6 Movie Murderers That Got Away With It
Getting away with murder isn't easy, not even in the movies. But these movie murderers that got away with it demonstrate that while it might not be easy, it IS possible. These guys' crimes span from crimes of passion to "perfect murders" that are almost implausibly calculated down to the smallest detail. And the motives for their various murders are diverse as well: money, revenge, they felt like it–you know, the normal reasons for killing somebody else. Remember, don't try this at home (unless you're ABSOLUTELY sure you won't get caught).
Gavin Elster, "Vertigo" In 1958, when Alfred Hitchcock made Vertigo, movie murderers almost never got away with it. Some censorship organizations still prohibited it. In fact, Hitchcock had to film an "alternate ending" to attach to UK prints in which the murderous villain of "Vertigo" is reported to be arrested for his crimes. But it's arguable that maybe Elster deserved to get away with murder, considering all the work he went to: finding a woman who looks just like his wife, finding an acrophobic stooge to be a witness to the murder and testify that it was a suicide, etc.
Noah Cross, "Chinatown" Not only does Noah Cross (played by the legendary director John Huston) get away with murder, but he also gets away with a variety of other crimes: rape, incest, kidnapping, and illegal channeling of water for profit to name only a few. How does he do this? Some elaborate planning and craftiness go into it, yeah, but mostly it's just that he's rich. Ah, the other half. They live differently than you and I.
Michael Myers, "Halloween" OK, so the first time he kills somebody, he gets locked up in a mental asylum for 20 years. But come on, he was just a kid. As soon as he gets out, he carves up half of his home town and seemingly no one is able to stop him. He even takes a bullet or two before falling out of a 2nd-story window, but he still can't be stopped. He inspired seemingly countless other slashers, too. Not bad for a guy with a kitchen knife and a William Shatner mask painted white.
Judah Rosenthal, "Crimes and Misdemeanors" In Woody Allen's study of morality and guilt, Judah Rosenthal is the man responsible for the "crimes" of the title. Encouraged by his mafioso brother to hire an assassin to kill his mistress to prevent her from telling his wife about their relationship, Judah is stricken with intense guilt after the murder has been committed–at first. In a chilling ending, Judah is shown getting over his guilt and learning to live with his crime. It's a cynical ending, but one that probably isn't far from the truth in many cases. After all, have you ever thought about how many unsolved murders there are out there?
Griffin Mill, "The Player" Some guys get all the luck. In the Hollywood satire "The Player", Griffin Mill gets away with a murder that he didn't even plan ahead of time. After a violent confrontation with a man who may have been sending him threatening postcards, Mill gets away with killing him by accident, through sheer luck of the draw. He even gets a happy Hollywood ending with a new girlfriend, which is more than can be said for his good-hearted ex, who ends up crying and broken for standing in the way of Mill and the corrupt system that made him. That's called "Hollywood magic."
Mother, "Mother" The unnamed titular character of "Mother", a Korean thriller from Bong Joon-ho, only wants to protect her son. So when he's locked up for murder, she does everything she can to prove that he didn't do it, up to and including murdering a witness who said that he did. After getting her (guilty) son out of jail, the only time she serves is on a bus full of tourists, dancing up a storm.
Murder is obviously never the answer, but it worked out pretty well for these movie murderers that got away with it. See? Dreams can come true.