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30th Apr '16 9:51:43 AM mhnospa
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* ''CSI: Miami'' had an episode where one of the detectives inspects a hanging corpse and deduces that it must have been murder within seconds: "He is wearing a watch on his right wrist, which means has must be left handed, but the noose was tied with a right-handed knot". This has a couple of problems. First, not everyone wears their watch on the side that they are supposed to, and second, tying a noose is a complicated action needing both hands, and it would be unlikely that someone had worked out a "usual" way to do it.
27th Oct '15 12:29:10 PM FF32
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* Subverted/Averted in ''{{Fahrenheit}}'', where you can learn during the autopsy that the killer was left handed, from the angle of the knife marks. However, this fact does not appear in the later scene where you must link evidence to connect the killer to Lucas.

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* Subverted/Averted in ''{{Fahrenheit}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'', where you can learn during the autopsy that the killer was left handed, from the angle of the knife marks. However, this fact does not appear in the later scene where you must link evidence to connect the killer to Lucas.
20th Oct '15 1:07:26 PM Duffan
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* In the ''{{Series/Castle}}'' episode [[spoiler:Tick, Tick, Tick]], this tips off Castle that the case isn't solved. More justifiably so this time: [[spoiler:killers may be more or less ambidextrous when it comes to bashing people with stuff, but fewer people ''shoot'' ambidextrously]].
** In S7 episode "In Plane Sight," Loni manages to immediately identify a killer's handedness (left, natch) from a ''cell phone photo'' of a head wound.

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* In the ''{{Series/Castle}}'' episode [[spoiler:Tick, Tick, Tick]], this tips off Castle that the case isn't solved. More justifiably so this time: [[spoiler:killers may be more or less ambidextrous when it comes to bashing people with stuff, but fewer people ''shoot'' ambidextrously]].
ambidextrously. Also, it wasn't a matter of "He's right handed," it's more "He had the gun in his right hand seconds before the shot but was found with the gun in his left." Ambidextrous shooting or not, he simply didn't have time to switch hands before pulling the trigger]].
** In S7 episode "In Plane Sight," Loni Lani manages to immediately identify a killer's handedness (left, natch) from a ''cell phone photo'' of a head wound.
7th Jul '15 8:52:54 PM Adept
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* In one ''KindaichiCaseFiles'' story, Kindaichi proves that a victim whose handedness was unknown was left handed based on his use of left-handed scissors, specifically designed to only function efficiently for lefties.

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* In one ''KindaichiCaseFiles'' ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles'' story, Kindaichi proves that a victim whose handedness was unknown was left handed based on his use of left-handed scissors, specifically designed to only function efficiently for lefties.
7th May '15 9:25:31 PM KeithTyler
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** In S7 episode "In Plane Sight," Loni manages to immediately identify a killer's handedness (left, natch) from a ''cell phone photo'' of a head wound.
4th Mar '15 4:33:26 AM jormis29
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* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes titular detective]] concludes that an apparent suicide was in fact a murder, because the left handed victim had been shot on the right side of his head, something which would be rather awkward to achieve with your left hand.

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* In the "[[Recap/SherlockS01E02TheBlindBanker The Blind Banker]]" episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes titular detective]] concludes that an apparent suicide was in fact a murder, because the left handed victim had been shot on the right side of his head, something which would be rather awkward to achieve with your left hand.
17th Feb '15 7:48:07 PM Prfnoff
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Even Literature/SherlockHolmes resorted to this at times.

This trope is discredited in real life, though it was once a common tool in detection. Several scholars believe that the search for UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper was stymied by the ultimately unfounded belief that The Killer Was Left-Handed.

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Even Literature/SherlockHolmes resorted to this at times.

This trope is discredited in real life, RealLife, though it was once a common tool in detection. Several scholars believe that the search for UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper was stymied by the ultimately unfounded belief that The Killer Was Left-Handed.
31st Jan '15 7:22:36 PM Angeldeb82
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*** In the same ''Poirot'' adaptation of "The Affair at the Victory Ball", [[spoiler:during the denouement at the BBC Radio station, Literature/HerculePoirot reveals that Chris Davidson was the killer by the fact that Davidson was left-handed and the victim (Viscount Cronshaw) was right-handed.]]

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*** ** In the same ''Poirot'' adaptation of "The Affair at the Victory Ball", [[spoiler:during the denouement at the BBC Radio station, Literature/HerculePoirot reveals that Chris Davidson was the killer by the fact that Davidson was left-handed and the victim (Viscount Cronshaw) was right-handed.]]
31st Jan '15 7:21:53 PM Angeldeb82
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This trope is discredited in real life, though it was once a common tool in detection. Several scholars believe that the search for UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper was stymied by the ultimately unfounded belief that TheKillerWasLeftHanded.

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This trope is discredited in real life, though it was once a common tool in detection. Several scholars believe that the search for UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper was stymied by the ultimately unfounded belief that TheKillerWasLeftHanded.
The Killer Was Left-Handed.



* This trope is used a few times in ''DetectiveConan''.

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* This trope is used a few times in ''DetectiveConan''.''Manga/DetectiveConan''.



* The ''{{CSI}}: Intern at Your Own Risk'' Tokyopop manga has the killer be a Non-secretor.

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* The ''{{CSI}}: ''Series/{{CSI}}: Intern at Your Own Risk'' Tokyopop manga has the killer be a Non-secretor.



* ''Death Watch'' by Creator/JohnDicksonCarr: An early clue establishes the killer was left handed. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] / [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: [[spoiler: It was part of a frame up by the real killer, and the detective has a brief rant about left-handed / right-handed clues.]]

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* ''Death Watch'' by Creator/JohnDicksonCarr: An early clue establishes the killer was left handed. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d / [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: {{Subverted|Trope}}: [[spoiler: It was part of a frame up by the real killer, and the detective has a brief rant about left-handed / right-handed clues.]]



* Creator/AgathaChristie twice ("The Market Basing Mystery" and "Murder In The Mews") used a variant in which [[spoiler: the ''victim'' is left handed, and committed suicide with a shot to the temple. A friend then [[SuicideNotMurder framed the person they blamed for the suicide for murder]] by moving the gun to the right hand, thereby making the shot look impossible.]]
** In ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', Poirot notices that [[spoiler: the victim's stab wounds indicate that he was stabbed by both a left-handed and a right-handed person.]]
** Played with in ''Towards Zero''. The doctor notes that from the position of the body and the angle of the blow the strike would be very tricky to do right handed - [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the trope at the time. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out the blow ''was'' struck with the right hand - but it was a backhand blow from a star tennis player.]]

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* Creator/AgathaChristie twice ("The Market Basing Mystery" and "Murder In The in the Mews") used a variant in which [[spoiler: the ''victim'' is left handed, and committed suicide with a shot to the temple. A friend then [[SuicideNotMurder framed the person they blamed for the suicide for murder]] by moving the gun to the right hand, thereby making the shot look impossible. (In the ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' adaptation, however, the friend took the gun from the victim's left hand, then cleaned her handprint before placing the gun back on her left hand, albeit improperly.)]]
*** In the same ''Poirot'' adaptation of "The Affair at the Victory Ball", [[spoiler:during the denouement at the BBC Radio station, Literature/HerculePoirot reveals that Chris Davidson was the killer by the fact that Davidson was left-handed and the victim (Viscount Cronshaw) was right-handed.
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** In ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', Poirot notices that [[spoiler: the victim's stab wounds indicate that he was stabbed by both a left-handed and a right-handed person.]]
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** Played with in ''Towards Zero''. The doctor notes that from the position of the body and the angle of the blow the strike would be very tricky to do right handed - [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing the trope at the time. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out the blow ''was'' struck with the right hand - but it was a backhand blow from a star tennis player.]]



* ''{{CSI}}'', ''Series/{{House}}'', ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', and a Patricia Cornwell novel each did a more unlikely variant, though, where the killer had two separate sets of DNA, so saliva samples did not match blood or semen. (The reasons differed: in one, this was the result of a rare birth defect. In the Law and Order episode, it was the result of a bone marrow transplant.)

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* ''{{CSI}}'', ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/{{House}}'', ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', and a Patricia Cornwell novel each did a more unlikely variant, though, where the killer had two separate sets of DNA, so saliva samples did not match blood or semen. (The reasons differed: in one, this was the result of a rare birth defect. In the Law and Order episode, it was the result of a bone marrow transplant.)



* ''{{CSI}}'' also both subverted and plays this one straight. In one episode, Doc Robbins says that the whole TheKillerWasLeftHanded thing is a myth, but ventures a guess as to the handed-ness of the killer anyways. In future episodes, he plays it straight.

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* ''{{CSI}}'' ''CSI'' also both subverted and plays this one straight. In one episode, Doc Robbins says that the whole TheKillerWasLeftHanded "The Killer Was Left-Handed" thing is a myth, but ventures a guess as to the handed-ness of the killer anyways. In future episodes, he plays it straight.



* "Mr. {{Monk}} and the Garbage Strike" had an inversion of the first Creator/AgathaChristie example above. [[spoiler: The left-handed victim was shot on the right side of the head. To make it look like a suicide, the killer wrapped the victim's left arm in a bandage to make it look broken.]]

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* "Mr. {{Monk}} Series/{{Monk}} and the Garbage Strike" had an inversion of the first Creator/AgathaChristie example above. [[spoiler: The left-handed victim was shot on the right side of the head. To make it look like a suicide, the killer wrapped the victim's left arm in a bandage to make it look broken.]]



* ''TheGoldenGirls'' when the girls were participating in the Maltese Falcon Club, a murder mystery hotel, Dorothy solves one of the cases when the knife prop used to cut to the victim's throat was found on the left side of the victim (the "killer" only had seven seconds to commit the "murder" so it was cut and drop the knife quickly) and one of the suspects wore her watch on her right wrist.
* Played painfully straight on an episode of ''{{NCIS}}'' where the killer being left handed cleared a murdered man's commanding officer and lover, despite the fact they knew that the killer was a woman in the Navy.

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* ''TheGoldenGirls'' ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' when the girls were participating in the Maltese Falcon Club, a murder mystery hotel, Dorothy solves one of the cases when the knife prop used to cut to the victim's throat was found on the left side of the victim (the "killer" only had seven seconds to commit the "murder" so it was cut and drop the knife quickly) and one of the suspects wore her watch on her right wrist.
* Played painfully straight on an episode of ''{{NCIS}}'' ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' where the killer being left handed cleared a murdered man's commanding officer and lover, despite the fact they knew that the killer was a woman in the Navy.



* Inverted in ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' the team is working on a case of a girl who was killed when she spied on a butcher shop with horrendous health and cleanliness issues. The manager who was caught quickly confessed that he killed her, but Olivia reviewed the girls videos and noticed that the manager was left handed, but the one who killed the girl was right handed, and the real killer turned out to be an old lady who owned the butcher shop.
* A variant in ''MurderSheWrote'', "Funeral at Fifty-Mile". The victim was found hanging from the rafters in a barn. Later, when Jessica began investigating, someone placed a noose outside her window to scare her off. The noose that killed the victim was tied by a left-handed man, but the noose outside her window was tied by a right-handed man. This led Jessica to realize that either the killer was ambidextrous or that more than one person was responsible for the murder. [[spoiler: It was the latter.]]

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* Inverted in ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' ''Law & Order SVU'' the team is working on a case of a girl who was killed when she spied on a butcher shop with horrendous health and cleanliness issues. The manager who was caught quickly confessed that he killed her, but Olivia reviewed the girls girl's videos and noticed that the manager was left handed, left-handed, but the one who killed the girl was right handed, right-handed, and the real killer turned out to be an old lady who owned the butcher shop.
* A variant in ''MurderSheWrote'', ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', "Funeral at Fifty-Mile". The victim was found hanging from the rafters in a barn. Later, when Jessica began investigating, someone placed a noose outside her window to scare her off. The noose that killed the victim was tied by a left-handed man, but the noose outside her window was tied by a right-handed man. This led Jessica to realize that either the killer was ambidextrous or that more than one person was responsible for the murder. [[spoiler: It was the latter.]]



* Happens in case 4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', since [[spoiler: the gun bears prints from the defendant's right hand, while the photograph shows the killer holding it in his left.]] The trope is then subverted in that Edgeworth actually brings this up in a later case in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth''. Upon proving that [[spoiler:the culprit that hit him with a sword did so with their right hand, Kay says that Lance, the person who Edgeworth suspects did it, is left-handed. Edgeworth however says that he simply used his non-dominant hand on purpose to throw suspicion away from him, stating that swinging a simple prop sword is easy, no matter what hand you use]].
** In Case 1 of Justice For All, it is an InvertedTrope. The victim was left handed, as evidenced by a baseball glove he was offered by the defendant, which is a plot point: the message written in the sand implicating her was written with his right hand ([[FridgeLogic although why Phoenix Wright didn't simply point out the most obvious fact that that he couldn't have written the message since the cause of death was a broken neck due to a fall is unclear...]])

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* Happens in case 4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', since [[spoiler: the gun bears prints from the defendant's right hand, while the photograph shows the killer holding it in his left.]] left]]. The trope is then subverted in that Edgeworth actually brings this up in a later case in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth''. Upon proving that [[spoiler:the culprit that hit him with a sword did so with their right hand, Kay says that Lance, the person who Edgeworth suspects did it, is left-handed. Edgeworth however says that he simply used his non-dominant hand on purpose to throw suspicion away from him, stating that swinging a simple prop sword is easy, no matter what hand you use]].
** In Case 1 of Justice For All, it is an InvertedTrope. The victim was left handed, left-handed, as evidenced by a baseball glove he was offered by the defendant, which is a plot point: the message written in the sand implicating her was written with his right hand ([[FridgeLogic although why Phoenix Wright didn't simply point out the most obvious fact that that he couldn't have written the message since the cause of death was a broken neck due to a fall is unclear...]])
5th Dec '14 3:46:31 AM Patachou
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This trope is discredited in real life, though it was once a common tool in detection. Several scholars believe that the search for JackTheRipper was stymied by the ultimately unfounded belief that TheKillerWasLeftHanded.

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This trope is discredited in real life, though it was once a common tool in detection. Several scholars believe that the search for JackTheRipper UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper was stymied by the ultimately unfounded belief that TheKillerWasLeftHanded.
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