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Interdepartmental Memo

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Interdepartmental Memo

To: Sgt. Eric Renfield, Sgt. Adam Dalton

From: Dr. Vladimir Vanakov (FBI Psychopathologist)

Subject: Krast Case

Detective Renfield,

Per your request, I have taken a look at the Cullen Krast case file and photos. I have also spoken with Ms. Xiong in the CSI office. I want to make it clear that, like Ms. Xiong, I am not convinced that Mr. Krast's injuries were caused by an attacker. She expressed some opinions regarding any theoretical attacker's knowledge of surgery. She also mentioned that there were no marks indicating that any surgical procedure took place preceding Krast's death. That said, my remarks here are purely hypothetical because I can only assume the existence of an attacker.

The nature of the injuries is the most telling piece of evidence. The supposed attacker seems to have an obsession with inversion. By that I mean that they wanted to reverse Krast's existence-to kill him by turning him around. Oftentimes, a crime of this nature would be in the interest of revenge. You may be seeking a spited lover, someone who was betrayed by Krast, or someone whom he had wronged in some other fashion. The injuries also reflect a certain break from reality. It wasn't enough for the theoretical attacker to simply kill Krast. He or she had to deform him as well. I recommend digging into Krast's past and taking note of any glaring wrong-doings on his part. You may also look for people close to him with diagnosed medical disorders.

The part of this I find particularly fascinating is the religious implication associated with, specifically, the head being reversed. The head facing backward is an element of punishment that has permeated a great deal of religious mythology. For example, in Dante's Inferno, the punishment for fortune tellers is to walk through hell with their head on backward for all eternity. It is supposed to be a kind of poetic justice. They tried to see into the future in defiance of God's will, so their eternal punishment is an inability to see what is in front of them in death (although this example does not explain the hands and feet). At any rate, if there was, in fact, an attacker, the person may have religious or cult-like associations or obsessions.

Again, I would like to emphasize that this is all theoretical, and I am not convinced that you are looking for a person who caused these injuries. At present, there seems to be no evidence that Krast's death was caused by an attacker, so this should all be taken with a grain of salt. Until you find evidence of an attacker, I would recommend that you explore any and all alternatives.

Dr. Vladimir Vanakov Ph.D.

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