Never the First Suspect YKTTW Discussion

Never the First Suspect
The first suspect to be apprehended/arrested in a crime movie/tv series is almost never the real culprit.
(permanent link) added: 2012-01-02 23:59:02 sponsor: random5 (last reply: 2014-01-21 05:12:36)

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It has become a stock in crime movies and television series that The first suspect to be apprehended or arrested for a crime is almost never the real culprit. This is perhaps due to the fact that the story would be unappealingly short if the first suspect truly were guilty, but it is still a common element in crime series nonetheless. It might be averted in cases where the first suspect really is the culprit but is resourceful/smart enough to evade his pursuers for the duration of the story. Does a trope for this concept already exist?
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