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.
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.
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