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A Devastation Of Love
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General information
Season 1
City Toomeswood
District Perleyville Community
Case # 3
Initial release date July 19, 2020
Partner(s) Vanessa Moody (Chapters 1-3)

Jordan Cranbrook,Brenda Reynolds,Father Novello Cappelanio and Jane Fernie(Keeping Up Appearances 3)

Case chronology
← Preceded by Succeeded by →
To Pay A Deadly Price Too Young To Die

A Devastation Of Love is a case featured in Criminal Case as the third case of Toomeswood and the third case overall. It is also the third case in the Perleyville Community district of Toomeswood

Plot

The Toomeswood Police Department, set out to investigate a possible physical altercation between Miguel Esposito and his ex-wife, Lorena Esposito which was reported by priest Father Novello Cappelanio. Profiler Jane Fernie was sent to investigate but as a divorcee, Vanessa decided to aid in the investigation, much to the grief of Chief Bellacoola. Vanessa tracked the divorced Espositos' whereabouts to the Toomeswood-Carville Border Station where they arrested Miguel Esposito after Officer Sam Kauffman gave a description of being attacked by him after trying to restrain them. However, Novello decided to incarcerate him in the chapel instead so that the priest could try to settle things peacefully between the ex couple. Unfortunately, the team found Lorena's deceased body nailed to the chapel doors in the same fashion as Jesus Christ being nailed to a wooden cross, after a nun reported them dead. Tazia returned from to perform the victim's autopsy which revealed that a venomous snake was what killed her, not being nailed to the chapel.

Mid-investigation, Jordan had called Vanessa and the player as he found out that the victim was murdered in her car before being attacked by a King Cobra. Fortunately for the team, Jordan was able to survive the attack as he was given an antivenom by an anonymous figure beforehand and confirm the king cobra as the murder weapon.

Later on in the investigation, the team stopped a scuffle between the victim's extremely religious mother Veronica Hernandez and home economics teacher Brenda Reynolds over a young girl that Veronica tried to spray with holy water and paddle simply for wearing a short skirt. The team found enough evidence to arrest Veronica for the murder.

Later on in the investigation, the team stopped a scuffle between the victim's extremely religious mother Veronica Hernandez and home economics teacher Brenda Reynolds over a young girl that Veronica tried to spray with holy water and paddle simply for wearing a short skirt. The team found enough evidence to arrest Veronica for the murder.

Veronica initially denied involvement at first but soon admitted to the crime. She discovered that her daughter had been trying to look for love in order to move on from her divorce from Miguel, much to the pious Catholic's disgust as she expected Lorena to stay celibate. She also was disgusted with her daughter seeing a therapist which she considered evil. Also Veronica found out that Lorena even became romantically involved with the therapist and threatened her with homelessness unless she broke off the relationship. However, when the victim became enraged at Miguel moving on with Darcy Keller and attacked the teacher all the while Lorena was left with nobody, Veronica was infuriated as she felt Lorena was supposed to be content with a life of celibacy and solitude, focusing her life on God and even give the new couple her blessing. She finally decided to murder her daughter after Lorena tried to take Elanna to Orcas Banks. She also admitted to attempting to murder Jordan, who was investigating her in order to throw the team off. An enraged Vanessa didn't hesitate to ship her off to trial. In court, Veronica tried to play for sympathy but the disgusted Judge Whiterock didn't mince words with the Catholic before sentencing her to life imprisonment without parole. Veronica blew up at the judge before Miguel snapped at her for almost killing Elanna.

Post-trial, Jordan volunteered to go with the player went to check up on Elanna after their near-brushes with death, so that Vanessa could calm Tazia down. She thanked the team for finally putting her grandmother behind bars, blaming her for her mother being mentally ill. However, she reported seeing an escaped convict at the border station while her parents were fighting. After investigating the border gates, Jordan arrested escaped convict Otis Hausen after identifying a photograph of him. When confronted about his escape, Otis cryptically told the team that war would soon be upon them and that it would be inevitable. The two returned to Elanna about her findings on Otis . With this knowledge, she decided with a heavy heart to cut off all ties with Brenda in order to protect her mentor from any harm that may come. This decision upset and frustrated Brenda, despite Elanna looking out for her safety.

Meanwhile, Brenda came to Jane for help as she did some digging on both Lorena and Veronica. Brenda informed the team that she found out about Veronica not only murdering Lorena, she possibly murdered all of her daughters in the Perleyville Community Gospel Chapel. Jane and the player found a bloody paddle on the chapel, which per Lucas, was revealed as a murder weapon to beat her eldest daughter Selina to death with. The team reported their findings to Father Cappelanio who dug up evidence about Veronica murdering Lorena's therapist, Dr. Harry Betts via asphyxiation. After Jane and the player found his body in Granden River, Tazia confirmed that he was murdered by Veronica. The team and Father Cappelanio confronted Veronica about the murders she committed. However, she countered that she murdered her daughters to save their immortal souls. She also revealed that she killed Dr.Betts because of being the therapist Lorena was romantically involved with, which Veronica of course found to be sinful and felt the romance would tempt Lorena away from God. Father Cappelanio didn't hesitate to share his disgust with Veronica and even went so far as to blame her for the actions that transpired after murdering the therapist.

After the events, beat cop Emily Creston alerted the team about a child reported missing by his father.

Summary

Victim

  • Lorena Esposito (her poisoned body was found nailed to the Perleyville Community Gospel Chapel)

Weapon

  • King Cobra

Killer

  • Veronica Hernandez

Suspects

Miguel Esposito
Victim's Ex-Husband

Height 6'1"
Age 44
Weight 190 lb
Eyes Brown
Blood A+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect eats communion wafers
  • The suspect is allergic to seafood
  • The suspect is insomniac

Suspect's Appearance


Father Novello Cappelanio
Priest

Height 6'1"
Age 64
Weight 191 lbs
Eyes Brown
Blood AB-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect eats communion wafers
  • The suspect is allergic to seafood
  • The suspect is insomniac

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect wears a gold cross

Brenda Reynolds
Home Economics Teacher

Height 5'3"
Age 74
Weight 116 lb
Eyes Green
Blood AB-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect eats communion wafers
  • The suspect is allergic to seafood

Suspect's Appearance


Veronica Hernandez
Victim's Mother

Height 5'3"
Age 76
Weight 112
Eyes Brown
Blood A-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect eats communion wafers
  • The suspect is allergic to seafood
  • The suspect is insomniac

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect wears a gold cross

Darcy Keller
High School Teacher

Height 5'6"
Age 37
Weight 142 lb
Eyes Black
Blood O+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is allergic to seafood
  • The suspect is insomniac

Suspect's Appearance

Quasi-Suspects

Elanna Esposito
Victim's Daughter

Height 5'3"
Age 17
Weight 127 lb
Eyes Green
Blood O-


Otis Hausen
Escaped Convict

Height 6'3"
Age 44
Weight 296 lb
Eyes Blue
Blood AB+

Killer's Profile

  • The killer eats communion wafers
  • The killer is allergic to seafood
  • The killer is insomniac
  • The killer wears a gold cross
  • The killer is female

Crime Scenes

Toomeswood-Carville Border Station Border Gates Toomeswood-Carville Border Station Puzzle Bonus
Perleyville Community Gospel Chapel Chapel Parking Lot Perleyville Community Gospel Chapel Time Attack Bonus
South Fork Highway Bridge Granden River South Fork Highway Bridge Differences Bonus

Steps

Chapter 1

  • Investigate Toomeswood-Carville Border Station (Clues: Officer Sam Kauffman)
  • Analyze Officer Kauffman's Statement (06:00:00; New Clue: Unknown Male Description)
  • Examine Unknown Male Description (Result: New Suspect: Miguel Esposito)
  • Confront Miguel Esposito about physical altercation with his ex-wife (Prerequisite: Unknown Male Identified; New Suspect: Father Novello Cappelanio)
  • Ask Father Novello Cappelanio how he intends to find Lorena (Prerequisite: Miguel Esposito interrogated; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Perleyville Community Gospel Chapel)
  • Investigate Perleyville Community Gospel Chapel (Prerequisite: All tasks above completed; Clues: Victim's Body, Victim's Cellphone, Torn Card;Victim Identified: Lorena Esposito)
  • Examine Victim's Cellphone (Result: Cellphone Unlocked)
  • Analyze Victim's Cellphone (07:00:00; New Suspect: Brenda Reynolds)
  • Demand answers from Brenda Reynolds about her arguement with the victim (Prerequisite: Victim's Cellphone analyzed;New Suspect: Veronica Hernandez)
  • Talk to Veronica Hernandez (Prerequisite: Brenda Reynolds interrogated)
  • Examine Torn Card (Result: Seafood Allergy Card)
  • Analyze Seafood Allergy Card (09:00:00; Attribute: The killer is allergic to seafood)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body (18:00:00; The killer eats communion wafers)
  • Go to Chapter 2

Chapter 2

  • Investigate South Fork Highway Bridge (Clues: Crashed Car, Unconscious Jordan)
  • Examine Crashed Car (Result: Missing Heel)
  • Examine Missing Heel (Result:Blood)
  • Analyze Blood (09:00:00; New Suspect: Darcy Keller)
  • Ask Darcy Keller how her blood got on Lorena's heel (Prerequisite: Blood analyzed; Profile Updated: Darcy Keller is insomniac)
  • Analyze Jordan's unconscious body (18:00:00; Murder Weapon Registered: King Cobra; Attribute: The killer is insomniac; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Chapel Parking Lot)
  • Investigate Chapel Parking Lot (Clues: Broken Pieces, Faded Parchment, Medicine Bottle)
  • Examine Broken Pieces (Result:Chastity Belt)
  • Analyze Chastity Belt (06:00:00;Profile Updated: Veronica Hernandez eats communion wafers)
  • Grill Veronica Hernandez about her controlling behaviour towards her daughter (Prerequisite: Chastity Belt analyzed;Profile Updated: Veronica Hernandez is allergic to seafood and insomniac)
  • Examine Faded Parchment (Result: Threatening Message; Profile Updated: Father Novello Cappelanio is allergic to seafood)
  • Ask Father Cappelanio why the victim threatened him (Prerequisite: Threatening Message uncovered; Profile Updated: Father Novello Cappelanio is insomniac)
  • Analyze Medicine Bottle (08:00:00; Profile Updated: Brenda Reynolds is allergic to seafood)
  • Ask Brenda Reynolds what her medicine bottle was doing at the chapel parking lot (Prerequisite: Medicine Bottle analyzed;Profile Updated: Brenda Reynolds eats communion wafers; Profile Updated: Father Novello Cappelanio eats communion wafers)
  • Go to Chapter 3

Chapter 3

  • Investigate Border Gates (Clues: Torn Pieces, Faded Paper)
  • Examine Torn Pieces (Result: Scared Boy In Photo)
  • Analyze Scared Boy In Photo (06:00:00; Profile Updated: Miguel Esposito eats communion wafers)
  • Ask Miguel Esposito about his past (Prerequisite: Scared Boy In Photo analyzed; Profile Updated: Miguel Esposito is allergic to seafood and is insomniac)
  • Examine Faded Paper (Result: Nude Sketch)
  • Ask Darcy Keller about the nude sketch (Prerequisite: Nude Sketch uncovered; Profile updated: Darcy Keller is allergic to seafood)
  • Investigate Granden River (All tasks above must be completed; Clues: Elanna Esposito, Surveillance Camera)
  • Examine Elanna Esposito (Result: Gold Cross)
  • Analyze Gold Cross (08:00:00; The killer wears a gold cross )
  • Analyze Bridge Surveillance Camera (15:00:00; The killer is female)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Keeping Up Appearances (3/6)

Keeping Up Appearances (3/6)

GF downtown3

  • Check up on Elanna Esposito (Available after unlocking Keeping Up Appearances; Reward: Decorated Silver Crucifix)
  • Investigate Border Gates (Prerequisite: Elanna Esposito interrogated; Clue: Photograph)
  • Examine Photograph (Result: Otis Hausen Identified)
  • Arrest Otis Hausen for escaping prison (Prerequisite: Otis identified in database)
  • Inform Elanna about Otis Hausen (Prerequisite: Otis Hausen arrested)
  • Inform Brenda about Elanna's decision (Prerequisite: Elanna Esposito interrogated)
  • Investigate Perleyville Community Gospel Chapel (Available after unlocking Keeping Up Appearances; Clue: Bloody Paddle)
  • Examine Bloody Paddle (Result: Dried Blood)
  • Analyze Dried Blood (09:00:00)
  • Report your findings to Father Cappelanio (Prerequisite: Dried blood analyzed;Reward: Burger)
  • Investigate Granden River (Prerequisite: Father Cappelanio interrogated; Clue: Dead man's body)
  • Autospy Dead Man's Body (18:00:00; Corpse Identified: Dr.Harry Betts)
  • Confront Veronica about the other murders she committed(Prerequisite: All tasks above completed;Reward:20'000 Coins)
  • Move on to a new crime

Trivia

  • This case is thus far the only case in where one or more characters appear as a clue
  • This case and Too Young To Die are the only two cases in which the victim's body is not found at the first crime scene
  • This case and Neighborhood Block Murder are the only two cases in which more than one character is arrested
  • This case is thus far the only case in which the victim and killer are relatives
  • This case and To Pay A Deadly Price are the only two cases in which the killer is interrogated in the Additional Investigation
  • This case is the only case where Tazia performs more than one autopsy task
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