The introduction of the Compass Killer takes advantage of CSI: New York‘s Big Apple setting. (Spoilers after the jump.)
The serial killer Hollis Eckhart, played by Skeet Ulrich, first appeared in the third episode of New York‘s sixth season, “Lat/Long”. He’ll be back in this week’s episode, “Cuckoo’s Nest”, to leave more clues—and more bodies—for the CSIs to find. Executive producer Pam Veasey revealed that the storyline came about as a way to celebrate the uniqueness of New York City.
“We have the great, great privilege of being the New York show, and we thought all of this information is really worthy of more than one episode,” she explained. “So we created the Compass Killer… someone who is fascinated with this information.”
The ninth episode of the season, “Manhattanhenge”, will contain the culmination of the story arc, and it will also feature the real life phenomenon that gives the episode its name. Every year on May 28 and July 12, the sun sets at the center of every street in Manhattan. This is the only time the city’s tall buildings don’t hide the sunset. The effect is reminiscent of Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in the United Kingdom where the sun sets in alignment with the stones during the summer solstice.