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8th Jan '16 7:30:49 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': In "Monsieur Murdoch", the VictimOfTheWeek is found stuffed inside a steamer trunk at Union Station.
29th Dec '15 10:15:30 PM Thunderchin
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* Not exactly a chest per se, but Bond in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' stuffs the bodies of [[spoiler:Obanno and his henchman]] in a nearby utility closet after their fight. Mathis later [[spoiler:uses the bodies as a PunkInTheTrunk]] to frame another bad guy.
2nd Dec '15 3:05:30 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': In "A Chill Goes Through Her Veins", a body is hidden inside a freezer to allow it to be smuggled out of an apartment building. The freezer is later placed in a storage unit and turned on, and that is where the body remains for years.

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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
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In "A Chill Goes Through Her Veins", a body is hidden inside a freezer to allow it to be smuggled out of an apartment building. The freezer is later placed in a storage unit and turned on, and that is where the body remains for years.



* In an episode of ''Series/MajorCrimes'', ''Series/TheCloser's'' AfterShow, the body of a a young man is found in a barrel labeled "Hazardous Waste" at a recycling center. The killers know that the owner ships the barrels labeled hazardous up north to a landfill without opening them, where they are to be buried for a thousand years. Had their plan been successful, the body would never have been found, but unfortunately for them, while the barrel is still at the recycling center it's accidentally tipped over and the lid comes off, thus exposing the body.

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In an episode of ''Series/MajorCrimes'', ''Series/TheCloser's'' AfterShow, "Citizen's Arrest", the body of a a young man is found in a barrel labeled "Hazardous Waste" at a recycling center. The killers know that the owner ships the barrels labeled hazardous up north to a landfill without opening them, where they are to be buried for a thousand years. Had their plan been successful, the body would never have been found, but unfortunately for them, while the barrel is still at the recycling center it's accidentally tipped over and the lid comes off, thus exposing the body.body.
** In "Chain Reaction", a body is stuffed inside a cello case (fortunately off-screen).
27th Nov '15 4:02:40 PM foxley
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** In "Immortality", Grissom is sent a limbless body inside a suitcase.
22nd Nov '15 11:19:02 PM Pastykake
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What do you do if you have a dead body on your hands and somebody snooping around that you don't want to see it? Why, stuff it the body into a convenient empty chest or trunk until that busybody goes away, of course. This is only a temporary solution and you will still have to move the body later, but [[TemptingFate what could possibly go wrong?]]

This trope comes in two versions: dramatic and comedic. In the dramatic version, the person hiding the body (usually the killer but not always) will suddenly realise that a body part or piece of clothing is protruding from the chest just as someone (detective, loved one of the deceased, etc.) is poking around and have to desperately conceal the fact. And there is still the matter of moving the body later. In the comedic version, expect the box with the body to go missing, get mixed up with an identical looking box or to have all kinds of people wanting to open the chest for all kinds of innocent reasons. HilarityEnsues.

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What do you do if you have a dead body on your hands and somebody snooping around that whom you don't want to see it? Why, stuff it the body into a convenient empty chest or trunk until that busybody goes away, of course. This is only a temporary solution and you will still have to move the body later, but [[TemptingFate what could possibly go wrong?]]

This trope comes in two versions: dramatic and comedic. In the dramatic version, the person hiding the body (usually the killer but not always) will suddenly realise that a body part or piece of clothing is protruding from the chest just as someone (detective, loved one of the deceased, etc.) is poking around and have to desperately conceal the fact. And Then, there is still the matter of moving the body later. In the comedic version, expect the box with the body to go missing, get mixed up with an identical looking box identical-looking box, or to have all kinds of people wanting to open the chest for all kinds of innocent reasons. HilarityEnsues.
10th Sep '15 6:18:27 AM FuzzyBoots
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* A body is hidden in a windowseat compartment in ''Film/GoreOrphanage''.
29th Aug '15 6:30:29 AM jormis29
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* An important technique in ''[[VideoGame/{{Hitman}} Hitman: Blood Money]]''... leaving bodies just lying around is asking for trouble, and unless somebody actually sees you do it, stuffing it into a handy container will ensure that it isn't discovered 'till well after you've vacated the premises.

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* An important technique in ''[[VideoGame/{{Hitman}} Hitman: Blood Money]]''...''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney''... leaving bodies just lying around is asking for trouble, and unless somebody actually sees you do it, stuffing it into a handy container will ensure that it isn't discovered 'till well after you've vacated the premises.
9th Aug '15 5:30:47 AM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': In "The Anvil or the Hammer", Nygma wheels the dismembered body of Officer Dougherty through the police station in a pair of oversized suitcases.
28th May '15 2:52:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Film/{{Hitman}}'' movie does this as a ShoutOut to the original games. He not only puts the bodies in a shipping crate but nails it shut as well.



** The ''Film/{{Hitman}}'' movie does this as a ShoutOut to the original games. He not only puts the bodies in a shipping crate but nails it shut as well.
28th May '15 2:49:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheMazeAgency Annual'' #1, a dead body turns up in one of Gabe's moving boxes when he is moving into Jennifer's apartment. Naturally this leads Gabe and Jen into investigating where the body came from.

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* In ''TheMazeAgency ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency Annual'' #1, a dead body turns up in one of Gabe's moving boxes when he is moving into Jennifer's apartment. Naturally this leads Gabe and Jen into investigating where the body came from.



** ''TheTroubleWithHarry'' involves various persons finding Harry (a corpse), and hiding him, only for others to find him and hide him, until they all get together and decide on the ideal place for the police to find him.

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** ''TheTroubleWithHarry'' ''Film/TheTroubleWithHarry'' involves various persons finding Harry (a corpse), and hiding him, only for others to find him and hide him, until they all get together and decide on the ideal place for the police to find him.



* In the ElleryQueen short story "The Three Rs" (in the ''Calendar of Crime'' collection), it is made to appear that the victim's body has been placed in his trunk, covered in quicklime and shipped off to his summer cabin.
* In ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity's Good Deed]]'', Gerald Willis produces a box containing the remains of Sybella Markham Willis and explains the story of how the Willis family came to be on both sides of the Atlantic. Willis Sr. promises to arrange for the remains to be buried with her husband in the Willis' family plot in Boston.

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* In the ElleryQueen Creator/ElleryQueen short story "The Three Rs" (in the ''Calendar of Crime'' collection), it is made to appear that the victim's body has been placed in his trunk, covered in quicklime and shipped off to his summer cabin.
* In ''[[AuntDimity ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity's Good Deed]]'', Gerald Willis produces a box containing the remains of Sybella Markham Willis and explains the story of how the Willis family came to be on both sides of the Atlantic. Willis Sr. promises to arrange for the remains to be buried with her husband in the Willis' family plot in Boston.



* The ''AlfredHitchcockPresents'' episode "Bad Actor" has a guy who kills someone and uses the bathtub and some strong acid to get rid of the body, after dismembering it. Needless to say, when he finally gets down to the head, company comes calling, and he has to hide the head in an ice bucket.

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* The ''AlfredHitchcockPresents'' ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' episode "Bad Actor" has a guy who kills someone and uses the bathtub and some strong acid to get rid of the body, after dismembering it. Needless to say, when he finally gets down to the head, company comes calling, and he has to hide the head in an ice bucket.



* In the SoapOpera ''SunsetBeach'', Tim gets stuffed into a chest temporarily after being murdered, before finally being [[CementShoes buried in cement]].

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* In the SoapOpera ''SunsetBeach'', ''Series/SunsetBeach'', Tim gets stuffed into a chest temporarily after being murdered, before finally being [[CementShoes buried in cement]].



* In an episode of ''MajorCrimes'', ''Series/TheCloser's'' AfterShow, the body of a a young man is found in a barrel labeled "Hazardous Waste" at a recycling center. The killers know that the owner ships the barrels labeled hazardous up north to a landfill without opening them, where they are to be buried for a thousand years. Had their plan been successful, the body would never have been found, but unfortunately for them, while the barrel is still at the recycling center it's accidentally tipped over and the lid comes off, thus exposing the body.

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* In an episode of ''MajorCrimes'', ''Series/MajorCrimes'', ''Series/TheCloser's'' AfterShow, the body of a a young man is found in a barrel labeled "Hazardous Waste" at a recycling center. The killers know that the owner ships the barrels labeled hazardous up north to a landfill without opening them, where they are to be buried for a thousand years. Had their plan been successful, the body would never have been found, but unfortunately for them, while the barrel is still at the recycling center it's accidentally tipped over and the lid comes off, thus exposing the body.



* In ''TheLastExpress'' one of the ways to stop anyone from finding the body is to stash it in your bed, this is only a temporary solution though. You can also just chuck it out the window, but then the police will find it and search the train at the next stop.

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* In ''TheLastExpress'' ''VideoGame/TheLastExpress'' one of the ways to stop anyone from finding the body is to stash it in your bed, this is only a temporary solution though. You can also just chuck it out the window, but then the police will find it and search the train at the next stop.



* ''{{Killer7}}'' has the dead body of Harman Smith hidden in a safe in a Seattle elementary school, where Emir Parkreiner stuffed it after killing him.

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* ''{{Killer7}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' has the dead body of Harman Smith hidden in a safe in a Seattle elementary school, where Emir Parkreiner stuffed it after killing him.



* Happens to Archibald Carrington in the second ''LauraBow'' game. He's locked in a trunk with a bunch of flesh eating beetles, whilst his [[DeadPersonImpersonation doppelganger]] gets impaled on a stuffed porcupine.
* At the beginning of ''PoliceQuest: Open Season'', you find the corpse of a 6-year old boy in a dumpster. Near the end of the game, there's a refrigerator with a severed head in it.
* In ''FullThrottle'', the main character is disposed of in the dumpster behind the bar he was ambushed in. Subverted in that he wasn't killed.

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* Happens to Archibald Carrington in the second ''LauraBow'' ''VideoGame/LauraBow'' game. He's locked in a trunk with a bunch of flesh eating beetles, whilst his [[DeadPersonImpersonation doppelganger]] gets impaled on a stuffed porcupine.
* At the beginning of ''PoliceQuest: ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest: Open Season'', you find the corpse of a 6-year old boy in a dumpster. Near the end of the game, there's a refrigerator with a severed head in it.
* In ''FullThrottle'', ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'', the main character is disposed of in the dumpster behind the bar he was ambushed in. Subverted in that he wasn't killed.
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