Hey, it's CSI. You know the drill. A crime has been committed. Someone has died. And stuff. So, let's begin.
It's December 27th, 2017. The place - Gotham City. Time - late afternoon around 5 PM. Mr. Lloyd Page is lounging in his office, and starting up the first season of Black Mirror. The rest of the office is wrapping up their work for the day. Mr. Crane, recently released after his term of 7 years was reduced to 5 years for good behavior. As the first episode reaches its terrifying conclusion, Mr. Crane bursts through the door wielding a crowbar and, screaming obscenities, attempts to swing at Mr. Page. Mr. Page, in a daze due to the events of both the Black Mirror episode and this man bursting into his office, is frozen for a second, but quickly recovers and calls the security. Mr. Crane is cornered, incapacitated with a taser, and taken to the police station along with Mr. Page. After statements are recorded, Mr. Crane is escorted to the holding cell and Mr. Page is dropped off at home. The State files a case of attempted murder. The final hearing is scheduled for 23rd January 2018. Fast forward to the day of the case. The state provides Mr. Page with Mr. Carson as the public prosecutor, and Mr. Crane appoints Mr. Sal Maroni as his defense attorney. Mr. Sal Maroni is one of the best in the business with an astonishingly high success rate, a by-product of his charm and sharp intellect. As usual, this appears to be a case that Mr. Carson will lose, but at the last moment he brings in a surprise witness that destroys Mr. Maroni's case. Giving almost assured victory to Mr. Carson. But Mr. Carson never gets to deliver his closing remarks. He slumps over and falls unconscious at the beginning of his closing. By the time the paramedics arrive, he is declared dead. The trial is suspended till further notice, and the courtroom is blocked off as a crime scene. Interrogations of the judge (Mr. Rory), the defense attorney (Mr. Sal Maroni), the defendant (Mr. Crane), and Mr. Page are conducted, along with the defendant's wife (Mrs. Cassie O'Malley) and best friend (Basil Day). So far, the police have been unable to solve the death of Mr. Carson. By browsing around, you will find the transcripts of the interrogations recorded for Mr. Carson's death and all the relevant documents. Will you be the one to crack the case? Let's find out.
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COP: Good evening, Mr. Maroni.
MARONI: Good evening officer.
COP: You know why we are here ... right? Ted Carson died during the hearing yesterday,
while delivering a winning closing against you. Wanna help me make sure the two aren't connected?
MARONI: According to the protocol, aren't you supposed to begin by announcing my name
and profession for the record?
COP: I know what I am supposed to do Sal. This is an out of custody interview.
All of those formalities are for the record. Don't try to be a wiseass with me.
Coming back to the point. Mr. Carson died during the court hearing yesterday,
can you tell us about your whereabouts during the break time right before the closing arguments?
MARONI: I was with my client, Mr. Jonathan Crane, having lunch. And why are you asking me this?
I was sitting right there in front of everyone else when he died.
COP: Let me be clear with you, we have been through your records...you and Ted have fought
many cases against each other and you have won every single time.
This was the closest he ever came to winning against you and the way we see it
he would have won this one. If he hadn't died that is. What do you have to say about that?
MARONI: Seriously...you are going to accuse me of murder? Based on some imaginary rivalry
you cooked up in your head! You must really be desperate. As for winning the case,
no way he would've won. His heart wasn't even in it. He was a nice guy you know.
That's why he became a prosecutor. To put bad guys in jail. And the only bad guy here was Lloyd.
COP: Give all of that information to the court. It is useless for us.
Now you said that you were with your client during the break...that's not a very solid alibi....
Can you tell us any specifics?
MARONI: Sorry but that's confidential information. Any conversation I had with my client is protected.
Can't talk about it.
COP: Alright...can you at least tell us who might have done it?
MARONI: I have no clue man. Wait a second, you know about Jonathan's friend right? The one who is a
pretty big member of the gangs? I heard there were some issues there. There was even
a shouting match some days ago. Right in front of the court too!
Death threats were thrown around. That is something you should check out.
COP: Can you give us a name?
MARONI: Basil Day, I think it was.
COP: Thank you.
COP: Hello Miss Isley. Thank you for appearing for the interrogation.
I hope you know what has happened. The prosecutor has died. You were a key
witness in the case which kind of turned over the case in his favor. So let me begin,
for the sake of record, with your name as what's your name and profession
ISLEY: My name is Pamela Isley. I *low voice* am an escort.
COP: What was your relationship with the victim?
ISLEY: I was his key witness. I provided them with the testimony about the character of Jonathan Crane.
COP: Where were you at the time of his death?
ISLEY: I was in the court canteen. Having lunch with Ted.
COP: Are you sure? The guard of the court premises told us that Ted always went out during lunch.
ISLEY: Well I don't know what he always did. All I know is that day we had lunch there.
COP: Alright. Let's say you're telling the truth. For the time being.
Considering the kind of profession you are in; you must have seen a lot of these type of deaths right?
ISLEY: Why, yes.... I don't see why you are asking me this?
COP: So you must know also know people who provide poisons like these?
And you also might have access to these...?
ISLEY: HELL NO!! I might sell my body but I never sold my integrity. I would never do such a thing.
I am an honest person. I don't know who poisoned him or who supplied the poison.
I was just a witness and if I had to kill him, wouldn't I have killed him when he came to ask
me for being his witness?
COP: Hmm...One last question. How would you describe the character of Mr. Sal Maroni?
And his relationship with Ted?
ISLEY: I didn't like that Sal guy one bit! He made such ridiculous claims in court about me.
But that's his job I guess. I don't know much, but I think Ted and Sal had some sort of a rivalry
going on. Coz when we were leaving the courtroom for lunch Sal came up to him. And man was he angry.
Saying stuff like how it was unfair of him to spring a surprise witness like this.
And how he was going to have to pay for this. If I'm being honest when I saw Ted fall in Court,
even before he could begin his closing, my first thought was Sal must have something to do
with it. But that's just a feeling I guess.
COP: Thank you Miss Isley, that will be all.
COP: Mr.Lloyd Page. Please take a seat.
PAGE: Thank you very much officer. Though I don't quite understand why I have been called here.
COP: As you very well know, Mr.Page, your attorney Mr.Ted Carson died during the court session.
Autopsy reports show that cause of death was cyanide poisoning. So for the record,
how did you know Mr.Carson?
PAGE: Oh! He was my attorney for the case of Mr. Crane assaulting me. Huh! Those Arkham goons...
What do they think of themselves? Attacking ACE chemicals? If it was not for me,
the whole jail would have been flooded with criminals!
COP: Mr. Page, can we come back to Mr.Carson? Describe your relationship with him.
Were you on good terms?
PAGE: Absolutely! We were on pretty good terms, though the relationship was strictly professional -
we never met outside of work. He was a dedicated and brilliant lawyer, though a bit too prying at times.
I felt that was nosing around in other people's business all the time, but then again,
that's what a lawyer is supposed to do. Heh. It's very unfortunate that he didn't make it to the
end of the case. I hope you catch the culprit soon.
COP: Where were you at the time of death?
PAGE: I was at my office.
COP: So you deny any involvement in his mur-, uhm, death.
PAGE: Of course! He was my lawyer and a good friend. I am deeply bereaved by his death.
COP: Who do you suspect for his murder?
PAGE: Uhh, I don't know, I don't understand who could have possibly killed such a charismatic person...
but maybe... actually, never mind. It's probably too farfetched.
COP: Never mind what? Do you know something?
PAGE: Its nothing big. Just a rumor probably, I heard that Mr. Carson was sleeping with the judge's wife.
It's just a rumor, but there you go. That's what I know.
COP: Information nonetheless. One last thing. A lot of people are talking about you doing inhumane
experiments. What is that all about?
PAGE: You know officer. Whenever someone comes up with a revolutionary idea, there's always people
who try to spread rumors and overshadow the good work we're doing. We after extensive research
came up with a capsule to help people who forget to take their medicine all the time.
And instead of being thanked, I end up getting publicly attacked!
COP: I think that's enough Mr. Page. Thank you, for your help in this investigation.
COP: Please take a seat, Mrs. O'Malley.
O'MALLEY: Thank you. Why exactly am I here?
COP: I am sorry ma'am. This is routine procedure. Just trying to eliminate people as suspects.
So can you tell me where were you during the lunch break?
O'MALLEY: How dare you accuse me of being a suspect! What kind of person are you?!
COP: I'm just doing my duty ma'am. I'm sorry if the questions are insensitive.
I'm just trying to find a murderer and I would highly appreciate it if you helped me.
Please answer my questions.
O'MALLEY: If you insist. Fine. I was at work. In my office. You can ask my colleagues to confirm.
COP: What kind of work?
O'MALLEY: I really don't see how any of this is relevant to Ted's death.
Shouldn't you be using this time to do actual interrogation instead of wasting your time here?
COP: Please answer the question. What kind of work?
O'MALLEY: I work as an accountant.
COP: Do you have any suspects? Who do you think killed him?
O'MALLEY: How could I possibly know that!?
COP: No need to get snarky with me, Mrs. O'Malley. Hmm, still, do you remember any incidents
which might be useful in this case?
O'MALLEY: Umm, Actually yes. You know Mr. Sal Maroni right? He didn't get along with Ted much.
He has never lost a case him is what I heard. That's why we hired him. But I heard this time he was losing the case.
I think, he might be involved in this. After all these defense lawyers are a greedy breed.
COP: Thank you for your input. You are free to go. We'll call you back if necessary.
COP: Hello. Please have a seat.
GUARD: Thank you, sir. So what did you want to know?
COP: Not much. First of all, do you know where was Ted during the lunch break on the day he died?
GUARD: Well he generally went out to eat. Can't say with certainty about that
He frequents Subway and the local diner - Marty's Diner n' Dash, I think.
COP: Hmm. What about Sal Maroni? And Rory?
GUARD: The judge? He always eats in the court canteen. Without exception. As
for Sal, he like the
rest of lawyers generally goes out. They do eat here at the canteen from time to time,
about once a week. Yesterday though he definitely went out.
COP: I also heard about an incident between Ted and a friend of Jonathan, Basil some
days before Ted's death.
GUARD: Oh yeah, that. One of the highlights of last week. There was a fist
fight for sure.
Right on the gates of the court too. We had to actually go to stop them. It got pretty ugly.
I later found that the guy was a friend of Ted. Have to say I was pretty surprised.
COP: Did you see Cassie, Ted's wife anywhere on the court premises that day?
GUARD: As far as I remember, no.
COP: That's all I guess. Thank you for your time.
COP: Good morning, Your Honor.
RORY: Thank you officer! We are not in the courtroom. You can call me Rory. So,
how can I help you?
COP: You very well know Mr. Carson died in your court. And it is my duty to
consider all possible suspects. Where were you during the break?
RORY: Ah! So now you are suspecting me! Well, I was having lunch in the court.
COP: Can you be more specific?
RORY: What specifics? If you don't believe me, why don't you ask the security
guard about my whereabouts.
COP: Alright. I'll do that. Who do you think killed him?
RORY: Ah, well I can't comment on this much. I don't want speak ill of the dead
but Ted was a shitty person. I'm sure there's a lot of people who had it
out for him. Plus, he was a prosecutor for the State. So there's no lack
COP: Do you suspect a particular person? Any client or colleague? What about
You don't seem to like him either.
RORY: Excuse me, Officer! I would never mix my professional and personal life!
So you better not go there!
Understand? And particular people, well, he had a…kind of fight with some
friend of Jonathan right outside the court premises. I think his name was Basil
something. He's probably a bigger suspect than me. He looked like he was
out to kill the guy!
COP: Calm down man! I hope you're telling the truth, for your sake.
COP: Mr. Crane.
CRANE : Yes.
COP: Do you know why we are here?
CRANE : Yeah, to talk 'bout the death of that son of a....(ahem) Ted's death.
COP: So for the record have you ever had any contact with Mr. Ted Carson besides this case?
CRANE : Don't try to put a nice cop act in front of me man...ya really cute saying stuff like for the record...
I know ya methods man and I know that am probably ya prime suspect given my history...
I'll tell ya anythin' ya wanna know...and yeah this the first time I met the guy.
COP: Okay then let's get to the point....You threatened to kill him during the morning session and he
"surprisingly" dies during the next session, right in the middle of everything. It's not hard to put
two and two together.
CRANE : And am I supposed to know how tha' happened?
COP: Sure you should. You just said it yourself, you're the prime suspect.
So where were you during the break hours?
CRANE : I was with my lawyer...He was shoutin' somethin' 'bout how I shoudn't have threatened him or
somethin'....you know what....He got another thing coming if he thought he could bring my favorite
hussy into the court and take cheap shots at me.
COP: See here's what I'm thinking. I read the court transcript. I know you were losing the case. Badly.
You were going to be convicted 100 percent. Ted dying right before he could complete his closing
argument is just a tad bit too convenient for you eh?
CRANE : I dunno 'bout that man but I can tell ya tha' I din't do it...I don't got anythin' else to say.
COP : Tell me this though. You accused his client Lloyd Page of using Arkham Asylum inmates as some
sort of human test subjects?
CRANE: Not test subjects.... that guy is worse than vermin.... he was usin' my friends' skin for
some sorta medical experiments. As far as I know, he was making capsules. From their flesh!
COP: Sit your ass down, boy!
DAY: Hey, Is this some kind of joke? Why am I here? What do you wanna ask me?
COP: You keep your mouth shut and answer only when I ask you, boy!
You are one of the prime suspects for Ted Carson's death. Where were you that day?
DAY: Hey, no need to be so aggressive. How the hell am I even related to this case?
I wasn't even in the city!
COP: Alibis, alibis, alibis. Every day I hear a hundred thousand of them. Useless.
Do you have any proof you weren't in the city?
DAY: Obviously. Here are my boarding passes - I left two days ago and returned this morning.
You can check with the airline if you need further confirmation.
COP: Hmm...It seems to be alright. But what about the spat you had with him a few days ago?
Wanna tell me what that was about?
DAY: I don't appreciate you going into my personal life. And that was just a matter of misunderstanding.
COP: That's for us to decide. But for a moment, let's assume you're telling the truth.
Who do you think killed Ted?
DAY: How the hell am I supposed to know? Well if I had to guess, I'd say that Maroni guy would be
my suspect. I heard he was going to lose this time. And he never really liked Ted. That's why Jonathan hired him.
COP: Why do you say so? You seem oddly confident.
DAY: Because that bastard has never lost a case against Ted. Go bother him and leave me alone!
COP: For that we'll have to wait and see. You can go now, but be warned, I have my eyes on you!
Here are some documents you might need to solve the case. You have the transcript of the court case during which Ted died and the recordings found on his audio recorder.
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