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29th Oct '17 5:43:45 PM MarcusSLazarus
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* In ''Series/DeathInParadise'', one murderer tried to escape being caught by confessing to murder with one lie and one significant omission; [[spoiler: after he, impulsively, committed the murder, he cleaned up after it and then 'murdered' the victim again, in a different way. By leaving out what he did beforehand and confessing to the second murder as if he really thought he did murder the victim once the investigators began to poke, investigation would quickly reveal that the victim was already dead, leaving him having confessed to attempted murder (a serious crime, but not quite as serious as murder) and, the idea was, no longer a suspect for the real murder.]]
29th Oct '17 5:41:50 PM MarcusSLazarus
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* In ''Series/DeathInParadise'', one murderer tried to escape being caught by confessing to murder with one lie and one significant omission; [[spoiler: after he, impulsively, committed the murder, he cleaned up after it and then 'murdered' the victim again, in a different way. By leaving out what he did beforehand and confessing to the second murder as if he really thought he did murder the victim once the investigators began to poke, investigation would quickly reveal that the victim was already dead, leaving him having confessed to attempted murder (a serious crime, but not quite as serious as murder) and, the idea was, no longer a suspect for the real murder.]]
8th Oct '17 11:21:21 PM DoctorNemesis
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* The Literature/NeroWolfe novel ''The Second Confession'' features a man confessing to an accidental hit-and-run to avoid being suspected for [[spoiler: actually intending to kill the victim with the car.]]
27th Sep '17 10:17:15 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'': [[spoiler:Akira]] in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]] is given three years for grand theft. This is after committing murder and attempting to kill Joseph Joestar. Granted, explaining the murder would require the judge to know what Stands are (they're InvisibleToNormals). [[spoiler:Akira]] gladly takes the jail time, because the alternative is Josuke and Okuyasu kicking his ass every day for the rest of his life.

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* ''Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure'': ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': [[spoiler:Akira]] in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]] is given three years for grand theft. This is after committing murder and attempting to kill Joseph Joestar. Granted, explaining the murder would require the judge to know what Stands are (they're InvisibleToNormals). [[spoiler:Akira]] gladly takes the jail time, because the alternative is Josuke and Okuyasu kicking his ass every day for the rest of his life.
29th Aug '17 1:45:43 AM BigKlingy
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** The killer of the third case of ''Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2'' confesses to being an accomplice to another character's murder plan, and demands the trial end in a Not Guilty verdict for the defendant. Them being so insistent on a quick end to the trial makes Ryunosuke very suspicious though, and he gets the verdict postponed so they can hear one more testimony. Sure enough, it reveals they really murdered the victim personally.
2nd Jun '17 1:24:53 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''If This Goes On...'', Lyle is advised to pretend to commit a lesser offense to help cover up his involvement in LaResistance. He's further told that faithfully adhering to all of the regime's many laws is unusual enough to get the regime's attention, so he should "never try to pretend lily-white innocence". Lyle leaves evidence of gambling, gets "caught" and lectured on it, and then is let go.

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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''If This Goes On...'', ''Literature/IfThisGoesOn'', Lyle is advised to pretend to commit a lesser offense to help cover up his involvement in LaResistance. He's further told that faithfully adhering to all of the regime's many laws is unusual enough to get the regime's attention, so he should "never try to pretend lily-white innocence". Lyle leaves evidence of gambling, gets "caught" and lectured on it, and then is let go.
10th May '17 5:32:06 PM thatother1dude
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->'''Agent''': Now, before I give you the check, one more question. This place "Moe's" you left just before the accident. This is a business of some kind?
->'''Homer's Brain''': Don't tell him you were at a bar! But what else is open at night?
->'''Homer''': [[EmbarrassingCoverUp It's a pornography store. I was buying pornography.]]
->'''Homer's Brain''': Heh heh heh. I would've never thought of that.
-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]''', "Mr Plow."
28th Feb '17 7:41:30 PM MBI
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* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', Eli and Van Alden are caught trying to steal Capone's ledgers to give to the FBI; the only plausible cover they can come up with is that they were trying to steal Capone's money. (This is still a "lesser" crime but not by much; Capone eventually sees through the lie but it's questionable whether they would have survived even if he hadn't.)

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* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', Eli and Van Alden are caught trying to steal Capone's ledgers to give to the FBI; the only plausible cover they can come up with is that they were trying to steal Capone's money. (This is still a "lesser" crime but not by much; Capone eventually sees through the lie but it's questionable whether they he would have survived even if he hadn't.let them live either way.)
15th Feb '17 12:32:59 PM MBI
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* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', Eli and Van Alden are caught trying to steal Capone's ledgers to give to the FBI; the only plausible cover they can come up with is that they were trying to steal Capone's money. (This is still a "lesser" crime but not by much; Capone eventually sees through the lie but it's questionable whether they would have survived even if he hadn't.)
9th Feb '17 10:35:33 AM ShinyCottonCandy
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** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', the true killer of case 2 admits to trespassing, burglary and property damage when they say they [[spoiler:broke into the murder victim's office too try and steal a medical chart]]. By that time she had already admitted [[spoiler:she only married a mob boss's son for his money, and that the chart she was trying to get proved she knew said boss's son's life was in major danger, thus she was trying to protect her life]]. She also later in the case admits [[spoiler: that she threatened someone with a gun]]. She does all this because if she did not admit to any of these smaller crimes, then it would mean she was guilty of a much bigger crime: murder.

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** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', the true killer of case 2 admits to trespassing, burglary and property damage when they say they [[spoiler:broke into the murder victim's office too to try and steal a medical chart]]. By that time she had already admitted [[spoiler:she only married a mob boss's son for his money, and that the chart she was trying to get proved she knew said boss's son's life was in major danger, thus she was trying to protect her life]]. She also later in the case admits [[spoiler: that she threatened someone with a gun]]. She does all this because if she did not admit to any of these smaller crimes, then it would mean she was guilty of a much bigger crime: murder.
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