Max Gaynes was the killer of yoga teacher Scott Morris in Downward-Facing Dead (Case #17 of The Conspiracy).


Max is a 39-year-old yoga student. He is bald and has brown eyes. He is seen wearing a black tank top with a lotus flower depicted in the center, and a necklace that consists of brown and blue beads as well a red tassel. He also has multiple tattoos on his left arm. It is known Max is right handed, reads the Bhagavad Gita, drinks chai tea and suffers from alopecia.

Height 6'1"
Age 39
Weight 200 lbs
Eyes brown
Blood A-

Events of Criminal Case

Max became a suspect after Gloria and the player found a picture of him with the victim. He revealed that the victim was his life coach, and that Scott had changed his entire worldview. He then wondered what he would do without the victim.

Max was spoken to again about him breaking the victim's award. He explained that the victim had told him that he had to stop teaching him because the other yoga students were afraid of him. This led to him losing his temper and subsequently breaking the award.

In the end, it was proven that Max was Scott's killer. Upon admitting to the murder, Max said that ten years prior to the case, Scott—who he was friends with in university—had presented a business proposal to Max, who invested in the business. Scott ran away with the money, so to get his revenge, Max had decided to gain some muscle to destroy him when he saw Scott again. He then took up yoga classes with him so he could see Scott when he realized he could not run away from his past faults. One day, he finally decided to exact his revenge by forcing Scott's head underwater while he was trapped in an elaborate yoga pose, drowning him. Judge Powell sentenced Max to 25 years in prison.


  • His name appears to be a pun on "max gains", referring to gaining maximum muscle mass from working out.

Case appearances



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