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Under the Knife
General information
Season 1
City Grimsborough
District Industrial Area
Case # 10
Initial release date 15th November 2012 (game's launch)
Partner(s) David Jones
Case chronology
← 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 turned out 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; Victim identified: Alan Cardwell)
  • Autopsy Victim's Body. (18:00:00; Attribute: The killer wears glasses)
  • Examine Torn Paper. (Prerequisite: Victim's Body autopsied; Result: Photograph; New Suspect: Samantha Warner)
  • Examine Photograph. (Result: Substance)
  • Analyze Substance. (03:00:00; Attribute: The killer plays golf)
  • Talk to the singer from the photo found in the victim's's throat. (Prerequisite: Photograph restored)
  • Examine Wallet Contents. (Result: Business Card; New Crime Scene: Barber Shop)
  • Investigate Barber Shop. (Prerequisite: Business Card found; Clue: Trash Can)
  • Examine Trash Can. (Result: Barber's Schedule; New Suspect: Joshua Kempe)
  • Question Joshua Kempe about the victim who was his client. (Prerequisite: Barber's Schedule found; New Suspect: Curtis Newman)
  • Question Curtis Newman about his heated argument with the victim. (Prerequisite: Joshua interrogated; Profile updated: Curtis plays golf)
  • Analyze Passport. (00:30:00; New Suspect: Sarah Cardwell)
  • Go speak to the victim's wife Sarah Cardwell. (Prerequisite: Passport analyzed)
  • Examine Anonymous Paper. (Prerequisite: Sarah interrogated; Result: Unknown Substance)
  • Analyze Unknown Substance. (03:00:00; Attribute: The killer drinks coffee)
  • Go to Chapter 2. (2 stars)

Chapter 2


  • Investigate Garbage Bin. (Available after unlocking Chapter 2; 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. (Prerequisite: Broken Tip analyzed; Profile updated: Paul drinks coffee)
  • Question Samantha Warner about her affair with the victim. (Prerequisite: Paul interrogated)
  • Talk to Curtis about his affair with Samantha Warner. (Prerequisite: Samantha interrogated; Profile updated: Curtis drinks coffee)
  • Investigate Pew. (Prerequisite: Broken Tip analyzed; Clue: Candlestick)
  • Analyze Candlestick. (03:00:00; Murder Weapon registered: Candlestick)
  • Investigate Barber's Seat. (Available after unlocking Chapter 2; Clue: Briefcase)
  • Examine Briefcase. (Result: Leaflet)
  • Analyze Leaflet. (03:00:00)
  • Go talk to Sarah about her murdered husband's life insurance. (Prerequisite: Leaflet analyzed)
  • Go to Chapter 3. (2 stars)

Chapter 3


  • Profile updated: Samantha drinks coffee
  • Question Joshua about loitering near the crime scene. (Available after unlocking Chapter 3; Profile updated: Joshua drinks coffee)
  • Talk to Samantha Warner about living near the crime scene. (Prerequisite: Joshua interrogated; Profile updated: Samantha plays golf)
  • Investigate Altar. (Available after unlocking Chapter 3; Clue: Camera)
  • Analyze Camera. (06:00:00; Attributes: The killer is right-handed and is a man; Profile updated: Curtis is left-handed)
  • Question Paul Oaster about the night of the murder. (Prerequisite: Camera analyzed; Profile updated: Paul is right-handed and plays golf)
  • Profiles updated: Sarah is right-handed, Joshua is right-handed, Samantha is right-handed (All tasks before must be completed)
  • Take care of the killer now!
  • Go to Additional Investigation. (2 stars)

Additional Investigation


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


  • Rachel Priest can be seen on a TV screen in the "Barbershop" crime scene.
  • In the "Pew" crime scene, you can spot:


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