History Series / ColdCase

28th Sep '17 10:01:30 AM H8FearADRLuv
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** The killer in "Who's your Daddy" is this to an extent. [[spoiler: When he accidentally shoots the male victim in an attempt to get the female victim to service him, he snivels and whimpers because now he's "gotta kill [her] too". Almost akin to a child who dropped his ice cream, so now he'll have to throw it away.]]
19th Sep '17 12:01:45 PM DrOO7
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** 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."
16th Sep '17 1:48:45 PM crazysamaritan
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* WritingAroundTrademarks: Because of copyright restrictions, {{Closed Caption|ing}}s refer to songs used by genre, rather than by name.

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12th Sep '17 1:02:33 AM ACW
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* AdaptationalHeroism: While ''Heroism'' might be overstating things a bit, the victim [[spoiler: turned SerialKiller]] Martha in "Lonely Hearts" is based on the very real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Fernandez_and_Martha_Beck Martha Beck]]. Whilst the things this Martha did were [[MoralEventHorizon cold and savage]] she did actually feel bad about her actions and even tried to make up for them [[spoiler: unfortunately this got her [[HeelFaceDoorSlam killed]]]]. The real [[CompleteMonster Martha]] on the other hand had absolutely no remorse for her actions which were arguably ''worse'' since [[WouldHurtAChild she drowned one of her victims two year old daughter]]. With that in mind ''this'' Martha comes away looking relatively innocent.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: While ''Heroism'' might be overstating things a bit, the victim [[spoiler: turned SerialKiller]] Martha in "Lonely Hearts" is based on the very real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Fernandez_and_Martha_Beck Martha Beck]]. Whilst the things this Martha did were [[MoralEventHorizon cold and savage]] she did actually feel bad about her actions and even tried to make up for them [[spoiler: unfortunately this got her [[HeelFaceDoorSlam killed]]]]. The real [[CompleteMonster Martha]] Martha on the other hand had absolutely no remorse for her actions which were arguably ''worse'' since [[WouldHurtAChild she drowned one of her victims two year old daughter]]. With that in mind ''this'' Martha comes away looking relatively innocent.
6th Sep '17 9:42:46 AM Erin582
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** Carlos Espinosa, who had ''spray paint'' pored down his throat.


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* MaternallyChallenged: The victim's mother in "Maternal Instincts". She admitted that she never wanted children, was cold and distant to her throughout her childhood and even when she learned of her daughter's death or that her killer was arrested after fifteen years, she wasn't too bothered by it.


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** This is a common interpretation to even some of the victims, particularly the [[AssholeVictim less-sympathetic ones]]: the victims in "Maternal Instincts" (ashamed that she [[spoiler: kidnapped a baby before she was murdered]]), "Blackout" (her [[spoiler: pedophilia]] leading to her death) and "Greed" (the killer, a corrupt, manipulative executive, sheepishly thanking Lilly for solving his murder.)
5th Sep '17 6:59:05 PM juniperlove15
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* AdaptationalHeroism: While ''Heroism'' might be overstating things a bit, the victim [[spoiler: turned SerialKiller]] Martha is based on the very real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Fernandez_and_Martha_Beck Martha Beck]]. Whilst the things this Martha did were [[MoralEventHorizon cold and savage]] she did actually feel bad about her actions and even tried to make up for them [[spoiler: unfortunately this got her [[HeelFaceDoorSlam killed]]]]. The real [[CompleteMonster Martha]] on the other hand had absolutely no remorse for her actions which were arguably ''worse'' since [[WouldHurtAChild she drowned one of her victims two year old daughter]]. With that in mind ''this'' Martha comes away looking relatively innocent.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: While ''Heroism'' might be overstating things a bit, the victim [[spoiler: turned SerialKiller]] Martha in "Lonely Hearts" is based on the very real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Fernandez_and_Martha_Beck Martha Beck]]. Whilst the things this Martha did were [[MoralEventHorizon cold and savage]] she did actually feel bad about her actions and even tried to make up for them [[spoiler: unfortunately this got her [[HeelFaceDoorSlam killed]]]]. The real [[CompleteMonster Martha]] on the other hand had absolutely no remorse for her actions which were arguably ''worse'' since [[WouldHurtAChild she drowned one of her victims two year old daughter]]. With that in mind ''this'' Martha comes away looking relatively innocent.
5th Sep '17 6:57:44 PM juniperlove15
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* AdaptationalHeroism: While ''Heroism'' might be overstating things a bit, the victim [[spoiler: turned SerialKiller]] Martha is based on the very real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Fernandez_and_Martha_Beck Martha Beck]]. Whilst the things this Martha did were [[MoralEventHorizon cold and savage]] she did actually feel bad about her actions and even tried to make up for them [[spoiler: unfortunately this got her [[HeelFaceDoorSlam killed]]]]. The real [[CompleteMonster Martha]] on the other hand had absolutely no remorse for her actions which were arguably ''worse'' since [[WouldHurtAChild she drowned one of her victims two year old daughter]]. With that in mind ''this'' Martha comes away looking relatively innocent.
28th Aug '17 7:19:52 AM HalcyonDayz
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Done in a weird way in "It's Raining Men"; the studly, ReallyGetsAround-type gay man who is revealed to have been giving other men AIDS ForTheEvulz has aged much worse that the straight-laced key witness who was the victim's totally-devoted partner... but he's also [[OlderAndWiser become a much better person with age]].

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Done in a weird way in "It's Raining Men"; the studly, ReallyGetsAround-type gay man who is revealed to have been giving other men AIDS [=AIDs=] ForTheEvulz has aged much worse that the straight-laced key witness who was the victim's totally-devoted partner... but he's also [[OlderAndWiser become a much better person with age]].



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: A number of episodes are based on real life cases, and many others, while not referencing a specific case, do reference the hot-button social issues of the time -- the AIDs crisis, the Vietnam War, Women's liberation, the dot-com bubble, UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace and so on. [[RippedFromTheHeadlines/ColdCase Has its own page.]]

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: A number of episodes are based on real life cases, and many others, while not referencing a specific case, do reference the hot-button social issues of the time -- the AIDs [=AIDs=] crisis, the Vietnam War, Women's liberation, the dot-com bubble, UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace and so on. [[RippedFromTheHeadlines/ColdCase Has its own page.]]
21st Aug '17 8:40:57 AM Erin582
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* AdultsAreUseless: As seen in the two-parter "The Thin Blue Line/Into The Blue", as well as stupid, misogynistic and corrupt. The victim, the lone female cadet at a military school, is continously harassed by her fellow cadets, instructors and even a ''parent'' of a boy who was rejected for the school. The latter example is the most shameful; while the students and teachers had a right to be there and would (and did) protect their own by looking the other way, the father was a visitor who would come by ''daily'' in his drunken travels just to pointlessly bitch at her ''to her face'' and personally blame her for his son not getting in during the flag ceremony practice. Whereas she wasn't able to speak up for herself or even react to his acrimonious behavior, school officials could have easily kicked the asshole out and have him banned from coming onto the premises.
5th Aug '17 5:11:40 AM juniperlove15
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** Dr. Breslin in ''it takes a village''. Had he actually done something about the abuse going on at the foster home, for example the boys being made to ''stand naked for days on end'' [[TragicMonster poor]] [[spoiler: Malik might not have been tipped over the edge by having [[{{Fingore}} his finger cut off]] by the other boys]] and the victims would certainly still be alive. In the present day he does show some regret, though it only took ''twenty one years and four children dying'' for it to sink in that he [[AllAdultsAreUseless failed]].

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** Dr. Breslin in ''it "it takes a village''.village". Had he actually done something about the abuse going on at the foster home, for example the boys being made to ''stand naked for days on end'' [[TragicMonster poor]] [[spoiler: Malik might not have been tipped over the edge by having [[{{Fingore}} his finger cut off]] by the other boys]] and the victims would certainly still be alive. In the present day he does show some regret, though it only took ''twenty one years and four children dying'' for it to sink in that he [[AllAdultsAreUseless [[AdultsAreUseless failed]].
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