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Rinaldi really wanted to die but he didn't appear to be depressed


That magician Rinaldi badly wanted to die. As he suspects Gallego of murdering Ormond he confronts Gallego with this information alone with the crematorium which he identifies as a means through which he can dispose of his murder victims, thus volunteering to take his own place in the crematorium. He tells Gallego, "I know you", and that he was suffering in silence before striking back at his tormentors and then offered to resume the torment with his own blackmail. He must have wanted to die because he knew Gallego was the killer and had the means of disposing of the corpse and deliberately did what he knew caused Gallego to kill Ormond. The funny thing is is that one wouldn't have thought he wanted to die. He must have kept his will to die hidden under his cheerful facade.

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I just watched the movie and thought it was unbelievable that he would blackmail a killer. In what universe? Then he was surprised when he was trapped. What does that say of the era? Was blackmail so common, or theft by the rich never challenged when the common man lost? A very good movie.

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This scenario played out a lot on Columbo.

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