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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.
26th Aug '16 8:14:58 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Another (cruel and stupid= variation: [[http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20099360,00.html in 1986]], Auburn, WA resident Stella Nickell had successfully killed her husband by poisoning his headache pills with cyanide. The coroner's report didn't mention any poison and listed his cause of death as emphysema, meaning she had gotten away scott free... until she got her husband's life insurance payout and noticed it was $106,000 less than she expected because the insurance company hadn't ruled her husband's death as being an accident. So she decided to try to reverse the decision by leaving her poisoned bottle in a store (resulting in the death of one other person) hoping the media would interpret it as another Tylenol-esque mass poisoning. Unfortunately for her, the greater scrutiny placed on this caused her to get caught.

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* Another (cruel and stupid= stupid) variation: [[http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20099360,00.html in 1986]], Auburn, WA resident Stella Nickell had successfully killed her husband by poisoning his headache pills with cyanide. The coroner's report didn't mention any poison and listed his cause of death as emphysema, meaning she had gotten away scott free... until she got her husband's life insurance payout and noticed it was $106,000 less than she expected because the insurance company hadn't ruled her husband's death as being an accident. So she decided to try to reverse the decision by leaving her poisoned bottle in a store (resulting in the death of one other person) hoping the media would interpret it as another Tylenol-esque mass poisoning. Unfortunately for her, the greater scrutiny placed on this caused her to get caught.
22nd Jul '16 9:58:39 AM Adept
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** Another Christie example is ''Three Act Tragedy''. Three people are killed by poisoned drinks at three separate dinner parties. The second murder is the significant one, while the third served to cover it up. The first murder turns out to have been merely a dress rehearsal for the second, with the victim chosen at random.

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** Another Christie example is ''Three Act Tragedy''.''Literature/ThreeActTragedy''. Three people are killed by poisoned drinks at three separate dinner parties. The second murder is the significant one, while the third served to cover it up. The first murder turns out to have been merely a dress rehearsal for the second, with the victim chosen at random.
8th Jul '16 5:30:29 AM Adept
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* {{Burke}} mentions this was a favorite tactic of ProfessionalKiller Wesley. He would kill one man, then burn down the building so the police would have a bunch of other possible victims/motives to investigate.
* In ''{{The List of Adrian Messenger}}'' a killer destroys a train and a plane just to get one person in each as part of a long range plan.

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* {{Burke}} ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' mentions this was a favorite tactic of ProfessionalKiller Wesley. He would kill one man, then burn down the building so the police would have a bunch of other possible victims/motives to investigate.
* In ''{{The List of Adrian Messenger}}'' ''Literature/TheListOfAdrianMessenger'' a killer destroys a train and a plane just to get one person in each as part of a long range plan.
8th Jul '16 5:29:23 AM Adept
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** Not exactly a serial killing, but ''Literature/TowardsZero'' has a case where the murder victim and the intended target are not the same. Instead, the criminal murders an old lady and somehow ensures that their intended victim be charged with the crime and hanged for it.
3rd Jul '16 2:07:24 PM Psyclone
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* Another (cruel and stupid= variation: [[http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20099360,00.html in 1986]], Auburn, WA resident Stella Nickell had successfully killed her husband by poisoning his headache pills with cyanide. The coroner's report didn't mention any poison and listed his cause of death as emphysema, meaning she had gotten away scott free... until she got her husband's life insurance payout and noticed it was $106,000 less than she expected because the insurance company hadn't ruled her husband's death as being an accident. So she decided to try to reverse the decision by leaving her poisoned bottle in a store (resulting in the death of one other person) hoping the media would interpret it as another Tylenol-esque mass poisoning. Unfortunately for her, the greater scrutiny placed on this caused her to get caught.
3rd Jul '16 6:14:12 AM JackG
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* ''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.

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* ''Series/JoePickett'': An inadvertent version occurs in ''Blood Trail''. The authorities think there is a serial killer targeting hunters. However, In the Literature/MikeHammer novel ''The Twisted Thing'', the killer is actually after five specific men who happen simply murders the victim with a hatchet, knowing his death will lead to be hunters.other crimes and revealed secrets among his BigScrewedUpFamily as they all scramble for his fortune, thus creating a large number of suspects.


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* ''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.
25th Apr '16 8:25:07 PM FordPrefect
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* Ronald Clark O'Bryan (nicknamed The Candyman) (October 19, 1944 March 31, 1984) was a murderer from Deer Park, Texas (near Houston), who was convicted of killing his eight-year-old son Timothy on Halloween, 1974 with cyanide-laced Giant Pixy Stix candy in order to claim life insurance money. It's alleged he tried to cover his tracks by giving poisoned candy to other children in an attempt invoke the RazorApples UrbanLegend. However, neither Elizabeth, his daughter, nor any of the other children ate any of the poisoned candy.
* Mark Hofmann, the forger who was in danger of having his epic scam of the Mormons come to light, did an interesting variation. In order to provide an excuse why a promised collection of documents (which he hadn't yet forged) wasn't available, he killed a local document collector with a bomb, then a woman connected to the first victim, then blew up his own car in an apparent failed attempted murder. He was his own specific victim, the goal to portray himself as a lucky survivor of a serial bomber/killer and giving him an excuse to lay low and not have to provide the documents.

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* Ronald Clark O'Bryan (nicknamed The Candyman) (October 19, 1944 March 31, 1984) was a murderer from Deer Park, Texas (near Houston), who was convicted of killing his eight-year-old son Timothy on Halloween, 1974 with cyanide-laced Giant Pixy Stix candy in order to claim life insurance money. It's alleged he tried to cover his tracks by giving poisoned candy to other children in an attempt to invoke the RazorApples UrbanLegend. However, neither Elizabeth, his daughter, nor any of the other children ate any of the poisoned candy.
* Mark Hofmann, the forger who was in danger of having his epic scam of the Mormons come to light, did an interesting variation. In order to provide an excuse why a promised collection of documents (which he hadn't yet forged) wasn't available, he killed a local document collector with a bomb, then a woman connected to the first victim, then blew up his own car in an apparent failed attempted murder. He was his own specific victim, the goal was to portray himself as a lucky survivor of a serial bomber/killer and giving give him an excuse to lay low and not have to provide the documents.
25th Apr '16 8:24:36 PM FordPrefect
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* Ronald Clark O'Bryan (nicknamed The Candyman) (October 19, 1944 March 31, 1984) was a murderer from Deer Park, Texas (near Houston), who was convicted of killing his eight-year-old son Timothy on Halloween, 1974 with cyanide-laced Giant Pixy Stix candy in order to claim life insurance money. It's alleged he tried to cover his tracks by giving poisoned candy to other children in an attempt invoke the RazorApples UrbanLegend. However, Elizabeth, his daughter, and none of the other children ate any of the poisoned candy.

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* Ronald Clark O'Bryan (nicknamed The Candyman) (October 19, 1944 March 31, 1984) was a murderer from Deer Park, Texas (near Houston), who was convicted of killing his eight-year-old son Timothy on Halloween, 1974 with cyanide-laced Giant Pixy Stix candy in order to claim life insurance money. It's alleged he tried to cover his tracks by giving poisoned candy to other children in an attempt invoke the RazorApples UrbanLegend. However, neither Elizabeth, his daughter, and none nor any of the other children ate any of the poisoned candy.
25th Apr '16 8:23:24 PM FordPrefect
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' a comedian dies from drinking a poisoned bottle of water. The a kid dies from drinking the same brand.[[spoiler: The first victim was the target, the killer (a rival comedian who hated his style) says he [[MoralMyopia blames the CSIs for not finding the poisoned bottle in time]] as he's arrested after confessing out of remorse.]]

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' a comedian dies from drinking a poisoned bottle of water. The Then a kid dies from drinking the same brand.[[spoiler: The first victim was the target, the killer (a rival comedian who hated his style) says he [[MoralMyopia blames the CSIs for not finding the poisoned bottle in time]] as he's arrested after confessing out of remorse.]]
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