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Under the Knife
Season 1
City Grimsborough
District Industrial Area
Case # 10
Release date 15th November 2012 (game's launch)
Partner(s) David Jones
Preceded by Succeeded by
Burned to the Bone Into the Vipers' Nest

Under the Knife is a case featured in Criminal Case, appearing as the tenth case of the game as well as the city of Grimsborough. It takes place in the Industrial Area, a district based in Grimsborough.


The police found a plastic surgeon named Alan Cardwell left for dead in an alley. The killer was eventually incriminated to be Paul Oaster, a writer.

Paul fell in love with a singer named Samantha Warner and would do anything to protect her. Paul could not bear it when it came to his attention that Alan had an affair with Samantha – though the surgeon was already married. In retaliation the writer cornered Alan in Alberta Alley, before stabbing him with a candlestick and fleeing the scene. For his actions, Paul was sentenced to life in jail.



  • Alan Cardwell (stabbed in the stomach and left to die in an alley)

Murder Weapon

  • Candlestick


  • Paul Oaster


Killer's Profile

  • The killer wears glasses.
  • The killer drinks coffee.
  • The killer plays golf.
  • The killer is right-handed.
  • The killer is a man.
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Crime Scenes


Chapter 1


  • Investigate Backstreet. (Clues: Victim's Body, Passport, Wallet Contents)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: Killer wears glasses)
  • Examine Torn Paper. (Result: Photograph)
  • Examine Photograph. (Result: Substance; Prerequisite: Photograph Restored)
  • Analyze Substance. (03:00:00; Attribute: Killer plays golf)
  • Talk to the singer from the photo found in the victim's's throat.
  • Examine Wallet Contents. (Result: Business Card)
  • Investigate Barber Shop. (Clue: Trashcan; Prerequisite: Business card found)
  • Examine Trash Can. (Result: Barber's Schedule)
  • Question Joshua Kempe about the victim who was his client. (Prerequisite: Barber's Schedule Found)
  • Question Curtis Newman about his heated argument with the victim.
  • Analyze Passport. (00:30:00)
  • Go speak to the victim's wife Sarah Cardwell.
  • Examine Anonymous Paper. (Result: Unknown Substance)
  • Analyze Unknown Substance. (03:00:00; Prerequisite: Anonymous paper examined ;Attribute: Killer drinks coffee)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (2 stars)

Chapter 2


  • Investigate Garbage Bin. (Clue: Broken Tip)
  • Analyze Broken Tip. (06:00:00; New Crime Scene Unlocked: Pew; New Suspect: Paul Oaster)
  • Samantha Warner said Paul Oaster was the only one capable of killing for her.
  • Question Samantha Warner about her affair with the victim.
  • Talk to Curtis about his affair with Samantha Warner.
  • Investigate Pew. (Clue: Candlestick)
  • Analyze Candlestick. (03:00:00; Murder Weapon registered: Candlestick)
  • Investigate Barber's Seat. (Clue: Briefcase)
  • Examine Briefcase. (Result: Leaflet; Prerequisite: Barber's Seat investigated)
  • Analyze Leaflet. (03:00:00;Prerequisite: Briefcase examined)
  • Go talk to Sarah about her murdered husband's life insurance.
  • Go to Chapter 3. (2 stars)

Chapter 3


  • Question Joshua about loitering near the crime scene.
  • Talk to Samantha Warner about living near the crime scene.
  • Investigate Altar. (Clue: Camera)
  • Analyze Camera. (06:00:00;Prerequisite: Altar investigated; Attribute: Killer is right-handed; Killer is a man)
  • Question Paul Oaster about the night of the murder.
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Additional Investigation. (2 stars)

Additional Investigation


  • See how Samantha Warner is doing.
  • Investigate pew. (Clue: Broken Rosary)
  • Examine Broken Rosary. (Result: Rosary; Prerequisite: pew investigated)
  • Give her Rosary back to Samantha. (Prerequisite: Rosary restored ;Reward: 50 XP)
  • See what the problem is with Joshua Kempe.
  • Investigate Barber Shop. (Clue: Hair Pile)
  • Examine Hair Pile. (Result: Scissors)
  • Analyze Scissors. (03:00:00; Prerequisite: Hair Pile Examined)
  • Break up the fight and talk to Joshua Kempe. (Reward: Fashion Hairstyle)
  • Sarah Cardwell wants to talk to you.
  • Investigate Backstreet. (Clue: Ring)
  • Examine Ring. (Prerequisite: Backstreet Investigated ;Result: Wedding Date)
  • Give her ring back to Sarah Cardwell. (Reward: Burger)
  • Move on to the next case! (3 stars)


  • Rachel Priest can be seen on a TV screen in the "Barbershop" crime scene.


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