If you’re a fan of thriller books and movies, you’ve seen a lot of evil. There’s always at least one villain who plans and executes a crime against an individual or a group of people. Sometimes people die. Sometimes they are horribly maimed. Sometimes they suffer life-changing mutilations. In all cases the victims suffer.
Your task is to choose a modus operandi for your villain to put into operation. Makes sure it is something that your villain has the capability and knowledge to execute. For example, if your villain is strong, then a murder by strangling, stabbing or beating is plausible. If electronics are involved, then the villain must have technological knowledge. If firearms are involved, the reader might need to know how the villain learned to shoot.
Here is a list of possible crimes. Choose on that you feel most comfortable putting in a story.
___ smoke inhalation ___ beaten to death ___burying alive
___ drowning (intentionally) ___ hanging ___killing by machine gun fire
___poisoning ___ pushing in front of train ___ running down with car/truck
___ shot with pistol/rifle ___ slit throat/slashing ___smothering
___ single stab/multiple stabbing ___strangling
As you write, remember to include not just details, but emotions. We need to feel the villain’s and victim’s emotions.
Have fun with this one.