10. The necessity for eliminating the little overlooked clues and loose threads
9. The false suspect
8. The cover up
7. The flight
6. The actual killing
5. The first irretrievable step
4. The opportunity
3. The plan
What is the cover up?
This is work on diminishing all connections of the antagonist to the crime.
If the protagonist is involved, then the antagonist may be forced to improvise. The antagonist’s improvisations to cover up the crime and its association to them will undoubtedly include personal characteristics that conflict with the details offered in the cover up.
The cover up contains the basic elements of who, what, where, when, and why.
The who: The antagonist and characters in pursuit.
The what: Examining the evidence.
The where: Here.
The when: During the investigation.
The why: The antagonist’s need for evidential distancing.
More that may be needed is for the antagonist to frame a character as suspect.
The antagonist is under a high stress of anticipation of success or failure. Thus, at the elemental level it engages fear.