kreps turns to his right, at which point Mabel notices some glitter behind his ear.
In Episode 9, we learn that the crooked cop, unable to get by on an NYPD officer’s salary, works myriad side jobs. When he’s not working security at Coney Island, he’s helping out small-town police departments that aren’t equipped to handle missing persons cases. That’s how he wound up in Chickasha, Okla. in 2015, following the disappearance of All Is Not OK in Oklahoma podcast subject Becky Butler. That’s where he met Cinda Canning.
POPPY WHITE IS... BECKY BUTLER
It was a shared love of All Is Not OK that bonded Charles, Oliver and Mabel in the series’ pilot. And in Season 1, it was established that Cinda had solved the Becky Butler murder case. But what if what she lied? What if she orchestrated the case with the help of a certain brash, New York detective?
After Mabel realizes that the Becky Butler and Bunny Folger cases are connected, she confronts Cinda’s overworked assistant, who seems especially tense — nervous, almost — and tells Mabel to let it go. But why…?
“You don’t know what she’s capable of,” Poppy says in Episode 9. “You don’t know what she’d do to get what she wants.”
But how does Poppy know this? “Because I’m Becky Butler,” she reveals.
LEONORA FOLGER IS... ROSE COOPER
When Shirley MacLaine first introduced herself as Bunny’s mother Leonora in Episode 2, she told Charles that his father — the man in Rose’s painting — was an adulterer; in the mid-1950s, he worked both sides of the street, juggling affairs with Leonora and Rose. When his mistresses eventually met, a despondent Rose was penniless and “desperate to get away from a man.” To help, Leonora agreed to buy one of her paintings.
Soon after that, Rose went missing. And soon after that, Rose was declared dead.
In Episode 9, Rose tells Charles that his father was her one true love. “He tried to keep me safe from a rage-filled husband,” she reveals — which might explain why we saw Savage Sr. dragged out of Rose’s building in handcuffs in Episode 2. “I had to leave to keep us both safe. I had to disappear myself, and we never saw each other again.”
She reveals to Charles a second, secret painting of father and son hidden beneath the above-mentioned self portrait, and tells Charles to hang onto it. After all, it’s better that he have it than “that woman who came sniffling around a few months ago,” she says — a “pushy” woman with “brown hair and glasses.”
Is Rose referring to Cinda Canning? Or — stay with us here — could she be referring to Becky Butler? Either woman fits the description.
PERSONS OF INTEREST
In terms of who killed Bunny, we’ve narrowed the field to the following three suspects:
Cinda Canning | Her reign as the Queen of True Crime is threatened by Charles, Oliver and Mabel. According to
PoppyBecky Butler, Cinda is a liar who will do anything to tell a good story. “I know where all the bodies are buried,” she says in Episode 6. “And there are a lot of bodies.”
Becky Butler | She was on the phone with Mabel when Kreps first approached Mabel on the subway. But if we assume Kreps is merely an accomplice, the beleaguered assistant formerly known as Poppy White could be involved in Bunny’s murder.
Jonathan | Howard’s love interest. The Lion King performer, who is allegedly allergic to cats, has a sneezing fit at Howard’s apartment in Episode 8.
Oscar Torres | His sudden absence is addressed in so few words: Mabel tells Oliver that she and Oscar are better off as friends, and that’s that. But if he was going to resurface, we have to imagine he would’ve done so by now. There are no dots connecting him to the murder.
Alice Banks | Her sudden interest in Mabel is sketch. As is lying about her background as a plumber’s daughter. The fact that she swaps her Son of Sam card is also curious. But it seems as though her motive was simply to get inside Bloody Mabel’s head for research for an upcoming art exhibit.
Teddy and Theo Dimas | Father and son were still in prison at the time of Bunny’s murder. Simple as that.
Will Putnam | Oliver’s son has never been able to depend on him. But that’s not a good enough reason to frame Dad and his friends for murder. Any weirdness can be chalked up to the big paternity twist.
Nina Lin | Despite her determination to succeed Bunny as board president and bring the Arconia into the 21st Century, the “Lululemon Gremlin” tells Charles that she wishes Bunny was still alive to meet her baby. And the masked assailant we see roaming through the Arcatacombs isn’t pregnant.
Jared McGregor | We overhear Nina’s significant other say that Bunny “had to go” in order for them to proceed with plans to modernize the Arconia. But unless Nina is playing dumb, her baby daddy isn’t in on it.
Uma Heller | She’s keenly aware of the Rose Cooper painting’s value and intends to take it to an appraiser. But she was also with Bunny seconds before she received the above-mentioned phone call. And she certainly doesn’t have the build of the masked assailant we saw roaming through the Arcatacombs.
Howard Morris | If we’re to assume Jonathan is somehow involved, that would eliminate Howard as a suspect. Or vice versa. But the sneeze put Jonathan over the top.
Ivan | Bunny’s favorite waiter is so worried he’ll be implicated in her murder that he attempts to return the large cash tip she gave him during her final luncheon.
Marv | The most devoted “Arconiac” of all handles mold removal at the building, and has access to the Arcatacombs. But he uses said access during the blackout in an attempt to save Lucy from the killer and get a second mention on the OMITB podcast. He’s crazy, but his intentions are pure.
Ursula | On the day of the murder, the building manager approaches Bunny and asks her to sign off on an elevator inspection invoice. And during the memorial, we witness Ursula angrily dump a box of papers into the alleyway dumpster. We suspect these are red herrings, nothing more.
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