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Drew Misham was a picture book illustrator who sold forged paintings on the black market, made by his daughter, Vera. This life eventually led to his death at the hands of one of his clients, who left poisoned items at his home to prevent the Mishams from talking about him. Vera was tried for her father's murder, with her case being used as a test trial for the Jurist System.
Painting forgeries[edit | edit source]
Drew Misham was a failing artist. His wife eventually left him to raise their daughter, Vera, alone. Although Drew was able to make a modest income from his illustration work, it was not enough to give Vera the life he felt she deserved. One day, he discovered that Vera was able to copy his paintings perfectly. He then gave her other paintings to copy, and she could copy those perfectly as well. He sold these forged paintings under his name on the black market to make more income.
Evidence forgery[edit | edit source]
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One day, a client requested a forgery of a journal page. However, only Vera was able to meet him in person. Later, Prosecutor Klavier Gavin approached Drew, instructing him to take the stand in a trial. During the trial, Drew testified that the journal page that Phoenix Wright had presented was a fake and that he had made it, not realizing that it would be used as evidence. Astonished at the calmness Wright exhibited as the trial abruptly ended, Drew asked for Wright's name for him to remember. Wright would later be disbarred for presenting illegal evidence.
The Mishams later received a letter from the client who had requested the forgery, contained in a red envelope. It contained $100,000 and a commemorative Troupe Gramarye stamp, which the client instructed that Drew use in a confirmation reply letter. The client also told the Mishams not to speak again of what had happened. Drew also found that the client had given Vera a "magic charm" that would protect her from danger, though he never found out what that charm was. Drew sent the expected reply, but he did not use the designated stamp because Vera had grown attached to it. He instead put the stamp in a tiny picture frame. Unbeknownst to Drew, the stamp had been laced with atroquinine, and his intended murder had been delayed by his actions.
Wright's visit[edit | edit source]
Wright later visited Drew's home as a part of his investigation of the case that had gotten him disbarred. Drew told Wright about the life that he had with his daughter, but he was hesitant to talk about the forgery. Nevertheless, Wright was able to figure out that Vera was the true forger. Drew expressed respect for Wright and regret for the dire consequences his actions had wrought upon the latter, although Wright himself did not hold the artist responsible for the forgery that ended his career. After questioning Vera, Wright left to continue his investigation elsewhere.
Drew would keep a curious eye on Wright in the years that followed. Seven years after his disbarment, Wright took in an apprentice, Apollo Justice. Drew followed Justice's career and made rough sketches representing the cases that the young lawyer took.
Death[edit | edit source]
Seven years later, Drew grew fearful of Vera's secret charm and wrote a letter to the client, telling him to remove her "magic charm". Unable to find a stamp, he used the Troupe Gramarye stamp on the letter. Later, a reporter came into the house to interview Drew, but the latter succumbed to the atroquinine while they talked, leaving traces of the poison on his coffee mug. This led investigators to believe that Vera had poisoned the coffee, and thus she was put on trial for her father's murder. Phoenix Wright, who still had some influence in the judicial system, chose her case as a "simple" test trial for the Jurist System. However, as the participants would quickly discover, the case was much more complicated than it initially seemed.
To get a full sense of all of the circumstances behind the murder, Wright compiled memories from his investigations into the Gramarye case and the forgery into a game program for the jury to use, and gave Justice, who was Vera's defense attorney, everything he knew about the case as well. Through this, it was found that the client for the forgery was Klavier's brother, Kristoph Gavin, who had poisoned the stamp and Vera's "charm" - a bottle of nail polish - with atroquinine to prevent the Mishams from talking about the murder. Kristoph was called to the stand, but he denied all accusations against him. Although Justice could not produce decisive evidence to prove that Kristoph was the real killer, the fact that a jury would render the verdict meant that decisive evidence was not necessary. This left Kristoph furious that his elaborate plan would be foiled by common citizens, and he laughed as the "not guilty" verdict was read.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Drew Misham was a recluse, rarely ever going outside and communicating only through letters, as he couldn't stand modern technology. Despite all this and the hardships he underwent, he prioritized Vera's welfare above all else, especially after a kidnapping incident that she experienced as a child. Drew acceded to Vera's requests for technical devices with which to create her art, and took her to see Troupe Gramarye. He was a caring, but desperate, father who ended up resorting to criminality for financial support.
Name[edit | edit source]
- His surname in the Japanese version is "Ese" (絵瀬), which means "imitation". It also contains the kanji for "painting" (絵).
- His Japanese first name, "Doburoku" (土武六), is a type of home-brewed (and therefore illegal) sake.
- "Drew" is the past tense of "to draw", a reference to his "profession". It may also be a play on the word "true".
- "Misham" likely comes from "my sham".
- His name in the French localization (Monin) may be a reference to the famous painter Claude Monet.
Development[edit | edit source]
- His hair may have been designed to resemble a paint brush, but might also symbolize his double life as a painter and a forger's middle-man.
- The paint blotches on Drew's clothing bear a close resemblance to the shape of the various regions of Japan.
- It is unclear how Drew managed to send his letter to Kristoph in his cell, as he appeared unaware of his true identity or location.
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