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8th Sep '17 5:18:29 PM NightShade96
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* In ''Film/TheSnowman2017'', Harry Hole declares that the killer is playing games with them.
28th Aug '17 6:08:26 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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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 ([[WhatAnIdiot after being assured by investigators in a previous communication 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 ([[WhatAnIdiot after (after being assured by investigators in a previous communication that oh yeah, they totally wouldn't be able to trace a floppy disk in any way]]).way).
13th Jul '17 1:02:42 PM hszmv1
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** Prior to his assignment to the X-Files, Mulder was a criminal profile and wrote the profile that got one man convicted to a death sentance. When the man claims he's psychic and can help the police find the kidnapped victims of the week, Mulder decidedly does not believe his claim, pointing out that this is the kind of game the convict would try and pull. Similarly, Skully starts believing the guy.
27th Jun '17 2:33:15 PM Austin
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* In all incarnations of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', this is The Riddler's modus operandi; other Batman villains, like The Joker, have also done it.

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* In all incarnations of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', this is The Riddler's ComicBook/TheRiddler's modus operandi; other Batman villains, like The Joker, have also done it.



* The Creator/JamesPatterson novel and movie ''Along Came a Spider''.

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* The Creator/JamesPatterson novel and movie ''Along Came a Spider''.''Film/AlongCameASpider''.
23rd Apr '17 2:23:27 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', Gilroy leaves clues about his identity to Michael this way. To quote TelevisionWithoutPity, "either someone is setting up Mason Gilroy, or Mason Gilroy thinks he's the fucking Riddler."

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* In ''Series/BurnNotice'', Gilroy leaves clues about his identity to Michael this way. To quote TelevisionWithoutPity, Website/TelevisionWithoutPity, "either someone is setting up Mason Gilroy, or Mason Gilroy thinks he's the fucking Riddler."
18th Apr '17 7:50:53 AM Caswin
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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' did this with serial killer [[spoiler: Howard Epps.]]

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* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' did this with serial killer [[spoiler: Howard Epps.]]]] It also had the protagonists prepared to pursue far more elaborate puzzles than Epps was actually leaving them, before one of their number realizes they've "endowed" him with brains he doesn't have.
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''.
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