Harry Spilman
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HARRY SPILMAN has the distinction of being the first P.I. to appear on any form of the internet.

Back in the early eighties, the NABU Network (an early percursor of the internet) had a mystery series that encompassed five interactive cases in the "LITERATURE" section. These stories allowede readers to essentially become Harry, solving the cases through different clues and access to different computers and documents. 

The cases were pretty interesting. For example, "Birds of a Feather" involved the death of a Senator's secretary, "Fall From Grace" revolved around a televangelist and "Night Watch" was set in a hospital and concerned the murder of a former science classmate of Harry's.

Harry was a peaceful man who did the legwork but tended to leave the actual apprehension of the villain to others.  Unfortunately, when the NABU Network went out of business in about 1988, Harry Spilman went out of business too.

BUT WHAT THE HELL WAS NABU?

INTERACTIVE CASES

Preliminary report respectfully submitted by Anthony Durrant, with additional info by Kevin Burton Smith.


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