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10th Sep '15 2:47:02 AM eroock
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A Subtrope of InfractionDistraction. Contrast FalseConfession, TakingTheHeat, and EmbarrassingCoverUp.

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A Subtrope of InfractionDistraction. Contrast FalseConfession, TakingTheHeat, and EmbarrassingCoverUp.EmbarrassingCoverup.
6th Sep '15 3:28:11 AM SSJMagus
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* In ''Series/{{24}}'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].

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* In ''Series/{{24}}'', ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].
6th Sep '15 3:27:41 AM SSJMagus
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* In ''{{Series/24}}'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].

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* In ''{{Series/24}}'', ''Series/{{24}}'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].
6th Sep '15 3:25:25 AM SSJMagus
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However, the fictional version confessing to a not only lesser but completely unrelated crime is significantly rarer in real life; typically when the authorities are interrogating a person they have ''some'' idea of what crime they actually suspect was committed.
29th Aug '15 11:29:46 PM MBI
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* On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine,'' Odo first met [[spoiler:Major Kira]] when investigating her for the murder of a Bajoran shopkeeper. Eventually she is forced to give her alibi: She could not have committed the crime because she is actually a Bajoran terrorist and was busy planting a bomb on a different part of the station at the time. It is not until years later that Odo discovers the truth: She actually did murder the man, who was a Cardassian collaborator; the bomb was set by an associate. (This is playing with the trope a bit, as planting the bomb is a much more serious crime, but it is also not the one Odo is investigating; he could still turn her in, but she plays on his sympathies to convince him not to.)

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* On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine,'' Odo first met [[spoiler:Major Kira]] when investigating her for the murder of a Bajoran shopkeeper. Eventually she is forced to give her alibi: She could not have committed the crime because she is actually a Bajoran terrorist and was busy planting a bomb on a different part of the station at the time. It is not until years later that Odo discovers the truth: She actually did murder the man, who was a Cardassian collaborator; the bomb was set by an associate. (This is playing with the trope a bit, as planting the bomb is a much more actually the *more* serious crime, but it is also not the one Odo is investigating; he could still turn her in, but she plays on his sympathies to convince him not to.))
** Quark tries to holo-record Major Kira for a holosuite porn program; when he's spotted, he lies that he's putting together a battle simulator with the DS9 crew (still illegal, but less icky). Kira isn't fooled for a moment.
24th Jul '15 7:13:54 AM Dragon101
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* In ''{{24}}'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].

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* In ''{{24}}'', ''{{Series/24}}'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].
24th Jul '15 7:13:00 AM Dragon101
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* In ''Series/24'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].

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* In ''Series/24'', ''{{24}}'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].
24th Jul '15 7:11:46 AM Dragon101
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* In ''Series/24'', Jack Bauer [[EnhancedInterrogationTechniques tortures]] his own brother Graeme after discovering he was involved in the terrorist events of the day. His brother admits to being behind the assassination of ex-President David Palmer and to several attempts on Jacks' own life, and admits that the "terrorists of the day" more or less stole from and double-crossed his company to carry out their campaign. After Jack leaves, though, their father- revealed to be the BigBad of the season- talks to Graeme and asks why he gave up that much, and Graeme admits that he had to tell Jack ''something'' to get him to stop the torture- no matter how bad the stuff he told Jack was, it was really just the tip of the iceberg as both of them are involved in serious, far-reaching criminal conspiracies [[spoiler: and thus his dad [[OffingTheOffspring murders him]] before he can tell Jack anything else]].
4th Jun '15 10:25:01 AM LordInsane
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* One episode of ''Series/DeathInParadise'' has a murderer confess to murder after having set up things so that the murder confessed to seems like ''attempted'' murder upon further investigation on account of the victim already being dead at the time (lesser crime being a relative matter -- attempted murder is a serious crime liable to get you several years in prison, but it's not quite as serious in sentencing as a successful murder).
19th May '15 11:19:51 AM Tsura
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*** Depending on how you interpret your defendant's personality, considering he's [[spoiler: a master thief and a very intelligent one, he may have actually gone through this on purpose so that he can't be accused of his crime again, invoking double jeopardy and making this a possible aversion.]]
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