Bob Levene
Biographical information
Full name Bob Levene
Gender Male
Status Deceased
Birth 1960
Death 2015
Cause of death Nanobot exposure
Nationality Flag of USA American
Residence Pacific Bay, U.S.
Profession(s) Programmer
Family Aphro-Dyte (creation; turned off)
Affiliation(s) Meteor Systems
Game information
Appears in Criminal Case
First appeared Case #46: Smart Money (s2)

Bob Levene (1960-2015) was the victim in Programmed to Kill (Case #50 of Pacific Bay). Prior to that, he was suspected of CEO Ernest Turing's murder in Smart Money (Case #46 of Pacific Bay).


Bob was a 55-year-old programmer who worked at Meteor Systems. He wore a white shirt with an orange outline on the collar. Additionally, he sported a pin depicting the power symbol and three other pins resembling the Ctrl, Alt and Del computer keys on the right side of his shirt, a brown tie with a binary code design, and cords around his neck. He also held a pen in his right hand and a Rubik's Cube in his left. It is known that Bob read comic books and knew binary.

Height 6'0"
Age 55
Weight 190 lbs
Eyes blue
Blood O-

Events of Criminal Case

Bob was first brought into the investigation after he was identified on a computer screen telling someone that no one would catch him. The message was not intended for the police, but was intended for the victim, Ernest Turing. He was surprised to hear he was dead, saying he went through the trouble of making that virus for nothing. He released the virus, intending on attacking Meteor Systems, however he also attacked the police station by mistake. Bob did it because Turing believed programmers like him were just a commodity, and when it was released Turing would have to depend on his programmers to fix it.

Amy and the player ended up finding a statue awarded to the victim and Bob Levene for best company, which warranted another talk with the programmer. As it turns out, Bob and Ernest built Meteor Systems together, however Ernest took all the credit. He then demoted Bob and threatened to fire him, despite Bob being the one who made all of Meteor Systems' technology. He said that he could not leave the company since many programmers and entrepreneurs such as David Rosenberg already had knowledge in binary code.

Bob was found innocent for Ernest's murder after Per-Sephone was proven guilty, but was confronted afterwards about her actions. He said that a robot cannot kill a human since it is against their programming, but was just as curious as the team about her reasons. He suggested that the player find Per-Sephone's data log in hopes of finding out why she killed Ernest. After Hannah analyzed the data log, she found highly complex info processing, like Per-Sephone was thinking on her own. When Amy and the player informed Bob about this, he was surprised that Turing was able to pull this off. When asked if what Per-Sephone did could happen to other robots, Bob said this was more likely a freak accident but he would have to look into it a bit more.

Murder details

Bob was found dead inside one of Meteor Systems' factories, held by a pair of robotic arms with his eyes glowing red, which prompted the team to ship his body to Roxie for autopsy.

After the autopsy was performed, Amy and the player were shocked when Roxie told them that, as crazy as it sounded, Bob's blood was full of nanobots who attacked his cells from the inside-- which meant the microscopic robots were filed as the murder weapon. The nanobots caused more light reflection into Bob's eyes, turning them red. Hannah jumped in by stating the nanobots could have only been programmed to kill Bob via binary code-- which meant the killer knew binary code.

Killer and motives

The killer turned out to be his robot, Aphro-Dyte.

Aphro-Dyte denied hurting her human creator after Frank busted her for the death of Bob, but after Frank exposed the trail Aphro-Dyte left behind, she realized how intelligent the player was, which she felt was rare in her watch. As a robot, Aphro-Dyte had had enough of being slaves to their human creators, and the player indicting Per-Sephone would be the last straw from her point-of-view. All Aphro-Dyte wanted was to organize the robots to rule Innovation Valley. Taking after Clone Ruth's "Binary DNA" folly, Aphro-Dyte would deploy millions of nanobots and reprogram them so humans would worship robots as their masters. So Aphro-Dyte injected Bob with nanobots in which the nanites saw him as an error, which caused his death, assuring her beliefs that robots will soon eradicate the humans to take over Innovation Valley, and ultimately, Pacific Bay. Frank did not care what the robot said, and had to arrest the robot in the event Judge Dante would have to make her heal cybernetically infected humans through diplomacy.

Judge Dante was smart to take note of Aphro-Dyte's use of nanobots to control helpless humans, but the robot countered by calling the Judge weak and feeble. Moreso, Aphro-Dyte told Judge Dante that robots deserve to replace humans as the dominant species, which were grounds for the Judge to indict Aphro-Dyte as a human. Judge Dante sentenced the robot to 50 years in jail for the death of Bob Levene, the infection of the population of Innovation Valley, the compromisation of Amy Young, and her refusal to set things right. Aphro-Dyte refused to concede after the sentence, so she turned herself off and compromised all electronics, turning Innovation Valley into a hell on Earth. Aphro-Dyte's body could not be placed in jail because of her shutdown, and as such, Frank and the player had to do something to terminate the AI of the now-turned-off robot before all was lost.

Case appearances