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The First Suspect is the guy who discovered the body. This is how law-enforcement actually approaches investigations. They decide on a " primary target" based on their "gut instincts" and then try to make the evidence fit, one way or the other.

Some years back, I was a guest at a Thanksgiving dinner. The head of the household, a retired police detective, had entirely too much to drink and was …More
The First Suspect is the guy who discovered the body. This is how law-enforcement actually approaches investigations. They decide on a " primary target" based on their "gut instincts" and then try to make the evidence fit, one way or the other.

Some years back, I was a guest at a Thanksgiving dinner. The head of the household, a retired police detective, had entirely too much to drink and was carrying on about his days on the force. One thing he said has always stayed with me. "We don't care about getting the guy who did it. We care about getting a conviction. If we catch the guy who did it afterwards, that's even better. Then we get TWO convictions." He wasn't joking or being sarcastic, either. He was drunk and, as the Romans famously noticed, in wine there is truth.

This is why cynical people never, ever discover bodies. Someone's laying there in a huge puddle of blood? They probably just passed out and had a nose-bleed. Flies are buzzing around the body? Probably forgot to take a bath, too. Skin's gray and flaking off already? It's a prank reality show. You're being filmed so just walk by and let somone else end up looking silly when the "zombie" jumps up.

But discovering a dead body? Nope. People who discover dead bodies are automatically branded as "The First Suspect", especially if law-enforcement discovers the two previously knew each other. Just look at this case. Even now the school teacher who discovered the body is still in the cross-hairs and the sheriff's deparment won't defend him.