A to Z Challenge -- Letter D: Your "Do Not" List

How To Get Away With Murder: Letter D

Today's Crime Fiction letter, (The Letter D) is brought to you by @AprilA2Z #AtoZChallenge

Your Common Sense Don't List:


1. We all know that DNA is your downfall. DNA is the most 
irrefutable way for the prosecutor to prove you committed the crime. She will use your DNA to put you at the crime scene and likewise she will use the victim's DNA, if found at your home to place you in proximity of the victim at the time of his death. The best way to avoid this problem is to be absolutely certain you don't leave any of your DNA behind. But, because this is almost, if not impossible (your DNA is in your blood, fingerprints, tears, saliva, sweat, etc.) chances are you will leave a piece of yourself behind.

  C'mon, unless your a sociopath, you gonna sweat a little when you commit a murder ... don't cha think? Hell, those of us with real feelings might even cry, or tear up ... and then ...

Oops ... that tiny, minuscule teardrop forms in the corner of your eye. It either slides from your eye and onto the body or it lands on a nearby armrest or door handle and that's all she wrote.You're doing hard labor for the rest of your natural life at some horrible prison and Big Bertha's your new wife. Your wife for life. And you never even had to say "I do." Nope. No champagne. No wedding cake. Hell no honeymoon. Well that's not the truth exactly. There ain't gonna be a two week trip to Belize, but Big Bertha's gonna consummate the marriage ... that you can count on.

2. So, commit your crime in a wide open public forum. One of those places that's bound to have lots of DNA from strangers. DNA from a variety of people ... men, women, black, white, Hispanic,  bi-racial, Oriental, Greek, young, elderly, brown hair, blond hair, gray hair, blue eyes, brown, hazel, amber, green, tall, short, plump, thin, you get the idea. Where do you find such a place? It depends on where you live and what you have to choose from. Obviously you'll have many more venues in NYC, than in Kilgore Texas. Regardless of where you live, (you'll want to pick a neighboring city or town anyway), you will select a place that is open to the public.

A Few Choice Ideas for your Venue: 

The State Fair

A large city park

Outdoor concert arena

Outdoor Festival Plaza

A Concert Stadium

Football Stadium

A Mall

Pick a place where throngs of people tend to gather and do what? They all leave their DNA. And there's no possible way every one's DNA is removed even if the city sends in cleaning crews from time to time. You need to make it so that finding your DNA will be like finding a pearl in an oyster and even if they find your DNA it will just be 1 among the masses. The forensics team will not be able to qualify when exactly you shed your DNA at the mall or the park. It could have been last week or a month ago.

3. Don't take your purse, wallet, cellphone or anything personal or identifiable with you to the crime scene

4. Don't leave any body hair at the crime scene. Slick it back Al Pacino - The Godfather Style If you have long or curly hair slick it back with grease and slide it into a pony tail holder (scrunchie) and pin all lose ends then put on a baseball cap.

5. Do not wear any of your own clothes or shoes. Shoe prints are almost as deadly at trial as DNA.


6. Buy cheap, off brand shoes and clothes far in advance of the day of your selected crime. Do not buy everything from the same store or on the same day. This should go without saying, but make all purchases in cash. Make purchases in a neighboring town. If you plan ahead, buy your clothing or gear while on family vacation (in another state) the summer before your crime. Do not keep your receipts. Buy common, generic brands that many people wear from a store like Walmart. Keep your head down and face away from all surveillance cameras. Do not draw attention to yourself while making the purchase. Do absolutely nothing that would encourage the cashier or other shoppers to remember you.

7. Use the exact same instructions as above for purchasing your murder kit. 

8. Wear thick leather gloves or super thick plastic gloves.

9. Burn all above items after you complete the crime

10 Timing is everything. Timing is discussed on a later date. 

11. Do not speak to the police. If you do everything the right way, you probably won't even be approached by the police, but depending on your relationship to the victim, there may be no getting around a visit from the police. ***** Never talk to the police without your lawyer's permission and presence. 

If you don't remember anything else, remember this. The police will trick you The will lie to you. The police are allowed to lie to you to obtain a confession. You will think it is better to go ahead and talk to the police. You will be wrong. You will think that you look guilty if you don't talk to them. 

Here's the thing. The police don't trust or believe anyone during a murder investigation so it doesn't matter what they think you look like. 

Repeat after me: It does not matter if the police think you look guilty. But, if you talk to them, you will say something incriminating and then they will know you're guilty and guess what? 

Then you're going to prison!

You will think you are smarter than the police. You're not. Prisons are full of people who were talked or tricked into giving a statement. Don't fall for it. 

Who is your favorite character on the hit show How to Get Away With Murder? Which character do you think is the smartest? Which one makes the worst choices/mistakes?

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