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Best of 2014: Television's murderer's row (spoiler alert!)

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Murderers Row

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2014 was a banner year for murder mysteries on TV, from the high-concept (hunting for the Yellow King with Cohle and Hart) to the somewhat lower-concept (trying to keep track of all the head-turning twists on Pretty Little Liars). Here’s a lineup revealing who actually committed television’s biggest whodunnits. Seems needless to say, but watch out: Here be spoilers.

Murderers Row

Errol Childress (Glenn Fleshler), True Detective

Victims: Dora Lange, and numerous other women throughout Louisiana who went missing or were found dead, often surrounded by cultish imagery.

Methods: Tortured and stabbed his victims

Wes Gibbons (Alfred Enoch), How to Get Away with Murder

Victim: Law professor Annalise Keating’s husband, who turned up dead in the show’s first episode.

Method: Bludgeoned him in the living room, with the justice trophy

Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), The Killing

Victims: The rest of the Stansbury family, found dead in their home with their amnesiac, blood-stained, still-breathing son.

Method: Gunshots

Melissa Hastings (Torrey Devitto), Pretty Little Liars

Victim: Bethany Young, who was wrongly identified as PLL bestie Alison DiLaurentis, who also went missing that night.

Method: Buried her alive

Meredith Walker (Maya Eshet), Teen Wolf

Victims: The supernatural population of Beacon Hills, who were being picked of by assassins paid for by “The Benefactor.”

Method: Targeted assassinations, arranged through a computer database called The Dead Pool

Rowan Pope (Joe Morton), Scandal

Victims: Pope ordered the deaths of Jerry, President Fitzgerlad Grant’s son, and then Olivia’s friend and coworker Harrison Wright when he put all the pieces together.

Methods: Infection via a virulent strain of meningitis; gunshot

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