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At age 15, Melanee went sailing and got knocked overboard. She would have drowned, but Namor saved her and gave her the nickname Minnow. The two kept in contact over the following years.
Appointed to assistant district attorney in New Orleans, Melanee was given a large case, to apprehend a serial killer who had struck three times called the King-Cake Killer. The killer was notorious for slitting his victims throats and then stuffing a king-cake in their mouths, and Melanee began gathering facts and forming theories, even being interviewed on TV a few times. Melanee worked with Mr. Peck and had an assistant, Duncan. Her job became more difficult because most of her co-workers wanted credit for solving the case on their own and were unwilling to give appropriate information to Melanee.
Melanee read in the paper about Namor's successful saving of an oil rig disaster before turning the page and seeing that the King-Cake Killer had struck again. This time the victim was a personal friend of Melanee's, Janice LaPierre. Saddened, Melanee called her cousin, Kurt, to order flowers for the family. Melanee had a brain-storm, to watch the bakeries that made king-cakes and gathered the security cameras. After threatening a discrimination suit against Mr. Peck for not telling her about Janice's death, Melanee and Duncan reviewed the facts of the case. Going for a jog, Namor frightened Melanee by pulling her to the side. She recounted how they'd met, and brought Namor back to her apartment where she told him about the King-Cake Killer. She emphasized that she wanted to solve the case on her own.
After another victim was found, she and Duncan spent several hours viewing the surveillance tapes. Melanee was angry when Namor apprehended two juveniles, one named Breeze, at Liz's Pies and Cakes shop. After receiving a tape confirming the killer's motives, Melanee suspected the killer would strike at the Queen of Bons, the leading socialite, on Mardi Gras day. She convinced some cops to join her at the Muse Club, where she went in a safari costume and watched for the killer. When a float blocked Melanee's view, Namor flew up and stopped the killer from murdering the queen. The killer was apprehended, and Melanee was offered another difficult case, the Lemley case, by Mr. Peck the next day. Melanee saw to it that the King-Cake Killer was presented with the evidence, and the killer made a full confession. Melanee went out to dinner with Namor before he left New Orleans.