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As a murder weaponEdit
- Main article: The First Turnabout
Frank Sahwit used Stone's Thinker clock to kill her while robbing her home. Butz was accused of the murder, and Sahwit stood as the sole witness, but Butz's attorney Phoenix Wright found holes in Sahwit's testimony, including the fact that he knew that the Thinker was a clock in the first place. Eventually, Sahwit's testimony was completely invalidated when Wright showed that the clock was set to Paris time. This in turn implicated Sahwit as the real killer.
As a murder weapon againEdit
- Main article: Turnabout Sisters
Butz then gave his copy of the clock to Wright's mentor Mia Fey as a gift, in her office. She removed the clockwork and used the Thinker to store files related to Redd White, whom she was investigating, and was going to hand it over to her little sister Maya Fey for safekeeping. However, White caught wind of the investigation and killed Mia Fey with the Thinker.
Phoenix Wright then had to defend Maya who was accused of murdering her sister. The star witness, April May, was an employee of White's and testified to seeing the murder from her hotel window. However, similarly to Sahwit, it turned out that she knew too much about the Thinker for her testimony to hold. She had, in fact, set up a wiretap in Mia's office to find out about the evidence inside the Thinker.
Wright eventually confronted Redd White at his office at Bluecorp, but White used his influence to lay a murder accusation on Wright, and Wright represented himself in court for Mia's murder. He eventually exposed White as the real killer, with the help of Maya channeling Mia.
- Main article: Farewell, My Turnabout
In 2018, Wright and Pearl Fey investigated the murder of Juan Corrida. While they were talking with Wendy Oldbag in the hotel room that the victim was using, a bear-shaped alarm clock startled Wright by uttering, "I'm Uncle Bear, and I say it's 'bearly' 8 o'clock!" Shortly afterward, Wright checked the bear toy with Dick Gumshoe's rudimentary bug sweeper for a listening device. He mentioned to Pearl that the clock reminded him of "something that happened a long time ago," in reference to Mia's murder. The clock has similar attributes to the Thinker, being heavy and laborious, and using self-referential phrases to signify the time.
- Main article: Turnabout Target
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The Thinker was one of the objects that fell down on Manosuke Naitō's head during his breakdown, when he tossed his spinning gun in the air, hitting the overhead compartment in Teikun Ō's private jet. This is the only instance in which someone was struck with the Thinker and was not killed, though Naitō was killed two days later. Both statues were supposed to be in the police department's evidence room, but at least one of them was supplied for Bansai Ichiyanagi's black market auction.
During the course of Turnabout Sisters, Wright comments that the Thinker "practically qualifies as a serial murderer by now." This contradicts the official definition of a serial killer as having at least three murder victims. A similar loose usage of the term occurs in The Rite of Turnabout, where it is repeatedly stated that Maya is accused of serial murder due to allegedly killing two people