I’ve been reading a lot of people’s theories for Twisted. Below are my current three favorite theories. Not necessarily because I believe them, but because I think they’re clever and thinking outside the box.
1. Regina Didn’t Send the Text Messages
The theory is that it wasn’t actually Regina who sent those messages to Danny, but it was her killer. One of the reasons I love this theory so much, is while I’m not sure I believe it, I love that it directly contradicts something the show wants us to assume and that all the characters accept; which is something every good mystery will at some point have: a fact that seems so obvious we assume it to be true, only to have it get pulled out from under us. Normally I would give some examples of this, but it’s rather hard to do so without giving away giant spoilers.
Danny is surprised she has his number and asks in his text how she got it. She responds someone gave it to her but never says who. Her messages are all a bit off. She calls him ‘hot stuff’ instead of socio in the first text. Which fits Regina’s nature but does make one wonder. Was someone trying to sound like Regina? Was Regina already dead?
2. Jo’s Dream in the Pilot Might Not Be an Accurate Recollection of the Day Danny Killed His Aunt
We already know Jo and Lacey have differing recollections of that day as they disagree on the color of the jump rope (Lacey said it was yellow, while Jo said red). We assume Jo’s is the correct memory because it’s the one we saw. That doesn’t mean it really happened that way. Like the first theory I like this one because the show expects us to trust that memory. Whether we really should though is a whole other matter.
3. One of Jo’s Drunken Comments about Regina and Danny Got Regina Killed
When Danny brings Jo home to her parents from Regina’s party, she’s very drunk and tells them about her conversation with Regina concerning Danny, making it very clear Regina is interested in him. Personally I already like the idea of one of the Masterson’s being responsible for the murder (though I prefer Tess as the killer by a small margin) but what I really like about the idea of Jo unknowingly letting slip the information which then resulted in the murder is how it would mean there was a significant clue set up in the very first episode of the show. Also as far as the adult characters go, while Karen Desai might seem like an attractive suspect, there’s really no interaction with her and the events of that evening. Regina’s death seemed unplanned and as a result of immediate circumstances. Something she said or did set someone off. Like Jo telling her parents (one of whom might have been having an affair with Regina) about her pursing Danny?