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After all, just going out on patrol to find crimes and doing so easily seems incongrous

Subj: Finding crimes in progress? How many people have attempted ot justify this?
Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 at 08:03:22 pm EDT (Viewed 472 times)

Somebody posted a review of the film The Executioner II. I replied:

Did you notice that they never attempt to explain how the Executioner finds so many crimes in progress? He just pops up on cue. Even the best policeman rarely, if ever, just stumbles upon a crime in progress.

Other writers realized the incongruity of this, and set about solving the problem.
In the sequel novel to Death Wish, Death Sentence, Brian Garfield realized this.
Page 38

"Long ago Paul [the Vigilante] had learned not to waste time in fruitless search for felons in the act of committing crimes; the odds were too long. A robbery took place in the city every three minutes.....but it was an enormous city and there were three million potential victims".

Paul Benjamin, besides using himself as bait, comes up with the idea of shadowing the court houses. After all, criminals often are repeat offenders who have to show up for parole hearings, methadone treatment, etc. So, he tails them from the court house. See page 56


People connected with the legal system, such as Matt Murdock (Daredevil) and Adrian Chase (Vigilante) probably had a similar line in finding crime, monitoring court cases.

In Hero At Large and The Exterminator 2, we see the protagonists listening to a police scanner. The Spider even used an early police scanner in The Cholera King.

Anybody else put any though into getting around just having the hero stumble upon a crime in progress?

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