GRACEPOINT: Clues And Suspects Reminder

In a few hours episode 4 of Gracepoint airs in the USA, Canada and Australia. While you're counting down the clock waiting, here's our weekly remindinder of all of the important clues and suspects so far.

The third episode of Gracepoint saw Mark, the father of murder victim Danny pulled in for questioning by the police and still unwilling to fully explain his whereabouts on the night of his son’s death. Meanwhile, further hints about Detective Emmett Carver’s own past started to emerge and Tom Miller, best friend to Danny, passed on some shocking information about Danny's dad. The grieving, paranoid and suspicious Beth turned to a dubious source for comfort.

And don’t forget, Broadchurch fans, even if you saw the original series, from now on the plot is going to start to take some new directions, and it’s all going to lead to a different killer!

The Murder

Danny Solano’s body was found on the beach at Gracepoint below cliffs.
The body was arranged to look like he had fallen. Forensic evidence later revealed that he had been placed there after his death
Danny was killed at the Harvey Ridge hut. His body was moved 2 miles to the beach
The cause of death was a blow to the head. Danny was facing his killer.
The time of death was between 10pm on the Thursday night and 4am on Friday morning.
Danny’s was last seen at home at 9pm at 9pm on Thursday night
CCTV picked up Danny riding his skateboard down the main street of Gracepoint a few hours later
Neither the skateboard nor his cellphone have so far been recovered.

The Clues

  • Whoever killed Danny moved the body two miles down the coast without being spotted
  • Mark Solano’s fingerprints were found at the murder scene, the only set found after the hut had been thoroughly cleaned following the murder
  • Susan Wright has the keys to the hut and cleans it
  • Mark owns a boat which was later found to have spots of Danny’s blood in it
  • Mark initially lied about his whereabouts on the night of the murder and asked Vince to lie for him. It eventually emerged that he was with Gemma, but he still has some hours left unaccounted for
  • Susan Wright has a skateboard that could be Danny’s stashed in her closet.
  • $500 was found stashed under Danny’s bed. Chloe Solano claims that this has nothing to do with the cocaine found in her own room.
  • Jack Reinhold says that he saw Danny chatting with an unidentified backpacker up on the cliffs a few days earlier
  • Tom Miller deleted messages from Danny and the contents of his laptop’s hard drive when he heard about Danny’s death
  • Phone engineer Raymond Connelly said that the murder involved water and a boat and claims he received the information psychically.
  • Danny’s journal revealed that he had possibly uncovered a secret and that he was scared his dad would kill him.
  • Emmett Carver previously failed to solve the Rosemont case involving the disappearance of three children.
  • Vince Novik owns shotguns and the floor of the van he drives is stained red
  • A piece of paper with a cellphone number on was recovered from the lining of Danny’s sweatshirt.

The Suspects

You can vote for your top suspects on the FOX TV SuspectEveryone site. Here’s the main suspects that you’ve ranked by your votes in order of guilt.

1. Mark Solano
(Michael Peña)
18% Vote – last week #1
Mark was still reluctant to confirm his whereabouts on the night of the murder, even under police interrogation. He even went as far as to ask Vince to give him a fake alibi. Eventually it came out that he was with Gemma, but why go to such lengths to hide this when he knew that he was slowing down the hunt for Danny’s killer? Mark still has a gap of a couple of hours unaccounted for between leaving Gemma and when he says he got home.
Mark’s prints were found in the Harvey Ridge hut where Danny was killed. He claims he did a plumbing job there. Susan Wright says that she never called him out for such a job.
Mark usually checks on Danny every night before he goes to bed. On Thursday night he failed to do so.
Danny kept a journal and in it he revealed that he thought he had uncovered a secret about someone. She also worried that his dad was going to kill him – just a turn of phrase or a sign of something more serious?
Mark went after Paul after the local minister had appeared on TV, pinned him against the door of the church and warned him to stay away from Beth – a sign that Mark has a bit of a temper. Mark also has a previous arrest record for a bar fight.
Under interrogation, Tom Miller confessed that Danny had said that his dad had been annoyed when he’d quit the soccer team and that he’d hit him maybe twice. Both Joe Miller and Vince Novik were hesitant about admitting Mark was a good guy.
Mark would not respond to Beth when asked directly if he’d killed Danny.
Mark had a nightmare about finding Danny crying in his closet and said that he believes that his son's death was punishment for his affair with Becca.

2. Tom Miller
(Jack Irvine)
18% Vote – last week #2
Twelve-year old Tom was apparently Danny’s best friend. As soon as he was alone after learning about Danny’s death he deleted Danny’s texts from his phone and cleared his computer’s hard drive. He appears more worried than upset over his friend's death. Tom has been quiet and withdrawn since the murder and had been reluctant to engage with his peers, and he has had nightmares about Danny. However, could Tom have moved Danny’s body to its resting place without help?
Tom was questioned by Detective Carver and eventually admitted that Mark Solano hit Danny.

3. Joe Miller
(Josh Hamilton)
14% Vote – last week #3
Joe supported Tom in his interview with Carver. He had to be requested not to interfere and to let Tom talk, as if he wanted to steer the conversation in certain directions. Last week he was on the point of talking to Tom in the playground about something that they hadn’t had the opportunity to discuss yet – but then they were interrupted by Ellie. It’s possible that Joe knows what was going on with Tom and Danny that caused Tom to clear his text messages and laptop hard drive. Could he be protecting Tom from the police investigation?

4. Paul Coates
(Kevin Rankin)
12% Vote – last week #4
Paul Coates is the local priest. He has recently returned to the town to take up a position at the church. His congregation is fairly small still but he is hoping to build it up.
Paul missed the kids’ soccer game due to a mysterious ‘something’
Paul, Beth and Mark all knew each other a long time back. Paul and Beth seem to have a special connection: she confided in him about her pregnancy, and her mum said to him that he was always good for her. Whatever it is, it is enough to pique Mark Solano’s temper after he saw Paul’s television appearance talking about the murder and the family. Nonetheless, Paul and Beth enjoyed a glass of wine together and there was a brief touching of hands which could indicate there are much deeper feelings. Have Paul’s feelings for Beth got the better of him?

5. Susan Wright
(Jacki Weaver)
7% Vote – last week #6
Susan Wright lives on her own with her dog in a trailer. She is secretive and reclusive, but always seems to be sniffing around. She was present at the murder scene when Emmett Carver first viewed Danny’s body. Susan seems keen to stay out of the way of the police, even doing an about turn to avoid Carver when she encounters him while walking her dog. She also refused to give fingerprints and to let Carver and Miller access her trailer.
Susan works as a cleaner and one of her contracts is the Harvey Ridge hut, where Danny was killed. The hut was cleaned thoroughly after the murder. Susan has the keys for the property and says she last cleaned it ten days earlier.
Susan has a skateboard that looks very like Danny’s stashed in her closet.
Susan contradicted Mark’s claims that he had been to the hut to repair a burst pipe.
Susan’s suggestion that the detectives ‘ought to find who you’re looking for’ was delivered like a veiled threat

6. Vince Novik
(Stephen Louis Grush)
7% Vote – last week #5
Vince is the apprentice in Mark’s plumbing firm. He has access to Mark’s van. On the morning of Danny’s murder he was late to pick Mark up.
Vince was quite happy to attempt to provide a false alibi for Mark for the night of the murder, although that was quickly dismissed.
Vince was later seen to have shotguns hidden in the back of the plumbling van and there were reddish stains on the floor of the van.
Vince is short of money and hopes that Mark will be able to pay him more eventually. He hesitated when asked if he thought that Mark was a good guy; on the other hand he was protective of the Solanos under questioning by reporter Renee Clemons
Vince went out around 10pm to collect his mother’s cough medicine from the pharmacy

7. Dean Iverson
(Kendrick Sampson)
3% Vote – last week #8
Dean is Chloe Solano’s older boyfriend. He works in a restaurant in the town. Chloe is keen to keep him a secret from her family. Dean managed to obtain cocaine when Chloe needed some for guests at Gemma’s hotel, although dealing is not something that he does regularly. However he is horrified when Chloe informs him that the police found the stash and seems more worried about the police coming after him.
With the release of Mark Solano, Carver’s main focus of enquiry is the drug deal – which will bring Dean right into the spotlight.

8. Detective Emmett Carver
(David Tennant)
3% Vote – last week #7
Emmett Carver made his feelings about the town of Gracepoint and its residents abundantly clear to a friend – apparently a doctor – with whom he discussed his health. Details emerged during their conversation that Carver has a ‘timebomb in his chest’ which could kill him at any time if he doesn’t reduce the workload and stress. Carver is still keeping his health issues a secret from his colleagues.
Renee Clemons revealed more about Rosemont and the case that Carver previously fumbled. Carver wants her to back off but Renee says that she wants justice for those three young girls and their families. Carver has said that is reason for staying in Gracepoint and finding Danny’s killer is to do with ‘penance’. But how far would he go to redeem himself and clear his reputation?
Carver carries a photo of a young girl in his wallet and when apparent psychic Raymond Connelly told him “She forgives you about the pendant”, he was visibly affected.

9. Jack Reinhold
(Nick Nolte)
3% Vote – last week #9
Jack is one of the older residents of Gracepoint. A single man, he runs the kayak rental shop and a nature observation group for the kids of the town. Danny was a member of this group and was due to attend on the morning of his death. When Danny didn't show, Jack did not contact anyone to find out why, assuming that the boy was sick, even though he had never missed a session before.
The day after the initial interview, Jack called Detective Carver back to inform him that he remembered seeing Danny up on Osprey Point a couple of weeks before,  talking to a backpacker. Danny seemed more interested in the stranger than he was on his wildlife observations. There are no other witnesses and nobody else seems to recall seeing the backpacker around town.
Jack was also seen hanging out near the kids’ playground where Ellie was harassed by locals trying to find out whether other children were at risk.
Jack told Renee that he doesn’t talk to the press. Why would he want to avoid them? Has he had dealings with them before, or is he just protecting the Solano family out of respect for Danny?

10. Beth Solano
(Virginia Kull)
2% Vote – last week #11
Beth has become more suspicious of the fate of her family – namely her and daughter Chloe, as her doubts about Mark grow. She’s also turned to others for spiritual help. Paul Coates never seems to be far away and there is little doubt now that they have an earlier connection which could be deeper than a 20 year friendship. Beth has also admitted spiritual messenger Raymond Connelly to her home and, wisely or unwisely, has listened to what he has to say.
Beth confronted Mark about his whereabouts on the night of Danny’s death, but he still has not denied to her face that he killed him. Beth also discovered Mark and Becca’s affair, but she has yet to confront him about it.
Beth has only told Paul so far about her pregnancy. Why does she not want Mark to know? Is he actually the father?

11. Chloe Solano
(Madalyn Horcher)
2% Vote – last week #12
Unfortunately for Chloe, the issue of the cocaine and the $500 has risen straight to the top of Detective Carver’s clues list, and in a late night call to her he has told her of his intention to investigate further. He’s requested the name of the supplier, which unfortunately happens to be Chloe’s boyfriend Dean.
Earlier, Chloe had already insisted to Ellie that she knew nothing about the money and that Danny had nothing to do with the drugs deal.
Chloe also knew that Becca and Mark had been together on the night in question – what other secrets of Mark’s is she covering up?

12. Gemma Fisher
(Sarah-Jane Potts)
2% Vote – last week #15
The English-born hotelier is struggling financially as tourists cancel their bookings following the murder. However, she remains publicly supportive of the Solano family, signing the condolence book and sticking up for them when others are bemoaning the impact on their own businesses.
Gemma was revealed to be the person who asked Chloe to find some cocaine to supply some hotel guests. She claims not to know who the dealer is.
Gemma stepped in to secure Mark Solano’s release from custody by telling the police that he was with her that night. She claims he left her a few hours before Mark says he arrived home.

13. Owen Burke
(Kevin Zegers)
2% Vote – last week #10
Owen is a small town reporter far more used to covering local events like council meetings, so he is swept up in the drama of the murder and makes the news public. The arrival of San Francisco Globe reporter Renee Clemons seems to offer him the chance of breaking away from Gracepoint, something that the drifting and penniless Owen possibly didn’t even realise he wanted until then. Will he stay loyal to the town that raised him or will he be swayed by the promise of fame and fortune? Should he put his faith in Renee at all? And where has all of his money gone? Owen acted like his overdraft was a shock to him

14. Raymond Connelly
(Adam Greydon Reid)
2% Vote – last week #18
The phone engineer has approached detectives Carver and Miller and Beth Solano with apparent information about the case, and while much of what he has to say is pretty vague, some of his assertions are surprisingly accurate.
He was working in the police station and would have had opportunities to stumble across information about the case, and the fact that the body was found on the coast is common knowledge. However, his message to Carver hit home with the detective. Did he know Carver from a past case?
There’s also his message to Beth that the killer is someone close to her. Is he playing on her paranoia that Mark might be guilty? Is he trying to divert attention away from someone who Beth doesn’t know? Or does he have a genuine gift?

15. Kathy Eaton
(Alisen Down)
2% Vote – last week #17
Kathy is the editor of the local paper in a town where very little happens. Kathy seems to have been a well known reporter once, working on a major paper, but has stepped back to run the local journal in a sleepy little town. A big murder story could certainly raise her profile again, but at the same time she seems keen to keep the major press away. She certainly sees off Renee Clemons.
Kathy wants to do right by the town and the Solano family – she set up the condolence book and she just wants to make sure that the story is all covered properly.

16. Detective Ellie Miller
(Anna Gunn)
1% Vote – last week #14
Local detective Ellie is still finding it hardest of all to accept that any member of the Gracepoint community might be guilty of the murder of Danny. She is horrified that the list of suspects that the Solanos give her which includes their friends and neighbours. Ellie is struggling with Carver’s insistence that she should become less emotional about this case and start to look at everyone as a suspect. She is still fighting him over this but it seems like new developments may force her to accept that it could be someone close to her.
The revelations about Mark’s affair have started to sow doubt in Ellie’s mind about her certainty of the good in all of her friends and neighbours. Even she cannot say with conviction that Mark Solano is innocent.
Ellie is also, of course, the mother of Tom, Danny’s best friend, who seems to be acting suspiciously since the murder. Was Ellie aware of a situation between Danny and Tom?

17. Renee Clemons
(Jessica Lucas)
1% Vote – last week #16
Renee showed up in Gracepoint as soon as she heard that Emmett Carver was leading the investigation. She followed his last case and essentially seems to be stalking him and his career. She is determined not to let him forget Rosemont and to get justice for the missing girls and their families?
Renee is a relentless and devious reporter who uses all the guiles she has to get in with significant people – Owen and Chloe are her key targets at the moment. However, she has already been sent packing by Jack and Vince, not to mention Carver. Renee is exploiting Owen’s desire to better himself and earn some real money. Overall Renee’s desire seems to be as much about exposing Carver as reporting the case. How far would she go to discredit the detective?

18. Hugo Garcia
(Darcy Laurie)
1% Vote – last week #13
Hugo and his team have uncovered key points of evidence. They found the drugs and money in the Solano house, recognised that Danny had not fallen from the cliff top to his death and identified the murder scene, also finding Mark Solanos prints. As CSI on the murder case, Hugo would be perfectly placed to tamper with, create or lose evidence. But what would be his motive?
Late in the day, Hugo produced a new piece of evidence, a phone number on a strip of paper found inside the lining of Danny’s sweatshirt.

You can vote for your number one suspect on the Fox TV Suspect Everyone page. Cast your vote and check the results in the online poll – and you can vote as many times as you like, so you can change your mind when new evidence arises. The site will soon allow you to examine evidence and vote for important clues. Don't rule anyone out!

Episode 4 of Gracepoint premieres tonight on Fox in the USA and Global in Canada at 9pm ET. Viewers in Australia can watch on the Universal Channel at 8.30pm, Friday 10th October.