Maybe it's come up many times, but which murders of blackmailers make the least sense and which ones make the most sense?
I don't necessarily mean the planning of them. There's that, but also something else. I mean, there are times when the killer could pay the person once and then (even if it sounds naive) wait and see what happens, but instead decides on murder right away.
I mention him a lot when it comes to this, but I think the most obvious one (in both areas) is Ken Franklin. Not only does he deposit that money right back in the bank immediately (with Columbo watching him), but who knows how long he could string Lily along, since she wants him every bit as much as she does the money.
If there's such a thing as the other extreme, it might be Santini and Jesse Jerome. Not only has it been going on forever, but Jesse gets such a kick out of blackmailing Santini, it's easy to imagine him getting the same kick out of reporting him (without any warning). So Santini is in a pretty big fix because of that.
What are some others where the killer seems forced into it, and what are some others where they could play along with the blackmailer for a little longer than they do?
I agree about those two.
It sounds like a joke, but if Fade Into Murder exists in the same "universe" as MASH, TV fans would be very used to people who'd do anything to get out of the Korean War, including desertion, without considering them terrible people. So I don't know if Ward doing that would bother those TV fans much more than a lot of fictional characters doing it.
That's a great point, Grant. I like how you said if the shows existed in the same universe, because I loved MASH, and your point about the Korean war, and those who fought in it is a good one.
Was thinking about Murder Can Be Hazardous to your health with George Hamilton's Wade Anders character feeling he needed to off Budd Clarke for his threat of exposing his past in adult movies. I'd consider this murder highly illogical. For TV celebrities, even bad publicity can be a good thing. The fact that the actress was underaged only sinks him if he had knowledge of that. If not, Budd even said he gave "quite the performance", so for a show I could only see the viewership for Crime Watch increasing.