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A Deadly Game
General information
Season 1
City Grimsborough
District Financial Center
Case # 20
Released 8th March 2013
Partner(s) David Jones
← Preceded by Succeeded by →
Innocence Lost The Secret Experiments

A Deadly Game is a case featured in Criminal Case, appearing as the twentieth case of the game as well as the city of Grimsborough. It takes place in the Financial Center, a district based in Grimsborough.


The victim was a man called Steve Wood. The killer was the twin of Harper McAlister (Jezabela's vassal), Tyler McAlister.

Tyler was a psychopath and wanted to kill someone. He knew that Steve lived in a homeless camp in Cooperville and that he had recently got out of prison, and therefore, Tyler took full advantage of it. He told Steve that he would help him to get back on his feet. The two met and Tyler took Steve to a creepy basement, where he tortured the victim, cut off his fingers, ripped out and ate his liver, and finally killed him using an iron maiden, an old torture instrument. He then spread the fingers in different locations before the team found Steve's body (for Nathan to autopsy) in the torture basement in the last minute.

Tyler's manner of manslaughter horrified Grimsborough anew, and the Judge sentenced him to life imprisonment with no chance for parole.



  • Steve Wood (got his fingers cut off before finally dying at the hands of a sadistic torturer)

Murder Weapon

  • Iron Maiden


  • Tyler McAlister


Killer's Profile

  • The killer eats caviar.
  • The killer takes sleeping pills.
  • The killer uses formol.
  • The killer has blond hair.
  • The killer wears a tie.

Crime Scenes


Chapter 1


  • Analyze Finger. (06:00:00; Attribute: Killer eats caviar)
  • Investigate Vagrant Shelter. (Clues: Dirt Pile, Locked Box, Finger #2)
  • Examine Dirt Pile. (Result: Button)
  • Examine Button. (Result: DNA)
  • Analyze DNA. (00:30:00)
  • Talk to Lennie Adams.
  • Examine Locked Box. (Result: Note)
  • Examine Note. (Result: Revealed Note)
  • Investigate Creepy Basement. (Clues: Necklace with Leash, Finger #3)
  • Examine Necklace with Leash. (Result: Jezabela's Engraving)
  • Analyze Finger #3. (06:00:00; Attribute: Killer uses formol)
  • Talk to Jezabela.
  • Talk to Harper McAlister.
  • Go to Chapter 2. (No stars)

Chapter 2


  • Investigate Living Room. (Clues: Medicine Cabinet)
  • Examine Medicine Cabinet. (Result: Bottle)
  • Examine Bottle. (Result: Formol Bottle)
  • Talk to Tyler McAlister.
  • Talk to Harper McAlister.
  • Investigate Torture Table. (Clues: Caviar Spoon, Torn Cover, Finger #4, Iron Maiden)
  • Examine Caviar Spoon. (Result: Fingerprints)
  • Examine Fingerprints. (Result: Jezabela's Fingerprints)
  • Talk to Jezabela.
  • Examine Torn Cover. (Result: "The Human Burger Theory" Book)
  • Talk to Nelson Campbell.
  • Examine Finger #4. (Result: Hair)
  • Analyze Hair. (06:00:00; Attribute: Killer takes sleeping pills; Killer has blond hair)
  • Analyze Iron Maiden. (06:00:00; Murder Weapon registered: Iron Maiden)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (No stars)

Chapter 3


  • Investigate Broken Car. (Clues: Jarred Finger, Pills, Torn Card)
  • Examine Torn Card. (Result: Nelson Campbell's Business Card)
  • Talk to Nelson Campbell.
  • Talk to Tyler McAlister.
  • Investigate Couch. (Clues: Empty Glass)
  • Analyze Glass. (00:30:00)
  • Talk to Harper McAlister.
  • Examine Sleeping Pills. (Result: Lennie Adams' Sleeping Pills)
  • Talk to Lennie Adams.
  • Investigate Creepy Basement. (Clues: Victim's Body)
  • Autopsy The Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: Killer wears a tie)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Additional Investigation. (No stars)

Additional Investigation


  • Check up on Lennie Adams.
  • Investigate Vagrant Shelter. (Clues: Earth Pile)
  • Examine Earth Pile. (Result: Gold Watch)
  • Examine Gold Watch. (Result: Lennie's Watch)
  • Give his gold watch back to Lennie Adams. (Reward: 100 XP)
  • Check that Harper McAlister is doing ok.
  • Investigate Living Room. (Clue: Prescription Bottle)
  • Examine Prescription Bottle. (Result: Pills)
  • Analyze Pills. (03:00:00)
  • Give her pills to Harper McAlister. (Reward: Burger)
  • See why Jezabela wants to see you.
  • Investigate Creepy Basement. (Clue: Torn Painting)
  • Examine Torn Painting. (Result: Jezabela's Lithography)
  • Give her lithography back to Jezabela. (Reward: [MALE] Leather Cloth, Spike Choker, [FEMALE] Whip, Leather Outfit)
  • Move on to the next case! (1 star)


  • This is the only case in Grimsborough in which the victim's body is not found in the first chapter.
  • This case, Corpse in a Garden, The Secret Experiments and A Brave New World are the only cases in Grimsborough in which the victim's body is not found in the first crime scene.
  • This is the only case in the Financial Center in which neither the suspects nor the victim make an appearance as a suspect in previous or later cases.
  • Unlike all other cases in the Financial Center, with the exception of unlocking the next case, you are not required to have stars to unlock the later chapters, up to and including the Additional Investigation.
  • This case and A Shot of Beauty are the only cases of Grimsborough that require stars only to unlock the next case, aside from normal star usage. No stars are required to advance in between chapters.
  • In Jezabela's Lithography puzzle it shows the historical picture of Vlad III the Impaler.
  • The cover picture of the "Human Burger Theory" book is the famous painting Saturn Devouring His Son by Spanish artist Francisco Goya.


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