Grissom studies Ananda's Vegas Buddhist monastery where all the other Thai monks where fatally shot in the forehead, the only other survivor being the just-fired cook. Forensics also show ... See full summary »



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Jim Brass (credit only)
Jimmy Tadero
Peter Hutchins Sr.
Peter Hutchins Jr.
Dwight Kelso
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Col. Isaac Phillips, USAF


Grissom studies Ananda's Vegas Buddhist monastery where all the other Thai monks where fatally shot in the forehead, the only other survivor being the just-fired cook. Forensics also show the presence of hostile restaurant owner Peter Hutchins Sr. and his son, Pete Jr.. Eventually, possible theft is considered. Catherine's mentor Jimmy Tadero falsifies evidence concerning the case of violent repeat-offender Dwight Kelso, who maintains his innocence on his death-bed. Written by KGF Vissers

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7 March 2002 (USA)  »

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The case profiled in the episode was based largely on a real incident in 1991, involving the murder of a group of monks at their Buddhist temple in Wadell, Arizona. The perpetrators also ransacked the temple and stole equipment and $2,600 in cash. The only major difference between the real incident and the one portrayed in this episode was that in the real-life case, it was two youths who committed the murders, and not one of the temple employees. See more »


When the satellite image zooms in to capture the reflection of the plate on Peter Hutchins' SUV, there is no trailer hitch in the reflection, yet when they cut to the actual SUV, it suddenly has a trailer hitch sticking up in the middle of the plate. See more »


Gil Grissom: [quoting] "Wherever you live is your temple, if you treat it like one."
Sara Sidle: State your source.
Gil Grissom: Buddha.
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Referenced in Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update (2003) See more »


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CSI:Crime Scene Investigation-Felonious Monk
24 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Four monks are shot between the eyes with a gang symbol etched into the wall. Gum, a boot print, curry powder, paint from a paint ball gun, and a truck license plate photographed from a satellite could lead the CSI team to the one responsible. Catherine reopens the case of her striptease dancing friend just to tie up loose ends which might just involve her mentor. Blood on the murder weapon and gloves, the lack of photographic evidence, Catherine is tormented by the fact that the one who was a reason she was able to leave club dancing behind for a career in forensic pathology could have planted evidence that wrongfully convicted a man. This episode introduces us to a person from Catherine's past and how her work as a criminalist exposes the very one who helped her chart a successful career path. We see that Robert David Hall's chief medical examiner studied the Buddhist philosophy of the chakrahs and how the killer understood this which is why he chose to shoot the monks between the eyes. Pretty horrific crime in an episode which delves into Buddhism casting a positive light on the religion. This one has Bruce McGill(NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE)as Cat's mentor, Jimmy Tadero, Marshall Bell(A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET II) as the racist, Peter Hutchins Sr., Aaron Paul as his son, Peter Jr., and Mark Dascascos as the only Buddhist monk to survive from his temple.

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