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My knowledge is very small on this. Boleslaw Bierut was a Polish Communist leader who became the President of Poland after the Soviet takeover of the country, in the aftermath of WW2 as Wikipedia says. From a family member, I came to hear that after the Second World War, men with families that refused to join the Polish United Workers' Party were murdered along with their families.

I could not find more on this subject, however my curiosity increased ever since. What was the reason behind this?


Polish United Workers' Party appeared in 1948 as a join of Polish Work Party and Polish Socialist Party. All members of both ancestors automatically became members of the Polish United Workers' Party. So, the reason of the personal terror couldn't be the struggle for individual members.

Communists simply wanted socialists leaders to agree with that join. Here the terror was useful. That terror for Socialist Party was named "The Cleaning". What is funny, they were not communists who did the dirty work, but the socialist themselves. Communists proposed to socialists the power, socialists fell apart in two factions, one for join with Peasant Party, and the other, under the lead of Cyrankiewicz, for join with Communists. Cyrankiewicz was paid by the post of prime minister and having the power, prosecuted his own ex-comrades. He became a very strict communist. Bierut got the power in 1952, much later.

It was the well known tactics of communists - salami tactics = old good "divide and conquer".

And that method of taking families for hostages is also old and well known tactics of communists. They used it in the civil war in Russia in 1918-21 years massively. All officers in Red Army had their families taken as hostages.

As for Russia, they had more fine tactics there: who did not help them was proclaimed for a non-working person and automatically didn't get any food. What meant a death, with families, too.


Why did Bierut threaten to murder families of those who did not join him? - History

Carl Panzram’s mugshot. Creative Commons

Towards the end of his life, Carl Panzram gleefully confessed to 21 murders, more than 1,000 acts of sodomy, and thousands of robberies and arsons. And to use his own words: “For all these things I am not in the least bit sorry.”

For nearly three decades before his execution in 1930, Charles “Carl” Panzram indeed committed horrific crimes without a bit of remorse or a shred of hesitation. When he was sent to prison ahead of his hanging, he promptly assured the warden that he’d kill the fist man who bothered him — and that’s exactly what he did.

But before the authorities could get Panzram into prison, he embarked upon one of the most chilling criminal careers in modern history.


Why the CIA Killed Imad Mughniyeh

From the Beirut embassy bombing to the torture and murder of station chief William Buckley, the agency had ample motivation to plan a hit on the Hezbollah arch-terrorist years later.

The CIA doesn't assassinate often anymore, so when it does the agency picks its targets carefully. The story uncovered last weekend by the Washington Post and Newsweek of the CIA's reported role in the February 2008 assassination of Hezbollah master terrorist Imad Mughniyeh is the stuff of a Hollywood spy thriller. A team of CIA spotters in Damascus tracking a Hezbollah terrorist wanted for decades a custom-made explosive shaped to kill only the target and placed in the spare tire of an SUV parked along the target's route home intelligence gathered by Israelis, paired with a bomb built and tested in North Carolina, taking out a man responsible for the deaths of more Americans than anyone else until 9/11.

And yet, while the 'what,' 'where,' 'when' and 'how' of the story shock and amaze, the 'who' should not. Most people -- including Hezbollah -- assumed it was the Israelis, acting alone, who killed Mughniyeh. The Israelis certainly had the motive, given Mughniyeh's role in acts of terrorism targeting Israelis and Jews around the world, from infiltrating operatives and shooting rockets into Israel, to terror attacks targeting Israeli diplomats and local Jewish communities in places like Buenos Aires. Speaking by video teleconference at Mughniyeh's funeral in 2008, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah quickly threatened Israel with "open war" for the killing of Hajj Radwan (aka Mughniyeh).

But the CIA had motive too, and for many within the agency -- indeed, as a matter of institutional memory -- the hunt for Imad Mughniyeh was personal. Mughniyeh was behind the 1983 bombing of the US embassy in Beirut, which took out the entire CIA station there as well as the visiting head of the agency's Middle East analysis branch. (In fact, word of the CIA's role in Mughniyeh's killing first leaked in a biography of that officer, Robert Ames, by Kai Bird, published last year.) Mughniyeh reportedly planned the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks and watched the attack unfold through binoculars from the top of a nearby building. His hand touched Hezbollah plots from Germany to Kuwait and from Argentina to Thailand.

This bloody history alone would have placed Mughniyeh in a league of his own, but there was something else that made the hunt for Mughniyeh a deeply personal vendetta. There was a reason more than one CIA operative reportedly refused reassignments and passed up on promotions to remain on the Hezbollah account. His name was Bill Buckley.

Long before ISIL's current kidnapping and hostage spree swept up a media frenzy, Hezbollah originated the high-profile Middle East hostage crisis. Hezbollah's kidnapping spree in Lebanon lasted almost a decade, and it was not always a straightforward business. Some kidnappings were carried out by Hezbollah factions or clans -- each with its own alias -- in an opportunistic fashion to secure, for example, the release of a jailed relative. Others involved poorly trained muscle to grab people off the streets several people were kidnapped because they were mistaken for American or French citizens. Captors assigned to guard the Western prisoners were often "unsophisticated but fanatic Muslims," as one captive put it. In contrast, the March 1984 abduction of CIA station chief William Buckley indicated careful target selection and operational surveillance, likely supported by Iranian intelligence. According to one account, some of the intelligence Hezbollah used to identify Buckley as the local CIA chief was provided by Iran based on materials seized during the US embassy takeover in Iran in 1979.

As for Buckley, he was sent to Beirut in 1983 to set up a new CIA station after the previous one had been decimated in the April US embassy bombing. His kidnapping was a devastating blow to the CIA. "Bill Buckley being taken basically closed down CIA intelligence activities in the country," commented one senior CIA official. But the CIA had adequate sources to determine within six months that Hezbollah was holding Buckley. For CIA director William Casey, finding Buckley was an absolute priority, the CIA official added. "It drove him almost to the ends of the earth to find ways of getting Buckley back, to deal with anyone in any form, in any shape, in any way, to get Buckley back. He failed at that, but it was a driving motivation in Iran-Contra," the official said. "We even dealt with the devil. the Iranians, who sponsored Hezbollah, who sponsored the kidnapping and eventual murder of Bill Buckley."

Frustrated with its inability to achieve its goals through hijackings and kidnappings, Hezbollah sent pictures of six hostages to several Beirut newspapers in May 1985. "All of the hostages in the photographs looked fairly healthy," the CIA noted, "except U.S. embassy political officer Buckley who has been held longer than any of the others."

A year after Buckley's capture, the agency was still fiercely protective of his cover -- even in its own, classified reporting -- describing him as an embassy diplomat for fear that revealing his CIA affiliation would cause him harm. (This assessment was right except that Hezbollah already knew he was a CIA official -- indeed, this was why he was targeted.)

Buckley was tortured, reportedly by both Lebanese and Iranian interrogators. Another hostage, David Jacobsen, later recounted that Buckley occupied a cell separated from his own by a thin wall. "It was apparent that he was very sick. I could hear him retching between coughs." Another hostage held with the two men recalled Buckley hallucinating. Once, in the bathroom, Buckley apparently announced, "I'll have my hot cakes with blueberry syrup now."

Hezbollah reportedly sent three different videotapes of Buckley being tortured to the CIA, each more harrowing than the next. These would become part of CIA lore, passed down from hardened case officers to new recruits, and the agency would not soon forget what Hezbollah did to one of their own.

By some accounts Buckley was moved through the Beqa Valley and transferred to Iran others say he was buried in an unmarked grave in Lebanon. Mughniyeh's Islamic Jihad Organization announced it had killed Buckley in October 1985, but fellow hostages would later reveal he had died months earlier as a result of the torture he endured, possibly at the hands of Imad Mughniyeh himself. According to former hostage David Jacobsen, when Buckley died in captivity, reportedly from drowning in his own lung fluids as a result of torture, it "really shook up our kidnappers."

No one involved in Middle East policy was surprised when, in the spring of 1985, US intelligence described West Beirut's transformation from a commercial and cultural hub of the Arab world -- the Paris of the Middle East -- into "a lawless militarized zone contested by confessional and ideological factions." The CIA titled an analytical report on the subject "Wild, Wild West Beirut," noting that "turf battles, terrorism, rampant street crime, and the lack of central authority have made the city extremely dangerous for both local residents and foreigners." But beneath the calm, detached tone of the agency's assessment lay a simmering anger and a quest for revenge that would hardly dissipate with time.

Eventually, Hezbollah moved on from focusing on taking Western hostages to other tactics. "Hezbollah has a notorious history of taking Western hostages during Beirut's civil war," the FBI summarized in a 1994 report. "Between 1982 and 1991, Hezbollah abducted and held at least 44 Western hostages, including 17 U.S. persons, three of whom died while in captivity." One of those three was the CIA's Bill Buckley. By the time this report was written Hezbollah had moved on to more spectacular terrorist operations, often well beyond Lebanon's borders. "Hezbollah leaders now believe that taking Western hostages is counterproductive," the FBI noted, adding the caveat that "certain elements within the group continue to argue for the resumption of the kidnappings." Those "certain elements," it is widely believed, were Mughniyeh and other members of Hezbollah's hardline faction.

Together with Hassan Nasrallah, Mughniyeh represented the radical wing of Hezbollah. When Hezbollah first engaged in Lebanese politics, the CIA speculated that if such a move came at the expense of militancy, more radical elements like Nasrallah or Mughniyeh could split off. But Hezbollah averted such an outcome not only by maintaining its military and terrorist activities even as it engaged in politics but also because Nasrallah's rise to the position of secretary-general ensured the group would remain on the radical track.

Twenty-four years after Bill Buckley's abduction, the CIA got its payback. A former CIA operative told Newsweek that publicly acknowledging the CIA's role in Mughniyeh's demise was long overdue. "It sends the message that we will track you down, no matter how much time it takes," he said. "The other side needs to know this."

So now they know. The question is: Does anyone doubt that Hezbollah's memory is as long as that of the CIA? Perhaps some things are best left unsaid, leaving behind nothing but the reasonable deniability that black ops are supposed to provide.

Matthew Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler Fellow and director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute.


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A Long and Sordid History of Crowds Threatening Violence in the Event of a Jury Acquittal

Oliver Wendell Holmes correctly pointed out: due process simply cannot be achieved for any defendant in the presence of hostile crowds ready for violence if a verdict of not guilty is rendered.

The ACLU, if the shoe were on the other foot, would be demanding a new trial — if the defendant were black, and white crowds were demanding a conviction or else. But the ACLU is no longer a neutral civil liberties organization. It has become a partisan claque that espoused due process for "me but not for thee." Real civil libertarians, who demand due process for all, including guilty police officers, must now take over where the ACLU has left off.

Whether guilty or not, Chauvin must be given a new trial at which the jury is sequestered, as it should have been from the beginning of this one. As an alternate juror candidly acknowledged, she had "mixed feelings" about jury duty, because of concerns about "disappointing" either side and the possibility of "rioting." There is no reason to believe that the unsequestered jurors who actually decided the fate of Chauvin were oblivious to this concern.

The appellate courts should use this case to establish a clear rule that jurors must always be sequestered in racially charged cases where outsiders are threatening violence in the event of a not guilty or reduced verdict. In the absence of sequestration, the legitimate protests of the outsiders may well deny the defendant his equally legitimate right to a fair trial. That is unacceptable under the Constitution.

Oliver Wendell Holmes correctly pointed out: due process simply cannot be achieved for any defendant in the presence of hostile crowds ready for violence if a verdict of not guilty is rendered. Pictured: Protesters outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the jury announced its verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, on April 20, 2021. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

"I very seriously doubt if the petitioner . has had due process of law . because of the trial taking place in the presence of a hostile demonstration and seemingly dangerous crowd, thought by the presiding Judge to be ready for violence unless a verdict of guilty was rendered."

No, this is not your author complaining about the lack of due process in the trial of Derek Chauvin in 2021. It Is the great Oliver Wendell Holmes describing the trial of Leo Frank, a Jew convicted of murder in 1913 and eventually lynched by a mob that included prominent officials, after the governor commuted Frank's sentence from death to life imprisonment.

For generations, the scene that we saw in Minneapolis, with demands for a guilty verdict or else, by Congresswoman Maxine Waters and other prominent people, has been played out, especially but not exclusively in the deep South. The Supreme Court reversed the Ohio conviction of Dr. Sam Sheppard in 1966, in part because the trial judge did not sequester the jury and keep it from being influenced by outside pressures.

It does not matter to due process whether the crowd is right or wrong, Black or white, well-intentioned or malevolent. Nor does it matter whether the defendant is guilty, innocent or somewhere in between. Oliver Wendell Holmes correctly pointed out: due process simply cannot be achieved for any defendant in the presence of hostile crowds ready for violence if a verdict of not guilty is rendered.

Every police chief and mayor of a large city understood that a verdict of not guilty for George Floyd's murder would result in demonstrations and perhaps violence. They, along with the president, understandably prayed for the right verdict -- which they defined as a conviction for murder regardless of whether the evidence supported that result, rather than a verdict of manslaughter, which the evidence clearly did support.

Like Oliver Wendell Holmes, every American should "very seriously doubt" if Chauvin had "due process of law." He may well be guilty of at least manslaughter, but the process by which he was convicted was fatally flawed, in the same way that the process was flawed in the Leo Frank, Sam Sheppard and other cases. The ACLU, if the shoe were on the other foot, would be demanding a new trial — if the defendant were black, and white crowds were demanding a conviction or else. But the ACLU is no longer a neutral civil liberties organization. It has become a partisan claque that espoused due process for "me but not for thee." Real civil libertarians, who demand due process for all, including guilty police officers, must now take over where the ACLU has left off.

Oliver Wendell Holmes was correct in expressing his serious doubts, and you can be correct in expressing the same feelings, regardless of the negative feelings you may have toward Chauvin and what the videotape showed he unjustly did to George Floyd.

Whether guilty or not, Chauvin must be given a new trial at which the jury is sequestered, as it should have been from the beginning of this one. As an alternate juror candidly acknowledged, she had "mixed feelings" about jury duty, because of concerns about "disappointing" either side and the possibility of "rioting." There is no reason to believe that the unsequestered jurors who actually decided the fate of Chauvin were oblivious to this concern.

The appellate courts should use this case to establish a clear rule that jurors must always be sequestered in racially charged cases where outsiders are threatening violence in the event of a not guilty or reduced verdict. In that way, protesters will have their First Amendment right to demand a conviction, and the defendant with have his constitutional right to due process and a jury that is not influenced by the protesters. In the absence of sequestration, the legitimate protests of the outsiders may well deny the defendant his equally legitimate right to a fair trial. That is unacceptable under the Constitution.

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard Law School and author of the book, The Case Against the New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, Progressives and Universities, Hot Books, April 20, 2021. His new podcast, "The Dershow," can be seen on Spotify, Apple and YouTube. He is the Jack Roth Charitable Foundation Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

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A Cold Hearted Murder

At first, it seemed as though violence could have been avoided.

Unfortunately, upon being asked for the money, Hinman admitted that he didn’t have any. In fact, he didn’t even own his house and cars, as was speculated. Frustrated, Beausoleil roughed Hinman up thinking that he was lying. When it seemed unlikely that he was, Beausoleil called for backup.

The next day, Charles Manson himself arrived at the Topanga Canyon home along with Family member Bruce Davis. After Beausoleil told Manson that, regrettably, there was no money, Manson drew out a samurai sword he’d brought along and sliced Hinman’s ear and cheek.

Getty Images Manson Family member Susan Atkins leaving the Grand Jury room after testifying during the trial of Charles Manson.

At that point, Bobby Beausoleil claimed that horror had set in for him and that he confronted Manson disgusted at the cult leader’s penchant for blood. He said he asked Manson why he’d hurt Hinman this way.

“He said, ‘To show you how to be a man,’ His exact words,” Beausoleil said. “I will never forget that.”

Unbothered, Manson and Davis took off in one of Hinman’s cars leaving a panicked Beausoleil alone with an injured Hinman and the two girls.

They did the best they could to clean up Gary Hinman, using dental floss to stitch up his wound. Hinman seemed dazed and kept insisting that he didn’t believe in violence and simply wanted everyone to leave his home. Despite the fact that Hinman’s wound was under control, Beausoleil continued to become agitated, believing there was no way out of his situation.

“I knew if I took him [to the emergency room], I’d end up going to prison. Gary would tell on me, for sure, and he would tell on Charlie and everyone else,” Beausoleil said later. “It was at that point I realized I had no way out.”

After agonizing over what to do and speaking to Manson several times, Beausoleil decided the only thing to do was kill Gary Hinman. “POLITICAL PIGGY” was written in Hinman’s blood across his wall. Beausoleil also drew a paw print on the wall in Hinman’s blood in an attempt to convince police that the Black Panthers had been involved and instigate the impending race war Manson preached.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, which reported on the murders originally, Hinman was tortured for several days before ultimately being stabbed to death.

Beausoleil admitted to stabbing Hinman twice in the chest only after first pleading not-guilty. He was arrested for the murder of Gary Hinman only shortly after the rest of the Family was arrested for the more-publicized Tate-Labianca murders.


Boston Massacre Fueled Anti-British Views

Within hours, Preston and his soldiers were arrested and jailed and the propaganda machine was in full force on both sides of the conflict.

Preston wrote his version of the events from his jail cell for publication, while Sons of Liberty leaders such as John Hancock and Samuel Adams incited colonists to keep fighting the British. As tensions rose, British troops retreated from Boston to Fort William.

Paul Revere encouraged anti-British attitudes by etching a now-famous engraving depicting British soldiers callously murdering American colonists. It showed the British as the instigators though the colonists had started the fight.

It also portrayed the soldiers as vicious men and the colonists as gentlemen. It was later determined that Revere had copied his engraving from one made by Boston artist Henry Pelham.


‘I guess he was trying to help Suge’: the don, the peacemaker and the punches from a gang affiliate

Following the filming of the commercial at the historic barbershop Holiday Styles, the Straight Outta Compton crew broke for lunch on Thursday afternoon and headed back to their trailers on Compton’s east side on Bullis Road. That’s where Knight pulled up in his red Ford F-150 Raptor, which sits high off the ground with off-road tires.

Cle “Bone” Sloan, an actor from the movie Training Day and an affiliate of the gang known as the Bloods, was working site security and as a location scout assistant, according to the two anonymous sources. He and Knight did not get along, and Sloan apparently made a stink about Knight needing to leave the premises.

“Suge had never got out of the car. He had talked to Ice Cube’s security, and he said they could talk about it later on,” said the on-set source. “Bone came and started arguing with Suge, said he should get out of there. Suge said, ‘I’m already leaving.’ They had an altercation.”

Cle ‘Bone’ Sloan. Photograph: Chad Buchanan/Getty Images

“They got into some kind of verbal altercation and it escalated,” LA county sheriff lieutenant John Corina said at a press conference last week.


Wiretap Proves Crucial In Aaron Iturra Case

Wiretaps are expensive and labor-intensive, so it doesn’t always make sense to order one — but a wiretap turned the tide in Aaron Iturra’s murder case.

The life of a teenage anti-gang activist in Eugene, Oregon was cruelly taken from him in the fall of 1994, and the investigation into his murder revealed a stunning betrayal no one saw coming.

On the morning of October 3, 1994, a hysterical mother called 911 to report that her son had been gravely injured and was bleeding from the head. Upon their arrival, first responders found 18-year-old Aaron Iturra injured in bed but still breathing. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital, while officers began their investigation into the shooting.

Authorities quickly determined that someone had used a .38 caliber gun to shoot Aaron in the head, but although they were able to recover a piece of the bullet, the gun itself was nowhere to be found. There were no signs of a break-in and nothing of value had been taken. Plus, Aaron had been shot in the head, but he wasn’t alone in bed at the time of the shooting. A girl he’d been seeing had been sharing the bed with him at the time but was unharmed, setting off alarm bells for investigators.

“The fact that one person wasn’t shot and the other one was indicates that there’s a motive to single that person out,” Steve Skelton, an assistant D.A. in Lane County, told “An Unexpected Killer,” airing Fridays at 8/7c on Oxygen.

Police began their interviews with Aaron’s mother, Janyce Iturra, who explained that Aaron had gone into his room the night before with his girlfriend. It wasn’t until 1:30 a.m. that anything out of the ordinary happened: She heard screaming coming from Aaron’s room and when she rushed there, she found him bleeding from an apparent gash to the head as his girlfriend was “freaking out,” she told producers.

Aaron, the oldest of five children, was known to be kind and gentle, someone who often looked after his younger siblings while his mother worked two jobs to support the family. He was also an aspiring artist and an activist who spoke out often against gang violence in his community. He didn’t have any enemies that anyone knew of.

“He was the protector. He watched out for everybody,” Janyce recalled.

After a night in the hospital, Aaron, whose scans showed no brain activity, was taken off of life support. The police investigation into his shooting officially turned into a homicide case, and police spoke to his girlfriend. After testing her hands for gunpowder residue, they were able to rule her out as a suspect and she began recounting what happened before Aaron was shot.

She recalled that an unknown woman had called the house to ask if Aaron was home, and after receiving a yes, promptly hung up. She then described the shooting in more detail: She woke up after hearing a gunshot and believed that she saw two males with their faces covered with bandanas.

Police began to dig into the anti-gang activism that Aaron was doing, suspecting that he’d maybe made some dangerous enemies that way. They found that he’d been working often with another local activist named Mary Thompson, a mother known for speaking out about the harm gangs had done to her family and the community.

Two days after Aaron’s shooting, the completed autopsy revealed Aaron had died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. The community was desperate for answers, and Aaron’s mother was left to grieve the sudden death of her son. However, police soon came across new information that shed light on an unexpected relationship in Aaron’s life.

Aaron had been hanging out with a 16-year-old teen named Beau Flynn, who was actually Thompson's son: the same son whose gang activity had inspired her to get into anti-gang activism. Thompson had actually asked Aaron to keep a close watch on him and help him stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, not even Aaron’s influence could keep Flynn’s nose clean. Three weeks before the shooting, the two were hanging out together when they encountered another group of teens, one of whom had history with Flynn. An altercation ensued and Flynn pulled a knife on the other teen, cutting him — and landing both himself and Aaron in jail.

After that, Aaron decided to testify against Flynn in the case, which could potentially land Flynn a four-year sentence behind bars. Because Aaron was due to testify mere days before he was killed, police began to wonder if Flynn had something to do with Aaron’s death and went to visit him in the juvenile detention center where he was being held in connection to the assault case.

Flynn maintained his innocence, and because police had no evidence suggesting otherwise, they were forced to look elsewhere for suspects.

During the course of their investigation, investigators caught wind of two teens — Jim Elstad and Joseph Brown— bragging about being involved in Aaron’s murder. Elstad and Brown were known to spend a lot of time at Thompson's house, and Thompson often took in kids who were involved in violent lifestyles. But before police could seek out Elstad and Brown for an interview, Thompson reached out to police to say that not only had she heard the two boys were involved in Aaron’s death, but they’d actually come to her house the morning after the murder, seeking refuge. She admitted to keeping that bit of information from police, but claimed she’d done so because she hadn’t believed them at the time.

Elstad and Brown were called in for a police interview. While they initially maintained their innocence, they also failed their polygraph tests. Hours later, the pair both confessed: Brown was the lookout while Elstad was the one who pulled the trigger. They said they’d done because they were angry with Aaron for agreeing to testify against Flynn. They explained they threw the gun into a river afterward, and police were able to track it down.

Elstad and Brown were arrested in October and it seemed like the case was coming to a close. However, things took a strange turn after Aaron’s mother received a call from Thompson, who was close to the family and had been supporting them during this time. During that phone call, Thompson told Janyce that Aaron would never have been killed "if [he] had just kept his mouth shut," Janyce told producers.

“I’m just like, ‘Did I just hear her say what I think I heard her say?'” Janyce recalled.

Janyce reported the strange statement to police, who already had their suspicions about Thompson. They called her back in for questioning, intending to find out why she’d kept valuable information from them early in the investigation. But although Thompson admitted to being angry at Aaron for working with prosecutors, police had no evidence against her and were forced to let her go.

Still, they were not convinced of her innocence and began to dig more deeply into her past. They discovered that she had a troubled history. She’d been involved in criminal pursuits that included selling methamphetamine while she was actually working as an assistant to those prosecuting drug dealers.

“It was definitely shocking. She was a crime fighter in the community, trusted, and then had engaged in that kind of behavior,” Skelton said, adding later, “You never would have expected that.”

Police, suspecting Thompson may have actually been the one to orchestrate Aaron’s murder, began listening in to Flynn's conversations in the hopes of getting more info. While they initially believed Flynn was the gang leader, it quickly became clear it was actually his mother who’d been calling all the shots, orchestrating various crimes with practiced ease.

Even more shockingly, during another conversation among gang members, Thompson referenced having arranged Aaron’s murder while threatening someone else. They realized Thompson was actually a hardened criminal, rather than the concerned mother and community activist so many had believed she was.

They arrested the gang members, hoping at least one of them would be willing to turn against Thompson, and they got their wish: In exchange for immunity, one gang member, Lisa, spilled everything that she knew about Thompson, claiming that it was Thompson who’d influenced the boys to kill Aaron in order to protect her son.

“Mary Thompson was absolutely a master manipulator. That was demonstrated many, many times,” Skelton said.

Thompson was charged with aggravated homicide in February 1995. After pleading guilty to Aaron’s murder, Brown was sentenced to 10 years, while Elstad got 16 years. But Thompson, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted in 1996 and sentenced to life in prison. A legal loophole saw her sentence reduced, however, and she was released in the summer of 2019 after serving 23 years.

For more on this case and others like it, watch “An Unexpected Killer,” airing Fridays at 8/7c on Oxygen.


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While serving in Beirut Mac was injured in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, from which he still bears a scar over his heart. [10] It is revealed in flashbacks that he had tried but was unable to save a young Marine, Corporal Stan Whitney, who was fatally wounded and the memory still occasionally haunts him, as seen when he had to stabilize a critically injured Don Flack after an explosion in Season 2. [10] [11]

Prior to his father's death, Mac had considered retiring from the Marine Corps to "settle down" and received a job offer from NYPD. He told his father he intended to turn it down and move back to Chicago to be nearer to him but his father encouraged him to take up NYPD's offer since Claire was from New York City.

Details of Mac's military service are sketchy as he has rarely discussed his past to his colleagues but it has been implied that Mac had a distinguished and decorated career as a Marine. There are conflicting details about the rank at which he was discharged as his DD Form 214, as shown in the Season 2 finale, states that he was a Sergeant. [10] In the same episode he stated that he was Lieutenant while serving in Beirut and in Season 6, in a flashback, he is shown to be a Major. [3]

Thanks to his Marine training, he is skilled in unarmed hand-to-hand combat [12] and seems to have an intimate knowledge of a wide range of weaponry, from bows [13] through East Asian weaponry [14] to the more everyday guns and knives. To Mac, the type of weapon used is as revealing as anything else at the scene of the crime.

Mac holds members of the armed forces and law enforcement officers in high esteem and to an even higher standard. He considers a uniform a "badge of honor". [12] As Detective Don Flack once said of him, "Once a Marine, always a Marine". [12]

After being discharged from the Marine Corps, Mac moved to New York City and joined the New York City Police Department. Since then he has called New York home. He once told a colleague that they were working for the "finest city in the finest country in the world".

Awards and decorations Edit

The following are the medals and service awards fictionally worn by Major Taylor.

In addition, Major Taylor is a recipient of the Marine Corps Expert Rifle Badge and the Marine Corps Expert Pistol Badge.

Throughout the series, Mac has shown that he will protect three things at any cost: The honor of his country (through his military service), the safety of his city (through his work at CSI), and the integrity of his lab (by suspending or firing workers who fail to abide by the rules). Strict but fair with his colleagues, his "follow the book" approach, perhaps due to his military background, has sometimes put him in conflict with those working under him, as shown in instances where he was forced to take disciplinary actions against Danny, Sheldon, Stella and Adam for going against protocol, but also trusts his team and has repeatedly defended them from unfair criticism by the bureaucracy.

Mac is portrayed as a workaholic and is frequently seen working late into the night, after all the staff and his team have gone home. It is partly due to his insomnia and also his desire and dedication to bring criminals to justice.

Mac believes that committing a crime is never justifiable regardless of the circumstances. This was especially evident in the Season 6 episode "Blacklist" when the murderer, who was dying of lung cancer and murdered the healthcare professionals he felt were responsible for his condition, attempted to gain Mac's sympathy by mentioning Mac's father, who died of small-cell lung cancer. Mac refuses and retorts at the suspect, telling him "If you have a message, write your congressman."

Mac believes in following the evidence, not trusting to intuition. He looks at a crime scene (and often the world) with Veneziano's theory of quantum physics in mind: Everything is connected. In Mac's mind, if he and his team can just figure out the connections, then they can solve the crime. Only once does he state otherwise, when he and Lindsay Monroe are called to a corpse sitting on a Central Park bench, whose death at first seems inexplicable to Lindsay. Mac proceeds to show his cause of death by saying, "Don't quote me on this, Lindsay, but sometimes. [lifts the man's severed head] not everything's connected."

While Mac typically displays a somber and serious demeanor, he does have a lighter side he teases Sheldon Hawkes in episode 2.02 "Grand Murder at Central Station", by telling the young CSI, who is taking a quick lunch break, that "eating is frowned upon", and when Hawkes asks to borrow a little girl's teddy bear(Franklin) because he may have evidence on him, Mac jokes "So did Franklin tell you anything, or did he lawyer up?". Later in Season 2, Lindsay Monroe discovers that he plays bass guitar in a jazz club when he is off-duty. [13] Mac also is shown playing bass in the episode 4.04 "Time's Up", after receiving a goodbye letter from Peyton.

Romantic Edit

Towards the end of the 6th season Mac commences a relationship with ER Doctor and Air Force Reservist Aubrey Hunter played by Mädchen Amick, who when visiting the NYPD crime lab was impressed when she found out that Mac had served in the US Marine Corps. However, she did not feature in the 7th season. Mac first meets Aubrey in his local Deli.

With other NYPD staff Edit

In dealing with the younger members of his team, Mac is strict and does not hesitate to suspend them if they are found to be in a conflict of interest or becoming too emotionally attached to a case, such as when Aiden Burn was pursuing the DJ Pratt rape case and when Hawkes did not report a personal conflict of interest when his ex-girlfriend was a subject in one of Mac's investigations.

Mac had a close friendship with fellow detective Stella Bonasera and was suitably concerned when she was held hostage in her own apartment by her deranged boyfriend, Frankie Mala, in 2.21 "All Access" and eventually forced to kill him. After she is discharged from the hospital, he "orders" her to take some time off and get counseling before coming back to work. He once tells Stella he wouldn't do this job without her. [8] The two exchange Christmas and birthday presents, and because of this, Stella is mistaken to be Claire Conrad by Reed Garrett when she leaves Mac's home after giving him his birthday present. [5] Mac is also the first person Stella tells about the possibility that she may be infected with HIV (episode 3.17, "The Ride In"). She also informs the press that there is no one inside or outside her profession that she trusts more than Mac Taylor.

Danny Messer has developed a deep trust in him. In Season 2 the team began investigating an old murder case after remains dating over a decade ago were found in a football field and tied to a street gang Danny and his older brother Louie once ran with when Danny was a youngster. Danny denies having any connection with the remains and Mac displays his trust in him by telling him "I believe you". [15] Louie is later beaten up as retribution and Mac is the first person Danny confides in. Danny, however, is the last to find out about the romance between Mac and Peyton (episode 3.16, "Heart of Glass"). Mac was a witness at Danny's marriage ceremony to Lindsay Monroe [16] and the godfather of their daughter Lucy. [17]

In season three, he is revealed to have been dating Dr. Peyton Driscoll, one of the medical examiners. His relationship with Peyton has not been easy his insistence that they keep their relationship under wraps at the lab conflicts with her desire to be less secretive about them. A particularly tense moment occurs during episode 3.11 "Raising Shane" when, during a debate about the state of their relationship, Mac accidentally calls Peyton "Claire", which causes her to walk out on him (somewhat ironic in light of Peyton being played by actress Claire Forlani). The two reconcile with a hug in the lab in the next episode (3.12 "Silent Night"). Later, by episode 3.16 "Heart of Glass", Mac and Peyton have evidently openly acknowledged their relationship, when they show up together at a crime scene on Mac's day off because Peyton is on call as the Medical Examiner. Danny Messer, who has already arrived on scene as the CSI, says he thought Mac had the day off. Mac confirms this, but says that Peyton was on call & he is with her. Danny then asks Mac, "So am I the last one to hear about this?" To which Mac replies, "I guess so". Danny asks if Don Flack knows, and Mac confirms that he does. This seems to indicate that Danny is indeed the last to know about the relationship, and no one at the lab has expressed any reservations about it. In 3.24 "Snow Day", Peyton invited Mac to go with her to England while she's there for a medical examiners conference. She wants him to use ten days of the seven weeks of vacation time he has accumulated. At first Mac is uncertain if he wants to go, but after the events in the episode take place, he informs his teammates that he is going to England with Peyton. However, Mac returns to New York without Peyton at the start of season 4, and at the end of the 4th episode, "Time's Up", he receives a letter from her saying that she has decided to stay in London with her family and that a long-distance relationship would never work, because "however close we may be, there would always be an ocean between us." Mac seeks solace in his bass guitar in a jazz bar.

Mac's relationship with former M.E. and junior CSI Sheldon Hawkes is amicable for the first two seasons. However, in episode 3.07 "Murder Sings the Blues", Hawkes tries to make sure he stays on a case by not informing Mac of his relationship to the victim in one of their cases however, Mac feels betrayed when Peyton inadvertently reveals Hawkes' secret, and Mac dresses him down in front of the entire lab and pulls him from the case. They reconciled in episode 3.09 "Here's To You, Mrs. Azrael", when Mac confides to Hawkes about his father's final agonizing months dying from cancer. When Hawkes is falsely accused in a robbery-homicide, Mac puts his career on the line to help his friend, locking himself in the interrogation room with Sheldon to question him, even though his team had been removed from the case (episode 3.11 "Raising Shane").

Mac and NYPD Detective Don Flack share a deep mutual respect and friendship, despite their very different temperaments. This trust becomes strained when Mac discovers that one of Flack's detectives is dirty. Mac asks for Flack's memo book to determine which officer was the culprit. Despite Flack's unwillingness to believe that one of his men is corrupt, he eventually capitulates and turns over the notebook. [5] Their relationship remains tense for several episodes until they confront the issue in episode 3.10 "Sweet 16". When Mac locks himself in the interrogation room to talk freely with wrongly-accused Sheldon Hawkes, Flack defends Mac to his Captain, saying that they'd do the same for each other (episode 3.11 "Raising Shane"). Flack and Mac argue again briefly when a serial killer is released from prison thanks to the aforementioned arrest of the detective, but they quickly put aside their differences to catch the murderer and put him away for good (episode 3.21 "Past Imperfect").

Outside the lab Edit

During the final episode of the first season Mac is seen talking to a woman who later asks him for a drink, she meets him again and the episode ends.

In the first half of season 3, Mac met Reed Garrett, the child that Claire relinquished for adoption before she met Mac. They met when Mac caught him following Stella, who Reed mistakenly believed to be his mother. Mac offers him his business card and asks for a chance to get to know him, but is initially turned down. In spite of Reed's reluctance to keep in touch with Mac, Mac still reaches out to him. At Thanksgiving, Mac visits Reed at his adoptive parents' home and gives him photos of Claire. (The pictures of Claire are actually given to Reed when Mac has invited him for burgers and gets a call, Mac asks Reed to "hold on to these for me.") Later, Reed turns to Mac after the young man is brutally beaten because of an article he is writing for the college newspaper. [7]

During season 4 we discover that Reed has become a blogger and has a very popular column. He visits and calls Mac often wanting the latest scoop on the "Cabbie Killer." Mac refuses to give him information that has not been released, but promises to give him the first crack at the story when it is appropriate. At the end of "Like Water For Murder", Mac allows Reed to come to the latest crime scene of the Cabbie Killer.

In episode 4.20 "Taxi", Mac becomes upset when he learns that Reed has a source close to the Cabbie Killer and won't divulge it. When Mac goes to talk to him about his source, he finds Reed's backpack on the floor of his apartment hallway, and his keys still in the lock. Back at the lab, he realizes that Reed has been kidnapped by his source—the Cabbie Killer himself. Mac is extremely worried for his stepson's life. Through posts on Reed's blog, the team is able to locate the Cabbie Killer and the now injured Reed. Mac stays with Reed at the hospital, and after catching the Cabbie Killer, takes him home.

Mac's badge number is 8433. An NYPD Medal for Valor certificate is seen framed and mounted in his office in the season 6 episode "Rest in Peace, Marina Garito".

Mac keeps a pile of unsolved cases on the corner of his desk. Rapist/murderer DJ Pratt's file remained there for some time, until the CSIs closed it with the posthumous assistance of former colleague Aiden Burn. [12] [18] Mac says the pile used to be bigger, which helps validate his feelings about being a CSI. He usually sacrifices his off-days when cracking a cold case or an urgent case (episode 3.16 "Heart of Glass"). Flack commented in episode 5.23 "Greater Good" that Mac "must've been the kid who did all the extra credit questions and made us all look bad" after seeing him at work on an off day. In episode 1.01 "Blink" Stella expressed her concern about Mac after finding out that he skipped his off hours and dived right into the new murder case.

When Miami CSI Lieutenant Horatio Caine comes to New York in pursuit of a murder suspect, Mac and his team help him discover the real killer and apprehend him (CSI: Miami episode 2.23 "MIA/NYC Nonstop"). Mac later flies down to Miami to assist Caine in recapturing escaped murderer Henry Darius, who eventually heads back to New York. He meets Horatio's CSI Assistant Calleigh Duquesne. Together, the CSI detectives (Horatio and Mac) successfully apprehend Darius and extradite him to Florida (CSI: Miami episode 4.07 "Felony Flight", CSI: NY episode 2.07 "Manhattan Manhunt").

In one episode, Mac and Flack are caught in a bomb blast in a building while trying to evacuate it. [10] Though he himself is wounded in the neck, Mac is able to stabilize a critically injured Flack long enough for help to arrive, thanks to his previous traumatic experience in the Beirut barracks bombing. Mac and his team discover the NYC bomber to be a schizophrenic would-be Marine out to prove the vulnerability of the city to terrorist attack. By appealing to the man's sense of military duty, Mac is able to get him to surrender. The detective privately acknowledges to Stella that, while the bomber's methods may have been flawed, Mac could not argue against the principle of protecting his city and country. After the resolution of the crisis, Mac and the other CSIs stay by Flack's hospital bedside in shifts until he recovers.

Mac and Flack are also instrumental in ending a hostage situation involving a deaf young man holding his baby daughter and his murdered girlfriend's mother at gunpoint in their car. While Mac talks to the young man, Flack sneaks up on the other side of the car and slips the baby out of the vehicle through the driver's side window. As soon as the child is secure, Mac is able to safely disarm the young man without anyone getting injured. The baby is then returned to the custody of her grateful grandparents (episode 3.12 "Silent Night").

One of Mac's most difficult situations on the job involves the discovery of Aiden Burn's questionable behavior. [18] Aiden had been sorely tempted to tamper with evidence in order to implicate a rape suspect whose victim decided to press charges against him after he raped her a second time (the victim declined to press charges after the first assault). Though Aiden eventually does not follow through, she had broken the seal on the evidence, and Mac, insistent on preserving the integrity of the lab, felt that his only option was to fire her. Nevertheless, he promises Aiden that he will bring the rapist to justice, a promise that he makes good on (with Aiden's help in a sad irony) in episode 2.23 "Heroes."

A serial killer, Clay Dobson, whom Mac helped put away five years previously, comes back to haunt him after the man is released, thanks to Mac's arrest of the detective (Dean Truby) who took his confession. Mac's single-minded intensity in his renewed pursuit of this killer makes him short-tempered with his concerned coworkers. After the CSIs discover one of Dobson's victims is still alive, Mac charges after him, alone, cornering him on a roof of a tall building. Dobson comes crashing to earth moments later, fatally impacting on the hood of a police cruiser, only feet away from Flack and some uniformed officers arriving as backup. His hands are cuffed, and Mac gazes down from the roof in horror (episode 3.21 "Past Imperfect"). Flashbacks in the following episode reveal that Dobson intentionally fell from the roof, telling Mac that if he went down, he would take the detective with him. The Chief of Detectives, Brigham Sinclair, in a bid to remove Mac from his position at the lab (for political reasons, as Mac believes), initiates an Internal Affairs investigation, even though the district attorney did not find enough evidence to charge Mac (episode 3.22 "Cold Reveal"). During the hearing, the prosecutor appears to be determined to destroy Mac's career, despite attempts by his colleagues to aid him in their testimony. Former Detective Truby calls Taylor from jail, desiring to meet him in person. During the visit, Truby, guilty over Dobson's release, offers Mac a trump card to play against Deputy Inspector Gerrard and Sinclair: When Dobson had originally been arrested several years previously, Gerrard, then a lieutenant, failed to remove Dobson's belt. Dobson used the belt in a suicide attempt in his cell. Gerrard and Sinclair, the precinct captain, covered up the suicide attempt as well as Gerrard's lapse in procedure. Mac confronts the two and threatens to take his evidence to the media, thereby ruining both their political aspirations. Sinclair decides to have Mac cleared of all charges and the Internal Affairs investigation discontinued, and Mac remains quiet about his knowledge. [19]

During his trip to England, Mac seems to be stalked by person or persons unknown he starts receiving anonymous phone calls (most of which are silent, though some are very short messages from an unidentified caller) from a phone extension of 333 at 3:33 am the calls continue after he gets back to New York. It appears that whoever is stalking Mac seems to know him intimately, as the calls keep coming despite him transferring to another hotel and changing his cell phone number.

During 4.09 "One Wedding and a Funeral", Mac discovers, that the 333 caller has been stalking him for some time, and at the end, a three-dimensional puzzle of his first case and first apartment in NYC leads him to where he got engaged in NYC. There he finds another puzzle with a stone leading him to a building back in Chicago. Mac also tests the puzzle pieces and the T-shirt and sees that whomever handled the puzzle was the brother of the T-shirt's owner. Mac flies to Chicago and the building from the puzzle. The episode ends with the 333 caller saying to him "How does it feel to be home, Detective Taylor?"

In 4.10 "The Thing About Heroes. ", Mac continues his Chicago investigation and follows the clues to a body hanging in an unused floor of the Chicago Tribune building. A hangman puzzle written on the wall leaves out the letters that spell "Coward". The decomposed body is revealed to be that of Bobby Toole who died thirty years ago. Mac goes and talks to a former friend of his named Jimmy. He asks Jimmy if he's the stalker and if it's because of his brother Will's death. Mac has proof the bloody T-shirt is Will's and says they were the only ones who knew that Bobby Toole killed Will and that they killed Bobby. Jimmy is incensed at the idea and that Mac is acting high and mighty after he apparently let Will down that night. Jimmy says Mac has no idea what it was like seeing his father cry and lying to his younger brother Andy about Will's death. Then Jimmy storms away. Mac turns around to see Flack standing there. Since an attempt was made on the team's life while Mac was away, and the chief had been getting angry calls about Mac's work from Chicago police, Don has been sent to help Mac clean things up quickly. Mac tells Flack when he and Jimmy were both 14 they used to tag along with Jimmy's brother Will (age 16) to make deliveries for a guy named Sal Marchetti. One night, they delivered money to Bobby Toole, but Toole got upset that it wasn't all there. He began to beat Will. Jimmy grabbed Bobby's gun but was hit and dropped it. Jimmy yelled for Mac to get the gun and he did but Mac couldn't bring himself to pull the trigger. Jimmy grabbed the gun from Mac and shot and killed Toole. They took Will to the ER where he died and told the police they were mugged, but they didn't see by who. They then told Sal what happened and Sal told them he would help hide the evidence.

They never spoke of what happened again. Flack tells Mac it was self-defense, but Mac points out they were too young to know the difference. Mac compares DNA evidence from a cigarette butt of Jimmy's he took when they spoke to the puzzle pieces and the bloody T-shirt and doesn't find a match, thus proving that Andy must be the brother involved. This confuses Mac, since Andy wasn't present when it happened. Stella looks through the evidence again and discovers something odd. The unused Chicago puzzle pieces had blue place markers on them, and the NYC pieces had green markers. When she left a piece of the NYC puzzle at a man named Drew Bedford's work, she went back for it, but she actually had picked up a piece of the Chicago puzzle, which she wouldn't have had yet. Drew (Andrew) is revealed to be Andy, and he has been attempting to woo Stella in an attempt to get closer to Mac. Taylor and Flack race back to the city so they can assist in his capture. During a sweep of his office though, Andy hits Mac over the head and drags him off down a secret tunnel. The CSI team rushes back to the lab where they find that an MP3 player that had been rigged to control a murder scene/subway train earlier, in an attempt to kill them, has a song left on it. The song is called "Train to Nowhere", and is track 6 on an album. This points to the abandoned City Hall #6 line station. They realize that Andy leaving obvious clues to his whereabouts must be a trap, but with Mac's life on the line they have to try something. Flack says he was expecting this and brought along some insurance.

Meanwhile, Andy has Mac sitting motionless in a chair while he sets up a trap made of motion-detecting lasers, a shotgun, and a revolver. If Mac breaks the laser field, he will be shot by the revolver between the eyes. If someone opens the door to rescue him, they will be wounded with the shotgun. Andy had followed them the night of Will's death and saw what happened. 333 was the room that they were in, therefore this number was forever engraved upon his mind. Now living in NYC, Andy was content to let the past stay in the past until he saw the headlines praising Mac as a hero for taking down the Irish gang in "Snow Day". Jimmy is in NYC at Flack's insistence, and he calls Andy on Stella's phone. He tries to talk him out of his plan but Andy hears him on the other side of the wall. Jimmy starts to enter the room and Andy yells in an attempt to stop him. Jimmy is hit with a shotgun blast and knocked to the ground. Andy races over to his brother but as he passes in front of Mac's trap, Mac trips the lasers and Andy is shot in the gut (Andy is shot in the arm, as stated below). Mac jumps up and grabs the revolver while Andy draws a gun from his hip. Mac shoots him in the arm and the team runs in and subdues Andy. Stella assists Jimmy, who is revealed to be wearing a bulletproof vest. He is in pain and in shock, but not injured.

Flack approaches Mac and reminds him that in those situations they are trained to kill, not wound the victim's arm. "Not today", says Mac. "They've already lost enough, too much."

By the end of the fourth season, Mac is tricked and taken hostage by a criminal named "Joe". At the beginning of Season 5, he lost consciousness and after waking forgot what were the last things he did. He later revives his memories and is back on the case to find Joe. At the end of 5.01 "Veritas", he finally arrests Joe and tells him that he made him get very "pissed off".

In episode 5.10 The Triangle, Lindsay Monroe and Danny Messer inform Mac that they're having a baby. Instead of taking it badly, Mac embraces both of them with joy. When Lindsay finally gave birth to a baby girl, who she and Danny later named Lucy, Mac is asked to be her godfather. Mac instantly and delightfully accepts the offer.

Right before the end of the sixth season in "Point of View", Mac is injured from chasing a murderer. During his recovery, he sits on a chair in his apartment, which is positioned at his window, allowing him to spy on his neighbors (in a Rear Window-esque way). However, he witnesses a man visiting Mac's neighbor Kevin Scott, who is a former university professor. Hours later, the man is found dead. Later, Mac sees him poisoning his canary until he is interrupted by a visitor, unexpectedly to be Peyton, Mac's ex-girlfriend whom he hasn't seen for over three years since his visit to London with her. He tries to convince her that Kevin is behaving suspiciously and that he killed his canary, but she thinks he is jealous and tells him that Kevin is just her friend. They talk about the past and they rekindle their relationship. Mac tells her that he missed her after she left him for her family, to which she apologises, but he understood that her family is more important. Kevin's actions are proved to be criminal when he plotted to expose a group of people to a highly contagious chemical substance and he is arrested. Before the credits, Mac and Peyton look out of his apartment window amusingly, witnessing a couple kissing when a woman is about to catch them in the act.

Mac briefly left the NYPD and the Crime Lab following the events of episode 7.22 "Exit Strategy" in order to work for a private DNA Lab working to identify those who perished in the 9/11 attacks, partly to honor the memory of his wife, Claire. However, his retirement papers are later "pulled" and he is reinstated to the lab as seen in episode 8.02 "Keep It Real".

In the eighth season finale, "Near Death", Mac is shot during a robbery gone wrong, he finds himself in limbo between life and death. As he fights for his life, the team struggles to keep their emotions in check as they process the evidence and bring the shooter to justice. The first and last "limbo" scenes feature Mac and Claire are great together. As with "Indelible", the pair has a comfortable, believable chemistry that makes Claire's death even more poignant. During her first scene this week, Claire explains to Mac that he's dying. He isn't ready, but she tells him it will all be okay. He wants to know why she is keeping her distance, so she comes closer and reaches out to touch him for the first time in more than a decade. Their second encounter at the end of the episode is very different. By then, Mac has come to terms with his situation and is ready to move on. Claire, however, tells him that he has to continue living. It isn't like him to give up. During the final scene with Mac and Claire, Mac confesses that he has met someone. He and Christine Whitney have embarked on a tentative relationship, and it's clear that he has been struggling with what this budding love might mean for his past with Claire. Claire gives Mac and Christine her blessing, which symbolizes Mac forgiving himself for falling in love again and allowing himself to move on. What he shared with Claire will always be an important part of him, but he deserves to find new happiness. In fact, Claire's final words to him are, "Be happy, Mac." While Mac deals with his internal struggles, Christine is waiting at the hospital to find out if Mac will live or die. Her brother Stan was Mac's former partner, who died in the line of duty, and she is once again forced to face the reality of what it can mean to have a police officer in the family. However, she doesn't run away. Instead, she stays at the hospital and waits, and she's with Mac when he wakes up at the end of the hour. She has been praying over him, and she sheds tears of joy when he squeezes her hand and opens his eyes. The relationship between Mac and Christine has been a nice addition to season eight, allowing fans to see Mac in a different light as he makes an effort to have a personal life away from the lab.

During the ninth season crossover with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Christine plans to attend a restaurant convention in Las Vegas and Mac decides to surprise her there. In "In Vino Veritas", he meets up with D.B. Russell whom he'd met previously at a forensics convention. They find Christine's hotel room trashed and eventually discover she was kidnapped by her restaurant manager James Boyd before she left New York. Mac and D.B. return to New York to find her in episode 9.15 "Seth and Apep" and Mac goes a little over the line to rescue her.

In the ninth season finale, an innocent victim is mistakenly killed by a police officer during pursuit. This victim was about to propose to his girlfriend. Mac realizes that he should make of the most of his life. He asks Christine to marry him and she gladly agrees. However, it is never known if they marry due to the show's cancellation.



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