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Special cell
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Available evidence Knightley's Autopsy Report
A small chisel
Dogen's bell
Locations in prison (Los Angeles)
Hallway (prison)Workroom AWorkroom BCourtyard (prison)Special cellPrisonmap
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The special cell is a very large prison cell inhabited by Sirhan Dogen, an assassin who wielded a knife with a custom-made bell attached to it. It is among the many special privileges granted to him. The cell contained, among other things, a Buddha shrine, a fancy doghouse, and a bed.

Prison privileges[]

Dogen's special treatment was due to his threats against prison warden Patricia Roland and her family, telling her that he had henchmen outside doing his bidding. To meet his demands, she gave him a large prison cell and five chisels. She also arranged to have various goods smuggled to Dogen every week for the benefit of the other prisoners. Dogen's dog Anubis would deliver the smuggled goods to the special cell. This earned Dogen the nickname "the Supplier".

Dogen took up wood carving using his chisels and played correspondence chess with Simon Keyes, an associate from outside. Keyes performed in a circus animal show for the prison every month, but since Dogen was barred from attending the shows, he would never get to see and recognize him. Roland would regularly summon the assassin to her office and interrogate him, but no matter what she did, she could not gain any more information out of him that could free her from his coercion. This built tension between the two that would lead her to take drastic measures.

A murderous delivery[]

In March 2019, Dogen was in for a shock when Anubis delivered to him the dead body of Horace Knightley, a friend of Keyes' who had been arrested and detained in the detention center two days prior. A small chisel was stuck in the victim's neck, and attached to it was the bell from the knife that Dogen had used to carry out his hits. Realizing that someone was trying to frame him, the assassin ordered his dog to take the body to Workroom A and take out the apparent murder weapon there. The body was soon discovered, and the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee (P.I.C.) placed Verity Gavèlle and Eustace Winner in charge of the ensuing investigation. They searched the entire prison for the murder weapon, but Dogen was able to have Anubis hide the chisel inside his mouth.

The next day, Dogen received a visit from Miles Edgeworth, the prosecutor who had convicted him and was in charge of Knightley's case. The two discussed the case at hand, with Edgeworth learning that the charges against Knightley had been altered without his knowledge. This was Edgeworth's first hint that the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee was doing more than simply meddling in his affairs. Later, while Dogen was being interrogated again, Edgeworth visited the cell in his attempt to determine how the victim's body had gone from the detention center to the prison. The police dog Missile was momentarily distracted by the smell of chocolate cake inside the special cell, and eagerly gobbled it up before following the scent of the body back outside.

Dogen later returned to his cell only to be questioned again by Gavèlle, Winner, and later Edgeworth, who believed that the prisoner had killed the victim using one of his chisels. The prosecutor had video footage seemingly showing someone being attacked by a dark-colored animal, and accused the assassin of using Anubis to bring Knightley to him. Edgeworth had a memo of the chess game that Dogen was playing with Keyes, but to Dogen's surprise, the memo belonged to Knightley. Dogen insisted that it was just an astronomical coincidence, but Edgeworth pressed on and found the chisel inside Anubis's mouth. Nonetheless, Dogen was vindicated when a fingerprint test showed only Knightley's prints on the supposed murder weapon.

It turned out that the man in the footage was Jay Elbird, an inmate who had escaped from his cell, and the animal was Rocky, his pet polar bear cub, covered in mud packs. When Roland entered the special cell, Rocky again leaped onto one of her bodyguards, revealing him to be Elbird in disguise. Through grilling Elbird on his escape plans, Edgeworth learned that the body had been transported through a tunnel connected to a well in the prison courtyard. Edgeworth would go on to catch the real killer, Roland, who had killed Knightley using Dogen's knife due to mounting paranoia of him being one of the assassin's henchmen.

Temporary escape[]

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Five days after Roland's arrest, Dogen decided to escape from prison to look for Keyes. Another assassin, Shelly de Killer, visited the cell to talk to Dogen about Keyes, only to find it empty. It was eventually revealed that Keyes had instigated Knightley's murder through actions convincing Roland that Knightley was working for Dogen even though they did not know each other. Keyes had given the small chisel to Knightley inside a chessboard during a visit, and had gotten Knightley and Dogen to play chess against each other, with each believing that Keyes was his opponent. Keyes was eventually caught and arrested, and Dogen returned to prison with his new prison buddy.