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18th Jan '17 7:13:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Masks of Nyarlathotep''. The murder of author Jackson Elias by cultists leads to a worldwide conspiracy to open a Gate and let the forces of the CthulhuMythos conquer the Earth.

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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Masks of Nyarlathotep''. The murder of author Jackson Elias by cultists leads to a worldwide conspiracy to open a Gate and let the forces of the CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos conquer the Earth.
16th Jan '17 1:23:52 PM Gosicrystal
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** When doing a dewick per TropeRepairShop thread (after renaming or redefining a trope, for example), if you're editing a character page, chances are that you will encounter [[Administrivia/ExampleIndentationInTropeLists incorrect indentation]], WordCruft and {{Administrivia/Zero Context Example}}s. Further investigation of the page could reveal, in certain {{Egregious}} cases, that the entire page is full of terrible writing, which might require some discussion in the forums.
14th Jan '17 1:41:31 PM darkchiefy
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** It started when Rampart CRASH officer Kevin Gaines was shot dead in self-defense on March 18, 1997 by undercover LAPD officer Frank Lyga in a road rage incident in March 1997. The resulting investigation revealed prior road rage incidents involving said CRASH officer, and the reveal that he was living a lifestyle far beyond what his annual LAPD salary would afford, and had been associated with Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight; and that Death Row Records, which had gang ties with the Bloods, hired off-duty LAPD police officers to serve as security guards.

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** It started when Rampart CRASH officer Kevin Gaines was shot dead in self-defense on March 18, 1997 by undercover LAPD officer Frank Lyga in a road rage incident in March 1997. The resulting investigation revealed prior road rage incidents involving said CRASH officer, and the reveal that he was living a lifestyle far beyond what his annual LAPD salary would afford, and had been associated with Death Row Records Creator/DeathRowRecords CEO Suge Knight; and that Death Row Records, which had gang ties with the Bloods, hired off-duty LAPD police officers to serve as security guards.
10th Jan '17 6:24:33 AM KeithM
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* On September 11, 2012, a U.S. Consulate and CIA outpost in Benghazi, Libya came under massive attack by Islamic militants which killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and 3 others. While it was dismissed by the White House and the State Department as a spontaneous riot erupting from an alleged Youtube video that insulted the prophet Muhammad, the Republican Party didn't believe it and put together a special committee to investigate the attack. During the course of the investigation, the committee discovered evidence of an unsecured illegal email server that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been secretly using to conduct State Dept. business. On March 2, 2015, just as Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign was getting into full swing, the New York Times published an article making the illegal server story public. To make a ''very'' long story short, the illegal server issue dogged Clinton all the way up to Election Day, resulted in an FBI investigation (twice!) that resulted in major evidence of criminality but no recommendation for indictment [[labelnote:note]]At an unscheduled July 2016 press conference, FBI Director James Comey essentially laid out everything Clinton did that was illegal and explained why, but said he would not pursue an indictment as he had no confidence any federal judge would find her guilty[[/labelnote]], reinforcing public perception of major corruption and dishonesty surrounding her. She lost the election to Donald Trump. Essentially, what started as a seemingly random terrorist attack halfway around the world turned out 4 years later to be a major element in sinking the presidential campaign of one of America's most powerful politicians.
10th Jan '17 5:54:24 AM DeepRed
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* ''Film/{{Changeling}}''. The kidnapping of Walter Collins → the vast corruption in the LAPD.

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* ''Film/{{Changeling}}''. The kidnapping of Walter Collins → the [[BadCopIncompetentCop vast corruption in the LAPD.LAPD]].
8th Jan '17 2:16:19 PM Gosicrystal
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** The theft of Khura'in's national treasure and the murder of the guard looking after it in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'' → [[spoiler:A coup d'état plotted by the very Justice Minister of the kingdom and a popular revolution]] involving basically every known character up to Case 5. The plot is so big, its influence encompasses Japanifornia, thousands of miles away. But wait, there's more: in investigating [[spoiler:the coup d'état]], the truth about the queen's assassination 23 years ago comes to light, which further shakes the kingdom as [[spoiler:''the current queen'' was responsible for that arson and the law that killed off all lawyers in the land]].
6th Jan '17 12:52:08 PM Gosicrystal
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* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'': WhoDunItToMe → foreign government trying to steal a meteorite and gain its mysterious powers.

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* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'': WhoDunItToMe [[WhoDunItToMe The protagonist wanting to find out who murdered him]] → foreign government trying to steal a meteorite and gain its mysterious powers.powers. Worsened by a certain individual with said powers who wants to take his personal vendetta on those who ruined his life ten years ago by killing them or [[FrameUp framing them for murder]]. Said individual also manipulated two people into divulging national secrets and seizing a police station.
6th Jan '17 9:39:14 AM Gosicrystal
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* Happens on occasion in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series.
** The last case of the third game is probably the biggest example: the murder of a children's book author is ultimately tied into a gigantic revenge scheme.
** ''Investigations'': Seemingly disconnected murders of a police officer, a plane flight passenger, a prosecutor and a defendant → [[spoiler:An international smuggling ring. One that had a politician/ambassador of a country on the edge of war as the ringleader, incidentally.]].
** In the second case of the first game, trying to solve the murder of your mentor leads to you discovering [[spoiler:a massive blackmail chain]]. It gets better too: [[spoiler:the investigation reveals a reference to the "DL-6" incident, which becomes prominent later on.]]
** Almost every case in the fourth game has this.
*** Murder of a unknown guy in a restaurant - [[spoiler:Victim is actually protagonists step-father, defendant's old client and the real murderer's motive is tied to do with the events of seven years ago]].
*** None-fatal hit and run, a panty-snatching and the theft of a noodle stand leads to a murder where [[spoiler:the defendant is the son of the city's biggest crime boss, and is also all but dead thanks to a turf war that caused him to get shot]].
*** The murder of a singer's manager during a concert is pretty big, but [[spoiler:when that manager turns out to be an Undercover Interpol Agent who was killed by a smuggler of a substance that is on the top of Interpol's list, it gets even bigger]].
*** An isolated painter is found dead. [[spoiler:Oh, and he happens to have drawings depicting all the cases that the titular character has worked on up to that point]]. And as if that wasn't enough [[spoiler:he turns out to be a forger who was apparently responsible for making the evidence that got Phoenix disbarred seven years ago. And to top it all off, it turns out that his murder was actually ''supposed to happen'' seven years ago during those events, but the "time bomb" that the killer set for him got delayed, thanks to some luck, that happens to tie into the Apollo's Sister's family being a group of famous magicians]]. ...Quite a complex web for a case that starts out as your run of the mill murder.
** ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' also counts. Bombing of Courtroom No. 4 → [[spoiler:an international spy destroying evidence that would reveal his identity ''and'' his guilt in a seven-year-old murder, ''and'' the murder and impersonation of a police detective, ''and'' two consecutive terrorist attacks on the Space Center. ]].


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* Happens pretty often in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series.
** The last case of the third game is probably the biggest example: the murder of a children's book author is ultimately tied into a gigantic revenge scheme.
** In ''Investigations'', the seemingly disconnected murders of a police officer, a plane flight passenger, a prosecutor and a defendant → [[spoiler:An international smuggling ring. One that had a politician/ambassador of a country on the edge of war as the ringleader, incidentally]].
** In the second case of the first game, trying to solve the murder of your mentor leads to you discovering [[spoiler:a massive blackmail chain]]. It gets better too: [[spoiler:the investigation reveals a reference to the "DL-6" incident, which becomes prominent later on]].
** Almost every case in the fourth game has this:
*** The murder of an unknown guy in a restaurant - [[spoiler:The victim is actually the protagonist's step-father and the defendant's old client, and the real murderer's motive is tied to the events of seven years ago]].
*** Non-fatal hit-and-run, a panty-snatching and the theft of a noodle stand lead to a murder where [[spoiler:the defendant is the son of the city's biggest crime boss, and is also all but dead thanks to a turf war that caused him to get shot]].
*** The murder of a singer's manager during a concert is pretty big, but [[spoiler:when that manager turns out to be an Undercover Interpol Agent who was killed by a smuggler of a substance that is on the top of Interpol's list, it gets even bigger]].
*** An isolated painter is found dead. [[spoiler:Oh, and he happens to have drawings depicting all the cases that the titular character has worked on up to that point]]. And as if that wasn't enough, [[spoiler:he turns out to be a forger who was apparently responsible for making the evidence that got Phoenix disbarred seven years ago. And to top it all off, it turns out that his murder was actually ''supposed to happen'' seven years ago during those events, but the "time bomb" that the killer set for him got delayed thanks to some luck, that happens to tie into Apollo's sister's family being a group of famous magicians]]. ...Quite a complex web for a case that starts out as your run of the mill murder. [[LampshadeHanging Even Phoenix himself notes this throughout the case]].
** The bombing of Courtroom No. 4 in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' → [[spoiler:an international spy destroying evidence that would reveal his identity ''and'' his guilt in a seven-year-old murder, ''and'' the murder and impersonation of a police detective, ''and'' two consecutive terrorist attacks on the Space Center]].
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29th Dec '16 3:51:11 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In the late 1970s and early 1980s, American and Italian authorities were investigating the business failures of prominent banker [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Sindona Michele Sindona]]. Digging into Sindona's dirty laundry revealed not only that he was a fraudster and connected to TheMafia, but also the existence of a very scary secret society called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_Due Propaganda Due]].

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* In the late 1970s and early 1980s, American and Italian authorities were investigating the business failures of prominent banker [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Sindona Michele Sindona]]. Sindona]], due to reports of financial irregularities. Digging into bank records and Sindona's dirty laundry revealed not only that he was a fraudster and connected to TheMafia, but also the existence of a very scary secret society called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_Due Propaganda Due]].
29th Dec '16 3:17:31 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In the LordPeterWimsey series ''Murder Must Advertise''. Murder of an advertising copywriter → massive cocaine-smuggling ring.

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* In the LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey series ''Murder Must Advertise''. Murder of an advertising copywriter → massive cocaine-smuggling ring.



* [[https://en.wikipedia.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, stating the 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, along with later revelations that $265,000 was given to Hahn as "hush money" to keep the incident quiet.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.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 (who was temporarily separated from then-wife Tammy Faye]]) 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 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, along with later revelations that $265,000 was given to Hahn as "hush money" to keep the incident quiet.



* In the late 1970s and early 1980s, American and Italian authorities were investigating the business failures of prominent banker[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Sindona Michele Sindona]]. Digging into Sindona's dirty laundry revealed not only that he was a fraudster and connected to TheMafia, but also the existence of a very scary secret society called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_Due Propaganda Due]].

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* In the late 1970s and early 1980s, American and Italian authorities were investigating the business failures of prominent banker[[https://en.banker [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Sindona Michele Sindona]]. Digging into Sindona's dirty laundry revealed not only that he was a fraudster and connected to TheMafia, but also the existence of a very scary secret society called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_Due Propaganda Due]].
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