Our Story



"Perfect for anyone who stays up watching Dateline...

and yearns for a mystery of their own!"


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  • Fast Company Logo
    "... detailed, thematic, and seemingly real."
  • Bustle Logo
    "... a massive, intricate murder mystery. Does this not literally sound like a dream come true for any true crime fan?"
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    "... not for the faint of heart."
HAK about us

At Hunt A Killer, our mission is to revolutionize the entertainment industry by challenging conventional forms of storytelling. We provide interactive entertainment experiences that position participants as characters in their very own thrilling murder mystery stories.

Founded in early 2016, Hunt A Killer started as an annual immersive thriller event at Camp Ramblewood, MD. Participants would work in teams to solve a weekend-long murder mystery. Although the event saw some initial success, co-founders Ryan Hogan and Derrick Smith realized that their dream of revolutionizing the entertainment industry could not come to fruition through a once-a-year event.

They took notice of the growing popularity in subscription boxes and saw an opportunity make their dream a reality. In October 2016, they pivoted their business model to deliver captivating, immersive mystery tales right to your doorstep through objects, letters, and clues from a fictional serial killer; hence, the Hunt A Killer Membership was born. Starting over was not easy. During those first few months, Derrick would pack all of the packages himself and ship them out right from his basement.

HAK about us
HAK about us

Fortunately, a lot has changed since then. Starting with just 47 members in October 2016, the company has exploded to over 30,000 active members by March of 2018. Hunt A Killer now employs over 40 people both part time and full time and has partners from all over the world.

For Hunt A Killer, the only way is up. The company is still experiencing explosive growth, which has enabled us to launch a new brand in the horror genre, Empty Faces. Over the next few years, we're aiming to become a household name in America and throughout the world. Stay tuned.

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