Donald Barnes
Biographical information
Full name Donald C. Barnes
Gender Male
Status Deceased
Birth 1962
Death 2015
Cause of death Strangulation
Nationality Flag of USA American
Profession(s) Chief executive officer
Oil magnate
Affiliation(s) SandOil
Game information
Appears in Criminal Case
First appeared Case #8: Death in the Desert (s3)

Donald C. Barnes (1962-2015) was the victim in Death in the Desert (Case #8 of World Edition).


Donald was the 53-year-old American CEO of the oil company SandOil. Donald sported gray hair, had brown eyes, and wore a pair of glasses. At the time of his death, he wore a black suit with a handkerchief in its pocket, and a white shirt and a red tie underneath.

Murder details

Donald was found dead in the Najwa nomad camp half roasted in a campfire. An analysis from Angela revealed that it was not the fire what killed him. According to bruises on the neck, Donald was strangled with some sort of rope and then tossed onto the fire. A closer examination of the bruising suggested the rope was tied with a specific knot. The knot was the type used by Saharan camel riders to fasten harnesses around a camel's head, so this meant Donald's killer rides camels.

Carmen and the player later examined a crash site in the middle of the desert, and they managed to find a rope. Since Donald was killed with a rope, it was filed as the murder weapon, and a white substance was found on it. It was sent to Lars, and he confirmed the sample was goat's milk. This meant the killer drank goat's milk.

Killer and motives

The killer turned out to be a nomadic woman named Mama Yasmine.

Mama Yasmine had told the team again and again that she would not speak to foreigners when they came to arrest her. Yasmine told the player that they had underestimated her by saying her mind was just as simple as her life, but Carmen had finished summarizing Yasmine’s details of the murder. Yasmine confessed to the murder as she told the team that she was angry of Anir running to them rather than helping her discard the evidence. Carmen questioned her thoughts as Yasmine had claimed that her tribe and Anir’s had feuded for generations, but Yasmine explained that in the olden days, the tribes had put aside their differences to defeat a common enemy. The nomad requested the player to take her to prison as she had lost her freedom a long time ago.

Yasmine then explained to Judge Adaku that she and her people were against the refinery and the foreigners exploiting their land as well as destroying their traditions. The judge told Yasmine that hatred and murder were the oldest traditions in history and they were not worth saving, so he sentenced the nomad to 20 years in prison.

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