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Old 08-26-2018, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Siam Sam View Post
Side note: Until Mrs. Columbo got her own TV series, there was wide speculation that Columbo didn't really have a wife. You never saw her, and it was thought that making references to a nonexistent wife was one way of making the perp let his guard down.
But we’d see him telling other cops on the force about her at the end of an episode: after getting the perp to blurt out incriminating stuff, after which said perp was never seen or heard from again. Or, in the ‘vacation’ episode, we repeatedly saw a guy who works on the cruise ship flatly state that he’d seen her — including in the final scene, well after the perp had already been caught.

And et cetera, and AFAICT all before the other show ever hit the air...