|Louis De Rico|
|Full name||Louis De Rico|
|Cause of death||Poisoning|
|Residence||Pacific Bay, U.S.|
|Family||Coco the Magnificent (cousin)|
|Partner(s)||Roxie Sparks (girlfriend)|
|Appears in||Criminal Case|
|First appeared||Case #51: Killer Takes All (s2)|
Louis De Rico (1965-2015) was the victim in No Honor Among Thieves (Case #55 of Pacific Bay). Prior to that, he was suspected of the murders of croupier Alfie McNaulty and gun dealer Merv Waylon in Killer Takes All (Case #51 of Pacific Bay) and Blood Diamond (Case #54 of Pacific Bay), respectively.
Louis was a 50-year-old ex-con who served in prison for 6 years. According to his criminal record, he had been responsible for crimes including fraud, racketeering, jewel thieving and etcetera. He had side-swept gray hair and a tattoo on his neck. He wore a gray suit jacket with a gold chain and several accessories, which include gold and sapphire rings.
In his first appearance, it is known that Louis ate shrimp cocktails and was superstitious.
In his second appearance, it is known that Louis could throw knives, played blackjack, and listened to country music.
Events of Criminal Case
Louis was first interrogated after Frank and the player found the parole bracelet he removed and had Hannah analyze it. He said he removed because it did not fit his style. When informed about the murder that took place, he said that he did play at the victim's table, but was not involved with the murder. Louis was at the casino only to play poker and swore that he was a changed man.
Louis was interrogated again after the team managed to find a death threat he sent to the victim. He was shocked to hear that they found the postcard on which he wrote the threat, and he said he wrote that because he was mad. Six years ago, he was planning a big casino heist and had everything planned. He needed a croupier to watch for him, so he went to the victim and bribed him to help. However, he turned on Louis and had him sent to jail for six years. Once he got out, he left to get even with the victim, but he turned back after seeing a black cat believing it to be bad luck.
Louis was found to be innocent after the team incarcerated Grace O'Brien for Alfie's murder. However, the team spoke to him again after they found a photo of him robbing a jewelry store. When they found it, they tried to get more information out of him. Louis said the photo did not prove anything, and while it was not proof enough to arrest him, the team fined him for removing his parole monitor bracelet. He paid, then informed the player that he would have the last laugh in the end.
Louis was brought into another investigation after Amy and the player found a message to the victim saying they should meet up. He was shocked to hear of Merv's death, saying it would be hard to find another supplier. He said that Merv could help supply him with anything he needed. When Amy asked if he helped supply any possible heist, Louis informed her and the player that he was a changed man. He said that Merv's killer might have possibly gone to the gun convention, where he last saw the victim.
Louis had to be interrogated again after Hannah analyzed the victim's phone. She said that Merv and Louis were talking about an undertaking, which the team thought could be the heist. When asked about the texts, he said the undertaking was just a blackjack tournament he hosted every year. He was also mad at Merv for not keeping his mouth shut about the event. When Amy suggested Merv's betrayed was Louis's motive for torturing and murdering him, Louis replied saying he had no time for revenge and he had nothing to do with his death.
Louis was found to be innocent a second time after Sheikh Faisal's incarceration, but was spoken to again about the heist by the player and Chief Marquez. After they found a list of items such as gas masks, a police radio, and a jackhammer, they assumed this was for the heist. Further analysis from Hannah revealed that some of the items were purchased by Louis De Rico. He said that the list proved nothing, and that maybe he wanted to work on a friend's house. He believed the police were just desperate to find something on him and especially showed his disappointment towards the player and the chief.
Later, Louis was found dead in the Mennagio Casino's vault when he was carrying out the heist, lying against piles of money with his face blue. During the autopsy, Roxie (who actually was in a serious mood) concluded that Louis was killed with his own gas mask, given his killer put ammonia and chlorine in its filter to create chloramine gas to suffocate him–thus filing the mask as the murder weapon. Roxie also found traces of mucus outside the mask, which allowed her to determine the killer sustained a cough.
Killer and motives
The killer turned out to be Louis's lockpicker, Danny Moto.
Louis recruited Danny as a lockpicker for the heist crew, but when Danny realized that all Louis can commit to were empty promises, Danny had to do something to grab the money and make Louis pay for his unwillingness to give Danny a hefty sum of the cut. Danny believed he deserved generous credit for his lockpicking skills, although he took account of Jezebel's sex appeal and Freddy's wax statue-making expertise. Danny felt that Louis had a secondary motive for the heist, so he told Papa Quansah to blow the vault up to find out what Louis was seeking for. Pre-mortem, Danny rigged Louis's gas mask so that he would not leave the Mennagio alive. Sometime later, Danny stuck around for a bit until he confirmed Louis was dead, and then fled the crime scene with as much money as he needed. Frank felt that Danny was taking things to the edge, so he allowed the player to ship the underaged college student to face trial.
Facing Judge Dante, Danny told the honorable judge that there was no honor among thieves, but the Judge cut the conversation short by issuing a 50-year jail sentence for Danny's involvement in the heist of the Mennagio Casino and the premeditated poisoning of Louis De Rico.
- Louis is one of the characters who appeared in two cases.
- Killer Takes All (Case #51 of Pacific Bay)
- Death at the Circus (Case #52 of Pacific Bay; mentioned)
- Blood Diamond (Case #54 of Pacific Bay)
- No Honor Among Thieves (Case #55 of Pacific Bay)
- A Killer Among Us (Case #56 of Pacific Bay; mentioned, also appeared in a flashback)
- The Sting of Death (Case #58 of Pacific Bay; mentioned)