"Snuff" is an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation starring William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, and Gary Dourdan. A murder is caught on tape. With no body or a crime scene, Sara, Warrick and Catherine must get as much information as possible from the grainy 16 mm film. Grissom and Nick must brave a colony of fire ants to recover a body.

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... Gil Grissom
... Catherine Willows
... Warrick Brown
... Nick Stokes
... Sara Sidle
... Greg Sanders
... Al Robbins
... Jim Brass
... Billy Rattison
... Teri Miller
... Pete Banson
... Archie Johnson
... Snuff Film Processor
... Enrique Vasquez
Stephen Spacek ... Security Guard
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Brass urges Grissom for hastily examination of a corpse that is covered in fire ants, who made their nest in the casket and completely cleaned up bones. A black fly pupa case allows Grissom and Greg Sanders to establish an entomological time-line of about 19 months. Facial reconstruction from the skull for victim identification is extremely difficult, so he enlists the help of specialist 'artist' Teri Miller- it's stable boy Randy Traschell, Down syndrome, missing for 17 months from a horse ranch, which fits the dun beetle found in the skull. Geometrical extrapolation allows Nick Stokes to conclude a cheep spur was used; the broken-off tooth fits present stable-boy Enrique Vasquez, an illegal immigrant. Two symmetrical wounds in the corps fit - Catherine and Warwick examine a pornographic snuff movie, send to a studio, about a murdered porn star. Archie's triangulation identifies the abandoned Mandolin Tower hotel where it was made. The security guard admits having had paid sex with ... Written by KGF Vissers

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21 November 2002 (USA)  »

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The case Catherine and Sara investigate is loosely based on a real-life case in which a doctor who worked with patients with terminal infections, injects HIV and Hepatitis C tainted blood into a nurse he is having an affair with, after telling him their affair was over, and investigators were able to genetically compare the viruses she had to the patients from the doctor had gotten the viruses. See more »

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Gil Grissom: [about a human body discovered while covered in fire ant] No bug spray!
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Signs
Performed by Badmarsh and Shri
Written by Antonio Straughn, Clive Bright, Aston Harvey, Ryan Smith, Michael W. Smith, Lincoln Minnot, Lincoln Minott, John Moore, Abdul Lafta, Jonathan Eric Sutter, Wes King, Clement Dodd and Matthew David Cantor
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