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22nd Jul '16 1:25:39 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** Enron is a notable example of this. Initially, the only question people had about Enron was whether its stock was overpriced. People trying to figure that out found themselves trying to untangle the incomprehensible accounting practices Enron used, which led to more questions and eventually, the whole scandal (and company) imploded in fraud charges.

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** Enron is a notable an example of this. Initially, the only question people had about Enron was whether its stock was overpriced. People trying to figure that out found themselves trying to untangle the incomprehensible accounting practices Enron used, which led to more questions and eventually, the whole scandal (and company) imploded in fraud charges.



** Ted Bundy's initial capture was this: On August 16, 1975, an off-duty cop driving around his own neighborhood in a suburb of Salt Lake City saw a Volkswagen Bug that didn't belong there driving with its lights off. Bundy promptly took off. The cop eventually chased him down and cited Bundy for failure to stop for an officer and possession of burglary tools. A detective connected Bundy with an open case of kidnapping and attempted murder. He was soon linked with some two dozen murders and became America's most notorious serial killer.
*** This actually happened ''[[RealityIsUnrealistic two more times]]''. After he was convicted of kidnapping in Utah, Colorado extradited him to face a murder charge. Bundy managed to escape (''after'' an attempted escape in Utah), but was pulled over in a stolen car weaving in and out of the lanes. He then managed to escape ''[[BeyondTheImpossible yet again]]'' from a Colorado jail and went to Florida, where he killed two more women. He was then stopped in ''[[WhatAnIdiot another]]'' stolen car by a patrol officer making a routine check, and captured for the last time.

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** Ted Bundy's initial capture was this: On August 16, 1975, an off-duty cop driving around his own neighborhood in a suburb of Salt Lake City saw a Volkswagen Bug that didn't belong there driving with its lights off. Bundy promptly took off. The cop eventually chased him down and cited Bundy for failure to stop for an officer and possession of burglary tools. A detective connected Bundy with an open case of kidnapping and attempted murder. He was soon linked with some two dozen murders and became America's most notorious serial killer. \n*** This actually happened ''[[RealityIsUnrealistic two more times]]''. After he was convicted of kidnapping in Utah, Colorado extradited him to face a murder charge. Bundy managed to escape (''after'' an attempted escape in Utah), but was pulled over in a stolen car weaving in and out of the lanes. He then managed to escape ''[[BeyondTheImpossible yet again]]'' ''yet again'' from a Colorado jail and went to Florida, where he killed two more women. He was then stopped in ''[[WhatAnIdiot another]]'' stolen car by a patrol officer making a routine check, and captured for the last time.
20th Jul '16 4:46:20 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Humorously played with the Bone Pit mine, going from an invasion of small dragons to a Coterie plot to steal shipments to a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent High Dragon]] taking over.

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** Humorously played with the Bone Pit mine, going from an invasion of small dragons to a Coterie plot to steal shipments to a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent High Dragon]] taking over. One of the miners called it, too.
19th Jul '16 5:58:45 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* What started as an investigation into the attack on Benghazi in 2012 would over the course of just a few years mushroom into one of the biggest Presidential controversies this side of Watergate as Hillary Clinton's handling of classified emails came into question as she was preparing to run for the Democratic ticket of the 2016 Presidential election.
17th Jul '16 6:12:06 AM JackG
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* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar thriller ''An H-Bomb for Alice'' by Ian Stewart. A detective investigates the apparent suicide of the Australian Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Although he was about to pass an important bill, there appears to be no motive for murder as no government or mining interests are threatened by it. It turns out the Soviet Union is planning to invade China, and a hidden strike force is waiting to seize the US surveillance station at Pine Gap which they fear will provide prior warning of the attack. The strike force was operating under the cover of a hippy colony that would have been evicted from Aboriginal land if the bill had been passed.

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* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar thriller ''An H-Bomb for Alice'' by Ian Stewart. A detective investigates the apparent suicide of the Australian Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Although he was about to pass an important bill, there appears to be [[NeverSuicide no motive for murder murder]] as no government or mining interests are threatened by it. It turns out the Soviet Union is planning to invade China, and a hidden strike force is waiting to seize the US surveillance station at Pine Gap which they fear will provide prior warning of the attack. The strike force was operating under the cover of a hippy colony that would have been evicted from Aboriginal land if the bill had been passed.
9th Jul '16 8:46:08 PM Fireblood
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTL_scandal#Scandal_and_subsequent_demise The PTL scandal]] could have its beginning linked to a 1980 scandal involving a sexual encounter between PTL founder Jim Bakker ([[spoiler:temporarily separated from then-wife Tammy Faye]]) and a young church secretary named Jessica Hahn (depending on whether you believe either Hahn's account; accusing Bakker of essentially date raping her, or Bakker's version; stating the sexual act was consensual and possibly an attempt at revenge due to Tammy Faye's infatuation with music producer Gary S. Paxton). What got the Charlotte Observer's attention was initial concerns of financial misdeeds such as the $1,000 lifetime partnerships for their [[TheMoralSubstitute Heritage USA]] theme park; along with later revelations that $265,000 was given to Hahn as "hush money" to keep the sexual incident quiet.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTL_scandal#Scandal_and_subsequent_demise org/wiki/The_PTL_Club#Scandal_and_subsequent_demise The PTL scandal]] could have its beginning linked to a 1980 scandal involving a sexual encounter between PTL founder Jim Bakker ([[spoiler:temporarily separated from then-wife Tammy Faye]]) and a young church secretary named Jessica Hahn (depending on whether you believe either Hahn's account; accusing Bakker of essentially date raping her, or Bakker's version; version, stating the sexual act sex was consensual and possibly an attempt at revenge due to Tammy Faye's infatuation with music producer Gary S. Paxton). What got the Charlotte Observer's attention was initial concerns of financial misdeeds such as the $1,000 lifetime partnerships for their [[TheMoralSubstitute Heritage USA]] theme park; park, along with later revelations that $265,000 was given to Hahn as "hush money" to keep the sexual incident quiet.



** Other notable crime lords, like Mickey Cohen, were also brought down in the same way. Even though he operated a number of illegal activities, it was tax evasion that he was nabbed for.
* In 2012, a chef at the Virginia Governor's Mansion was fired for stealing food from the mansion. The investigation into this small time petty crime ended up revealing a far more serious crime involving Governor Bob [=McDonnell=] accepting extremely expensive gifts in return for illegally using his office to market a dietary supplement. The chef ended up with two misdemeanor embezzlement charges, [=McDonnell=] and his wife were convicted of a combined ''19 felony charges'' relating to corruption and fraud.

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** Other notable crime lords, like Mickey Cohen, were also brought down in the same way. Even though he operated engaged in a number of illegal activities, it was tax evasion that he was nabbed for.
* In 2012, a chef at the Virginia Governor's Mansion was fired for stealing food from the mansion. The investigation into this small time petty crime ended up revealing a far more serious crime involving Governor Bob [=McDonnell=] accepting extremely expensive gifts in return for illegally using his office to market a dietary supplement. The chef ended up with two misdemeanor embezzlement charges, while [=McDonnell=] and his wife were convicted of a combined ''19 felony charges'' relating to corruption and fraud.



** Although Jim Garrison's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_Clay_Shaw prosecution]] of Clay Shaw has been generally ridiculed by serious assassination researchers, Oliver Stone found the way it spun out of a fight between two low-rent private eyes to be fascinating, which led to the movie ''Film/{{JFK}}''. He said, "This pistol whipping occurs on the night of November 22, 1963, on a rainy night in which this guy, Jack Martin, gets his skull laid open by his boss, Guy Banister, and out of that little Creator/RaymondChandler kind of incident, Garrison spins this tale of international intrigue -- a hell of a trail. As a dramatist, that excited me."
* Malcolm Webster, the Black Widower, was tripped up in this manner. Alleged embezzlement of angler club funds → uxoricide of Claire Morris, his first wife, and attempted uxoricide of Felicity Drumm, his second wife.
* Britain's most prolific serial killer, Dr Harold Shipman, was originally investigated over allegations that he had forged the will of a recently deceased patient. The fake will was traceable to his typewriter, which led to the patient being exhumed. Traces of diomorphene were found in her body, and other apparently healthy patients who died suddenly were then also exhumed. It has been suggested that Shipman deliberately invoked the trope himself, making the ham-fisted forgery because he ''wanted'' to be caught.

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** Although Jim Garrison's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_Clay_Shaw prosecution]] of Clay Shaw has been generally ridiculed by serious assassination researchers, Oliver Stone found the way it spun out of a fight between two low-rent private eyes to be fascinating, which led to the movie ''Film/{{JFK}}''. He said, said "This pistol whipping occurs on the night of November 22, 1963, on a rainy night in which this guy, Jack Martin, gets his skull laid open by his boss, Guy Banister, and out of that little Creator/RaymondChandler kind of incident, Garrison spins this tale of international intrigue -- a hell of a trail. As a dramatist, that excited me."
* Malcolm Webster, the Black Widower, was tripped up in this manner. Alleged embezzlement of angler club funds → uxoricide murder of Claire Morris, his first wife, and attempted uxoricide murder of Felicity Drumm, his second wife.
* Britain's most prolific serial killer, Dr Dr. Harold Shipman, was originally investigated over allegations that he had forged the will of a recently deceased patient. The fake will was traceable to his typewriter, which led to the patient being exhumed. Traces of diomorphene were found in her body, and other apparently healthy patients who died suddenly were then also exhumed. It has been suggested that Shipman deliberately invoked the trope himself, making the ham-fisted forgery because he ''wanted'' to be caught.
9th Jul '16 7:33:43 PM Fireblood
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*** This actually happened ''[[RealityIsUnrealistic two more times]]''. After he was convicted of kidnapping in Utah, Colorado extradited him to face a murder charge. Bundy managed to escape (''after'' an attempted escape in Utah), but was pulled over in a stolen car weaving in and out of the lanes. He then managed to escape ''[[BeyondTheImpossible yet again]]'' from a Colorado jail and went to Florida, where he killed two more women. He was then stopped in ''[[WhatAnIdiot another]]'' stolen car by a patrol officer making a routine check, and captured for the last time.
9th Jul '16 7:16:10 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/{{Basic}}'': a training exercise gone wrong with an elite Army unit (with one person confirmed dead and others missing) → a case of multiple murders, a major drug dealing scandal on the base involving highly placed personnel, and even rumors of a group of former special forces soldiers that have started their own cartel and are settling scores from their old Army days.

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* ''Film/{{Basic}}'': a A training exercise gone wrong with an elite Army unit (with one person confirmed dead and others missing) → a case of multiple murders, a major drug dealing scandal on the base involving highly placed personnel, and even rumors of a group of former special forces soldiers that have started their own cartel and are settling scores from their old Army days.



** ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopII'': A series of crimes base on the alphabet leads to a major gun running operation.

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** ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopII'': A series of crimes base on the alphabet leads to a major gun running gun-running operation.



* ''Film/{{Changeling}}''. The kidnapping of Walter Collins → The vast corruption in the LA police department
* ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'': Who killed Hollis Mulwray? → [[spoiler: Rape, incest, and]] massive corruption of the LAPD

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* ''Film/{{Changeling}}''. The kidnapping of Walter Collins → The the vast corruption in the LA police department
LAPD.
* ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'': Who killed Hollis Mulwray? → [[spoiler: Rape, rape, incest, and]] massive corruption of the LAPD LAPD.
9th Jul '16 7:14:23 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/{{NewBlood}}'' is founded on one of these when the two investigators realise that their murder and fraud investigations are linked to each other and indicative of a larger conspiracy.



* ''Series/{{NewBlood}}'' is founded on one of these when the two investigators realise that their murder and fraud investigations are linked to each other and indicative of a larger conspiracy.

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* ''Series/{{NewBlood}}'' is founded on one of these when the two investigators realise that their murder and fraud investigations are linked to each other and indicative of a larger conspiracy.
8th Jul '16 11:25:39 PM Wyvern76
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* ''The Cuckoo's Egg'' tells of how astrophysicist Clifford Stoll was asked to resolve a [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCustomaryMeasurements 75¢]] discrepancy in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory computer usage accounts, and ended up uncovering a German computer hacker selling secrets to the KGB.

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* ''The Cuckoo's Egg'' tells of how astrophysicist Clifford Stoll was asked to resolve a [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCustomaryMeasurements [[UsefulNotes/AmericanMoney 75¢]] discrepancy in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory computer usage accounts, and ended up uncovering a German computer hacker selling secrets to the KGB.
3rd Jul '16 12:55:31 AM distractionpie
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* ''Series/{{NewBlood}}'' is founded on one of these when the two investigators realise that their murder and fraud investigations are linked to each other and indicative of a larger conspiracy.
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