The episode starts off with a family camping in the woods, and when a body falls out of a tree and lands on them, it makes the ghost story they were telling seem like child's play. At home, Brennan is filling out Booth's FBI assessment as his partner. Booth receives a call from Cam about a body, and she wants Booth to go without his wife. Cam put Clark in charge of the Ghost Killer cases, and Clark is at the scene. Brennan is furious but agrees to listen to Cam at Booth's insistence.
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Cam pulls Clark aside because his theory that Stephanie was wearing the fingernails of the other Ghost Killer's victims is correct, and since the victim is also wearing one of her brother Trent's nails, then Trent was killed by the Ghost Killer.
Angela uses the records sent over by the SEC along with the times and locations that the victims died, and they have one thing in common: Stephanie was at each location. So if Stephanie was the Ghost Killer, then who killed her?
The team meets with the Deputy Director, and he is shocked that Stephanie was the Ghost Killer. The gardener finally admitted that Giles locked Stephanie in the tack room as a punishment. The Final Victim
There is also one nail from the forest that hasn't been identified yet. Cam finally figures out that the owner of the nail is Maya Zinkow, a 15-year-old who died 20 years earlier. Hodgins is shocked because Zinkow was a classmate of Stephanie's, and a teacher was convicted of the crime. Dr. Herman Kessler was released from prison six months ago after a lengthy prison term, and vaults to the top of the suspect list for Stephanie's murder.
They get an order to exhume Zinkow's body, which was sent to the cemetery right after the original autopsy without being embalmed. The wounds to Zinkow mirror almost identically the injuries that Stephanie suffered. The incompetency of the medical examiner leads to the discovery that it is the same doctor who was bribed by Giles McNamara to falsify Lana Brewster's autopsy findings.
Waiting for Revenge
Sweets and Booth head over to Kessler's apartment to speak with him. They find an apartment filled with file boxes about the McNamaras, as well as blueprints of the McNamara mansion. Booth finds other blueprints, and is certain that Kessler is going after someone else. Kessler's obsession with revenge led him to obtain information about the McNamaras, which he was allegedly using for his appeal. He also found the photos of Maya Zinkow that Giles McNamara tried to bury. Brennan is sure that Kessler is the killer, but Cam notices that Zinkow was raped.
Cam is able to do the nearly impossible and pull a DNA sample, which is a match for Giles McNamara. Sweets thinks that Stephanie killed Zinkow because she was jealous that someone else had her father's attention. Once again, yikes!
Racing the Clock
Angela finds that the other set of blueprints belong to the house of Congressman Palter, who was the judge on Zinkow's case. Booth and Brennan enter Palter's residence and find Palter hanging from the ceiling. The injuries are the same as Stephanie's. The Deputy Director is very unhappy to have a dead congressman on his hands, and even more unhappy that Kessler may kill again to avenge the cover-up.
Hodgins finds tobacco traces in Palter's wound, which was transferred by the weapon. Angela is able to finally identify the weapon as a tobacco scythe. Booth and Brennan speed over to an abandoned cigarette factory. They find Kessler on a catwalk, with a rope tied around his neck. When Kessler jumps, Booth shoots the rope and Kessler lives.
Booth tells his wife that he is being recommended for the promotion, and that they will always be a team. Booth also discovers that his wife wrote about their sex life and Booth's messiness in her evaluation. I love it!
I enjoyed this episode of Bones
, especially the twists in the Ghost Killer case.
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