History Main / ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination

17th Nov '17 7:50:41 PM rjd1922
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** Used to great effect by John Wilkes Booth when he assassinated UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln at a crowded theater. There were ''soldiers'' present in the audience, with sidearms. Booth managed to shoot Lincoln, jump down from the President's box onto the stage, ''break his leg'' while landing, give a BondOneLiner, run offstage, leave the theater, get his horse, and gallop away. Nobody stopped him. From later witness interviews, reactions when it happened varied from "wait, is there a gunshot in this play? I don't think there is" to "oh, it's John Wilkes Booth, popular actor, I know that guy. Why's he jumping on stage in a play he's not in?" [[RefugeInAudacity The act was so brazen that by the time anyone wrapped their head around what had just happened, Booth was long gone]].

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** Used to great effect by John Wilkes Booth when he assassinated UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln at a crowded theater. There were ''soldiers'' present in the audience, with sidearms. Booth managed to shoot Lincoln, jump down from the President's box onto the stage, ''break his leg'' while landing, give a BondOneLiner, run offstage, leave the theater, get his horse, and gallop away. Nobody stopped him. From later witness interviews, reactions when it happened varied from "wait, is there a gunshot in this play? I don't think there is" to [[AllPartOfTheShow "oh, it's John Wilkes Booth, popular actor, I know that guy. Why's he jumping on stage in a play he's not in?" in?"]] [[RefugeInAudacity The act was so brazen that by the time anyone wrapped their head around what had just happened, Booth was long gone]].
4th Nov '17 7:29:37 AM ladyofprocrastination
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/NightWatch'', which is a sort of prequel, Lord Vetinari, then a student assassin kills [[TheCaligula one of the previous Patricians]] at a party. There is an explicit comparison with Death (a la ''Masque of the Red Death'') as effort had been made to spook the Patrician beforehand, so in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when Vetinari appeared, the Patrician died of a heart attack before he struck the fatal blow.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/NightWatch'', which is a sort of prequel, Lord Vetinari, then a student assassin kills [[TheCaligula one of the previous Patricians]] at a party. There is an explicit comparison with Death (a la ''Masque of the Red Death'') as effort had been made to spook the Patrician beforehand, so in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when Vetinari appeared, the Patrician died of a heart attack before he struck the fatal blow. Also a CMOA for his aunt, who had skillfully arranged the partygoers so that nobody would intervene.
25th Oct '17 8:27:54 AM StarTropes
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Mind's Eye", Geordi [=LaForge=] is captured by the Romulans and brainwashed to assassinate a Klingon governor, which would surely start a war between the Klingons and TheFederation. [[spoiler:Fortunately, Picard, Worf, and Data stop the assassination and expose the plot.]]
12th Sep '17 11:48:05 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': As part of his plan to get the NYPD to buy his Judas bullets and turn public opinion against Luke Cage, Willis "Diamondback" Stryker kills a random police officer by walking up to him and [[MegatonPunch punching him in the chest with a special glove]] that hurls the cop through the air and caves his chest in, and then saunters away shouting "I'M LUKE CAGE!" so everyone knows who (supposedly) did it.

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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': As part of his plan to get the NYPD to buy his Judas bullets and turn public opinion against Luke Cage, Willis "Diamondback" Stryker kills a random police officer by walking up to him and [[MegatonPunch punching him in the chest with a special glove]] that hurls the cop through the air and caves his chest in, and then saunters away shouting "I'M LUKE CAGE!" so everyone that every witness to the crime knows ''exactly'' who (supposedly) did it.
12th Sep '17 11:47:10 AM dmcreif
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** After corrupt detective Christian Blake gives up information to Matt Murdock, Wilson Fisk calls for him to be killed. Blake is subsequently shot by an ESU sniper on live TV while he and his partner Carl Hoffman are overseeing cops outside an abandoned building where Matt has holed up with Vladimir Ranskahov. [[SerialKillingSpecifcTarget The sniper also kills two random patrol officers to make Blake's shooting look random.]] But as if by a miracle, Blake survives, forcing Fisk to threaten Hoffman into [[SickbedSlaying poisoning Blake before he can speak out against his employer]].

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** After corrupt detective Christian Blake gives up information to Matt Murdock, Wilson Fisk calls for him to be killed. Blake is subsequently shot by an ESU sniper on live TV while he and his partner Carl Hoffman are overseeing cops outside an abandoned building where Matt has holed up with Vladimir Ranskahov. [[SerialKillingSpecifcTarget [[SerialKillingsSpecificTarget The sniper also kills two random patrol officers to make Blake's shooting look random.]] But as if by a miracle, Blake survives, forcing Fisk to threaten Hoffman into [[SickbedSlaying poisoning Blake before he can speak out against his employer]].
12th Sep '17 11:45:56 AM dmcreif
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** After corrupt detective Christian Blake gives up information to Matt Murdock, Wilson Fisk calls for him to be killed. Blake is subsequently shot by an ESU sniper on live TV while he and his partner Carl Hoffman are overseeing cops outside an abandoned building where Matt has holed up with Vladimir Ranskahov. [[SerialKillingsSpecifcTarget The sniper also kills two random patrol officers to make Blake's shooting look random.]] But as if by a miracle, Blake survives, forcing Fisk to threaten Hoffman into [[SickbedSlaying poisoning Blake before he can speak out against his employer]].

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** After corrupt detective Christian Blake gives up information to Matt Murdock, Wilson Fisk calls for him to be killed. Blake is subsequently shot by an ESU sniper on live TV while he and his partner Carl Hoffman are overseeing cops outside an abandoned building where Matt has holed up with Vladimir Ranskahov. [[SerialKillingsSpecifcTarget [[SerialKillingSpecifcTarget The sniper also kills two random patrol officers to make Blake's shooting look random.]] But as if by a miracle, Blake survives, forcing Fisk to threaten Hoffman into [[SickbedSlaying poisoning Blake before he can speak out against his employer]].
12th Sep '17 11:45:16 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
**After corrupt detective Christian Blake gives up information to Matt Murdock, Wilson Fisk calls for him to be killed. Blake is subsequently shot by an ESU sniper on live TV while he and his partner Carl Hoffman are overseeing cops outside an abandoned building where Matt has holed up with Vladimir Ranskahov. [[SerialKillingsSpecifcTarget The sniper also kills two random patrol officers to make Blake's shooting look random.]] But as if by a miracle, Blake survives, forcing Fisk to threaten Hoffman into [[SickbedSlaying poisoning Blake before he can speak out against his employer]].
**Frank Castle tends to mostly keep to the shadows, but he makes a fairly blatant showing when he shoots up Metro-General Hospital with a shotgun trying to chase after Grotto and Karen.


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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': As part of his plan to get the NYPD to buy his Judas bullets and turn public opinion against Luke Cage, Willis "Diamondback" Stryker kills a random police officer by walking up to him and [[MegatonPunch punching him in the chest with a special glove]] that hurls the cop through the air and caves his chest in, and then saunters away shouting "I'M LUKE CAGE!" so everyone knows who (supposedly) did it.
12th Sep '17 11:33:42 AM dmcreif
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** In the category of "attempted assassinations," UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was shot as he was about to make a speech -- which he went on to give. (See PocketProtector.) The speech -- the vast bulk of which is just ordinary campaigning -- is now often identified as "I Have Just Been Shot."

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** In the category of "attempted assassinations," UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was shot as he was about to make a speech -- which he went on to give. (See PocketProtector.) The speech -- the vast bulk of which is just ordinary campaigning -- is now often identified as just called the "I Have Just Been Shot."Shot" speech.



*** Bobby Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan while walking through a crowd during his campaign. Sirhan claims to have been brainwashed by the CIA.
** 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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*** Bobby Kennedy was shot gunned down by Sirhan Sirhan while walking through a crowd during his campaign. Sirhan claims to have been brainwashed by the CIA.
** Narrowly averted with UsefulNotes/GeraldFord, twice. In both instances, a secret service member noticed Secret Service agent spotted 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.



** 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 was a more likely factor than anything specific to Trump.

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** UsefulNotes/GeorgeBush UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush 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) possibility[[note]]John Hinckley Jr. had an obsession with actress Creator/JodieFoster after seeing her in ''Film/TaxiDriver''[[/note]]) and things such as twitter.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 was a more likely factor than anything specific to Trump.
12th Sep '17 11:31:17 AM dmcreif
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* Simon Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England at the time of the Peasant's Revolt (1381) was so unpopular that the guards at the Tower of London allowed the rebels to walk in and seize him. He was dragged to Tower Hill and beheaded.
* [[Series/{{Jeopardy}} U.S. Presidents for 400, Alex]]:

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* Simon Sudbury, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Chancellor of England at the time of the Peasant's Revolt (1381) (1381), [[AssholeVictim was so unpopular unpopular]] that the guards at the Tower of London allowed the rebels to walk in and seize him. He was dragged to Tower Hill and beheaded.
* [[Series/{{Jeopardy}} U.S. Presidents for 400, $400, Alex]]:



** Next was UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley, who was shot while gladhanding the crowd at the Pan-American Exposition. One of his bodyguards admitted at the trial that he may not have seen the assassin, Polish-American anarchist Leon Czogolsz, because he was distracted by the ScaryBlackMan standing behind him. (The crowd, including said ScaryBlackMan, did attack Czogolsz, and [=McKinley=], who knew he was dying, asked the bodyguards to stop them.)

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** Next was UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley, who was shot while gladhanding the crowd at the Pan-American Exposition. One of his bodyguards admitted at the trial that he may not have seen the assassin, Polish-American anarchist Leon Czogolsz, because he was distracted by the ScaryBlackMan standing behind him. (The crowd, including said ScaryBlackMan, did attack the ScaryBlackMan in question, ''did'' subdue Czogolsz, and [=McKinley=], who knew he was dying, asked the bodyguards to stop them.)) The assassination of [=McKinley=] was what prompted the [[PraetorianGuard Secret Service]] to add protection for Presidents to their duties (although it wasn't until 2003 that the Secret Service was transferred from the Treasury Department to the Department of Homeland Security[[note]]The Secret Service was originally created to counteract counterfeiting[[/note]]).



** TR's namesake and relative UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt was himself the target of an attempted assassination while President-Elect while in Florida in February 1933 (back then, the President was inaugurated in March); an Italian bricklayer and radical socialist (or something) Giuseppe Zangara shot FDR in the middle of a crowd hearing him speak from the back of a car (it was a semi-unplanned speech). Or should we say, shot ''at'' FDR, as the President-Elect was completely unharmed; the would-be assassin was so short that he had to stand on a chair to get a clear view, and even then a doctor's wife knocked into his arm, deflecting the first shot, and then pulled him down, keeping subsequent shots from going anywhere. However, some shots hit five other people. One was a local woman, who died shortly thereafter; the other eventually[[note]]He died three weeks later from ulcerative colitis that had arisen as a complication of his injuries[[/note]] killed UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Mayor Anton Cermak (who happened to be traveling with Roosevelt). The latter death fueled theories that Cermak had been the actual target and Zangara had been hired by TheMafia to kill a noted enemy of theirs: Cermak had stepped up enforcement against the Chicago Outfit. It mattered little, as the death of Cermak was enough to send Zangara to the electric chair.

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** TR's namesake and relative UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt was himself the target of an attempted assassination while President-Elect while in Florida in February 1933 (back then, (at the time, the President was inaugurated in March); an March; it moved to January 20th about ten years later); Italian bricklayer and radical socialist (or something) Giuseppe Zangara shot FDR in the middle of a crowd hearing him speak from the back of a car (it was a semi-unplanned speech). Or should we say, shot ''at'' FDR, as because the President-Elect was completely unharmed; the would-be assassin was so short that he had to stand on a chair to get a clear view, and even then a doctor's wife knocked into his arm, deflecting the first shot, and then pulled him down, keeping subsequent shots from going anywhere. However, some shots hit five other people. One was a local woman, who died shortly thereafter; the other eventually[[note]]He eventually[[note]]Cermak died three weeks later from ulcerative colitis that had arisen as a complication of his injuries[[/note]] killed UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Mayor Anton Cermak (who happened to be traveling with Roosevelt). The latter death fueled theories that Cermak had been the actual target and Zangara had been hired by TheMafia to kill a noted enemy of theirs: theirs, since Cermak had run an anti-organized crime campaign promising stepped up enforcement against the Chicago Outfit. It mattered little, as didn't matter who actually died and who was supposed to die though; the death of Cermak was enough to send Zangara to the electric chair.
31st Aug '17 12:13:06 AM PaulA
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* In ElmoreLeonard's ''Pronto'' mob hitmen Tommy Bucks lampshades the fact that he can walk into a crowded restaurant, shoot his target in the head and then walk out without any witnesses being able to fully identify him. It is implied that he killed people like this in the past but the one time he tries to do so in the book he is instead met by US Marshal Raylan Givens. Raylan plays out his own version of this trope since he is perfectly willing to gun down Tommy in a public place even if Tommy does not draw his gun first. Tommy murdered a man right in front of Raylan and was not charged with the crime so Raylan is determined to prove to Tommy that ultimately one cannot get away with committing a murder in front of a US Marshal.

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* In ElmoreLeonard's ''Pronto'' Creator/ElmoreLeonard's ''Pronto'', mob hitmen hitman Tommy Bucks lampshades the fact that he can walk into a crowded restaurant, shoot his target in the head and then walk out without any witnesses being able to fully identify him. It is implied that he killed people like this in the past but the one time he tries to do so in the book he is instead met by US Marshal Raylan Givens. Raylan plays out his own version of this trope since he is perfectly willing to gun down Tommy in a public place even if Tommy does not draw his gun first. Tommy murdered a man right in front of Raylan and was not charged with the crime so Raylan is determined to prove to Tommy that ultimately one cannot get away with committing a murder in front of a US Marshal.
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