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|People to meet||Larry Butz |
Dick Gumshoe* (Miles Edgeworth meets with him here)
|Available evidence||Photo of Elise |
Crystal Sphere* (found by Butz and presented in court)
|Linked locations||Inner Temple |
|Locations in Eagle Mountain|
Dusky Bridge is an old, 20-yard-long suspension bridge that crosses two steep cliffs on either side of the Eagle River. It is about 12 minutes running distance away from Hazakura Temple and provides the only reasonable means of traveling to the Inner Temple. It is also about 30 minutes away by car from the base of Eagle Mountain. The bridge was the scene of at least two crimes and had a large impact on a third.
Dusky Bridge is 40 feet above the river on the Inner Temple side, and the river itself is 18 feet deep. On top of this, the bridge is very fragile, making it both very dangerous to cross and potentially deadly if one fell from it. It has broken apart at least once, and was also once struck with lightning and burned down. The ten-foot incline from the main temple side to the Inner Temple side does not help matters. In addition to this, there is a large region of bedrock next to the river, right below the bridge. Falling here would almost definitely be fatal. Very few people survive falling off Dusky Bridge. However, the supporting wires, which are five feet off the ground, make it difficult to push someone off.
History of betrayal
Dusky Bridge was the site of several instances in which one party betrayed another. These incidents led to a chain of murder attempts both successful and unsuccessful, not just in the Eagle Mountain vicinity, but also in Los Angeles.
Hawthorne kidnapping plot
In 2007, Valerie and Dahlia Hawthorne hatched a plot to steal a $2 million diamond from their father. The plan was to have Dahlia's boyfriend Terry Fawles "kidnap" Dahlia and have Valerie, who was a detective at the time, chase them to Dusky Bridge. However, the sisters betrayed Fawles; Valerie shot Fawles in the shoulder and Dahlia jumped into Eagle River with the diamond, which was lost. Valerie testified against Fawles, and he was convicted for the apparent murder of Dahlia.
Murder of Valerie Hawthorne
- Main article: Turnabout Beginnings
Five years later, a transport carrying Fawles to another prison broke down, and Fawles broke out. Stealing a car, he phoned Valerie to meet at Dusky Bridge and to wear a white scarf for identification. Valerie complied, but not before informing Dahlia of her intentions. However, Dusky Bridge would see another betrayal, as Dahlia met Valerie instead and killed her by stabbing her in the back. Dahlia then hid the body in the stolen car's trunk and met Fawles at the bridge, posing as Valerie. Fawles was later arrested and put on trial for Valerie's murder.
During Fawles's trial, his defense attorney, Mia Fey, pointed out that a map showed that the bridge had broken down on one end, so the victim could not have run that way to escape from her killer. However, Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth asserted that the map was dated and that the bridge had been fixed. The fact that the bridge also crossed a region of bedrock also played in Fey's favor, as during discussion on the kidnapping plot, Fey pointed out that Dahlia could not have been pushed into the river. Nevertheless, Fawles committed suicide before Fey could fully get him acquitted.
Murder of Elise Deauxnim
- Main article: Bridge to the Turnabout
Years later, Dahlia's mother Morgan Fey set a plot into motion to kill Maya Fey at Hazakura Temple. She had her daughter Pearl Fey channel Dahlia (who had been executed for another murder), who would then kill Maya. However, Misty Fey (visiting the temple under the guise of "Elise Deauxnim") channeled Dahlia instead, and Dahlia confronted Maya at the Inner Temple. Godot was forced to kill Misty to save Maya.
Meanwhile, lightning struck Dusky Bridge, setting it on fire. Having few options, Godot swung the body across Eagle River using one of the bridge's ropes for Iris to receive on the other side. Thus, Godot, Pearl and Maya were trapped in the vicinity of the Inner Temple. From Heavenly Hall, Larry Butz saw the body being swung and believed it was Iris flying. He drew what he saw in a picture that would prove very difficult to interpret later on.
When Bikini and Phoenix Wright found that Misty had been killed, Wright rushed to the bridge to save Maya and met Butz. Ignoring the fact that the bridge was burning, Wright tried to cross the bridge, but the bridge broke and he fell into the river. Iris was put on trial for Misty's murder, with Wright (who miraculously survived his ordeal) as her attorney, although Miles Edgeworth filled in for him on the first day of trial proceedings while Wright recovered from his fall. Dahlia was brought as a witness, but the bedrock worked against her again. As Wright and Godot narrowed down the possible locations to which Maya may have gone, Wright concluded that Maya was the one channeling Dahlia right in front of them. Distressed over her failure to kill Maya, Dahlia dramatically left Maya's body. Eventually, Wright figured out Godot's role in the whole plot, and the case was solved.