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* In ''Film/{{Basic}}'', [[DrillSergeantNasty Drill]] [[SergeantRock Sergeant]] [[Creator/SamuelLJackson West]] lampshades this and uses it as a ''threat'' against his recruits.
-->Those of you I find lacking will quit. And those of you who refuse to quit will have a training accident. This base suffers three training accidents a year. Unfortunate accidents that I will not hesitate to repeat if you cross me!
* In ''Film/BurnAfterReading'', when Osbone goes into a coma, the CIA head says to dump his body somewhere.
* Ugarte, in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''.
-->'''Renault''': I'm making out the report now. We haven't quite decided yet whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.
* ''Film/{{Chicago}}''. "Cell Block Tango" has several of these, being claimed by the actual murderesses:
--> "So I took the shotgun from the wall and I fired two warning shots. ''[drumbeat]'' ''[[BoomHeadshot Into his head]].''" For ''[[DisproportionateRetribution popping bubblegum]]''.
-->"And then he ran into my knife! He ran into my knife ''ten times''."
* Brought up in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', where a group of rogue Judges declare that obviously Dredd and his rookie partner skinned three people and threw them to their deaths. A medical officer disproves that by saying that the drug cartel that runs the apartment complex they're in (that the Judges are also working for) was responsible for the murders. The leading Judge says "Are you prepared to testify to that?" and then shoots the medic when he says that he is.
* In the BlackComedy ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous'', all of the deaths in the small town are ruled as accidents but none of the EccentricTownsfolk are fooled.
* Mort Agrippa in ''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising'' tripped, and on the way down, beat himself to death.



* In ''Film/BurnAfterReading'', when Osbone goes into a coma, the CIA head says to dump his body somewhere.
* In the BlackComedy ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous'', all of the deaths in the small town are ruled as accidents but none of the EccentricTownsfolk are fooled.
* ''Film/{{Chicago}}''. "Cell Block Tango" has several of these, being claimed by the actual murderesses:
--> "So I took the shotgun from the wall and I fired two warning shots. ''[drumbeat]'' ''[[BoomHeadshot Into his head]].''" For ''[[DisproportionateRetribution popping bubblegum]]''.
-->"And then he ran into my knife! He ran into my knife ''ten times''."
* Mort Agrippa in ''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising'' tripped, and on the way down, beat himself to death.
* Ugarte, in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''.
-->'''Renault''': I'm making out the report now. We haven't quite decided yet whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.
* In ''Film/{{Basic}}'', [[DrillSergeantNasty Drill]] [[SergeantRock Sergeant]] [[Creator/SamuelLJackson West]] lampshades this and uses it as a ''threat'' against his recruits.
-->Those of you I find lacking will quit. And those of you who refuse to quit will have a training accident. This base suffers three training accidents a year. Unfortunate accidents that I will not hesitate to repeat if you cross me!
* Brought up in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', where a group of rogue Judges declare that obviously Dredd and his rookie partner skinned three people and threw them to their deaths. A medical officer disproves that by saying that the drug cartel that runs the apartment complex they're in (that the Judges are also working for) was responsible for the murders. The leading Judge says "Are you prepared to testify to that?" and then shoots the medic when he says that he is.

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* In ''Film/BurnAfterReading'', when Osbone goes into a coma, the CIA head says to dump his body somewhere.
* In the BlackComedy ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous'', all of the deaths in the small town are ruled as accidents but none of the EccentricTownsfolk are fooled.
* ''Film/{{Chicago}}''. "Cell Block Tango" has several of these, being claimed by the actual murderesses:
--> "So I took the shotgun from the wall and I fired two warning shots. ''[drumbeat]'' ''[[BoomHeadshot Into his head]].''" For ''[[DisproportionateRetribution popping bubblegum]]''.
-->"And then he ran into my knife! He ran into my knife ''ten times''."
* Mort Agrippa in ''Film/TheGamersDorknessRising'' tripped, and on the way down, beat himself to death.
* Ugarte, in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''.
-->'''Renault''': I'm making
''Film/ThePhenixCityStory'', Al points out the report now. We haven't quite decided yet whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.
* In ''Film/{{Basic}}'', [[DrillSergeantNasty Drill]] [[SergeantRock Sergeant]] [[Creator/SamuelLJackson West]] lampshades this and uses it as a ''threat'' against his recruits.
-->Those of you I find lacking will quit. And those of you who refuse to quit will have a training accident. This base suffers three training accidents a year. Unfortunate accidents that I will not hesitate to repeat if you cross me!
* Brought up in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', where a group of rogue Judges declare that obviously Dredd and his rookie partner skinned three people and threw them to their deaths. A medical officer disproves that by saying
that the drug cartel claim that runs [[spoiler:Fred Gage]] died by falling out of a moving vehicle and fracturing his skull in the apartment complex they're in (that process is patently absurd considering the Judges are also working for) ditch he was responsible for the murders. The leading Judge says "Are you prepared to testify to that?" found in was filled with sawdust and then shoots the medic when he says that he is.thus "as soft as any bed in town".

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*The strange case of [[MorallyBankruptBanker Jeffrey]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Epstein]]. Epstein was a billionaire [[PaedoHunt paedophile]] who was arrested for child sexual trafficking, after having years before received [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney only a slap on the wrist for molesting multiple children]]. Linked to him and his..dealings were some of the most rich and powerful people in the world, including [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Bill Clinton]], [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Donald Trump]], and [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Prince Edward]]. He was sent to jail, awaiting trial..and promptly [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident ‘committed]] [[NeverSuicide suicide’]]. Suspicions immediately sprung up that he had been [[HeKnowsTooMuch murdered to prevent his testimony from implicating said powerful figures in his crimes.]]. These only grew as more facts about the case emerged:
**Epstein was on suicide watch at the time he committed suicide, being supervised by 2 guards and with no obvious means to kill himself. The official story went that both guards [[ContrivedCoincidence fell asleep at the same time]] and therefore [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy failed to notice him hanging himself]]. This [[SarcasmMode just so happened]] to be the first successful suicide at that jail in over thirty years.
**Epstein had been placed on suicide watch because of a previous ‘suicide attempt’..which it later emerged Epstein himself had said was an assassination attempt disguised as such, by a fellow prisoner receiving instructions from a cellphone smuggled into the prison.
**Epstein was bright and optimistic when he was last seen alive, genuinely believing he was [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney going to be let off again]], because he ([[ArtisticLicenseLaw incorrectly]]) believed that his previous convinction [[OffOnATechnicality prevented him from being found guilty again due to Double Jeopardy.]]
**Epstein’s autopsy report found that his [[NeckSnap neck injuries]] were more consistent with homicidal strangulation than with suicidal hanging.

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* ''FanFic/SeventhHorcrux'' has a minor RunningGag of sudden deaths being attributed to dragon pox (which is also stated to be only dangerous if you're very old). Particularly innocuous is the outbreak of deaths among the parents of pureblood Slytherin students, who all died the same night that Dumbledore claims Voldemort returned.


* Officer Terence Yeakey's death was ruled suicide. He managed to slash his hands and throat, then crawl a mile or so of rough terrain while wearing handcuffs and shoot himself in the head. With a revolver aimed downwards, from a distance enough to get no powder burns. Or maybe he shot himself ''before'' crawling there? 'Cause he lost this weapon somewhere - no, wait, they found it more than an hour later, right after the FBI arrived on the scene. Coincidentally, Yeakey was disputing the official version of the events of the Oklahoma bombing (where he'd been involved in rescue efforts) and claimed he was being watched.


# The mechanism of death is the physiological derangement that results in the death. Staying with the "gunshot wound to the chest" example, the mechanism of death could be "exsanguination" [[note]]extreme blood loss[[/note]] if the victim bled profusely, or it could be "cardiac failure", if the wound caused the heart to simply stop beating.

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# The mechanism of death is the physiological derangement that results in the death. Staying with the "gunshot wound to the chest" example, the mechanism of death could be "exsanguination" [[note]]extreme blood loss[[/note]] if the victim bled profusely, or it could be "cardiac failure", failure" if the wound caused the heart to simply stop beating.



In this trope, it's almost always either the Cause or the Manner (or both) that's deliberately mis-stated; when determining if a work contains an example of this be careful not to confuse Cause and Mechanism.

This doesn't necessarily include circumstances like [[DoubleTap a suicide victim shooting themselves in the head twice]]. As unlikely as it seems, it has been [[RealityIsUnrealistic well-documented]] that unfortunate suicide victims might not succeed with the first shot. With the state they're in after that, they tend to try and finish the job. Indeed, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Stanford one poet]] shot himself in the heart three times before dying.

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In this trope, it's almost always either the Cause or the Manner (or both) that's deliberately mis-stated; misstated; when determining if a work contains an example of this be careful not to confuse Cause and Mechanism.

This doesn't necessarily include circumstances like [[DoubleTap a suicide victim shooting themselves in the head twice]]. As unlikely as it seems, it has been [[RealityIsUnrealistic well-documented]] that unfortunate that, unfortunately, suicide victims might not succeed with the first shot. With the state they're in after that, they tend to try and finish the job. Indeed, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Stanford one poet]] shot himself in the heart three times before dying.



* In one ''VideoGame/MedievalTotalWar'' AfterActionReport, the first time the author's faction assassinated another faction's leader, the cause of death was reported as a fall down a flight of stairs, with various outlandish and improbable explanations being given for the more suspicious injuries (such as impaling himself on the spiked banister for the various stab wounds). Saying that a character had "fallen down the stairs" became an euphemism for every assassination performed thereafter.

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* In one ''VideoGame/MedievalTotalWar'' AfterActionReport, the first time the author's faction assassinated another faction's leader, the cause of death was reported as a fall down a flight of stairs, with various outlandish and improbable explanations being given for the more suspicious injuries (such as impaling himself on the spiked banister for the various stab wounds). Saying that a character had "fallen down the stairs" became an a euphemism for every assassination performed thereafter.



* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', every murder committed is made to look like an accident. Each one seems improbable at the least, but the most obvious one is Leslie Tiller's death. "She tripped and fell on her own shears." Tiller's death seem to be the only death that's actually been witnessed in some time; the others were either staged for whoever found them, or they simply disappeared altogether.

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* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', every murder committed is made to look like an accident. Each one seems improbable at the least, but the most obvious one is Leslie Tiller's death. "She tripped and fell on her own shears." Tiller's death seem seems to be the only death that's actually been witnessed in some time; the others were either staged for whoever found them, or they simply disappeared altogether.



--> "And then he ran into my knife! He ran into my knife ''ten times''."

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--> "And -->"And then he ran into my knife! He ran into my knife ''ten times''."



* Essentially the purpose of the Special Investigations department of the Chicago police in Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. When a dozen victims are mauled by wolf-like animals in the middle of Chicago, they're the ones that make reports about strings of animal attacks and close the case. When three different people's hearts explode out of their chests, they're the ones to protest too much. Presumably most of these are filed as accidents. In a LampshadeHanging, one of the actual coroners ''didn't'' protest too much, called a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire corpse a vampire corpse]], and ended up in a mental institute for three months. He ends up being one of Dresden's close allies.

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* Essentially the purpose of the Special Investigations department of the Chicago police in Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. When a dozen victims are mauled by wolf-like animals in the middle of Chicago, they're the ones that make reports about strings of animal attacks and close the case. When three different people's hearts explode out of their chests, they're the ones to protest too much. Presumably Presumably, most of these are filed as accidents. In a LampshadeHanging, one of the actual coroners ''didn't'' protest too much, called a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire corpse a vampire corpse]], and ended up in a mental institute for three months. He ends up being one of Dresden's close allies.



** The Prince Consort attempts to assassinate the queen, and is killed by her bodyguard. They tell his brother, the king of a neighboring country, that he was killed in a "hunting" accident. One of the characters remarks that it is nominally true: he ''was'' hunting the queen. It's indicated that the late Prince's brother knew what really happened and didn't mind much, since his brother was a budding [[TheEvilPrince Evil Prince]] who was bundled off to Valdemar partly to get him out of the line of succession.

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** The Prince Consort attempts to assassinate the queen, queen and is killed by her bodyguard. They tell his brother, the king of a neighboring country, that he was killed in a "hunting" accident. One of the characters remarks that it is nominally true: he ''was'' hunting the queen. It's indicated that the late Prince's brother knew what really happened and didn't mind much, since his brother was a budding [[TheEvilPrince Evil Prince]] who was bundled off to Valdemar partly to get him out of the line of succession.



** The increasingly erratic Duke Felmet's rambling SuspiciouslySpecificDenial in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' starts off being this ("Tripped and fell. I wasn't even there."), before it becomes seriously confused ("And anyway he attacked me. It was self defense. That was it. He tripped and fell on his own dagger in self defense.")

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** The increasingly erratic Duke Felmet's rambling SuspiciouslySpecificDenial in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' starts off being this ("Tripped and fell. I wasn't even there."), before it becomes seriously confused ("And anyway he attacked me. It was self defense.self-defense. That was it. He tripped and fell on his own dagger in self defense.self-defense.")



* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': The rulers of The People's Republic of Haven loved killing off political dissidents in "air car accidents". This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one of the later novels after the despotic regime has been replaced by an actual democracy, when a member of the political opposition is killed in a genuine air car accident and the president points out that the conspiracy theorists are going to automatically assume that she had him killed. In a further bit of irony, they later discover that an aide to the character in question ''was'' assassinated in ''exactly'' that manner -- just not by them.

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* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': The rulers of The People's Republic of Haven loved killing off political dissidents in "air car accidents". This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one of the later novels after the despotic regime has been replaced by an actual democracy, democracy when a member of the political opposition is killed in a genuine air car aircar accident and the president points out that the conspiracy theorists are going to automatically assume that she had him killed. In a further bit of irony, they later discover that an aide to the character in question ''was'' assassinated in ''exactly'' that manner -- just not by them.



* In ''Literature/TheLostFleet: Victorious'', a ship's captain veers off at a critical moment during a firing run, which results in another ship being destroyed and a third ship being heavily damaged. However, the key issue is that he evaded battle, an obvious show of cowardice to the AttackAttackAttack mentality of TheAlliance fleet officers. Captain Desjani immediately tells [[spoiler:Fleet Admiral]] Geary to relieve the captain of command and place him under armed guard. He hesitates until she explains that no officer could live with such shame. Geary then sends a message to the ship ordering this, but the ship's [[NumberTwo executive officer]] informs him that there was a terrible accident in the captain's state room, likely resulting from the captain [[AteHisGun cleaning his gun while it was loaded]]. Geary orders a full investigation into the death of the captain but privately hints to the XO of the ship what he "expects" to find (i.e. this trope). Why? Because he understands that the captain turned out to have been through one PyrrhicVictory too many and broke under pressure, but that doesn't mean he should be remembered this way.
* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', superheroes and supervillains are largely in it for fun, or at least aren't actively trying to kill each other. Mourning Dove is one of the most powerful and thus most dangerous heroes, because she has difficulty controlling her powers enough to ''not'' kill people. When a villain gets too violent (such as by directly targeting children), the other villains quietly provide Mourning Dove with their name, and said villain "accidentally" gets killed in their next encounter.

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* In ''Literature/TheLostFleet: Victorious'', a ship's captain veers off at a critical moment during a firing run, which results in another ship being destroyed and a third ship being heavily damaged. However, the key issue is that he evaded battle, an obvious show of cowardice to the AttackAttackAttack mentality of TheAlliance fleet officers. Captain Desjani immediately tells [[spoiler:Fleet Admiral]] Geary to relieve the captain of command and place him under armed guard. He hesitates until she explains that no officer could live with such shame. Geary then sends a message to the ship ordering this, but the ship's [[NumberTwo executive officer]] informs him that there was a terrible accident in the captain's state room, stateroom, likely resulting from the captain [[AteHisGun cleaning his gun while it was loaded]]. Geary orders a full investigation into the death of the captain but privately hints to the XO of the ship what he "expects" to find (i.e. this trope). Why? Because he understands that the captain turned out to have been through one PyrrhicVictory too many and broke under pressure, but that doesn't mean he should be remembered this way.
* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', superheroes and supervillains are largely in it for fun, fun or at least aren't actively trying to kill each other. Mourning Dove is one of the most powerful and thus most dangerous heroes, heroes because she has difficulty controlling her powers enough to ''not'' kill people. When a villain gets too violent (such as by directly targeting children), the other villains quietly provide Mourning Dove with their name, name and said villain "accidentally" gets killed in their next encounter.



** Another inversion occurs when the team investigates the disappearance (and when her body is found, suspected murder) of a college student. Numerous suspects are identified. Which of them did it? None of them -- her death is ultimately determined to have been an accident, though her parents don't accept this.

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** Another inversion occurs when the team investigates the disappearance (and when her body is found, found suspected murder) of a college student. Numerous suspects are identified. Which of them did it? None of them -- her death is ultimately determined to have been an accident, though her parents don't accept this.



-->'''Cathy:''' The number of deaths associated with this project. First of all, there was the entire team of the European Safety Inspectors.\\

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-->'''Cathy:''' The number of deaths associated with this project. First of all, there was the entire team of the European Safety Inspectors.\\



* ''Series/InspectorGeorgeGently'': In "Goodbye China", the coroner's officer rules the death of Gently's old mate an accident: [[DeathByFallIngOver a fall caused by him being drunk]]. Gently is suspicious because China would have had to fallen in such a way as to both break his nose and smash the back of his skull. And leave no blood at the scene of the 'accident'.

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* ''Series/InspectorGeorgeGently'': In "Goodbye China", the coroner's officer office rules the death of Gently's old mate an accident: [[DeathByFallIngOver a fall caused by him being drunk]]. Gently is suspicious because China would have had to fallen fall in such a way as to both break his nose and smash the back of his skull. And leave no blood at the scene of the 'accident'.



* Subverted on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Miles questions the story that a dead man with a hole in his head accidentally fell into a ditch, and asks, "The ditch had a gun?" As it turned out, he was not shot, but died in a freak accident in which one of his dental fillings was pulled through his skull.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': "[[Recap/MonkS2E2MrMonkGoesToMexico Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico]]" does it twice. The reason Monk is there is because the son of some friend of San Francisco's mayor had died while skydiving but the coroner determined that he had actually ''drowned''. In mid-air. Monk is called in to investigate how such a bizarre murder cover-up might have happened, but it turns out that the coroner is lying, and tampered with the body after death to support his story in case anyone checked. The staging is because he's got an old score to settle with Monk and wants to lure him in with an unusual death. Said corner had in fact attempted the same thing ''several times before'' with various other bizarre deaths, trying to lure Monk down to Mexico (most notably a wild lion), but this was the first one that the local police didn't just write off as related to the Mexican drug trade.
* In the "Bicycle Tour" episode of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', a "Chinese" man (Creator/JohnCleese with a horrible accent) claims to be the replacement British Ambassador to the Soviet Union. He says his predecessor "have heart attack and fell out of window onto an exploding bomb, and was killed in a shooting accident."

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* Subverted on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Miles questions the story that a dead man with a hole in his head accidentally fell into a ditch, and asks, "The ditch had a gun?" As it turned out, he was not shot, shot but died in a freak accident in which one of his dental fillings was pulled through his skull.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': "[[Recap/MonkS2E2MrMonkGoesToMexico Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico]]" does it twice. The reason Monk is there is because the son of some friend of San Francisco's mayor had died while skydiving but the coroner determined that he had actually ''drowned''. In mid-air. Monk is called in to investigate how such a bizarre murder cover-up might have happened, but it turns out that the coroner is lying, and tampered with the body after death to support his story in case anyone checked. The staging is because he's got an old score to settle with Monk and wants to lure him in with an unusual death. Said corner had had, in fact fact, attempted the same thing ''several times before'' with various other bizarre deaths, trying to lure Monk down to Mexico (most notably a wild lion), but this was the first one that the local police didn't just write off as related to the Mexican drug trade.
* In the "Bicycle Tour" episode of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', a "Chinese" man (Creator/JohnCleese with a horrible accent) claims to be the replacement British Ambassador to the Soviet Union. He says his predecessor "have a heart attack and fell out of a window onto an exploding bomb, and was killed in a shooting accident."



* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVWhiteHole White Hole]]" gave us an unusual example where the victim of the "accident" was an artificial intelligence. Lister said the accident involved "Me, the Toaster, the waste-disposal unit and a 15-pound lumphammer". It was actually first-degree toastercide.

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* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVWhiteHole White Hole]]" gave us an unusual example where the victim of the "accident" was an artificial intelligence. Lister said the accident involved "Me, the Toaster, the waste-disposal unit unit, and a 15-pound lumphammer". It was actually first-degree toastercide.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Birthright}}'' [[Funny/TabletopGames Official Playtest Notes]] one king was "found by his guards to have suffered a [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom terminally fatal]] mountaineering accident in his living room". "Mountaineering" here isn't an euphemism for "falling from the bed" but rather a reference to [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice climbing spikes]].

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Birthright}}'' [[Funny/TabletopGames Official Playtest Notes]] one king was "found by his guards to have suffered a [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom terminally fatal]] mountaineering accident in his living room". "Mountaineering" here isn't an a euphemism for "falling from the bed" but rather a reference to [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice climbing spikes]].



* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has a running theme regarding people the Inquisition want silenced or out of the way being killed by "ork snipers". Note that Orks tend to be about as accurate with ranged weapons as a drunk, blind man. Further brought into question by the fact that, via the Officio Assassinorum, the Inquisition has access to some of the best snipers in the galaxy.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has a running theme regarding people the Inquisition want to be silenced or out of the way being killed by "ork snipers". Note that Orks tend to be about as accurate with ranged weapons as a drunk, blind man. Further brought into question by the fact that, via the Officio Assassinorum, the Inquisition has access to some of the best snipers in the galaxy.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 3'', it is possible to form a secret police and have people disposed, uh, end up in a unfortunate, yet convenient "accident" [[StealthPun off screen]]. The regular excuse will be transmitted by radio not long after, this being that the victim tripped and fell out of the second story of their home onto the street, then being run over by an ambulance followed by a hearse.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 3'', it is possible to form a secret police and have people disposed, disposed of, uh, end up in a an unfortunate, yet convenient "accident" [[StealthPun off screen]]. The regular excuse will be transmitted by radio not long after, this being that the victim tripped and fell out of the second story of their home onto the street, then being run over by an ambulance followed by a hearse.



* In ''VideoGame/MafiaII'', Chapter 10, apparently someone managed to fall and hit their head on a table. 5 or 6 times. And the bloodstain that occurs is a mite too big to be a accident, and it occurs about 6 feet away from the table. And the table lacks any bloodstains.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', Sweet stops CJ from shooting [[DirtyCop Officer Tenpenny]], since he was already fatally wounded and this way it would be an 'accident' with 'no one to blame'. This might fly better if the car crash didn't come after a 5 minute wild chase through the entire city, with Tenpenny firing at you all the way, which started at a building that contains about 2 dozen dead gangsters. Then again, considering the quality of [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy police forces in GTA games]], perhaps it did work.

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* In ''VideoGame/MafiaII'', Chapter 10, apparently someone managed to fall and hit their head on a table. 5 or 6 times. And the bloodstain that occurs is a mite too big to be a an accident, and it occurs about 6 feet away from the table. And the table lacks any bloodstains.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', Sweet stops CJ from shooting [[DirtyCop Officer Tenpenny]], since he was already fatally wounded and this way it would be an 'accident' with 'no one to blame'. This might fly better if the car crash didn't come after a 5 minute 5-minute wild chase through the entire city, with Tenpenny firing at you all the way, which started at a building that contains about 2 dozen dead gangsters. Then again, considering the quality of [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy police forces in GTA games]], perhaps it did work.



* In ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'', Pedobear wanted to show something to his cellmate Piro, but fell off his bunk. [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1270 Several times.]] What bunk?

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* In ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'', Pedobear wanted to show something to his cellmate Piro, Piro but fell off his bunk. [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/1270 Several times.]] What bunk?



** In an episode where the family visit China, Homer is called on to be an acrobat when the main performer in a show has had "an onset of outspokenness and suffered a bullet-related death."

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** In an episode where the family visit visits China, Homer is called on to be an acrobat when the main performer in a show has had "an onset of outspokenness and suffered a bullet-related death."



* Once upon a time, in Italy, there was the Piazza Fontana bombing. They found a suspect, the anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli, who, at a certain point, threw himself out of a window screaming "It's Anarchy's end!" So, suicide, isn't it? It could be... if only he had been guilty. The police, asked to explain the circumstances surrounding this case, hastily explained that it wasn't suicide (like they had said few days before) but an ''accident''. "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" is based on this case.
* Russian Prince Dmitry was youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, and possible heir to the throne after Ivan's death during the reign of Russian Boyar (noble) Boris Godunov, until one day he died of a stab wound while out in the woods. Godunov had an official Investigation into the matter. Apparently, Dmitry had accidentally slit his own throat during an epileptic seizure.

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* Once upon a time, in Italy, there was the Piazza Fontana bombing. They found a suspect, the anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli, who, at a certain point, threw himself out of a window screaming "It's Anarchy's end!" So, suicide, isn't it? It could be... if only he had been guilty. The police, asked to explain the circumstances surrounding this case, hastily explained that it wasn't a suicide (like they had said a few days before) but an ''accident''. "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" is based on this case.
* Russian Prince Dmitry was the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, and possible heir to the throne after Ivan's death during the reign of Russian Boyar (noble) Boris Godunov, until one day he died of a stab wound while out in the woods. Godunov had an official Investigation into the matter. Apparently, Dmitry had accidentally slit his own throat during an epileptic seizure.



* Abie "Kid Twist" Reles died after "falling" from a window at the Half Moon Hotel in Coney Island in 1941. He was in the process of testifying against his bosses at Murder, Inc -- sending several to the electric chair. After he died the police who were "protecting" him said he had fallen while trying to get away (like he had anywhere to go). Accidental death, no doubt about it.

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* Abie "Kid Twist" Reles died after "falling" from a window at the Half Moon Hotel in Coney Island in 1941. He was in the process of testifying against his bosses at Murder, Inc Inc. -- sending several to the electric chair. After he died the police who were "protecting" him said he had fallen while trying to get away (like he had anywhere to go). Accidental death, no doubt about it.



* One night in 1974, nuclear whistleblower [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Silkwood Karen Silkwood]] left a union meeting to meet a New York Times reporter, carrying a folder full of documents. Later that same night she was found in her car off the side of the road with damage to both the front and the back end that hadn't been there earlier that day, having collided with a culvert with her front end only. The documents she had with her at the union meeting were also missing and there were skid marks on the road and paint chips on the back of her car that suggested someone had rear ended her. Police verdict? She fell asleep at the wheel and went off into the culvert, suffering fatal injuries. Her life and death were immortalized in the 1983 Oscar nominated film ''Film/{{Silkwood}}''.

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* One night in 1974, nuclear whistleblower [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Silkwood Karen Silkwood]] left a union meeting to meet a New York Times reporter, carrying a folder full of documents. Later that same night she was found in her car off the side of the road with damage to both the front and the back end that hadn't been there earlier that day, having collided with a culvert with her front end only. The documents she had with her at the union meeting were also missing and there were skid marks on the road and paint chips on the back of her car that suggested someone had rear ended rear-ended her. Police verdict? She fell asleep at the wheel and went off into the culvert, suffering fatal injuries. Her life and death were immortalized in the 1983 Oscar nominated Oscar-nominated film ''Film/{{Silkwood}}''.



* Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal died after a fall from a fifth floor window. Officially, he had an accident while feeding pigeons. His fans have been known to point out that he wrote not just one but ''several'' stories in which people commit suicide by... jumping from a fifth floor window.

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* Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal died after a fall from a fifth floor fifth-floor window. Officially, he had an accident while feeding pigeons. His fans have been known to point out that he wrote not just one but ''several'' stories in which people commit suicide by... jumping from a fifth floor fifth-floor window.



* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye:'' Nominus Prime's death, after being attacked by a suicide bomber, is labelled as "complications owing to a long-standing rust infection". It was actually Sentinel, killing him on his sickbed, once the Senate realized the Matrix Nominus had was a fake. Ratchet, who'd served as Nominus's chief medical officer, calls foul on the BlatantLies (Nominus never had a rust infection).

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* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye:'' Nominus Prime's death, after being attacked by a suicide bomber, is labelled as "complications owing to a long-standing rust infection". It was actually Sentinel, killing him on his sickbed, once the Senate realized the Matrix Nominus had was a fake. Ratchet, who'd served as Nominus's Nominus' chief medical officer, calls foul on the BlatantLies (Nominus never had a rust infection).



* In ''Film/CryFreedom'', black activist Steve Biko is stopped by South African police and beaten severely, resulting in a brain injury. Despite the doctor's protests, they take him to a police hospital seven hundred miles away, exacerbating his brain injury and killing him. The press officially state that he died of a hunger strike, later trying to silence Donald Woods when he attempts to expose the truth. The worst part of this? This was entirely TruthInTelevision and Biko was far from the only case of this in apartheid-era South Africa.

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* In ''Film/CryFreedom'', black activist Steve Biko is stopped by South African police and beaten severely, resulting in a brain injury. Despite the doctor's protests, they take him to a police hospital seven hundred miles away, exacerbating his brain injury and killing him. The press officially state states that he died of a hunger strike, later trying to silence Donald Woods when he attempts to expose the truth. The worst part of this? This was entirely TruthInTelevision and Biko was far from the only case of this in apartheid-era South Africa.



* ''Literature/ArcadiaSnipsAndTheSteamworkConsortium'' features cancer. In some cases, this cancer manifests itself as approximately a dozen knifes, in other cases, several bullets, an explosion, and a several story fall. The -dire- cancer left only a cleanly severed head.
* Some Creator/TomClancy novels poke fun at this by quipping that the subjects of Russian interrogations were often found to have died of a cerebral hemorrhage -- nine millimeters in diameter. Subverted, however, in ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', where the Admiral who gave Ramius the command of the eponymous sub is reported to have died of a 'cerebral hemorrhage' followed by the nine millimeter quips. Later, a KGB agent regrets to himself that the Admiral died of an actual cerebral hemorrhage before they could start the interrogation.

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* ''Literature/ArcadiaSnipsAndTheSteamworkConsortium'' features cancer. In some cases, this cancer manifests itself as approximately a dozen knifes, knives, in other cases, several bullets, an explosion, and a several story fall. The -dire- cancer left only a cleanly severed head.
* Some Creator/TomClancy novels poke fun at this by quipping that the subjects of Russian interrogations were often found to have died of a cerebral hemorrhage -- nine millimeters in diameter. Subverted, however, in ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', where the Admiral who gave Ramius the command of the eponymous sub is reported to have died of a 'cerebral hemorrhage' followed by the nine millimeter nine-millimeter quips. Later, a KGB agent regrets to himself that the Admiral died of an actual cerebral hemorrhage before they could start the interrogation.



* The numerous deaths in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' that attract hunters to various towns (being the results of monster attacks) are usually deemed "animal attacks" by the police. Apparently it's a lot easier to believe that a bear ripped out a guy's heart and left the rest of the corpse behind than it is to believe a werewolf did it. What they decide the machete-decapitated vampires and silver bullet-shot werewolves as is never discussed.

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* The numerous deaths in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' that attract hunters to various towns (being the results of monster attacks) are usually deemed "animal attacks" by the police. Apparently Apparently, it's a lot easier to believe that a bear ripped out a guy's heart and left the rest of the corpse behind than it is to believe a werewolf did it. What they decide the machete-decapitated vampires and silver bullet-shot werewolves as is never discussed.



* The homicide detectives of ''Series/TheWire'' would ''like'' this trope to be in effect: It would mean fewer cases. Despite their wheedling, the show's coroners are generally honest. However, the trope is {{inverted|Trope}} on a few occasions. Det. [=McNulty=] overhears another detective arguing with a coroner who insists that a death was a strangulation, when in fact it was an overdose. Rigor mortis had set in with the body in an awkward position, resulting in suspicious marks and fractures from being extricated by the [=EMTs=]. This inspires [=McNulty=] to do the same thing intentionally to kick off his crazy scheme of inventing a fake serial killer.

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* The homicide detectives of ''Series/TheWire'' would ''like'' this trope to be in effect: It would mean fewer cases. Despite their wheedling, the show's coroners are generally honest. However, the trope is {{inverted|Trope}} on a few occasions. Det. [=McNulty=] overhears another detective arguing with a coroner who insists that a death was a strangulation, when in fact it was an overdose. Rigor mortis had set in with the body in an awkward position, resulting in suspicious marks and fractures from being extricated by the [=EMTs=]. This inspires [=McNulty=] to do the same thing intentionally to kick off his crazy scheme of inventing a fake serial killer.



* In the background material of the Finnish [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] RPG ''Hiljaisuuden Vangit'' -- an alternate-history game where the Axis won UsefulNotes/WorldWarII -- a coroner mentions that whenever someone dies in "suspicious" circumstances the cause of death is officially listed as heart attack. Teenage girl, every bone crushed, deep burns all over the body? "Heart attack."

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* In the background material of the Finnish [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] RPG ''Hiljaisuuden Vangit'' -- an alternate-history game where the Axis won UsefulNotes/WorldWarII -- a coroner mentions that whenever someone dies in "suspicious" circumstances the cause of death is officially listed as a heart attack. Teenage girl, every bone crushed, deep burns all over the body? "Heart attack."



** Fat Tony's wife was "whacked by natural causes." Although, to be fair, that's played more as Fat Tony not being able to properly describe a genuinely natural death, rather than him covering for a murder.

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** Fat Tony's wife was "whacked by natural causes." Although, Although to be fair, that's played more as Fat Tony not being able to properly describe a genuinely natural death, rather than him covering for a murder.



* An Arkansas medical examiner once ruled that a man who was decapitated died of natural causes. Though in this case, it's a whole lot weirder than "Hey, you can't live without your brain": He ruled that the man died of a perforated ulcer, and that a dog ate his head.

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* An Arkansas medical examiner once ruled that a man who was decapitated died of natural causes. Though in this case, it's a whole lot weirder than "Hey, you can't live without your brain": He ruled that the man died of a perforated ulcer, ulcer and that a dog ate his head.



** His father Peter III supposedly died from "hemorrhoid colics" 3 weeks after being dethroned. It's not so clear what really happened there, since Peter died in a secluded town rather than the capital and Paul I started the investigation only 34 years later.
* The first post mortem into the death of Ian Tomlinson, who died after being pushed over by a police officer during the 2009 G20 in London, showed his death was "consistent with natural causes" and that the cause of death was "coronary artery disease". A second post mortem though concluded his death was the result of abdominal haemorrhage from blunt force trauma to the abdomen. A third post mortem found the same. The Crown Prosecution Service dropped the charge for Manslaughter against the officer due to the disagreement between the pathologists' reports. Incidentally they did decide that a charge of common assault could be brought, but by this time the six month limit in UK law for bringing a common assault charge had passed.
** Dr Patel, the pathologist who carried out the first post mortem examination of Ian Tomlinson seems to have made a habit of this. In 2002, a woman was found locked in a bedroom with a bite mark to her thigh. Dr Patel's conclusion: she died of natural causes. The owner of the house later went on to kill TWO more women. He also failed to conduct proper tests and reported wrong causes of death in numerous other cases, and was finally suspended from carrying out post mortems for the police or Home Office in July 2009.
** The actual truth is somewhere in the middle -- he ''did'' have a very serious undiagnosed heart condition, which could have given him a heart attack basically at any time, though he actually died of cirrhosis and internal bleeding. It was simply total incompetence on Dr Patel's part that led to the second postmortem.
* The 80,000+ German victims of the [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Reich Chancellory's 1939-41, 1942-45 T-4 (euthanasia) program for the congenitally disabled]] were reported as having died of natural causes, typically pneumonia. Unfortunately, in the years 1939-41 the programme was understaffed to minimise personnel costs. This resulted in numerous filing errors as some of the random, falsified dates of death stamped on the urns - containing the victims' cremated remains - contradicted times when the victims' families had seem them alive and well with their own eyes. This prompted a move to greater inaccessibility and secrecy in the period 1942-45 - such mistakes simply could not occur if the victims' families could never see their disabled relatives again, though by 1942 the 'secrecy' of the programme was purely nominal as it had been thoroughly compromised by the earlier mistakes.

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** His father Peter III supposedly died from "hemorrhoid colics" 3 weeks after being dethroned. It's not so clear what really happened there, there since Peter died in a secluded town rather than the capital and Paul I started the investigation only 34 years later.
* The first post mortem into the death of Ian Tomlinson, who died after being pushed over by a police officer during the 2009 G20 in London, showed his death was "consistent with natural causes" and that the cause of death was "coronary artery disease". A second post mortem though concluded his death was the result of abdominal haemorrhage from blunt force trauma to the abdomen. A third post mortem found the same. The Crown Prosecution Service dropped the charge for Manslaughter against the officer due to the disagreement between the pathologists' reports. Incidentally Incidentally, they did decide that a charge of common assault could be brought, but by this time the six month limit in UK law for bringing a common assault charge had passed.
** Dr Dr. Patel, the pathologist who carried out the first post mortem examination of Ian Tomlinson seems to have made a habit of this. In 2002, a woman was found locked in a bedroom with a bite mark to her thigh. Dr Dr. Patel's conclusion: she died of natural causes. The owner of the house later went on to kill TWO more women. He also failed to conduct proper tests and reported wrong causes of death in numerous other cases, and was finally suspended from carrying out post mortems for the police or Home Office in July 2009.
** The actual truth is somewhere in the middle -- he ''did'' have a very serious undiagnosed heart condition, which could have given him a heart attack basically at any time, though he actually died of cirrhosis and internal bleeding. It was simply total incompetence on Dr Dr. Patel's part that led to the second postmortem.
* The 80,000+ German victims of the [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Reich Chancellory's 1939-41, 1942-45 T-4 (euthanasia) program for the congenitally disabled]] were reported as having died of natural causes, typically pneumonia. Unfortunately, in the years 1939-41 1939-41, the programme was understaffed to minimise personnel costs. This resulted in numerous filing errors as some of the random, falsified dates of death stamped on the urns - containing the victims' cremated remains - contradicted times when the victims' families had seem them alive and well with their own eyes. This prompted a move to greater inaccessibility and secrecy in the period 1942-45 - such mistakes simply could not occur if the victims' families could never see their disabled relatives again, though by 1942 the 'secrecy' of the programme was purely nominal as it had been thoroughly compromised by the earlier mistakes.



* A court jester suffers death by comically large mallet to the back (his entire back) in a strip of ''ComicStrip/NonSequitur''.

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* A court jester suffers death by a comically large mallet to the back (his entire back) in a strip of ''ComicStrip/NonSequitur''.



* ''Film/TheConstantGardener'' falls in this category and the accident category. The hero investigates his wife's "accidental" death, and ends up committing suicide by shooting himself... about a hundred times with nine different weapons.

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* ''Film/TheConstantGardener'' falls in this category and the accident category. The hero investigates his wife's "accidental" death, death and ends up committing suicide by shooting himself... about a hundred times with nine different weapons.



* Brazilian film ''A Taça do Mundo é Nossa'', by comedic group Casseta & Planeta, has a statue (!) being killed by the military. Later, a reporter comes to cover the incident, and the GeneralRipper in charge states it was suicide. The reporter promptly asks: "How do you commit suicide with a machine gun?" Then the general calls him ignorant, and asks his men to show him how you "suicide" with such a weapon.

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* Brazilian film ''A Taça do Mundo é Nossa'', by comedic group Casseta & Planeta, has a statue (!) being killed by the military. Later, a reporter comes to cover the incident, and the GeneralRipper in charge states it was suicide. The reporter promptly asks: "How do you commit suicide with a machine gun?" Then the general calls him ignorant, ignorant and asks his men to show him how you "suicide" with such a weapon.



* In ''Film/BadBoysII'', Johnny Tapia tells his mother that a thug killed himself. This would be plausible were the bullet hole in the side of his head rather than the front, and Johnny not holding a smoking gun even as he gives the excuse.

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* In ''Film/BadBoysII'', Johnny Tapia tells his mother that a thug killed himself. This would be plausible were if the bullet hole in the side of his head rather than the front, and Johnny not holding a smoking gun even as he gives the excuse.



* In ''Film/TheSkulls'', the protagonist's BlackBestFriend is investigating the Skulls secret society of which the protagonist is a new member. One day, he finds the friend in his dorm hanging from the ceiling, having apparently committed suicide. This is how the cops rule it. The protagonist is suspicious and finds evidence that appears to point to his new friend among the Skulls. He sneaks into the security room of the Skulls' secret meeting place and finds out that his now-dead friend sneaked into the building using a key he stole from his Skulls friend. The latter then confronted him and chased him to the second floor. The first guy trips and falls, only to be caught by his legs by the second guy. Unable to hold him, the first guy falls, and an audible crack is head, an apparent NeckSnap. The second guy runs away. However, the protagonist keeps watching the security footage and sees the Skulls' security people arriving and confirming that the first guy was still alive. The head of security calls the second guy's father and then does another NeckSnap to finish the job. Presumably, a coroner would be able to tell if the death came from hanging or having one's neck snap (not to mention the big hit on the head), but the Skulls have a lot of connections and likely paid someone off.

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* In ''Film/TheSkulls'', the protagonist's BlackBestFriend is investigating the Skulls secret society of which the protagonist is a new member. One day, he finds the friend in his dorm hanging from the ceiling, having apparently committed suicide. This is how the cops rule it. The protagonist is suspicious and finds evidence that appears to point to his new friend among the Skulls. He sneaks into the security room of the Skulls' secret meeting place and finds out that his now-dead friend sneaked into the building using a key he stole from his Skulls friend. The latter then confronted him and chased him to the second floor. The first guy trips and falls, only to be caught by his legs by the second guy. Unable to hold him, the first guy falls, and an audible crack is head, heard, an apparent NeckSnap. The second guy runs away. However, the protagonist keeps watching the security footage and sees the Skulls' security people arriving and confirming that the first guy was still alive. The head of security calls the second guy's father and then does another NeckSnap to finish the job. Presumably, a coroner would be able to tell if the death came from hanging or having one's neck snap (not to mention the big hit on the head), but the Skulls have a lot of connections and likely paid someone off.



* In ''Film/WhenDarknessFalls'', Nina is honor murdered by her family who chase her over a high speed street until she collapses on the street and gets hit by a truck. The family makes it look like suicide and they later even tell Leyla, Nina's younger sister, that Nina killed herself, even though Leyla saw everything of the murder.

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* In ''Film/WhenDarknessFalls'', Nina is honor murdered by her family who chase chases her over a high speed high-speed street until she collapses on the street and gets hit by a truck. The family makes it look like a suicide and they later even tell Leyla, Nina's younger sister, that Nina killed herself, even though Leyla saw everything of the murder.



* In Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', Dirk Gently's employer is found decapitated, with his head sitting neatly on a record player. The police called it the trickiest suicide they had ever seen, because the room was locked from the inside and they weren't about to write "[[DealWithTheDevil killed by a demon]]" on the paperwork. Because they were irritated with the situation and with Gently, the police tell him to figure out how the guy did it. Or else. After some investigating, he dashes off an apparently improbable but plausible scenario.

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* In Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', Dirk Gently's employer is found decapitated, with his head sitting neatly on a record player. The police called it the trickiest suicide they had ever seen, seen because the room was locked from the inside and they weren't about to write "[[DealWithTheDevil killed by a demon]]" on the paperwork. Because they were irritated with the situation and with Gently, the police tell him to figure out how the guy did it. Or else. After some investigating, he dashes off an apparently improbable but plausible scenario.



"In an involuntary sort of way," said Vorob'yev. "These Cetagandan political suicides can get awfully messy, when the principal won't cooperate."\\

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"In an involuntary sort of way," said Vorob'yev. "These Cetagandan political suicides can get awfully messy, messy when the principal won't cooperate."\\



* In Sergey Suhinov's ''Shadows on Mercury'', the main character's boss is talking to a police detective on Mercury. He brings up a case of a dead body that was found in the middle of nowhere not far from a cliff with an obvious blaster wound. The detective brushes it off as a likely suicide and mentions that it is a fairly common occurrence on Mercury due to the extreme heat causing people to eventually go crazy. The other guy sarcastically points out that the man must have tossed his gun off the cliff after shooting himself in the head, as no weapon was found in the vicinity. The detective admits that it is an unusual circumstance but doesn't bother to investigate. Since most of the settlements on the planet are private and corporate owned mines, the population lives by TheWildWest rules. While there is a token police presence, they can hardly be expected to maintain law and order through the settlements.

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* In Sergey Suhinov's ''Shadows on Mercury'', the main character's boss is talking to a police detective on Mercury. He brings up a case of a dead body that was found in the middle of nowhere not far from a cliff with an obvious blaster wound. The detective brushes it off as a likely suicide and mentions that it is a fairly common occurrence on Mercury due to the extreme heat causing people to eventually go crazy. The other guy sarcastically points out that the man must have tossed his gun off the cliff after shooting himself in the head, as no weapon was found in the vicinity. The detective admits that it is an unusual circumstance but doesn't bother to investigate. Since most of the settlements on the planet are private and corporate owned corporate-owned mines, the population lives by TheWildWest rules. While there is a token police presence, they can hardly be expected to maintain law and order through the settlements.



* Polish fantasy novel ''Achaja'' has a hilarious example. An assassination attempt by mercenary crossbowman is countered with some other mercenaries. It's then reported by corrupt guardsmen as a ridiculous case of mass suicide, with such pearls as trying to shoot oneself in the heart, but hitting a calf, and one assassin stabbing himself seventeen times in the back with a knife.

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* Polish fantasy novel ''Achaja'' has a hilarious example. An assassination attempt by mercenary crossbowman is countered with some other mercenaries. It's then reported by corrupt guardsmen as a ridiculous case of mass suicide, with such pearls as trying to shoot oneself in the heart, heart but hitting a calf, and one assassin stabbing himself seventeen times in the back with a knife.



** An interesting case in an episode: a man reports that his dead girlfriend shot herself in the head while he was in the bathroom. The problem being that she was shot through the head twice. It turns out to be an inversion: the first bullet fizzled and didn't make it out of the barrel, so she pulled the trigger again; the second bullet pushed the first through, giving her two bullets in one shot.
** Another episode had the team going back and forth the entire episode between murder and suicide. After quite a lot of investigation, they realized what it actually was was this: murder framing someone else for murder staged as suicide staged as murder staged as suicide. The people involved were, um, very theatrical.

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** An interesting case in an episode: a man reports that his dead girlfriend shot herself in the head while he was in the bathroom. The problem being is that she was shot through the head twice. It turns out to be an inversion: the first bullet fizzled and didn't make it out of the barrel, so she pulled the trigger again; the second bullet pushed the first through, giving her two bullets in one shot.
** Another episode had the team going back and forth the entire episode between murder and suicide. After quite a lot of investigation, they realized what it actually was was this: murder framing someone else for murder staged as suicide staged as murder staged as a suicide. The people involved were, um, very theatrical.



* ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': in "[[Recap/SharpeS4E3SharpesMission Sharpe's Mission]]", the title character pushes a corrupt and murderous officer down a well in front of a room full of people (right after the man gloats about how he'll get away with it all). His trusty sidekick, when asked by Wellington's spymaster what they just saw, says "Sure, but Colonel Brand's a funny man. Just jumped straight down that well. Now why do you think he'd go and do a thing like that?" Later, Wellington gives orders for the man's death to be reported as a heroic one in combat, and that appears to be the end of the matter.

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* ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': in "[[Recap/SharpeS4E3SharpesMission Sharpe's Mission]]", the title character pushes a corrupt and murderous officer down a well in front of a room full of people (right after the man gloats about how he'll get away with it all). His trusty sidekick, when asked by Wellington's spymaster what they just saw, says "Sure, but Colonel Brand's a funny man. Just jumped straight down that well. Now Now, why do you think he'd go and do a thing like that?" Later, Wellington gives orders for the man's death to be reported as a heroic one in combat, and that appears to be the end of the matter.



** A man is found hanged but the cops quickly determine that it was not a suicide. They later discover that it was a case of justified homicide. However, the killer was a black woman and the victim a white man, so it will be impossible for her to get a fair trial in 1864 New York. To save her from hanging, they officially rule the death to be a suicide. The dead man's daughter protests the coverup, until she's informed that with the case closed, she will receive her inheritance immediately (whereas if they have to reopen the case, she will probably have to wait for a long time before she sees any of the money). Since she never really liked her father, she quickly accepts the verdict, takes her money and goes on with her life.

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** A man is found hanged but the cops quickly determine that it was not a suicide. They later discover that it was a case of justified homicide. However, the killer was a black woman and the victim a white man, man so it will be impossible for her to get a fair trial in 1864 New York. To save her from hanging, they officially rule the death to be a suicide. The dead man's daughter protests the coverup, coverup until she's informed that with the case closed, she will receive her inheritance immediately (whereas if they have to reopen the case, she will probably have to wait for a long time before she sees any of the money). Since she never really liked her father, she quickly accepts the verdict, takes her money and goes on with her life.



* In [=Digitalph33r's=] series ''Hard Justice'', one of the cops finds a mutilated torso with no limbs or head, with the door of the house knocked down, and figures it was a suicide.

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* In [=Digitalph33r's=] series ''Hard Justice'', one of the cops finds a mutilated torso with no limbs or head, with the door of the house knocked down, down and figures it was a suicide.



* Members of Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe, or RAF. Ulrike Meinhof was found dead, hanged in her cell, but there was no way for the rope be attached to the bars. And Andreas Baader supposedly shot himself... in the back of his neck.
* Killed while resisting arrest or suicide in police custody were very common fates for members of terrorist organozations in the 70's or 80's

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* Members of Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe, or RAF. Ulrike Meinhof was found dead, hanged in her cell, but there was no way for the rope to be attached to the bars. And Andreas Baader supposedly shot himself... in the back of his neck.
* Killed while resisting arrest or suicide in police custody were very common fates for members of terrorist organozations organizations in the 70's '70s or 80's'80s



* An obviously raped and murdered [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_LaVena_Johnson female US army private]] committed suicide according to the [=DoD=]. The details: she punched herself in the face, breaking her nose and knocking her front teeth loose, mutilated her genital area and then douched with an acid solution. After that, she poured a combustible liquid on herself, set it afire and shot herself in the mouth with her battle rifle (despite said rifle being two-thirds her own height, and producing a wound consistent with a pistol). She survived long enough to drag herself to a KBR contractor, leaving a bloody trail all the way and setting his tent ablaze in a failed attempt to cover up her crimes against herself.

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* An obviously raped and murdered [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_LaVena_Johnson female US army private]] committed suicide according to the [=DoD=]. The details: she punched herself in the face, breaking her nose and knocking her front teeth loose, mutilated her genital area and then douched with an acid solution. After that, she poured a combustible liquid on herself, set it afire and shot herself in the mouth with her battle rifle (despite said rifle being two-thirds her own height, height and producing a wound consistent with a pistol). She survived long enough to drag herself to a KBR contractor, leaving a bloody trail all the way and setting his tent ablaze in a failed attempt to cover up her crimes against herself.



* Officer Terence Yeakey's death was ruled suicide. He managed to slash his hands and throat, then crawl a mile or so of rough terrain while wearing handcuffs and shoot himself in the head. With a revolver aimed downwards, from a distance enough to get no powder burns. Or maybe he shot himself ''before'' crawling there? 'Cause he lost this weapon somewhere - no, wait, they found it more than an hour later, right after the FBI arrived on the scene. Coincidentally, Yeakey was disputing the official version of the events of the Oklahoma bombing (where he'd been involved in rescue efforts), and claimed he was being watched.
* An early 20th century French scandal involving [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stavisky_Affair a crook]] making deals with government officials. The man's body was later found, this satirical newspaper headline says it best: "Stavisky committed suicide by a bullet which was shot from a 3 meter range. That's what you get when you have a long arm." ("Having a long arm" is a French idiom meaning that you wield a lot of influence).

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* Officer Terence Yeakey's death was ruled suicide. He managed to slash his hands and throat, then crawl a mile or so of rough terrain while wearing handcuffs and shoot himself in the head. With a revolver aimed downwards, from a distance enough to get no powder burns. Or maybe he shot himself ''before'' crawling there? 'Cause he lost this weapon somewhere - no, wait, they found it more than an hour later, right after the FBI arrived on the scene. Coincidentally, Yeakey was disputing the official version of the events of the Oklahoma bombing (where he'd been involved in rescue efforts), efforts) and claimed he was being watched.
* An early 20th century 20th-century French scandal involving [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stavisky_Affair a crook]] making deals with government officials. The man's body was later found, this satirical newspaper headline says it best: "Stavisky committed suicide by a bullet which was shot from a 3 meter 3-meter range. That's what you get when you have a long arm." ("Having a long arm" is a French idiom meaning that you wield a lot of influence).



* In 2014, a young prisoner which had his hands cuffed behind his back died of a head shot inside the police car. The policemen who were transporting him declared it a suicide.

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* In 2014, a young prisoner which had his hands cuffed behind his back died of a head shot headshot inside the police car. The policemen who were transporting him declared it a suicide.



** [[UsefulNotes/LesCopsSportif Gendarme]] Christophe Jambert, who investigating them, was found with ''two'' bullets in his head in 1997 after being subpoenaed for being witness in the [[SerialKiller Emile Louis]] trial. It gets better: when his body was autopsied several years later, the bit of skull through which the bullets entered had disappeared.

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** [[UsefulNotes/LesCopsSportif Gendarme]] Christophe Jambert, who investigating investigated them, was found with ''two'' bullets in his head in 1997 after being subpoenaed for being a witness in the [[SerialKiller Emile Louis]] trial. It gets better: when his body was autopsied several years later, the bit of skull through which the bullets entered had disappeared.



* This happens a lot with cases of [[HonorRelatedAbuse honor-killings]]. Very often the victim will be said to have killed herself (or sometimes that it was an accident), so that the family or in-laws who did it won't be investigated further. Often, this is enough to stop the investigation in places where honor-killings are commonplace, though not always.

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* This happens a lot with cases of [[HonorRelatedAbuse honor-killings]]. Very often the victim will be said to have killed herself (or sometimes that it was an accident), accident) so that the family or in-laws who did it won't be investigated further. Often, this is enough to stop the investigation in places where honor-killings are commonplace, though not always.



* In early 1978, Robert Boulin was largely poised to be close to replace Raymond Barre who was widely unpopular, as the next Prime Minister of France. But in early 1979, it comes to a crashing end as the Private Eyes-like French newspaper called "The Chained Duck" began to publish stories about his "bizarre" real estate deals he recently made on the French Riviera! However, one must keep in mind that it was only the tip of the iceberg: it is now universally acknowledged that he somehow knew about a deep scheme built by the Gaullist administration to fund the political campaigns of the two main center-right political parties of France at the time that were in some sort of a ruling coalition under the leadership of the liberal Valery Giscard d'Estaing, and it has been claimed by journalists, politicians and his grieving family that he was allegedly about to dump it all out in the press as revenge for what he felt as a betrayal by his supposed "esteemed colleagues". Fast forward to the 30th of October, 1979, when his body is found heavily drugged, savagely beaten in the Etang Rompu (whose name is translatable in English as the Ruptured Pond) in the Western suburbs of Paris. According to the Coroner, he drowned. In a body of water that is at most a foot and seven inches deep.

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* In early 1978, Robert Boulin was largely poised to be close to replace replacing Raymond Barre who was widely unpopular, as the next Prime Minister of France. But in early 1979, it comes to a crashing end as the Private Eyes-like French newspaper called "The Chained Duck" began to publish stories about his "bizarre" real estate deals he recently made on the French Riviera! However, one must keep in mind that it was only the tip of the iceberg: it is now universally acknowledged that he somehow knew about a deep scheme built by the Gaullist administration to fund the political campaigns of the two main center-right political parties of France at the time that were in some sort of a ruling coalition under the leadership of the liberal Valery Giscard d'Estaing, and it has been claimed by journalists, politicians politicians, and his grieving family that he was allegedly about to dump it all out in the press as revenge for what he felt as a betrayal by his supposed "esteemed colleagues". Fast forward to the 30th of October, 1979, when his body is found heavily drugged, savagely beaten in the Etang Rompu (whose name is translatable in English as the Ruptured Pond) in the Western suburbs of Paris. According to the Coroner, he drowned. In a body of water that is at most a foot and seven inches deep.

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* The death of Charles Augustus Howell was ruled this. Scotland yard ruled that when the alleged blackmailer was found dead/dying (conflicting reports) with his throat slit and a half-sovereign stuffed in his mouth, he died from Tuberculous. The slit throat was done postmortem. This was done most likely for political reasons as they could close the case and destroy any 'letters' that may or may not have existed in Howell's home.

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* Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal died after a fall from a fifth floor window. Officially, he had an accident while feeding pigeons. His fans have been known to point out that he wrote not just one but ''several'' stories in which people commit suicide by... jumping from a fifth floor window.


* At the end of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', your brother stops you from shooting [[DirtyCop Officer Tenpenny]], since he was already fatally wounded and this way it would be an 'accident' with 'no one to blame'. This might fly better if the car crash didn't come after a 5 minute wild chase through the entire city, with Tenpenny firing at you all the way, which started at a building that contains about 2 dozen dead gangsters. Then again, considering the quality of [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy police forces in GTA games]], perhaps it did work.

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* At the end of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', your brother Sweet stops you CJ from shooting [[DirtyCop Officer Tenpenny]], since he was already fatally wounded and this way it would be an 'accident' with 'no one to blame'. This might fly better if the car crash didn't come after a 5 minute wild chase through the entire city, with Tenpenny firing at you all the way, which started at a building that contains about 2 dozen dead gangsters. Then again, considering the quality of [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy police forces in GTA games]], perhaps it did work.

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* Killed while resisting arrest or suicide in police custody were very common fates for members of terrorist organozations in the 70's or 80's


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-->'''Shinji''': "Tell them he fell down an elevator shaft."
-->'''Fuyutsuki''': "Onto some bullets?"
-->'''Shinji''': "No, because I pushed him."
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-4301-37/Kei+Trick+Or+Treat.htm Trick Or Treat]]'', after [[Franchise/StargateVerse Senator Kinsey]] is killed for ordering a raid on [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander's Slayers]] (one of said Slayers died in the attack), it's reported as a burglary gone wrong despite Xander deliberately leaving behind the murder weapon with his prints on it. It's heavily implied SGC stepped in and explained the man basically brought it on himself.

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-->'''Shinji''': "Tell -->'''Shinji:''' Tell them he fell down an elevator shaft."
-->'''Fuyutsuki''': "Onto
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'''Fuyutsuki:''' Onto
some bullets?"
-->'''Shinji''': "No,
bullets?\\
'''Shinji:''' No,
because I pushed him."
him.
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-4301-37/Kei+Trick+Or+Treat.htm Trick Or or Treat]]'', after [[Franchise/StargateVerse Senator Kinsey]] is killed for ordering a raid on [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander's Slayers]] (one of said Slayers died in the attack), it's reported as a burglary gone wrong despite Xander deliberately leaving behind the murder weapon with his prints on it. It's heavily implied SGC stepped in and explained the man basically brought it on himself.



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-->'''Hooper''': [[MemeticMutation This is not a boat accident!]] And it wasn't any propeller, and it wasn't any coral reef, and it wasn't UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. It was a shark!

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-->'''Hooper''': -->'''Hooper:''' [[MemeticMutation This is not a boat accident!]] And it wasn't any propeller, and it wasn't any coral reef, and it wasn't UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. It was a shark!



* Brought up in ''{{Film/Dredd}}'', where a group of rogue Judges declare that obviously Dredd and his rookie partner skinned three people and threw them to their deaths. A medical officer disproves that by saying that the drug cartel that runs the apartment complex they're in (that the Judges are also working for) was responsible for the murders. The leading Judge says "Are you prepared to testify to that?" and then shoots the medic when he says that he is.

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* Brought up in ''{{Film/Dredd}}'', ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', where a group of rogue Judges declare that obviously Dredd and his rookie partner skinned three people and threw them to their deaths. A medical officer disproves that by saying that the drug cartel that runs the apartment complex they're in (that the Judges are also working for) was responsible for the murders. The leading Judge says "Are you prepared to testify to that?" and then shoots the medic when he says that he is.



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* An [[RussianHumour old anecdote]]:
-->'''Defendant:''' I just peeled an orange, and this guy walked by, slipped on an orange peel and fell, right on my knife. So unfortunate.\\
'''Judge:''' And then he got up and repeated this... seventeen times total?
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* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the Prince Consort attempts to assassinate the queen, and is killed by her bodyguard. They tell his brother, the king of a neighboring country, that he was killed in a "hunting" accident. One of the characters remarks that it is nominally true: he ''was'' hunting the queen. It's indicated that the late Prince's brother knew what really happened and didn't mind much, since his brother was a budding [[TheEvilPrince Evil Prince]] who was bundled off to Valdemar partly to get him out of the line of succession.
** There is also an in-universe song, "It Was A Dark And Stormy Night", where a HenpeckedHusband is declared innocent due to a preponderance of alibis for the death of his [[DreadfulMusician wife]], but nobody can figure out how she managed to eat her lute.

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* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the series:
** The
Prince Consort attempts to assassinate the queen, and is killed by her bodyguard. They tell his brother, the king of a neighboring country, that he was killed in a "hunting" accident. One of the characters remarks that it is nominally true: he ''was'' hunting the queen. It's indicated that the late Prince's brother knew what really happened and didn't mind much, since his brother was a budding [[TheEvilPrince Evil Prince]] who was bundled off to Valdemar partly to get him out of the line of succession.
** There is also an in-universe song, "It Was A a Dark And and Stormy Night", where a HenpeckedHusband is declared innocent due to a preponderance of alibis for the death of his [[DreadfulMusician wife]], but nobody can figure out how she managed to eat her lute.



* A classic example from the Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/{{It}}''. A sheriff is described as having died in a 'falling accident' -- he fell off a chair with a rope around his neck.

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* A classic example from the Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/{{It}}''. A sheriff is described as having died in a 'falling accident' "falling accident" -- he fell off a chair with a rope around his neck.



-->'''Mary Todd:''' "Abe, do you know what this means? This means you could travel into the future and witness your own death!"\\
'''Abe:''' "I know. I have!"\\
'''Mary Todd:''' " How do you die?"\\
'''Abe:''' "Um... I die peacefully, of natural causes."\\
'''Mary Todd:''' "And how do I die?"\\
'''Abe:''' "(without hesitation) In an insane asylum."\\
'''Mary Todd:''' "I knew it!"

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-->'''Mary Todd:''' "Abe, Abe, do you know what this means? This means you could travel into the future and witness your own death!"\\
death!\\
'''Abe:''' "I I know. I have!"\\
have!\\
'''Mary Todd:''' " How do you die?"\\
die?\\
'''Abe:''' "Um...Um... I die peacefully, of natural causes."\\
\\
'''Mary Todd:''' "And And how do I die?"\\
die?\\
'''Abe:''' "(without hesitation) ''[without hesitation]'' In an insane asylum."\\
\\
'''Mary Todd:''' "I I knew it!"it!



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* An [[RussianHumour old anecdote]]:
-->'''Defendant''': I just peeled an orange, and this guy walked by, slipped on an orange peel and fell, right on my knife. So unfortunate.\\
'''Judge''': And then he got up and repeated this... seventeen times total?
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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': That guy that went to go get Caboose out of the cell, he [[BlatantLies accidentally shot himself in the back somehow.]]
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-->'''Jack's Father:''' Thank goodness you're safe, Jack--did you do all this?
-->'''Jack:''' What?! ''No!'' Of course not! They all slipped and fell... head first... onto my fists.
-->''([[BeatPanel beat]])''
-->'''Jack:''' ...uh, that one jumped onto a knife.

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-->'''Jack's Father:''' Thank goodness you're safe, Jack--did Jack -- did you do all this?
-->'''Jack:'''
this?\\
'''Jack:'''
What?! ''No!'' Of course not! They all slipped and fell... head first... onto my fists.
-->''([[BeatPanel beat]])''
-->'''Jack:''' ...
fists.\\
''[[[{{beat|Panel}}]]]''\\
'''Jack:''' ...
uh, that one jumped onto a knife.



* ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}''- Talking Geewunner smack in a bar full of mixed-series Decepticons is considered suicide.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}''- ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'': Talking Geewunner smack in a bar full of mixed-series Decepticons is considered suicide.



* In [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/supplemental-report-239-b-192 this report]] from the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', after Dr. Clef provokes his interrogator into a violent rage:
-->It is determined that this is the point where Dr. Clef accidentally fell out of his chair and struck his head nine times against the corner of the desk, fracturing his skull and snapping his neck between the second and third vertebrae.

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
**
In [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/supplemental-report-239-b-192 this report]] from the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', Foundation, after Dr. Clef provokes his interrogator into a violent rage:
-->It --->It is determined that this is the point where Dr. Clef accidentally fell out of his chair and struck his head nine times against the corner of the desk, fracturing his skull and snapping his neck between the second and third vertebrae.



* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': That guy that went to go get Caboose out of the cell, he [[BlatantLies accidentally shot himself in the back somehow.]]
* A RunningGag in Just A Pancake's videos on ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' is describing Xehanort's actions in some variation of planning to slice the other person some bread to calm them down, but accidentally falling over. This goes up to and including accidentally falling over and stabbing everyone in an entire facility including himself.



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* A RunningGag in Just A Pancake's videos on ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' is describing Xehanort's actions in some variation of planning to slice the other person some bread to calm them down, but accidentally falling over. This goes up to and including accidentally falling over and stabbing everyone in an entire facility including himself.
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'''Receptionist:''' ''(Ticks "Liquor Store Robbery" on her form)''

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* Blaise Zabini in ''Fanfic/ItachiIsThatABaby'' mentions his mother's most recent husband died of natural causes.
-->'''Blaise''': Fell up and down the stairs. Six times. Onto a pile of knives. From the guest house kitchen. And then buried in a shallow grave. Alive.

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* ''Fanfic/ItachiIsThatABaby'':
**
Blaise Zabini in ''Fanfic/ItachiIsThatABaby'' mentions his mother's most recent husband died of natural causes.
-->'''Blaise''': --->'''Blaise:''' Fell up and down the stairs. Six times. Onto a pile of knives. From the guest house kitchen. And then buried in a shallow grave. Alive.



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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' introduced a poison called "Aunti Mehitabel's Natural Causes", known to be very hard to identify.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Tarquin's ninth wife is revealed to have died of "mysterious circumstances". Given that Tarquin is currently managing an ObviouslyEvil empire, the obvious conclusion is obvious. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope And wrong]]. As far as Tarquin or anyone else in his camp knows, she ''really did'' just drop dead one day for no discernible reason. It eventually turns out to have been collateral damage from V's Familicide spell.]]

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' introduced a poison called "Aunti Mehitabel's Natural Causes", known to be very hard to identify.
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Tarquin's ninth wife is revealed to have died of "mysterious circumstances". Given that Tarquin is currently managing an ObviouslyEvil empire, the obvious conclusion is obvious. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope And wrong]]. As far as Tarquin or anyone else in his camp knows, she ''really did'' just drop dead one day for no discernible reason. It ''[[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Metal Gear Awesome]]'', a maddened Snake eventually turns ends up shooting people in the face and reporting their deaths as heart attacks. When the Colonel points out to they have been collateral damage from V's Familicide spell.]]bullet wounds, he gets shot in the face through the radio.



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* In ''[[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Metal Gear Awesome]]'', a maddened Snake eventually ends up shooting people in the face and reporting their deaths as heart attacks. When the Colonel points out they have bullet wounds, he gets shot in the face through the radio.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' introduced a poison called "Aunti Mehitabel's Natural Causes", known to be very hard to identify.
* In ''[[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Metal Gear Awesome]]'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Tarquin's ninth wife is revealed to have died of "mysterious circumstances" (which [[TheDitz Elan]] believes to be a maddened Snake disease). Given that Tarquin is currently managing an ObviouslyEvil empire, the obvious conclusion is obvious. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope And wrong]]. As far as Tarquin or anyone else in his camp knows, she ''really did'' just drop dead one day for no discernible reason. It eventually ends up shooting people in the face and reporting their deaths as heart attacks. When the Colonel points turns out they to have bullet wounds, he gets shot in the face through the radio.been collateral damage from V's Familicide spell.]]



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* In ''Film/AnalyzeThat'', one character says he was set free because one key witness committed suicide. "He stabbed himself in the back four times and threw himself off a bridge. Very unfortunate."

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* In ''Film/AnalyzeThat'', one A court jester suffers death by comically large mallet to the back (his entire back) in a strip of ''ComicStrip/NonSequitur''.
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* ''Film/AnalyzeThat'':
** One
character says he was set free because one key witness committed suicide. "He stabbed himself in the back four times and threw himself off a bridge. Very unfortunate."



--->'''Vitti:''' It was probably suicide. Jelly, have they found a suicide note yet?
--->'''Jelly:''' [''starting to write''] No, but they will.
--->'''Sobel:''' Oh, let me guess! "LIFE IS BULLSHIT! I CAN'T FUCKING TAKE IT ANYMORE! SIGNED, THE DEAD GUY!"
--->'''Jelly:''' [[FatIdiot That's a good idea.]]

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--->'''Vitti:''' It was probably suicide. Jelly, have they found a suicide note yet?
--->'''Jelly:''' [''starting
yet?\\
'''Jelly:''' ''[starting
to write''] write]'' No, but they will.
--->'''Sobel:'''
will.\\
'''Sobel:'''
Oh, let me guess! "LIFE IS BULLSHIT! I CAN'T FUCKING TAKE IT ANYMORE! SIGNED, THE DEAD GUY!"
--->'''Jelly:'''
GUY!"\\
'''Jelly:'''
[[FatIdiot That's a good idea.]]



-->'''Coroner:''' Suicide?
-->'''Luger:''' Yep, looks like she caught herself by surprise.

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-->'''Luger:'''
Suicide?\\
'''Luger:'''
Yep, looks like she caught herself by surprise.



--> '''Bensonmum:''' This is the room where Mrs. Twain murdered herself.
--> '''Charleston:''' *confused* You mean suicide?
--> '''Bensonmum:''' Oh, no, it was murder. Mrs. Twain ''hated'' herself.

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--> '''Bensonmum:''' -->'''Bensonmum:''' This is the room where Mrs. Twain murdered herself.
-->
herself.\\
'''Charleston:''' *confused* ''[confused]'' You mean suicide?
-->
suicide?\\
'''Bensonmum:''' Oh, no, it was murder. Mrs. Twain ''hated'' herself.



* In Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', Dirk Gently's employer is found decapitated, with his head sitting neatly on a record player. The police called it the trickiest suicide they had ever seen, because the room was locked from the inside and they weren't about to write "[[DealWithTheDevil killed by a demon]]" on the paperwork.
** Because they were irritated with the situation and with Gently, the police tell him to figure out how the guy did it. Or else. After some investigating, he dashes off an apparently improbable but plausible scenario.

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* In Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', Dirk Gently's employer is found decapitated, with his head sitting neatly on a record player. The police called it the trickiest suicide they had ever seen, because the room was locked from the inside and they weren't about to write "[[DealWithTheDevil killed by a demon]]" on the paperwork.
**
paperwork. Because they were irritated with the situation and with Gently, the police tell him to figure out how the guy did it. Or else. After some investigating, he dashes off an apparently improbable but plausible scenario.



* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Kate is interviewing a suspect and the following conversation takes place:
--> '''Spivey:''' I heard it was suicide.
--> '''Kate:''' Supervisor Caffrey shot himself?
--> '''Spivey:''' It happens.
--> '''Kate:''' In the back of the head. Wrapped himself in plastic and locked himself in the trunk of his car?
--> '''Spivey:''' He'd been depressed.

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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Kate is interviewing a suspect and the following conversation takes place:
--> '''Spivey:''' -->'''Spivey:''' I heard it was suicide.
-->
suicide.\\
'''Kate:''' Supervisor Caffrey shot himself?
-->
himself?\\
'''Spivey:''' It happens.
-->
happens.\\
'''Kate:''' In the back of the head. Wrapped himself in plastic and locked himself in the trunk of his car?
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car?\\
'''Spivey:''' He'd been depressed.



* ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': in ''[[Recap/SharpeS4E3SharpesMission Sharpe's Mission]]'', the title character pushes a corrupt and murderous officer down a well in front of a room full of people (right after the man gloats about how he'll get away with it all). His trusty sidekick, when asked by Wellington's spymaster what they just saw, says "Sure, but Colonel Brand's a funny man. Just jumped straight down that well. Now why do you think he'd go and do a thing like that?" Later, Wellington gives orders for the man's death to be reported as a heroic one in combat, and that appears to be the end of the matter.

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* ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': in ''[[Recap/SharpeS4E3SharpesMission "[[Recap/SharpeS4E3SharpesMission Sharpe's Mission]]'', Mission]]", the title character pushes a corrupt and murderous officer down a well in front of a room full of people (right after the man gloats about how he'll get away with it all). His trusty sidekick, when asked by Wellington's spymaster what they just saw, says "Sure, but Colonel Brand's a funny man. Just jumped straight down that well. Now why do you think he'd go and do a thing like that?" Later, Wellington gives orders for the man's death to be reported as a heroic one in combat, and that appears to be the end of the matter.



* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** In "Undercover", a woman supposedly hangs herself in her prison cell just after SVU discovers that she is a victim of abuse by a guard who has also tracked down and raped her teenage daughter. The detectives, naturally, are suspicious.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
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''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': In "Undercover", a woman supposedly hangs herself in her prison cell just after SVU discovers that she is a victim of abuse by a guard who has also tracked down and raped her teenage daughter. The detectives, naturally, are suspicious.



-->'''Karen Page:''' Well what about Rance? Do you really believe that he just-just up and hung himself in jail? I mean, that guard tried to do the same thing to me. Why-why don't you ask him?
-->'''Ben Urich:''' Farnum? He's dead. Ate the barrel of his gun in his basement. And your old boss [=McClintock=]? Overdosed on pills or some such. You seeing a pattern here, Miss Page?
-->'''Karen Page:''' ...Then ''why'' isn't anyone looking into this?

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-->'''Karen --->'''Karen Page:''' Well what about Rance? Do you really believe that he just-just just--just up and hung himself in jail? I mean, that guard tried to do the same thing to me. Why-why don't you ask him?
-->'''Ben
him?\\
'''Ben
Urich:''' Farnum? He's dead. Ate the barrel of his gun in his basement. And your old boss [=McClintock=]? Overdosed on pills or some such. You seeing a pattern here, Miss Page?
-->'''Karen
Page?\\
'''Karen
Page:''' ...Then ''why'' isn't anyone looking into this?



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* A court jester suffers death by comically large mallet to the back (his entire back) in a strip of ''ComicStrip/NonSequitur''.
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This may seem like a fantastic exaggeration, but this is what you would actually be obliged to conclude if you were to acquit these defendants. '''''They do protest too much'''''. They deny knowing what was common knowledge. They deny knowing plans and programmes that were as public as Mein Kampf and the Party programme.\\

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This may seem like a fantastic exaggeration, but this is what you would actually be obliged to conclude if you were to acquit these defendants. '''''They do protest too much'''''. They deny knowing what was common knowledge. They deny knowing plans and programmes that were as public as Mein Kampf and the Party programme.\\



* At one point, the psychic Maxwell Lord used his powers to make everyone in the world forget about him, including thinking that [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle Ted Kord]], a man he'd shot in the head, killed himself. Part of the reason the conspiracy was uncovered was that Batman carried out an autopsy, and realized that Kord would have had to have shot himself in the forehead, from straight-on, with his non-dominant hand. Not impossible, sure, but if he were looking at the corpse in any other situation, he'd immediately declare it to be murder, and the fact that he's even considering that it's a suicide means that his brain is being tricked somehow.

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* At one point, the psychic Maxwell Lord used his powers to make everyone in the world forget about him, including thinking that [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle Ted Kord]], a man he'd shot in the head, killed himself. Part of the reason the conspiracy was uncovered was that Batman carried out an autopsy, and realized that Kord would have had to have shot himself in the forehead, from straight-on, with his non-dominant hand. Not impossible, sure, but if he were looking at the corpse in any other situation, he'd immediately declare it to be murder, [[ProperlyParanoid and the fact that he's even considering that it's a suicide means that his brain is being tricked somehow.somehow]].
* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'', Arcee assassinates Ratbat on Prowl's orders by cutting off his wings and pinning him to the wall with a sword. Prowl files it as suicide. This kind of thing would be why, when Prowl became the victim of Decepticon mind control, ''no-one noticed''.


** [[Main/LesCopsSportif Gendarme]] Christophe Jambert, who investigating them, was found with ''two'' bullets in his head in 1997 after being subpoenaed for being witness in the [[SerialKiller Emile Louis]] trial. It gets better: when his body was autopsied several years later, the bit of skull through which the bullets entered had disappeared.

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** [[Main/LesCopsSportif [[UsefulNotes/LesCopsSportif Gendarme]] Christophe Jambert, who investigating them, was found with ''two'' bullets in his head in 1997 after being subpoenaed for being witness in the [[SerialKiller Emile Louis]] trial. It gets better: when his body was autopsied several years later, the bit of skull through which the bullets entered had disappeared.


* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the Prince Consort attempts to assassinate the queen, and is killed by her bodyguard. They tell his brother, the king of a neighboring country, that he was killed in a "hunting" accident. One of the characters remarks that it is nominally true: he ''was'' hunting the queen. It's indicated that the late Prince's brother knew what really happened and didn't mind much, since his brother was a budding EvilPrince who was bundled off to Valdemar partly to get him out of the line of succession.

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* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the Prince Consort attempts to assassinate the queen, and is killed by her bodyguard. They tell his brother, the king of a neighboring country, that he was killed in a "hunting" accident. One of the characters remarks that it is nominally true: he ''was'' hunting the queen. It's indicated that the late Prince's brother knew what really happened and didn't mind much, since his brother was a budding EvilPrince [[TheEvilPrince Evil Prince]] who was bundled off to Valdemar partly to get him out of the line of succession.



* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': The rulers of The People's Republic of Haven loved killing off political dissidents in "air car accidents". This is {{lampshaded}} in one of the later novels after the despotic regime has been replaced by an actual democracy, when a member of the political opposition is killed in a genuine air car accident and the president points out that the conspiracy theorists are going to automatically assume that she had him killed. In a further bit of irony, they later discover that an aide to the character in question ''was'' assassinated in ''exactly'' that manner -- just not by them.

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* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': The rulers of The People's Republic of Haven loved killing off political dissidents in "air car accidents". This is {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one of the later novels after the despotic regime has been replaced by an actual democracy, when a member of the political opposition is killed in a genuine air car accident and the president points out that the conspiracy theorists are going to automatically assume that she had him killed. In a further bit of irony, they later discover that an aide to the character in question ''was'' assassinated in ''exactly'' that manner -- just not by them.



* A joke from a ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' monologue went something like, "I didn't stab him, he accidentally ran into my knife. Seventeen times. Backwards."

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* A joke from a monologue on ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' monologue went something like, "I didn't stab him, he accidentally ran into my knife. Seventeen times. Backwards."



* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda:'' The death of [[spoiler:Jien Garson]] is reported as being a result of [[NegativeSpaceWedgie the Scourge]], and promptly ignored super-hard by the Initiative. Once Ryder does some investigating of their own, they find [[spoiler:Garson was murdered, ''before'' anyone else should've been up and around, evidently by or on the orders of the Initiative's mysterious backer.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda:'' The death of [[spoiler:Jien Garson]] is reported as being a result of [[NegativeSpaceWedgie the Scourge]], and promptly ignored super-hard by the Initiative. Once Ryder does some investigating of their own, they find [[spoiler:Garson was murdered, ''before'' anyone else should've been up and around, evidently by or on the orders of the Initiative's mysterious backer.]]backer]].



* Inferred in ''Film/WagTheDog'', regarding the death of Stanley Motss.

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* %%* Inferred in ''Film/WagTheDog'', regarding the death of Stanley Motss.



* Agatha Christie lampshaded this at least once, with Literature/HerculePoirot observing that "if a doctor signs off a death as 'heart failure', that can be taken to mean that he actually has no idea as to the cause of death, since any death causes one's heart to fail".

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* Agatha Christie lampshaded {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this at least once, with Literature/HerculePoirot observing that "if a doctor signs off a death as 'heart failure', that can be taken to mean that he actually has no idea as to the cause of death, since any death causes one's heart to fail".



* The homicide detectives of ''Series/TheWire'' would ''like'' this trope to be in effect: It would mean fewer cases. Despite their wheedling, the show's coroners are generally honest. However, the trope is [[InvertedTrope inverted]] on a few occasions. Det. [=McNulty=] overhears another detective arguing with a coroner who insists that a death was a strangulation, when in fact it was an overdose. Rigor mortis had set in with the body in an awkward position, resulting in suspicious marks and fractures from being extricated by the [=EMTs=]. This inspires [=McNulty=] to do the same thing intentionally to kick off his crazy scheme of inventing a fake serial killer.

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* The homicide detectives of ''Series/TheWire'' would ''like'' this trope to be in effect: It would mean fewer cases. Despite their wheedling, the show's coroners are generally honest. However, the trope is [[InvertedTrope inverted]] {{inverted|Trope}} on a few occasions. Det. [=McNulty=] overhears another detective arguing with a coroner who insists that a death was a strangulation, when in fact it was an overdose. Rigor mortis had set in with the body in an awkward position, resulting in suspicious marks and fractures from being extricated by the [=EMTs=]. This inspires [=McNulty=] to do the same thing intentionally to kick off his crazy scheme of inventing a fake serial killer.



* Parodied in ''Film/LoadedWeapon1''. In a blood-splattered crime scene complete with those bullet-hole dotted lines in the wall from random automatic weapon spray, and a victim with a horrified expression on her death face and her hands grasped like claws in defense, this exhange follows:

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* Parodied in ''Film/LoadedWeapon1''. In a blood-splattered crime scene complete with those bullet-hole dotted lines in the wall from random automatic weapon spray, and a victim with a horrified expression on her death face and her hands grasped like claws in defense, this exhange exchange follows:



* Happens in ''VideoGame/{{Persona5}}'' in the BadEnding, where TheConspiracy has the main character killed in the middle of an interrogation room and claims he stole a guard's gun and committed suicide.

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* Happens in ''VideoGame/{{Persona5}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona5'' in the BadEnding, where TheConspiracy has the main character killed in the middle of an interrogation room and claims he stole a guard's gun and committed suicide.



* Bill Sparkman, a census worker, was found in September 2009, hung from a tree, naked, with the word "fed" scrawled upside down on his chest... and his hands, feet, eyes, and mouth duct taped. This trope got lampshaded to hell because of the mysterious circumstances, was ''then'' classed as a murder investigation and, after two months, was ruled as a suicide trying to emulate a homicide that tried to emulate a suicide.
** This one actually does make sense when you take some elements into consideration: it is a misconception that Sparkman was hanged. He did have a rope around his neck but was found '''tied''' to the tree and touching the ground (suggesting he could have done it himself), not hanging from it. The description of the duct tape is also inaccurate: in reality, his census ID was taped to his neck and his glasses to his head and while his hands were bound in tape, it was loose enough for him to move them shoulder-width apart, his mouth had a rag in it, but no tape. The way the body was placed shows that Sparkman could have easily gotten up and taken the pressure off his neck had he wanted to, no DNA other than Sparkman's was found, there was no sign of struggle on his body and of course the word "fed" being upside-down (and according to forensic analysis, written top to bottom) does not make sense unless it was written from Sparkman's point of view. Another important detail is that Sparkman believed he had cancer, his son had financial problems and Sparkman had subscribed a $600,000 life insurance not long before dying, but it could not be collected in case of a suicide or a cancer. All of this points to Sparkman having killed himself and masqueraded the suicide as a murder so his son could collect the life insurance. So the actual official decision is that it was a suicide made to look like a homicide (and while the possibility of it being a homicide was considered, it was never believed to be one disguised as a suicide).



* One man in South Korea apparently committed [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1388715/South-Korean-man-crucified-abandoned-stone-quarry-committed-suicide.html self-crucifixion]]. If you say so.
** He is not the only person to attempt to or actually succeed at crucifying himself. [[http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20040316-NEWS-303169986?cid=sitesearch A man in Maine]] tried the same stunt, only to dial 9-1-1 after he got down to one arm and couldn't figure out how to get the last nail in. "It was unclear whether the man was seeking assistance for his injury or help in nailing down his other hand."

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* One man in South Korea apparently committed [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1388715/South-Korean-man-crucified-abandoned-stone-quarry-committed-suicide.html self-crucifixion]]. If you say so.
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so. He is not the only person to attempt to or actually succeed at crucifying himself. [[http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20040316-NEWS-303169986?cid=sitesearch A man in Maine]] tried the same stunt, only to dial 9-1-1 after he got down to one arm and couldn't figure out how to get the last nail in. "It was unclear whether the man was seeking assistance for his injury or help in nailing down his other hand."


* In the BackStory to Creator/IsaacAsimov's novel ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', King Lepold's father died in a suspicious hunting accident. It's later made clear that it was arranged by the Prince-Regent, Wienis.


Compare CutHimselfShaving. May overlap with BadLiar or SuspiciouslySpecificDenial. Contrast{{Unperson}}.

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Compare CutHimselfShaving. May overlap with BadLiar or SuspiciouslySpecificDenial. Contrast{{Unperson}}.Contrast {{Unperson}}.

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