History Series / ColdCase

22nd May '18 10:22:41 PM MuffinoDragon
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** Almost literally with the killer in "Churchgoing People". All flashbacks of her show her as a prim, modestly dressed and coifed woman. Until her son finally confesses that she was actually a violent and abusive drunk who regularly beat his father and finally killed him in a rage upon learning of his infidelity.

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** Almost literally with the killer in "Churchgoing People". All [[spoiler:All flashbacks of her show her as a prim, modestly dressed and coifed woman. Until her son finally confesses that she was actually a violent and abusive drunk who regularly beat his father and finally killed him in a rage upon learning of his infidelity.infidelity]].



** The professor in "Hubris". When we meet him, he's a broken man whose marriage and career were ruined by the murder suspicions and the fact that not only had he had an affair with the victim, she wasn't his first dalliance. Despite his cheating, it's easy to have a little sympathy for him given that he regrets his behavior and just wants to clear his name and get his life back. Until the end of the episode where we learn that he IS the killer and that ''every single thing'' that happened to him was fully deserved and that he's actually an arrogant bastard who isn't the least bit sorry for what he did. Indeed, he felt completely entitled to seduce his female students and to kill the one girl who dared break up with him rather than him be the one to dump her, to the point where he outright stated, "It's her fault. She made me fall in love with her."

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** The professor homeless man in ďA Dollar, A DreamĒ. At first, he was nothing but warm and kind to the victim, inviting her to live in the park with him and sharing a lottery ticket with her. But upon discovering the ticket was only worth $25, he [[spoiler:ruthlessly shot her]].
** [[spoiler:The professor]]
in "Hubris". When we meet him, [[spoiler:him, he's a broken man whose marriage and career were ruined by the murder suspicions and the fact that not only had he had an affair with the victim, she wasn't his first dalliance. Despite his cheating, it's easy to have a little sympathy for him given that he regrets his behavior and just wants to clear his name and get his life back. back]]. Until the end of the episode where we learn that he [[spoiler:he IS the killer and that ''every single thing'' that happened to him was fully deserved and that he's actually an arrogant bastard who isn't the least bit sorry for what he did. Indeed, he felt completely entitled to seduce his female students and to kill the one girl who dared break up with him rather than him be the one to dump her, to the point where he outright stated, "It's her fault. She made me fall in love with her.""]]
22nd May '18 10:08:12 PM MuffinoDragon
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** In particular, in [[spoiler: "The Good Death", it was the result of a MercyKill rather than a cold-blooded murder]].

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** In particular, in [[spoiler: ďThe RiverĒ and "The Good Death", it was the result of a MercyKill rather than a cold-blooded murder]].



** "The Bradford Girls" in "A Dollar, A Dream".



** The killer in "Witness Protection" to the victim. They both made mistakes that they were trying to make amends for and had difficult family lives because of this. But while the victim was getting his life together and realized he couldnít let his family pay for his mistakes, the killer wanted to hold on to what he had with an iron fist.

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** The killer in "Witness Protection" [[spoiler:"Witness Protection"]] to the victim. They both made mistakes that they were trying to make amends for and had difficult family lives because of this. But while the victim was getting his life together and realized he couldnít let his family pay for his mistakes, the killer wanted to hold on to what he had with an iron fist.



** Both the killer and the victim in "Witness Protection". The victim was killed because he wouldn't let the PapaWolf killer anywhere near his son while he was like that.

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** Both the killer and the victim in "Witness Protection".[[spoiler:"Witness Protection"]]. The victim was killed because he wouldn't let the PapaWolf killer anywhere near his son while he was like that.



** "Knuckle Up" and "One Fall" also have similar endings: [[spoiler:The killer and one of the suspects arrive at a dockyard to meet the victim, the suspect staying in the car while the killer talks to the victim. The victim is approached by the killer, who attempts to make a deal with them. The victim rejects the deal and the killer kills them, while the suspect looks on in shock. Both also end with the killer and his accomplice turning on each other]].
6th May '18 5:00:26 AM HighfalutinQuelea
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** "Knuckle Up" and "One Fall" also have similar endings: [[spoiler:The killer and one of the suspects arrive at a dockyard to meet the victim, the suspect staying in the car while the killer talks to the victim. The victim is approached by the killer, who attempts to make a deal with them. The victim rejects the deal and the killer kills them, while the suspect looks on in shock. Both also end with the killer and his accomplice turning on each other]].



25th Apr '18 3:02:08 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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** This started to happen less and less as the series went on with second and even third parties being shown to get their comeuppance

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** This started to happen less and less as the series went on with second and even third parties being shown to get their comeuppancecomeuppance.



* LivesInAVan: In "A Dollar, A Dream", a car is found at the bottom of a lake with the remains of a woman missing since 1999 inside. The detectives learn the woman had endured dire financial straights after her husband's death and was forced to live in the car with her two young daughters.

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* LivesInAVan: In "A Dollar, A Dream", a car is found at the bottom of a lake with the remains of a woman missing since 1999 inside. The detectives learn the woman had endured dire financial straights straits after her husband's death and was forced to live in the car with her two young daughters.
23rd Apr '18 5:57:04 PM H8FearADRLuv
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: At times, it's the point of the prologue. It helps to introduce the characters of the week to the audience.
** In "Strange Fruit, this father is put-off by how a gelatin dish was brought to the BBQ by an African family and tries to discourage his daughter from having some. He even tries to convince her to have cake, despite that she voices she doesn't like cake.



** The killer's brother in "Strange Fruit" may be a [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]] and a MorallyBankruptBanker, but [[spoiler:lynching a man and making a child watch]] brings even ''him'' to tears.

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** The killer's brother in "Strange Fruit" may be a [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]] and a MorallyBankruptBanker, but [[spoiler:lynching a man and [[HarmfulToMinors making a child watch]] watch]]]] brings even ''him'' to tears.



** The racist prison guard in "Family 8108" admits that he left the victim alone after witnessing the full extent of his fucked up family life (his marriage is falling apart, his wife's pregnant, he's trying to remain sunny and upbeat) simply because he just didn't have it in him to pick on someone that miserable.

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** The racist prison guard in "Family 8108" admits that he left the victim alone after witnessing the full extent of his fucked up family life (his marriage is falling apart, his wife's pregnant, his son is rebelling, he's trying to remain [[StepfordSmiler sunny and upbeat) upbeat]] despite the situation) simply because he just didn't have it in him to pick on someone that miserable.
23rd Apr '18 4:32:40 AM HighfalutinQuelea
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** Averted in "A Dollar, A Dream" where the daughter who ran off after telling her mother she was disgusted by her still blamed her when she turned up missing to the point of not caring when she found out she was killed. Though in the end it's implied she made her peace with her mother.
22nd Apr '18 12:56:05 PM Mrs.Barch
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* CannotKeepASecret: Tina Bream told her sister and drug attic brother in law about her husbandís bearer-bonds. She later told him about the police sting operation. Both of these caused her sonís kidnapping as well as prevented them from retrieving him.


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* EasilyForgiven: Ken Bream from ''Revenge'' spent his entire life being blamed by his wife for their sonís death as well as blaming himself. Yet when the police discover that she was solely at fault he never once called her out.


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** JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Tina Bream ''Revenge'' is a MyBelovedSmother who blames her husband for their son getting kidnapped because he let him go to the dressing room by himself. Sheís also believes PoliceAreUseless so when the ransom failed she blamed him again for trusting them. It turns out the kidnapping was entirely her fault because she told her drug attic brother in law about money that was supposed to be kept secret and then told him about the police sting operation tipping him off. What truly makes her this after finding out that their son was dead she manipulated her husband into killing the one they thought was responsible and afterwards she continued to blame him.


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* PlayingTheVictimCard: Played with, Tina Bream really is a victim. Itís just that she blames everyone from the police to her husband for her sonís kidnapping and death. Itís telling that when everyone found out that it was entirely her fault her response to the cops calling her out when the cops found out that she was told who kidnapped her husband. Her response was that she didnít have a lot of reasons to trust the police.
** Sandra Riley from the same episode uses being a HotGuyUglyWife ignoring her husband molesting her child as kidnapping other children to molest.


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* SelectiveObliviousness: Sandra Riley ignored the fact that her husband was molesting her son as well as the fact that he kidnapped another boy to kidnap because she enjoyed HotGuyUglyWife
20th Apr '18 9:07:58 PM HighfalutinQuelea
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* KickTheDog: It's not hard to see the ''heroes'' as doing this at the end of "World's End" when they [[spoiler: arrest the ancient, Alzheimer's-afflicted Felton Metz all the while the man's son (who, it's implied, has independently figured out his father was the killer) is ''begging'' them to let him live out his final days in peace]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch:
** The {{Jerkass}} tow truck driver who gleefully bragged about forcing a mother to demean herself while her kids were in the next room.
** The abusive fatherís beatdown by his fellow cops in "A Perfect Day".

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* KickTheDog: It's not hard to see the ''heroes'' detectives as doing this at the end of "World's End" when they [[spoiler: arrest the ancient, Alzheimer's-afflicted Felton Metz all the while the man's son (who, it's implied, has independently figured out his father was the killer) is ''begging'' them to let him live out his final days in peace]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch:
** The {{Jerkass}} tow truck driver who gleefully bragged about forcing a mother to demean herself while her kids were in the next room.
** The abusive fatherís beatdown by his fellow cops in "A Perfect Day".
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19th Apr '18 7:10:11 AM HighfalutinQuelea
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** "The Bradford Girls" in "A Dollar, A Dream".
16th Apr '18 10:08:02 PM jormis29
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** "Creatures of the Night" has ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' star Barry Bostwick as a serial killer, in an episode about the murder of a ''The Rocky Horror Picture Show'' fan.

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** "Creatures of the Night" has ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' star Barry Bostwick Creator/BarryBostwick as a serial killer, in an episode about the murder of a ''The Rocky Horror Picture Show'' fan.
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