September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011
Throughout life we run across special characters that influence our writing endeavors in one way or another ... The Columbo character portrayed by Peter Falk is one of mine.
From his early TV shows through his later special TV movies, Columbo's ability to irritate criminals was always very enjoyable to me.
They even used his example during instruction in investigatory techniques at the correctional police academy I went through back in 1983. The techniques work ... criminals are suckers for an investigator who plays dumb and asks the correct leading questions.
R.I.P. Mr. Falk
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