Nightfall

2007... DAYS BEFORE RICH'S DISAPPEARANCE...

NIKITA:  

Dao... Ri Zhou said you contact him... Please contact me first. The master need not be disturbed.

DAO:  

Yes, of course, sorry Nikita. It won't happen again. So you've heard about the issue?

NIKITA:  

Indeed I have, I've come to help you fix it...

DAO:  

Can you help me take care of the witness?

NIKITA:  

I'm not doing it, I'm just here to tell YOU how to conceal all of this mess. And, please control Connor. I understand you value him, but if he makes threats for you... that is grounds for losing his position... in my opinion.

DAO:  

Connor makes very, very good money for us. I don't want to lose his business, and he said it won't happen again... But Rich saw me shoot the guy.

NIKITA:  

So it looks like you need to either pay off Rich, which doesn't guarantee anything, or threaten his family... or just kill him.

DAO:  

I can't make threats to his family, because of the Sinaloa...

NIKITA:  

That was supposed to be talked about, Dao... We weren't sure if we wanted to do business with the cartel... And now, we can't hire a hitman because no hitman wants to fight the cartel.

DAO:  

No, Rich isn't Sinaloa, his father is...

NIKITA:  

That makes no difference, it's the Sinaloa either way. You really should do your research before you sell your product... How childish... And now I'm sent here to take care of this mess?

DAO:  

I know, I know. This is bad, I made a mistake, Nikita, please help me.

NIKITA:  

Right, okay, here's what you need to do... 

When you kill him, however you do it, dump the body in the desert. It's somewhat close and the heat will decompose the body more quickly. 

The phone you used to call me, destroy it, buy a new burner phone, and buy everything with cash. You don't want feds finding out you bought all kinds of suspicious items. 

If Rich puts up a fight... clean your fingernails AND your nostrils very, very well, do you understand? Most killers who remove evidence forget about DNA underneath their nails or in their nostrils.

DAO:  

So many details... Is all of this really necessary?

NIKITA:  

You haven't even heard half of it yet... and Dao... it's more than necessary. 

After you kill him, you'll need a tough stomach because you need to remove his hands and head, and bury them all in different locations. This will make it difficult to identify the body if it's found. 

If... for some reason, you can't go to the desert and want to dump the body in water, do not use plastic bags. You want water to wash away trace evidence, and if you put the body parts in bags, gas emitted from decay will cause the body to rise.

DAO:  

I'll dump the body in the desert, even though water seems quicker.

NIKITA: 

You could use bags... If you want to frame someone, dump the body in water and place the pieces in bags. But, use bags from a major chain so they don't get linked to you. 

Next, arson can damage a crime scene severely, but be careful because detectives will be called sooner and they will know it wasn't an accidental fire. 

If things go badly, and the crime scene takes place in a car, for example, you can't burn the car... It takes a very long time to burn. Instead, drive it into a lake. 

The issue here is that divers will be sent and they'll find the car, so avoid this type of murder altogether if you can...

DAO:  

How do you know all of this???

NIKITA:  

It's complicated, Dao. Just listen, okay? Questions after. 

Another situation could happen, you might need to abduct him, maybe even from his home, which can get extremely messy. 

You might even need to stage a burglary gone wrong, in which case you need to remember to actually take items and open up drawers. It's wise to always complicate your motive, it makes the investigation more difficult for detectives. 

If you're a suspect in Rich's murder... you're probably finished, but realize a lie detector is no real evidence. At this point, police will want to pry anything they can from you, so say absolutely nothing, not even "hi". Nothing at all. Our lawyers will work with you. 

You did the right thing by asking me in person rather than searching for answers on the internet because search history can be very incriminating... So don't use the internet for this kind of stuff.  

If you do have incriminating search history... I can help you, but please tell me you're not that stupid...

DAO:  

No, no, no. I don't ever use the internet to look up this stuff. We're good, I promise.

NIKITA:  

Good, okay. Now, for leaving the crime scene... This is an area where lots of murderers are caught because they stand out too much, so obviously, your face cannot be seen and you can't stand out. 

So this means, you need to exit in a vehicle, put a fake license plate over your real one, and make sure the car is black or silver. Don't forget window tint, you don't want cameras capturing your face through the windows of the vehicle. After the deed is done, have one of your men drive the car deep into Mexico. 

And lastly, here's a radar detector... Please don't take care of the witness if the radar detector picks up nearby radars, it means cop cars are nearby. Good luck, Dao. I will be in town for a few days, then I'm off.

DAO:  

Okay, thank you, Nikita. I won't fail you... or the Triad.


*Dao bows his head*