History Series / ColdCase

28th Jul '16 10:51:51 PM SweetFirefly
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* FanDisservice: The seduction scene in "Blackout." Donna Mills in a backless swimsuit going after a younger guy in a jacuzzi. Hot, right? Well, [[spoiler: by "younger" we mean "thirteen years old and also her grandson"]] so no, not really.

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* FanDisservice: The seduction scene in "Blackout." ''Blackout''. Donna Mills in a backless swimsuit going after a younger guy in a jacuzzi. Hot, right? Well, [[spoiler: by "younger" we mean "thirteen years old and also her grandson"]] so no, not really.


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* SelfMadeOrphan: Some of the killers are this, either because the parents are AbusiveParents or because the children have problems of their own. [[spoiler:''Frank's Best'', ''Dead Heat'' and ''Blackout'' are some of the examples.]]


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** The son of the victim in ''Dead Heat'' was one. He found out his father really loved him only after he found out the father'd made a life insurance policy on his name. [[spoiler:Shame he'd already killed his old man by then.]]
27th Jul '16 1:12:15 PM HamburgerTime
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* CategoryTraitor: ''Discretion'' had a Hispanic detective and prosecutor (the latter is the episode's main victim) working a MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome case being seen as this by their community, since the prime suspect was Hispanic as well.
21st Jul '16 10:40:30 PM DrOO7
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* In "The Road", John Smith chose his victims after learning about their lives by editing their home videos, precisely how the killer chose his victims in ''Film/RedDragon''.
12th Jul '16 9:50:31 PM juniperlove15
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** None of these hold a candle to the guy from ''Disco Inferno'', who murdered 23 people over an insult to his dancing skills and displays not one iota of remorse.

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** None of these hold a candle to the guy from ''Disco Inferno'', who murdered 23 people over an insult to his dancing skills and displays not one iota of remorse.remorse and said insult was only given after he had just attacked the victim in the hopes that [[spoiler:he could break the guys legs or damage them enough so he couldn't win the dance contest.]] The Victim was (understandably) ticked off at having been assaulted.
12th Jul '16 2:42:04 AM ABE.Crudele
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** The victims in ''The Boy in the Box'' and ''Boy Crazy'' were killed [[spoiler: by electroshock therapy, which was considered a cureall at the time]].

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** The victims in ''The Boy in the Box'' and ''Boy Crazy'' were killed [[spoiler: by electroshock therapy, which was considered a cureall cure-all at the time]].



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27th Jun '16 11:03:31 AM tyrekecorrea
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* BadassGrandpa: John Stillman, especially in ''The Woods''.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:''Mind Hunters'', though he's brought down in ''The Woods'']], and ''[[spoiler:The Runaway Bunny]]''. [[spoiler:''Red Glare'']] also sort of qualifies, as the killer essentially accomplished everything he wanted and got away with his crime for ''fifty years'', and although he's caught in the end it's strongly implied that he's too old to be given a severe punishment for his actions. [[spoiler:''Late Returns'' and ''The House'']] also end with the detectives being unable to arrest the killer, but in those cases the deaths were an accident and self-defense respectively.



* BadassGrandpa: John Stillman, especially in ''The Woods''.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:''Mind Hunters'', though he's brought down in ''The Woods'']], and ''[[spoiler:The Runaway Bunny]]''. [[spoiler:''Red Glare'']] also sort of qualifies, as the killer essentially accomplished everything he wanted and got away with his crime for ''fifty years'', and although he's caught in the end it's strongly implied that he's too old to be given a severe punishment for his actions. [[spoiler:''Late Returns'' and ''The House'']] also end with the detectives being unable to arrest the killer, but in those cases the deaths were an accident and self-defense respectively.
27th Jun '16 10:59:50 AM tyrekecorrea
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*BaitAndSwitch: In ''Saving Patrick Bubley'', Miguel Maldonado and Patrick's older brother, Vaughn, fight over Patrick's scooter. Miguel lets Vaughn think he's won the tussle, then catches him off guard and shoots him to death.
--> '''Miguel''': You win, dawg...[[SuddenlyShouting HERE'S YOUR PRIZE!]]
30th May '16 2:05:15 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** ''Chinatown''. Literally ''everything'' [[WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis could have been prevented]] had one specific cop just arrested the local Chinese mob leader, but he didn't because he figured [[MeetTheNewBoss someone else just as bad would replace him]]. Even all three villains - the cop, the mob boss, and the killer - getting theirs at the end doesn't seem to balance out the fact that two innocent lives were lost and several more ruined all due to the [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids cynicism]] of one man.

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** ''Chinatown''. Literally ''everything'' [[WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis could have been prevented]] prevented had one specific cop just arrested the local Chinese mob leader, but he didn't because he figured [[MeetTheNewBoss someone else just as bad would replace him]]. Even all three villains - the cop, the mob boss, and the killer - getting theirs at the end doesn't seem to balance out the fact that two innocent lives were lost and several more ruined all due to the [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids cynicism]] of one man.
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