The spirits conjured perfect weather for the KOCE-TV (Channel 50) "Halloween Mystery Cruise."
It was cold. It was raining. And while a few of the 230 guests gathered dockside at Newport Bay huddled under umbrellas, most of the costumed intrigue buffs ignored the drizzle.
"I'm Roxy and he's Mugsy," said one smiling moll, slinging her arm around a gangster.
Roxy and Mugsy, a.k.a. Sue and Lin Lindstedt, attended Saturday's benefit for Friends of KOCE, a support group for Orange County's public television station, because "we like public television and we love mystery," Sue Lindstedt said.
The evening began at 8 p.m. on the rain-slick docks, where guests studied the scene of a crime: The outline of a body chalked on pavement; cigarette butts and bullets strewn nearby. Event chairwoman Ann Coil strolled the area in a blue pea coat and British bobby's cap, "keeping the looky-loos (uninvited guests) away," she said.