How to React When You've Been Wrongly Accused of Murder

All I'm saying is that if the writers of the TV series Castle have the title character, Castle, be the prime suspect of an episode's murder one more time, he'd better turn out to have done it! 

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Reader Comments (29)

Richard Castle is always the murderer. He's second only to Angela Lansbury as America's most prolific serial killer.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDean

'I judged it to be "adorable."' Brilliant, your honor.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerodast

I agree about your Castle comment. "Richard, we've only worked 45,000 cases together, but goshdarnit, someone points the finger at you about a murder, we're gonna think you did it!"

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

That old saying in panel three has an uncomfortable ring of truth.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Hey, what is the superhero name of the Rick who is next to Omnipresent Man? (Not Knifeketeer Rick, the other Rick.)
Thanks in advance.

Mr. Everywhere. ~Missy

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark W

how about the next contest for your adoring public is create your own superhero alter ego with brief description and the winner gets to join your merry band? I will be puncutation man!@!? *; as soon as I sober up.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

Scott, you really need to stop eating spicy foods before you go to sleep. Your uncomfortably weird dreams are leaking into the internet again.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

Why does Missy, in her alter ego of "Judgewoman" (or whatever) have an eerie glow? Is she radioactive?

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

you just have to hire phoenix wright

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersianhulo

I need to see a follow up to this where we fin out who really failed to kill Macramayhem.

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZach

Can I be 'The Plumber'?

I'll build planet-busting super weapons out of copper tube that look like weird modern sculptures and drip minute quantities of slightly rusty water just before they (almost-but-not-quite) destroy the Earth!

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterancient.brit

Dean and everyone else: is that a correct use of the word "prolific", 'cause it doesn't seem right to me. I mean for going around killing people. But I don't see a straight alternative for what you're trying to say. Maybe "active". Or "busy".

I don't know Castle but I assume that he's -going- to murder somebody, and is presently engaged in a thorough study of police investigation methods, including from the point of view of the accused person, so as to be able to get away with it when the time comes. Being falsely accused as many times as possible is also going to help there. I suppose that he can identify friends, relatives, and colleagues who are liable to be murdered, and hang around them so as to be sure to be suspected before being proved innocent.

Also, watching a run of Star Trek Next Generation episodes in a short period, you get a sense that Captain Picard and other crew members or sometimes the Starship Enterprise itself get secretly kidnapped by aliens, or duplicated or impersonated, or their death faked, or they are possessed by an alien, a -lot-. Often twice in two episodes. I suppose there's evidence that several positions of authority in Starfleet were held by alien duplicates or possessed officers - Changelings, symbiotes - who could prevent any plan to test routinely or duplication and possession. And that's why there was so much trouble with it. I think the most effective remedy is to set your command codes, not to your voiceprint or something that only you know - which can be duplicated too - but to something that only you can work out. Or, concentrate on calling one of your bridge crew "half-breed", during the duplication process. Also on Kirk's Enterprise (according to the short story books) they ended up using a code of chess moves. I suppose that Picard's crew could use bits of Shakespeare. "O, that this too, too solid flesh would beam up, Chief O'Brien." And then if the reviews of your performance are too -good-, you must be a duplicate.

If you're wondering what all that has to do with either being falsely accused of murder or getting away with it, it goes like this. Blaming the murder on your duplicate instead of you - good; murdering your victim's duplicate instead of your actual victim - bad. (Objectively, murdering your actual victim as intended is also bad, in fact, even if you arrange for your duplicate to commit the murder for you.)

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

"Castle" is a TV series about a guy named Castle? Interesting. And "House" is about a guy named House. I look forward to a future series called "Double-Wide."

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I think that mullet-boss needs a superhero alter ego. Not sure what it would be but I would bet that I'd be creeped out by him.

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

When I first read that MacraMayhem had been murdered, I almost shouted a Darth Vader-esque "NNNOOOoooooooo!" Glad to see he's ok.

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

Macramahem or Macraméhem?

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess Hurchist

Missy reminds me too much of the Worm from "Pink Floyd's The Wall."

I sentence you to be exposed before your peers. ~Missy

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstenz

Why is Missy glowing? It's bothering me quite a bit. Does being so judgmental cause you to have an aura? Does the glow do anything? If she stops glowing does that Missy just a normal women in a judge wig? So many questions, we need an origin story.

I asked Scott, because I wanted to know too. His answer was that The Judger is an alien, and having a glow seemed like the easiest Photoshop technique to use to show alien-ness. ~Missy

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I've always wanted to be "BassMaster." I'd fight crime and the forces of evil with a Gibson Thunderbird IV, and proudly wear a bass cleff on my chest.

My weakness is getting confused with "that guy from that fishing show."

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

Missy is glowing because Scott wants to have sex tonight.

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhenry

So is panel three the first time Rick has managed to insult an alternate version of himself?

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot are also prolific serial killers.

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

The Judger is presumably glowing because she's an alien. That is her origin, right? She was "judged by the Judgers"?

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralicemay

"Oh, are you still here?" Of course he is, because you're everywhere!

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEthan

While we're on the subject of fictional detectives being murderers, I fully expect an "I believe in the Knifeketeer / MacraMayhem was real" meme to get going here any day now (a la "I believe in Sherlock Holmes / Moriarty was real").

Internet, you may consider the gauntlet flung.

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

To be fair, the last time they suspected Castle, the team didn't really suspect him, but there was a lot of evidence against him. Also, one of my favorite parts of this are that Rick and Castle share a first name. Just made me laugh when I realized it.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

This is deeply troubling.

Someone attempted to kill Macramayhem and got the wrong person instead?

If the Knifeketeer (or anyone, really) tries to stab someone, aren't Omnipresent Man and Mr. Everywhere both always in the way by virtue of their powers?

December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

We need the knifeketeer meme!

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty

How about a mirror version of Everywhere Man called Nowhere Man? Sounds like the perfect secret identity for someone like Rick (at least, the comic strip version of him)! :-)

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason Toddman
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