The Man On The Bridge – 215

Written by: Don McGill; Watch Now: – Sorry, not available on Amazon

[An interesting, but complicated JAG mystery episode with an unexpected ending, although no military action like we’ve come to expect.]

The car belonging to Cdr. Adam Kohler, a top naval bio-defense researcher, was found abandoned on a bridge without a trace of where he went. JAG officers Harm (H) and Mac (M) investigated, along side Rod Benton of the FBI anti-terrorist unit, and all evidence pointed to It having been a suicide. But, there was progressive disclosure of clues such as: H finding a flashlight on the bridge with a partial print on it along with Kohler’s blood; sideswipe damage to Kohler’s car; files of bio-weapons data found erased on his computer’s hard drive; and spy-ware found on his computer along with information about his fathers death. His father, Robert Kohler, had also been a top bio-weapons researcher; but, he had been accused of selling information to the Russians. Before trial, however, he committed “suicide” by jumping out a several story window. H found that Hank Olin, an ex-CIA agent turned private investigator, was the one who had sloppily investigated Robert Kohler’s treason and death.

In an “NCIS-like,” rapid-fire, disclosure of sophisticated forensic info, a trail of clues was revealed leading back to Dr. Morris Sperling, Kohler’s boss, and Sperling’s wife Marta. With Webb’s help they found that Marta had been a KGB spy who had been “looking for a scientist to marry.” Sperling gave her the secrets, then had “set up” Robert Kohler as the spy. When Kohler discovered the truth, Sperling and his wife murdered him using the CIA “assassination manual” technique (used also by the KGB), of drugging with Nembutal, hitting on head and throwing from a great height. After H, M & Benton confronted Sperling with their findings, Sperling denied knowing anything about Adam Kohler’s death. The flashlight, belonging to Sperling, had “gone missing” several days before; someone had previously “side-swiped” his car in the parking lot; Adam Kohler had “picked” a fight after a meeting in clear view of video surveillance cameras; Sperling had never seen the bottle of Nembutal, which was found in his desk, and matched the Nembutal found in Adam Kohler’s coffee cup etc. Although they had him dead-to-rights, H reviewed the video tape and found that Kohler’s car actually had been damaged BEFORE leaving the meeting’s parking lot, as Sperling had said. They let the Sperling’s go, after the FBI had bugged their car and house. Adam Kohler then called Sperling “from the grave” and arranged for a meeting back at the bridge. Adam had discovered the truth about his father’s death, then faked his own death/suicide and masterfully “set up” all the clues to point back to Sperling, believing that whoever investigated his disappearance would also be smart enough to discover the Sperling’s guilt. Kohler got Sperling to discuss his fathers innocence and that he and his wife had “assassinated” him. Police surveillance did get it on tape.

Bud (B) was assigned to review a female marine’s, Cpl Maria Hoyos, request to box in the men’s league which had been turned down by her CO. Cresswell (Cr) played his tiresome “lets see if you’re smart enough to guess what I’m thinking” game warning B that: “I have definite feelings on the matter,” but not telling him what they were. Hoyos told B that she didn’t want to be just “an exception,” and that she wanted any female to be able to box like the men. B “shamed” Cr into using his influence at the pentagon for equality reasons; but was told that “I want to have a little give and take with her in the ring 1st, to test her mettle.” Cr told Hoyos “you want to fight with men you might as well start with me” – to try and back her down? Then he continued the charade, ordering her not “to hold back” etc; but then only sparred with her claiming “you didn’t think I was going to throw leather did you?” She lied and said “of course not.” Cr told B that he thought she was capable and that he would suggest to her general that he let her compete with the men. When B looked surprised, Cr threatened him with “you thought that I didn’t think women should compete with men!?” As Cr took a step toward him, into his face, B stood up to him and said: “yes.” Cr backed down and said “you were right” and walked away.

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