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#616 : Partis en fumée

Martin Sidley et sa petite amie Angie passent la soirée en amoureux près de la cheminée. C'est alors que le salon se remplit peu à peu de fumée. Le couple parvient à s'échapper et à appeler la police, qui retrouve un corps calciné dans la cheminée. Sara, Nick et Brass se rendent sur les lieux pour enquêter. L'autopsie révèle rapidement l'identité de la victime, et les Experts sont amenés à rouvrir le dossier du meurtre non élucidé de la jeune Caroline Fitzgibbons. Ils commencent leurs investigations en allant rencontrer le père de la jeune fille. Ils mènent un interrogatoire serré et sont bien décidés à tout reprendre à zéro. 


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Up in smoke

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Partis en fumée

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Écrit par : Josh Berman
Réalisé par : Duane Clark 

Avec : Louise Lombard (Sofia Curtis), Wallace Langham (David Hodges), Liz Vassey (Wendy Simms), Marc Vann (Conrad Ecklie), Sheeri Rappaport (Mandy Webster), David Berman (David Phillips) 

Guests :

  • Keir O'Donnell ..... Ken Richmond
  • Jon Lindstrom ..... Martin Sidley
  • Scott William Winters ..... Don Fitzgibbons
  • Jaime Lee Kirchner ..... Angie
  • Johnny Lewis ..... Tad Sidley
  • William Allen Young ..... Duane McWane
  • Nate Mooney ..... Larry Smite
  • James Parks ..... Jonathan Wax
  • Katie Gill ..... Caroline Fitzgibbons
  • Johnny Miller ..... Officer Clark 





(Angie walks around the living room with a glass of champagne in her hand as she admires the photo nudes on the walls..  She's dressed in her black lace underwear and an open shirt.  )  

(She looks over at Martin, who is starting a fire in the large fireplace.)  

ANGIE:  You know, first time I had sex was in front of a fire ... on a bear skin rug.

(She sits down on the bearskin rug.)  

ANGIE:  It was so romantic.

(Martin laughs wryly as he joins her.  He picks up his glass.)

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Gee, and all this time ... I thought you were still a virgin.

ANGIE:  (snickers)  Yeah, right.  You only asked for my number 'cause you heard I was easy.

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Oh, you found me out.

ANGIE:  I did.

(As they laugh, something from inside the chimney falls into the fire.  The fire crackles and grows larger.)  

ANGIE:  Cheers.

(They clink glasses and sip.  Angie sees the smoking coming out of the fireplace.  Something is blocking the chimney.)  

ANGIE:  Oh, my God!

(The smoke alarm beeps.)



(The police and fire department vehicles are parked outside the Sidley residence.)  

(The firemen climb up the roof to check the chimney.  They peer inside and find a dead body.)  

FIREMAN:  We've got a body!  Alert homicide and CSI!



(The attic door opens.  Sara and Nick climb inside to check the chimney.)  

(Sara looks around and sees various items - bikes, roller skates, boots, crutches - around.  She sees a dead, petrified rat in a trap.)  

(Nick puts his kit down.)  

SARA:  Chimney extends about four feet from the roofline ... assuming the vic was average height ... and didn't curl up ... head should be right about here.

(Sara drills her way through the bricks in the chimney.)  

NICK:  Good!

(She clears off some bricks.)  

NICK:  Okay.

(She and Nick clear the bricks.  Nick punches through the clay backing and they find the burnt remains.)  

SARA:  Whew!  Smoldering flesh has the stench of burnt pork ... except much worse.

NICK:  I smell a little decomp, but mostly the fireplace down below.  The body's really positioned too far to be in that condition.

SARA:  Which means ... the vic was charbroiled somewhere else, tossed in the chimney, and smoked.

(Nick nods.)  





(Nick and David Phillips stand in front of the open chimney looking at the burned body.)  

NICK:  Check out that mold.  It's just eating away at the flesh.

DAVID PHILLIPS:  That much mold would suggest he was burned at least a few days ago.

NICK:  He?

DAVID PHILLIPS:  I measured the pelvic bone -- sub-pubic angle's less than ninety degrees.  He's male.  Any suggestions on how to proceed?  

NICK:  Wrap and roll.


(David picks up a sheet and hands it to Nick.  David spreads a second sheet out on the attic floor.  Nick wraps his sheet around the body.)  

NICK:  Okay, you get the head.


NICK:  On three ...


NICK:  One, two ... three.

(They remove the body from the chimney.)

DAVID PHILLIPS:  Mm! He's lighter than I expected.

NICK:  Most of the muscle and flesh have burned away.  He's pretty well drained
of fluids.  He probably weighed twice as much when he was alive.

DAVID PHILLIPS:  Well, that would explain how the killer was able to carry him
up to the roof and then foist him down the chimney.

NICK:  Yeah.  Get him to the morgue.



(Sofia talks with Martin Sidley.)  

MARTIN SIDLEY:  I started the fire and the smoke just started pouring out.

SOFIA CURTIS:  And it was just the two of you in the house.



(Meanwhile, Brass talks with Angie.)  

ANGIE:  I had just gotten off work; I came over for a nightcap.

BRASS:  So how long have you known each other?

ANGIE:  Mm ... a few months.

SOFIA CURTIS:  Do you live alone?

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Yeah.  Divorced.  Have a son in college.

SOFIA CURTIS:  Did you hear anything up on the roof in the past week or so?

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Well, no, I was out of town on business till yesterday.

SOFIA CURTIS:  And when was the last time you used the fireplace?

MARTIN SIDLEY:  A few months ago ... around Christmas.

BRASS:  I mean, there was a dead man in your chimney.  Didn't you notice anything when you lit the fireplace?

ANGIE:  Martin's got a rat problem.  Um ... the little suckers get caught in the traps, and just stink for a couple of days.  We smelled something, but we figured it was ...

MARTIN SIDLEY:  ... a rat.

SARA:  (o.s.)  Excuse me, Mr. Sidley?  

(He turns around to find Sara standing behind him.)  

SARA:  There's a ladder leaning against the side of the house ... ?

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Yeah, that's mine.  It been there since ... about New Year's,
when I took down the Christmas lights.

SARA:  I'd like to get a set of your fingerprints.  I'm going to be dusting the
ladder for prints.  I'd like to eliminate yours.

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Yeah, sure.




(David goes over the body, taking various swab samples.  He lifts a plastic credit card-shaped item out of the victim's shirt pocket.  He looks at it and places it in a metal bin.)  

(Nick walks in.)  

NICK:  Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside?

DAVID PHILLIPS:  Crispy though and through.  Based on the melted fibers, he was probably wearing a polyester shirt.

NICK:  Well, synthetics are just plastic polymers.  They melt instead of burn. (Nick sees the burned plastic in the metal bin.)  What's that?

DAVID PHILLIPS:  Oh, some sort of plastic.  I found it where his shirt pocket would've been.  I'm thinking maybe a credit card.

NICK:  Good, good. I'll work it up; try to get an ID.



(Catherine walks through the hallway when Warrick finds her.)  

WARRICK:  Catherine ...


WARRICK:  Do you remember this Caroline Fitzgibbons case?  About a year ago?  

(She takes the file from him.)

CATHERINE:  Of course I do, yeah.  Missing person, we never found her.

BROWN:  Yeah, she was a minor, allegedly having an affair with a Mr. Martin ...

CATHERINE:  Ugh, yeah, what a creep.

(Quick flashback to:  [EXT. SIDLEY RESIDENCE - FRONT PORCH - DAY]  Catherine is
at the front door talking with Martin Sidley.)  

MARTIN SIDLEY:  She's an aspiring photographer.  I recently purchased several of
her self-portraits.

CATHERINE:  Mr. Sidley, her father says that she was headed over here the day
before yesterday, and he hasn't heard from her since.  

WARRICK:  Would you mind if we come in?

MARTIN SIDLEY:  You know, now's not a good time.  So, unless you have a warrant,
the answer is no.

(He closes the door on them.)  




(Warrick and Catherine exit their SUV.  Sara sees them.)  

SARA:  What are you guys doing here?

WARRICK:  We were hoping that you'd invite us to help out with your investigation.

SARA:  Invite you?!

CATHERINE:  Warrick and I were looking for a missing person about a year ago, and we tried to get a warrant to search this residence.  The owner denied us access.

SARA:  Now that it's a crime scene, it's fair game, if you're part of the investigation.  

WARRICK:  You're picking up what we're putting down.  

SARA:  Well, I've processed room-to-room, photo-documented, sketched the layout
... feel free to dig a little deeper.  I'm gonna dust the chimney for prints.  
I'll be on the roof for awhile.


[INT. CSI - LAB -- DAY]  

(Nick processes the burned ID card.  Greg walks in and looks around at the

GREG:  I'll take "video spectral analysis" for two hundred, Nick.

NICK:  Yeah, it's a charred piece of plastic found in chimney guy's pocket.  It may be a credit card.  I'm trying to get some ID off of it.

GREG:  That's a gym membership card.

NICK:  How do you know that?

GREG:  The logo in the corner -- it's Burt's Gym -- I belong to the one on Flamingo.

NICK:  Oh, yeah?  You, uh ... been pumping iron there, Greg?

GREG:  Yeah, a little, uh ... Muy Thai.  It's competitive kickboxing.  Gotta balance weights with cardio, you know what I mean?

NICK:  Yeah, okay, thanks.  Anyway, I'll, uh, check it.  Maybe I can get a membership name.

GREG:  Oh, you won't.  Member names are printed in black ink.  VSA only brings out the colors.

NICK:  Oh.  Maybe it'll help us clear up the photo.

(Nick works on the photo and comes up with a picture.)  

NICK:  Nice.



(Sara is on the roof.  She dusts the chimney bricks and removes a set of prints.)  



(Catherine looks around the living room.  On the side are framed photos of a
beautiful, blonde-haired woman, Caroline Fitzgibbons.)  

(Quick flashback to:  The photo of Caroline Fitzgibbons from the file folder.  
End of flashback.)  

(Catherine turns around to look at the living room.)  

(Sara carefully makes her way down the side of the roof to the vent.)  

(She takes out a camera and snaps a photo of the vent.  She dusts and finds a

(Catherine uses the ALS on the hardwood floors on the base of the stairs.)  

(Various dissolves as Catherine works throughout the room.)

(Warrick snaps a photo in the bedroom.  He looks around.  He opens the chest at
the base of the bed.  He walks over to the desk and opens the drawer.  He snaps
a photo of the drawer.)  

(Sara turns around and finds a white piece of thin plastic.  She snaps a photo
and picks it up.)  


(Using the ALS, Catherine finds something on the stairs.  She quickly swabs it
and tests it for blood.  It tests negative.  Warrick walks down the stairs and
notices the photos in the living room.)  

WARRICK:  Well, hello, Caroline.  She was, what, like 16?  Isn't it a felony to
purchase pornographic pictures of a minor?

(Warrick snaps a photo of the photo.)

CATHERINE:  Well, believe it or not, exceptions are made for photographs with
serious artistic or scientific merit.

(He walks over to the other photos hanging on the walls.)  

WARRICK:   (scoffs)  Oh, yeah.  These look real scientific.

(He snaps photos of them as well.)

CATHERINE:  I don't make the rules.  So found a large, diffuse pool of
fluorescence here on the wood floor.  It's consistent with bleach or some other
cleaning compound.

WARRICK:  Bleach on a wood floor, huh?


WARRICK:  I presume you pheno'ed it?

CATHERINE:  Yeah.  It was negative for blood.

(Warrick looks at the stairs.)  

CATHERINE:  What are you doing?

WARRICK:  I'm looking for the tiniest crack between the planks.  You know, you
can scrub blood off a surface, but you can't scrub beneath it.

(Warrick takes out a pocket knife and pries it in the crack in the stairs.)  

WARRICK:  Yeah ...

(A piece of the board clatters to the floor.  On the board is a spot of blood.)

WARRICK:  We got blood.



(Catherine talks with Martin Sidley and his lawyer Duane McWane.)  

MARTIN SIDLEY:  As I told you last year, I knew Caroline professionally.  We had
coffee a couple of times.  She was a promising photographer; I'm a collector. We
had a lot to talk about.

CATHERINE:  How many times is "a couple of times"?

MARTIN SIDLEY:  I don't know, five or six times over a month or two.

CATHERINE:  Were they dates?

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Well, we weren't having sexual relations, if that's what you're
getting at.

CATHERINE:  Was she ever in your house?

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Yeah, I invited her over to see my collection.  Look, I'll admit
that I was attracted to her, but when she told me her real age, I told her, it
was inappropriate for us to see each other.

CATHERINE:  How very responsible of you.  And you had that conversation how many
days before she went missing?

DUANE MCWANE:  I'm sorry, but we're not here to talk about Caroline, all right?  
So unless you're on some kind of cold-case fishing expedition ...

CATHERINE:  We found an old blood pool in your living room.  You want to tell me
about that?

DUANE MCWANE:  Don't answer that.  Ms. Willows, let's get something straight.  
You found a body in the chimney, so you searched his house for clues, but you
had no legal right to look for any evidence unrelated to this case.

CATHERINE:  We were just working the scene.

(Catherine places an evidence bag with the piece of wood on the table.  She
clears her throat.)

CATHERINE:  This piece of wood was pried from your living room.  The surface was
scrubbed with a cleaning agent, but we found a spot of blood ... right there.

(She points to the spot of blood on the wood.)  

MARTIN SIDLEY:  You mean, you ripped up my damn floor.  What is going on here?

DUANE MCWANE:  As soon as this is over, I intend to file an emergency motion to
limit the scope or your warrant.  I also intend to file a motion in limine to
exclude this evidence, which was illegally seized, in violation of my client's
fourth amendment rights.  

CATHERINE:  This house was processed in accordance with CSI protocol, but do
what you have to do.

MARTIN SIDLEY:  You've been coming at me since day one, and I'm starting to
resent it.

DUANE MCWANE:  Martin ...

MARTIN SIDLEY:  You have a problem with me because I appreciate younger women?  
I had nothing to do with that girl's disappearance.  You want to come after me?  
You're going to regret it.

CATHERINE:  Your client has a bit of a temper.

DUANE MCWANE:  Well, if you don't have any questions pertaining to the dead body
in his chimney, we're done here.


(Nick watches as Duane McWane gets to his feet.  Catherine holds up a hand.)  

CATHERINE:  Sit down. Please.  

(Catherine turns to the window and nods.  Nick leaves the observation room.)  


(Nick walks into the room.)  

CATHERINE:  Gentlemen, this is Nick Stokes.  He's a colleague of mine.  We found
identification on the decedent in the chimney.

NICK:  A gym card.  Actually, it was found in his pocket.  The Crime Lab
restored the charred image, but we couldn't get a name.  We we're hoping you
could help make a positive ID.

(Nick puts the photo on the table.  Martin looks at his lawyer.  Duane McWane

(He looks at the photo.)  

MARTIN SIDLEY:  This belonged to the person in my chimney?

NICK:  Yes, sir. You recognize him?

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Well, this is-this is Tad.  This is my son.





(Dr. Robbins goes over the body with Nick.)  

NICK:  Let me guess:  He burned to death.

ROBBINS:  I can't confirm COD.

NICK:  Come on, Doc, this isn't a hard one.  

ROBBINS:  His bones are fractured; check out the femur.

NICK:  It's not uncommon to find bone fractures in fire victims.

(Quick CGI EFX:  The bones are on fire, crackle and break.)

NICK:  (v.o.)  The body produces heat, causing the long bones to contract and

(End of CGI EFX.)

ROBBINS:  Well, that's right, but check out the chips in the skull.

NICK:  Bone chipping is also a symptom of extreme heat.

(Quick CGI EFX:  The skull burns and the bones chip away.)

ROBBINS:  (v.o.)  Very good. So, if we didn't know better, fire could be the
cause of death.

(End of CGI EFX.)

NICK:  What are you getting at?

ROBBINS:  You see the blood spot on the interior of the forehead?

NICK:  Yeah ...

ROBBINS:  As far as I know, fire can't explain a subdural hematoma.

NICK:  No.  No, it can't.

ROBBINS:  Our victim suffered blunt force trauma, prior to going up in flames.



(Mandy Webster is processing the prints found on the Sidley rooftop.)  

(She compares the prints with Martin Sidley.  There's NO MATCH.)

(She compares the prints with Tad Sidley.  There's NO MATCH.)

(She runs the unidentified print through the database.)  

(Sara walks into the lab.)  

SARA:  How are you doing on the prints?

MANDY WEBSTER:  Well, all three prints from the chimney are consistent with each
other.  I compared them to the homeowner's prints and his son's prints; the work
card's in the system. There's no match.  I'm running the print through I-AFIS.

SARA:  What about the print from the chimney cap?

MANDY WEBSTER:  There's not a match to the chimney prints, not a match to either
Sidley.  There's no hits on I-AFIS. I'm sorry.

SARA:  Not your fault.

(The computer beeps and finds a match to:
     (CASE #LVPD 01 07 21-1645 SC)
     DOB:  04-14-78
     AGE:  27     HEIGHT:  5'10"
     WEIGHT:  163 LBS     EYES:  BROWN
          2128 DESERT WAY
          HENDERSON, NV  89012
     STATUE:   NRS 200-366

MANDY WEBSTER:  At least you got yourself a match for the chimney prints -- a
Jonathan Wax, from Henderson, served four years for attempted rape and he was
released six months ago.

SARA:  Thank you.

MANDY WEBSTER:  You're welcome.



(Sara interviews Jonathan Wax.)  

JONATHAN WAX:  I served my time.  What do you want with me now?

SARA:  "Attempted rape."  What exactly happened?

JONATHAN WAX:  Pepper spray.  That stuff really stings.

SARA:  Uh, what can you tell me about, um, Tad Sidley?

JONATHAN WAX:  (shakes his head)  Who?

(Sara puts the DMV license photo on the table for TAD SIDLEY
     247 DUNPHY RD.
     LAS VEGAS, NV  89101


(Sara pushes the photo of the burned corpse across the table toward him to look

SARA:  Maybe you remember him a little more like this?

(He looks at the photo.)

JONATHAN WAX:  (chuckles)  Holy mother ...

SARA:  He was murdered, set on fire, stuffed in a chimney, and the only prints
on the chimney are yours.

JONATHAN WAX:  You said the last name was Sidley?

SARA:  Uh-huh.

JONATHAN WAX:  Well, I worked a Sidley place out near Lake Mead, right?

SARA:  What were you doing on the roof?

JONATHAN WAX:  That's what I do -- Chad's Chimney Sweeps.  I clean fireplaces
and chimneys.  I was out at that Sidley place about a month ago.  You can call
Chad.  I remember that place.  Man, that guy had one big-ass chimney.

SARA:  I don't suppose you saw a body while you were there?

JONATHAN WAX:  Look, I may be an ex-con, but even I would've dialed 9-1-1.



(Conrad Ecklie is talking with someone in the hallway when Catherine turns the
corner.  He sees her and stops her.)  

CONRAD ECKLIE:  Catherine.  (to the man he's talking with)  Excuse me.

(They continue down the hall together.)  

CONRAD ECKLIE:  I just got a call from the DA about you.  Martin Sidley's
attorney filed a motion to suppress.

CATHERINE:  Oh, it's just posturing.  There's no way that our search violated
his rights.

CONRAD ECKLIE:  Fortunately, the judge agreed with you.


CONRAD ECKLIE:  But ... we have been warned:  Future searches of the residence
are limited to areas specifically pertaining to the case at hand.  And I think
it's best if neither you nor Warrick went back to the house.

CATHERINE:  Well, hopefully, we have to.

(Warrick catches Catherine in the hallway with Ecklie.)  

WARRICK:  Hey.  I was able to get in touch with Caroline's father.  He's on his
way back to his house to pick up his daughter's toiletries, and he'll meet us
back here.

CATHERINE:  We're trying to get a DNA sample from Caroline's personal effects
and compare it to a blood drop that was on the living room steps.

WARRICK:  Incidentally, I was able to speak with someone at WLVU.  Tad Sidley
was a student there, with the roommate.  Now, Doc Robbins told me the kid had
been dead for at least two weeks.  I'd be interested in talking to the roommate
to find out why no one reported him missing.

CATHERINE:  Absolutely.  

WARRICK:  Come with?


(Warrick and Catherine leave.)  

CONRAD ECKLIE:  (calls out)  Okay, guys, good luck.

CATHERINE:  Thank you.



(Catherine and Warrick walk up to Tad Sidley's dorm room.  They knock on the
door and the roommate answers.)  

ROOMMATE:  Can I help you?

CATHERINE:  This is Tad Sidley's dorm room, right?

ROOMMATE:  Yeah ... look, whatever he did, I wasn't involved.

WARRICK:  When was the last time you saw him?

ROOMMATE:  I-I don't know.  A couple weeks ago.

CATHERINE:  And why didn't you report him missing?

ROOMMATE:  Look, Tad's a third-year freshman.  Or as he likes to call it, "a
three-peater."  He disappears for weeks at a time.  (rolls his eyes)  What
happened to him?

CATHERINE:  He was murdered.  May we come in?

(He nods and they enter the room.)  

CATHERINE:  Were you and Tad good friends?

ROOMMATE:  No, not exactly.

CATHERINE:  Why not?

ROOMMATE:  Look, I study my ass off.  When Tad's here, he's baked for breakfast,
lunch and dinner.  He's distracting.  He blares his music.  He invites his
friends over to party.  He is ... or was ... inconsiderate.  Fortunately, he
wasn't around much.

CATHERINE:  Any idea who killed him?

ROOMMATE:  Look, the guy was a pain in my ass, but everybody else seemed to love
him.  His dad's totally loaded, and tad was pretty generous.

WARRICK:  (interrupts)  Catherine ...

(He finds a yellow post-it on the bulletin board for

WARRICK:  Don Fitzgibbons and a phone number?

CATHERINE:  Caroline's dad.  (to the roommate)  What do you know about this?

ROOMMATE:  I never noticed it.

WARRICK:  You mind if I take it with me?

ROOMMATE:  Go ahead; take whatever you want.  Look, there's this rumor going
around campus that if your roommate dies, you get an automatic 4.0 for the
semester.  You know, because of all of the traumatic stress.  Who ... who should
I talk to about that?


[INT. CSI - LAB -- DAY]  

(Hodges processes the plastic found on the Sidley roof.  He removes it from the
evidence bag.  The label reads:  
     OFFENSE:  LVPD   06 02 15  1713
     DATE OF INCIDENT:  02-15-06
     TIME:  21:14

(Hodges removes the piece of plastic, cuts a small piece off it and sticks it to
a slide.  He puts it under the scope and looks at it.)

(He gets an analysis of the material.  He prints out the analysis.)  

(Sara walks in.)  

HODGES:  Roof trace analysis.  Afraid it's not going to be very helpful.

SARA:  Why?

HODGES:  Polyethylene plastic.

SARA:  Compounds used in about a million different products.

HODGES:  I hope that's not all you got.



(Catherine talks with Don Fitzgibbons.)  

DON FITZGIBBONS:  I don't understand.  If you found blood in Sidley's house, why
isn't he in jail?  I mean, can't you at least hold him until you determine
whether or not it's Caroline's?

CATHERINE:  That's not my decision to be made.  Unfortunately, the DA feels that
we need more.

DON FITZGIBBONS:  (snorts)  It's just like a year ago.  It wasn't enough that I
believed that Martin was sleeping with my daughter ... that she disappeared on
the way to his house.  Ms. Willows, the man paid her $800 for her photos and
told her she had a great eye.  (He gives the plastic bag to Catherine.)  I
brought her brushes and combs.  Anything else I could find.  Think you'll be
able to get enough DNA off that stuff?

CATHERINE:  Oh, yes, absolutely.

DON FITZGIBBONS:  I know the cops say that if you don't find them quickly, you
don't usually find them alive.  But every time the phone rings or there's a
knock at the door, my first thought ... my first hope is that, uh ... it's

CATHERINE:  Mr. Fitzgibbons, we found your name and number written on a post-it
in Tad Sidley's dorm room.  Can you explain how it got there?

DON FITZGIBBONS:  When you guys were first investigating her disappearance, you
couldn't get access to Sidley's place, so I appealed to his kid.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. DORM ROOM-DAY]  Don Fitzgibbons talks with Tad

TAD SIDLEY:  Okay, look, I may not like my old man, but he's not a killer.  And
if you think he is, go to the cops.

DON FITZGIBBONS:  The cops can't get a warrant.  I'm not saying he hurt
Caroline, but maybe there's something in your house that will help me find her.

TAD SIDLEY:  I'm sorry, okay?  I'm sorry.  I can't just ...

DON FITZGIBBONS:  Look, maybe you could just talk to him.  Convince him to let
me take a look around the place.

TAD SIDLEY:  Look, I see my dad once a month... when I pick up my check.  He's
not going to listen to me.

DON FITZGIBBONS:  All right, if you change your mind, give me a call.  Anytime.

(Don Fitzgibbons writes down his name and number on a post-it, then places it on
the bulletin board.

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)  

DON FITZGIBBONS:  Unfortunately, I never heard from him.  Ms. Willows ... if the
blood you found matches my daughter's DNA, tell me that the bastard's going to
jail ... for the rest of his life.





(Wendy Simms talks with Catherine and Warrick as they walk through the hallway.)  

WENDY SIMMS:  So the DNA I extracted from the hair on Caroline's brush is
consistent with the blood found on the wood floor.

WARRICK:  Thank you.  Case closed.

CATHERINE:  Now wait a minute.  We only found a single drop of blood.  No doubt
Sidley's attorney will argue that Caroline may have cut herself.  He already
admitted that she was in his house.

WARRICK:  Oh, come on, you saw the amount of fluorescence on that floor.  You
don't use a bucket of bleach to clean up a paper cut.

CATHERINE:  Yeah, and you don't get a murder conviction off of a single drop of
a victim's blood.

WENDY SIMMS:  So you need to find the body.

CATHERINE:  That would certainly help.



(Grissom is in his office looking at Tad Sidley's DMV photo in one hand and a
photo of the burned body in his other.  Sofia Curtis walks in.)  

SOFIA CURTIS:  Sorry to interrupt.  As per protocol, Metro flagged Tad Sidley's
credit cards.  A couple of hours ago someone used his AMEX to purchase gas in
Seven Hills.

GRISSOM:  Is that someone in custody?

SOFIA CURTIS:  Unfortunately, the Gas and Go cashier ran the card manually.  So
by the time the credit card company flagged the purchase, the guy had taken off.  
But the station has video surveillance and the cashier claims he could ID him.  

GRISSOM:  Have you told Nick and Sara?

SOFIA CURTIS:  Nick's in the AV Lab now with the videotape and the cashier.

GRISSOM:  So the next time this someone uses the credit card ...

SOFIA CURTIS:  We're all over it.

(Sofia leaves.  Grissom gets up and leaves.)  


[INT. CSI - A/V LAB -- DAY]  

(Nick is going through the security video from the Gas and Go, while Larry, the
cashier, stands next to him ready to ID the suspect.)  

NICK:  You sure you remember this guy who stole Tad Sidley's credit card?

LARRY SMITE:  For sure.  It was a platinum and the guy was like young.  I mean,
I couldn't even qualify for a VISA.

(Grissom walks in.)  

NICK:  Grissom, meet Larry.  Larry's from the Gas and Go.

GRISSOM:  Thanks for coming in, Larry.

LARRY SMITE:  Oh, for sure.  

(They go back to watching the video on the monitors.  He sees something.)  

LARRY SMITE:  Wait.  Stop ... stop the video.

(Nick stops the video.)  

LARRY SMITE:  Yeah, I remember that jacket and the blond hair.  That's his sweet
car right behind him.  Lucky son of a bitch.  I drive an '82 Buick.

GRISSOM:  Nick, try the unsharp mask.

(Nick focuses in on the suspect in the video and zooms in.  He's momentarily
distracted when Larry starts hitting his hands together.  The computer program
adjusts the pixelation.)

LARRY SMITE:  Yeah, that's it.  That's him.  That's your dude.

GRISSOM:  That's Tad Sidley.

LARRY SMITE:  That was the name on the credit card.

GRISSOM:  Is this video from today?

NICK:  Yeah, I downloaded it myself.

GRISSOM:  Well, if that's Tad Sidley, who's in the morgue?



(Sara is in the layout room, the photos of both cases spread out on the table in
front of her.  Catherine walks in.)  

CATHERINE:  Hey. Thanks for your help.

SARA:  No problem.  I laid out the photos and sketches.

CATHERINE:  Thank you.

SARA:  What are you looking for exactly?

CATHERINE:  When we showed up at the scene a year ago, Sidley wouldn't let us
into his house.  I'm guessing because the body was still inside.

SARA:  He knew you'd detect the smell.

CATHERINE:  Kind of like "Telltale Heart."

SARA:  Edgar Allan Poe.

CATHERINE:  Guy commits a murder and buries the body under the floorboards of
his house.

SARA:  Catherine, I got to tell you, I don't see anything probative.

WILLOWS:  Are both these sketches drawn to the same scale?

SARA:  Yeah, half inch equals a foot.

(She puts the two sketches over each other.)  

CATHERINE:  All right ... the attic is above the living room.  They both share
the same chimney.

SARA:  Yeah?  What are you thinking?

CATHERINE:  The east wall of the house is 17 feet from the chimney in the living
room.  But that same east wall is only 14 feet from the chimney in the attic.  
When you retrieved the body, did you excavate the entire chimney?

SARA:  No.  We just removed the bricks from the west-facing side.



(Sara and Catherine are in the attic.  Sara is drilling through the bricked-up

CATHERINE:  There's no question that somebody extended the brick exterior of
this chimney.  There's a slight color disparity between the old and the new

(Sara breaks through the bricks and pulls them out.)  

SARA:  It's hollow.  There's no clay backing.  This is just a facade.

(She clears a hole in the chimney and stops.)  

SARA:  Catherine ... we found her.

(Catherine looks at the petrified body inside.)  

SARA:  She was still bleeding when she was brought here.

CATHERINE:  Which means that her heart was probably still beating.

SARA:  This isn't the "Telltale Heart," it's the "Cask of Amontillado."  She was
sealed into a wall and left to die.






(Officer Clark reports to Sofia and they both walk over to Tad Sidley.  )  

SOFIA CURTIS:  I just got your page.  Did he stick around?

OFFICER CLARK:  Yeah, we explained the situation, and he thinks it's hilarious.

SOFIA CURTIS:  Tad, Detective Curtis.  I'm glad to see you're okay.

TAD SIDLEY:  (chuckles)  Yeah, me, too.  Uh, he said you wanted to talk to me?

SOFIA CURTIS:  Yeah. Where have you been for the past few weeks?

TAD SIDLEY:  Tijuana, L.A., quick stop in Santa Barbara.  Just got back this

SOFIA CURTIS:  Any idea how your gym membership got into a dead man's pocket?

( Chuckles )

TAD SIDLEY:  No. I'm sorry, I didn't even know it was missing.  I'm-I'm not
exactly big on the weights, you know?  Look, uh ... I'm late for a movie.  You
mind if I get out of here?

SOFIA CURTIS:  Sure.  I'd just like to get your cell phone number.

TAD SIDLEY:  Gonna ask me out?

SOFIA CURTIS:  It's just in case I have any further questions.



(Robbins reports his findings to Catherine.)  

ROBBINS:  Caroline did not go gently.

CATHERINE:  Defensive marks?

(He shows her the marks on the arm.)  

ROBBINS:  Ten on her right forearm.

(Quick flash to:  Caroline screams as she's being attacked by someone with a
knife.  End of flash.)  

ROBBINS:  Another three on the left.

(Quick flash to:  Caroline screams as she's being attacked by someone with a
knife.  End of flash.)  

ROBBINS:  And several more on the palms.

(Quick flash to:  Caroline screams as she's being attacked by someone with a
knife.  End of flash.)  

ROBBINS:  Catherine, there are tears on her labia and hymen.  Too much time's
passed to check for semen, but she was raped.

CATHERINE:  We found a potential blood pool in the living room and another much
more substantial one in the attic -- is that consistent with your findings?

ROBBINS:  Yeah. Caroline was stabbed four times: twice to the abdomen, one to
the spleen, one to the intercostal artery. No vital organs were penetrated,
which means she would have bled to death slowly.  

CATHERINE:  Probably stabbed in the living room and then moved to the attic
where she continued to bleed until she died.

(Grissom walks in.)  

GRISSOM:  Is the chimney guy still in your drawer?

ROBBINS:  Yeah, right over there.

(Grissom opens the drawer.)  

CATHERINE:  What's going on?

GRISSOM:  Tad Sidley is alive.  We assumed that this guy was Tad, based on a gym
membership card we found on his body -- we were wrong.  This guy is now a John

CATHERINE:  Does his father know?

GRISSOM:  Not yet.

CATHERINE:  Well, I'm on my way to the PD to meet up with him and his lawyer --
I'll give him the good news.

(Catherine leaves.)  



(Catherine interviews Martin Sidley in the presence of his lawyer, Duane

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Like I've already told you, Caroline and I were friends.  Now,
if you keep this up, I'm gonna file a harassment charge against you personally.

DUANE MCWANE:  Ms. Willows, on the phone you said that you had new information
regarding my client's son?

CATHERINE:  Yes, I will get to that.  But first I wanted to let both of you know
that Caroline's body was recovered in Mr. Sidley's attic.


CATHERINE:  The coroner confirmed that she was raped, stabbed and bled to death.

DUANE MCWANE:  Wait a minute. You searched the house again?  Ms. Willows, I
thought that the judge was perfectly clear.

CATHERINE:  I searched the chimney, specifically, in accordance with the
original warrant and subsequent limitation.  

MARTIN SIDLEY:  I didn't do it, I swear.

CATHERINE:  You live alone, Mr. Sidley ... and you have no idea how her body got
bricked into your attic?  Oh, come on.  What happened?  Did she say no one too
many times?

DUANE MCWANE:  Ms. Willows, you are way over the line.

CATHERINE:  If you didn't kill her, Mr. Sidley, then tell me, is there anyone
else who had access to your house?  Who else could have raped Caroline under
your roof?

MARTIN SIDLEY:  I know what happened.

DUANE MCWANE:  Martin ...

MARTIN SIDLEY:  No.  I've been covering too long.  I need to tell the truth.  I
was out of town, I came home early.  I heard noise coming from the attic.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. SIDLEY RESIDENCE - ATTIC - DAY]  Martin Sidley walks
into the attic and finds Tad bricking up the chimney.)  

MARTIN SIDLEY:  (v.o.)  He told me that they'd been seeing each other...

MARTIN SIDLEY:  What's going on?

TAD SIDLEY:  Dad ...

MARTIN SIDLEY:  ... that they'd gotten into a fight, and he raped and killed

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)  

MARTIN SIDLEY:  I should have told the police, but ... she was already dead.  
He's my son.  I wanted to protect him.  I didn't know what else to do.  He's
been out of cont--


(Tad Sidley is in the observation watching the interview.  He sniffles.)  

TAD SIDLEY:  (quietly)  Son of a bitch.

(He turns to look at Sofia and Warrick.)  

TAD SIDLEY:  He's lying.

SOFIA CURTIS:  Do you want to tell us what actually happened?

TAD SIDLEY:  (shakes his head)  I have no idea what really happened.  I met her
once ... at the house.  A month or so later, I see her on the news -- she's
missing.  I can tell you that for two weeks after that, he wouldn't let me
anywhere near the house.  Claimed that he was painting, and he didn't want me
breathing in the fumes.  

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. SIDLEY RESIDENCE - ATTIC - DAY]  Martin Sidley is
bricking up the chimney in the attic.  End of flashback.  Resume to present.)  

TAD SIDLEY:  He killed her.  I'm sure of it.

WARRICK:  Well, if you'd like to have a word with your old man, I'd say now
would be the time.

(Tad quickly exits the observation room.)


(Tad enters the interview.)  

TAD SIDLEY:  Hi, Dad.  I heard everything.

(He stands up.)  

MARTIN SIDLEY:  Tad ... son, you're ...

TAD SIDLEY:  Yeah. I'm not dead.  You're dead to me.



(Catherine is in the hallway when her phone rings.)  

CATHERINE:  (to phone)  This is Catherine.



(Sara is on the phone.)  

SARA:  (to phone)  Hey, Cat, when you're done at the PD, can you head over to
the Print Lab?  There's something you're gonna want to see.

CATHERINE:  I'm on my way.



[INT. CSI - LAB -- DAY]  

(Sara is in the Print Lab.)  

SARA:  Hi.


(Catherine walks in.)  

SARA:  I know why a John Doe was stuffed down the Sidley's chimney.  When you
and Warrick were working that missing person's case, you couldn't get a warrant,
and Martin wouldn't let you in, right?


SARA:  Don Fitzgibbons tried to gain access to the house through the son ...

CATHERINE:  But the son wouldn't cooperate.

SARA:  I think he knew that if the house became a crime scene, CSI could get in

CATHERINE:  Well, it's a logical theory, but to kill someone and stuff him in a
chimney in hopes of getting information on your missing daughter ...

(Sara pulls up the prints.)  

SARA:  Check out the screen.  On the left is an unknown fingerprint I lifted off
the chimney cap.  On the right is a partial I lifted off of Don Fitzgibbons'
post-it you took out of Tad's dorm room.  Now, the print on the post-it is only
a partial, but it's a match to the chimney cap.

(She compares the prints.  They match.)  

SARA:  I also found trace evidence on the roof.  Polyethylene plastic.  Don
Fitzgibbons works at Desert Palms Hospital.  I just got off the phone with the
administrator.  The hospital's body bags are made out of ...

CATHERINE:  Polyethylene plastic?

SARA:  Don Fitzgibbons has access to those body bags.

(Quick flashback to:  [EXT. SIDLEY RESIDENCE - ROOFTOP - NIGHT]  Don Fitzgibbons is up on the roof and pulls the body in the body bag up to the chimney.  He pulls the body bag and snags it on the roofing.  A piece is left behind.)  

(He climbs up the chimney and unscrews the chimney cap.  He takes the body out of the bag and dumps it into the chimney.)



(Catherine talks with Don Fitzgibbons.)  

DON FITZGIBBONS:  It's true.  All of it.  You gonna arrest me?

CATHERINE:  You just admitted to murder;  I think you know the answer.

DON FITZGIBBONS:  Hold on.  I didn't kill anyone.

CATHERINE:  And the body in the chimney?

DON FITZGIBBONS:  (sighs)  I took the body from Desert Palms Hospital, from the morgue.  He was already dead, a John Doe.  Auto accident in a stolen vehicle.  Car exploded, he was burned beyond recognition.  Ms. Willows, I stole a dead body and I trespassed, but that's it.

CATHERINE:  And Tad Sidley's ID?  Did you place the gym card on the body?

DON FITZGIBBONS:  You're a mother, right?


DON FITZGIBBONS:  Why do you think I did it?

CATHERINE:  You wanted Martin Sidley to know what it's like to lose a child.

DON FITZGIBBONS:  (nods)  When I was in Tad's dorm room,  I snagged it.  I scorched the surface of the card to make it look like it belonged to the John Doe ... to make Martin believe that it was his son.  I'd hoped that you'd be able to restore the image.  (crying)  Look ... I wish I could say that I was sorry for the trouble I've put you through, or the-the petty crimes that I've committed, but I didn't hurt anyone ... and Martin Sidley is behind bars, and my daughter's getting her funeral.  And that's all I wanted.

CATHERINE:  I'm sorry.  I'm sorry that we couldn't find your daughter without your help.

(He nods.)  



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