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1st Mar '17 7:38:43 AM Morgenthaler
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** Dexter himself does this to mislead the agents investigating his own murders. In a twist, his attempt to mislead actually helps the FBI agent to narrow down the investigation to somebody within the police department. This is because Dexter sends them a 'manifesto' of his crimes that's all over the map, causing Agent Lundy to deduce that the person is personally familiar with police profiling and was hoping to send them on a wild goose chase.

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** Dexter himself does this to mislead the agents investigating his own murders. In a twist, his attempt to mislead actually helps the FBI agent to narrow down the investigation to somebody within the police department. This is because Dexter sends them a 'manifesto' of his crimes that's all over the map, causing Agent Lundy to deduce that the person perpetrator is personally familiar with police profiling and was hoping to send them on a wild goose chase.
1st Mar '17 7:37:27 AM Morgenthaler
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** Dexter himself does this to mislead the agents investigating his own murders. In a twist, his attempt to mislead actually helps the FBI agent to narrow down the investigation.

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** Dexter himself does this to mislead the agents investigating his own murders. In a twist, his attempt to mislead actually helps the FBI agent to narrow down the investigation.investigation to somebody within the police department. This is because Dexter sends them a 'manifesto' of his crimes that's all over the map, causing Agent Lundy to deduce that the person is personally familiar with police profiling and was hoping to send them on a wild goose chase.



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has done this twice. In "The Fisher King", an unsub mostly just wanted to send them on a quest. Some of the team worked on it like a normal case, some of the team followed the breadcrumbs. The trail of breadcrumbs solved the case, and not following the rules nearly got one of the BAU killed. In "Masterpiece" [[spoiler: the clues led to a trap. Luckily, they figured that part out in time.]]

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has done this twice. ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
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In "The Fisher King", an unsub mostly just wanted to send them on a quest. Some of the team worked on it like a normal case, some of the team followed the breadcrumbs. The trail of breadcrumbs solved the case, and not following the rules nearly got one of the BAU killed. killed.
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In "Masterpiece" [[spoiler: the clues led to a trap. Luckily, they figured that part out in time.]]
13th Jan '17 12:19:24 AM benda
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* Others who sent letters (some of them more coherent than others) include Son of Sam, BTK, and the Axeman of New Orleans. Usually, the capture had little to do with the any attempted mind games: Son of Sam was captured when a witness saw him loitering suspiciously near his illegally parked car around the time of the shootings then confessed quickly. BTK was caught after a floppy disk he sent was traced to a computer registered by a local church (after being assured by investigators in a previous comunication that oh yeah, they totally wouldn't be able to trace a floppy disk in any way).

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* Others who sent letters (some of them more coherent than others) include Son of Sam, BTK, and the Axeman of New Orleans. Usually, the capture had little to do with the any attempted mind games: Son of Sam was captured when a witness saw him loitering suspiciously near his illegally parked car around the time of the shootings then confessed quickly. BTK was caught after a floppy disk he sent was traced to a computer registered by a local church (after ([[WhatAnIdiot after being assured by investigators in a previous comunication that communication that oh yeah, they totally wouldn't be able to trace a floppy disk in any way).way]]).
30th Dec '16 9:27:58 AM nombretomado
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** One [[ComicBook/BatmanAdventures comic]] set in TheDCAU had Batman ''fail'' to decypher the Riddler's clues; he stumbled upon the crime because he was following three other crooks who had the same target. When the Riddler realizes this, he doesn't care that he's going to jail because as far as he's concerned, he ''won''.

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** One [[ComicBook/BatmanAdventures comic]] set in TheDCAU the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse had Batman ''fail'' to decypher decipher the Riddler's clues; he stumbled upon the crime because he was following three other crooks who had the same target. When the Riddler realizes this, he doesn't care that he's going to jail because as far as he's concerned, he ''won''.
19th Dec '16 9:06:10 AM CaptainSkywalker
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* The East Area Rapist or the Original Night Stalker a serial killer and serial rapist would write poems to police. Though he's more infamously known for sending taunting phone calls to his victims and to the police including a 1977 911 call to the Sacramento Police Department saying how they will never catch him labeling them dumb fuckers. Like the Zodiac the EAR/ONS was never caught, though unlike the Zodiac the EAR/ONS is believed to still be alive today and the investigation is still in progress.
30th Sep '16 8:31:35 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''VideoGame/HopkinsFBI'' had a [[IdiotPlot pretty stupid one]]. Serial killer/terrorist/cartoon villain Bernie Berckson has murdered several woman and hidden their corpses with clues leading sequentially to each other. He then challenges the titular FBI agent to find them all, with the final clue supposedly leading to his kidnapped girlfriend Samantha. Both the clues and their intended solutions [[MoonLogicPuzzle make little sense]] and are subject to heavy amounts of FridgeLogic as to how Berckson could have set some of them up. [[spoiler: And of course all of this was set up so that Hopkins would shoot and kill Samantha trying to get the last clue.]]

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* ''VideoGame/HopkinsFBI'' had a [[IdiotPlot pretty stupid one]]. Serial killer/terrorist/cartoon villain Bernie Berckson has murdered several woman and hidden their corpses with clues leading sequentially to each other. He then challenges the titular FBI agent to find them all, with the final clue supposedly leading to his kidnapped girlfriend Samantha. Both the clues and their intended solutions [[MoonLogicPuzzle make little sense]] and are subject [[MST3KMantra it's best not to heavy amounts think about]] [[FridgeLogic the absurd amount of FridgeLogic as to how preparation and foresight Berckson could must have had]] to have set some of them it all up. [[spoiler: And of course all of this was set up so that Hopkins would shoot and kill Samantha trying to get the last clue.]]
20th Aug '16 12:09:40 AM marcoasalazarm
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* InvokedTrope on ''Anime/CatsEye'': By openly announcing in advance which item they will steal, sometimes with a riddle and sometimes leaving behind a clue of what they will steal ''next'' after they stole something, the sisters occasionally con the cops into doing what they think are the better measures to safeguard an item... which instead leaves it wide open for stealing. Most of the time, though, they are showing off.

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* InvokedTrope and played with on ''Anime/CatsEye'': ''Manga/CatsEye'': By openly announcing in advance which item they will steal, sometimes with a riddle and sometimes leaving behind a clue of what they will steal ''next'' after they stole something, the sisters occasionally con the cops into doing what they think are the better measures to safeguard an item... which instead leaves it wide open for stealing. Most of the time, though, they are showing off.
20th Aug '16 12:08:37 AM marcoasalazarm
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* InvokedTrope on ''Anime/BlackCat'': By openly announcing in advance which item they will steal, sometimes with a riddle and sometimes leaving behind a clue of what they will steal ''next'' after they stole something, the sisters occasionally con the cops into doing what they think are the better measures to safeguard an item... which instead leaves it wide open for stealing. Most of the time, though, they are showing off.

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* InvokedTrope on ''Anime/BlackCat'': ''Anime/CatsEye'': By openly announcing in advance which item they will steal, sometimes with a riddle and sometimes leaving behind a clue of what they will steal ''next'' after they stole something, the sisters occasionally con the cops into doing what they think are the better measures to safeguard an item... which instead leaves it wide open for stealing. Most of the time, though, they are showing off.
18th Aug '16 10:21:13 AM KeithM
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* Terry Blair, a serial killer in Kansas City who was featured on ''TheFirst48'' which was filming in the city at the time, called 911 to report the location of some of the bodies of his victims, which was their first indication they actually had a serial killer, and taunt the police. In an example of a real-life [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfire]], detectives were able to use the cell tower data to identify the area he was calling from and then the background sounds on the call to narrow it down to the street, which allowed them to home in on Blair as a suspect.
18th Aug '16 10:03:56 AM marcoasalazarm
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* InvokedTrope on ''Anime/BlackCat'': By openly announcing in advance which item they will steal, sometimes with a riddle and sometimes leaving behind a clue of what they will steal ''next'' after they stole something, the sisters occasionally con the cops into doing what they think are the better measures to safeguard an item... which instead leaves it wide open for stealing. Most of the time, though, they are showing off.
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