Nightmare Fuel / Criminal Case
is about finding murder victims, so it's unsurprising that some of the deaths are horrific, but even then, a few of them stand out:
- Case 3's victim deserves special mention—she was burned with cigarettes and then cut open, her heart cut out, and then her body hung up alongside pig carcasses in a butcher's storehouse. And you're told that she was alive when she was being cut open.
- Later in that case, you find out what happened to her heart. It was wrapped in paper and given to her mother.
- Case 7 involves a man stripped, beaten, and crucified like Jesus Christ, and left there until he bled to death.
- Case 8's victim was a lovely young dancer named Trixie Velvet, who got a note from a secret admirer asking to meet her after work. As it turned out, it was her fellow bartender, who had a lesbian attraction to her. Trixie, being straight, was confused, and then laughed. The killer snapped and literally beat her so much her, her face was unrecognizable.
- Case 9's victim was burned alive. Even worse, he was trying to give up the gangster life for his girlfriend, and the person who offered him a job killed him because he didn't believe he turned over a new leaf.
- Linda Lovara, the local madwoman. Here's a picture◊ of what she gets to be like when she's angry.note .
- Case 12 in Grimsborough involves the victim, Samuel Rye, being butchered with a samurai sword and disemboweled while alive.
- Case 17's victim was frightening because of the nature of the death. It was an accident, the killer, a chef, tried to kill a food critic and killed the victim by mistake.
- CASE 20. CASE FREAKING 20. The killer tortured the victim in a creepy basement, ripped his fingers off and used one as a caviar spoon, ate the victim's liver, and then finally killed him in an iron maiden. Even Judge Hall is terrified.
- Case 21's victim is Rachel Priest. She was injected with a serum designed to give a soldier superhuman strength. But since the serum was only designed for men, her skin literally split apart as her bones grew to abormal size. She was then decapitated after death and thrown into a vat of acid.]]
- Case 24's victim was taxidermied. Alive.
- Case 26 is full of this. For starters, the victim was killed in a room used for a pagan ritual, and the Necronomicon shows up to play a role in the case. Then there's the Grimsborough Cemetery, its hidden objects and natural scenery alike, especially those evil eyes in the sky...
- Not only does Case 31's killer kill several dogs in addition to a person, but it's the sweet old lady Margaret Littlewood, who was so helpful to you in several cases. She also poisons your partner Jones. The fact that she does give to him and saves his life matters so little.
- Case 32: Rani died as a result of a colony of ants invading her throat and asphyxiating her on a hunt for the sugars in all the alcohol she was forced to drink. It doesn't help that her killer had only intended to humiliate her; she had no idea the ants were there, and the Rorschach Reaper had hypnotized her beforehand.
- Take a good look at Case 33's victim's face. Have fun with that humongous Slasher Smile.
- Case 36 involved the victim, who genuinely loved his Amish girlfriend, getting stabbed with a pitchfork several times and left as a scarecrow by her Ax-Crazy father.
- The Reveal of the Rorschach Reaper as Tess Goodwin. Not only does the Reaper get others to kill their own family and friends, they're doing it solely to get a thesis. When exposed, they try to slip out by trying to get Jones to murder the player.
- Case 48's Girls Night Out case involves the death of Abigail Price. Not only is her own mother's reaction chillingly cold, but she was murdered by her best friend for not helping the girl cheat her way into college. And by burning a hole through her skin so deep, her ribcage was exposed.
- Case 51's reveal. Your chief, Samuel King, is the killer. And, instead of telling you what happened, he blows his brains out in front of you and Jones. Jones is so traumatized he can't sleep and grows some stubble afterwards.
- Case 52 has your one lead on what happened to Stuart Huckabee get murdered by his own sister, who slit his throat while alive, then pulled out his tongue — to Jones's disgust.
- The victim of case 6 was roasted alive in a brazen bull, slowly and slowly while her screams resembled an angry bull. To add, The monuments in Europe are about to be destroyed.
- In case 10, the victim was mummified and had his brain pulled out with an ancient hook. While he was still alive.
- While case 11's murder case wasn't as bad as the ones listed above, the Additional Investigation plays on Adult Fear by having Ambassador Stern's little son get kidnapped. Not only is Stern crying tears of fright the entire time, but it's discovered that everything that happened from Chief Ripley's death was a trap created by the Sword for the player. And it ends with the team finding out that Stern's son was taken from Dubai to Iraq...
- Case 12 has even more Adult Fear, as the player and Carmen are forced to watch two of the teammates get badly poisoned, and another one taken hostage. Then they themselves are nearly killed by the criminal they'd finally cornered. If it hadn't been for Jonah Karam, this case would've ended badly.
- Case 19 has the victim be killed by liquid morphine, which the killer slipped into her water bottle without her noticing. The nature of the death is frightening and can cause some Paranoia Fuel.
- Case 21 has a plague sweeping across the country where the case is taking place. Angela and Lars are pushing themselves to the brink of their bodies' limits and still no progress.
- The entirety of this case runs on Nightmare Fuel. The victim's body is shown to be half-decayed and covered in bugs; then it's revealed that he was the first victim of the virus, which turned out to be man-made and released by the killer. This overlaps with Tear Jerker when Lars gets sick with the plague, and won't survive unless a cure is discovered. When the killer is finally caught, it turns out that he released this virus as a means for him to control India's population, and is sickeningly proud of himself for doing so. Even as a furious Judge Adaku gives him a life sentence, he pulls a Slasher Smile and continues to rant about how much good he's doing for the country.
- Case 23's victim died of blood loss after his arm was chopped off with an ax. In the end, it's revealed that he had forced his adopted daughter to marry him, and the man who loved her had killed him to set her free.
- Case 24 really takes the cake: One of the nicest characters in the series is gutted and his bones broken, then his skin used to make a ritual drum. Unlike most victims, he did nothing to deserve this, and the killer, Warren Goodfellow, finally drops his kind facade and reveals himself to be a depraved individual who was also behind South Asia's SOMBRA activities as well as framing the equally innocent Om Padmasana for his actions.
- The whole of East Asia seems to be going for this since the focus of the region is on SOMBRA's link to disappearing children as well as the search for the man behind Warren Goodfellow. The first two cases don't hold back on the Nightmare Fuel: Case 25 begins with the grisly murder of a teenage boy, and throughout the investigation it's discovered that the children in the area had suddenly begun acting mercilessly cruel, with one of them having committed the murder because "The weak die. It's nature's way." Case 26's AI reveals that the victim discovered that there was a mass disappearance of children all over East Asia, many of them being orphans. It didn't help that in both cases, Angela and Lars's daughters wandered off, causing their parents to freak out until they were found safe.
- Case 30 is frightening because it establishes that SOMBRA definitely Would Hurt a Child to accomplish their plans. The killer gathered up children to force them to partake in a Hunger Games-style slaughter, and killed one when he refused to compete. The one behind all of this turns out to be a seemingly sweet old lady that the Bureau kept bumping into throughout the region, similar to Margaret Littlewood's case in Grimsborough.
- Also, in chapter 3 of that case June tries to shoot an apple off of April's head. Luckily, Jonah arrives just in time to catch the arrow, but imagine what would of happened if he was too late...
- When it's time to arrest the criminal of Case 32, Elliot asks if he can do the honors. And is kidnapped! The entire team is horrified.
- The kicker is probably when Carmen goes looking for Elliot and only finds a bloody tie where he was last seen. Lars discovers that it's Elliot's blood on the tie, and deduces that he was gagged by the criminal and could very well be dead at this point. Both Carmen and Lars are horrified at this and don't want to believe it.
- To make matters worse, it's only Jonah's Big Damn Heroes that gets Elliot out alive and he's still covered in bruises and cuts on every visible bit of skin and probably even more we can't see. Small wonder Carmen's in a tizzy.
- Case 36 has Jack and the player investigating the case, when suddenly tremors start coming out of nowhere. Then Elliot shows up and informs them that a volcano's about to erupt at any minute, and the rest of the case is spent trying to gather up all the evidence while the tremors and eruptions grow stronger.
- In Case 41, Jonah is not happy when his half-sister, Lily is flagged as a murder suspect. Marina is in a panic when she asks for the player's help to calm him down, and when Jonah actually shows up, he gives off a frightening Death Glare before storming off to possibly maim someone to prove Lily's innocence.
- Case 42 is similar to "A Killer Among Us" from Pacific Bay, where all the suspects are main members of the Bureau. Angela, who is normally calm, is downright hostile to the player in this case, and she's also the SOMBRA mole who had been with them the entire time. No one had expected it to be her, since she was one of the more sane characters with a happy family life.
- Halfway through the case, Carmen calls the player and (with no context) tells them to forgive her for what's about to happen, and to take care of Sanjay. It's even more horrifying in context, since she had been abducted by a hired gun and the call was made to lure the player into a trap, and it's only thanks to Jonah's deduction that the player even realizes what happened.
- Case 43 is full of this. The victim's gruesome death was caused by someone who attacked her in rage, and the suspects are all somewhat unhinged thanks to being isolated for many months in a lab in Antarctica. One of the suspects had suggested electroshock therapy on the victim despite her normal mental state, and a conspiracy theorist insists that a sabertooth tiger came back from the dead and killed her. The actual killer had felt alone and thought he and the victim were meant to be, and angrily killed her when she rejected him.
- Case 44 has Lars returning from his leave, but he is still in a broken state and Jack has to restrain him. When he first appears he makes a very dark joke about Angela's treachery, then at the end of Chapter 2, he shows up out of nowhere, threatening to slit his own throat.