Keen Killings: 24 Inventive Ways to do in Your Victim

canstockphoto15905327Every murder mystery begins with one event: The Murder. And yeah, the gun shot, deadly poison and hit & run are all classics, but there’s still a lot of inventive, interesting triggers besides the one on that smoking gun. Have you ever watched ‘Final Destination’ (or 2, 3, 4, 5, for that matter)? How boring would those movies be if they limited the Grim Reaper to just the classics?

Here’s a list of 24 ideas to get your Chapter One off with a, er, bang.

  • Attacked by a vicious dog
  • Beaten by monkeys at the zoo
  • Blown to pieces by exploding barbecue grill
  • Buried alive
  • Bitten by a poisonous animal, such as spider, insect or snake
  • Bridge collapse
  • Crushed by swinging neon sign
  • Crushed by getting foot caught in escalator
  • Crushed by falling weights at the gym
  • Drowning by getting toe caught in pool drain
  • Exploding oxygen tanks
  • Gas leak & exploding House
  • Hit by bus
  • Hit in head by concrete planter or gargoyle
  • Head caught by malfunction elevator doors
  • Incinerated during a plane explosion
  • Roller coaster derailment
  • Shot by nail gun
  • Sucked out of an airplane
  • Smashed between subway and tunnel wall
  • Slipped on bath water, caught in bathtub by curtain wire & strangled
  • Trapped, incinerated in malfunction tanning beds
  • Withholding needed medication
  • Wood chipper accident

11 thoughts on “Keen Killings: 24 Inventive Ways to do in Your Victim

  1. Stopping by on the 12th day of the #atozchallenge. I love a good mystery and will admit to being addicted to English mysteries, the cozy genre where the crime takes place in a few paragraphs, the rest of the story about the village suspects. I have two ideas for trying my hand at a mystery, but neither my first novel or the one I’m working on now is a mystery. I am going to follow you and see if I can try this difficult writing. If you have time or interest, I am writing about gardening and related topics this month. Come and visit.


  2. oh no! i have to come back here and read all of these posts! always need advice on crime scenes! awesome! and my fave way to kill a character from your list is… beaten by monkeys – i like a little humor and there would definitely be justification in that death. most of those are scary because they’re possibilities as accidents! ah!
    great list!


    • Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, it is a little morbid. But that’s the whole point behind a murder mystery, so I just kinda go with it.
      By the way, I love your blog title “Cyborg Mom.’ Classic!


  3. Pingback: Index of A to Z Blog Challenge Articles – April 2014 | JC Gatlin - Author

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