Leopold "Leo" Rochester was a suspect in two murder investigations in Mysteries of the Past. He also made two minor appearances, a brief video appearance in Apprehend Me If You're Able (Case #39 of Mysteries of the Past), as well as quasi-suspect appearances in Talk of the Town (Case #41 of Mysteries of the Past) and A Study in Pink (Case #52 of Mysteries of the Past). He was then murdered in A Family Affair (Case #53 of Mysteries of the Past).
Leopold was a 70-year-old aristocrat and a member of the Rochester family. He had short gray hair, blue eyes, facial hair and a gold monocle. He donned a black suit with a dark blue dress shirt and a dark blue handkerchief in his suit pocket.
In his first suspect appearance, it is known that Leopold knew how to shoot, ate hot dogs and read Jules Verne.
In his second suspect appearance, he wore a tie instead of a neckerchief, his monocle was tucked into his tie and he was seen holding a top hat.
During his murder investigation, Dick revealed that Leopold studied at a college overseas.
Events of Criminal Case
Leopold became a suspect after Maddie and the player found his note on the scoresheet for the steampack's flight saying, "Shows great promise. Must keep an eye on it." Leopold was shocked to know that the victim's death was intentional and not an accident, and wished he had not been there to witness it. He noted that the steampack showed great promise, and that Orville's death eliminated all the potential progress it could have had. Before he left, he informed the player that, save for being a judge in the World Exhibition, Leopold did not contact Orville much.
After Maddie and the player heard a loud crash while recapitulating details about the case, Leopold told the team that Lady Hyacinth Pendergast fainted due to the murder, causing a few exhibits to be knocked down. He also mentioned that although everybody seemed to be alright, Lady Hyacinth was still somewhat groggy.
Leopold was interrogated again after it was revealed that Orville had sent a bottle of cognac to Leopold with a tag labeled, "Thank you for your consideration." Upon asked if he was bribed, he claimed that the victim took Leopold out to show the Exhibition judge a new rifle, but later he offered Leopold cognac, which he found to be unacceptable. He additionally claimed to not have taken the bribe and that he would not allow a mediocre inventor like the victim to tarnish his reputation.
Leopold was found to be innocent after the team incarcerated Abe Mullins for Orville's murder.
Leopold became a suspect again after the player and Maddie found his fingerprints on a key at the crime scene. He was shocked to hear of a murder, but recognized the Luddite victim as one Arnold Nottingham. When it was suggested Arnold may have had a hand in the recent sabotage, Leopold thought it was ghastly to think someone would defile the inventions like this. The inventors were also unhappy with this recent news, having heard it from their favorite cafe, The Brass Compass. This prompted Maddie and the player to continue their investigation in the bar.
Leopold was spoken to again about a letter telling the victim to meet him in the exhibition hall. He confessed he wrote Arnold the ticket after hearing his protest, hoping to change his mind about the World Exhibition and its inventions with a peaceful conversation. However, he never showed up, and Leopold thought it was because he was stubborn, not because he was murdered.
Leopold was found innocent again after the team incarcerated Susie Nottingham for Arnold's murder.
Midway through the investigation, it was reported that Leopold and Cornelius Castletown were announcing the winner of the Exhibition. Isaac and the player managed to stop them before they announced the winner, and informed them both of the murder. After being informed, they decided to hold off on announcing the winner until they brought Celine Georges' killer to justice.
After arresting Eleanor Halsted for Celine's murder and sabotaging the inventions, they returned to the Exhibition to arrest Stanley Spark, who Eleanor said bribed her to sabotage the inventions. Leopold was shocked at these revelations, and after being discovered, Stanley ran off with Leopold. Charles and the player managed to find him by the tower tied up, and he said Stanley made his way to the top of the tower.
After arresting Jade Carnegie's killer, Maddie and the player found a film reel after Lady Highmore asked for their help regarding a solution to the financial crisis. Charles then played the film reel, which contained footage of Leopold advertising the Concordia Telephone Company, a company that he guaranteed would bring investors profits. The player and Maddie then told Lady Highmore the news about the company.
After arresting Joseph Pryor's killer, Diego and the player (per Evie) discovered that the Concordia Telephone Company was a sham, and that the bonds were fake. After reporting the news to Chief Wright, Chief Wright and the player apprehended Leopold at the Grand Concordia Hotel, who admitted to being behind the fake company. They then arrested him and confiscated his assets.
After Larry Rochester's trial, Leopold was released from prison, happy to be out, but disappointed by his son's actions. He then reassured the Squad that his son was not a reflection of his family, and that the Deputy Mayor was not working for the Rochesters, despite what he had said.
After arresting Barbara Coldwell's killer, Viola, Katherine Woolf and the player talked to him about Malcolm Rochester's lasciviousness. After he apologized to Viola about his brother, Horatio Rochester, he asked the three how he could help them. Katherine asked him is he knew anything about Malcolm's misdemeanors, to which he told them that Malcolm enjoyed visiting prostitutes. After letting slip that there was photographic evidence of Malcolm's debauchery, he invited Viola to stay for a meal while Katherine and the player tried to find the photo.
Leopold was found at the Rochester monument with a knife stabbed into his chest. Further analysis from Dick revealed the knife was actually a letter opener. The handle was wiped clean, but fortunately, there was a clue on the letter opener itself; it contained the emblem for Concordia University, and was usually given to its graduates. Dick confirmed the victim studied at a college overseas, which meant it belonged to the killer, which by extension meant the killer attended Concordia University.
Relationship with suspects
Leopold's brother, Horatio, thought that public admiration for Leopold was unwarranted because he (Horatio) was the one keeping the Rochester family together and influential. Leopold's niece, Bernadine, thought he was a good uncle and felt guilty that she did not warn him not to spill secrets about her brother, Malcolm. Malcolm hated his uncle for exposing his misdeeds, tarnishing his reputation and ending his career. Leopold thought that his son, Rockley, was spending too recklessly and cut off his finances, forcing Rockley to take up a job as manager of the Concordia Bank. Leopold and his long-time friend, Lady Highmore, had fallen in love during the World Exhibition and started a romance, with them even being engaged at the time of his death.
Killer and motives
The killer turned out to be Horatio.
Upon admitting to the murder, Horatio said he did it to protect his family's honor. He said that he concluded Leopold was a liability after he informed the police and the press about Malcolm's visits to prostitutes. Not wanting Leopold to betray him and bring down his family, Horatio stabbed him in the chest with a letter knife. Declaring the Rochesters' reign over, Judge Takakura sentenced Horatio to life in prison.
- Leopold is one of the characters to appear as a suspect in two cases.
- Leopold is one of the characters to physically appear in three districts in Mysteries of the Past.
- Leopold's death at the hands of his brother is one of the instances of domestic homicide in Mysteries of the Past.
- Leopold is one of the characters (aside the victims) to have appeared as a clue in a crime scene.
- In his second mugshot, his tie is tucked in rather than tucked out.
- Out of Steam (Case #15 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Electrical Hazard (Case #17 of Mysteries of the Past)
- The Higher You Rise (Case #18 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Civil Blood (Case #32 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Apprehend Me If You're Able (Case #39 of Mysteries of the Past; video appearance)
- Get Off Your High Horse (Case #40 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Talk of the Town (Case #41 of Mysteries of the Past)
- The Heart of the Matter (Case #42 of Mysteries of the Past)
- A Study in Pink (Case #52 of Mysteries of the Past)
- A Family Affair (Case #53 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Arrow of Injustice (Case #54 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Immortal Combat (Case #5 of Supernatural Investigations; on a clue)