Henrietta Vanderbilt was the killer of architect Norah Barnlow in Breaking the Glass Ceiling (Case #13 of Mysteries of the Past).


Henrietta is a 19-year-old architecture student. She has brown hair under a dark blue felt hat. She wears a gray blazer with dark blue lapels and buttoned cuffs over a white shirt with gray details and earrings. She is seen holding a red Wixon CC pencil and two books, one having a compass on the cover, and the other with papers stuffed in it. It is known that Henrietta is right handed, wears work boots and has a fear of heights.

Height 5'6"
Age 19
Weight 114 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood O+

Events of Criminal Case

Henrietta became a suspect after the player and Maddie found her fingerprints on a model of the Crystal Palace. She was shocked to hear of her death, saying Norah was an inspiration to her. She spent some time reminiscing about her working with the victim, before breaking into tears, prompting Maddie and the player to give her some time to come to terms with the news.

Henrietta was spoken to again about an architectural sketch she drew, with a failing grade from the victim. She said she was devastated to receive that bad of a grade, having been certain she had a career as an architect ahead of her. However, her father had died during the finals, and she was so devastated at the news she ended up failing her exam. Though she pleaded with the victim for another chance, all she got was if she could not get over her father's death, then she would never succeed.

In the end, Henrietta was proven to be the one behind Norah's murder. Henrietta initially denied involvement but soon admitted to the crime. Her father had been competing against Norah to be in charge of the Crystal Palace. When Cornelius gave Norah the project, Henrietta's father could not stand the defeat and committed suicide. Angered and saddened, Henrietta cut a rope suspending a glass pane over Norah's head, crushing her. Judge Takakura sentenced her to 30 years in jail.

Case appearances



  1. 1.0 1.1 Referring to the Mysteries of the Past era.


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