CSI: Miami s08e24 Episode Script

All Fall Down (1)

Anything for Walter Simmons? Finally, that seminar membership I've been waiting for.
How many, uh, uh, nerd clubs are you a member of? Would you like to get beat up? No.
Simmons, Simmons, Yes Simmons.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Did I get any mail, Jen? Maybe.
Hey, Walter, what is this about? I don't know.
I got one just like it, though.
They're plastic transparencies.
Looks like they've been cut up into pieces.
That's weird.
I have one for you, as well.
There's no postmark or return address on this envelope.
So these didn't come through the post office.
Hey, Jen, where'd you collect these? Pulled all of it from our box downstairs, just like I always do.
Do you have any more like it in there? Uh, these are made out to Boa Vista and Cardoza.
These here look like crosshairs from a rifle sight.
Is this a real threat? That woman definitely looks like a target.
This piece has the number 10 on it.
And this corner has 50.
What does that say? "Hamden Court.
" Read it left to right, you got an address: "5010 Hamden Court.
" I'm sending a unit out there right now.
There she is.
Hiya, pal.
Now, sweetheart, you're okay now.
You're with us.
Mommy fell down.
What's your name? Daria.
Daria, I want you to come with me.
And we're gonna wait till Daddy comes home, all right? I just have that nagging feeling if we had opened the mail sooner, we could have prevented it.
I don't know, but the message has been sent loud and clear.
The killer's taunting us.
The kill shot is precise.
The killer must have used a hunting rifle, .
270, .
308 maybe.
That shot could have come from over a hundred yards out.
I'll go outside.
I'll widen the search area, okay? This is unbelievable.
Somebody out there thinks this is a damn game.
The gun position had to be close to straight on.
Hey! It's clear! What the hell? What is that, a .
308asing? Looks like it.
Looks like our shooter is long gone.
Looks like our shooter was never here to take the st.
What are you talking about? How else could he get it off? This scope is WiFi enabled.
WiFi? He killed this lady online? The trigger, the left/right, the up and down, everything can be controlled remotely.
This person could be literally anywhere right now.
Where is she? Oh, God, baby, are you okay, huh? Daddy's here.
Could you just? Hey, baby, I'll be back in just one minute, okay? Sir, you can't go inside! My wife is in there! Officer, Officer? My wife is in there! I'll take it from here.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Potter, your wife's body's been removed.
I'm sorry.
I'm really sorry.
I, uh, I can't believe this is happening.
I just never thought I mean, you hear threats Threats? By who? Ex-spouses of my clients.
I'm a divorce lawyer.
I make people angry for a living.
People say things.
What did your wife do at Dade University? Nothing.
She w a stay-at-home We found these.
They're all for $120, all from this month.
These are paychecks made out to my wife's maiden name, Janice Garber.
Why is that? I don't know.
Let's find out.
H, I heard about the shooting.
Yes, they used an automated rifle, no prints, no trace, not registered.
Sounds personal.
We received a message before the shooting.
A message? What, through the mail? They slipped it into the morning mail, exactly.
Why would they target us? I think I just heard an "us" in there.
Yeah, that's right.
While I was gone, I realized this is where I want to be.
Then I have you full-time.
I'm back, if you'll have me.
That's good news.
First order of business.
These checks are from Dade University.
Let's figure out who this soccer mom really worked for, okay? Good to have you back.
Janice Potter volunteered for a PhD psych research project I was conducting.
The university checks were compensation.
Did she mention needing to hide this from her husband? Not that I can remember.
Why? Because she used her maiden name to get paid.
Everybody's got reasons for what they do.
What kind of research was this? I was studying the moral compass of the human brain.
Kind of a new take on the Milgram experiment on obedience-- the one that explains Nazi Germany happened because of obedience to authority figures.
It's a very controversial study, isn't it? Yes.
So you got people like Janice who were lining up to be your Guinea pigs? She thinks she's shocking people, but I'm studying her.
All right, you will ask the subject a series of questions, and if the subject answers incorrectly, you will administer an electric shock.
Can you do that? Yes, I can.
Let's begin.
My theory is that Nazi Germany didn't happen because people respond to authority.
Simply put, the brain wants to be evil.
Did she prove your theory right, she shock the subject? Let's just say I'm glad we weren't using actual voltage.
But I have her to thank for my success.
I'm moving on to a better institution because of it.
Thank you for your time.
Good luck.
A trained marksman knows his weapon inside and out, every part, every groove.
Can't keep his hands off it.
Did you find a print? Nothing.
Well, this shooter didn't need to be a trained marksman to gun down a mother in front of her three-year-old.
He was a coward, and he just used a computer to do it.
Well, can the computer at least help us track him down? That's what I'm hoping.
I'm gonna try to trace the trigger command back to its origin, and then hopefully get an I.
Okay, it's just bouncing me all over cyberspace.
What about the .
308 casing? What did IBIS find? Variation on a theme: nothing.
Excuse me.
My name is Craig Potter.
It's important I see one of your CSIs.
And I think that this is something Mr.
Potter? Can I help you? I got it.
I found this in our mailbox.
It's my address, but look who it's made out to.
Made out to the CSIs.
What was my wife into? I mean, does this have something to do with her? What-What is going on? You know, we just don't know yet.
I'm gonna go have this run, but your fingerprints are gonna be all over it.
I didn't kill my wife.
I was in court all morning - call Judge Hillridge.
Hey, Natalia, you know how all the envelopes delivered this morning were not postmarked? No, they were all hand-delivered.
This was, too.
No, no, this one wasn't.
This one was actually stamped by the post office.
I don't think the post office put that there; this is one of those augmented reality tags.
What is an augmented reality tag? This marking Mm-hmm? it acts as a bar code.
You hold it up to your Web camera, and certain Web sites recognize it and put all kinds of fancy 3-D graphics on the computer screen.
Magazines use it as P.
So could this be another message for us? Well, let's find out.
The message is: we got to stop another murder.
But this pool could be anywhere.
Okay, try clicking on it.
It's nothing.
Yeah, but it moved.
It moved.
Did you see that? It shifted.
So maybe you can shift the perspective.
See if you can spin it.
Ryan, that's Dade University Bell Tower.
That's the South side of the campus, where the faculty pool is.
What are you doing here? I got the call out.
That way! That way! This is Wolfe! I need an ambulance to Dade University faculty pool! You got him? Yeah, go, go! CPR! Get started! Come on! Breathe.
Come on, breathe! No.
He's gone.
Porter 2: Ken, I'm here at the scene awaiting the arrival of Horatio Caine.
Well, there are rumors that police knew and were warned.
We have reports that there's a serial killer loose in Miami We want to find out as soon as he gets here.
Lieutenant! He's here now.
Lieutenant! Lieutenant Caine! Is there a serial killer on the loose in Miami? Is it true that police were warned about both of today's murders before they happened? Hasn't been determined yet.
Please do your job responsibly, so I can do mine.
Lieutenant Caine, is there a serial killer on the loose in Miami? Have a great day.
Lieutenant! Lieutenant! H, we got here too late.
It was planned that way, Eric.
How did the press get it? I don't know, not from us.
Maybe the killer; he wanted some attention.
Okay, Dr.
was drowning.
But he also has bruises and contusions to his scalp.
What about the fingernails? Torn and bloody.
So maybe, gentlemen, he was in a fight, and they held him underwater.
I have something.
Looks like some sort of blue fabric.
I think I know what he was fighting.
Our victim is a Professor in the psych department, gentlemen.
Didn't our soccer mom volunteer in a psych department? Yeah.
Yeah, but where's the message for us on this one? Why don't we open this? There's our message.
Fleur-De-lis on fire.
The paint is sticky, H.
Let's find out why our guy in the pool was targeted.
I said after Virginia Tech we should be allowed to carry guns.
Let's not overreact; the police are handling this.
Lieutenant, I didn't want to scare the others, but, uh I think Melissa Walls killed Janice Potter and Dr.
Madsen, why do you think she did it? About a week ago, Janice came to my office and accused Melissa of scientific misconduct.
Misconduct? She caught Melissa doctoring the results of her study.
Increase the voltage.
I want to stop.
The experiment requires you to continue.
You know you want to do this.
Come on, let's go.
It's hurting him.
And you're hurting my thesis.
Ugh, I can't do this anymore.
See, I reviewed Melissa's findings.
She did doctor her studies.
She manipulated the data to fit her theory.
So we had no choice but to kick her out of the program.
I have her to thank for my success.
I'm moving on to a better institution because of it.
You cheated, Melissa.
No, you fired me.
What sort of message would we be sending the other students if there were no consequences to your actions? I can't believe this.
You're just gonna ruin my career? We'll speak on your behalf.
None of this will have to come to light.
Other institutions will have you.
Am I just gonna pluck another thesis out of thin air? New question, new data? For six years, I did all the work that you didn't want to do.
I slaved for you.
For what? So that you three could take away everything I've ever worked for? No.
No, I don't think so.
Where is she now? She packed up her office this morning.
Thank you.
Hello? Melissa Walls, Lieutenant Caine.
I told you people I don't know anything about Janice Potter's murder.
Melissa, I need your help with the Dr.
Brusatti case.
You think I'm a suspect.
I'm not stupid.
Hello, PhD here.
Yes, well, from what I understand, you didn't achieve distinction, and that you cheated.
What, like no one ever cheats in academia? One-third of researchers admit to cooking data.
All the greats did it.
Ptolemy, Isaac Newton, Washington Carver.
Did you or did you not kill Janice Potter and Dr.
Brusatti? Is that your theory? It is my theory.
You have no hard evidence.
Maybe I should accuse you of cheating.
Okay, why don't you come in and do it in person? No.
You're so certain, come and find me.
I will.
Until we find Melissa, we think it's best if both of you remain under our protection.
Of course.
Thank you.
I'm just an adjunct Professor.
I'm not tenured like Stephen and Neal.
I didn't have any power to sway the committee, and Melissa knows that.
Both of you were on her PhD committee, so what we're afraid of is that one of you could be next.
I was Melissa's advisor.
I didn't want to see her getting kicked out of the program.
That was their idea.
It was a unanimous decision, Bob.
Well, does this symbol-- does this me anything to either of you? Fleur-De-lis.
Beyond that, no.
Melissa Walls is not a threat.
I don't need a bodyguard.
Take their protection, Bob.
I'll look out for myself.
I checked the whole apartment.
It's clear.
I knew they were putting uniforms outside, but I didn't know you were going to be inside the house.
It's just as easy for somebody to get to you inside.
That's why I'm here.
You know, those aren't from, uh, just one woman.
What I meant was that they're not from a date.
They're from a, uh departmental party that I hosted Thursday night.
Got it.
Got it.
Got it.
I'm just gonna keep looking around, if you don't mind.
For evidence.
Uh not at all.
Um I'd like to take a shower.
Is that okay? Permission granted.
Thank you, Officer.
Call me Natalia.
Natalia, I-I found a Fleur-De-lis.
Yeah, it's a logo for some cologne called Ahtash.
Hello? Yeah, CSI Boa Vista.
I need an ambulance to 210 Springer Street now! Hurry! Horatio, he's got third-degree burns on his hands, face and neck.
Natalia, you saved his life.
The Fleur-De-lis painted on the pool cover-- it's the same as the one painted on this bottle of cologne.
So obviously, somebody got in here and tampered with that before we got here.
I'm gonna take it back to the lab, do a flame test, see what incendiary Agent was used.
Let's do it here, okay? All right.
Purple means potassium.
Which combusts when it makes contact with water.
So Madsen got out of the shower, and he was still wet.
Sprayed on when he got out of the shower.
Someone managed to get their hands on this when he wasn't looking.
Well, he did say that they threw a party for the department here last night.
Natalia, didn't you say that on the guest list was Melissa Walls, our primary suspect? Well, the Fleur-De-lis was the last message, so are we missing the next message? Maybe not.
"Mass pandemics, such as "the bubonic plague, reify "the value of human life "and in turn, the societal ramifications for crimes against humanity, as well.
" Can I see it? The quote is from an article by Bob Starling.
I'm next, aren't I? Tell me.
We don't know that.
Don't protect me from the truth.
I deserve to know.
Do you recognize this? Yeah, of course I do.
It's an article from a journal I published last "Why Civic Discord is Logical When Facing Mass Pandemic.
" Maybe you've read it.
I couldn't put it down.
Why is this relevant? Well, a quote from this article was left for us at Professor Madsen's home.
Left for you? Like a clue? What is this, Sherlock Holmes? Who does such things? Right now, all the victims are tied to your grad student, Melissa Walls.
Here we go again.
Look, these are your words left at the crime scene.
We believe Melissa is behind this.
When's the last time you saw her? I see her all the time.
She was in my office just yesterday.
Melissa, I don't have that kind of sway.
I don't have tenure yet.
But everybody listens to you.
You're my advisor, my mentor.
Can't you fight for me? Look, you have to understand.
Falsifying your data was a serious breech.
Oh, come on.
Everybody does it.
Yeah, well, not everybody gets caught! You know if she touched anything when she was in there? I left her alone for a few minutes when I talked to the department secretary.
All right, we're gonna have to process everything that's in your office.
And you and I are gonna spend some quality time together, till we get this thing figured out.
I don't need protection.
I have a lecture this afternoon.
It'll be a I'll be in a room full of students.
I guess I'll be auditing that class.
We've been looking for you, Ms.
You weren't looking hard enough.
I wasn't hiding.
Prime suspect in a double murder and an attempt at a third.
You still think I'm you're killer.
You had motive and opportunity.
Innocent people are usually cooperative.
They'll do anything to get to the truth and clear their name.
You said, "usually, " implying there's a percentage of innocent people who aren't cooperative, am I right? We need your last 24 hours.
My day planner.
Have at it.
We'll take it, and we want you for the murders of Janice Potter and Neal Brusatti.
You have 48 hours to file charges.
If you can't, I'm free.
We'll take our chances.
Even if I am guilty, taking me into custody won't prevent any murders that are already set in motion.
We grabbed Melissa Walls' day planner.
Hey, so when you guys found the Fleur-De-lis, the sprat-- was tacky, right? Yeah, tacky and non-transferable.
Well, I brought out the same acrylic aerosol paint, the same polyethylene sheeting, to recreate the exact same conditions.
See how long it takes for the paint to become tacky.
Taking into account the difference in sun position, we should be able to approximate when our killer painted the Fleur-De-lis.
All right, hit it.
Hit it.
Tacky with no transfer.
found the symbol at 2:15.
Which means our killer painted the Fleur-De-lis at approximately 1:30.
Yeah, well According to this, Melissa Walls has a lot of explaining to do.
That's good work, man.
Yeah, you put a lot into this day planner.
Appointments, names, numbers.
Every random thought or idea.
I don't like to forget things.
Apparently, you forgot where you were between 1:00 and 2:00 today.
I had a pilates class at this time.
We're gonna need confirmation on that.
I have it.
The names of nine people from class.
They'll be more than happy to set you straight.
I also have an affidavit from the instructor which States that I attended class from beginning to end, in case you doubt me.
Why didn't we get this before? You believed I was guilty.
I simply allowed that belief to continue.
You wanted us to believe that you were guilty? No.
I was completely neutral.
You had a single theory.
All your perceptions in this case were shaped to support that theory.
Why would you allow this to happen? It's part of my new thesis.
First impressions, false perceptions.
Because of it, I just got accepted to Eastern Florida University.
The mind of an investigator needs an answer, so it seizes on a suspect, then alters perceptions so that all evidence fits that single idea.
On the guest list was Melissa Walls, our primary suspect.
It's called belief perseverance.
We followed actual evidence.
You followed me, to the detriment of all other viable suspects.
Like the D.
Sniper case.
Someone calls in, reports seeing a white van, and cops spend all of their time looking for it while more people die.
You know, your little experiment puts other peoples' lives in danger? You're doing that.
I'm just an impartial observer.
Not if somebody else dies.
If you ask me, the girl did it.
She's jerking your chain.
This is everything from Starling's office.
Is Tripp still with Starling? 'Cause he could be next.
He's watching him like a hawk.
Look, check out these articles he wrote.
"Global Plague Hysteria, " "Fear and the Flu.
" This is interesting.
It's an application for tenure.
It's been denied.
It's the Holy Grail of academia.
It sure is.
It buys you academic freedom, job security.
And professors work years to get it.
Check out the names on the committee.
Neal Brusatti, Stephen Madsen.
Well, those are two of our victims.
Okay, what if the person we're protecting is actually our killer? I'm calling Tripp.
Went straight to voice mail.
Call patrol.
Get a car out there.
Hey, guys, these look familiar to you? Those are the stamps from our letters.
I'm sure the postal service sells millions of those.
We're gonna need more than that to connect Starling to the murders.
Stamps have fingerprints.
The postal service puts secret watermarks on stamps to prevent counterfeiting.
Each sheet has its own specific watermark.
All you got to do is put a glycerin-based liquid on it.
Raises the watermark.
Those watermarks are a match.
Starling sent us these letters.
Shakespeare is a progenitor of 20th-century analysis.
Without Shakespeare, there is no Freud.
Food for thought.
All right, go.
Get out of here.
Lieutenant? Janice Potter, Neal Brusatti, Stephen Madsen.
What's this about? We matched some stamps from your office to mail sent to my CSIs.
Stamps? You matched stamps? I believe that you murdered Brusatti, and tried to kill Madsen because they denied you tenure.
When Melissa Wall'' research went sour, you were found responsible.
Janice Potter dropped those fake results in your lap, and made you look bad.
She became your first target.
Shakespeare shows us in Hamlet, revenge delayed invites madness.
My mind is clear.
Put your hands behind your back.
I need to ask you why you sent those letters.
"They all fall down.
" Walter.
Hey Walter? Walter! Hey! Hey! Calleigh? Calleigh?! Calleigh.
You hear me? Calleigh, listen, please.
Somebody! Somebody help! Help!