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The Town That Burns
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General information
Season 1
City Crimsonden
District Spanish City
Case # 22
Initial release date 12-06-21
Partner(s) Malcolm Harmon and Kat Flowers (all chapters)
Case chronology
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The team's in trouble now, that the Trader is burning the district, and it looks like The Trader has the final laugh. However, they made one crucial mistake, killing one of our allies to target a team member. On the night of the murder, rogue assasains, heartbroken and stubborn allies, and conspiracy related members all run with their own agendas, but whose dreams burn in the wildfire, and who burns our ally?

—Teaser

The Town That Burns is a case featured in Criminal Case, appearing as the twenty-second case of the game. It is the twenty-second case set in the city of Crimsonden and also the seventh one to take place in the Spanish City district.

Plot

Malcolm and Kat stood in the mayor's office, seeing the town burning using wildfire. The two look horrified, and looked to the player for what to do next. The player started sweating confessing they had no idea what to do next, before they were contacted by Corinne who said she had gone out to investigate and that she had found a body in an abandoned factory. The team went to the factory, but weren't able to identify the body, as the fire had burned their hands so badly, they couldn't identify the victim through fingerprinting. The team started suspecting suspects starting with James Clarke who said that he was going to the factory for a safe place to hide, but when he was there, there was too much smoke so he decided to look elsewhere, such as a bunker where some people were living. The team searched that bunker to find and suspect Sapphire Lowe, who said that the police were useless because they couldn't do their jobs properly, and the town was ablaze anyways, and fashion designer Allen Roberts who tried apologizing for his actions of increasing cops, which led to useless deaths. After the suspect interrogations, Malcolm, Kat and the player sent the body to lab to learn that the killer was left-handed, before they talked about the investigation in the abandoned factory, as the flames weren't stopping, before the ground started to crack, and they fell into a drug chamber, which was way more modern.

Malcolm and Kat stepped into the drug chamber, theorizing that the drugs were moved pretty recently. The team searched the chamber to suspect Malcolm's sister Evelyn Harmon who said that she had been to the chamber, but the drugs were not there when she went to the chamber. They also suspected Ian's ex Ansel Gardner, who said that his brooch must have been put in the drug chamber to frame him, as he and Ian were on shaky terms. The team also found out that the trader had a pet parrot by seeing a feather on the drug packets. The team searched the abandoned building again this time suspecting mayor Derek Parker who had visited the building after he learnt of the murder to see the crime scene, and they also suspected private detective Adam Bourne who said that the building's fire was lit earlier than the wildfire, so it was one of the only safe places. Kat sighed on the unknown victim, before Corinne rushed in crying saying that she had found Lana's locket in the victim's dress.

Nicholas, Ian, Kat and Corinne all stood, before Corinne burst in tears, saying that Lana shouldn't have died, and that she would kill the Trader by her own hands. The team tried to calm her, before Corinne shut herself in her lab. The team continued their investigations, by searching the abandoned building's burned rations supply station, where they found motives linking multiple suspects to the murder, including learning that Evelyn was hiding information about the Trader from the team in her own investigation, and that Adam used to be friends with Ned Eccleston, thereby linking him to one of the trader's allies. The team also found out that the killer collected butterflies. Malcolm, Kat and the player then searched the entrance to the survivors bunker, to suspect that Ansel had tried to look for Ian in the flames, and entered the building but couldn't see Lana's body in the dark, and that James and Lana had a fight before they entered the factory, where James had requested Lana to make a smoke mask, but Lana refused, which led to her capture, before learning that the mayor was lifting the city lockdown, and sending cops into a burning city.


The team tried to talk down Derek from this action, but he said that if they could wear hazmat suits to protect from the wildfire, so could all the spare beat cops. Eleanor tried to explain that the hazmat suits were just for investigators, but Derek blew her off. The team searched the Survivor Bunker for any more leads towards suspects, only to learn that Sapphire had been confronted by Lana on a previous trial of hers, but Sapphire insisted that she was fair, and Malcolm let out on a sarcastic laugh on that comment. The team also learned that Allen and Lana had a fight, when Lana tried to prevent the extra cops bill but Allen was stubborn and made it pass using force. Malcolm, Kat and the player went back to the drug lab, seeing that a clock was ticking, and investigated the scene to find clues that gave away the killer to be Evelyn.

Malcolm refused to believe that the killer was Evelyn, saying that the team must have made some mistake. Kat said that all the people she expected to be the trader, Evelyn wasn't one of them. The trio looked at the clock, seeing it was ticking down to the trader's arrival, which meant Evelyn's arrival. The trio hid under some boxes, until the clock reached zero and Evelyn entered. Malcolm, Kat and the player immediately got up and Malcolm pointed his gun at Evelyn, who said that they finally had it all figured out. She said that Spanish City was the one district, which could be controlled, and that the conspiracy was the only place which appreciated her talents. Malcolm begged his sister that she didn't have to do this, and what drove her over the edge.

Evelyn scoffed and said that Malcolm was always Marge's favorite, despite him being a dumb fool. Evelyn said that her resentment built up over the years, when Malcolm got to fulfill his dream of being a cop, while Evelyn's dreams were always crushed because they were "risky" and they were "dangerous". She said that out of all the murders in Spanish City, Marge's murder was the only one which was influenced by personal feelings, and she was hoping that Malcolm would get Kat imprisoned for lifetime, or "better" kill her. She said that Spanish City was her playground, and that they wouldn't take it all away from her.

Kat then slowly asked Evelyn who was her helper inside the team, and how she was able to stay one step ahead. Evelyn gave a sarcastic laugh, saying that she knew she would have no friends in the team if she approached them as the Trader, before revealing that she had started manipulating Malcolm by crushing his self-esteem, and making him feel worthless even before the player arrived in town. Malcolm's eyes watered up with tears, and Evelyn laughed, saying that Malcolm was always the emotional sibling, and before long, Malcolm's self doubt and anxiety led him to believe Evelyn was his only ally and he started confiding with Evelyn on many team issues like they had found the lab, or who was the latest of her allies caught.

Evelyn continued saying that she had made plenty of mistakes, which Malcolm dismissed as coincidences. She laughed remembering that she had left the room to make a "call", and a few hours later, they found a call on Tyrone's phone threatening him. She also said that when the when the team had found out that David was the kidnapper, she called David to tell him to escape. She also said that she shot Tyrone, to frame The Justice, but failed in that attempt. She continued saying that she had no informants as she had said, and that those were her allies in the conspiracy. She warned them about the crime rate, and it rose. She laughed as she joked the trader being a 6'6" man resting in his mansion, probably never to be caught because the system was corrupt, and that the factory being a trap was a message she wanted to give directly and the team didn't notice. She said that she had already told the team how she tricked Malcolm into giving the location of the lab they had found, and that she was the quickest to forgive Kat, as she knew that Marge's death was her fault.

Malcolm pointed his gun directly at Evelyn, saying that she was a monster, but she had a heart. Evelyn laughed saying if they wanted to win, Malcolm had to pull the trigger, but shouting "Pull it" at Malcolm. Malcolm wondered if Evelyn wanted to die or not, before his eyes started tearing up, and he threw away the gun. Evelyn said that if he wasn't going to kill her, he had lost, and that she had all the cards to play, before clicking her fingers, and Charlotte, Kurtis, Ron, Ned, Zoey, William and Sapphire all entered the room with machine guns in their hands. Kat said that the bulletproof vests could only take a few bullets, before the trio had to run before they were shot down.

The team returned to the station, before Ian said that Ansel might be able to help them regarding Evelyn and the escapees. Eleanor casted doubt on the idea, but allowed the player and Ian to go to the survivor bunker. Ian said that the wildfire explosion had caused a lot of objects to go missing, including a brooch Ian had given to Ansel. Ian and the player searched the bunker for the lost brooch, only to find it but it was faded. Ian sent the brooch to Rosalyn who using her allies, got the brooch polished within the terror they were currently in. Ian went to Ansel, and said that the brooch was lost in the rubble, and put it on Ansel. Ansel said that the pair were being unhealthy for each other, and that they needed a break which was temporary. Ian's eyes slightly teared up, but he agreed saying that they were hurting each other, before kissing, and leaving.

The team then discussed what happened when Vicky Carson came into the precinct covered in smoke and soot. She said that she had found the location of the drug lab by accident, and had tried to look there, and had found a paper, which showed where the drugs might be going. The team went to the drug lab, only to find the paper faded. Louis and the player helped to unfade the paper, and then sent it to Joel for analysis. Joel confirmed the worst, saying that most of the drugs had been spread in the district of Blood Docks, and that Evelyn had a contact in the Blood Docks district. Vicky said that she had contacted all the people from her group of police informants in the district. Louis said that Vicky needed to be safe in the district, to which Vicky replied that she was already safe, and Louis kissed her, making their relationship official.

Malcolm, Kat and the player were pacing around, until the precinct phone rang, and Kat answered it. They heard Charlotte Weaver on the other side. She said that her job was to hide the drugs in the fashion show, but she hadn't done that, and kept it in her pocket, saying that she had never committed a murder, and would help them bring Evelyn down. She said as long she got a pardon, she would reveal the location. Judge Cross reluctantly agreed, before she said that Evelyn had made a number of cyphers in the drug boxes, and that they needed to find that. The trio searched the room, only to find coded cyphers, which they had to send to Rosalyn. Rosalyn revealed Evelyn was hiding in the Crimsonden crypts, and the team arrested Evelyn for her crimes. Judge Cross said Evelyn was one of the most vile criminals he had met, before sentencing her to life in prison with solitary confinement. Charlotte also got a pardon for her help.

The team went back to the station, when Ian rushed in saying that somebody had taken Lana's dead corpse from the morgue. Corinne looked disgusted and said why would anybody want a corpse, before Ian said that he worried the corpse might be used for experimentation. The team discussed where they could take a corpse, and Nicholas mentioned how he was going outside for a smoke, before Ian concluded that the killer could have dropped the corpse using a evidence bag, and in the abandoned building. Malcolm and the player found a bag in the abandoned building, before Corinne's analysis revealed that it was Lana's hair. The team looked puzzled why anybody wanted Lana's body specifically, before Corinne rushed outside crying.

Eleanor then called the player, Allison and Louis to her office. She confronted Allison saying that she was sneaking off way too often, and that she needed to tell the truth. Allison slowly said that she had found out Lizzie was part of the gangs of Church Road. Eleanor asked why it involved her, and Allison said that her sister Maria Buchanan wasn't actually dead, but the gangs had held her hostage. Eleanor looked worried, and Allison continued saying that she was trying to find out why Evelyn had Lizzie killed, so she could use that information to get her sister back. The team searched the ration supplies, only to find a file on Lizzie, which they sent to Joel. Joel said that Lizzie had been killed because the company Lizzie sponsored for was unknowingly being manipulated by Evelyn for money, and Lizzie had placed it all together except Evelyn's identity. Allison called an unknown number and told them this news, and the voice said Maria would be dropped at the Spanish City-Church Roads intersection. Allison and the player went to meet Maria, and the sisters had a heartfelt reunion, before a call came from Nicholas saying that the rest of the criminals had been found.

The player returned to the station, and talked to Nicholas, and Nicholas said that the criminals were found trying to flee the town in false identities. He mentioned how Judge Cross would sentence them to around 40 years, before Adrian Bradley came to the station, saying he would be willing to drive them to the courthouse. The prisoners got into the backseats, but the front key was missing. Joel, Adrian and the player decided to search the survival bunker for the key finding it in a pile of leaves, before Adrian got in, and Joel placed a camera on the car dashboard so he could track their location. The van was halfway to court, before the tracker started malfunction. Joel and the player reached the area, only to find the van completely blown up. Joel held his brother's body tight, saying that whoever caused the van to burst will pay, before the player spotted a silver pin of the Justice on the ground. Chief Carpenter said how situations were getting dire, and that would go to Blood Docks the next morning.

After the dust had settled... A figure carried Lana's corpse in a body bag to his lair. The Justice lay down the body, and picked the inventions Lana had created. The vicious serial killer got to work, before he tearfully removed Lana's heart, his face turning green. He soon placed a mechanical heart inside the place where Lana's real heart used to be. The serial killer then nervously picked up the remote that Lana had left, and clicked it, and her eyes opened. But it wasn't Lana O'Malley. It was somebody else, her empathic eyes replaced with soulless ones. The Justice brought forth a criminal to "Lana". And Lana picked up a scythe and slashed the criminal right open. The Justice switched off the remote, and now a soulless Lady with the Scythe would wander the streets...

Summary

Victim

  • Lana O'Malley (burned by wildfire)

Murder Weapon

  • Flames

Killer

  • Evelyn Harmon

Suspects

James Clarke
Lawyer
Height 6'0"
Age 35
Weight 160 lbs
Eyes black
Blood B+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is left-handed.
  • The suspect owns a pet parrot.
  • The suspect collects butterflies.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect has a scar.
Sapphire Lowe
Corrupt Lawyer
Height 5'9"
Age 62
Weight 150 lbs
Eyes green
Blood O+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is left-handed.
  • The suspect owns a pet parrot.
  • The suspect collects butterflies.
Allen Roberts
Fashion Designer
Height 6'0"
Age 49
Weight 195 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood B+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is left-handed.
  • The suspect owns a pet parrot.
  • The suspect collects butterflies.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect has a scar.
Evelyn Harmon
Malcolm's Sister
Height 5'6"
Age 37
Weight 140 lbs
Eyes green
Blood B-

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is left-handed.
  • The suspect has a pet parrot.
  • The suspect collects butterflies.

Suspect's Appearance

  • The suspect has a scar.
Ansel Gardner
Ian's Ex
Height 5'6"
Age 31
Weight 150 lbs
Eyes green
Blood B+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is left-handed.
  • The suspect has a pet parrot.
  • The suspect collects butterflies.
Derek Parker
Mayor
Height 6'1"
Age 42
Weight 150 lbs
Eyes green
Blood AB+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is left-handed.
  • The suspect has a pet parrot.
  • The suspect collects butterflies.
Adam Bourne
Private Detective
Height 6'3"
Age 55
Weight 180 lbs
Eyes green
Blood AB+

Suspect's Profile

  • The suspect is left-handed.
  • The suspect has a pet parrot.
  • The suspect collects butterflies.

Quasi-Suspects

Vicky Carson
Police Informant
Height 5'3"
Age 43
Weight 129 lbs
Eyes green
Blood A+

Suspect's Profile

Louis Bates
Senior Detective
Height 6'3"
Age 52
Weight 185 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood O+

Suspect's Profile

Charlotte Weaver
Model
Height 5'6"
Age 28
Weight 125 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood O+

Suspect's Profile

Allison Buchanan
Police Detective
Height 5'4"
Age 24
Weight 120 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood B-

Suspect's Profile

Maria Buchanan
Allison's Sister
Height 5'2"
Age 23
Weight 105 lbs
Eyes green
Blood B-

Suspect's Profile

Adrian Bradley
Joel's Brother
Height 6'0"
Age 21
Weight 140 lbs
Eyes green
Blood B-

Suspect's Profile

Joel Bradley
Tech Expert
Height 5'6"
Age 28
Weight 155 lbs
Eyes green
Blood B-

Suspect's Profile

Killer's Profile

  • The killer is left-handed.
  • The killer owns a pet parrot.
  • The killer collects butterflies.
  • The killer has green eyes.
  • The killer has a scar.

Crime Scenes

Abandoned Factory Rations Supplies Abandoned Factory Bonus
Survivor Bunker Entrance Survivor Bunker Bonus
Drug Lab Drug Boxes Drug Lab Bonus

Steps

Chapter 1- The Trader Has Won

  • Investigate Abandoned Factory. (New Clues: Victim's Body, Wallet)
  • Examine Wallet. (New Suspect: James Clarke)
  • Ask James what he was doing on the murder site. (Prerequisite: Wallet Examined)
  • Investigate Survivor Bunker. (New Clues: Necklace, Diary)
  • Examine Necklace. (New Suspect: Sapphire Lowe)
  • Confront Sapphire about being at the bunker. (Prerequisite: Necklace Examined)
  • Examine Diary. (New Suspect: Allen Roberts)
  • Ask Allen about hiding in the bunker. (Prerequisite: Diary Examined)
  • Analyze Victim's Body. (18:00:00, Killer's Profile Updated: The killer is left-handed).
  • Move on to Chapter 2! (1 star)

Chapter 2- He Who Hesitates

  • Investigate Drug Lab. (New Clues: Handkerchief, Locket, Drug Packet)
  • Examine Handkerchief. (New Suspect: Evelyn Harmon)
  • Ask Evelyn what her handkerchief was doing in the lab. (Prerequisite: Handkerchief Examined, Profile Updated: Evelyn is left handed).
  • Examine Locket. (New Suspect: Ansel Gardner)
  • Confront Ansel about his locket. (Prerequisite: Locket Examined, Profile Updated: Ansel is left-handed).
  • Examine Drug Packet. (Result: Feathers)
  • Analyze Feathers. (09:00:00, Prerequisite: Drug Packet Examined, Profile Updated: The killer has a pet parrot).
  • Investigate Abandoned Factory. (New Clues: Mayoral Seal, Watch)
  • Examine Mayoral Seal. (New Suspect: Derek Parker)
  • Confront Derek about being at the crime scene. (Prerequisite: Mayoral Seal Examined, Profile Updated: Derek is left-handed and has a pet parrot).
  • Examine Watch. (New Suspect: Adam Bourne)
  • Ask Adam why he was on the victim's crime scene. (Prerequisite: Watch Examined, Profile Updated: Adam is left-handed and has a pet parrot).
  • Move on to Chapter 3! (1 star)

Chapter 3- No Survivors Left

  • Investigate Ration Supplies. (New Clues: Notepad, Torn Photo, Threat)
  • Examine Notepad. (Result: Hidden Details)
  • Ask Evelyn about hiding her private investigation. (Prerequisite: Notepad Examined, Profile Updated: Evelyn has a pet parrot).
  • Examine Torn Photo. (Result: Adam and Ned)
  • Ask Adam why he hid his friendship with Ned. (Prerequisite: Torn Photo Examined)
  • Examine Threat. (Result: Pet Food)
  • Analyze Pet Food. (06:00:00, Prerequisite: Threat Examined, Profile Updated: The killer collects butterflies; Adam collects butterflies, Evelyn collects butterflies).
  • Investigate Entrance. (New Clues: GPS Tracker, James' phone)
  • Examine GPS Tracker. (Result: Ansel's locations)
  • Confront Ansel about being on the crime scene. (Prerequisite: GPS Tracker Examined, Profile Updated: Ansel has a pet parrot and collects butterflies).
  • Examine James' Phone. (Result: Text Messages)
  • Question James why he warned Lana. (Prerequisite: James' Phone Examined, Profile Updated: James is left-handed, has a pet parrot and collects butterflies).
  • Move on to Chapter 4! (1 star)

Chapter 4- The Wrath

  • Try to talk Derek down from his actions. (Profile Updated: Derek collects butterflies).
  • Investigate Survivor Bunker. (New Clues: Trial Records, Letter)
  • Examine Trial Records. (Result: Unfair Trial)
  • Question Sapphire on rigging trials in the past. (Prerequisite: Trial Records Examined, Profile Updated: Sapphire is left-handed, has a pet parrot and collects butterflies).
  • Examine Letter. (Result: Bill)
  • Confront Allen about ignoring Lana. (Prerequisite: Letter Examined, Profile Updated: Allen is left-handed, has a pet parrot and collects butterflies).
  • Investigate Drug Boxes. (New Clues: Burned Gloves, Cream Bottle)
  • Examine Burned Gloves. (Result: DNA)
  • Analyze DNA. (09:00:00, Prerequisite: Burned Gloves Examined, Killer's Profile Updated: The killer has green eyes).
  • Examine Cream Bottle. (Result: Spilled Ointment)
  • Analyze Spilled Ointment. (15:00:00, Prerequisite: Cream Bottle Examined, Killer's Profile Updated: The killer has a scar).
  • Arrest the killer now! (1 star)
  • Move on to Escape from the Darkness (7/7)! (1 star)

Escape from the Darkness (7/7)- After the Flames

  • Talk to Ian about what help he needs. (Result: Reconciliation)
  • Investigate Entrance. (New Clue: Broken Brooch)
  • Examine Broken Brooch. (Result: Rusted Brooch)
  • Analyze Rusted Brooch. (05:00:00, Prerequisite: Broken Brooch Examined, Result: Inscription)
  • Talk to Ansel about the brooch. (Reward: 20,000 coins)
  • Talk to Vicky about what she found out. (Result: A Separate Contact)
  • Investigate Drug Lab. (New Clues: Location Map)
  • Examine Location Map. (Result: Ally's Location)
  • Analyze Ally's Location. (09:00:00, Prerequisite: Location Map Examined, Result: Blood Docks)
  • Inform the team along with Louis about the ally. (Result: Cops Sent, Reward: Blood Stained Leather Jacket)
  • Pick up Charlotte's call. (Result: Evelyn's Location)
  • Investigate Drug Boxes. (New Clue: Hidden Codes)
  • Examine Hidden Codes. (Result: Cyphers)
  • Analyze Cyphers. (07:00:00, Prerequisite: Hidden Codes Examined, Result: Arrested)
  • Attend the trials of Evelyn Harmon and Charlotte Weaver. (Reward: 50 xp)
  • Talk to Ian about what happened. (Result: Missing Body)
  • Investigate Abandoned Building. (New Clues: Evidence Bags)
  • Examine Evidence Bags. (Result: Hair Strands)
  • Analyze Hair Strands. (10:00:00, Prerequisite: Evidence Bags Examined, Result: Lana's Hair)
  • Comfort Corinne. (Reward: Burger)
  • Talk to Allison what she has been hiding from the team. (Result: Denial)
  • Investigate Survivor Bunker. (New Clues: Acid Filled Files)
  • Examine Acid Filled Files. (Result: Lizzie's File)
  • Analyze Lizzie's File. (04:00:00, Prerequisite: Acid Filled Files Examined, Result: Reasoning)
  • Go meet with Maria Buchanan. (Reward: Brooch)
  • Talk to Adrian Bradley. (Result: Prison Van)
  • Investigate Ration Supplies. (New Clues: Pile of Leaves)
  • Examine Pile of Leaves. (Result: Van Key)
  • Analyze Van Key. (08:00:00, Prerequisite: Pile of Leaves Examined, Result: Explosion)
  • Go with Joel to see the explosion. (Reward: Prison Outfit)
  • Move on to a new case! (1 star)

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