- Abel Koontz
Infobox character | colour = #7DC622
name = Abel Koontz
caption = Christian Clemenson as Abel Koontz
creator = Rob Thomas
gender = Male
first = Like a Virgin
Rat Saw God
cause = Lost battle with stomach cancer
children = Amelia Delongpre
Abel Koontz is a fictional character on The CW television series "
Veronica Mars". He is portrayed by Christian Clemenson.
Not much is known about Koontz's background. What we do know is that Koontz was the person at Kane software who perfected streaming media and was cheated out of the patent. He then tried to invent a technology that "would put Kane out of business". He failed, and his wife walked out on him. He also has a daughter, Amelia DeLongpré, who was murdered in season 2. Her date of death is not known.
The Lilly Kane murder
Three months after
Lilly Kane's murder, Abel Koontz confessed to murdering her. Don Lambthen found Lilly Kane's backpack and shoes while searching Abel's houseboat, backing up Abel's confession. Until this point, Keith Mars's investigation was squarely focused on the Kane family as suspects. It was Keith's failure to investigate Koontz that led to his eventual outing as Neptune Sheriff.
A year later, when Veronica started to conduct her own investigation of Lilly's murder, she visited Koontz on death row twice. She was suspicious of Koontz's confession because he fired his attorney while on death row and she discovered that the same shoes that were found in Koontz houseboat were in Lilly's room at the time of the murder. During the first visit, Abel figured out who Veronica was, and told her that
Jake Kanewas her biological father. Lianne Marsand Jake Kane used to date while they were in high school.
After she met Abel, she sneaked into his doctor's office, and stole both his and
Duncan Kane's medical files. She found out that Duncan had type-4 epilepsy, whose symptoms included violent outbursts and seizures. For the first time, Veronica realized that Duncan was a possible suspect in Lilly's murder. She also found out that Abel Koontz had stomach cancer, and that he was dying. She concluded that Jake Kane paid Koontz to confess to the murder, even though he was not the perpetrator so that Keith Mars's investigation into the Kane family would end. Koontz accepted the offer because he knew was dying and intended to give the money to his daughter.
During Veronica's second visit to Koontz, she told him that she knew that he was not guilty, and that he was dying, and that was why he was paid to confess to the murder. Koontz's innocence was further solidified when Keith went to Las Vegas to talk to a prostitute that was with Abel at the time of Lilly's murder. Koontz was later released from death row.
* 1x08 Like a Virgin
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