Beau Randolph is a slimy porn purveyor of the “College Girls Gone Crazy” video series. He also happens to be the man who was funding Lester Hamilton’s project. He wasn’t happy when he learned Lester wanted to speed up the process of his research by publishing it online. Randolph knew that would destroy his chances of profiting billions from a patent. Sounds like a pretty good motive for murder, right?
Randolph has a large caliber gun that was recently fired, but there’s no way to tie him to the shooting if they can’t get the bullets out of the victim’s body. Ari Weiss agrees to release the body, as long as they can continue to preserve Lester Hamilton’s head. That’ll work. Unfortunately, ballistics shows the bullets that killed Lester did not come from the porn king’s gun.
Ryan and Esposito discover that one of Lester Hamilton’s students broke into his office to change his grade. The kid’s no killer, but his story leads the team to a seedy hotel where illegal human testing may have taken place. In truth, Hamilton was the having a procedure done on himself. Lanie needs the guy’s head to determine why. Too bad the cranium in question has gone missing from the cryonics lab. Talk about losing your head!
Security video shows Lester’s pal, Philip Boyd, breaking into the lab. Beckett and Castle chase the guy onto a fire escape where he accidentally drops the head into a dumpster. Castle dives in to retrieve the runaway noggin. Boyd says he was giving illegal treatment to his friend to treat his brain tumor, but his experimental procedures didn’t work. Boyd didn’t kill his friend. He was trying to save him.