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Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill (Full)

By Untravel Media

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


“Part movie, part stroll, part participatory theater” Beacon Hill Times

“Step back in time and witness one of Boston’s most notorious murders…” MGH Hotline

Official Selection: The Boston International Film Festival

On a warm afternoon a week before Thanksgiving, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of the richest men in Boston, went missing. A massive manhunt uncovered pieces of a body in and under the Harvard Medical College. Professor John Webster was arrested for the murder. What followed was America’s most famous trial and conviction of the 19th Century.

Evidence of the story still remains in Boston’s old Beacon Hill neighborhood. Use your iPhone or iTouch to follow geocoded videos that reveal the evidence, characters, and feeling of a time when mystery stories, detective work, and a century of progress were just starting. Developed in partnership with the producers of the PBS film “Murder at Harvard,” this original production is a first-of-its-kind location-based adaptation of a major documentary film. The work is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Independent Documentary.

Best tour times are M-F 10am-5pm. On the weekends most of the stops are open except for stop #8, The Applachian Mountain Club.

•Mixed-reality storytelling guided by a live map and location-based experiences
•Probably the only iPhone application that lets you:
• Play morality board games
• Find creepy old stamps
• Browse a pop-up book of evil architecture
• Breathe deeply in an ether dome
• Cinematic shorts reveal key places and plot twists to a crime that still lurks in the landscape of present-day Boston
• Access to hidden clubs, historic buildings, and hidden gems in America’s loveliest urban enclave.

See for more ways you can participate with the production and dig deeper into the story and its artifacts.

The application works on both iPhone and iPod Touch devices, although Touch users should view the map initially with a wi-fi connection. After that, the map will be saved in the app, but needs to be moved around to reload. Touch users may find their location on the map slightly off.

“Untravel’s dramatic combination of photography, music, and narration taught me about a side of the city that even most Bostonians know nothing about.” -Xconomy

“'Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill' is an audio and video tour detailing the notorious 19th-century slaying of a wealthy Bostonian, George Parkman. Real-life relics, a skull here, a weapon there, will be placed in stores and other buildings on Beacon Hill, serving as waypoints for the tour.” -Boston Globe

"Because it knows where you are, it can encourage you to see things and meet people you wouldn't normally see or meet….It can lead to more fulfilling travel and more ongoing relationships with the cities that you travel to." -Reuters

What's New in Version 1.1

-Updates: Now compatible with iPhone 5c and 5s, and iOS 7.0.x
-Video optimizations
-Free download to celebrate the 154th anniversary of Parkman's disappearance

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Customer Reviews


Clicking on wax seals in map does not work w iPhone 5 running iOS 10.3.2. Redownloaded app and still failed.

Wonderful Story and Amazing Walk

My wife and I took the tour and we got really caught up in the story. From magical nooks of Boston to small details this tour is really an awesome experience. I look forward to taking more as you develop them. Congratulations!

Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill (Full)
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  • Free
  • Category: Travel
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  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 13.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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