And why does he perplex David the Dumsquizzled Coroner so much? Well, there's the eyes: Maurice has bulbar hemorrhages and petechial hemorrhaging, both of which indicate suffocation. Lividity's settled in the posterior area, which backs the position in which Maurice was found -- but why are there blanching patterns on the chest and thighs? Gil notes, "Blanching happens when something's pressed against the area, displacing the blood." David said, "I know what you're thinking, but the body wasn't moved. And these two lividity patterns, when taken together, are consistent with him being on his back. " Gil's all, "So you're telling me there was something on top of him? Compression asphyxia?" Ah, but it gets better. Whoever was on top of Maurice not only remained there for the 2-3 minutes it took to kill him, they hung out for another 8-10 hours until lividity set in. Gil says, "Well, whatever it was, it was gone when we got there." So Gil hasn't ruled out the possibility of a poltergeist, then?
Meanwhile, back on Catherine's plot, the beaver dam has been removed and spirited back to the lab. Those are going to be some angry rodents there -- it's not enough someone grabbed their house, but they've lost their life savings too. Catherine's busy telling lab flunkies the procedure for counting the money, and they're all, "You know, we did manage to respire and perform basic, trained-monkey functions long before you got the spite promotion." As Catherine strides through the Labitrail, Warrick calls out, "Hey, Cath, I think I got an ID off the victim's ring...the AFFA. It only lasted a few years, and only one player wore the number 12 for the Greenbacks. He was a wide receiver...Gabe Miller. [He] fits the general description."
Well, Brass is off following up. Let's hope that general description also includes the adjective "faceless," because that's what the body's looking like. David tells Nicky that "Minimal hemorrhage around the head wound suggests the heart was destroyed first. Close to contact SGW caused extensive pulpification of the heart and bilateral hemothoraces." Aside from being an excellent name for a Joy Division tribute band, the bilateral hemothoraces are accumulations of blood on both sides of the pleura covering the lungs. Nicky's all, "I think the guy used a sawed-off shotgun," and when David presses him on it, he replies, "Hey, chump. All the guys I murder when I set up practice crime scenes look a lot like this." Oh, he does not. But aren't you chomping at the bit for Nicky to have some shocking kink in his personality at this point? No? Anyway, Nicky explains that the striae in the shotgun shell indicate someone who did a hasty job in sawing off a shotgun barrel, thus leaving a burr in the edge of the barrel and raking the edge of the shell.