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CSI: NY: Dead Reckoning

A man is stabbed to death and the CSIs talk with the wife of the victim. She claims they were having a perfect dinner until she found a ring and an envelope and understood he was going to give it to someone else. She confirms to Mac and Don that she started stabbing her own husband, but Stella has gotten her own proof; DNA that really confirms she didn’t do it.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x4
Airdate: Wednesday October 14th, 2009

Director: Scott White
Writer: John Dove

Alternate Airdates:

NL (RTL 4) Jan 04, 2010
UK (Channel 5) Jan 30, 2010

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (14 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Mykelti Williamson
As Chief
Sarah Carter
As Haylen Becall
Allie Woods, Jr.
As Jen Parker
McKenna Jones
As Zoya Carter
Mia Kirshner
As Deborah Carter
Nadine Velazquez
As Marcia Carver
Rose Rollins
As Beth Garrett
T.J. Hoban
As Kevin Carter
Main Cast
Gary Sinise
As Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor
Carmine Giovinazzo
As Danny Messer
Anna Belknap
As Lindsay Messer
Hill Harper
As Dr. Sheldon Hawkes
Eddie Cahill
As Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.
Melina Kanakaredes
As Detective Stella Bonasera
Episode Notes
Rating: 13.40 million viewers.

Episode Goofs
In the beginning of the episode when the wife is pouring wine into the glass, you can clearly see a reflection of the studio's lights in the glass. Although we can see that several candles in the room are lit, they would not create the reflection seen in the glass.

Cultural References
Contaminated cotton swabs

The story is most likely based on the real 'Phantom of Heilbronn' case. DNA of an unknown female was found on 40 crime scenes in Germany, Austria and France from 1993 to 2009, including six murders. In late March 2009, investigators came to the conclusion that the "Phantom" criminal did not exist, and the DNA recovered at the crime scenes had already been present on the cotton swabs used for collecting DNA samples.

Warning: CSI: NY season 6 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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