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Re: Who (in your opinion) Came Closest to Getting Away with it?

How about Troubled Waters, if Hayden Danziger didn't hide those gloves, which incidentally had nothing to do with the murder he would have been free.

One might think in The Most Crucial Game, Paul Hanlon can easily defend himself and walk free by simply stating he recently reset his clock. However, I never understood why they didn’t use the recordings from his office. It was already established that Ralph Dobbs bugged Eric Wagner’s home AND Paul Hanlon’s office, however they never spoke about the office recordings.

Lovely but Lethal, Viveca Scott could have said she got the poison ivy from her lab since it’s a fact that poison ivy was used to make that formula.

In many of the episodes the clues were weak, and since the murder’s were often rich and powerful many of them would have gotten off in the real world.

Re: Who (in your opinion) Came Closest to Getting Away with it?

Just watched Forgotten Lady this week and it reminded me that she absolutely would have gotten away with it. A locked room, cadaveric spasm, a middle aged small framed woman with a notable medical ailment impairment (in regards to jumping to the tree from the balcony).... no prosecution would ever have been able to convince a jury that she did it. And as for the time unaccounted for during the film, who hasn’t fallen asleep during a movie especially after 11:00 at night after a full evening out. Or she could have been in the bathroom. Ned Diamond didn’t need to claim he did it to get her off the hook as I doubt any prosecutor would have even taken that one on.

Re: Who (in your opinion) Came Closest to Getting Away with it?

Lt. just arrests them.
He doesn't try the.

Lt. heard the chiming clock when he tell Hanlon about the death.