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Verity Gavèlle
No one is above the rules. That is the spirit of the law.

Episode 2: The Imprisoned Turnabout is the second case of Ace Attorney Investigations 2: Prosecutor's Gambit. The case takes place in a prison, and follows Miles Edgeworth as he crosses paths with judge Verity Gavèlle and prosecutor Eustace Winner for the first time, and reunites with an old friend of his father's, Eddie Fender.


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The ringing bell.

In a dark hallway of a prison, a small bell rings as a shadow walks among the cells. The lights flicker. The shadow lingers beside the dead body of Horace Knightley. The lights flickers and the bell rings again. One light is turned on, revealing the figure to be a dog with blood on its mouth.


March 27th, 10:16 AM

Two days after the fake assassination attempt on Di-Jun Wang, Miles Edgeworth, Kay Faraday and Dick Gumshoe came to the detention center to meet with Horace Knightley. His trial for the murder of Ethan Rooke was to begin the next day, and Edgeworth had been assigned to prosecute him. After a while, a guard suddenly entered the visitor's room where they were, telling them that Knightley had been murdered, and the three rushed toward the holding cells, where detainees awaiting trial were held. However, the guard instead led them to the prison area. They wondered how Knightley, who had not been convicted yet, had ended up in the prison area. The crime scene was a prison workroom, Workroom A, and there Knightley was, unmistakably dead.

Investigation of Workroom A

10:32 AM

Finding the body.

Edgeworth obtained a floor plan of the prison, which indicated that Knightley should not have been able to get to the prison at all. Edgeworth found a right-handed rubber glove and a portable chessboard near the body, which was covered in a dirty sheet with a rope on top. Upon closer inspection of the rubber glove, Edgeworth found that the backs of the fingers were coated in blood, suggesting that someone had dropped it after the pool of blood had formed. The guard informed them that these rubber gloves were used for prison labor, and their usage was heavily regulated. The underside of the sheet had bloodstains. It appeared that Knightley had died instantly from a stab to the neck. Moreover, the body was covered in dirt, and the top of Knightley's head had small bruises. Edgeworth also noticed an expensive-looking ring on one of the victim's fingers.

Edgeworth turned his attention to the holding cage in the room. There was a stack of colorful sheets on the floor, with a whip on top of it. The sheets were unmistakably the same kind as the sheets covering the body. It began to worry Edgeworth that the murder weapon had not been found. Before the three of them could mull over it much, however, another visitor arrived. Edgeworth immediately recognized him and introduced the others to Eddie Fender, a defense attorney and an old acquaintance. Fender made some veiled references to Manfred von Karma, as well as Edgeworth's "betrayal" to the "von Karma way". Fender was supposed to be Edgeworth's opponent in Knightley's trial.

Fender and Edgeworth had a discussion about the victim and the workroom, though it mostly consisted of the former playfully making a mockery of the other. Edgeworth wondered how the prison was monitored, and the guard replied that all of the inmates wore electronic bracelets, which were activated by sensors on the doors. The guard added that no inmates were scheduled to be in this workroom. With this knowledge, Edgeworth realized that it should not have been possible for the rubber gloves to be at the crime scene. Fender responded that there were "things" other than inmates and guards that could travel through the prison, and he got everyone to follow him outside.

11:06 AM

The hallway was now crawling with animals. Fender explained that animal therapy had been introduced to the prison a few years ago. Each prisoner was assigned a pet to take care of in the workrooms. The pets also had microchips that caused the door sensors to open the doors for them, allowing them to move anywhere inside the prison. A large, black dog with a bell stood out from the rest. It barked violently at Edgeworth before moving toward the special cell.

Gumshoe then pointed at one of the prisoners to question. The prisoner apparently had a thing for dramatic introductions, and he stayed silent, giving off a menacing vibe, before saying that it was "exercise time". He introduced himself - Jay Elbird, a former boxer - and a polar bear cub clinging to his chest - Rocky, his pet. Edgeworth tried questioning him about the case, but Elbird adamantly refused.

Elbird's movements

Edgeworth took a tactical approach, noting that he should not push Elbird while he was agitated and in his fighting stance. Edgeworth questioned Elbird about his actions that day, but waited until the boxer began calming down. Edgeworth suggested that Elbird looked tired. Elbird replied that he had held off on his training, and just stayed quietly in his cell. Edgeworth, however, had difficulty believing this, as not only was Elbird sweating profusely, but he had repeatedly admitted to being tired.

The time of the incident

Elbird claimed that he and Rocky had been sleeping at the time of the incident. Edgeworth apologized for waking Elbird, and the boxer replied by thanking "Mr. Prosecutor" for understanding. Edgeworth jumped on this, saying that he had only introduced himself as a prosecutor when he arrived, which was around the time of the incident, meaning that Elbird couldn't have possibly been sleeping then.

Edgeworth pressed the attack, asking repeatedly if Elbird had noticed anything while exercising. Elbird desperately told him to be quiet to prevent the animals from getting frightened "again". Edgeworth realized that the animals had been frightened before, meaning that Elbird did know something about the case after all. Elbird finally admitted that he had heard a piercing scream, frightening the animals. Fender interrupted the conversation to say that he appreciated the opportunity to observe Edgeworth in action, and that he would be reporting these events to a certain person. Edgeworth then asked Elbird to testify.

About the incident

Elbird testified that, after the end of recreation time at 10 AM, he had returned to his room and had gone straight to training. Just then, he had heard someone yell, "I've been stabbed!" Elbird added that he had gotten his exercise equipment from "the Supplier". Edgeworth immediately noticed a contradiction: the victim had been stabbed in the throat and died instantly, so he couldn't possibly have screamed.

Elbird admitted that he had only heard about the scream from the prisoner in the neighboring cell. Said prisoner confirmed that the screamer had said, "Someone! Come quickly! A man's been...", meaning that it belonged to the one who had discovered the body. Edgeworth then wondered why Elbird had not heard the scream. Sensing that he was becoming suspicious, Elbird insisted that he had been locked in his cell the whole time. The second prisoner agreed; none of the prisoners could have killed the victim, and he threatened to kill anyone who would suggest otherwise. It seemed as if Edgeworth could no longer get more information out of the prisoners while they were riled up.

The Prosecutorial Investigation Committee

Just then, a black-robed judge entered the hall and demanded silence. She said that the prisoners should be thankful for being able to live a life without the need of money. The guards told Elbird that he would be spending the night in the disciplinary room, to which he yelled in protest. The Judge said that he should be thankful for the opportunity to cast off his sins and be reborn anew. The guards dragged him away, still screaming.


The Prosecutorial Investigation Committee.

The judge, named Verity Gavèlle, had come to meet with Edgeworth personally, as an arm of the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee. Accompanying her was a younger man who introduced himself as "renowned" prosecutor Eustace Winner. Neither Edgeworth nor Gumshoe had ever heard of him before, but Gavèlle explained that he had become a prosecutor in the past month. Gavèlle further explained that Edgeworth's investigative authority was to be reliquished to Winner. The reason: Edgeworth had boarded President Di-Jun Wang's plane, which was protected by extraterritorial rights, and had even ordered a search of the president's officials. A single mistake would have been disastrous, and Gavèlle said that Edgeworth had overstepped his authority.

Edgeworth agreed that his actions went against regulations, but they allowed him to find the truth. Gavèlle believed that this "the end justifies the means" thinking was dangerous, and Edgeworth replied that he could not accept Gavèlle's sacred treatment of the rules above all else. Nonetheless, Gavèlle had the legal advantage in this debate, and threatened to take away Edgeworth's badge if he defied her. Gumshoe rushed forward in protest as the guards began to escort Edgeworth and Faraday out, but Edgeworth told him to comply and work under Winner. However, he warned Gavèlle that this was not a surrender, and he promised that he would return. Before he left, Fender informed him that he would report the day's events to the person he had mentioned before.


March 28, 9:45 AM

Miles Edgeworth and Kay Faraday met the next morning in Room 1202. They discussed the unreasonable, ruthless behavior of Verity Gavèlle and Eustace Winner, and Edgeworth was concerned about what the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee was thinking. Regardless, he was not planning on giving up on the case. Dick Gumshoe called Edgeworth, telling him that the police had arrested a suspect. Edgeworth and Faraday rushed to the detention center.

10:23 AM

Simon Keyes, the suspect, was an easily frightened individual and would not cooperate with Edgeworth, whom he found scary. Faraday introduced herself and, after failing to convince Keyes that Edgeworth was not such a scary guy, she at least got him to cooperate for his own good. Keyes said that he was a friend of Knightley's and that he had met with him and brought him his chessboard. Edgeworth assured Keyes that he need not worry if he was indeed innocent, and that he had a personal stake in this case as well.

11:22 AM

The two then met Gumshoe outside the visitor's room. While the three were wondering what to do, Fender arrived and mentioned that he had taken on Keyes' defense. Seeing this as his only chance to investigate, Edgeworth asked him to become his assistant. Initially, Fender refused, but Faraday and Gumshoe vouched for Edgeworth, saying that he was no longer the ruthless student of von Karma that he had once been. At this, Fender agreed to take them in as assistants, and he formally introduced himself as the head of Edgeworth Law Offices, the law firm founded by Gregory Edgeworth, Miles's deceased father. Fender emphasized that Edgeworth would still have to prove to him that he had changed. Edgeworth sent Gumshoe back to keep investigating with Winner and to report on their findings, while the other three went into the prison again to question the inmates.

11:50 AM

Inside the prison, the trio met Patricia Roland, the friendly warden of the prison and the detention center, as she was passing by. When asked about her whereabouts on the previous day, she replied that she had attended an Animal Show in the prison courtyard, which had taken place from 8 AM to 10 AM. After she left, Edgeworth learned from the prisoner who had heard the scream that the one who had screamed was in Workroom B. The prisoner there introduced himself as Frank Sahwit, who was training to become an animal beautician. He claimed that he was just grooming pets at the time of the murder, but he refused to say anything else, even though Edgeworth had not asked him anything else yet. Edgeworth knew that Sahwit was hiding something, and he aimed to get it out of him.

Feeling out the situation

Edgeworth noticed that Sahwit's expression did not change much, and he would have to rely on Sahwit's words to determine when to strike and when to yield. Sahwit insisted that he was an upright, model citizen who would never be involved in a murder plot. Edgeworth pointed out that an upright, model citizen would not be in prison, but this caused Sahwit to yell that he did not know anything. Sahwit quickly apologized for his outburst and said that Edgeworth should look for the discoverer of the body elsewhere. Edgeworth replied that he had never mentioned who he was looking for. Edgeworth noted that Sahwit was trying very hard to suppress his emotions.

Sahwit's actions during the incident

Edgeworth now wanted to find out about the goings-on on the day of the murder. With Sahwit denying knowing about what the prison had been like, Edgeworth questioned him on his actions during the incident. Sahwit replied that he had been trimming the animals. He did not recall any panic, and he could even hear somebody's voice. Edgeworth suggested that Sahwit had heard a scream.

Edgeworth confronted Sahwit on the scream. Sahwit showed another flash of anger, insisting that he could not remember what he had heard. Edgeworth backed off, asking how his grooming skills were coming along. Sahwit talked about areas he still needed to work on, and mentioned that he could work with the animals even when they were frightened. Edgeworth remembered that the scream had frightened the animals. At this, Sahwit became more visibly agitated, and he insisted that, while he had heard a scream, he was not trying to hide anything from Edgeworth.

About the scream

Edgeworth asked when Sahwit had heard the scream. Sahwit tried to change his story, saying that he had attended the Animal Show. However, he was too agitated to maintain the lie against Edgeworth's further questioning on the matter. Edgeworth then asked who the scream belonged to, having established that Sahwit had not gone to the show. Sahwit insisted that he did not hear the scream of the one who had discovered the body. Edgeworth wondered why Sahwit had not assumed that the scream had belonged to the victim. He then realized that Sahwit was the one who had screamed, having discovered the body. Sahwit buckled and agreed to testify on the incident.

When Sahwit found the body

Sahwit testified that he had been in Workroom B. On a whim, he had decided to go outside and look through the window into Workroom A, which was when he had seen the body. Sahwit also mentioned the roll calls in the prison, which happened at 7 AM, noon and 9 PM, during which the guards also checked the workrooms. The body had been discovered after the 7 AM roll call.

Edgeworth told Sahwit that his bracelet would have triggered if he had tried to leave Workroom B. To explain this, Sahwit claimed that he had just leaned out of the room while his right hand, with the bracelet, remained inside the workshop so as not to trigger the alarm. He had taken such a risk because he had heard sounds coming from the other workshop when no one should have been there. After some prodding, Sahwit revealed that he had witnessed a large black dog biting the victim's neck.

Faraday and Fender were horrified, but Edgeworth had Sahwit continue. Sahwit mentioned that he had also seen a ring with a snowflake insignia. Edgeworth remembered seeing this ring on the victim's right hand, and that it had been hidden under the sheet. Thus, Sahwit must have moved the sheets himself. Realizing that he was being cornered, Sahwit lost his temper and threw his toupee at Edgeworth. Startled but unrelenting, Edgeworth further explained that Sahwit had gone inside Workroom A, as evidenced by the rubber glove found at the crime scene.

Fender noticed something odd: Sahwit should have mentioned that he could not have entered Workroom A due to his bracelet, but he had neglected to use this last line of defense. At this, Sahwit admitted that his bracelet was broken. Edgeworth told a nearby guard to replace Sahwit's bracelet, and he kept the broken one. Sahwit insisted, however, that he was not the killer. He had really seen the black dog, and he had entered afterward to search for loot. When the prisoners returned, he had returned to his room and let out a scream to deceive them.

All this still did not explain how the body had gotten into the prison in the first place. Edgeworth had a bad feeling about the black dog, and he confirmed with Sahwit that there was one other prisoner who had not seen the show, and could not even if he wanted to. This prisoner resided in a special cell, where he received special treatment. Edgeworth, Faraday and Fender had their next destination.

The assassin

12:41 PM

Dogen's chessboard.

In the pitch-black special cell, the black dog glared ominously, scaring off Faraday and Fender. Its owner - Sirhan Dogen, an assassin - lit candles to illuminate the cell. When asked for his alibi during the Animal Show, Dogen replied that he had been in his cell the whole time, working on chiseling. Edgeworth was shocked to find that the warden had given the assassin as many as five metal chisels. He also noticed a chessboard with an unfamiliar piece on it, which resembled Cerberus. Dogen explained that he had started playing chess by correspondence since his arrest, and that he had carved the Cerberus piece on a whim.

Edgeworth and Dogen then talked about the victim. As Edgeworth expected, Dogen knew all about the investigation, and he mentioned that it was fortunate that Knightley had escaped the charge being levied against him: the attempted assassination of President Wang. This revelation shocked Edgeworth, and he now realized the real reason the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee had taken him off the case. They sought to cover up the fake assassination plot, and blame Knightley for a real assassination attempt that had never happened. Dogen added that Gavèlle and Winner had searched the entire prison for the murder weapon, but they had come up empty. With that, Dogen had his dog, named Anubis, show Edgeworth off.

1:12 PM

In the prison hallway, Edgeworth found Faraday cowering on top of a large rock in an animal playground area. Fender had apparently high-tailed it out of the prison entirely. Edgeworth decided to leave Fender to himself and investigate Knightley's cell.

1:34 PM

In the detention center hallway, Edgeworth and Faraday encountered Patricia Roland talking with a guard about an interrogation with Dogen. Roland explained that she made sure to have conversations with every prisoner, which would take place in her office. She then left to feed "Ally", an alligator that lived in a pond in the courtyard. Disappointed that he could not get any information about Dogen, Edgeworth continued to the holding cell.

Investigation of the holding cell

1:43 PM

Inside the holding cell were a bed and a desk. Edgeworth discovered that the floor in front of the bed had been wiped clean. On top of the bed was a torn-up newspaper. Edgeworth conjectured that someone had wiped the floor with the newspaper. On the desk was a memo that appeared to depict a chess game in progress. Edgeworth noticed that the positions of the pieces were the same as they were on Dogen's chessboard, minus the Cerberus piece, which meant that Dogen was playing against Knightley.


The security camera reflected in a mirror in the cell.

Edgeworth also found a security camera and asked a guard nearby to fetch the footage. The guard did so and found footage of someone being attacked by a black animal in the holding cell at 6:42 AM on the day of the murder. This footage suggested that Knightley had been killed in his holding cell rather than in the prison. Edgeworth asked the guard to fetch Gumshoe and have him examine the wiped floor for bloodstains.

2:15 PM

Back outside, Edgeworth and Faraday bumped into Shi-Long Lang. Edgeworth wondered what Lang was doing here and why he was alone when he was typically accompanied by a 100-officer squadron, but Lang blew off his questions and continued on his way. Edgeworth then talked to the guards. One of them was looking for one of his uniforms, which had gone missing the day before the murder, and the other confirmed that Anubis had not been seen in the detention center.

Fender then returned with some news. He had heard from the guards about an incident on the day before the murder. While Knightley was being escorted to his holding cell, the guard escorting him had been attacked and knocked unconscious. By the time other guards had arrived on the scene, the keys to the holding cell had gone missing. The guards had searched the holding cell and turned up nothing.

Gavèlle and Winner then arrived on the scene. They were surprised that Edgeworth had returned, and Fender explained that Edgeworth was volunteering as an assistant at Edgeworth Law Offices. Edgeworth asked why Keyes had been arrested, and before Gavèlle could refuse, Winner jumped on what he saw as a challenge. He relished the opportunity to show everybody that he was indeed more competent than Edgeworth was, and Edgeworth saw his opportunity to gather more information.

Reasons for arrest

Winner's testimony was initially very vague, but on Edgeworth's insistence and Gavèlle's request, he clarified that Keyes' fingerprints had been on the victim's chessboard. Edgeworth told him that this was only natural, as the chessboard had been a gift from Keyes. Edgeworth suggested that Winner's arrest had been rash, which the latter apparently had some trouble understanding. Winner began talking about who Keyes was, but Gavèlle interrupted and suggested that Winner talk about the murder weapon.

Murder weapon's location

Winner testified that the murder weapon was clearly a sharp metal object, but since such objects were restricted from the prison, the weapon must have come from outside. He reasoned that the weapon had been hidden inside the chessboard. Edgeworth looked inside the chessboard to confirm that there was a hidden compartment that could fit a knife. Edgeworth pointed out that the security gate at the entrance to the detention center would have made it impossible to smuggle a sharp metal object in, but Gavèlle responded that packages went through a simpler check.

Edgeworth asked Winner where he thought the weapon had gone. Winner responded that it must have been hidden somewhere in the prison, apparently having forgotten about his own thorough search of the prison. The younger prosecutor floundered and suggested that the killer must have smuggled the weapon out of the prison. Edgeworth retorted that this was impossible thanks to the security gates. He then gave evidence for his theory on where the murder weapon had gone: the security footage. He gave his theory that Anubis had killed the victim inside the holding cell.

Gavèlle took over from here. She pointed out that Edgeworth had neglected to explain how Anubis could have gone to and from the prison. She also revealed that she had been hiding her true reasons for the arrest her whole time. She stated that Keyes was a circus performer working for the Berry Big Circus, and that he had performed in the Animal Show, providing him with the opportunity to kill Knightley. Gavèlle pleaded with Edgeworth to quit with his defense attorney act when he did not even know his client's occupation, and she told him that she could still relieve him of his badge if they crossed paths again during the investigation. After she and Winner left, Fender revealed that even he had not known about Keyes' occupation, and he wondered why his client would hide such crucial information from him. Edgeworth insisted that he was not going to give up on his investigation.

End, Part 1

3:02 PM

The trio returned to the visitor's room to speak with Simon Keyes. The client confirmed that he was employed at the Berry Big Circus, and that he had set up the Animal Show with a supervisor. He introduced them to Money, his pet monkey. Keyes explained that he had been moving equipment for the Animal Show into Workroom A, and he had sneaked into the detention center to see Knightley. He feared that, had he told Miles Edgeworth about all this, he would have suspected him, too, since that was probably the basis for Eustace Winner's arrest as well.

Keyes also explained that he and Knightley had both lost their families at a young age, and that each was the only friend that the other had. Both Edgeworth and Kay Faraday could relate to this, and Keyes seemed too timid to be capable of murdering his own friend, so Edgeworth assured him again that he believed in him. The three headed to the prison and noticed that the door to the prison courtyard was open.

3:37 PM

Simon's animal show performance.

At the courtyard, the team encountered Astique the elephant and Keyes's supervisor, Regina Berry. Edgeworth learned that the Animal Show featured a love story between Astique the elephant and Regent the tiger, with a villainous monkey played by Keyes. Berry also mentioned that Keyes had insisted on making all of the preparations, and that he had spent a considerable amount of time near a well nearby. Edgeworth checked out the well and found some equipment, including a pulley and a 15 kg weight.

Frank Sahwit was also in the area, helping with the cleanup of the Animal Show set. They discussed Sirhan Dogen, whom Sahwit revealed was the Supplier that Jay Elbird had mentioned. Dogen was regarded as a sort of ruler of the prison due to his ability to procure items for the other prisoners. Edgeworth learned that Sahwit had been practicing his pet grooming during the Animal Show, around 9 AM, by putting mud packs on all of the animals in the prison, which explained the mud on the rubber gloves that he had dropped in Workroom A.

Patricia Roland then strolled in to check up on the cleanup effort. Edgeworth learned from her that the Animal Show happened every month, and that she was a big fan of Berry's. Edgeworth also noted that she apparently thought very highly of Frank Sahwit as a model prisoner, despte the facts about him that had recently been revealed. Roland then revealed that there had been three empty seats at the Animal Show, which meant that someone other than Sahwit and Dogen had missed the show. Edgeworth returned inside the prison to investigate this matter.

4:02 PM

Missile sent on the hunt.

As the three reentered the prison, Dick Gumshoe returned, saying that forensics had confirmed traces of blood on the wiped floor of the holding cell, and that he had instructed them to find out whose blood it was. He had also brought some of his "Seven Tools of Investigation": a metal detector, the police dog Missile, and a fishing pole. Edgeworth had Missile follow the scent of the body to find out where it had been dragged from. Gumshoe started to notice that the scent of the body had a hint of sweetness to it, like cake.

4:24 PM

The hidden hole.

The trio followed Missile to the special cell, which was uninhabited at the moment. They wondered whether the dog had found something important inside the cell. Instead, Missile had found chocolate cake. Meanwhile, Edgeworth noticed that one of the five chisels in the cell was smaller than the others. Now free of the distraction, Missile followed the body's scent to Jay Elbird's cell, which was also empty. Missile barked at a punching bag inside, which turned out to have been hiding a hole. Missile and Faraday went through the hole and came out at the holding cell.

5:04 PM

The secret tunnel.

Faraday had just discovered an underground tunnel that ended under the holding cell's bed. This explained why the body was covered in dirt. Faraday had also taken a photo of the tunnel, which showed some spoons and forks, as well as animal tracks of some sort. Edgeworth alerted the prison guards to what had just been found, and a search for Elbird was conducted. However, he was nowhere to be found.

5:34 PM

Edgeworth assured Roland that it would be difficult for Elbird to have escaped the prison, thanks to the security gates. Meanwhile, the results on the blood in the holding cell were back, and it indeed belonged to the victim. They now had all the evidence that they needed to confront Dogen. Roland warned Edgeworth that Dogen would be tough to crack. She had failed to get to him even after many interrogations and many pieces of evidence against him.

5:55 PM

The team was suprised to find Verity Gavèlle and Eustace Winner near the special cell with Dogen. Gavèlle reminded Edgeworth of her warning, but Edgeworth replied that he had no intention of backing down just because of her threats, and voiced his intention to question the assassin. Gavèlle challenged Edgeworth to criticize the argument that she had formed against Keyes, at the risk of his badge. Edgeworth trusted his reasoning and accepted the challenge.

Movement to the prison

Gavèlle argued that the attack on Knightley's guard escort was for the victim to steal the prison keys. Keyes had smuggled Knightley into Workroom A using the holding cage that was now in the workroom. As evidence of this, she revealed a photo of camera footage from 10:14 PM on the night before the murder, which showed the cage covered in a sheet. The cage blocked the camera's view enough that Knightley could have unlocked the prison door and entered the cage unseen.

Edgeworth asked why Knightley had not just escaped the prison immediately after stealing the keys, rather than wait for his friend. Gavèlle replied that Knightley had simply chosen a method that would be the most likely to succeed, and he had hidden the keys on his person until the opportune time. Edgeworth pointed out that this was impossible, since Knightley had been searched immediately after the incident. Gavèlle retorted that the victim had simply hidden it inside the chessboard, and that she had never agreed with Winner's claim that the murder weapon had been hidden there.

Gavèlle added that Keyes had the opportunity to kill Knightley. The Animal Show climaxed when Astique the elephant blew Keyes away with the power of her love, and this had given him 15 minutes to commit the murder. Edgeworth then revealed that Knightley's blood had been found in the holding cell, negating the opportunity that Gavèlle had argued. He had even uncovered the route that the dog Anubis could have taken after the deed: Elbird's underground tunnel. However, Gavèlle had an ace up her sleeve: Knightley's autopsy report, revealing that the victim had been stabbed in the neck multiple times with a sharp metal object.

Gavèlle said that this was Edgeworth's last chance to yield and keep his badge. However, Edgeworth insisted that he was acting as a defense attorney's assistant, and that his goal was to protect not his badge, but his client. Eddie Fender told Edgeworth that he was sounding more and more like his father. He did not believe until now that Edgeworth had really changed from his ways under Manfred von Karma.


The bloody chisel.

Edgeworth realized that the killer was human, and that the footage of the black animal merely showed that the animal had leapt at its victim. He posited that Anubis had knocked Knightley unconscious and dragged him to Dogen, and the assassin had killed him. He noted that one of the chisels - the smaller, portable one - had disappeared, and he suggested that it was still in the vicinity. Edgeworth then noticed that Anubis had been silent the whole time, unlike the day before. Gavèlle ordered Dogen to make Anubis open his mouth, and indeed, the chisel was there. A blood test confirmed that it was the murder weapon. The assassin merely smiled and commented on how interesting this turn of events was.

Dogen's explanation

Dogen insisted that he had no motive to kill Knightley, since he did not even know him. Edgeworth disagreed, showing Knightley's memo, which proved that they were playing chess together. The assassin continued to deny any connection, but admitted that the dog had indeed carried Knightley to him. However, Knightley was already dead, so Dogen had ordered Anubis to carry the body to Workroom A. He added that Anubis's bell was custom-made, and the only other one like it had been attached to his knife, which had been confiscated after his conviction. Because that bell was attached to the chisel, Dogen had realized that someone was trying to frame him, and had told Anubis to hide it to prevent false suspicion from landing on him. Winner had forensics test the chisel for fingerprints, and only Knightley's were found.

His theory now disproven, Edgeworth was confused as to what to do next. Faraday and Fender snapped him out of this confusion, saying that he only had to concern himself with finding the truth and saving Keyes, not how he arrived at the truth. Edgeworth agreed that he would not give up on his client, as long as there was another way to the truth. He posited that the murder weapon had been hidden in the chessboard, as Winner had originally theorized.

The security footage of the animal attack was still problematic. To remedy this situation, Gumshoe revealed the fourth of his Seven Tools of Investigation: "Mr. Analysis", a video analyzing machine. Using Mr. Analysis, Edgeworth saw a reflection of the victim in the mirror, showing that he was wearing a cap from a prison guard uniform. After Gumshoe confirmed that there had been no reports of animal attacks against prison guards, Edgeworth remembered the stolen uniform and realized that the victim in the video had stolen the uniform to prepare for his prison break. Edgeworth then examined the animal attacker and found that it was a small bear. Putting two and two together, he deduced that the person in the video was Jay Elbird. He also explained that Rocky had been covered in Sahwit's mud packs at the time, which was why it appeared black in the footage.

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Elbird's struggle with Rocky that was caught on the security camera.

Edgeworth gave an overview of the events. During the Animal Show, Elbird left Rocky in Sahwit's care and entered the tunnel that he had dug for his escape. However, Rocky escaped to follow its owner, resulting in the incident captured on the security camera. This was when Sahwit, chasing after the bear, glanced into Workroom A and saw Anubis removing the murder weapon from Knightley. If all this were true, then the timestamp of 6:42 shown on the security footage was three hours off. Gumshoe asked the guards about this and found out that the camera's power had been cut for three hours. Being an old model, the clock had stopped when the power did. Considering these events, Gumshoe also revealed that Knightley had claimed that he had been knocked out by the same person who had attacked his guard escort.

Edgeworth informed Patricia Roland, who had just arrived, of the conclusions concerning Elbird that had just been reached. Rocky then appeared and latched onto one of the guards accompanying Roland, blowing Elbird's cover. Before Roland had Elbird taken away, Edgeworth asked for permission to interrogate him.

When the body was found

Elbird lamented that the day that the body was found happened to have been the day he had planned to escape. He elaborated that he had not changed into the stolen uniform until after he had reached the holding cell, and then getting out of that cell was simple. Edgeworth realized that Elbird had stolen the keys to the holding cell. Although Elbird had not actually escaped until after the discovery of the body, he had attempted to escape before then, and this showed that he had to have the key. Elbird had attacked Knightley and the guard to steal the keys to the holding cell, as evidenced by the traces of Knightley's blood on the floor of the cell. Finally defeated, Elbird handed over the keys.

Elbird insisted that he had not killed Knightley, and that he had not even seen a body. He also said that he could not have gone into Workroom A. Edgeworth suggested that Sirhan Dogen was an accomplice, and he had had Anubis transport the body from Elbird's cell to Workroom A. However, Elbird mentioned that he had only dug the latter half of the tunnel, and that there had already been a tunnel connecting his cell to the courtyard well. He added that the well had a sweet smell, like candy, which Edgeworth connected to the sweet scent that the body had given off. This proved that the body had been transported through the tunnel.

Gavèlle now gave her revised theory as to why Simon Keyes was the killer: Since Knightley was also planning to escape the prison, he and Elbird agreed to share the key. Knightley set his escape plan with the killer in motion first, being transported by holding cage to the courtyard, where he was killed. The body was dropped during the Animal Show, after Elbird had made his own escape attempt. Anubis then transported the body to Workroom A. The only person who fit with what the killer had done was Keyes.

Edgeworth pointed out that there was no proof that the body had been dropped down the well, and he asked to investigate the well. However, Roland said that it was getting late, and she insisted that all visitors leave. The investigation would have to wait until the following day.

End, Part 2

Little Thief

March 29, 10:12 AM

Miles Edgeworth, Kay Faraday, Dick Gumshoe and Eddie Fender returned to the prison courtyard the next morning. Everything had been cleaned up, but this was not a problem for them, for they had Little Thief. Edgeworth sent Gumshoe to look for Regina Berry while he examined the courtyard as it was during the previous day's investigation. Through this, he recalled seeing Astique the elephant and the tools and weights beside the well.

Edgeworth then examined the courtyard as it was during the Animal Show using Little Thief, based on information obtained from Berry. He noticed a crate of apples. Berry said that she had been mistaken in this detail, as the apples had gone missing before the Animal Show. Edgeworth deduced that somebody had moved the crate on the night before the show, in such a way that Astique could reach it and eat all of the apples.

After examining the stage, Berry told them about the Animal Show scene where Keyes is blown away by Astique. She told them that Keyes used a device to help himself be blown away. Edgeworth determined that the tools around the well had been used for the device during the show's climax. Faraday asked Keyes about this and learned that the device used a pulley system attaching his body to the weights, which were held over the well by a stopper. The stopper was attached to Keyes by a second rope, so that he could remove the stopper at the right time, causing the weights to fall and send him flying. Edgeworth realized that the weights in the simulation did not exceed Keyes' weight, so some of them must have gone missing. Gumshoe used his metal detector to find the missing weights, finding them in the grass around Ally's pond. Ally then emerged from the pond, and the metal detector reacted to her as well. Berry said that Ally was feeling sick, and perhaps she had ingested something metallic.

Edgeworth also noticed that only the rope with the stopper was present. He realized that the rope on the victim's body was the pulley rope. He concluded that the killer had replaced some of the weights with the body and dropped it down the well via Keyes' mechanism, while hiding the extra weights so that nobody was the wiser. The killer had wrapped the body in the sheet to prevent the body from leaving a blood trail. This had to have been set up on the night before the Animal Show, after Keyes and Berry had left. Edgeworth remembered the apple crate and posited that whoever had set up the body had also pushed the apple crate out of the way to enter a door that it was blocking.

Faraday asked a nearby guard to get the keys to the door in question, which they found out belonged to the warden. Inside was a circuit breaker panel. Someone had entered the room to cut the power to the security cameras. This placed suspicion on Patricia Roland. Edgeworth was now prepared to confront Verity Gavèlle when she finally arrived at the scene with a completed autopsy report.

Judge Gavèlle's reasoning

Armed with his new information, Edgeworth refuted Gavèlle's argument concerning who had dropped the body down the well. He explained Keyes' contraption and his finding that the killer had switched the weights with the body. As for how the body had been transported, Edgeworth pointed out that the power had been cut to the security cameras, which provided the real killer to roam free without being detected. Edgeworth suggested that somebody had intentionally cut off the power using the circuit breaker. With this, he was about to reveal his suspect when she suddenly entered the courtyard. Edgeworth noticed that Missile had detected a sweet scent on Roland, the same one that was on the body. Gavèlle was now beginning to realize that Edgeworth might be correct.

Roland's story

Roland claimed that she had not entered the prison at all between the night before the Animal Show and the Animal Show itself, citing that there was no record of her entering the prison. Edgeworth responded that she could have just gone through her garden and across the barbed-wire fence. However, she could not get across the fence without accessing the breaker room. This meant that she had an accomplice who had cut the power to the cameras and the fence. Frank Sahwit fit the bill, since his bracelet was broken.


Dogen threatening Roland.

At this, Roland confessed to being an accomplice to the Supplier. Sirhan Dogen apparently had henchmen, and he had threatened Roland and her family to get her to give him whatever he wanted, becoming the Supplier. Roland had taken Sahwit on as a partner in crime after he broke his bracelet, in exchange for her silence on the broken bracelet as well as special privileges. Once a week, Sahwit would cut the power to the cameras and the fence, allowing Roland to go into the prison undetected with the goods that Dogen demanded. She would drop them down the well and spray perfume into it to signal Anubis to deliver the goods to Dogen. Roland would then correct the timestamps on the cameras after Sahwit restored the power.

Roland also claimed that, although the day of the murder was a delivery day, she had not had anything to deliver. Sahwit had apparently cut the power anyway, which was why the timestamps had not been corrected this time. However, Fender asked her to testify on her opinions on the culprit, since this would be important information for Keyes' trial. This lure worked, and Fender told Edgeworth that it was now his turn to show that a defense attorney never gives up.

Roland's argument

Roland claimed that she suspected Dogen of committing the murder. She did not know much about Knightley, but he would have been an easy target, and she suggested that Dogen had used the chisel hidden in the chessboard to kill him. When asked how she knew that the murder weapon had been inside the chessboard, she replied that she had interrogated Knightley and learned about the chessboard's secret. She claimed that the interrogation was just a routine chat of the kind that she had with all new inmates, and that Knightley had returned to his cell afterward.

Edgeworth wondered whether the victim had made it back to his cell, but Roland claimed that she had no motive to kill Knightley, since Dogen was who she was after. Edgeworth disagreed with this as well, pointing out the chess game that the two had been playing. He said that Roland must have figured out that there was a connection between Knightley and Dogen, but she had taken it further and believed that Knightley was one of Dogen's henchmen. After finding the chisel inside the chessboard, she had panicked and killed Knightley.

Roland then pointed to the autopsy report, which stated that the fatal wound was four inches deep. This meant that the chisel was not the murder weapon after all. Edgeworth rethought his logic and realized that it had been misled from the beginning. The false murder weapon had been planted to get Dogen expelled from the prison. Edgeworth realized that the real murder weapon was Dogen's knife, which had been delivered to Roland along with other evidence related to the assassin. Roland had detached the bell from the knife and attached it to the chisel.

Roland refused to permit a reinvestigation of the prison. Edgeworth stalled for time by saying that he knew the location of the murder weapon. He eventually realized the meaning of the metal detector's reaction to Ally the alligator: she had swallowed the murder weapon. Regina Berry had the alligator open her mouth, and the knife was indeed inside. Now caught, Patricia Roland despaired at how Sirhan Dogen had ruined the paradise that she had created.


12:34 PM

Forensics confirmed the presence of traces of the victim's blood on Dogen's knife. However, whether Knightley really was a subordinate of Dogen had yet to be seen. Eustace Winner set off to investigate this matter. Before Gavèlle left as well, she warned Edgeworth that the truth was not as important to the world as he believed it to be, and that the law was not meant to bend to the will of an individual.

Meanwhile, Keyes had been released, though he still seemed frightened by Edgeworth. He wondered whether Knightley had trusted him, since he had harbored enough hate toward somebody else to kill him. Edgeworth reassured Keyes that Knightley had trusted him enough to request a chisel hidden inside a chessboard to attempt a prison escape. Keyes was glad to hear this, and he vowed to be a great animal tamer for Knightley's sake. He and Berry gave Edgeworth a Berry Big Circus promotional poster and invited the gang to the next show before leaving for practice.

Edgeworth thanked Fender for allowing him a way to investigate the case. Fender asked Edgeworth whether he would like to be a defense attorney for real. Edgeworth, Gumshoe and Faraday all found this rather preposterous, since Edgeworth was a prosecutor, but Fender insisted that he was being serious before leaving for the day. Edgeworth pondered whether he should really try to fulfill his original dream of becoming a defense attorney like his father.


  • This episode was made first in order to establish a good grasp on Verity Gavèlle, Eustace Winner, and Eddie Fender, all of whom would be introduced here.[1]



The Berry Big Circus poster.

  • Frank Sahwit's first and only previous appearance was in the first case of the first game in the series: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. He was put in the game to signify the tenth anniversary of the Ace Attorney series.
  • A parrot similar in appearance to Yanni Yogi's Polly can be seen in one of the cells.
  • When Edgeworth asks Frank Sahwit how he knew for sure that Horace Knightley was dead upon first seeing his body, Sahwit answers that it was because it wasn't the first time for him to have seen a dead body. He also states that it was his first time seeing a body that someone else had killed, having been responsible for the previous murder that he had witnessed.
  • The Berry Big Circus was the setting of Turnabout Big Top. The poster that can be seen in The Imprisoned Turnabout prominently features Max Galactica, who was the defendant in the aforementioned case.

Cultural references

In the unofficial translation

  • The cat mentioned above is named Nermal, a reference to a fictional cat from the Garfield franchise; the prison cat is orange, resembling the titular protagonist.
  • In the same conversation as the Nermal reference, Edgeworth says the line, "what we have here is a failure to communicate," an oft-misquoted line from the film Cool Hand Luke.
  • Frank Sahwit refers to himself as "your friendly neighbourhood witness." This is a reference to the fictional comic book super hero Spider-Man, who often refers to himself as "your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man."
  • Elbird's polar bear is named Rocky, a reference to the Rocky franchise.
  • The book titles in the holding cell are spoofs of titles of existing popular books, such as The Great Escape in 80 Days and Crime and Establishment: How to Make Money in Prison.
  • At one point during Patricia Roland's testimony at the end of the case, Kay will try to encourage Edgeworth by saying Roland's attack was "just a flesh wound," a possible reference to the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.