Season 1
Number 13
Writer Anthony E. Zuiker,
Ann Donahue,
Carol Mendelsohn
Director Karen Gaviola
Original Airdate January 26, 2005
Previous Episode: Recycling
Next Episode: Blood, Sweat & Tears

Tanglewood is the thirteenth episode in Season One of CSI: NY.


Mac and Stella investigate the death of Paul Montenassi, a young man left to bleed to death in the snow. The investigation leads them to another victim, Mihok Lev, who had been killed by Montenassi in a robbery earlier that evening. Meanwhile, Danny and Aiden investigate the hit-and-run that caused the death of Marta Santo.


A young man is beaten to death in the woods at night, and Mac and Stella arrive at the scene the next day to start work on the case. They notice three to four different foot impressions in the snow and the CSIs get to work making molds of the prints. Mac finds a large sliver of wood, which he suspects is from a baseball bat, while Stella notes tire tracks leading away from the scene. Dr. Hawkes gives the CSIs an ID on their victim: Paul Montenassi. Mac points out what looks like a scraped off tattoo and notices high velocity blood spatter on Paul's face when Stella snaps a photo of the victim.

Detective Flack leads Danny and Aiden to a car wreck that he thinks is suspicious because of the skid marks at the scene. The victim, a Hispanic woman in her 30s named Marta Santo, is carried away while Danny snaps pictures of her car. He notices silver paint flecks on the side of her car; it's a recent transfer. Danny thinks it may have been a hit and run. Back at the morgue, Dr. Hawkes tells Danny that the crash killed Marta, and that she has vaginal tearing and bruising, indicating she was raped or participated in rough sex. Danny calls in Marta's husband, Ramir Santo, to ID the body, but he loses it in the viewing room, throwing himself into the window to Danny's shock.

Mac talks to Paul Montenassi's mother, who blames herself for her son's death. She doesn't recall him having a tattoo and admits that she didn't know much about his life. He started withdrawing after she divorced his father, and was constantly looking for a sense of family after that. Mac reassures her that the only people responsible for her son's death are the ones that killed him.

Across town, Detective Flack is showing Aiden into a bodega where Mihok Lev has been fatally shot. Flack tells Aiden it looks like a robbery homicide, and the victim's brother, Harish, backs up Flack's assumption. Flack grabs the store's surveillance tape.

Back at the lab, Mac is looking at the bat fragment and the pen marks on it. He suspects the bat is one autographed by Mickey Mantle and is worth five thousand dollars. Who uses a collector's item as a murder weapon? Elsewhere in the lab, Danny tells Aiden about Ramir's outburst and runs the silver paint from Marta's car to get an ID on it. Mac finds wood shavings in the ridges of the footprint impressions and a lab tech informs him and Stella that a substance on Paul's sleeve was shuffleboard wax. Stella concludes he was in a bar. Jane Parsons has a surprising ID on the spatter from Paul's face: the blood belongs to Mihok Lev, the victim from the bodega. Paul killed Mihok, but who killed Paul? Stella looks at the surveillance tapes and learns that Hamish Lev left the store and returned an hour later—with a baseball bat in his hands. But when they question Hamish, they learn his bat was aluminum and therefore couldn't have been the murder weapon.

Danny finds various sperm samples on Marta's sleeve. He tells Aiden one matches Marta's husband, Ramir, who has six domestic violence priors in the last two years. Back at the morgue, Dr. Hawkes burns Paul's skin to read his tattoo, which reads 'Tanglewood.' Mac knows just who to go to for the information he needs: Danny. Danny grew up in the area where the Tanglewood Boys, a notorious gang, ran, and he's able to quickly tell Mac that Paul's tattoo is a fake because it has no 'in' date—the date when one is initiated into the gang. Danny tells Mac he was asked to join the gang but that he didn't want to get involved. He also mentions that the Pellham Crew are the Tanglewood gang's main rivals.

Ramir apologizes to Danny for his behavior earlier, admitting that he has anger management problems. He also confesses that he and Marta liked to have rough sex. He tells Danny and Aiden that Marta worked at a hair salon, but when they go to Marta's place of employment, it's clearly a massage parlor fronting for a prostitution ring. The manager shows them to Marta's parlor, where Danny finds a plethora of sperm samples in the wastebasket. Aiden gets a hold of the client list and notes that Marta's last client was a man named R. Lee.

Back at the CSI offices, Danny asks Mac how the Tanglewood case is progressing. He feels bad for Paul, noting that the fake tattoo was a sign of desperation. Mac agrees, but is quick to add that Paul made the wrong choice, and he praises Danny for making something of himself and making the right choice by staying away from the gang.

Jane has an ID on another blood sample from the Tanglewood case, Johnny Lucerno, a member of the Pellham Bay gang. The CSIs find Johnny at the mall, and he shows them his stitches: someone cold cocked him outside a bar. Mac asks for the name of the bar and Johnny supplies it: Billy Bass, outside of Yonkers. Mac and Stella head to the bar, where they discover the broken frame that once housed the Mickey Mantle bat over an ATM machine in the bar. They dust the frame for prints and get the name of a Tanglewood Boy: Sonny Sassone.

The CSIs find Sonny outside his house with two of his friends, Tony and Joe. Sonny shows them his Tanglewood tattoo and admits to playing with the bat but he knows his rights and refuses to let them search his car without a warrant. The CSIs promise to get a warrant and Sonny and his friends take off. The CSIs go over what they leave behind: shoe prints and tire tracks in the snow.

Tavia Greenburg, Ross Lee's secretary, shows Danny and Aiden to Ross' office. The man admits to visiting the massage parlor after Tavia leaves the room. Danny wants to see Ross' car, but Ross tells him that he drives to work and that his wife is the one who uses their car.

Mac and Stella compare the shoe prints from Sonny's house, and while the sizes match the treads do not. The young men switched their shoes. The ATM is more revealing: on it, they see Paul showing off his tattoo and Sonny and his friends arrive and take the bat.

Aiden analyzes a stone she found at Marta's parlor and determines it's cubic zirconium and was once part of a press-on nail set. The silver paint chips are from a Lincoln Navigator—the kind of car Ross' wife, Ariana, happens to drive. When Danny and Aiden pay her a visit, she admits to suspecting Ross of fooling around. She shows them her car, but when Danny notices red paint on the front bumper, she claims to have hit a fire hydrant. The lab results match her claim: the paint on Ariana's car isn't from Marta's car. But Aiden finds another clue: an 'A. Lee' signed into Marta's parlor two days before Marta's death.

Mac and Stella get their warrant for Sonny's car and begin to process it. It's clean as a whistle, until Mac catches sight of a Derek Jeter bobblehead doll and discovers blood in the head of it. But Jane isn't able to get DNA from it—it's too degraded—so Mac and Stella decide to check Sonny's house next.

Danny notices that Ariana and Ross' signatures in Marta's guest book don't match their regular signatures. So they zero in on another woman with a Lincoln Navigator: Ross's secretary, Tavia. Tavia was also his mistress and sure enough, press on nails found in her desk drawer have cubic zirconium stones just like the one found in Marta's parlor. Tavia had been Ross's mistress for five years and wanted to marry him after he left his wife; she was threatened by Marta's involvement with Ross. She went to Marta to threaten her and claims that when she ran her off the road, she never meant to kill her. Danny doesn't care—he promises her she'll go away for vehicular manslaughter.

A search of Sonny's shed reveals a key piece of evidence: a high powered sander, which Sonny used to remove Paul's tattoo. Sonny is unconcerned when they bring him in—he waives his right to an attorney and smirks arrogantly at Mac and Stella. He admits to killing Paul—he had Paul hit Johnny and rob the convenience store, but when Paul shot Mihok, he knew it had gone too far. He beat Paul to death and sanded off the tattoo so that Paul wouldn't be tied to his gang. When Sonny tells Mac that's how the mafia takes care of people, Mac counters that the old guard only killed people for business reasons. Sonny asserts that the Tanglewood Boys are the next generation, the new mafia, but Mac waves him off. Then Sonny says something that stops Mac and Stella cold: he tells them to ask Danny Messer what the chances are of him going away—he claims Danny knows about the Tanglewood Boys, and that they know about him. While Mac regards Sonny, shocked, Stella orders the officers to take him away. Behind the protective glass, Danny looks on, visibly shaken.


Main Cast[]

Guest Cast[]

  • Sonya Walger as Jane Parsons
  • Marco Sanchez as Ramir Santo
  • Anjul Nigam as Harish Lev
  • Eamon Behrens as Johnny Lucerno
  • Irene Tsu as Madam Tuki Song
  • Nick Di Brizzi Jr. as Paul Montenassi
  • Denice J. Sealy as Raquel Trinidad
  • Mike O'Hara as Bartender
  • Vivan Dugré as Marta Santo
  • Bret Ernst as Pelham Boy #1
  • Tyler Alexander Reign as Pelham Boy #2
  • Anthony Martins as Mihok Lev
  • Cyia Batten as Ariana Lee
  • Jordana Spiro as Secretary Tavia Greenburg
  • Michael DeLuise as Sonny Sassone
  • Stacy Edwards as Debbie Montenassi
  • Fredric Lane as Ross Lee


Mac: Mickey Mantle bat, $5,000.
Stella: That's a lot of money for a piece of wood.


  • Drop It Like It's Hot by Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell.


  • Mac and Stella find Paul Montenassi in Central Park and the ground is covered with snow. Danny and Aiden find Marta Santo's car down an embankment, off a highway, but there is no snow. Later, when Mac and Stella go to Sonny's house, there's snow again.


  • The Tanglewood Boys were a real gang associated with the Lucchese crime family in the interest of recruiting the youngsters for mob activities.
  • Stacy Edwards, who plays Debbie Montenassi, also appears in episode Damned If You Do.
  • In the scene where Aiden and Danny ask to see Ross Lee in the advertising building, the building shown is the actual writers' building for CSI: NY.

See Also[]

CSI:NY Season 1
BlinkCreatures of the NightAmerican DreamersGrand MasterA Man a MileOutside ManRainThree Generations are EnoughOfficer BlueNight, MotherTri-BoroughRecyclingTanglewoodBlood, Sweat & Tears'Til Death Do We PartHushThe FallThe Dove CommissionCrime & MisdemeanorSupply and DemandOn the JobThe CloserWhat You See Is What You See