History Main / ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination

27th Mar '17 7:19:57 AM hszmv1
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** Finally, like [=McKinley=], UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was shot by an apparent admirer among the crowd he was greeting. Again, the crowd and Secret Service attacked Hinckley (reacting very quickly in this case).

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** Finally, like Narrowly averted with UsefulNotes/GeraldFord, twice. In both instances, a secret service member noticed the weapon while walking on the advanced route of Ford's walking route. The second one occurred within three weeks of the former, and was much closer to actually hitting Ford (the assassin had purchased the gun just that morning and was unfamiliar with aiming it. The bullet strayed only six inches from Ford). Notable in that both incidents are the only time in history where a U.S. President was targeted for assassination by a woman.
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[=McKinley=], UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was shot by an apparent admirer among the crowd he was greeting. Again, the crowd and Secret Service attacked Hinckley (reacting very quickly in this case).case).
** UsefulNotes/GeorgeBush had an attempted assassin lob a grenade onto the stage he was speaking from in Poland. The grenade was a dud, sparing both the President and the Polish dignitary he was with, though confusing everyone as to which of the two men was the intended target. In another incident, an Iraqi man attempted to throw his shoes at Bush (a very offensive insult in Arabic culture) while in the middle of a press conference, only for Bush to [[NonchalantDodge reveal he was secretly a ninja.]] Secret Service, acting in the heat of the moment, tackled and arrested the man anyway. Unlike many other matters in the real life section, the public was generally amused at this, again, mostly for Bush's dodging of the shoes and the general culturally specific nature of the insult.
** Seeing as how the above mentioned list is the bulk of the Presidential Assassinations, it goes without saying that the Secret Service takes this matter very seriously. This goes to celebrities who do so in art (considering the nature of the Reagan attempt, wacky fan taking the celebrity serious is a historical possibility) and things such as twitter. In fact, a former Secret Service agent remarked that the "higher than normal" number of threats to UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump was more likely due to the rise of Twitter and an overall trend of Republican presidents being targeted in general (the theory being that radical conservatives tend to be staunch Christians, and as we like to point out on this very wiki, [[Series/Firefly the Bible has some quite specific rules about killing]]) was a more likely factor than anything specific to Trump. Yes, a drunk tweet is enough of a threat to merit the secret service looking in on you. Oh, and they have a 98% conviction rate, which is the best of any federal law enforcement agency.
** As a general rule, most Americans abhor this threat, regardless of their own feelings about the current president, and feel that it hurts the country more than helps it. One theory is that, given the confused nature of the coverage following the Kennedy and Reagan assasinations as to who was currently in charge and the fact that both came at very active times during the cold war made people initially fear an outside action and look down upon the fellow American who would bring about that panic. During the immediate hours following the 9/11 attacks, the whereabouts of the President and who was in charge were enough of a concern to keep the public mindset very much turned against those who would joke about this trope with regards to the current President (BlackComedy about past assassinations get little protest from Americans as are action movies with a plot that relies on this with a fictional President. But don't expect to make a joke about current President and not get public demands from even the most critical politician to the Secret Service calling for them to investigate you).
24th Mar '17 6:37:04 PM Lopiny
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** Eversor temple assassins exist to kill their target in most public and brutal way possible. It is said to be the most effective against Orks and Khornate followers, since both of them ultimately respect brute force.

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** Eversor temple assassins exist to kill their target ([[AxCrazy and everyone within the same square mile as the target]]) in most public and brutal way possible. It is said to be the most effective against Orks and Khornate followers, since both of them ultimately respect brute force.
8th Feb '17 11:07:36 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* There really was a conspicuously public assassination attempt on Qinshihuangdi (the same emperor of Qin as depicted in the above film); Qin law prevented anyone in the court from carrying weapons in the throne room, and the emperor was, at first, in too much of a panic to draw his own sword or to call for the armed guards waiting outside. According to some sources, there wasn't enough ROOM to draw his sword...and a courtier had to motion for him to draw vertically.

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* There really was a conspicuously public assassination attempt on Qinshihuangdi (the same emperor of Qin as depicted in the above film); Qinshihuangdi; Qin law prevented anyone in the court from carrying weapons in the throne room, and the emperor was, at first, in too much of a panic to draw his own sword or to call for the armed guards waiting outside. According to some sources, there wasn't enough ROOM to draw his sword...and a courtier had to motion for him to draw vertically.



* Zigzagged with the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire: some assassinations were carried out discreetly, others...not so much. And some even in-between. For specific examples, TheOtherWiki is chock full of them, but those that come to mind most prominently are those of Gaius Julius Caesar and Tiberius Gracchus; the first was a halfway example (done in the Senate, and a significant portion of the conspirators were Senators, though the public didn't know what happened until immediately after), with the second being a full-on public example done on the fly (the Senate was not fond of Gracchus' Populari reform attempts, and went outside en masse during a meeting of the Tribunal to openly beat him and his immediate supporters to death with anything they could get their hands on, lead by his older cousin who claimed he was going to try and become a new King of Rome).

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* Zigzagged with the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire: some assassinations were carried out discreetly, others...not so much. And much and some even in-between. For specific examples, TheOtherWiki is chock full of them, but those that come to mind most prominently a sample are those of Gaius Julius Caesar and Tiberius Gracchus; the first was a halfway example (done in the Senate, and a significant portion of the conspirators were Senators, though the public didn't know what happened until immediately after), with the second being a full-on public example done on the fly (the Senate was not fond of Gracchus' Populari reform attempts, and went outside en masse during a meeting of the Tribunal to openly beat him and his immediate supporters to death with anything they could get their hands on, lead by his older cousin who claimed he was going to try and become a new King of Rome).
8th Feb '17 10:59:30 AM ChaoticNovelist
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So there's the EvilOverlord sitting on his throne, when a figure in black suddenly appears looking like Death himself. He strikes a fatal blow and the crowd is so shocked (and/or the victim so [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating unpopular]], which can overlap with BodyguardBetrayal if the people supposed to provide security either stand by and let it happen or even help out) that no one makes much effort to stop the assassin. As was noted by the titular assassin of ''Day of the Jackal'', assassination is relatively easy; getting away is the hard part. However, this is the opposite, a RefugeInAudacity on the assassin's part, which no one minds because it is [[RuleOfCool just that cool]] or they're simply dumbstruck.

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So there's the EvilOverlord sitting on his throne, when a figure in black suddenly appears looking like Death himself. He strikes a fatal blow and the crowd is so shocked (and/or the victim so [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating unpopular]], which can overlap with BodyguardBetrayal if the people supposed to provide security either stand by and let it happen or even help out) that no one makes much effort to stop the assassin. As was noted by the titular assassin of ''Day of the Jackal'', assassination is relatively easy; getting away is the hard part. However, this is the opposite, a RefugeInAudacity on the assassin's part, which no one minds because it is [[RuleOfCool just that cool]] or they're simply dumbstruck.

Aiding this is if the victim so [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating unpopular]] that BodyguardBetrayal occurs. The people supposed to provide security either stand by and let it happen or help out. This would definitely make the escape easier.




** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', every assassination is like this, owing to the fact that the PlayerCharacter and everyone in his group are TheHashshashin. A failed attempt at one of these in the beginning of the game gets your character busted down to novice, mostly for being an overconfident and arrogant idiot.

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** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', every assassination is like this, owing to the fact that the PlayerCharacter and everyone in his group are TheHashshashin. A a failed attempt at one of these in the beginning of the game gets your character Altaïr busted down to novice, mostly novice for being an overconfident and arrogant idiot.idiot. The second tenant of the titular Creed states "hide in plain sight/ always act with discretion". When he successfully performs one later in the game, Malik scolds him for not being capable of killing quietly. In regards to gameplay, performing one of these is bound to get Altaïr swarmed by guards. Regardless, it's implied that many assassinations are like this, owing to the fact that this group is based on the TheHashshashin.



** About three-fourths of the assassinations in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' are still perfect examples of this trope. The first, before the PlayerCharacter has actually learned the idea of restraint and stealth at all, is even carried out in broad daylight, at a social event of sorts. Ezio has the time to stab his target's corpse repeatedly and scream his own name to the heavens (with all the gusto of a man on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge) while onlookers gasp/scream and the guards began to catch on. Tellingly, he is [[WhatTheHellHero called out on this]], among other things in the game that showed lack of respect.

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** About three-fourths of the assassinations in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' are still perfect examples of this trope. The first, before the PlayerCharacter Ezio has actually learned the idea of restraint and stealth at all, is even carried out in broad daylight, at a social event of sorts. Ezio has the time to stab his target's corpse repeatedly and scream his own name to the heavens (with all the gusto of a man on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge) while onlookers gasp/scream and the guards began to catch on. Tellingly, he is [[WhatTheHellHero called out on this]], among other things in the game that showed lack of respect.
22nd Dec '16 8:31:46 PM MitchellTF
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* There really was a conspicuously public assassination attempt on Qinshihuangdi (the same emperor of Qin as depicted in the above film); Qin law prevented anyone in the court from carrying weapons in the throne room, and the emperor was, at first, in too much of a panic to draw his own sword or to call for the armed guards waiting outside.

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* There really was a conspicuously public assassination attempt on Qinshihuangdi (the same emperor of Qin as depicted in the above film); Qin law prevented anyone in the court from carrying weapons in the throne room, and the emperor was, at first, in too much of a panic to draw his own sword or to call for the armed guards waiting outside. According to some sources, there wasn't enough ROOM to draw his sword...and a courtier had to motion for him to draw vertically.
22nd Dec '16 8:16:49 PM MitchellTF
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** In fact, it's likely an InvokedTrope. And even if it wasn't, it's justified, as the emphasis is more on 'Crazy' then "Brainwashed".

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** In fact, it's likely an InvokedTrope. And even if it wasn't, it's justified, as the emphasis is more on 'Crazy' then "Brainwashed". And at least one was veritably fighting from the inside.
15th Nov '16 8:36:46 PM epoxy
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* In ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'' the Crown Prince of Japan is shot as he delivers public speech. [[spoiler: The assassin intended to be caught and serve as a PretextForWar between Japan and the Reich.]]
30th Oct '16 3:32:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', an assassin knows about the Jackal quote, so he simply decides not to worry about escaping. He smuggles a rifle into the country as a decoy, and his ''actual'' plan is to infiltrate the crowd and run up to his target with a combat knife and flower bouquet full of explosives. Fortunately, the heroes are {{badass}} enough to figure it out JustInTime and stop him.

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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', an assassin knows about the Jackal quote, so he simply decides not to worry about escaping. He smuggles a rifle into the country as a decoy, and his ''actual'' plan is to infiltrate the crowd and run up to his target with a combat knife and flower bouquet full of explosives. Fortunately, the heroes are {{badass}} badass enough to figure it out JustInTime and stop him.



** Saladin besieged their chief Syrian stronghold of Masyaf during his reconquest of Outremer in 1176. He later lifted the siege after an assassin [[{{Badass}} Rashid ad-Din Sinan]] snuck into Saladin's tent in the heart of his camp, and left a poisoned cake and a note on Saladin's chest as he slept saying "You are in our grip" and then snuck back out of the camp unharmed.

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** Saladin besieged their chief Syrian stronghold of Masyaf during his reconquest of Outremer in 1176. He later lifted the siege after an assassin [[{{Badass}} Rashid ad-Din Sinan]] Sinan snuck into Saladin's tent in the heart of his camp, and left a poisoned cake and a note on Saladin's chest as he slept saying "You are in our grip" and then snuck back out of the camp unharmed.
15th Oct '16 9:17:26 PM DanaO
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** Jhereg assassinations are conspicuous in general, since most of the victims are Jhereg and fellow members of [[TheSyndicate the Organization]], and the Empire isn't especially concerned so long as no bystanders get hurt. It's quite common for Jhereg to get knifed while at a restaurant or walking down the street.

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** Jhereg assassinations are conspicuous in general, since most of the victims are Jhereg and fellow members of [[TheSyndicate the Organization]], and the Empire isn't especially concerned so long as no bystanders get hurt. It's quite common for Jhereg to get knifed while at a restaurant or walking down the street. In-universe this gets justified as being the most practical approach: trying for indirect kills like poisoning or "accidents" risks leaving an alert target who might be able to trace back to you, and trying to sneak past security means multiple chances to get caught and into fights which ''can't'' end with the target dead. Professional assassins generally work with no backup, prioritize their own survival over quick success, and are willing to wait (in some cases, years) for the moment when a quick and direct approach will work.
6th Oct '16 11:19:28 AM dmcreif
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* ''Film/RoadToPerdition''. The man Tom Hanks is after is under the protection of the Chicago mob, so he steals a pile of their money, agreeing to return it if they let him have his revenge. We then see Tom Hanks entering a Chicago hotel, walking past mob guards on all floors who make no attempt to stop him, entering a room where he casually shoots dead his target, then walking out again.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheTerminator''. The T-800 Model 101 decimates a local police station and in the sequel ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Judgment Day]]'', the local police get some pictures of the T-800 and immediately recognize that this is the same suspect that destroyed the police station in The Terminator.

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* ''Film/RoadToPerdition''. The man Tom Hanks Michael Sullivan Sr. is after Conner Rooney, who murdered Sullivan's wife Annie and son Peter. Thing is, Rooney is under the protection of the Chicago mob, so he syndicate. He steals a pile money from some of their money, agreeing the syndicate's bank and agrees to return it if they let him give up Conner. They do so after Sullivan reluctantly kills his mentor, Conner's father John Rooney, so that the Chicago syndicate have his revenge. no reason to continue protecting Conner. We then see Tom Hanks Sullivan entering a Chicago hotel, walking past mob guards on all floors who make no attempt to stop him, entering a room where he casually shoots dead his target, then walking out again.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheTerminator''. The T-800 Model 101 decimates a local police station and in the sequel ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Judgment Day]]'', the local police LAPD get some pictures of the T-800 and immediately recognize that this is the same suspect that destroyed the police station in The Terminator.



* ''Film/{{Gangs of New York}}'': Vallon attempts one of these on Bill the Butcher. Some of his exposition monologue earlier in the film even hangs a lampshade on it, saying "When you kill a king, you don't use a knife in the dark... you do it where the whole court can watch him die." It doesn't go so well...

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* ''Film/{{Gangs of New York}}'': Amsterdam Vallon attempts one of these on Bill the Butcher. Some of his exposition monologue earlier in the film even hangs a lampshade on it, saying "When you kill a king, you don't use a knife in the dark... you do it where the whole court can watch him die." It doesn't go so well...



* Michael in ''Film/TheGodfather''. A gun is left for him in a restaurant bathroom: he gets up from his parley with the targets (one of whom is the chief of police), comes back from the toilet and shoots them each once in the head, then drops the gun on the floor and calmly walks out the front door. Sure, he has to flee the country afterwards, but he gets away with it.

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* Michael Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather''. ''Film/TheGodfather'' wants to get rid of a rival who was behind an attempt on Vito's life, as well as a corrupt police captain in said guy's pocket. A gun is left for him in a restaurant bathroom: he gets up from his parley with the targets (one of whom is the chief of police), targets, comes back from the toilet and shoots them each once in the head, then drops the gun on the floor and calmly walks out the front door. Sure, he has to flee the country afterwards, but he gets away with it.



* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' features a not-so-subtle attempt on Nick Fury's life as a bunch of corrupt police officers descend on Nick in his armored SUV, fill it with assault rifle fire and attempting to bash in the door with a hydraulic ram, then chaotically chase him down through the streets of Washington DC before he runs into the Winter Soldier, who slaps a sticky mine to the bottom of his vehicle and detonates it, flipping it onto its roof. Nick manages to escape his SUV by cutting the roof (and the pavement below into the sewers) with a handheld plasma cutter (although he's substantially banged up). [[spoiler:Later Nick is successfully targeted in Steve Rogers's apartment by the Winter Soldier sniping him through the wall, subverting the earlier ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination]]. It turns out that every possible scenario from this assassination attempt was a win-win for HYDRA: [[spoiler: If they killed Fury, then HYDRASHIELD would be able to use the incredibly public action to justify Project Insight to the World Security Council. If they failed, the massive chaos would still be used as a justification and they'd possibly even get the skeptical Fury on their side for it. If he died later, it didn't matter either way.]]
** Less justified later in the movie with the equally conspicuous attempts to assassinate Steve and friends (first by ''launching a missile'' at [[spoiler:the old army base where they'd traced the USB to, on US soil no less]], then by [[spoiler:sending the Winter Soldier after them in broad daylight in the middle of a busy freeway]])... unless you subscribe to the fanon that [[spoiler:HYDRA was getting careless about how they used the Winter Soldier because Project Insight would have made him redundant and once it was up and running they were planning to put him on ice indefinitely, use him as a scapegoat or kill him]].

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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' features a not-so-subtle attempt on Nick Fury's life as a bunch of corrupt police officers descend on Nick in his armored SUV, fill it with assault rifle fire and attempting to bash in the door with a hydraulic ram, then chaotically chase him down through the streets of Washington DC before he runs into the Winter Soldier, who slaps a sticky mine to the bottom of his vehicle and detonates it, flipping it onto its roof. Nick manages to escape his SUV by cutting the roof (and the pavement below into the sewers) with a handheld plasma cutter (although he's substantially banged up). [[spoiler:Later Later Nick is successfully targeted in Steve Rogers's apartment by the Winter Soldier sniping him through the wall, subverting the earlier ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination]]. attempt. [[XanatosGambit It turns out that every possible scenario from this assassination attempt was a win-win for HYDRA: [[spoiler: If they killed Fury, HYDRA]]: Fury dies, then HYDRASHIELD would be able to can use the incredibly public action to justify Project Insight to the World Security Council. If they failed, The attempt fails, the massive chaos would can still be used as a justification and they'd possibly they can even get the skeptical Fury on their side for it. If he died dies later, it didn't matter either way.]]
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** Less justified later in the movie with the equally conspicuous attempts to assassinate Steve and friends (first by ''launching a missile'' at [[spoiler:the old army base where they'd traced the USB to, on US soil no less]], then by [[spoiler:sending the Winter Soldier after them in broad daylight in the middle of a busy freeway]])... unless you subscribe to the fanon that [[spoiler:HYDRA was getting careless about how they used the Winter Soldier because Project Insight would have made him redundant and once it was up and running they were planning to put him on ice indefinitely, use him as a scapegoat scapegoat, or kill him]].



* Nucky Thompson suffers an assassination attempt in each season of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. In the first season, the D'Alessio brothers try to gun him down on a crowded boardwalk during a summer night; in the second one, it's [[spoiler: his former protege, James Darmody]], in an even more crowded nightclub, while heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey is giving a speech as part of an advertising campaign. Both times the killer is actually under orders of a bigger fish that wants to replace Thompson as the crime boss of Atlantic City and wants people to see his rival's demise. Every other assassination in the show happens in a more private setting and is successful more often than not.

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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' sees Nucky Thompson suffers get subject to an assassination attempt in each season of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. once per season. In the first season, the D'Alessio brothers try to gun him down on a crowded boardwalk during a summer night; night, but the shot is deflected and instead hits a nearby woman; in the second one, it's [[spoiler: his former protege, James Darmody]], protege Jimmy Darmody, in an even more crowded nightclub, while heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey is giving a speech as part of an advertising campaign. Both times The third attempt is when Babette's on the killer boardwalk is blown up on Gyp Rosetti's orders. The assassin is always actually under orders of a bigger fish that wants to replace Thompson Nucky as the crime boss of Atlantic City and wants people to see his rival's demise. Every other assassination in the show happens in a more private setting and is successful more often than not.



** In the pilot, Ian Sykes, disguised as a painter, open fire on a campaign rally with a Weatherby Fibermark rifle, supposedly trying to kill mayoral candidate Warren St. Claire. St. Claire survives, but his bodyguard Jason Ronstadt is fatally shot. Then it turns out Ronstadt was Sykes's target, not St. Claire at all, and Sykes's employer (the candidate's campaign manager Gavin Lloyd, who had originally hired Sykes to kill a woman named Nicole Vasques who had found evidence that Lloyd was embezzling money, and had originally solicited Ronstadt to commit that murder) wanted Ronstadt killed in public because it would look like an attempt on St. Claire's life, giving the guy extra publicity and an upswing in votes.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus," disgruntled trapeze artist Natasha Lovara shoots and kills her ex-husband Sergei at a crowded outdoor café. She does it here because everyone currently assumes [[ObfuscatingDisability she's confined to a wheelchair after she broke her foot in an accidental fall]], and she needs witnesses to see the shooter perform feats that no woman with a broken right foot could possibly do.

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** In the pilot, Ian Sykes, disguised as a painter, open fire on a campaign rally with a Weatherby Fibermark rifle, supposedly trying to kill mayoral candidate Warren St. Claire. St. Claire survives, but his bodyguard Jason Ronstadt is fatally shot. Then it turns out Ronstadt was Sykes's target, not St. Claire at all, and Sykes's employer (the candidate's campaign manager Gavin Lloyd, manager, who had originally hired Sykes to kill a woman named Nicole Vasques volunteer who had found evidence that Lloyd was embezzling money, and had originally solicited Ronstadt to commit that murder) wanted Ronstadt killed in public because it would look like an attempt on St. Claire's life, giving the guy extra publicity and an upswing in votes.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus," disgruntled trapeze artist Natasha Lovara shoots and kills her ex-husband Sergei at a crowded outdoor café.caf&eacute. She does it here because everyone currently assumes [[ObfuscatingDisability she's confined to a wheelchair after she broke her foot in an accidental fall]], and she needs witnesses to see the shooter perform feats that no woman with a broken right foot could possibly do.
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