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Odie Asman was a businessman and investor of Albert Harebrayne. He had a "black rumor" surrounding him.
From journalist to blackmailer
Odie Asman was a journalist for the Daily Circus newspaper. He heard about Enoch Drebber's role in the Professor Killings and had the newspaper the only one to publish his name. This led to Drebber being exposed as a grave robber forcing to leave school and give up his promising career as a scientist. Asman then began blackmailing one of the coroners of the incident, Courtney Stevens, by saying she has to pay him a certain sum of money every month or else he'll expose that she misjudged the Professor's death and that he was buried alive.
- Main article: The Return of the Great Departed Soul
A decade later, Odie Asman showed up to Drebber's workshop. Known as an investor to the public, Asman got to be leader of a criminal organization via the many connections he made as a journalist over the years. He himself didn't actually remember Drebber as a subject of his article, and instead came to him as a creator and "swindler". Having approached young scientist Albert Harebrayne about his theory on teleportation, Asman wanted Drebber to build a machine for him with the goal of getting money from the government. Unknown to him, Drebber noticed an article in the newspaper Asman was holding about the creation of a new forensic investigation unit, with coroner Courtney Sithe at the head.
Enoch Drebber built a teleportation machine for Albert Harebrayne that was designed like a magic trick. In this first cage would be the real Odie Asman; in the second would be a wax figure of the Professor, stolen from Esmeralda Tusspells's museum by Drebber a few days previously. Sithe would find the wax model in the cage that fell through the Crystal Tower, along with a letter from someone who "knows the truth about 10 years ago." Using the instructions in the letter, she set up the crime scene so that it appeared that teleportation actually occurred so they can frame Harebrayne. A month before his death, Odie Asman was the defendant in a trial prosecuted by Death Bringer Barok van Zieks. He got acquitted by using his crime syndicate to bribe the jury.
Since Courtney Sithe was being blackmailed by Asman, she didn't need much coercion; she worked with the forensics unit to set up the crime scene as detailed by the letter, but on her own head to the underside of the machine and into the shaft. Just as Asman was getting out of the cage, she stabbed him with Harebrayne's screwdriver, getting her own revenge. Stabbing the man while standing up caused his blood to trickle downwards.
Albert Harebrayne was successfully arrested for the murder of Odie Asman. Fortunately, Ryunosuke Naruhodo managed to expose both Courtney Sithe and Enoch Drebber as the masterminds of the killing conspiracy, and ultimately proved that Sithe was not just Drebber's accomplice, but the true killer. Before the trial, some thugs of the criminal organization Asman headed blamed Barok for his death and attacked him with guns. However, the prosecutor was able to hold them off with the help of his "Masked Apprentice" and they managed to escape unharmed.
- His full Japanese name is a pun on erai dame ningen (えらいダメ人間), which means "incredibly bad/useless person".
- "Meningen" means "Sentence" in Swedish.
- His English name is a pun on "odious man", preserving the meaning of his full Japanese name.
- According to Nintendo DREAM interview, his Japanese name is an unused name from the last game, and the surname "Meningen" was named after a character from Sherlock Holmes story.