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Lat 40° 47' N/Long 73° 58' W 

Mac and the crime lab deal with a killer who is using compasses to leave clues to his crimes.



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Calliope Eckhart
Kimball Saks
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Mac and the crime lab deal with a killer who is using compasses to leave clues to his crimes.

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7 October 2009 (USA)  »

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According to Google Maps, the location referred to in the episode title is on 86th street in the middle of Central Park. See more »


Ellis Island is on federal land and in New Jersey waters, thereby doubly putting it out of the NYPD's jurisdiction. See more »

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The Beginning Of The 'Compass Killer'
9 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a Sherlock Holmes-type of episode in which CSI has to figure out how an old compass (or two) can solve the mystery of who killed someone, the latter hanging death via an apparent suicide. Obviously, it was murder...and the big clue left behind - on purpose - was an compass.

What does it mean? This one has Mac and team stumped for awhile, especially since there were no fingerprints at the crime scene. That scene was the famous Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants to the United States were first processed. As someone who has heard of that island for many decades but never really seen it, I thought the aerial shots in here were very interesting.

The "compass killer" strikes again and leaves another compass. Both times it is pointed toward a direction, so the CSI team works with that little bit of information.

Warning: this is a continuing story, as the guy is not caught. They know who it is, but he is still on the loose. That's fine; I like these stories in which it takes several episodes during the season to figure out and capture a serial killer.

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