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Old 06-07-2019, 01:55 PM   #1
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In an upcoming book, I want the bad guy (BG) to murder someone and make it look like a suicide. Further, there has to be a suicide note confessing to another crime (that BG committed).

My current thinking is that the note is printed out on a computer, and BG tricks the victim into signing it (disguises it as something else?).

I can't imagine you can threaten someone into signing something, but maybe that would work (sign this or I kill your loved ones).

Any other ideas?
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:58 PM   #2
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Maybe each victim of BG was forced at gunpoint to sign a suicide note on their own computer or else - and then BG killed them anyway ? Then you have each victim using their own computer and printer.

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Old 06-07-2019, 04:27 PM   #3
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Is BG computer savvy? Steal something with desired signature on it, scan, order rubber stamp with signature and stamp the note? (And now I’m wondering if anyone makes rubber stamps anymore....but hey, it’s a start
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That's so old school. tie the guy up, wear gloves and use his smartphone to text the suicide note to BFF or family member...then kill him... Have to keep him alive to unlock the phone.
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My current thinking is that the note is printed out on a computer, and BG tricks the victim into signing it (disguises it as something else?).
I can't imagine a computer-printer suicide note, that was hand signed. Mixed-media suicide notes make no sense, IMHO.

The note should either be emailed, printed and unsigned, or hand-written in its entirety.

I suspect I would choose to email the note, and spoof the header so it looks like it actually came from the victim before death.

Or maybe even a deep-fake audio or video recording.
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Yes, emailing the suicide note may be best. That seems to happen.

"Sign this here suicide note or I'll kill you" is unlikely to work, but "Sign here or I'll kill you. No, don't look at it!" might work.
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That's so old school. tie the guy up, wear gloves and use his smartphone to text the suicide note to BFF or family member...then kill him... Have to keep him alive to unlock the phone.
Yes, that looks pretty good. Tying him up will clue in the police but maybe this:

1. Unlock your phone, or I'll kill you.
2. Guy unlocks phone.
3. BG kills him
4. BG texts the suicide note.

I could have the BG use the victim's fingerprint (after death) to unlock the phone, but I did something like that in another book.
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Yes, that looks pretty good. Tying him up will clue in the police but maybe this:

1. Unlock your phone, or I'll kill you.
2. Guy unlocks phone.
3. BG kills him
4. BG texts the suicide note.

I could have the BG use the victim's fingerprint (after death) to unlock the phone, but I did something like that in another book.
Of course you could untie him before you leave...no using thumbprint you need a hand entered password as proof of life. You have to enter the password so he doesn't call 911.
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That's so old school. tie the guy up, wear gloves and use his smartphone to text the suicide note to BFF or family member...then kill him... Have to keep him alive to unlock the phone.
Time for someone to develop a suicide app.
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Time for someone to develop a suicide app.
That gives me an idea:

A MAN penned a 1000-word suicide note before taking his life and timed it to be published hours after.

Kyle Meikle, 30, wrote the heart breaking goodbye to his family, friends and partner on Wednesday and scheduled it to be broadcast to his 1,500 Facebook friends.
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Current idea:
  1. The victim frequently gets pass-out drunk.
  2. BG knows that.
  3. BG Puts victim in car with religious music playing in headphones, pictures of his kids on his lap
  4. BG Feeds exhaust into car
  5. BG Sends suicide note via text or Facebook or something
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No Bg has an affair with a cardiac nurse but wants to break up . Nurse is mad and already has his text information so she makes it look like a massive heart attack but also sends a text about his other crime .
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Make your victim a diabetic. Diabetics occasionally die from overdosing on insulin. Have the BG shoot him up with insulin.
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Ah, nice ideas. Maybe we need to write a collaborative ER novel like the ER Cookbook.
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The easiest way these days is make it look like the person was taking a selfie and fell off of a cliff, in front of a train, wherever.
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BG romances or befriends victim and gaslights them into thinking they're better off dead. Assists them in killing themselves the way they (think they) wanted to. See Jchandra Brown case in Utah:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jchandr...for-her-death/
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BG makes wine oenophile drunk on 2 Buck Chuck wine from Dollar Store, now it looks like WO can't believe he did it so he offs himself. BG uses fingerprint to open phone....


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BG makes WO get drunk on $2 Buck Chuck from Dollar Store, now WO realizes it tastes as good as his $2,000 bottles of wine and wants to off himself. BG uses finger to open phone.....
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I think the method of death has to be consistent with the victim.
Does he own a gun and does the perp have easy access to it?
If he uses poison, how was it acquired (audit trail)?
If he overdoses, was he prescribed enough medication to do that?
Is he a regular user of a smart phone if a text is used.
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Thanks.

Here's my current thinking:

In one or two places in the book, I mention that the victim is a druggie/alcoholic with psychological issues and regularly (most sunsets) sits in his car, drinks heavily (two-buck chuck!), and passes out.

The BG takes advantage of that. She finds him in that state, turns on the car, feeds the exhaust into it, and sends a suicide note on his phone.
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Who writes out notes and physically signs them anymore? People use texts or emails or various messaging programs like FB messenger or Hangouts or Whatsapp.

Stop and think...let's say right now you wanted to hand write a note to someone on paper and physically sign it...do you have paper and pen handy?
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