History Literature / AlexCross

15th Aug '16 8:00:42 PM Scoutstr295
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* HollywoodHistory: ''Alex Cross's Trial''. The book is about a white attorney, Ben Corbett, coming to his hometown of Eudora, Mississippi and investigating lynchings and the Klan at the command of President Teddy Roosevelt, putting the book's date range between September 14, 1901 and March 4, 1909. The book fairly drips with examples of this trope. Here are a few:
** In a town dominated by the Klan (which had been officially disbanded since around 1877 and which didn't exist in its modern form until 1915, but that's [[ArtisticLicenseHistory another issue]]) and in which the sheriff is a sincere member of the Klan, two "White Raiders" who have come to lynch an old black man and his granddaughter die--one by falling off the roof and the other by being stabbed in the back by the granddaughter. The granddaughter is not only not convicted of murder or manslaughter--she never even gets ARRESTED. It seems that Patterson forgot that self-defense is a plea the defendant makes in court, not an excuse for the cops not to arrest someone, and racist, Klan member cops would be especially unlikely not to.

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* HollywoodHistory: ''Alex Cross's Trial''. The book is about a white attorney, Ben Corbett, coming to his hometown of Eudora, Mississippi and investigating lynchings and the Klan activity at the command of President Teddy Roosevelt, putting the book's date range between September 14, 1901 and March 4, 1909. The book fairly drips with examples of this trope. Here are a few:
** In a town dominated by the Klan (which had been officially disbanded since around 1877 and which didn't exist in its modern form until 1915, but that's [[ArtisticLicenseHistory another issue]]) and in which the sheriff is a sincere member of the Klan, two "White Raiders" who have come to lynch an old black man and his granddaughter die--one by falling off the a roof and the other by being stabbed in the back by the granddaughter. The granddaughter is not only not convicted of murder or manslaughter--she never even gets ARRESTED. It seems that Patterson forgot that self-defense is a plea the defendant makes in court, not an excuse for the cops not to arrest someone, and racist, Klan member Klan-loving cops would be especially unlikely not to.



** The sheriff tells another cop to read the surviving Raiders their rights. The concept of the Miranda rights didn't come into existence until the Supreme Court decision in the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_v._Arizona Miranda v. Arizona (1966)]]. It's somewhere between 1901 and 1909. Miranda rights don't EXIST yet; Ernesto Miranda himself wouldn't even be born until the '40s.

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** The sheriff tells another cop to read the surviving Raiders their rights. The concept of the Miranda rights didn't come into existence until the Supreme Court decision in the case of [[http://en.''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_v._Arizona Miranda v. Arizona (1966)]]. It's Arizona]]'' in 1966. This novel is set somewhere between 1901 and 1909. Miranda rights don't EXIST yet; Ernesto Miranda himself wouldn't even be born until the '40s.



** Stolen pictures may be inadmissible. This may or may not be a handicap: Most states didn't have a rule against this before Mapp v. Ohio, and even now it only applies to police or people acting as their agents. So they would be liable for burglary and theft, but the pictures could still be admitted.
** Even if they weren't stolen, the grisly pictures are horrible, yes, and they are certainly proof that lynching ''exists,'' which is what Roosevelt wanted Ben to find...but they aren't evidence of anything in ''this'' case. They DO prove that the men who went to the Crosses' house had ''attended'' lynchings. But they don't prove that these men went to the Crosses' to ''commit'' a lynching OR that they attacked the Crosses with intent to commit murder, and any first-year law student would argue as much...
** ...If the pictures weren't considered prejudicial to the jury and thrown out of the evidence list during preparations for the trial.
** And since the evidence lists are prepared before trial and are seen by attorneys for both sides, it's unlikely that the judge would accept new evidence mid-trial that the other side hadn't seen--even if the evidence was obtained legally AND proved that the defendants were guilty.[[note]]Before the 1920s, courts were a lot less picky about lawyers following these rules, even though the basic ruling had been around since 1789.[[/note]]

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** *** Stolen pictures may be inadmissible. This may or may not be a handicap: Most most states didn't have a rule against this before Mapp ''Mapp v. Ohio, Ohio'', and even now it only applies to police or people acting as their agents. So they would be liable for burglary and theft, but the pictures could still be admitted.
** *** Even if they weren't stolen, the grisly pictures are horrible, yes, and they are certainly proof that lynching ''exists,'' which is what Roosevelt wanted Ben to find...but they aren't evidence of anything in ''this'' case. They DO prove that the men who went to the Crosses' house had ''attended'' lynchings. But they don't prove that these men went to the Crosses' to ''commit'' a lynching OR that they attacked the Crosses with intent to commit murder, and any first-year law student would argue as much...
** ...*** ...If the pictures weren't considered prejudicial to the jury and thrown out of the evidence list during preparations for the trial.
** *** And since the evidence lists are prepared before trial and are seen by attorneys for both sides, it's unlikely that the judge would accept new evidence mid-trial that the other side hadn't seen--even if the evidence was obtained legally AND proved that the defendants were guilty.[[note]]Before the 1920s, courts were a lot less picky about lawyers following these rules, even though the basic ruling had been around since 1789.[[/note]]



** a) the stories the Crosses told and that the Raiders told would have been recorded in the briefs both sides filed with the court, so changing the story now would raise all kinds of questions about "Why are you changing your story? Were you lying then or are you lying now?"; and
** b) there is STILL no physical evidence that proves that the Raiders attacked the Crosses and not the Crosses the Raiders.

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** *** a) the stories accounts of both the Crosses told and that the Raiders told would have been recorded in the briefs both sides filed with the court, so changing the story now would raise all kinds of questions about about, "Why are you changing your story? Were you lying then or are you lying now?"; and
** *** b) there is STILL no physical evidence that proves that the Raiders attacked the Crosses and not the Crosses the Raiders.
15th Aug '16 7:47:09 PM Scoutstr295
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** Samson is also pretty badass a name.

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** Samson is also a pretty badass a name.



* DiplomaticImpunity: In ''Pop Goes the Weasel'', Geoffrey Shafer is a British diplomat who (and ex-Special Forces assassin) abuses this to get away with murder. Although his government eventually waives the immunity and allows him to be put on trial, [[spoiler:his assertion of the immunity during his arrest leads to the most damning evidence being suppressed, and he is acquitted]].

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* DiplomaticImpunity: In ''Pop Goes the Weasel'', Geoffrey Shafer is a British diplomat who (and ex-Special Forces assassin) who abuses this to get away with murder. Although his government eventually waives the immunity and allows him to be put on trial, [[spoiler:his assertion of the immunity during his arrest leads to the most damning evidence being suppressed, and he is acquitted]].
20th Jun '16 11:25:00 PM erforce
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'''''Alex Cross''''' is a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of books by Creator/JamesPatterson. He is a detective that lives in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.

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'''''Alex Cross''''' ''Alex Cross'' is a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of books by Creator/JamesPatterson. He is a detective that lives in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.



* ''Along Came A Spider'' (where the character was played by Creator/MorganFreeman).

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* ''Along Came A Spider'' ''Film/AlongCameASpider'' (where the character was played by Creator/MorganFreeman).
26th Apr '16 8:35:11 PM Angeldeb82
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* CreepyCrossdresser: Kidnapper Kelli Adams [[spoiler:turns out to be one of the split personalities of Kenneth Carney, and was based off his dead sister]].



* {{Pun}}: In ''Cat and Mouse'' [[spoiler:Mr. Smith "pierced" Isabella's heart.]]

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* {{Pun}}: In ''Cat and Mouse'' [[spoiler:Mr. Smith "pierced" Isabella's heart.]]heart]].



* ReallyGetsAround: Cross has quite a few {{love interest}}s thought-out the series.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Cross has quite a few {{love interest}}s thought-out LoveInterests throughout the series.



* VillainousCrossdresser: Kidnapper Kelli Adams [[spoiler:turns out to be one of the split personalities of Kenneth Carney, and was based off his dead sister]].
24th Jul '15 6:05:41 AM Rjinswand
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* TheCasanova: The villain of ''Kiss the Girls'' is actually named Casanova, a criminal who builds a modern day harem of kidnapped women.



* TheCasanova: The villain of ''Kiss the Girls'' is actually named Casanova, a criminal who builds a modern day harem of kidnapped women.

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* TheCasanova: The villain of ''Kiss CrusadingWidower: Cross lost his wife Maria before the Girls'' series began, a death that is actually named Casanova, a criminal who builds a modern day harem finally solved in ''Cross''. He gets married again to Bree Stone near the end of kidnapped women.''Cross Fire''.



* WidowerHero: Cross lost his wife Maria before the series began, a death that is finally solved in ''Cross''. He gets married again to Bree Stone near the end of ''Cross Fire''.
25th Jun '15 8:16:43 PM randomtroper89
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* ObfuscatingDisability: In the ''Alex Cross'' novel ''London Bridges'', Geoffrey Shafer uses a wheelchair he does not need as part of his disguise.

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* ObfuscatingDisability: In the ''Alex Cross'' novel ''London Bridges'', Geoffrey Shafer uses a wheelchair he does not need as part of his disguise.
27th May '15 8:00:04 PM Angeldeb82
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Cross and Sampson

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Cross and SampsonSampson.



* NoKillLikeOverkill: In the end of ''Big Bad Wolf'' [[spoiler: Pasha Sorokin]] is shot with a rocket launcher.



* ObfuscatingDisability: In the ''Literature/AlexCross'' novel ''London Bridges'', Geoffrey Shafer uses a wheelchair he does not need as part of his disguise.

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* ObfuscatingDisability: In the ''Literature/AlexCross'' ''Alex Cross'' novel ''London Bridges'', Geoffrey Shafer uses a wheelchair he does not need as part of his disguise.



** Alex Cross and John Sampson when on the job, [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when they aren't.

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** Alex Cross and John Sampson when on the job, [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] {{subverted|Trope}} when they aren't.



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: In the end of ''Big Bad Wolf'' [[spoiler: Pasha Sorokin]] is shot with a rocket launcher.



** "The Wolf" does this to the kipnapper duo, after they left too many witnesses.

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** "The Wolf" does this to the kipnapper kidnapper duo, after they left too many witnesses.
28th Dec '14 11:16:41 PM randomtroper89
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'''''Alex Cross''''' is a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of books by Main/JamesPatterson. He is a detective that lives in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.

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'''''Alex Cross''''' is a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of books by Main/JamesPatterson.Creator/JamesPatterson. He is a detective that lives in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.
13th Dec '14 7:50:12 PM randomtroper89
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* HappyEndingMassage: Kevin Olmstead in ''Cross My Heart'' targets parlors that offers these.



** The Tiger, a warlord using child soldiers plays this very straight.

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** The Tiger, a warlord using child soldiers soldiers, plays this very straight.
28th Nov '14 5:07:48 PM randomtroper89
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* VillanousCrossdresser: Kidnapper Kelli Adams [[spoiler:turns out to be one of the split personalities of Kenneth Carney, and was based off his dead sister]].

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* VillanousCrossdresser: VillainousCrossdresser: Kidnapper Kelli Adams [[spoiler:turns out to be one of the split personalities of Kenneth Carney, and was based off his dead sister]].
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