You youngsters can't shock me! Not after that one week I had in 1973...
—Janis Rivers

Janis Rivers is a main character appearing in Season 6 of Criminal Case, where she serves as the Chief Medical Examiner (Coroner) of T.I.M.E.'s Temporal Crimes Division.


73 years old as of 2029, Janis has gray hair tied into a bun and brown eyes. She wears a blue and white suit, glasses with golden frames, golden tetrahedral earrings, red lipstick, blue rubber gloves, two wristbands and three pins on her hair: one of a cat, one of a daisy, and one of a strawberry.

Janis loves to reminisce about her past, although her memory of her twenties is hazy. She was a hippie in her youth. Known to be open-minded and warm, she loves knitting and baking. However, as she often bakes in the morgue, people are reluctant to try her cakes.

In her suspect appearance in Summer of Death, Janis is a 13-year-old hippie. She has long brown hair with a daisy-chain crown. She wears a crop top with a purple, blue, green and yellow psychedelic swirl pattern, as well as blue pants. Additionally, the left side of her shirt is stained with mud. Furthermore, Janis is also seen holding a daisy and wearing sky blue nail polish. It is known that Janis eats granola, has read On the Highway and eats Citrushead candy.

In her quasi-suspect appearance in Anchors Aweigh!, Janis wears a white buttoned-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up under a navy waistcoat with gold buttons and silver tongs in her left breast pocket. Additionally, she lacks her hair pins.

Height 5'0"/5'3"
Age 13/73
Weight 105 lbs/132 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood A-

Events of Criminal Case

Meeting Janis

While first meeting Janis in Paris, 1804, she first introduced herself to the player as the "world's coolest grandma", per her grandchildren, during the murder investigation of Julius Caesar. Janis declared the stab wounds to Caesar's body were quick and deep, just like you'd prick puff pastry, before surmising that the killer ate koshari.

Summer of Death

In a shocking twist of events, a 13-year-old Janis became a suspect in the murder investigation of Noah Lowe, a festivalgoer at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Disguising themselves as police officers of the time period, Zara and the player interrogated Janis' 13-year-old self. Surprised to learn that Noah had been murdered, she told the team that she had met him on the first day of the festival after he lifted her above the crowd to help her better see the Ungrateful Living.

Janis was spoken to again about her handling Noah's empty piggy bank. She confessed to stealing Noah's money for food. Feeling horrible about what she had done, she had told Noah about her theft and tried to make it up to him. However, he had gotten angry at her and refused to talk to her.

Janis was found to be innocent after the team incarcerated Major Perkins for Noah's murder. After the investigation, Janis tried to offer Jack and the player cannabis-laced muffins and told the team that she was planning to leave to visit her aunt in California. Adult Janis told the team that "visiting her aunt in California" was what she told people when she was planning to run away. She then told the team that she had been persuaded to stay in town by some "crazy old coot", realizing the "coot" to be her older self. Janis then realized that she would have to talk with her younger self, which was a huge no-no for T.I.M.E. Jack and the player then decided to come with Janis.

Back at the festival, the player, Jack, and an older Janis tried to convince a younger Janis not to run away from home. Janis informed her younger self that her parents cared for her, despite her rebellion. The younger Janis then said that she could not show her face back home as she had lost her ring, a family heirloom, at Noah's home. Jack and the player then sought to find her ring whilst the two Janis' talked.

After finding the ring in a pile of Noah's dirty laundry, Jack and the player went back to the festival where they overheard the older Janis persuading her younger self to become a coroner. Jack then gave Janis the ring back, allowing her to return home to tell her parents that she wanted to go to medical school.

What Happens in Vegas...

After arresting Lorna Westerberg's killer, Janis informed Nebet and the player that she and Orlando had lost all of the team's money when they gambled it at the casino. Orlando proposed that they taught Nebet how to play because of her sweet disposition. After teaching her how to play, Orlando sent Nebet and the player to the casino, where they won the team's money back, plus extra. They then informed Janis and Orlando that they had won the team's money back.

Fool's Gold

After arresting the Pharaoh's killer, Zara and the player found Kai with a bullet wound in his arm. They took him to Janis, where she extracted the bullet from his arm. She told the team that the injury was not too serious, but Kai had a severe concussion. She then concluded that Kai had caused the explosion that freed the resistance from prison; the concussion was due to him being too close to the explosion. Janis then informed the player that resistance spy Ravi Jabari had dropped by and given her his wages in an attempt to apologize for the harm he had caused the team.

Anchors Aweigh!

After arresting Barnabas Dycker's killer, the team tried to convince Captain Shadrach to let them join the crew of the HMS Highmore so that they could get around in the Age of Sail. However, Shadrach had a severe toothache. Zara and the player fetched Janis so that she could fix his toothache. After she fixed his toothache, Shadrach hired her to join the crew. He then allowed the rest of the team to join his crew.


As the Chief Medical Examiner (Coroner) of the T.I.M.E.'s Temporal Crimes Division, Janis has the responsibility of carefully examining and analyzing each murdered corpse, and to inform the team of such results after a certain amount of time or a speed-up process using Criminal Case Cash. Her task-wait rates vary depending on the difficulty of the task, but they all cost 1 Criminal Case Cash per 30 minutes.

Below is the list of analyses Janis performs throughout the course of the game:

Criminal Case: Travel in Time-exclusive: The Murder of Napoleon

Case #1: Death as Old as Time

Case #2: Stranded in Gaul

  • Katurix's Body (18:00:00)
  • Brown Hair (15:00:00)

Case #3: When in Rome

Case #4: A Greek Tragedy

  • Pelagios' Body (18:00:00)
  • Substance (03:00:00)
  • Ground Monkshood (09:00:00)

Case #5: Egypt Is Burning

  • Antony's Body (18:00:00)
  • Bloody Sword (12:00:00)

Case #6: Summer of Death

  • Noah's Body (18:00:00)
  • Bloody Cloth (09:00:00)
  • Janis' Tin (06:00:00)

Case #7: Gone in 30 Seconds

Case #8: Houston, We Have a Problem

Case #9: What Happens in Vegas...

  • Lorna's Body (18:00:00)
  • Silencer (15:00:00)

Case #10: Crime and Punishment

  • Lev's Body (18:00:00)
  • Garotte Watch (15:00:00)

Case #11: A Tudor Murder

  • Catherine's Body (18:00:00)
  • Food Supplies (09:00:00)

Case #12: Hell to Pay

  • Mateo's Body (18:00:00)
  • Bloody Sickle (15:00:00)
  • Da Vinci's Medicine (06:00:00)

Case #13: Murder Is No Joke

Case #14: Pride Comes Before the Fall

Case #15: Till Death Do Us Part

  • Fiore's Body (18:00:00)
  • Blood Sample (15:00:00)

Case #16: Back to the Future

Case #17: Rebel Without a Pulse

Case #18: Bash of the Year

  • Gérard's Body (18:00:00)
  • Bloody Fibers (09:00:00)

Case #19: Fake News

  • Tabu's Body (18:00:00)

Case #20: Fool's Gold

  • Ramses' Body (18:00:00)

Case #21: Anchors Aweigh!

  • Barnabas' Body (18:00:00)
  • Finger in Box (09:00:00)
  • Straight Razor (15:00:00)

Case #22: A Pirate's Death for Me

Case #23: Shipwrecked!

Case #24: Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered

  • Agwé's Body (18:00:00)
  • Bloody Sand (09:00:00)

Case #25: Going Once, Going Twice, Dead!

Case #26: A Mongolian Tale

Case #27: Fountain of Death

Case #28: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Case #29: A Slice of Death

  • Gojo's Body (18:00:00)
  • Crate of Iron (09:00:00)

Case #30: The Wrath of Khan

  • Santiago's Body (18:00:00)
  • Red Powder (12:00:00)
  • Skin Cells (15:00:00)

Case #31: Time's Up

  • Nebet's Body (18:00:00)
  • Ammon's Body (09:00:00)
  • Dagger (09:00:00)


The player may choose Janis to join the investigation of each crime scene (in any case in Travel in Time) and provide hint bonuses. She is available as a 3-hint partner. (This feature is only available in the mobile variant of Criminal Case)


  • Janis is one of the main characters to be flagged as a suspect in a case.
  • Janis is one of the characters to appear as a quasi-suspect thrice.
    • She is also one of the characters to appear as a quasi-suspect in two consecutive cases in Travel in Time.

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