Other Heirs and Players
Otis Amber: Otis is a delivery boy in his sixties. He wears an aviator helmet and goggles, giggles a lot and is mentally retarded. He is paired with Crow, and together they run the Good Salvation Soup Kitchen. He eventually marries her. Theo believes Otis is the key to the Westing Game. Certainly he's not what he seems: in the climatic "court" scene, Otis reveals his true identity as a private investigator in disguise.
Berthe Erica Crow: Known as "Crow," she is an excessively religious woman and recovered alcoholic. She works as the cleaning woman in Sunset Towers and adores Angela, whom she identifies with her daughter --- Violet Westing. Crow is Westing's former wife who blames herself for her daughter's death.
Judge J.J. Ford: Judge Josie-Jo Ford is the first black woman judge in the state of Wisconsin. A logical, severe woman, she goes about playing the game as she would solving a criminal case. She was a former protege of Sam Westing, but never beat him at chess. He did, however, pay for her Harvard education, and the judge lives in fear that he will one day call on her to pay back the debt --- in money or in legal favors. Her partner is Sandy McSouthers, the doorman of Sunset Towers.
Flora Baumbach: Flora made Violet Westing's wedding dress and is working on Angela's. She had a mentally retarded daughter who died at the age of nineteen. She finds a friend in Chris, who feels sorry for her, and a substitute daughter in Turtle, her partner.
Denton Deere: A pompous character, Denton often pretends to know more than he does. He's a plastic surgery intern, Angela's fiance, Chris's partner and one of Turtle's least favorite people. At first seeming callous and shallow, he eventually befriends Chris, helps him with a new medication and decides to study neurology.
Sydelle Pulaski: Sydelle is the mistake in Sunset Towers. Westing meant for Sybil Pulaski to be his heir. However, it's a mistake that works out for the best. A secretary, Sydelle has the foresight to record the reading of the will in shorthand. She and her partner Angela also become fast friends. Sydelle's quirk is her painted crutches, which she claims to use because of a debilitating illness. In reality, she only wants a little attention.