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18th May '17 12:46:45 PM Dark_Lord_
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* The story of the ''Blood and Wine'' expansion of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3'' starts with a string of murders of prominent knights of the Duchy of Toussaint, with the murderer's motive seemingly to punish these knights for failing to live up to one of the five Knightly Virtues of Honor, Valor, Generosity, wisdom and Compassion. If you decide to investigate further, you'll discover that the final target was Duchess Anna Henrietta. It turns out that [[spoiler: her sister Sylvia Anna was planning to kill Anna Henrietta to take vengeance for a tragic event during her childhood, which led to Sylvia's banishment.]] The murders of the previous victims were purposefully connected to the Five Knightly Virtues so people would assume these to be divine punishments and also assume the death of Anna Henrietta to be one, allowing[[spoiler: Sylvia Anna]] to be free of suspicion.
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2nd Apr '17 10:57:16 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/JoePickett'': An inadvertent version occurs in ''Blood Trail''. The authorities think there is a serial killer targeting hunters. However, the killer is actually after five specific men who happen to be hunters.



* ''Series/JoePickett'': An inadvertent version occurs in ''Blood Trail''. The authorities think there is a serial killer targeting hunters. However, the killer is actually after five specific men who happen to be hunters.
2nd Apr '17 4:59:30 PM CL
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* A case in ''Series/TheGoodWife'' involved a man who had seemingly murdered his ex-wife by shooting her before committing a series of similar sniper attacks against other women (and one man) in order to deflect suspicion away from himself and make it look like his ex was simply the victim of a serial killer. But then it turns out that he didn't kill his ex or anyone else, and that there ''really'' is a serial killer, one with a pattern (he met all of the female victims through dating websites, so they all had the same astrological sign) and everything. Investigators had failed to discern this earlier because of how wholeheartedly convinced they were that the prime suspect did it, and because the male victim (who the killer had accidentally shot while aiming at someone else) threw them off.
16th Jan '17 6:47:14 PM PaulA
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* A variant is done in the 1944 SherlockHolmes film ''The Pearl of Death'': bad guys are looking for a pearl which was hidden in one of six china busts of Napoleon. They track down the owners of the busts and hire the Creeper to kill them, and then break open the bust to see if it's the right one. To cover their tracks, the Creeper breaks all of the victim's china, to disguise the fact that they're only really interested in the Napoleon busts.

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* A variant is done in the 1944 SherlockHolmes Franchise/SherlockHolmes film ''The Pearl of Death'': bad ''Film/ThePearlOfDeath'': Bad guys are looking for a pearl which was hidden in one of six china busts of Napoleon. They track down the owners of the busts and hire the Creeper to kill them, and then break open the bust to see if it's the right one. To cover their tracks, the Creeper breaks all of the victim's china, to disguise the fact that they're only really interested in the Napoleon busts.
13th Dec '16 6:38:50 PM PaulA
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* The Creator/DavidEddings novel ''Regina's Song'' has the killer butchering about two dozen sexual predators in the Seattle area. Although in this case the reason for killing so many of them wasn't to cover up the specific target, it was because Renata didn't know where to find the specific sexual predator who raped and murdered her twin sister, and so just went trolling for rapists until she found the one she was looking for. It is implied that she would have stopped killing after that point even if she hadn't been caught afterwords.
10th Dec '16 8:57:46 AM benda
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* One of the earliest examples (though the disguise is a military battle rather than a serial killing) is "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (1911) by Creator/GKChesterton, featuring Literature/FatherBrown. In his own words:

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* One of the earliest examples (though the disguise is a an intentionally provoked military battle rather than a serial killing) is "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (1911) by Creator/GKChesterton, featuring Literature/FatherBrown. In his own words:
10th Dec '16 8:51:17 AM benda
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* One of the earliest examples is "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (1911) by Creator/GKChesterton, featuring Literature/FatherBrown. In his own words:

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* One of the earliest examples (though the disguise is a military battle rather than a serial killing) is "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (1911) by Creator/GKChesterton, featuring Literature/FatherBrown. In his own words:
10th Dec '16 8:47:57 AM benda
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* Another early example of the device, the Creator/JorgeLuisBorges story "Death and the Compass," offers an interesting DoubleSubversion in that the villain's intended victim is [[spoiler: the detective himself, who turns up early after deducing the particular place and time suggested by the pattern to try and stop the last murder. He thus becomes the victim of an ambush by the killer, his longtime ArchEnemy.]] As above, the added twist makes this story a bit of an early, UnbuiltTrope version of the device.



* Another early example of the device, the Creator/JorgeLuisBorges story "Death and the Compass," offers an interesting DoubleSubversion in that the villain's intended victim is [[spoiler: the detective himself, who turns up early after deducing the particular place and time suggested by the pattern to try and stop the last murder. He thus becomes the victim of an ambush by the killer, his longtime ArchEnemy.]] As above, the added twist makes this story a bit of an early, UnbuiltTrope version of the device.
10th Dec '16 8:46:39 AM benda
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* One of the earliest examples is "The Sign of the Broken Sword" (1911) by Creator/GKChesterton, featuring Literature/FatherBrown. In his own words:
-->'''Father Brown''': Where would a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. If there were no forest, he would make a forest. And if he wished to hide a dead leaf, he would make a dead forest. And if a man had to hide a dead body, he would make a field of dead bodies to hide it in.
17th Oct '16 2:46:25 PM margdean56
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* ''Literature/NickVelvet'': In "The Theft of Santa's Beard", two men dressed as Santa are killed, seemingly at random. Several large department stores then recieve extortion letters warning that their Santa will be murdered in their store unless they make a large cash payment to the killer. However, the first two Santas were the intended victims all along, and the extortion attempt is a smokescreen.

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* ''Literature/NickVelvet'': In "The Theft of Santa's Beard", two men dressed as Santa are killed, seemingly at random. Several large department stores then recieve receive extortion letters warning that their Santa will be murdered in their store unless they make a large cash payment to the killer. However, the first two Santas were the intended victims all along, and the extortion attempt is a smokescreen.
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