Ace Attorney Investigation : Miles Edgeworth
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Part 1-1 - BeginningIt's been a month since prosecutor Miles Edgeworth been inside his own office, having been overseas for most of the time. But upon arriving, he notices that the door was already unlocked. Stepping into the dark room, he stumbles onto a dead body slumped against the bookcase, with a pile of binders next to the victim. Before he could do anything more, a mysterious figure threatens Edgeworth by pointing a gun to his back. The figure then leaves, but not before shooting the frame that holds Edgeworth's old jacket.About an hour later investigators are combing through the room, Detective Dick Gumshoe among them. Seeing that crime occurred in his own office, Edgeworth himself wants to find the truth behind the incident, especially since it meant the culprit and victim had to be in here for a specific reason. The victim is identified as Detective Buddy Faith, and his issued police revolver seems to been used to shoot him in the stomach. Further examination of the gun reveals only one shot was fired.A man in a white jacket bursts into the room, crying over the victim. He introduces himself as Prosecutor Jacques Portsman, and reveals that Faith had been working under him. He accuses Edgeworth for the murder, then shifts the blame to Gumshoe when the detective mentions he was the only one with the keys while Edgeworth was overseas. Edgeworth tells Portsman to hold off on any more accusations and let the investigation work itself first. Portsman lets them go as he asks one of the forensic guys to take a picture of him saying goodbye to Faith.Edgeworth goes on to check on his jacket, and finds a contradiction with the bullet hole in the frame. Since Faith's gun was only fired once, that meant a second gun was used. Edgeworth moves the frame aside to examine his secret safe, and finds that the keypad was wiped clean of dust. This points to someone searching for something in his office, and most likely explains the pile of binders on the floor. The binders are placed back onto the bookshelves, revealing that one of them had a bullet hole. But the hole is too low as Faith was most likely standing when he was shot, meaning the binders were in the wrong order when the murder happened. But that implies the bookshelves were searched twice, once before and once after the murder. The binders are rearranged to see where they were placed during the murder.Faith's body is moved aside, revealing a set of binders with Gumshoe's name written in blood on them, as well as a missing binder. Portsman again accuses Gumshoe of the murder, but Edgeworth points out the missing binder had part of Gumshoe's name, meaning the killer could have not missed it in his search. Portsman concedes that Gumshoe isn't the killer, but then has a new suspect brought in, security guard Maggey Byrde. She has the master key that can unlock all the offices, after all.Byrde denies being the killer, saying that she had lost the key around 1 am. Portsman isn't convinced, and claims that Byrde was in the office to steal something. Edgeworth points out that the killer attempted to access the safe, whose existence were only known to prosecutors. And it can't be a lucky find since only two spots in his office were searched, meaning the culprit knew where to look. Portsman then brings up another theory: he had told Faith about the safes and Faith decided to steal something from Edgeworth's office when Byrde found him out and killed him. Portsman then asks that Edgeworth, Gumshoe, and Byrde leave, as they were all potential suspects.
Part 1-2 - EndEven though he was forced out of his own office, Edgeworth isn't going to let that stop him from investigating. He asks Byrde what she had been doing with the master key. She explains that Portsman asked her to unlock and lock his office, aka room 1203, which was next door Edgeworth's. Specifically, she unlocked it around midnight, but then only pretended to lock it at 1:30 a.m. since the key was still missing then. The master key reappeared in the security office around 2:30 a.m. Edgeworth has the door to room 1203 checked to see if see if Byrde was telling the truth, but to everyone's surprise, it is still locked. A fingerprint examination reveals that only the fingerprints of Portsman and Faith were on the knob. At the base of the door, Edgeworth found a note from Faith to Portsman and signs that the the basketball hoop next to the door had been moved.A search of the hallway uncovers the missing binder, hidden underneath the hallway sofa. Pages pertaining to a case from ten years ago have been removed, a case that was originally handled by the prosecutor who originally used the office now occupied by Edgeworth. Then an examination of the door to Edgeworth's office is performed. There are no fingerprints, meaning the knob was wiped clean.With new evidence in hand, Edgeworth goes back in to his office to accuse Portsman of murdering Faith. As to how he got inside Edgeworth's office, Portsman tricked Byrde into unlocking it, having swapped the number plates and moved the basketball hoop in order to convince her she was opening room 1203. Portsman then claims he had been in his office the entire time. To this Edgeworth presents Faith's note, which states the detective couldn't find Portsman in his office. Faith must have later stumbled upon Portsman trying to steal from Edgeworth, and got killed for it. Edgeworth then notes that Portsman also later threatened him, but Portsman reveals that he actually has an alibi for the time when Edgeworth discovered the murder. Portsman was in criminal affairs when that happened.Edgeworth realizes that the man who threatened him wasn't the murderer, but a thief, therefore two people broke into his office that night. It would explain the use of two guns, and why the bookshelves were searched twice. The thief was probably also the one who stole the master key, as he didn't know the room was already unlocked. In any case, this means Portsman's alibi is now irrelevant. Portsman still claims he isn't Faith's killer, and reiterates his alibi that he was at Criminal Affairs while Faith was attempting to bring to him some evidence, a gun and pendant. Edgeworth points out that Faith's note mentioned three pieces of evidence, so what happened to the third? Edgeworth has Gumshoe search Portsman, which leads to the discovery of a blood-stained videotape. Edgeworth promises to have the tape examined for clues, to which Portsman finally breaks down in response.Portsman is arrested for Faith's murder, but he isn't saying anything about it. It is noted, however, that Portsman's action as a prosecutor have been rumored as suspect and corrupt. Furthermore, there is the matter of the second intruder. Why did that person steal the files of a ten year old case? However, the mystery just got more complex as an investigator tells Edgeworth that he has found a black card with a mark of a white three legged raven. Both Edgeworth and Gumeshoe recognize it as the symbol of the Great Thief Yatagarasu, a notorious criminal who has stolen evidence of corrupt dealings in the corporate world and released the information to the public. Was he involved in the incident?With this new info, Edgeworth begins to reflect on the incidents of the past few days.
Part 2-1 - BeginningEdgeworth realizes that the current series of events actually started two days ago, as he was on a flight back home...Early in the morning, when he was in the first-class passenger lounge, a moment of violent turbulence shook the plane and made him pass out in terror. When he woke ten minutes later, he found he had somehow acquired someone else's traveling wallet. Summoning his courage, he opened the elevator door — and found the body of a young man inside. A flight attendant saw him standing over the body and quickly concluded that he was the murderer.Placed in restraints, Edgeworth insisted that he was a prosecutor and needed to investigate the crime scene before any evidence could be contaminated or the real culprit could escape the plane. The attendant who detained him, Ms. Rhoda Teneiro, insisted he must be guilty because she saw him holding the blood-soaked murder weapon. He also had the victim's travel wallet in his possession, indicating that he killed him for his money. Edgeworth easily dismissed both claims by showing the empty wallet, dripping nothing worse than grape juice from a spill at the lounge. Ms. Teneiro, now convinced, released him and even secured permission from the Captain for Edgeworth to look around, provided she accompanied him. One of the passengers, a Zinc Lablanc (a self-proclaimed art dealer from the country of Borginia), said he had seen the victim taking the elevator down to the lounge at 6:00am, just before the turbulence, leaving only a fifteen minute window for the murder. To his mind, this put the guilt clearly on Edgeworth, as nearly everyone else was accounted for at the time.The first clue that all was it not as it seemed was the crime scene — a set of footprints in the spilled grape juice led to the shop area, which was now closed off. Edgeworth concluded that at least one other person had been in the lounge. Ms. Teneiro also revealed the important tidbit that the elevator served the lounge, the passenger cabin, and the cargo hold, though access to the third required a special keycard. Searching the body revealed that the victim had broken glasses, a large wound on the back of his head (a heavy souvenir bank lying next to the body could have done the deed), was carrying a photo of himself with a large, red-eyed statue, and was missing the cell phone he usually wore on a lanyard around his neck. His passport, hidden in his travel wallet, revealed his name to be Akbey Hicks.Lablanc interrupted Teneiro at that moment, furious that the in-flight movie was not starting on time. A few questions soon revealed that Mr. Lablanc's watch was set three hours ahead of the timezone used by the flight crew — what he had taken for 6:00am was actually 3:00am, widening the murder window considerably. The other flight attendant, a perpetually-groggy and somewhat underdressed woman named Cammy Meele, spoke up and claimed to have answered a page from Mr. Hicks' call button at 5:00am, while they were stopped at Zheng Fa to refuel and take on more cargo. Unfortunately, Edgeworth himself came down to the lounge after the stopover and was there in the 5-6:15 window, meaning suspicion remained on him — and on Ms. Teneiro, who admitted to coming downstairs to take care of some business in the shop and in the flight attendants' room just off the lounge, before the turbulence. She was reluctant to say exactly what she was doing, but she remembered that the heavy souvenir bank had still been in the shop when she left.Ms. Meele interrupted with a bit more information that cast Ms. Teneiro in a bad light — she hadn't actually asked permission from the Captain to let Edgeworth search the plane. Ms. Teneiro, caught in the lie, crept away, and Ms. Meele joined Edgeworth in searching the shop. The glass case that formerly held the bank was shattered, and a small hat that would match its head was still inside, but Edgeworth concluded the bank had broken out on its own during the turbulence. A pair of suitcases caught Edgeworth's eye (and not just for being expensive and garishly decorated) by being neatly lined up when one of them had no blocks on its wheels and should have moved during the turbulence. Opening it, he found a bloodstained cloth inside: fabric in a Borginian pattern matching the headcloth of Mr. Lablanc. He concluded that the killer used the suitcase to move Mr. Hicks' body and then returned it to the shop after the turbulence, meaning the murder could have happened anywhere on the plane.At that moment, Ms. Teneiro reappeared and apologetically cut the investigation short, saying the captain would not give him any more time. Edgeworth had to be satisfied with securing the crime scene and hoping for a chance to do more once they had landed.
Part 2-2 - MiddleEarly in the afternoon, the plane landed. Edgeworth found Gumshoe and Franziska von Karma ready to meet him. He was instantly suspicious of Franziska's presence, since there was no reason for her to be there, but she brushed it off by saying she'd been listening to the police radio. She remanded Edgeworth to Gumshoe's "custody" while she investigated the plane — Edgeworth garnered from Gumshoe that Franziska was chasing some other lead.They returned to the plane, where Edgeworth wanted to interview Ms. Teneiro in private. They encountered Mr. Lablanc first, who was furious about his cargo of imported art not being released from the cargo hold, and Franziska, who insisted on hearing Edgeworth's own defense. He insisted that the logical chain of events pointed to a murder before the turbulence, somewhere else on the plane, and that the killer had moved the body to the elevator with the aid of the suitcase. The souvenir bank, which could only have broken out after the turbulence, was left with the body, and the victim's wallet left on Edgeworth to frame him. Franziska concluded that the flight attendants were now the most likely suspects, particularly Ms. Teneiro, who had lied about having permission to search the plane.Ms. Teneiro, when pressed for what she was doing in the shop before the turbulence, admitted that she was in there to buy one of the hideous suitcases — because she designed them but was ashamed that they weren't selling, so she made a habit of buying one on each flight to give the illusion that they were popular. She produced her receipt, time-stamped 5:40am. She also revealed in passing that only one suitcase was left in the shop when she was last there. The suitcases were, in fact, so profoundly unpopular that the remaining stock were being held in the cargo hold for destruction at the end of the flight. But only staff can enter the cargo hold, and Ms. Teneiro held the only keycard... or did, but the card had gone missing. Franziska took this for sufficient proof of guilt and had Ms. Teneiro detained.
Part 2-3 - End 1Edgeworth, Gumshoe, and Franziska investigated the cargo hold, which was surprisingly large for a plane and required a long set of stairs to reach the floor. Mr. Hicks' suitcase contained a file on Franziska, from which Edgeworth quickly deduced that Hicks was no mere passenger but an Interpol agent scheduled for a rendezvous with her at the airport. He had been investigating a smuggling route. They found broken glass from Hicks' spectacles on the floor, and a suitcase missing from the unsold stock. Edgeworth speculated that the victim was killed in the cargo hold, packed into a suitcase to be hidden elsewhere, but ended up in the elevator when the turbulence hit and shook his body loose.Franziska continued to insist that the souvenir bank, together with Ms. Teneiro's access to the keycard, made her the most likely suspect. Edgeworth, however, saw a more likely murder weapon — the cargo hold itself. Hicks could have fallen to his death from the upper landing. The autopsy report supported this hypothesis — but Franziska pointed to a large box under the landing that would prevent a lethal fall. Edgeworth reminded her that they had stopped to take additional cargo between 4:00 and 5:00am, meaning the box might not have been there. The large box, naturally, belonged to Lablanc, who furiously insisted it was originally from Europe (not loaded at Zheng Fa). But the enormous statue it contained was an obvious forgery — proven by Hicks' photograph of the red-eyed original. It also stood over the drop cloth of a piece of cargo which was loaded at Zheng Fa. This justified Hicks' presence in the cargo hold: to take photos of the hold before and after the stopover.When the statue was moved, there were signs of blood on the floor, corroborating the theory that Agent Hicks died in a fall. All evidence now pointed to his murder before the 4:00am stopover.. with the exception of Cammy Meele's testimony, which said she had seen him in his seat at 5.
Part 2-4 - End 2Cammy Meele was no more awake than she had been earlier, but Edgeworth trapped her in a contraction when she claimed to be in the flight attendants' room alone from 5:00-6:00am — she should have seen Ms. Teneiro come in with the suitcase she purchased at 5:40. Ms. Meele protested unconvincingly that she was in the bathroom. Edgeworth pressed her for her special skills, which revealed that she is fluent in Borginian and processed all Borginian documents... such as the cargo manifest for the counterfeit statue, for example. Ms. Meele abruptly came awake and retorted that participation in a smuggling ring — which wasn't yet proved anyway — didn't necessarily mean she was a murderer... and that Ms. Teneiro continued to be the likeliest killer, if not a smuggler herself. Edgeworth responded that the very suitcase the killer used to hide the body made it likely that Ms. Teneiro was being framed: something that would never have happened if they were members of the same smuggling ring. Undaunted, Ms. Meele replied that his evidence was entirely circumstantial.Attention then turned to the missing cell phone. Franziska was able to locate it by the simple trick of calling it. It had been stashed in Ms. Teneiro's locker. Edgeworth surmised that it had been hidden because it contained evidence, like a photo, and Franziska was able to recover the data since the phone was not too badly damaged. It showed the cargo hold before the stop at Zheng Fa, and the last, damning piece of evidence: boxes of cloth labeled in Borginian. Edgeworth easily perceived how this put the final nail in Ms. Meele's coffin — anyone needing to wipe up a bloodstain in a hurry would reach for any cloth they could find, and only someone who could read Borginian would open the crate of Borginian cloth instead of another crate which was clearly marked "Bedsheets."Faced with this last piece of evidence, Ms. Meele broke down and admitted that she pushed Agent Hicks over the rail in a moment of panic, knowing the smuggling ring was about to be exposed.To thank him for his trouble, Ms. Teneiro presented Edgeworth with one of her special suitcases, which he accepted with fair grace (all things considered). They had some parting words with Franziska, who was leaving to meet with an elite Interpol agent and continue her investigation into the smuggling ring. Moments later, Edgeworth received a call from a man named Ernest Amano, asking him for assistance — to help his son, who had been kidnapped!
The Kidnapped Turnabout
Part 3-1 - BeginningThe following morning, Edgeworth and Gumshoe went to Gatewater Land amusement park, where Edgeworth ventured forth to drop off the kidnappers' ransom money. He was directed to the Haunted House, where he found nothing more menacing than empty rooms and a slumped Blue Badger doll. He completed the drop off and was turning around to leave when someone struck him across the head, rendering him unconscious for the second time in two days.He woke some time later to find himself tied to a beam in a small room used by the park staff. He dimly heard voices in the next room but could not make out what they were saying. Fortunately, he soon attracted a rescuer: the self-styled Great Thief Yatagarasu, better known as Kay Faraday, a mischievous teenage girl. She claimed to be the 'real' Yatagarasu (apparently the title is contested?), but also admitted she hadn't actually stolen anything (yet). Edgeworth knew about the Yatagarasu from a string of incidents seven years ago wherein certain businesses were infiltrated and their dark secrets leaked to the press — along with the calling card of a three-legged raven — but he wasn't particularly interested in evaluating the girl's claim, until Kay revealed that she remembered him from somewhere.Edgeworth retrieved his phone and got back into contact with Gumshoe — and with an Interpol agent named Shi-Long Lang, who was in no hurry to send help since Edgeworth had blundered into the situation alone. Edgeworth and Kay managed to free themselves by finding a ladder hidden under a floor panel. They also observed that this room was where the park's costumed mascots, the Blue Badgers, were kept — and that three costumes were missing.Once freed, the pair met Lang, his assistant Shih-na, and his army of 99 Men in Black, who had taken control of the investigation. Lang was a tough customer with a wolf motif, the utter devotion of his men, and an endless store of proverbs from his famous ancestor Lang Zi. Edgeworth wondered why someone from Interpol would investigate a domestic kidnapping — especially since this must be the agent Franziska mentioned who was investigating the smuggling ring — but Lang had very little to tell a "filthy prosecutor" and refused to allow Edgeworth to join the investigation. Kay decided to usurp something as well: the 'assistant' role from Gumshoe!As they idled, Ernest Amano appeared. He was an old associate of Manfred von Karma, and Edgeworth had taken the case out of a sense of obligation to him, since his connections had made it possible for him to study law abroad. The kidnappers had taken his 21-year-old son, Lance, the day before. Also, the house butler, Oliver Deacon, hadn't been seen in some time.Edgeworth figured they might as well look around the area immediately outside the Wild West Area (the building the kidnappers had used for their hideout). They found clear footprints in the mud, though the information wasn't much help without knowing the culprits' shoes. A costumed Blue Badger mascot was a possible witness — it was Officer Meekins — but he claimed he hadn't seen anything except a second Blue Badger. This roused Edgeworth's suspicions, since the park's "Badger Photo Rally" game rules said that only one of each Badger — Blue, Pink, Proto, and Bad — would be out at one time. He concluded that it was a disguised kidnapper, and that the other kidnappers were probably also in disguise. They returned to the footprints, looking for tracks that a Badger costume would leave, and found two trails: one headed for the stadium and another headed to a nearby garage. They opened the door to find parking spots for three Badgermobiles — and a corpse. It was the lost butler, Oliver Deacon. He had a single bullet wound that entered near his stomach and exited his shoulder, but there was very little blood around his body, which suggested to Edgeworth that he was killed elsewhere. He wore a silver horse pendant with "Colin Devorae" engraved in the back.The sordid scene was further interrupted by the arrival of Lauren Paups, a distraught young Amano employee with an ill-concealed crush on Lance, and the return of Lang, who spotted the corpse and attempted to have Officer Meekins arrested on the spot. Riled, Edgeworth insisted that Meekins could not be detained without good reason; Lang counter-argued that only an officer would be likely to carry a gun, and that he had not personally inspected Meekins, meaning the logical interpretation was that Meekins ambushed and killed the man at the garage. Edgeworth responded that there was too little blood around the body for this to be the site of the murder. However, he also found Meekins' behavior suspicious: pressing a bit, he learned that Meekins had been out driving the Blue Badgermobile until he lost possession of it. The Badgermobile, which was currently back in the garage, could easily have been used to transport the body — and Meekins didn't help his case by admitting that he had lost his gun. Despite Edgeworth's best efforts, Meekins was detained. Edgeworth and Kay were forced to leave the area.
Part 3-2 - Middle 1Irritated by Lang's "arrest first, ask questions later" method, Edgeworth vowed to catch the murderer himself. Gumshoe slipped them a tip to check the stadium, where he was pleased to reunite with Ema Skye, a would-be forensic scientist — and far LESS pleased to reunite with Wendy Oldbag, playing the Pink Badger. Unfortunately, she had witnessed the murder at the stadium, so he had to speak with her. According to her testimony, two men confronted each other, there was a gunshot, and then one of the men fell to the ground. Unfortunately, when pressed, she was a less useful source than she appeared: she couldn't describe the men or give many details about the scene.Kay decided to step in with "Little Thief," a holographic projector that could recreate a scene based on the information she put in. Using Ema's tools for detecting footprints, Oldbag's testimony, and the circumstantial clues, they fine-tuned the image created by Little Thief until Edgeworth was satisfied: ultimately, the shooter and the victim were both disguised as Badgers, and the shooting took place when the victim stood on the stage that was formerly set up in the arena. He shared his conclusion with Agent Lang, who had arrived on the scene, and remarked that the probable interpretation was that one kidnapper had shot another. Lang continued to suspect that Meekins, in costume, had committed the crime and used his Badgermobile to move the body to the garage, but Edgeworth countered with the mud-free tires of the Blue Badgermobile, which would have been dirty if used as Lang hypothesized. And since the Pink Badgermobile was there in the stadium (with Oldbag), this left only the Proto Badgermobile still at large.Just then, the kidnapped boy, Lance Amano, staggered out from behind the stage and collapsed. He claimed to have escaped from his kidnappers using the underground panel in the Wild West Area staff rooms. He said there had been two kidnappers, in costumes, and one was female. Lang asserted control over the investigation yet again and ran Edgeworth and Kay out of the stadium.
Part 3-3 - Middle 2Back in the Wild West Area, they met Mr. Amano and Lauren Paups. Lauren was still a fluttery bundle of nerves over Lance, whom she had known since childhood because she and her father were long-time employees in their house. Her father was frequently away on business trips for the Amano group, but ten years previously he had left for another flight on "Pegasus" and never returned. As for Mr. Amano, the only thing he had to contribute was a "love letter" for his son — from a loan company. Kay immediately noticed that it sounded more like a collection threat than a promise of love everlasting. Lance had a motive to "disappear" himself, especially if he could collect a ransom in the process.They gained access to the kidnappers' hideout thanks to some help from Gumshoe, looking for evidence of the man and woman who took Lance. Gumshoe had also left a report on the victim, Colin Devorae; he was an escaped prisoner who had been imprisoned ten years ago, he'd had a wife and one daughter in the area, and he was likely to be armed. But the picture was that of Oliver Deacon, the missing butler!When they investigated the lair, all the signs pointed to three kidnappers. The locked door had been forced open by the police, but it appeared to have been locked from the inside through the simple trick of a heavy prop sword wedged in the handle. Abruptly, a staff member in costume as the Proto Badger entered the staff area through the floor panel (startling Edgeworth and Kay) and exclaimed that both Bad Badger costumes were missing. The spare should have been inside — but so should the regular costume, because the Bad Badger only appears for a brief scene once a day. A short investigation turned up one of the missing costumes in the trash. A chunk of cloth over its right paw — where the Bad Badger's prop gun would be — was torn loose. Edgeworth reflected that their investigation had turned up more questions than answers.Detective Gumshoe met them outside with yet another tip: the police had discovered a discarded Badger costume near the park entrance. They ran to get to the scene before Lang.
Part 3-4 - End 1The costume was a Blue Badger. There was a pendant inside the neck opening in the shape of a pair of wings. Its silver material and general theme matched the horse pendant worn by Oliver Deacon, and its owner's name, "Lauren D.", was engraved on the back. All eyes turned on Lauren Paups, who stammered and tried to explain herself. Lang, who had once again taken command of the scene, immediately accused her of being one of the kidnappers, which charge she did not deny — but Edgeworth was certain that more was going on. He interrupted Lang before he could take Lauren away, claiming the murder remained unsolved. Lang retorted that suspicion was no longer on Meekins since the careless officer's gun had been found, unfired. Lauren confessed to the murder as well, but Edgeworth insisted upon hearing her side of the story.Lauren testified that she and the butler, Oliver Deacon, had plotted the kidnapping for money, but once the ransom was in their hands, he turned on her and tried to kill her. However, Edgeworth presented the pendants — or rather, the two pieces of one pendant — and the report on Oliver Deacon's missing ten years: the two of them had been father and daughter, unbeknownst to Lauren. It would be extremely unlikely for him to murder his own daughter. Lang thought it more likely that the two of them had known of their relation and colluded, but Edgeworth pointed out that a third person had been involved, probably as the mastermind of the whole plot — Lance Amano himself. Lance had claimed to see only two kidnappers when the evidence pointed to three; when pressed he testified that there could have been more but he was blindfolded and locked up in the staff area until the kidnappers fled and he was able to escape. Edgeworth was not convinced; why, then, was the door still locked from the inside after this supposed 'escape'? He concluded that Lance had staged the kidnapping out of a desperate need for money. Pinned at last by the prosecutor's logic, Lance admitted that he had indeed done just that.The young Mr. Amano wasn't finished with his tale yet. He insisted that he'd planned to run away with Lauren and start a new life, until they were attacked by Oliver Deacon just after picking up the ransom money. He claimed that he had restrained Deacon temporarily in the hideout but the man ultimately escaped, with the money, disguised as the Bad Badger. Lauren had already left their hideout in the Blue Badger costume, and Lance tried to warn her that Oliver was armed. But Lauren insisted it couldn't have been that way — because if so, she had shot and killed her own father! She remembered seeing a Bad Badger in the stadium, leaving with the money. He had pointed his gun at her, so she fired a shot of her own (with a gun Lance had given her) and saw the Badger drop dead just before she ran for her life. Edgeworth easily picked through her testimony to find the holes — it couldn't have been the actual Bad Badger since the costume's prop gun was permanently attached to its right paw, and at any rate the right-handed Oliver Deacon wouldn't be a good shot holding the gun in his free left hand, as Lauren saw. The Proto Badger costume, on the other hand, could hold the suitcase and the gun in the way Lauren described, and it could easily be made to look like the Bad Badger simply by using a different costume head. But who was in the Proto Badger costume? Lance.From this point it all began to unravel quickly. The gun Lance gave Lauren was the prop gun torn from the paw of the other Bad Badger costume. Lauren could never have killed anyone with it; Lance had pretended to be killed as part of a larger plan intended to throw suspicion on Lauren when Deacon's body was eventually discovered. But if Deacon hadn't been murdered in the stadium, then where? Lauren protested that she had seen Deacon restrained in the lair after he and Lance had gone to get the ransom money, but Edgeworth realized that all she had really seen was someone tied to the corner beam, unidentifiable under a costume head: it was himself while he was unconscious.Mr. Amano interrupted at this point. In a transparent effort to get between Lance and the truth, he provided two key pieces of evidence: the second Bad Badger costume, stained with Oliver Deacon's blood and a gun with Lauren's fingerprints on it. He expressed disappointment at Edgeworth for causing his son such distress. Edgeworth examined the evidence and saw bits of a broken mirror and a bullet hole that seemed to have been fired at point blank range. It gave the lie to any story that Lauren killed Deacon at the stadium — and further, she couldn't have left fingerprints on the gun at the time, since she was in a costume! He concluded that the murder must have taken place in the Haunted House, during or shortly after the ransom drop. Lang reluctantly granted him permission to investigate the Haunted House — only for everything to be cut short by Mr. Amano, who revealed he had just bought that property for a sum that just happened to be the full random payment for Lance. The investigation came to a screeching halt.
Part 3-5 - End 2Kay and Little Thief intervened a second time. If the investigators couldn't enter the Haunted House itself, they could recreate it using the data on hand. Gumshoe supplied a set of blueprints from the case materials, and they mapped out a rough image based on what Edgeworth could remember just before he was struck. He recalled seeing a collapsed Badger at the far end of the hall, and he knew he had been hit from behind. Lance Amano declared that only Oliver had entered the Haunted House, so Edgeworth's assailant must have been him. But all the evidence pointed to an attack with the prop sword, held in the attacker's right hand — which couldn't be Oliver since he was the Bad Badger and had the prop gun attached to his right hand. Lance admitted that he'd done the deed, which put both men inside the Haunted House.Lang spoke up with some unwelcome news: one of the attractions of the Haunted House was a "disappearing Badger" — which is to say, a Blue Badger doll at the end of the hallway. All of Edgeworth and Kay's speculations had been based on the premise that the Badger he had seen was a disguised kidnapper, but if it were just a prop, they'd have to rethink everything.Kay updated the image to show the Blue Badger doll, but now the assailant somehow turned into the Proto Badger while stalking Edgeworth. Further, the "disappearing Badger" looked like a reversed Blue Badger, as if it were a mirror image. This led Edgeworth to suspect that it was just an illusion. There must have been a secret room in the Haunted House, concealed by a mirror wall: when the wall is "open" it reflects the hidden Badger, but when closed, the Badger disappears. Lance and Oliver Deacon must have hid behind that wall. When Edgeworth entered the dining room to leave the money, he heard the crash of the mirror wall breaking, though he had dismissed it as part of the ambient noises. When he emerged and saw a slumped Badger in the same spot, it was no longer the reflected illusion but Oliver Deacon's body! Lance then hid himself in the alcove where the actual doll sat, waited for Edgeworth to turn around, then ambushed him.Lance broke down and admitted his guilt, though he claimed it was all in self defense after Oliver attacked him. Lang, unimpressed, took both Lance and Ernest Amano into custody. Ernest Amano had been Interpol's target the entire time: he was wanted for questioning for his part in the KG-8 incident, wherein the Amano Group was caught dealing in a smuggling operation. Amano's secretary, Colin Devorae, took the fall and went to prison for ten years. Amano was taken into custody by Jacques Portsman and Buddy Faith, much to the irritation of Lang — who dropped the tidbit that there was a corrupt prosecutor working with Amano and the smuggling ring.As they wrapped things up, Kay had one final surprise — a piece of cloth she'd promised to return. Edgeworth looked at it and was launched into the memory of a case seven years in the past...
Part 4-1 - BeginningSeven years earlier, a defendant named Mack Rell admitted to a murder which he claimed to have done under the orders of the Great Thief Yatagarasu. He then named Byrne Faraday, the prosecutor of the case, as the Yatagarasu, raising an uproar and forcing a change of prosecution. Miles Edgeworth — at this point an earnest young disciple of Manfred von Karma — was selected to replace Faraday.Von Karma quizzed Edgeworth on the facts of the case. A couple days prior, a worker at the Codohpian embassy was shot and killed. Mack Rell was taken into custody and found to have the murder weapon on him; moreover, he had been seen doing the deed on the security camera. The wrinkle in the case was that the Yatagarasu had infiltrated the embassy: Rell had originally claimed to be the Yatagarasu himself before accusing the prosecutor. Because of similarities to another incident three years prior, the murder was coming to be known as the "second KG-8 incident." KG-8, incidentally, was when the Amano Group was caught in a smuggling scandal (and Colin Devorae was set up to take the fall); a Codohpian staff member named Manny Coachen was accused of killing the whistleblower, Cece Yew, before she could testify. Byrne Faraday failed to get him convicted. What connected that case to the present one was that the victim, Deid Mann, had also been shot before he could reveal what he knew; the main difference was the presence of the Yatagarasu, who had stolen a single item and sent it to the police on the same day. It seemed obvious to von Karma that the Yatagarasu could have been involved in the murder.Just before the trial resumed, they were interrupted by a young Kay Faraday, wanting to exchange some coins for a dollar bill. Edgeworth traded with her without thinking much of it and prepared to enter the courtroom. Unfortunately, no one but themselves and the Judge were present. Detective Gumshoe came charging in with shocking news — Byrne Faraday and the defendant had been found dead!Edgeworth ran to investigate the defendant lobby but got nowhere against the trio of Detective Tyrell Badd, a hardboiled character, Calisto Yew, the defense attorney, and Gumshoe. Gumshoe had been in the hallway guarding the door and could testify to hearing the gunshot, but Detective Badd was the one officially in charge of the crime scene. Yew had very little to say to him (and Edgeworth's formal and rather stiff style of speaking kept sending her into fits of giggles). Badd would reveal only that Faraday had been stabbed and Rell had been shot — and that he had been called in to testify since he works cases connected to the Yatagarasu.Manfred von Karma reappeared, with his 13-year-old daughter Franziska in tow. Over Badd's objections, he left Edgeworth behind to investigate the murders since he wouldn't be able to stand in court, and Franziska elbowed her way in as well, seeing it as a chance to prove herself superior to her 'little' brother. They examined the crime scene and found the victims lying across each other, with Faraday on top. Rell held a knife and Faraday a gun. Evidence bags were scattered near their bodies but the room was not otherwise in disarray; one of the windows had been left open. The gun had been brought in by Faraday as evidence, but the knife remained unexplained. There were also signs that not everything was as it seemed — Faraday held the gun in his right hand despite ink stains suggesting the left was his dominant hand, and the lack of powder burns on Rell indicated that he was not shot at close range; moreover, the scattered bags around the bodies were at odds with the neat pile on the table. The last bit of oddness was the television in the room: its volume had been set to a high level.Franziska posed her own theories about a struggle, but the most likely conclusion — that Faraday attacked Rell and Rell counterattacked and killed Faraday before dying himself — was at odds with the position of the bodies: if Rell died second, he should have been on top of Faraday. Nor could it have been a mutual attack with the bodies falling the way they did by chance: the fatal gunshot was fired from two or three yards away. Edgeworth introduced his own theory — a third party had killed one or both of the men and arranged the crime scene to look like a mutual killing; after all, Gumshoe had been outside the door the whole time and hadn't heard a struggle.Calisto Yew and the Judge entered the scene to point the finger... at Detective Gumshoe! They claimed that Gumshoe had not been guarding the door the entire time as he said: the Judge testified that he had seen an empty hallway at some point during the recess. Edgeworth pointed out that Gumshoe had no motive, but Yew retorted that Faraday had given him a dressing-down for being late about a week ago, and he could have killed Rell afterward to eliminate any witnesses. Edgeworth remained unconvinced: a double murder suggested that the third person had a good reason to want both men dead. To his mind, Manny Coachen fit the bill. Unfortunately, though Coachen was indeed in the courthouse that day, he had been under constant scrutiny; he couldn't have slipped away. Gumshoe was curiously tongue-tied when asked if anyone else had been in the hallway during the recess, and so he was taken away for questioning despite Edgeworth's silent misgivings.Edgeworth approached Yew about the KG-8 incident, knowing she must be connected somehow since she and the victim, Cece Yew, had the same name. Yew admitted, after more giggles, that Cece had been her sister, but Faraday was unable to get a conviction on Coachen because the key piece of evidence was stolen...
Part 4-2 - MiddleThey met Manfred von Karma down in the lobby, who told them the trial was on permanent hiatus and that he considered the matter closed. Edgeworth asked to be allowed to continue his investigation, since he didn't think they had enough evidence on Gumshoe for a perfect conviction, and Franziska lent unexpected support, saying she didn't want to end their competition just yet. Von Karma grudgingly agreed and left them to it.Yew, who was present, testified that she and Detective Badd had been in the neighboring defendant lobby at the time of the murder. She apparently carried a grudge against Badd for failing to protect her sister. She hinted that Badd had also failed to keep the Yatagarasu from spiriting away the critical piece of evidence that would have convicted Coachen. Gumshoe insisted he was innocent but also seemed to be hiding something; about the only thing of interest they could get from him was a pay slip from his bonus check — a whole $5, which accounted for the only cash he'd had on hand. Edgeworth could tell he was lying about being alone in the hallway and wondered why Gumshoe would hold back information that could help clear his name.Without any warning, the little girl from earlier crept up behind Edgeworth, kicked him somewhere painful, and ran off. As she fled, she dropped a Swiss Roll snack, still in its wrapper, on the floor.They went to the hallway outside the defendant lobbies, seeking evidence to confirm whether Gumshoe had left the hallway and/or met anyone else up there. The Judge was already present, speaking with Detective Badd. His testimony was that he had been able to see into the hallway from the restroom window across the courtyard, and that he had seen Gumshoe buying something from the vending machines in the hall, but shortly afterward, the hall was empty. Detective Badd said that he had asked the precinct to send someone to guard the hall because Faraday had been accused; when Gumshoe arrived, they went up to the hallway together. They met Yew outside Lobby #1, but Faraday had already dragged Rell into Lobby #2 for some sort of private argument. One of Badd's men confirmed that Gumshoe had never left the hall — but that just made it seem all the likelier that he had gone into Lobby #2 when he disappeared from sight. Badd and Yew had gone into Lobby #1 and had remained there for about 30 minutes, which is when they heard the gunshot.Two vending machines stood there, one of which sold food, including Swiss Rolls — at extortionate prices. The Swiss Rolls were the cheapest item, and even they were $6. The open window had allowed a trail of ants to enter in pursuit of some chocolate crumbs on the floor; there was also a sticky handprint on the bench underneath it. A sharp cactus on the windowsill had proven fatal to some child's balloon. The handprint was Gumshoe's, and he could have disappeared from sight by doing nothing more than sitting down, but how could he have afforded Swiss Rolls when he was at least a dollar short? Edgeworth remembered the dollar he had changed for the little girl and concluded that they could have pooled their money — but why would Gumshoe lie about the little girl being there?Gumshoe refused to relent even when pressured by Edgeworth, Franziska, and the Judge, but the little girl reappeared, still trying to kick Edgeworth. She gave her name as Kay Faraday, Byrne Faraday's daughter, and claimed to be furious because he was mistreating "Gummy;" he was able to pacify her by giving back the Swiss Roll she'd bought — for her daddy. As she burst into tears, Edgeworth felt a growing sympathy since her story was so similar to his own. He knelt down to offer her a handkerchief, only for her to blow her nose on his cravat instead. She told them that was going to keep her promises to her father: one was "never cry in front of strangers," and another was "never take anything from a stranger." Edgeworth offered her his now-soiled cravat under the legal fiction that she was just 'borrowing' it to wash and return later. Now Gumshoe's motive for hiding her presence in the hallway was clear: technically speaking, she had taken some of his money to buy the Swiss Rolls, and he didn't want anyone to know she'd broken her promise.Unfortunately, clearing all these mysteries had not yet cleared Gumshoe's name. If anything, he was in deeper trouble, since it was now confirmed that he was present in the hallway at the time of the gunshot! Yew smugly announced she was going to file the paperwork for his arrest. Time was running out.
Part 4-3 - End 1Edgeworth and Franziska had a look inside Lobby #1, where the air was filled with an overpowering flowery odor. They witnessed a conversation between Kay and "Uncle Badd" which revealed them to be fairly close and informal with one another — Badd didn't even deny the claim that Kay was his 'assistant.' The flower scent in the air was Yew's spilled perfume, which had been overwhelming enough to get him to open the window. He gave a spare bottle to Franziska (which she, naturally, made Edgeworth tote around for her).After some pressing, Badd opened up about his part in the KG-8 incident. He and Faraday had nearly dragged out the truth about the Amano Group's connections to the smuggling ring when the key witness was murdered and a hapless secretary was set up to confess to everything. Moreover, Manny Coachen, the man who shot the witness, escaped conviction because Badd failed to keep control of the critical piece of evidence. Badd claimed that he and Faraday continued to pursue the smuggling ring as best they could, and Calisto Yew must have done the same since they finally met again that very day, at the trial for the "second KG-8 incident." He said that all three of them had come up hard against the limits of what the law could do. As for Faraday, he and Badd were very old associates who had had their own reasons for pursuing the mysterious thief known as the Yatgarasu.Edgeworth raised his theory that the identity of the Yatagarasu was the key to solving the case — why were the two men who claimed that title murdered? Badd replied that the Yatagarasu is a perfect thief: he always knows where his object is, how to disarm the security system, and how to avoid leaving any evidence. In this case he had broken his usual pattern by sending evidence on the smuggling ring to the police instead of to the mass media, but he would not have killed Deid Mann nor would he have ordered Rell to.When the trial evidence was finally transferred to Edgeworth, the first thing that caught his attention was that Faraday apparently planned to use the "Yatagarasu's Key" to convict Rell. But there was no key present, just the unexplained knife. Edgeworth wondered if the knife and the key might have been the same item. He discovered that the handle of the knife was reversible: if rotated to one end, it hid the key and revealed the blade, but if rotated the other way, it revealed the key and hid the blade. Faraday must have brought it inside in key form... but then who, looking at it, would know it could become a knife and use it as a weapon? Edgeworth concluded that the Yatagarasu was the only one who could know, making him the prime suspect.Edgeworth also found it odd that the surveillance tape which showed the moment of the murder, gunshot and all, was not present with the evidence. They went upstairs to check Lobby #2 and found Badd talking with Agent Lang, but Lang left without saying much to them. Badd had not known that the key became a knife: he had, in fact, been searching the courtroom (with Kay's help) for the missing "key." It went without saying that Gumshoe wouldn't have known either. Another odd fact came up in their discussion: the defendant lobbies were soundproofed, meaning that very little outside noise could get in or out. Of course, both rooms had their windows open. In a flash of insight, Edgeworth realized that the missing surveillance video must be in Lobby #2's television, with the volume turned up — the video, with its very clear sound of a gunshot, could easily have been used to disguise the time of the murder. Moreover, the window in the next room was conveniently open because Calisto Yew spilled her perfume. The likely course of events was that the killer committed the murders before Badd and Gumshoe came upstairs, opened the window, and left the surveillance tape to play, knowing its audio would be mistaken for the fatal shot.As he finished explaining his conclusions, Edgeworth was interrupted by a bailiff sent by Yew, asking him to meet her in the courtroom to confirm her theory about the real murderer.
Part 4-4 - End 2With Franziska and Badd in attendance, Yew and Edgeworth faced off from their respective benches in the courtroom. Yew remained convinced of Gumshoe's guilt, simply because everyone else was accounted for at the time of the gunshot, and because there was no possible exit from Lobby #2. However, she did not have an alibi for most of the people in the courthouse — nor for herself — in the span of time before Gumshoe took up guard duty in the hallway. When Edgeworth demonstrated that the time of death had been fabricated, Yew became visibly nervous. She brought up the matter of the soundproofed rooms, but he countered with the open windows, one of which just happened to be open at the right time as the direct result of Yew spilling her perfume. He charged Calisto Yew with the double murder, shocking everyone in the room.Yew laughed off his spilled perfume = murderer conclusion and replied that she didn't even know where the knife used to kill Faraday came from, so she couldn't have been his murderer. There was just a key in his evidence bag, after all. Edgeworth pounced, revealing the key-to-knife feature and remarking that Yew had further incriminated herself just by knowing about the key — after all, this information was known only to Faraday and a few high-ranking law enforcement officers. And not even they knew about the knife aspect of the key. Only the Yatagarasu would know the full truth: in other words, Calisto Yew was the Yatagarasu.Yew broke into a fit of mad laughter. She confessed to dispatching Faraday because he knew the truth about her. Rell's part in the plan was merely to point to finger of suspicion at Faraday, but when it looked like Rell might blab her part of it to him, Yew had to silence him as well. Badd seemed particularly shaken by the news, and it got worse when Yew confessed that she had been the one to hire Rell to silence Deid Mann in the first place — she was working for the smuggling ring!Unsurprisingly, Yew had no intention of surrendering to justice. She pulled a gun on them. Franziska dived behind the prosecutor's bench, but Edgeworth froze up in shock — until Kay yelled a warning. He fell to his right, narrowly avoiding the bullet, and Yew escaped with the Yatagarasu's Key. Badd gave chase but was unable to stop her.In the aftermath, Gumshoe thanked Edgeworth for proving his innocence and pledged his eternal loyalty... which Edgeworth was less than pleased to receive.Back at Gatewater Land amusement park, Gumshoe and Edgeworth made their formal reacquaintance with Kay, who was pleased they still remembered her. But Edgeworth couldn't understand why she had sought him out, nor why she would take the title of Yatagarasu when it belonged to Calisto Yew, her father's murderer. Kay responded that her father was the true Yatagarasu, according to his own diary and his greatest weapon, Little Thief. Yew was just a pretender to the name. The "Yatagarasu" was active again, sending a calling card ahead to the former Codohpian Embassy, and Kay had hunted down Edgeworth so that he could find out the truth and bring Calisto Yew to justice at last. He protested that he wouldn't get involved in anything criminal, but he did feel indebted to Kay and agreed to do what he could to bring it all to a close.