Title Cleared History
Series Major Crimes
Season 5
Episode 15
Airdate March 1, 2017
Viewers 2.28 million
Written by Adam Belanoff
Directed by Jennifer Phang
Previous episode Heart Failure
Next episode Quid Pro Quo
Episode list Season 5

Holy crap! What kind of person does something like this?

— Lt. Tao

When the Major Crimes Division discovers a young one-man-geek-squad in the middle of his Atwater living room with his throat cut, suspicions swirl around his roommate and some unwitting customers, all of whom he was blackmailing.

The VictimEdit

  • Gavin Jacobs, a computer technician. Jacobs worked as a contractor for AKV Security installing home alarms. He stole keys to the houses where he did installations, and later robbed them of their electronics. He also blackmailed his theft victims after finding incriminating or embarrassing material.

The SuspectsEdit

  • Jack Cronin
    • Teacher
    • Victim's roommate
    • Found the body after getting home at 7 AM
      • Claimed to be painting his new apartment
    • Victim blackmailed him for more rent after finding some "wild" photos of him during Burning Man.
  • Peter Owens
    • Lawyer who was burglarized by the victim.
      • Filed a police report and contacted the security company.
  • Krista Watson
    • Actress who was burglarized by the victim.
      • Did not file a police report or contact the security company.
        • Claims that all cops just hit on her.
    • Was blackmailed for money by the victim because of pictures of her and her boyfriend.
  • Molly Barth
    • Financial Advisor who was burglarized by the victim.
      • Filed a police report and canceled the contract with the security company.
  • Luke Caruso
    • "Conflict Free" Diamond Broker who was burglarized by the victim.
      • Eventually turned out that the diamonds were not "conflict free"
  • Dean Lewis
    • Novelist who was a client for AKV Security believed to have been robbed.
      • Was robbed but did not admit it at first.
      • Blackmailed for money because of child pornography that was on his computer.
  • Kelly Coyle
    • Film Editor who was burglarized by the victim.
    • Victim tried to blackmail her but she did not pay.
  • Olivia and Neil Dewey
    • Non-profit consultants who were clients for AKV Security believed to have been robbed.
    • Antique collectors


  • Murder weapon: a box cutter found at the scene.

Closing the CaseEdit

Guest CastEdit



Episode NotesEdit


  • Buzz is revealed to have been writing letters to Bill Jones' son Gabe and his wife. At the end of the episode, he reveals that he has sold his Prius and is now taking a bike to work. Provenza suspects this decision has to do with Bill Jones' family, but Julio keeps him from pressing about it.

Rusty and GusEdit

  • Rusty reveals to Sharon that after he refused to move in with Gus even after Gus offered to pay for everything, Gus broke up with him, which leaves Rusty heartbroken.
  • After witnessing the killer talk about his own past as a victim of child molestation, Rusty visits Gus at work and explains how due to spending two years letting other guys pay for everything for him while living on the street, he feels he needs to pay his own way or at least his half to feel right about himself. An understanding Gus gets back together with Rusty and they have a drink to discuss things.


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