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Minor Character: New York
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Name Morton Brite
Gender Male
Family Marie Casimira (girlfriend; deceased)
City New York
Occupation Landlord
Pathology Spree killer
Modus Operandi Varied
No. of Victims 4 killed
Status Incarcerated
Portrayed By Misha Collins
First Appearance Can You Hear Me Now?

Morton Brite was a vigilante spree killer who appeared in the season 4 premiere of CSI: NY


Morton owned an apartment building in New York City. The place lodged several people, including a Texan ex-convict named Damion Brock and an illegal Japanese immigrant, Lee Nakashima.

Morton also developed a relationship with a woman named Marie Casimira, the daughter of Italian immigrants and a talented classical pianist. Marie was also a friend to fellow pianist and singer Nova Kent. One night in 2006, flower delivery boy Anthony Colton set his sights on Marie and killed her. Nova arrived at the time the body was being finished off by Colton, who noticed her presence and threatened her to keep her mouth shut. Lee and Damion were key witnesses as well: Lee saw Colton's face from his window, while Damion saw the plate of the flower delivery van Colton was driving that night from the roof. None of them chose to go to the police and give report: Nova was too scared and would later find herself under constant threat and stalking from Colton, while Lee didn't have a visa at the time and Damion, being an ex-convict, didn't want to be a suspect of murder. For a time, Morton was considered to be the prime suspect in the investigation, in which Stella Bonasera participated. Morton was convinced that there were people who must have seen something, but was ignored. Ultimately, due to the lack of witnesses, the case was left unsolved and Morton was left devastated.

Morton would later find out that there were, in fact, witnesses by noticing his tenants' routine: Damion used to go out to a ledge out of his apartment every night to sit down and smoke, while Lee regularly spied on and complained about every move their neighbors made, both things they did the night of the murder. Enraged that people he knew chose to turn a blind eye to protect themselves and left the crime unpunished, Morton devised a plan to make them finally talk and lead the police to the real culprit.

Season 4

Can You Hear Me Now?

Modus Operandi

Morton's victims were killed in a variety of ways. He targeted the silent witnesses to Marie's death, except for Georgia Morrison and Charles Price, who were incidental victims for the first step of his plan. He would expose two of the wtinesses by forcing them to give out information about Marie's killer via torture, and record it by using their possessions: a greetings message in Damion's answering machine with him describing Colton's license plate, and video footage taken with Lee's phone, showing him giving Colton's physical description. Brock also revealed to him that Nova Kent was another witness, so Morton would set out to expose her by placing something related to her inside his targets' throats: a metal piece of the music box she gave to Marie as a gift inside Damion's (post-mortem), and a folded ticket for her concert inside Lee's. He also left a viewfinder at Damion's apartment with pictures of Lee being held hostage at the scene of Brock's torture, giving the location to where they were taken. Lee was also the only victim left alive, albeit with his tongue cut out so he couldn't identify his captor, though he later succumbed to his wounds at the hospital. It might be possible that Morton probably expected him to die anyways, suffering his final moments slowly and painfully, just as he did with Brock.

Known Victims

  • 2007:
    • Damion Brock (embalmed alive with cleaning fluid; wrote a message with blood on his shirt and posed his body on a building roof; spilled his blood over the face of the Statue of Liberty)
    • The Liberty Island double murder:
      • Georgia Morrison (security officer; incidental; throat slit)
      • Charles Price (security guard; incidental; killed in an unspecified manner and threw his body into the Hudson River; only his arm was recovered later)
    • Lee Nakashima (severely beaten and stuffed alive inside a drum; his tongue was cut out; later died at the hospital)


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