Victim Dr. Dan Auerbach sits frozen solid in a chair in his vandalized lab. An oxygen mask is on his face, self-administered. "Animal Research is Murder" is scrawled in red on the wall. A few dead lab rats litter the floor.
Detectives Charlie Crews and Dani Reese examine Auerbach, whose skin is ice blue. James Brenford, CEO of the company, says Auerbach worked long hours and used oxygen to stay alert. He says someone switched the tanks because he inhaled pure liquid nitrogen, which is 320 degrees below zero. Brenford thinks the animal rights group "Ban Animal Torture" did it. Charlie sees Auerbach is starting to thaw and touches the body. It cracks, then crumbles into a thousand pieces. Reese asks Charlie, "Do you have to touch everything?"
Charlie questions Abel Bustamonte, a janitor who found the body. The janitor says he was home with his wife the night the victim died. Bustamonte asks if he has to clean up the pieces of Auerbach's body. Charlie says they'll do that, but the rats are all his.
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