History Literature / AlexCross

26th Nov '17 12:28:48 PM randomtroper89
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** The Raiders claimed they had a search warrant, and that Cross's let them in. Moody Cross (the aforementioned granddaughter and Alex Cross's ancestor) instead of consets that claim, perjures herself by saying that and she agreed to let them they attacked them after that. Ben thinks that this changes everything because now the official story isn't that the Crosses fought men who were performing their legal duty, but that the Crosses acted like good citizens and admitted the representatives of the law, who then attacked them. He seems unaware that:

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** The Raiders claimed they had a search warrant, and that Cross's let them in. Moody Cross (the aforementioned granddaughter and Alex Cross's ancestor) instead of consets contesting that claim, perjures herself by saying that they did have a warrant and she agreed to let them and then they attacked them after that. Ben thinks that this changes everything because now the official story isn't that the Crosses fought men who were performing their legal duty, but that the Crosses acted like good citizens and admitted the representatives of the law, who then attacked them. He seems unaware that:
26th Nov '17 12:26:41 PM randomtroper89
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* AerithAndBob:
** Cross is just ''way'' too badass a last name.
** Samson is also a pretty badass name.

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* AerithAndBob:
** Cross
ADeadlyAffair: In ''Cross the Line'' one of the plots involves the murder of police captain Tom [=McGrath=] and his girlfriend Edita. [[spoiler: The culprit was Alexander Gordon, the lover of [=McGrath=]'s estranged wife Vivian, who kept their relationship secret because he was her divorce attorney. Due to losing money to a bad investment, Gordon planned to set up a memorial charity with Tom [=McGrath's=] life insurance policy, and steal from a it. When exposed Gordon kills Vivian, holds Dectective Bree Stone hostage, and is just ''way'' too badass a last name.
** Samson is also a pretty badass name.
shot by the her partner Mueller]].



* ClearTheirName: In ''Cross Justice'' Alex's cousin is accused of murdering a young boy, and is facing the death penalty. Alex Cross helps defend him, but acknowledges that if he is guilty he will not have any problem watching him die. [[spoiler:It turns out the real killer was the boy's grandfather, who hated him for being part black]].
* CombatPragmatist: ''Kiss the Girls'' has a woman who takes self-defense classes, with the GroinAttack recommended. [[spoiler:When Casanova abducts her, she kicks him in the nuts. Unfortunately, Casanova was wearing protection. Because he had been watching her go to her self-defense classes.]]
* CreepyCrossdresser: 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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* ClearTheirName: In ''Cross Justice'' Alex's cousin Stefan Tate is accused of murdering a young boy, and is facing the death penalty. Alex Cross helps defend him, but acknowledges that if he is guilty he will not have any problem watching him die. [[spoiler:It turns out the real killer was the boy's grandfather, who hated him for being part black]].
black, and Tate was framed because he was looking into the drug business in the school he worked]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: In ''London Bridges'' The Wolf and his men kidnap Geoffery Schafer and torture him by dangling him from the ceiling and shaking his head repeatedly to slam his brain against his skull. The Wolf did this because he wanted to establish his dominance before making Scafer [[VillainTeamUp work for him]].
* CombatPragmatist: ''Kiss the Girls'' has a woman who takes self-defense classes, with the GroinAttack recommended. [[spoiler:When Casanova abducts her, she kicks him in the nuts. Unfortunately, Casanova was wearing protection. Because protection because he had been watching her go to her self-defense classes.]]
* CreepyCrossdresser: CreepyCrossdresser:
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Kidnapper Kelli Adams in ''Cross My Heart'' [[spoiler:turns out to be one of the split personalities of Kenneth Carney, and was based off his dead sister]].sister]].
** ''Cross Justice'' has Coco who is introduced in woman's clothing before being revealed to be a man. He murders the women that he paints pictures of.



* DepravedBisexual: Geoffrey Shafer aka "The Weasel" is stated to be one, when they note that his male victim.

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* DepravedHomosexual:
** ''The Big Bad Wolf'' Potter, aka [[spoiler:Homer O'Taylor]], is the only client of the sex ring that buys male slaves.
** ''Alex Cross, Run'' Joshua Bergman is a serial killer who targets male hustlers, and has forces his male accomplice to kiss him.
* DepravedBisexual: Geoffrey Shafer aka "The Weasel" is stated to be one, when they note that his male victim.victim was sodomized.



** In ''Cross Justice'' [[spoiler:the police are paid to ignore the hand signals between the members of the drug ring known as "the company". One of them has a sick daughter who's medical bills are being paid with the dirty money]].



* DotingParent: In ''Cross Justice'' "the grandfather" despite being vaguely creepy, is shown to be loving and caring to his granddaughter. [[spoiler:Which makes it more disturbing when we find out he brutally killed his grandson for being part black]].



** 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 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. iThe three surviving Raiders were arrested by the sheriff, despite who's a Klansman and who believes in what they're doing. 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-loving cops would be especially unlikely not to.
** Ben Corbett's father is appointed judge, despite the fact that he handles traffic cases and small claims cases between neighbors. This means he is a judge of a small-town civil court, not the judge of a county or state criminal court and his court doesn't have jurisdiction.

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** 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 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 manslaughter, she never even gets arrested. iThe The three surviving Raiders were arrested by the sheriff, despite who's that fact that he is a Klansman and who believes in what they're doing. 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-loving cops would be especially unlikely not to.
** Ben Corbett's father is appointed judge, despite the fact that he handles traffic cases and small claims cases between neighbors. This means he is a judge of a small-town civil court, not the judge of a county or state criminal court court, and his court doesn't have jurisdiction.



** Moody Cross (the aforementioned granddaughter and Alex Cross's ancestor) is called to the stand and perjures herself by saying that yes, the Raiders had a search warrant and she agreed to let them in, and my goodness, she doesn't know WHY they attacked after that. Ben thinks that this changes everything because now the official story isn't that the Crosses fought men who were performing their legal duty, but that the Crosses acted like good citizens and admitted the representatives of the law, who then attacked them. He seems unaware that:

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** The Raiders claimed they had a search warrant, and that Cross's let them in. Moody Cross (the aforementioned granddaughter and Alex Cross's ancestor) is called to the stand and instead of consets that claim, perjures herself by saying that yes, the Raiders had a search warrant that and she agreed to let them in, and my goodness, she doesn't know WHY they attacked them after that. Ben thinks that this changes everything because now the official story isn't that the Crosses fought men who were performing their legal duty, but that the Crosses acted like good citizens and admitted the representatives of the law, who then attacked them. He seems unaware that:
24th Nov '17 4:43:00 PM randomtroper89
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** The book focuses on lynchings taking place in the South, stressing that this is unusual and is not happening anywhere else, even though lynchings have taken place EVERYWHERE in America--the South, the Midwest, the West and yes, in the North.

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** The book focuses on lynchings taking place in the South, stressing that this is unusual and is not happening anywhere else, even though lynchings have taken place EVERYWHERE everywhere in America--the South, the Midwest, the West and yes, in the North.



** Three "White Raiders" (read: Klansmen) are arrested ([[LogicalFallacies by a sheriff who's a Klansman and who believes in what they're doing]]) and Roosevelt sends one Jonah Curtis to prosecute the case. Jonah is a black man. It's not that Jonah's black and practicing law; the first African-American to be admitted to a state bar was [[http://www.duhaime.org/LawMuseum/LawArticle-467/Allen-Macon-1816-1894.aspx Macon Bolling Allen]] in July 1844. The problem is that Jonah is a black man who, between 1901 and 1909, apparently works for the federal government and is recognized by the state of Mississippi as an attorney. To find a situation that's more or less analogous, the first black man to serve as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Mississippi since Reconstruction was [[http://www.mssc.state.ms.us/appellate_courts/coa/bios/judgeirving.html Tyree Irving]]. He was hired by the Northern District of Mississippi in 1978.
** Roosevelt claims that the above lawsuit will ensure him the black vote for all time. I guess Patterson hasn't heard of common ways that white people of the period kept blacks and other minorities from voting. Like, oh, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poll_tax the poll tax]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy_test literacy tests]].
** At the end of the book, Ben takes Moody Cross (Alex's ancestor) into Eudora, walking hand in hand with her and walking into restaurants and stores demanding that they be served--and actually expecting the store owners to comply. Because it's not like segregation and Jim Crow laws existed, or that an attorney would know about either.
** Special mention must be made of the treatment of black civil rights leaders in this book. Leaders of the time, like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W.E.B._DuBois W.E.B. Du Bois]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_Wells-Barnett Ida Wells-Barnett]], are mentioned, but the book doesn't say who they are or what they did. Consequently, all we have are names and no context. And in the end, they're reduced to leading a group of blacks through town, chanting. Although it's never stated, it's implied that they're doing this because that's what civil rights leaders ''do''. It's not like they found things like the [[http://www.naacp.org/content/main/ NAACP]] (which Du Bois did in 1909) or work as journalists for Chicago papers and write books and give lectures throughout Europe about lynching (which Wells-Barnett did starting in 1893).
* BatterUp: The Sojourner Truth School killer used a cut off, tape reinforced bat to kill his victims.

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** Three "White Raiders" (read: Klansmen) are arrested ([[LogicalFallacies by (by a sheriff who's a Klansman and who believes in what they're doing]]) doing) and Roosevelt sends one Jonah Curtis to prosecute the case. Jonah is a black man. It's not that Jonah's black and practicing law; the first African-American to be admitted to a state bar was [[http://www.duhaime.org/LawMuseum/LawArticle-467/Allen-Macon-1816-1894.aspx Macon Bolling Allen]] in July 1844. The problem is that Jonah is a black man who, between 1901 and 1909, apparently works for the federal government and is recognized by the state of Mississippi as an attorney. To find a situation that's more or less analogous, the first black man to serve as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Mississippi since Reconstruction was [[http://www.mssc.state.ms.us/appellate_courts/coa/bios/judgeirving.html Tyree Irving]]. He was hired by the Northern District of Mississippi in 1978.
** Roosevelt claims that the above lawsuit will ensure him the black vote for all time. I guess Patterson hasn't heard of time, despite the common ways that white people of the period kept blacks and other minorities from voting. Like, oh, voting like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poll_tax the poll tax]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy_test literacy tests]].
** At the end of the book, Ben takes Moody Cross (Alex's ancestor) into Eudora, walking hand in hand with her and walking into restaurants and stores demanding that they be served--and served and actually expecting the store owners to comply. Because it's not like This is despite that segregation and Jim Crow laws existed, or something that an attorney would know about either.
about.
** Special mention must be made of the treatment of black civil rights leaders in this book. Leaders of the time, like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W.E.B._DuBois W.E.B. Du Bois]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_Wells-Barnett Ida Wells-Barnett]], are mentioned, but the book doesn't say who they are or what they did. Consequently, all we have are names and no context. And in the end, they're reduced to leading a group of blacks through town, chanting. Although it's never stated, it's implied that they're doing this because that's what civil rights leaders ''do''.do. It's not like they found things like the [[http://www.naacp.org/content/main/ NAACP]] (which Du Bois did in 1909) or work as journalists for Chicago papers and write books and give lectures throughout Europe about lynching (which Wells-Barnett did starting in 1893).
* BatterUp: The Sojourner Truth School killer used in ''Jack and Jill'' uses a cut off, tape reinforced bat to kill his victims.



* DepravedBisexual: Geoffrey Shafer aka "The Weasel" is implied to be one.

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* DepravedBisexual: Geoffrey Shafer aka "The Weasel" is implied stated to be one.one, when they note that his male victim.



** In ''Cross the Line'' [[spoiler:DEA Agent Jed Potter who leaks information to the vigilante Regulators, tells them the name of a witness, and lets himself be shot and injured in the raid as cover]].
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: In ''Cross the Line'' [[spoiler:Jeb Whittaker the Naval Academy Instructor Cross and Samson meet while visiting the academy turns out to be both motorcycle vigilante Mercury and Regulators leader John Brown]].



* EvilCripple: [[spoiler:"John Brown" the Regulator's leader has an artificial leg]].



* Foreshadowing: In ''Cross the Line'' [[spoiler:Both Mercury and John Brown are both introduced noting that they take up an identity to go to war, because they are the same person]].



** The killer in ''Cross My Heart'' [[spoiler:Kenneth Carney's younger siblings where killed by his mom who was killed by his dad. This caused him to snap, form split personalities, and force prostitutes to drown children]].

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** The killer in ''Cross My Heart'' [[spoiler:Kenneth Carney's younger siblings where killed by his mom who was killed by his dad. This caused him to snap, form split personalities, and force prostitutes to drown children]].children the way his mother killed his siblings]].



** 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 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-loving cops would be especially unlikely not to.
** Ben Corbett's father is appointed judge in the trial of the three surviving Raiders (yes, they were arrested by the sheriff who's a Klansman and who believes in what they're doing). This makes no sense, as Judge Corbett seems pretty low on the judicial hierarchy. Corbett tries traffic cases. And small claims cases between neighbors. This is a case of attempted murder. Newsflash, Patterson: Corbett is a judge of a small-town CIVIL court, not the judge of a county or state CRIMINAL court. '''Corbett's court doesn't have jurisdiction.'''
** 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]]'' 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.

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** 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 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.arrested. iThe three surviving Raiders were arrested by the sheriff, despite who's a Klansman and who believes in what they're doing. 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-loving cops would be especially unlikely not to.
** Ben Corbett's father is appointed judge in judge, despite the trial of the three surviving Raiders (yes, they were arrested by the sheriff who's a Klansman and who believes in what they're doing). This makes no sense, as Judge Corbett seems pretty low on the judicial hierarchy. Corbett tries fact that he handles traffic cases. And cases and small claims cases between neighbors. This is a case of attempted murder. Newsflash, Patterson: Corbett means he is a judge of a small-town CIVIL civil court, not the judge of a county or state CRIMINAL court. '''Corbett's criminal court and his court doesn't have jurisdiction.'''
jurisdiction.
** 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]]'' in 1966. This novel is set somewhere between 1901 and 1909. Miranda rights don't EXIST exist yet; Ernesto Miranda himself wouldn't even be born until the '40s.



*** 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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*** Even if they weren't stolen, the grisly pictures are horrible, yes, and they are certainly proof that lynching ''exists,'' exists, which is what Roosevelt wanted Ben to find...find, but they aren't evidence of anything in ''this'' this case. They DO do prove that the men who went to the Crosses' house had ''attended'' attended lynchings. But they don't prove that these men went to the Crosses' to ''commit'' commit a lynching OR or that they attacked the Crosses with intent to commit murder, and any first-year law student would argue as much...
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If the pictures weren't considered prejudicial to the jury and thrown out of the evidence list during preparations for the trial.
*** And since 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 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 accounts of both the Crosses and the Raiders 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.
** When it's time for closing arguments, Jonah Curtis (the prosecutor) tells Ben to make the closing speech. Never mind that Ben isn't listed as an attorney for the prosecution, but as a prosecution ''witness'', and therefore has no right to make the speech.

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*** a) the The accounts of both the Crosses and the Raiders 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 There is STILL still no physical evidence that proves that the Raiders attacked the Crosses and not the Crosses the Raiders.
other way around.
** When it's time for closing arguments, Jonah Curtis (the prosecutor) tells Ben to make the closing speech. Never mind that Ben isn't listed as an attorney for the prosecution, but as a prosecution ''witness'', witness, and therefore has no right to make the speech.



* InNameOnly: ''Alex Cross's Trial'' is completely disconnected from the rest of the series, being a historical drama about racial segregation that happens to involve Alex Cross's ancestors. The justification is that it is [[ShowWithinAShow a book written by Alex Cross]]. It should be noted that despite James Patterson being known for using co-authors, ''Alex Cross's Trial'' is the only one that wasn't written only by Patterson himself.



* MadnessMantra: In ''Cat and Mouse'', [[spoiler:when Thomas Pierce is exposed as Mr. Smith, he starts repeating: I MURDERED ISABELLA CALAIS AND I CAN'T STOP THE KILLING. The first sentence is spelled out in his victims' initials. The second would have been.]]
* TheMole: In ''Roses Are Red'' the Mastermind turns out to be [[spoiler:FBI Agent Kyle Craig. He also helped out Casanova and the Gentleman Caller during ''Kiss The Girls'']].

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* MadnessMantra: MadnessMantra:
** The Sojourner Truth School killer in ''Jack and Jill'' inwardly does "Happy Happy Joy Joy" during his crimes.
**
In ''Cat and Mouse'', [[spoiler:when Thomas Pierce is exposed as Mr. Smith, he starts repeating: I MURDERED ISABELLA CALAIS AND I CAN'T STOP THE KILLING. The first sentence is spelled out in his victims' initials. The second would have been.]]
* TheMole: TheMole:
**
In ''Roses Are Red'' the Mastermind turns out to be [[spoiler:FBI Agent Kyle Craig. He also helped out Casanova and the Gentleman Caller during ''Kiss The Girls'']].Girls'']].
** In ''Cross the Line'' a woman is able to survive an attack from the vigilante Regulators, and agrees to act as a witness. Before she can, the Regulators receive a phone call telling them where she is, and they raid the safe house killing her. Agent Mahoney determines their is a traitor in the taskforce, and it is [[spoiler:DEA Agent Jed Potter who was shot and injured in the raid as cover]].


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* SickbedSlaying In ''Cross the Line'' [[spoiler:DEA Agent Jed Potter is killed by Jeb Whittaker by getting air pumped in his veins, after Potter tries to take control of the regulators]].


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* VigilanteMan In ''Cross the Line'':
** Mercury is a motorcycle rider who targets reckless drivers, because he lost his wife to a crash. [[spoiler:He is also the aforementioned John Brown]].
** The Regulators are a military trained group that targets drug and human trafficking, but later goes after the government. They are lead by a man known as "John Brown" who turns out to be [[spoiler:Naval Academy Instructor Jeb Whittaker]].
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** The killer in ''Cross My Heart'' [[spoiler:Kenneth Carney's younger siblings where killed by his mom who was killed by his dad. This caused him to snap, form split personalties, and force prostitutes to drown children]].

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** The killer in ''Cross My Heart'' [[spoiler:Kenneth Carney's younger siblings where killed by his mom who was killed by his dad. This caused him to snap, form split personalties, personalities, and force prostitutes to drown children]].children]].
* FriendOnTheForce:
** FBI Agent Kyle Craig acts as Cross's connection to the Bureau. Subverted in ''Roses Are Red'' [[spoiler:were he turns out to be the criminal known as the Mastermind]].
** In ''Cross'', when Cross leaves the FBI, he helps the investigation as a civilian consultant, with his former partner Sampson acting at this.
** After rejoining the Metro PD, Cross's former FBI partner Ned Mahoney acts as his federal connection.
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* ClearTheirName: In ''Cross Justice'' Alex's cousin is accused of murdering a young boy, and is facing the death penalty. Alex Cross helps defend him, but acknowledges that if he is guilty he will not have any problem watching him die. [[spoiler:It turns out the real killer was the boy's grandfather, who hated him for being part black]].
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* ''Cross Justice''
* ''Cross the Line''
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* AnonymousKillerNarrator: Almost every book contains this, except for the ones where the killer's identity is know from the beginning.

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* AnonymousKillerNarrator: Almost every book contains this, except for the ones where the killer's identity is know known from the beginning.
18th Apr '17 7:26:19 PM maxwellsilver
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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 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:

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* HollywoodHistory: HollywoodLaw: ''Alex Cross's Trial''. The book is about a white attorney, Ben Corbett, coming to his hometown of Eudora, Mississippi and investigating lynchings and 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:
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]].
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