The eighteenth episode of CSI: Miami’s ninth season finds the team searching for the truth after a convicted killer kidnaps a CSI in an attempt to prove his own innocence. (Major spoilers after the jump!)
According to CSI Files sources, “About Face” finds the team on the trail of an escaped prisoner named Patrick Clarkson. He was convicted of murdering Haley Sherman four years ago. Haley was raped with a soda bottle, and her neck was broken. Her husband, Ted, found her body when he came home. Evidence on the soda bottle led the police to Patrick, whom Ted discovered peeking in the window the same day Haley was murdered. Patrick’s wife Lyla couldn’t believe her husband would do such a thing, but after the trial and the conviction, she had no choice but to accept what happened. She got remarried and moved on with her life, raising her young son Zane to believe her new husband was his father.
With Patrick back on the street, it’s not surprising when another murder is committed which seems strikingly similar to the Haley Sherman case. Cara Landry was raped with a foreign object, and her neck was broken. Horatio speaks to Dr Greg Calomar, who was walking home from dinner when he saw a man run out of Cara’s apartment building. The door was left ajar, and Greg could tell something was wrong. When he looked inside and saw Cara’s body, he called 911. Horatio asks for a description of the man he saw leaving the apartment, and Greg describes Patrick Clarkson perfectly—in fact, he says he recognized him from the news.
Greg sits down with a sketch artist, and the resulting sketch looks exactly like Patrick. The CSIs worry that Greg seeing Patrick’s picture on the news might have influenced him when it came time to remember the man he saw leaving the apartment. His mind could have filled in the blanks because he only caught a quick glimpse of the killer. Greg promises that’s not the case. He was able to give such a good description because he has hyperthymesia. He remembers every moment of his life with photographic detail. The man he saw was definitely Patrick Clarkson.
Things get dangerous for Natalia when Patrick kidnaps her. She isn’t seriously injured, but Patrick is a desperate man. He swears he’s innocent, and he wants Natalia to prove it. He didn’t kill Cara—he was at his son’s birthday party, watching from a distance. He says he didn’t kill Haley either. He was framed.
Please note that the above plot details have not been confirmed by CBS, Alliance Atlantis or Bruckheimer Films, and until such time you should treat this information as you would any other rumour. The above information comes from early script drafts and the details of the episodes are liable to change before the episodes are shown.
“About Face” is expected to air March 27 on CBS.