This page is for the murder investigation. For the novel, see Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases.

The Los Angeles BB Serial Murder Cases is a serial murder investigation.


Originally known as the Wara Ningyo Murders or the L.A. Serial Locked Room Killings until it was successfully solved (the media still addresses it by its original name, however) it is a series of murders occurring in the Los Angeles area. At the scene of every murder a wara ningyo (essentially the Japanese equivalent of a voodoo doll), hence the name of the murders.


The investigation was led by L, who worked as more of a consultant on the case, seeing as he tended to only be interested in serial murder cases that have far more victims.


Believe Bridesmaid
Gender: Male
Age: 44
Cause of death: Asphyxiation

Quarter Queen
Gender: Female
Age: 13
Cause of death: Blunt force trauma to the head

Backyard Bottomslash
Gender: Female
Age: 26
Cause of death: Exsanguination


July 22, 2003 (2006 in anime): a crossword puzzle is sent to the Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D.) Station.

The killer sent the crossword puzzle because he wanted to show the L.A.P.D. that he was more intelligent and superior than them since they would no doubt be unable to solve the complicated puzzle. As he suspected, none of the officers were able to solve the crossword puzzle, and so they simply threw it away.

L retrieved the crossword puzzle from a reliable source, and then gave it to his proxy, Naomi Misora. Hidden in the crossword puzzle is an address: 221 Insist St., Hollywood, which is where the first victim of the case lived. This specific date is suspected to have been chosen because 2 is equal to "二十二", or 2+2, which equals 4, which is also 1+3, which equals B, the one who sent the letter.

July 31, 2003 (2006 in anime): Believe Bridesmaid, age forty-four, is murdered.

Nine days after the previous event, Believe Bridesmaid is found dead in his bedroom, which had been locked from the inside. He is on his bed, facing upward, and has been strangled to death. Four Wara Ningyo are found nailed to the walls of the room.

Despite asphyxiation being the cause of death, there are cuts from a knife on Bridesmaid's chest, which were made post-mortem. The victim's shirt was then changed, leaving only droplets of blood behind.

After Naomi Misora takes a closer look at the body, she surmises that the knife markings were actually Roman numerals. When she is joined by Rue Ryuzaki, he agrees with her theory. The Roman numerals read "XIV (16), LIX (59), MCDXXIII (1423), CLIX (159), XIII (13), VII (7), DLXXXII (582), DCCXXIV (724), MI (1001), XL (40), LI (51), XXXI (31)".

Ryuzaki and Misora observe that volumes nine and four of Bridesmaid's collection of the Akazukin Chacha are missing, despite the bookshelf being full. Misora thinks this is insignificant, and that instead of the killer stealing the books, Bridesmaid may have just not owned him. However, Ryuzaki is convinced that no one in their right mind would read Akazukin Chacha out of order, even going as far as saying that this would likely pass as evidence as court (Misora sardonically comments that this sounds like a very biased jury).

Ryuzaki tells Misora that there are 192 and 184 pages in volumes four and nine of Akazukin Chacha, which adds up to 376. Misora then observes the shelf, finding one book of the same thickness, Insufficient Relaxation, by Permit Winter, which is exactly 376 pages. The Roman numerals on Bridesmaid’s body were theorized to coordinate with page numbers or the book, Ryuzaki suggesting that it may wrap around.

Reading the first word of each corresponding page at a time, Misora reads the following:

  • 16 – page 16: quadratic
  • 59 – page 59: ukulele
  • 1423 (wraps around three times) – page 295: tenacious
  • 159 – page 159: rabble
  • 13 – page 13: table
  • 7 – page 7: egg
  • 582 (wraps around once) – page 206: arbiter
  • 724 (wraps around once) – page 348: equable
  • 1001 (wraps around twice) – page 249: thud
  • 40 – page 40: effect
  • 51 – page 51: elsewhere
  • 31 – page 31: name

While the words have seemingly no significance, the first letter of each word makes "Q-U-T-R-T-E-A-E-T-E-E-N", which has only a four letter difference to "Quarter Queen", the name of the next victim. However, Ryuzaki rules this out, saying that having one third of the letters be incorrect likely makes this simply a coincidence.

Misora believes this was intentional, noticing that all the letters which are wrong were for words that wrapped around. Therefore, if a page wraps around once, the second letter is used.

  • 1423 (wraps around three times) – page 295: tenacious
  • 582 (wraps around once) – page 206: arbiter
  • 724 (wraps around once) – page 348: equable
  • 1001 (wraps around twice) – page 249: thud

This means that "Q-U-T-R-T-E-A-E-T-E-E-N" is actually "Q-U-A-R-T-E-R-Q-U-E-E-N", the name of the second victim. It was a message from the killer, stating who is next victim would be—or rather, had been.

The date of the murder was supposedly chosen because 31 is equal to 3+1, or "三十一", which when reversed is "一十三", which looks like B. This, however, was not the actual reason.

The killer chose this victim because his initials were B.B. (the same as his own initials), he was an adult, and the killer needed a starting place; this was the most reasonable place. Bridesmaid was part of a cover-up of the fourth murder. He was killed in this manner partly experimental, and partly due to the murderer's curiosity.

August 4, 2003 (2006 in anime): Quarter Queen, age thirteen, is murdered.

Four days after the previous event, Quarter Queen is found dead by a neighbor. Three Wara Ningyo are found nailed to the walls of the room. She had lived with her mother in an apartment complex in apartment 605, located downtown on Third Avenue. She was found laying facedown in the middle of the apartment 605. The front of her head had been bashed in. Her eyes had been crushed, her contact lenses removed, and her glasses put on.

The date of the murder was supposedly chosen because 4 is 2+2, or "二十二", which is 22. 4 is also 1+3, which is B.

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