It’s beginning to look a lot like a Castle Christmas as Santa Claus falls from the sky creating the most disturbingly dead snow angel ever. Kris Kringle’s corpse is found with lots of candy cane wrappers in his red suit. The family who witnessed Santa’s swan dive didn’t hear any aircraft overhead. Castle points out that sleighs flying in stealth mode don’t make a lot of noise. Gunshots, however, do. Lanie determines that Santa died of the bullet she found lodged in his body. A cherry red paint chip also got caught on his suit. Cherry Red, of course, is popular color for reindeer-powered sleighs.
Dead Santa’s real name is Edmund Smith. His neighbors in the Bronx, Beth Cabot and her teenage son, Tim, say the victim truly embraced the giving spirit of his job. He even helped them with their lawsuit against the unscrupulous company that took away their house. They say Ed had an argument with a Santa school teacher named David Dunne, who also happens to be a jolly old pilot. He also happens to alibi out.
Edmund became a Santa after his days as a private equity manager at a firm where he used to make big money. He called his ex-wife, Gwenn, to apologize for how he walked out on their life together five years ago. In other news, Edmund was trying to come up with $25,000 to pay the lawyer who was handling the class action suit his neighbors had against a predatory lender known as Suncove Funding. Millions of dollars are at stake.