CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 2, Episode 15

Burden of Proof (7 Feb. 2002)

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A body is found in the body farm. He died from what looks like a bullet wound, yet Dr. Robbins and Grissom can't find any bullet fragments. Instead, they found bits of ground beef inside ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Bradley
Jake Bradley
Terry Bozeman ...
Russ Bradley


A body is found in the body farm. He died from what looks like a bullet wound, yet Dr. Robbins and Grissom can't find any bullet fragments. Instead, they found bits of ground beef inside the wound track. The team links this death to an arson case. The investigation takes a turn when the 12-year-old daughter of the deceased's fiancée has been a victim of sexual assault for some time. Back at the lab, Sara asks for a 6-month leave, citing that she doesn't feel at ease at work with her co-workers, especially with her boss, Grissom. Written by Ploy P.

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The "meat bullet" plot device used in this episode was tested by the Mythbusters in their Season 1, Episode 4 show, in which they also examined the possibility of ice bullets and other exotic - and conspiracy-theory-invoked - ammunition. See more »


[upon finding an insect on the victim's clothes]
Gil Grissom: It's a carpet beetle. It shouldn't be here.
Catherine Willows: The vic seem more like a hardwood floors kind of guy to you?
Gil Grissom: Carpet beetles are usually the last to arrive at a corpse, when only found on a body when its near becoming being a skeleton. This guy is still fresh.
[looks up at skeleton hanging from tree, sees other insects on it]
Gil Grissom: David! Get this body out of here right now! We've got cross-contamination!
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CSI:Crime Scene Investigation-Burden of Proof
24 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Disturbing episode of CSI concerns child molestation and photography, including the arson of a victim's home in response to his murder. A corpse is found on a body farm(bodies dedicated to science and research are used here)and the bullet used is quite peculiar(to say the least) because no metal fragments or residue around the wound are found. Meanwhile, Sara plans to leave the lab because Grissom will not acknowledge her with the respect and feeling she longs for. A photographer is the victim and he's suspected of molesting his fiancé's daughter. The killer might just be the daughter's father, who owns a chain of grocery stores. An image enhanced on a photograph found of the teenage abuse victim could lead the CSI team to the killer. This is akin to a LAW & ORDER:SVU episode as the final result on who abused the teenage girl and why the victim was murdered, his home burned shortly after, leaves you with chills. Subject matter such as this can not be ignored; this is real life, folks. This episode has Janet Gunn as Jane Bradley, the mother whose fiancé was murdered, Sara Paxton(THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remake rape victim)as Jane's molested daughter, and Jason Beghe as Russ, the ex-husband. The way a meat bullet is brought about is pretty neat, how Grissom discovers that this was key to the murder of the victim.

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