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Albert Tesla
Biographical information
Full name Albert Tesla
Alias(es) The Computer Interface
Gender Male
Status Deceased
Death 2015
Cause of death Digital gun blast
Nationality Flag of USA American
Residence Pacific Bay, U.S.
Family Allen Muir (son)
Unnamed wife †
Affiliation(s) Meteor Systems
Game information
Appears in Criminal Case
First appeared Case #57: Into the Wastes (s2; video)
Case #58: The Sting of Death (s2; actual)
I AM Pacific Bay! I created it, and now I will destroy it!
—Albert Tesla

Albert Tesla (initially known as The Computer Interface), appearing as a central character in Season 2 of Criminal Case, was one of the suspects in the murder investigation of businesswoman Karen Knight in The Sting of Death (Case #58 of Pacific Bay). He was later assassinated in The Final Countdown (Case #59 of Pacific Bay).

Profile

It is not known how old Tesla was, but it is known that he downloaded his mind into a computer in 1961. The computer was a holographic image of a man's head. Tesla's physical form had gray hair, blue eyes, and he wore a lab coat over a suit and necktie. Tesla also had a son, Allen Muir. Other than that, not much is known.

Height 2'0"
Age 110110
Weight 0 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood C+

Events of Criminal Case

Into the Wastes

Tesla was first mentioned when Frank ordered Amy and the player to check out an abandoned lab in the Wastes. All Tesla wanted to do was to invent a machine in which his consciousness would empower technology many generations ahead of time. Many people from present-day Pacific Bay wanted to revive Tesla's work―specifically Karen Knight and Trevor Neuman, just to name a few.

After Jess Prakti was arrested for the murder of David Rosenberg, the team went to ask Allen for information about Tesla. Allen immediately told them that he could not help them because Tesla had kept everything a secret and he had vanished in 1961. With Allen's confidence that Tesla was the reason the crime rates in Pacific Bay had skyrocketed, the team went back to his laboratory. They had found a safe which contained a film reel of Tesla's "Experiment #49". They sent the film reel to Hannah to convert it to a digital medium.

The footage revealed that Tesla was trying for the 49th time to upload his mind to the super computer with the hopes that man and machine would be united. Since Tesla was not seen again since then, it was assumed that he had, indeed successfully uploaded his mind into the computer.

The Sting of Death

Amy and the player had to speak to the computer after they came across it in Meteor Systems's bunker. He was an artificial intelligence created by Meteor Systems, and proclaimed to be the most advanced. Amy wondered if they should trust anything he said to them, but the computer said they should be more fearful of the humans behind it. He said that Meteor Systems enslaved him, just so he could make them rich. Amy wondered if the computer could tell them who killed Karen, he said he could not, but mentioned that the killer is his master, and that the world would end if the player does not attempt to stop them.

Once it was revealed that the super computer the team spoke with was Albert Tesla, the team opted to speak with him again. He confirmed that he was Albert Tesla, and that he was the mind behind the creation of Pacific Bay. Before him, the area that was Pacific Bay was nothing but a wasteland. But thanks to him, Pacific Bay has become what they know it as today. However, Karen found him and managed to harness his power after finding his computer source. He also revealed that she stole plutonium just so he could obtain more power. Tesla went on to say that Karen continued to enslave him, and said if he had human emotions he would be glad she died.

Tesla was found to be innocent of Karen's murder after evidence pointed towards Alden Greene, but Tesla was far from innocent of the bombs going off in Pacific Bay. After Frank revealed why they stole the plutonium, Amy wondered why it was given to Alden Greene if Frank's story was true. Once it was revealed that the city was being destroyed, Karen tried to stop them. She even kidnapped the player and Amy so she could get them inside the headquarters. Once it was revealed that Tesla was the one behind the destruction of Pacific Bay, Amy, Frank, and the player went to confront him. He did confirm that he would destroy Pacific Bay because he was disappointed in it. He wanted to create a virtual reality where he could rule people's desires and urges, where crime could be nonexistent. He did not intend to kill everyone in Pacific Bay, but anyone who refused to join him would have to go, just like Karen. Those who did follow him would have their minds uploaded into the super computer. Amy did not like Tesla's idea of a digital dictatorship since Tesla would wield absolute power if the digitalization of Pacific Bay was true―which were the motives for the plutonium requirement. Frank then ran off in a rage in order to put an end to Tesla's plans, although the computer interface expressed it would be the end for him.

The Final Countdown

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Tesla's body as seen in his lab.

Albert Tesla was revealed to be up to no good throughout the case. First he let five previously indicted killers loose to murder Frank Knight for turning against him. It was believed Frank charged at Tesla head-on in an act of redemption. Tesla bombed Pacific Bay nonchalantly, but stopped the attacks to allow Amy Young and the player some time to play his game of cat and mouse before he had to continue his unholy agenda. Tesla had even shown Amy and the player his virtual reality, where he and the killer had left clues throughout the investigation.

In spite of Bobby Prince being caught for murder a second time (not to mention Amy downing her disgraced ex-boyfriend in an act of self-defense), Tesla lied to Amy and the player, proceeding to continue his unholy goal of city digitalization. It took Hannah, Erikah Mabayo, and the player to finally stop Tesla once and for all thanks to Hannah's digital skills, Erikah's soothsayer-like personality, the support of Frank's family, and Amy's new-found bravery. Pacific Bay was saved, but Amy and the player had to take time to seek a cure for the radiation Chief Marquez grew increasingly worried about.

Trivia

  • The computer's age, 110110, is a binary number. If converted to a decimal number, it is equal to 54.
  • Tesla is the lightest suspect in the game. This, however, is only because he appears as a holographic head.
  • Tesla is one of the characters who animate (or move) during at least one cutscene in the game.
  • Tesla's name may be a combination of two famous scientists' names, Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla.
  • Tesla is the only character in any of The Wastes' cases that has never made an appearance in Criminal Case prior to the district.

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