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17th Jan '17 6:32:49 AM DaibhidC
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* A convoluted one in the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Murdoch Appreciation Society". The killer wants to frame the professor who expelled him from medical school for the murder of a man who's donated his brain to science. But he knows that if the death doesn't ''look'' suspicious, the corpse will go straight to the professor and there won't be a proper post mortem. On the other hand, if it ''does'' look like an obvious murder, Murdoch will realise the professor is being framed. So he joins the eponymous Appreciation Society and convinces them to stage a fake murder so they can watch Murdoch work, using a body he can steal from the medical school. So not only does Murdoch get involved but there's an extra layer of false explanation (the fake murder) for him to disprove, and it looks like the professor would have committed a perfect crime except for the Society's interference.

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A convoluted one in the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' the episode "Murdoch Appreciation Society". The killer wants to frame the professor who expelled him from medical school for the murder of a man who's donated his brain to science. But he knows that if the death doesn't ''look'' suspicious, the corpse will go straight to the professor and there won't be a proper post mortem. On the other hand, if it ''does'' look like an obvious murder, Murdoch will realise the professor is being framed. So he joins the eponymous Appreciation Society and convinces them to stage a fake murder so they can watch Murdoch work, using a body he can steal from the medical school. So not only does Murdoch get involved but there's an extra layer of false explanation (the fake murder) for him to disprove, and it looks like the professor would have committed a perfect crime except for the Society's interference.
** InvokedTrope in "A Stufy in Pink": When evidence is mounting that Murdoch's childhood friend, the private detective Freddie Pink might be a murderer, she protests that she's the one who called the police. He suggests she might be attempting this, and she says she'd surely know his methods well enough to anticipate him seeing through it, unless [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow he thinks she was anticipating him concluding that she wouldn't do it because he'd see through it]]... [[spoiler: It turns out there was [[EverybodyLives no murder]], although Freddie was protecting a client who had killed her husband in self-defence, and had been framed by his family so she'd be forced to explain things in court.]]
6th Jan '17 2:39:18 AM CountDorku
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* Parodied in one of the "Tracer Bullet" strips of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. In Calvin's fantasies, he's being used as the fall-guy for a room being ransacked; in real life, Calvin was at least partially responsible (and may have been entirely responsible depending on whether you think Hobbes is alive).
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28th Dec '16 2:45:03 PM DaibhidC
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* Happens so frequently in ''Series/JonathanCreek'' that merely soliciting his services should be ample proof of guilt.

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* Happens so frequently in ''Series/JonathanCreek'' that merely soliciting his services should be ample proof of guilt. The episode "Daemon's Roost" is a big one, because [[spoiler: he ''didn't'' figure it out; there's a FlashBack to the Striped Unicorn case, in which a man carefully stages his wife's murder so that it initially appears as if only he could have done it, but there's a brilliant explanation otherwise for Jonathan to find. Jonathan only realises the truth after the man's second wife calls him in on another case, six years later]].



* In the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "Daemons' Roost" [[spoiler: there's a FlashBack to the Striped Unicorn case, in which a man carefully stages his wife's murder so that it initially appears as if only he could have done it, but there's a brilliant explanation otherwise for Jonathan to find. Jonathan only realises the truth after the man's second wife calls him in on another case, six years later]].
28th Dec '16 2:37:27 PM DaibhidC
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* The backstory to the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "Daemons' Roost" has the Striped Unicorn case, in which a man carefully stages his wife's murder so that it initially appears as if only he could have done it, but there's a brilliant explanation otherwise for Jonathan to find. Jonathan doesn't figure out the truth until six years later.

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* The backstory to In the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "Daemons' Roost" has [[spoiler: there's a FlashBack to the Striped Unicorn case, in which a man carefully stages his wife's murder so that it initially appears as if only he could have done it, but there's a brilliant explanation otherwise for Jonathan to find. Jonathan doesn't figure out only realises the truth until after the man's second wife calls him in on another case, six years later.later]].
28th Dec '16 2:35:23 PM DaibhidC
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* The backstory to the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "Daemons' Roost" has the Striped Unicorn case, in which a man carefully stages his wife's murder so that it initially appears as if only he could have done it, but there's a brilliant explanation otherwise for Jonathan to find. Jonathan doesn't figure out the truth until six years later.
30th Jul '16 2:24:46 AM john_e
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* In Anthony Berkeley's ''The Piccadilly Murder'', Mr Chitterwick, the detective, is the key witness in the prosecution of a man for murder. The accused man's friends and wife urge Mr Chitterwick to investigate more thoroughly, saying they're sure there's been a miscarriage of justice. [[spoiler:The friends are genuine; the wife is the real killer. She only meant to reinforce Mr Chitterwick's determination to do his public duty and convict her husband. But she overdoes her pleading, he agrees to investigate, and the whole truth comes out.]]
30th Jul '16 2:06:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'': [[spoiler: Roger hired Eddie Valiant to investigate his boss - so that Roger would have someone to frame when he killed his boss. In the final chapter Eddie admits that the plan ''would have worked'' were it not for two complications that Roger had no way of seeing coming.]]

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* ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'': ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'': [[spoiler: Roger hired Eddie Valiant to investigate his boss - so that Roger would have someone to frame when he killed his boss. In the final chapter Eddie admits that the plan ''would have worked'' were it not for two complications that Roger had no way of seeing coming.]]
8th May '16 6:02:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* A weird one in ''MurderSheWrote'': The murderer is a DA, who killed one of the defendants in a major fraud case. Earlier, he tried to phone her and accidentally called Jessica's number. To cover this up, the DA subpeonas Jessica and refuses to believe she has no idea what it's about. So Jessica has to solve the murder to avoid being found in contempt of court.

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* A weird one in ''MurderSheWrote'': ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': The murderer is a DA, who killed one of the defendants in a major fraud case. Earlier, he tried to phone her and accidentally called Jessica's number. To cover this up, the DA subpeonas Jessica and refuses to believe she has no idea what it's about. So Jessica has to solve the murder to avoid being found in contempt of court.



* An episode of SimonAndSimon deals with the detectives being hired by a magician into a case, and they discover that the ex wife of the magician did it. Later, they discover it was all the magician ruse. Then he explains:

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* An episode of SimonAndSimon ''Series/SimonAndSimon'' deals with the detectives being hired by a magician into a case, and they discover that the ex wife of the magician did it. Later, they discover it was all the magician ruse. Then he explains:
24th Apr '16 8:29:30 PM TARINunit9
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* Usually not applicable to police, but ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' caught one once, when the murderer was the commissioner. He specifically requested Columbo for the case, having somehow failed to notice that the bumbling detective had only failed to close one case in his entire career.

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* Usually not applicable to police, but ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' caught one once, when the murderer was the commissioner. He specifically requested Columbo for the case, having somehow failed to notice that the bumbling "bumbling" detective had a nearly spotless track record, having only failed to close one ''one'' case in his entire decades-long career.
5th Apr '16 11:20:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Taken to the extreme in ''SinCity'' where Eva Lord hires private eye Dwight [=McCarthy=] to get evidence on her supposedly abusive husband who may be plotting to kill her. [[spoiler: It ends up being a setup; she manipulates Dwight into killing her husband himself.]]

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* Taken to the extreme in ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' where Eva Lord hires private eye Dwight [=McCarthy=] to get evidence on her supposedly abusive husband who may be plotting to kill her. [[spoiler: It ends up being a setup; she manipulates Dwight into killing her husband himself.]]
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