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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

by Mors Rattus

Part 54: Case 4 - Turnabout Goodbyes - Investigation (Day 3) - Part 2

Case 4 - Turnabout Goodbyes
Investigation (Day 3) - Part 2

: Yep.
: I never imagined he might be the real murderer! ...
: *Ah-HHHHEM!*
: ...! (I'd know that clearing-of-the-throat anywhere!)

: Ah hah, hello! What might you be doing here? Out for a walk, hmm? "Ahh... the days of my youth... like the scent of fresh lemon..." you see.
: Mr. Grossberg!
: This is no time for idle reminiscing! Mr. Edgeworth's trial ends tomorrow!
: Er... that is true, yes.
: But from what I saw of today's trial, Edgeworth should be fine, right?
: Well... I'm not so sure about that.
: Ho ho! What do you mean by that?
: Well... I'm not sure.
: Hmm...
: If you find anything out, come by my office at once. I may be able to offer you some assistance.

He leaves.

: Thanks... (Bye...)
: What do you think Mr. Grossberg was doing here anyway?
: Who knows...

The shack was apparently left unlocked, so we head in.

: ...
: Nobody's home.
: "Hello! Hello!" *squawk*
: Hey! It's Polly!
: I wonder where your owner's gone, Polly?
: "Hello! Hello!" *squawk*
: I can't believe he'd run off and leave his poor parrot to fend for herself!
: "Hello! Hello!" *squawk*

There was something we couldn't check out yesterday...

: That reminds me, Nick!

: Yeah, that's right.
: Polly, what's the number to the safe?
: "1228"! *squawk*
: Let's open it, Nick! C'mon!
: I'm sure there isn't any money in there.
: Aww...
: But, hey!

: I'm not so sure...
: Okay, Nick, let's see what's in there!
: (I guess there might be a clue or two...) ...

: A letter? Aww... boring!
: (Hmm... There's no name or signature on this thing. It's handwritten in very precise, clear letters...) ... "Get your revenge on Miles Edgeworth..." Edgeworth!

: N-N-Nick! Why would Mr. Edgeworth's name be on here...?
: How should I know!? I'm going to read the whole thing...!

It also says: "This is your last chance! Now is your time to get revenge on the two men who ruined your life!" ...

: (The rest of the letter goes on to describe the murder plot in detail! How to kill Robert Hammond, and frame Edgeworth... ...Calling Edgeworth out to the lake, getting on the boat... firing twice! This is exactly what I figured out today in court! It's all here... in perfect detail!) ...

: I don't know... but it looks like these are instructions for that caretaker.

: But who could have written that letter?
: And... what does it mean, to "get revenge on Miles Edgeworth"...?
: Look, I don't know, okay? But one thing's for certain. This letter is an amazing clue!

Now that we have this letter, maybe we should let Edgeworth know about the conspiracy against him.

Now, we get out the letter.

: Hmm?
: This came out of the safe in the shack where that boat rental caretaker lives.
: I see...
: ...!

: Revenge... on me?
: Who is that old guy, anyway!?
: I... I don't know.
: Could he be an innocent defendant you got declared guilty or something?
: Nice, Wright. But I don't remember that old man. Not at all.
: So, he was following this letter, then?
: Which means there was someone else behind it!

: Two men... meaning myself and Robert Hammond?
: It also says: "This is your last chance!"
: Last chance...? Wait, maybe... Maybe he's talking about the statute of limitations on the DL-6 Incident!
: ... Wait... Wait, that old man...!
: Wh-what is it!? Do you know who he is!?
: Yogi... Could he be Yogi!?
: Yogi?

: The suspect in the DL-6 Incident. The one who was found innocent.

: Yanni Yogi was a court bailiff at the time. We just happened to be in that elevator together 15 years ago.

: We were there for so long, it felt like forever. The air thinned... and the darkness closed in on us in that little box. We became... unsettled.

"Quiet! I said quiet! You're not making this any easier!"
"I want to get out! Help! Get us out!"
"Don't shout! You'll just use up more oxygen!"

: When I came to, I was in a hospital bed, staring up at the ceiling.

: They claimed the oxygen deprivation and stress had caused temporary insanity. In the end, the claim passed the ocurt, and Yogi was found innocent.

: Why would he want to take revenge on you?
: ... Wright.
: Yeah?
: There's something that's been troubling me these last few days. I... didn't know whether or not I should tell you.
: You mean the nightmare?

: A memory of a crime... that I committed.
: A crime you committed?
: ...A memory... of a murder.

: I think the time has come to tell all.

: For the last 15 years, I've had the same dream almost every night. I wake up in a fearful sweat, every time.
: What kind of dream?
: It's a dream about my father's killing... in the dark.

"Quiet! I said quiet! You're not making this any easier!"
"I want to get out! Help! Get us out!"
"Don't shout! You'll just use up more oxygen!"
"I... I can't breath! You... you're using up my air!"
"Stop breathing my air! I'll... I'll stop you!"
"Aaaah! Wh-what!? What are you...!?"
"Stop breathing my aaaaair!"
(No! Father! He's attacking Father!)

: I don't know if it was evidence from that day in court, or the bailiff's... In a daze, I pick up the pistol...

: It's a bone-chilling scream. A scream that has rung in my ears for the past 15 years.
: ... B-but...
: That's just a dream, right? Right?
: ... That thought is the only thing that has kept me sane for the last 15 years. But what if I'm wrong? What if it's real? They say that sometimes people shut out memories in self-defense.
: Maybe it was I who killed my father!
: What!?

: "Get your revenge on Miles Edgeworth."
: Think about it. Yogi was really innocent. That's why he wanted revenge against me!
: Wait, Edgeworth! You... you mean...!
: It was me.
: I was the true criminal of DL-6. I shot my father!
: This is bad...
: What are we going to do, Nick? What can we do!?
: I don't know... I don't think there is anything we can do. Like it or not. If there's someone else who knows a lot about the DL-6 Incident, maybe...
: ...!
: There is, Nick!
: There is someone else who knows about DL-6!

And we'd better go visit him.

: Ah, hello there. What's wrong? You look troubled.
: No kidding! I can't believe you're not!
: M-my my my... Just calm down and tell me what's happened, hmm?
: It's M-Mr. Edgeworth! He... He... *sob*

Fade out and in again as we explain what happened.

: I see... So, Edgeworth dreamt he shot his own father?

: It's o-only a dream! Only a dream!
: ... I wonder...
: W-what...?
: If that's the case, then why do you two look so troubled, hmm?
: W-well...
: Also, consider this. Yogi quite certainly holds a deep grudge against Miles Edgeworth. So deep he'd want to frame him for murder. This leads me to surmise... That Mr. Edgeworth's dream was NOT a dream. It was real. As you imagined.

: the pistol fired... and the deed was done. ...

: I don't believe it!
: Yogi was suspected of murder, and his career as a bailiff was irrevocably wrecked. Thus, he sought revenge on Miles Edgeworth. This was his last chance, of course, with the statute of limitations so close.

: What do you know about Edgeworth's father?
: ... He was a defense attorney without peer. It sounds trite, but it's true. Well, he may have had one peer now that I think about it. Your mentor, Mia Fey.
: My sister...?
: Gregory Edgeworth was very disapproving of Mr. von Karma's techniques.
: (That's no surprise...)
: von Karma is an extreme man. Forged testimonies and evidence are nothing to him. The result: he has a perfect win record in court. To beat him, Gregory Edgeworth tried to call attention to his methods.
: And...?
: He lost. And died in despair, as it were.
: I see...

: When Gregory Edgeworth was killed, the police called on a spirit medium.

"The one who shot me... was the bailiff... Yanni Yogi."

: That's when my mother left us.
: Everyone called her a fraud.
: That's right. Everyone thought she was, you see. Yet... now that I think about it. It seems the one who lied was Gregory Edgeworth's ghost... Gregory Edgeworth must have known who shot him.
: I don't believe it... So you're saying he falsified his "testimony"? That Edgeworth's dad lied to protect his son...?
: It's only a possibility, mind you. But... a possibility nonetheless.

We show Grossberg the caretaker's letter.

: It does seem that Yogi was following this letter... when he killed Hammond.
: But, why kill Robert Hammond?
: Hammond was a skilled defense attorney. But... he defended clients not for their sake, but for his own.
: Huh? His own sake?
: He never trusted his clients, that one. The only thing he trusted was his own ability.
: But, he got his client found innocent. So why should it matter?
: Actually, my dear, it's quite different.
: He won that innocent verdict for no one but himself. Yogi was a free man, but socially, he was ruined.
: (Huh...?)
: You'll understand soon enough.
: ... Wait!
: What is it?

: I've seen this handwriting somewhere before... a long time ago!
: Whose handwriting was this...?

: Miles Edgeworth?
: Wh-wh-whaaat!? Why in heavens would he write something like this!?
: Why, this letter is an attempt to destroy Miles! Think before you speak, greenhorn!
: (Uh oh. He's angry.)
: Think again! Do you have any idea who wrote this?

: Maybe it was Yanni Yogi?
: Yanni Yogi!? You claim he wrote himself this letter... then followed his own instructions?
: Uh... Yeah, I guess that would be what happened.
: Harumph! Perhaps you think Mr. Yogi has a split-personaltiy, hmm?
: I think that's definitely a possibility, yes...
: Hmm... No, I think not. I do not know this Yogi, in any case. There's no way I would recognize his handwriting.
: Oh, right...
: Yes, Wright. I'll ask you again.
: Do you have any idea who wrote this?

: Hmm... could it be Manfred von Karma?
: von Karma? Why would he have something to do with this?
: Um, well, I'm not sure...
: ... Hmm? von Karma... von Karma...
: W-wait! You're right, my boy! This is von Karma's handwriting, I'm sure of it! I used to see it all the time on court reports...

: But... but that means...! Th-the one who told Mr. Yogi to kill was...
: Correct. Manfred von Karma, himself!
: What does this mean, then? Why would von Karma want to frame Edgeworth...?

Next time: Is there more!?

Pactus Legis Salicae XVII (circa 500 CE) (translated) posted:

Concerning Wounds
4. He who hits another man on the head so that his blood falls to the ground, and it is proved against him, shall be liable to pay six hundred denarii.
5. He who strikes another man on the head so that the brain shows, and it is proved against him, shall be liable to pay six hundred denarii.
6. If the three bones that lie over the brain protrude, he shall be liable to pay twelve hundred denarii.
8. If a freeman strikes another freeman with a stick but the blood does not flow, for up to three blows, he shall be liable to pay three hundred sixty denarii, that is, for each blow he shall always pay one hundred twenty denarii.