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“Cut it Short”

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Cut it Short
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General information
Season Zombie Homeland
City The Walled City of Seattle
District Thalamus Town
Case # 52
Initial release date 18th September 2020
Partner(s) Nick Moore (All Chapters)
Case chronology
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Salivation Army He Blinded Me With Science
Deep in Thalamus Town’s forests, a body is found with their face slashed open with a saw! Who saw this person’s fate and committed such a heinous murder? Someone has an axe - or a saw - to grind with the victim, and it’s for you to find out.
—Case Teaser

Cut it Short is a case featured in Criminal Case as the fifty-second case of Zombie Homeland and the second case in the Thalamus Town district of The Walled City of Seattle.

Plot

Two and a half weeks later, Natalie Leigh is in her office, as lightning clapped outside her window. She is trying her best to get past the grief, but tears threaten to spill over the brim of her eyes as she quickly wipes her eyes away. Alexandro Lupo and the player then walked into Natalie's office, and the profiler then got up to her feet as she then hugged Alexandro tightly like he was a cub. Despite Alexandro's height, Natalie's chin rested on his shoulder as Natalie opened her eyes to see two photo frames on the wall, which framed her and her adoptive daughter Olive and then her younger self with her parents, on the wall. Her face then resolved into a look of determination, as she then let Alexandro go and told him about what she had discovered, so justice can be served.

Back in the present, following Ravi and Livia's departure from Seattle to steal a copy of the Utopium since the United States government had previously abandoned them, Chief Babineaux informed Nick and the player of another murder unrelated to the casualties of the war. The witness who found the body, private eye Alexandro Lupo, told Nick and the player where the body was, leading them to find the body of SeattleHealth CEO Jackson Potter with his face slashed open. They then questioned PI Lupo about the murder, before they found clues to suspect and question doctor Katherine Bloom, office worker Kyle Everglade and bar owner Don Edgar in the CEO's murder. Olivier had then took over the autopsy in Ravi and Livia's absences and revealed to the detectives that Jackson's face was cut open with a saw. Afterwards, Nick and the player recapped the case only to be informed by Vampire Steve that he was able to crack the code of Jackson's private office in his company building.

Nick and the player then headed to Jackson's private company office, where they found clues to suspect zombie businessman Bernard McDonough and donut shop owner Henrietta Faust, before they discovered that Alexandro argued with Jackson about having more security in SeattleHealth from Dolly Dillion and the zombie insurgents. They then returned to the murder scene, where they found a bloodstained electric razor saw that Xavier analyzed due to Dale being on maternity leave. They also found out that Don had tried to coerce the victim into giving him money and that Katherine was constantly having to speak to Jackson about the cure research, which led Katherine to get into trouble with the CEO. After all the events, Izabela came to the player and told them that she had been looking at her mother's files and that she found proof that Henrietta Faust was Jackson Potter's biological mother. They then spoke to Henrietta, who admitted that she gave birth to her son, before her husband divorced her and took Jackson for his own when Jackson was young. They then discovered that Bernard threatened the victim and that Kyle had his paycheck cut when he applied for sick leave due to his father's death, even though the CEO never approved the actions done by his financial secretary. In the end, they found enough evidence to arrest Kyle for the homicide.

They then confronted Kyle about the homicide, and the office worker initially denied the accusations against him, as he told them that he wouldn't kill the man who was paying for his paycheck. However, when Nick and the player pressured Kyle with the evidence they had found against him, Kyle then sighed and admitted that he had to remove Jackson from the world to stop him. When Nick asked him what he meant, Kyle told them that he had been told by a zombie about absurd rumors of the SeattleHealth chief executive officer funding a secret virus that would make zombies more stronger and bid their creator's power. Kyle then admitted that he was furious to hear of such a rumor, as he believed and knew that Jackson was creating a zombie cure to cure zombies and prevent bloodshed, like what happened to his late father. He then admitted that the more he thought of the rumors while he was working at the SeattleHealth offices, he grew more volatile and and angry. He then admitted that he had equipped himself with an electric razor saw from his father's old shed and confronted the CEO in the forest when he went out for a stroll. When Jackson denied the accusations, Kyle confessed that he had grew irrational with anger and argued with the victim before he then attacked Jackson. Despite Jackson fighting back with him, Kyle lunged forward and sliced Jackson's face open, leaving him to bleed out. Nick then told the killer that the rumors he had heard were completely false and that he had been deceived before he then arrested him for the murder. In the trial, Kyle admitted guilty for the crime before Judge Michalka then chose to give Kyle an eighteen year sentence with a chance for parole in nine years and with anger management sessions for the crime. After they were informed by the Chief that Jackson's will had revealed that widower Andrea Wellington had been given the company, they then got a call about an attack at the SeattleHealth headquarters led by CHICS insurgents.

The player and Nick then hurried to speak to Xavier about how they could infiltrate SeattleHealth's headquarters and intervene the insurgents' attack. Xavier then told them that he had concealed some hidden weapons in a dead tree trunk in the Thalamus Town forests, which prompted Nick and the player to rush to the forest to retrieve the weapons. After they managed to find the weapons case, which the player unlocked back at the station, they then took the weapons and suited up with Xavier, the Chief, Detective Cavanaugh and a few officers. They then snuck through the headquarters' back entrance, before they crept to where the intruders were, and entered a heated gunfight with the insurgents. After the police officers were able to disarm and clear the company of the insurgents, the Chief then told Nick and the player that while he and the others handled the arrests, they should speak to Andrea. They then spoke to Andrea, who told them that she was able to discover per Jackson's last will that there was a private safe that held the company's assets. She then asked them to help look for Jackson's private keycard that was lost in the raid attack, which prompted Nick and the player to search the offices for the keycard. They then found the broken pieces and pieced the keycard back together before they sent it to Vampire Steve so the tech expert could fix it. The tech expert then told them that he was able to restore the data of the keycard per the algorism that he used to hack into Jackson's private office previously, and he gave the repaired keycard to the detectives, who went to see Andrea.

They then spoke to Andrea again about the safe, and she requested for their help again to decipher the code to the safe, which prompted Nick to get an idea of dusting the safe's buttons for the impressions of fingerprints, so they could figure out the code more easier. They then headed up to Jackson's office, where they were able to find the private safe, before Nick then inserted the keycard. The player then dusted the safe's keypad for fingerprints, which would help Natalie and Andrea determine Jackson's safe code before they then analyzed Jackson's assets and notes with help from Steve. Andrea then revealed that she now had control of SeattleHealth's monetary assets and knowledge of the company's projects, mainly focused on the cure. She then asked the player and Nick to help her speak to Katherine about their progress on SeattleHeapth's cure research. Katherine then admitted that they had depleted all of their Utopium that they had found previously before it was stolen, but they were researching more into the other component of the original zombie virus breakout at the Washington Lake massacre, the Max Rager energy drink, while Livia and Ravi were recovering the Utopium recipe. She then revealed that they had figured out the energy drink's effects with the designer drug, and that she might have a theory that she would look over with Olivier. They then got a call from Livia, who informed the detectives that she and Ravi was able to steal a copy of the cure from the CDC's head and that they were preparing to depart Atlanta for their return to Seattle. After Livia promised that they would be back in about a week, Nick and the player swore to keep SeattleHealth and the city protected from Dolly and the zombie insurgents so they could create a cure to save Seattle.

Two and a half weeks later, Izabela and her brother Nico were travelling through the torched streets of Seattle, Izabela trying to keep her brother safe from the goriness of the decimated bodies that littered the trashed streets. She then turned her head to hear a sudden sizzling that came from a nearby car with a wounded man inside, and she then quickly pulled her brother away from the car to shelter under an overturned vehicle. The gasoline then connected with licking flames and an explosion rocked the street as Izabela hugged her brother tightly. They then managed to get out from under the upturned car to see that the car had exploded and the man was badly burnt and wheezing. He then looked at them and gasped, crying for help. When Nico asked his sister if he could help him, Izabela then shook her head, telling him that the streets wasn't safe, as she then pulled her brother away to hurry back to safety...

Summary

Victim

  • Jackson Potter (found dead in the forest with his face slashed)

Murder Weapon

  • Electric Razor Saw

Killer

  • Kyle Everglade

Suspects

Alexandro Lupo
Private Eye
Height 5'5"
Age 24
Weight 140 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood O-

Profile

  • The suspect eats bacon sandwiches
  • The suspect drinks fruit juice
  • The suspect knows electronics

Appearance

  • The suspect wears a white collar
Katherine Bloom
Cure Researcher
Height 5'8"
Age 60
Weight 145 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood AB-

Profile

  • The suspect eats bacon sandwiches
  • The suspect drinks fruit juice
  • The suspect knows electronics

Appearance

  • The suspect has dirt stained clothing
Kyle Everglade
Office Worker
Height 5'8"
Age 19
Weight 150 lbs
Eyes green
Blood A+

Profile

  • The suspect eats bacon sandwiches
  • The suspect drinks fruit juice
  • The suspect knows electronics

Appearance

  • The suspect wears a white collar
  • The suspect has dirt stained clothing
Don Edgar
Bar Owner
Height 6'0"
Age 32
Weight 155 lbs
Eyes green
Blood A-

Profile

  • The suspect eats bacon sandwiches
  • The suspect drinks fruit juice
  • The suspect knows electronics

Appearance

  • The suspect wears a white collar
Bernard McDonough
Businessman
Height 6'0"
Age 35
Weight 165 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood A-

Profile

  • The suspect eats bacon sandwiches
  • The suspect drinks fruit juice
  • The suspect knows electronics

Appearance

  • The suspect wears a white collar
Henrietta Faust
Donut Shop Owner
Height 5'6"
Age 65
Weight 150 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood A+

Profile

  • The suspect eats bacon sandwiches
  • The suspect drinks fruit juice
  • The suspect knows electronics

Appearance

  • The suspect has dirt stained clothing

Quasi-Suspect(s)

Xavier Hargrove
Consultant
Height 5'11"
Age 34
Weight 164 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood AB-
Andrea Wellington
Acting CEO
Height 6'0"
Age 42
Weight 160 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood A+
Livia Moore
Partner
Height 5'5"
Age 29
Weight 120 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood O-

Killer's Profile

  • The killer eats bacon sandwiches.
  • The killer drinks fruit juice.
  • The killer knows electronics.
  • The killer wears a white collar.
  • The killer has dirt stained clothing.

Crime Scenes

Seattle Forest Trail Fallen Tree Trunk Seattle Forest Trail Bonus
SeattleHealth Offices Office Cubicles SeattleHealth Offices Bonus
Victim's Private Office Victim's Office Desk Victim's Private Office Bonus

Steps

Chapter 1

  • Investigate Seattle Forest Trail. (Clues: Victim's Body, Victim's Jacket, Bloody Branch; New Suspect: Alexandro Lupo)
  • Speak to Alexandro about discovering the body.
  • Examine Victim's Jacket. (Result: Note to Victim; New Suspect: Katherine Bloom)
  • Question Katherine about researching the cure. (New Crime Scene: SeattleHealth Offices)
  • Investigate SeattleHealth Offices. (Clues: Torn Pieces, Faded Agenda)
  • Examine Torn Pieces. (Result: Condolences Letter; New Suspect: Kyle Everglade)
  • Interrogate Kyle about his employer's murder.
  • Examine Faded Agenda. (Result: Jackson's Agenda Revealed; New Suspect: Don Edgar)
  • Ask Don why he went to see the victim.
  • Analyze Bloody Branch. (03:00:00; Attribute: The killer drinks fruit juice)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer eats bacon sandwiches)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)

Chapter 2

  • Investigate Victim's Private Office. (Clues: Locked Tablet, Torn Pieces, Videotape)
  • Examine Locked Tablet. (Result: Virtual Meeting Planner; New Suspect: Bernard McDonough)
  • Ask Bernard about the murder. (Attribute: Bernard eats bacon sandwiches and drinks fruit juice)
  • Examine Torn Pieces. (Result: Health Inspection; New Suspect: Henrietta Faust)
  • Speak to Henrietta about Jackson's death. (Attribute: Henrietta drinks fruit juice)
  • Analyze Videotape. (09:00:00)
  • Speak to Alexandro about his argument with Jackson about security. (Attribute: Alexandro eats bacon sandwiches and drinks fruit juice; New Crime Scene: Fallen Tree Trunk)
  • Investigate Fallen Tree Trunk. (Clues: Electric Saw, Faded Paper, Locked Briefcase)
  • Examine Locked Briefcase. (Result: Briefcase Unlocked)
  • Examine Briefcase Contents. (Result: Notebook)
  • Ask Katherine about the notebook. (Attribute: Katherine eats bacon sandwiches and drinks fruit juice)
  • Examine Faded Paper. (Result: Cheque)
  • Ask Don about the victim's cheque. (Attribute: Don drinks fruit juice and eats bacon sandwiches)
  • Analyze Electric Saw. (09:00:00; Attributes: The killer knows electronics, Alexandro knows electronics, Don knows electronics, Katherine knows electronics)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)

Chapter 3

  • Speak to Henrietta about being Jackson's mother. (Attribute: Henrietta eats bacon sandwiches and knows electronics; New Crime Scene: Victim's Office Desk)
  • Investigate Victim's Office Desk. (Clues: Victim's Phone, Torn Pieces)
  • Examine Torn Pieces. (Result: Faded Letter)
  • Examine Faded Letter. (Result: Letter Revealed)
  • Ask Kyle about the cut paycheck. (Attribute: Kyle knows electronics, eats bacon sandwiches and drinks fruit juice)
  • Examine Victim's Phone. (Result: Phone Unlocked)
  • Analyze Victim's Voicemails. (09:00:00)
  • Question Bernard about his threatening voicemail. (Attribute: Bernard knows electronics)
  • Investigate Office Cubicles. (Clues: Trash Can, Torn Fabric)
  • Examine Trash Can. (Result: Jackson's Glasses)
  • Analyze Jackson's Glasses. (09:00:00; Attribute: The killer wears a white collar)
  • Examine Torn Fabric. (Result: Handkerchief)
  • Analyze Handkerchief. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer has dirt stained clothing)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Saviors of Seattle (2/5). (No stars)

Saviors of Seattle (2/5)

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  • Group with Xavier to take back SeattleHealth's headquarters.
  • Investigate Seattle Forest Trail. (Clue: Concealed Case)
  • Examine Concealed Case. (Result: Weapons)
  • Take back the headquarters with Xavier. (Reward: Burger)
  • Review the company's state with Andrea.
  • Investigate SeattleHealth Offices. (Result: Broken Pieces)
  • Examine Broken Pieces. (Result: Keycard)
  • Analyze Keycard. (09:00:00)
  • Give the keycard to Andrea. (Reward: 20,000 Coins)
  • Investigate Victim's Private Office. (Result: Jackson's Safe)
  • Examine Jackson's Safe. (Result: Fingerprints Revealed)
  • Analyze Jackson's Safe. (06:00:00)
  • Speak to Katherine about what she knew about Jackson's research.
  • Speak to Livia about her news. (Reward: Mad Scientist Goggles)
  • Go on to the next case! (No stars)

Trivia

  • The case name is most likely a reference to the idiom, meaning to interrupt someone or something in a abrupt or premature way to end something being said or done.

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