- There’s no forced entry and the killer used Kimble’s own gun (and Kimble’s paperweight to finish the job)
- She had the family money and a big insurance policy.
- As he moves her dying body to the bed, she accidentally scratches his neck, leaving his skin under her fingernails.
- Due to tremendously bad luck, her 911 tape overwhelming implicates him (She calls out “Richard…” when he enters, but it sounds like she’s naming her killer.)
- It makes it far more terrifying for the audience. This could happen to any of us. It’s a nightmare with no easy solution
- But more importantly, it makes the thematic dilemma (law vs. justice) more impartial, and that always makes the meaning of a story resonate more.
In the end, as the checklist recommends, the dilemma is resolved in a way that tips to one side but not decisively: Justice is better than law, but we cannot choose one over the other: they must be reunited for either to be worthwhile.