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21st Apr '17 5:23:02 PM dmcreif
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* The ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episode "Last Salute to the Commodore" starts out as a normal episode, with us seeing Robert Vaughn disposing of the victim's body and setting up his alibi, Lt. Columbo comes in and starts his usual harassing of the suspect, and then half way through Robert Vaughn turns up dead, and the episode suddenly turns into a [[FairPlayWhodunnit Whodunnit]].

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* The ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episode "Last Salute to the Commodore" starts out as a normal episode, with us seeing Robert Vaughn Charles Clay disposing of the victim's body and setting up his alibi, Lt. Columbo comes in and starts his usual harassing of the suspect, and then half way through Robert Vaughn Clay turns up dead, and the episode suddenly turns into a [[FairPlayWhodunnit Whodunnit]].Whodunnit]].
**This formula is repeated in "A Bird in the Hand". Incidentally, both episodes were scripted by ''Columbo'' veteran Jackson Gillis.
20th Apr '17 10:31:19 AM CosmicFerret
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14th Mar '17 6:35:59 AM Fireblood
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* Agent Kujan from ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' tells the same subversion story about Dean Keaton. Some time in the past, when Keaton was among suspects for some crimes, he dies. Then, in few months, witnesses die too, someone else gets convicted, and you guess it, Dean Keaton turns up quite alive and well. This episode is presented by Dave Kujan as a pinnacle of Keaton's evil, so they appear to be quite genre savvy in that regard.

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* Agent Kujan from ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' tells the same subversion story about Dean Keaton. Some time in the past, when Keaton was among suspects for some crimes, he dies. Then, in a few months, witnesses die too, someone else gets convicted, and you guess it, Dean Keaton turns up quite alive and well. This episode is presented by Dave Kujan as a pinnacle of Keaton's evil, so they appear to be quite genre savvy in that regard.



* The ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episode "Last Salute to the Commodore" starts out as a normal episode, with us seeing Robert Vaughn disposing of the victim's body and setting up his alibi, Lt Columbo comes in and starts his usual harassing of the suspect, and then half way through Robert Vaughn turns up dead, and the episode suddenly turns into a [[FairPlayWhodunnit Whodunnit]].

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* The ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episode "Last Salute to the Commodore" starts out as a normal episode, with us seeing Robert Vaughn disposing of the victim's body and setting up his alibi, Lt Lt. Columbo comes in and starts his usual harassing of the suspect, and then half way through Robert Vaughn turns up dead, and the episode suddenly turns into a [[FairPlayWhodunnit Whodunnit]].
13th Mar '17 12:31:31 PM morenohijazo
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* ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles'': Once happens in "Opera House Third Murder Case". All evidence pointed at a certain person, and thus that person was locked with the key on constant watch. In the next day, that person was found murdered. It was deliberately set up by the real killer to create this locked-room situation.


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* ''Series/MurderRooms'': [[spoiler:"The White Knight Stratagem".]]


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* ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'': In "The Five Orange Pips", things seem to point toward to poisoning victim's shifty-looking brother; moments after Watson becomes the first to voice the suspicion, the brother is poisoned too.
13th Mar '17 12:25:12 PM morenohijazo
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* ''FanFic/LaBelle'': Happens to [[spoiler:Master Hand]] and then very briefly to [[spoiler:Isolde]].
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* Parodied in "Literature/TheMacbethMurderMystery" by Creator/JamesThurber. "At first I suspected Banquo. And then of course, he was the second person killed. That was good right in there, that part. The person you suspect of the first murder should always be the second victim."

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* Parodied in "Literature/TheMacbethMurderMystery" ''Literature/TheMacbethMurderMystery'' by Creator/JamesThurber. "At first I suspected Banquo. And then of course, he was the second person killed. That was good right in there, that part. The person you suspect of the first murder should always be the second victim."



* Not used as much as one would suspect in the various ''{{Law and Order}}'' series, but one notable example from the [=SVU=] series involved the demise of a rapist whom everyone was convinced had killed his victim. His death started them thinking that her killer had an entirely different motive.
** Another notable example is from the original series, when a doctor who's supposed to be giving vital testimony in his daughter's case (she's up for murder, her defense is that it was assisted suicide) kills ''himself'' on the stand (via poison he administered several hours beforehand.) This, obviously, calls for a mistrial and [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled gets him out of facing consequences]] even though he'd practically admitted that there were less-than-merciful motives for the "assisted suicide" all along.

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* Not used as much as one would suspect in the various ''{{Law and Order}}'' series, but one notable example from the [=SVU=] ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]]'' series involved the demise of a rapist whom everyone was convinced had killed his victim. His death started them thinking that her killer had an entirely different motive.
** Another notable example is from [[Series/LawAndOrder the original series, series]], when a doctor who's supposed to be giving vital testimony in his daughter's case (she's up for murder, her defense is that it was assisted suicide) kills ''himself'' on the stand (via poison he administered several hours beforehand.) This, obviously, calls for a mistrial and [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled gets him out of facing consequences]] even though he'd practically admitted that there were less-than-merciful motives for the "assisted suicide" all along.



* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Killed by Death", the Scoobies become convinced that the villain killing the sick children in the hospital is the creepy (and, it turns out, criminally negligent to the point of malpractice lawsuits) Doctor Backer... until Backer himself is killed by the invisible monster that is ''actually'' killing the children.

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* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode [[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E18KilledByDeath "Killed by Death", Death"]], the Scoobies become convinced that the villain killing the sick children in the hospital is the creepy (and, it turns out, criminally negligent to the point of malpractice lawsuits) Doctor Backer... until Backer himself is killed by the invisible monster that is ''actually'' killing the children.



* The ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' pilot has the suspect Peter Saldua turn up dead. It turns out that Saldua was the one who killed the victim, her husband manipulated him into doing it and killed him and [[NeverSuicide made it look like suicide]].

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* ''Series/{{Elementary}}''
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The ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' pilot has the suspect Peter Saldua turn up dead. It turns out that Saldua was the one who killed the victim, her husband manipulated him into doing it and killed him and [[NeverSuicide made it look like suicide]].suicide]].
** [[Recap/ElementaryS02E02SolveForX "Solve for X"]]: Holmes calls Bell to tell him who he thinks the killer is, and before he has a chance to say so, Bell informs him about another victim, naturally the same man.



* ''Series/InspectorLynley'': [[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E02ATraitorToMemory "A Traitor to Memory"]], Lynley and Havers were almost certain that it was [[spoiler: ex-husband Richard]] who killed Eugenie Martin, until he is murdered in the same way.
** the best part? [[spoiler: in the original novel, Richard ''was'' the killer - it was switched to Raphael due to AdaptationDistillation (see above), so they weren't actually that far off.]]



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "Anthology of Interest", where Zoidberg's summation is repeatedly interrupted by this. Further twisting it is that the new victims each figure out who the real killer is ''seconds'' before their deaths (which is why they get killed).

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', [[Recap/FuturamaS2E16AnthologyOfInterestI "Anthology of Interest", Interest"]], where Zoidberg's summation is repeatedly interrupted by this. Further twisting it is that the new victims each figure out who the real killer is ''seconds'' before their deaths (which is why they get killed).
4th Feb '17 8:48:13 AM morenohijazo
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir''. Vimes definitely sees Lewton dying as this, but Lewton had actually managed to come BackFromTheDead (not that he was guilty of the murders anyway).
-->'''Vimes:''' My lead suspect was killed.
-->'''Vetinari:''' Hmmmm... that is very unfortunate.
-->'''Vimes:''' It certainly was for Lewton.
25th Dec '16 11:52:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheTwilightZone'' episode "Shadow Play", Dennis Weaver is on DeathRow trying to convince people that the world is a nightmare he keeps having, [[GroundhogDayLoop night after night, over and over again]]. The Warden is finally convinced he must be insane, and calls the Governor to ask for a stay. The stay comes too late, the electric chair is fired up, and we find he was right: everyone else dies, and his nightmare starts all over again.

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* In ''TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Shadow Play", Dennis Weaver is on DeathRow trying to convince people that the world is a nightmare he keeps having, [[GroundhogDayLoop night after night, over and over again]]. The Warden is finally convinced he must be insane, and calls the Governor to ask for a stay. The stay comes too late, the electric chair is fired up, and we find he was right: everyone else dies, and his nightmare starts all over again.
26th Sep '16 7:20:30 PM PaulA
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* Parodied in "Literature/TheMacbethMurderMystery" by Creator/JamesThurber. "At first I suspected Banquo. And then of course, he was the second person killed. That was good right in there, that part. The person you suspect of the first murder should always be the second victim."
4th Sep '16 10:33:11 PM erforce
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%%* Bizu in ''Film/ThePinkPanther''.

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%%* Bizu in ''Film/ThePinkPanther''.''Film/ThePinkPanther2006''.
8th May '16 1:48:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* The trope occurs several times in Agatha Christie's ''AndThenThereWereNone''. Ultimately subverted and then played straight, [[spoiler:as the murderer faked his death precisely to eliminate himself as a suspect. Of course, then it is ultimately played straight as he then commits suicide to complete his perfect crime and, again, eliminate himself as a suspect.]]

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* The trope occurs several times in Agatha Christie's ''AndThenThereWereNone''.''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. Ultimately subverted and then played straight, [[spoiler:as the murderer faked his death precisely to eliminate himself as a suspect. Of course, then it is ultimately played straight as he then commits suicide to complete his perfect crime and, again, eliminate himself as a suspect.]]



* ''InDeath'': This trope popped up in ''Innocent In Death''. After Craig Foster's murder, Eve Dallas ends up focusing on Reed Williams as the prime suspect. Take a wild guess on what happens next.

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* ''InDeath'': ''Literature/InDeath'': This trope popped up in ''Innocent In Death''. After Craig Foster's murder, Eve Dallas ends up focusing on Reed Williams as the prime suspect. Take a wild guess on what happens next.
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