Hello, The Police. I realise it’s hard being a The Policeman, so I’m taking time out to help you with your enquiries.
1. HOW TO CATCH MURDERERS
Alton Towers haven’t used their Cine 360 since 1985, so let’s use it to fool killers into confessing. First, send every suspected murderer an invitation to a special screening of a mystery new film. I chose a mystery film because murderers love mystery – they thrive on it. It’s why they try not to leave clues. Or if they do leave clues, it’s something weird.
“Officer, come here. There’s a mannequin.”
“Wow, her eyes have been replaced with snooker balls.”
“Yes, and I’ve found some mirror writing and a few arcane sigils.”
“Also, this kaftan is full of soot.”
“This is a fucking excellent mystery, let’s smoke pipes.”
And I’m certain Alton Towers’ll be up for it; they’re having a gays-only day this year so they can’t mind a bunch of murderers running around. I’ve knocked up an invite;
Once they’ve been lured in with goodie bags and trophies, you show them a film of a violent stabbing murder. There are two possible reactions;
RESPONSE A : NON-MURDERER
Innocents will avert their eyes and say “I simply can’t empathise with the motives of the murderer, and it’s so painful”. They will blanche in horror, vomit in disgust, rise with a flourish of their capes, and leave. Now that’s a lot of words to remember in one go, so use this diagram to simply tick off the Golden Girls as they occur.
It is important that we don’t lock up innocent people, because they are the murderer’s favourite kind of victim, virgins in particular. Most murderers will make do with a shoplifter if they’re caught in a pinch, but they generally reoffend quicker in these cases.
RESPONSE B : MURDERERS
Murderers will mime along with every stab, saying things like “Stab her in the knockers”, and “this really takes me back to last night at the docks”. Keep an eye out for this, it’s a dead giveaway, but don’t interrupt them straight away, they might be about to give away helpful details, like “When I dropped the weapon, I ran over a busy road to the haunting cry of a bittern“.
2. HOW TO CATCH A RAPIST
The most effective advertisements in the world are those that go “SEX! Now we’ve got your attention, try our new bagel!” But can you imagine how much more effective those adverts are on rapists? They’d see that sign and go “that sounds like my kinda bagel,” buy one, and rape it. The diseased bastards.
In 1982, this style of advertising was used by the department of health to encourage regular exercise, and had disastrous results – after six months, we had a nation of super-fit sex criminals who evaded the police by jumping over bungalows, and could do that cartoon punch where your face bounces off the fists and you got “dubba-dubba-dubba”.