CSI: NY: Season 6, Episode 4

Dead Reckoning (14 Oct. 2009)

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While investigating the DNA from a murder scene, Hawkes discovers that the DNA is connected to more than a dozen cases over a three-state area. But does the city really have a serial killer on their hands, or is there another explanation?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Carter
Zoya Carter
Beth Garrett
Marcia Vasquez
Kevin Carter


A woman is cleared of murdering her cheating husband by DNA, despite the fact she confessed to being the murderer. As the team search for answers, the phantom murderess may be involved in 21 other crimes. However, the top suspect is only accountable for 3 of the 21 crimes, and is cleared of a fourth by that crime being committed at the exact same time as another. Who or what caused this? Meanwhile, Don's behaviour is called into question after he nearly gets himself killed by hesitating during the armed arrest of the suspect. Written by movieguy3

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Detective Mac Taylor: You're aware of the consequences of what you're about to do?
Deborah Carter: Yes. I imagine that this is every detective's dream.
Detective Don Flack: Every detective's dream is have people stop killing each other.
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A Tough One To Figure
10 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was almost impossible for the viewer to figure out and a longshot even for the CSI people.....but anything is possible on these shows, so near the end "Mac" makes a wild guess about something and his hunch turns out to be true.

It solves a big mystery but doesn't solve the cases, if that makes any sense. (I don't want to give too much away.) I can say this - and it doesn't spoil anything - the killers in this episode are females, which is unusual because they don't usually get into violent crimes (although that seems to be slowly changing).

Big-screen actress Mia Kirschner is very interesting as the first alleged killer, "Deborah Carter," the one we see right off the bat and who goes to the police to confess to stabbing to death her husband. It turns out the guy was married to another woman - in the same apartment complex! Yeah, there are a lot of twists, turns and just plain mysteries in this episode....not easy to make sense but interesting to watch.

It turns out - as another reviewer here states - this case was based on a real-story about a "phantom killer" in Germany and the tainted swabs (watch the episode and you'll know what I mean about "(cotton) swabs." On the human interest-angle front, Danny makes big progress in his rehab and Don continues to have problems since the death of co-worker and fiancé "Jessica Angel."

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