Cause of Death episode
Volume 3, Episode 1
Air date February 11, 2011
Volume 3 guide [v]
February 11, 2011 - April 1, 2011
  1. Prey
  2. Broken Hearted, Part 1
  3. Broken Hearted, Part 2
  4. Hunter, Hunted
  5. Lights, Camera, Murder, Part 1
  6. Lights, Camera, Murder, Part 2
  7. Savage
  8. The Wild Hunt
Volume 2: The Connoisseur
Volume 4: Zero

Prey is the first chapter of Volume 3. It aired on February 11, 2011.

Alarm Spoiler warning! Plot details follow.


Genevieve Collins revealed. Mickhail Volk dead. And all this was just the beginning!


In Golden State Park, a woman is chased and hunted down by a masked man in camouflage. The hunter kills an unfortunate jogger who had run into their path, and then kills the woman by slicing her open with a bowie knife. 

The next day, Mal Fallon and Ken Greene chase down a witness in a narcotics case, while Natara Williams and Shawn Mallory review evidence in the trophy room of Genevieve Collins. Shawn offers to join her with the case, but she is reluctant to accept based on their history. Both Mal and Natara are interrupted by news of the park murder.

Arriving at the park, Mal and Natara are immediately questioned by repoter Tasha King, but Mal brushes her off. At the scene of the murder, all that's left of the victim is a pile of organs, missing the heart and the liver. Natara says that she had gone hunting before, and that the victim had been field dressed just like a wild animal.

Arriving back at the station, Mal sees Tasha King on TV and comments on her good looks. In the lab, they find a breakthrough in the case. The female victim, Molly Dearborne, was a member of an activist group for animal rights. The bullets, .38 caliber hunting rounds, were traced back to a rifle belonging to Ryan Orville, who had done time for assault and armed robbery, and whose family owned a slaughterhouse that was shut down by lawsuits from Molly Dearborne's animal rights group.

Mal and Natara go to Orville's shut-down slaughterhouse. As they approach, Mal notices a rifle in a window and pushes Natara to cover as shots are fired. Waiting until shooter reloads, they rush into the building but find the window deserted. The two split up to find the shooter.

In the slaugher pens, Mal finds the masked gunman, who attacks with a bowie knife. Mal fights him off and chases him outside. As Mal holds him at gunpoint, Natara is heard yelling Mal's name from within the slaughterhouse. The masked man tells Mal that the wild hunt had just begun, and that he could either save Natara or arrest him. Grudginly, Mal returns to rescue Natara, finding her locked inside a freezer. As Natara wonders why she was not killed, Mal remarks that most criminals try to avoid cops, but the man was clearly looking for a rematch. Further inside the freezer, there is the body of Molly Dearborne, as well as six other women.

Bonus Scene

Later that night, Natara meets Shawn at his apartment. Natara expresses her guilt at placing him in danger again, and makes him promise to stay out of the field. She then asks him to let her stay tonight.

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