THE CONSOLER (#C10002)
EPISODE PREMIERE: May 8, 2011
Theresa Esperna was an immigrant success story. A devout Catholic from Mexico who worked her way to Wall Street, she combined her passions for God and her career when she took a job at a bank whose sole client was the Catholic church, and she quickly became the Vice President in charge of a settlement account that awarded money to victims of abuse by priests. She was also a strong shoulder for family and friends, including her co-worker, Johnny, and her best friend, Natalie, who she helped to beat drug addiction. By all accounts, Theresa was a saint. The question is: why would she shoot herself?
Goren and Eames aren't sure, and evidence at the crime scene could just as easily point to murder. Both Natalie and Johnny are adamant that Theresa must have been killed, as is Monsignor Hugh McTeal, with whom Theresa had established a professional relationship. After all, suicide is a mortal sin in the Catholic faith.
However, it quickly becomes clear that Theresa's relationships with those that were closest to her were not all they appeared to be. And a further complication arises when Goren and Eames investigate a wire transfer of 2.7 million dollars from the settlement account that may not have gone to the rightful recipient.
Could it be that a moment of weakness on Theresa's part led her to lose faith and take her own life? Or was it the weakness of those close to her that ultimately led to Theresa's demise?