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  • The perpetrator has not been captured or identified.
  • It’s been a year since the crime and the perpetrator has still not been caught.
  • I had never encountered a being who deliberately perpetrated fraud against himself.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The most famous hoax, the Piltdown man, had gone undetected for forty years, and its perpetrator was still unknown.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park

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  • Let it never be forgotten, that no slaveholder or overseer can be convicted of any outrage perpetrated on the person of a slave, however diabolical it may be, on the testimony of colored witnesses, whether bond or free.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • So officially he’s our perpetrator, understand?
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • There was a jail and a whipping post on his grounds; and whatever cruelties were perpetrated there, they passed without comment.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator’s colleagues as the perpetrator.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • You are quite right — they can detect magic, but not the perpetrator:
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Despite the tangle of clues, Florentino Ariza soon rejected the possibility that the oldest had been the perpetrator of the assault, and with as much dispatch he also absolved the youngest, who was the most beautiful and the boldest of the three.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera

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  • How much worse would it have been for June if DNA testing had existed back then—if the alleged rape of Elizabeth had proved Kurt as the perpetrator?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • [T]he perpetrator was so intent on what he was doing that he didn’t stop to look.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • In both cases, the hoax was originally perpetrated as a practical joke, but public interest escalated so quickly that confessions were rendered difficult.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • There was a pause and Harry knew that the others, like him, were wondering what horrors this weapon could perpetrate.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • You’ve perpetrated a near libel here in the front yard.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Baltimore American, of March 17, 1845, relates a similar case of atrocity, perpetrated with similar impunity—
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator’s colleagues as the perpetrator.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He would have them know this country was at war, that while our boys—our brothers and sons—were fighting and dying for us, someone directed an obscene act of defilement at them, an act the perpetrator of which was beneath contempt.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Joe was made to say in court what the victim remembered her assailant saying to her, but she testified that Joe’s voice "could very easily be" that of the perpetrator.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • "Then she must be made an example of," said Sybil, quite coolly, "and the true perpetrator can thus suffer the guilt, which is often a far worse punishment."
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Like I was perpetrating some crime by not telling, and every night I was waiting for the nightmares to call me on it, to turn me in.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I would launch into long-winded diatribes condemning senseless violence perpetrated against helpless creatures while the class nodded in solemn agreement.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Real evil, the suffocating evil of Auschwitz—gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring—was perpetrated almost exclusively by civilians.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Peter had indeed perpetrated this outrage a year or two before.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Fortunately, we have the perpetrator in custody and will be able to put him on trial.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • But to the cops, he was just another black perpetrator with a story, and he was arrested and jailed.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Her eyes were alert now, insolently guilty, like the eyes of a child who has just perpetrated some nasty little joke.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • A chance to be perpetrated.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The slightest breach in decorum would find the perpetrator kicked off on the side of the road, no matter where we were.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • In a fit of anger, however, caused by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital sentence.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • But who perpetrated that joke, let me ask? neither you nor myself, but Fernand; you knew very well that I threw the paper into a corner of the room—indeed, I fancied I had destroyed it.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Jim Hall believed that the judge knew all about it and was hand in glove with the police in the perpetration of the monstrous injustice.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • It’s unclear as to who the perpetrator or perpetrators were.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • That they did not bury any of their dead, and the reckless slaughter they perpetrated, point also to an entire ignorance of the putrefactive process.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • There was also what was usually defined as "random violence," when the perpetrator and victim did not know each other.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • And the Bolshevik Revolution too allowed terrible atrocities to be perpetrated on the ruling class by the animal instincts of subhuman men who were full of hatred.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The perpetrator seems to be an expert woodsman and mountaineer.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • How can you face anyone after the sort of irresponsible destruction you’ve perpetrated in that Mexican business?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was Carl’s heart that was now in question, whether he wanted to redress a wrong his own mother had perpetrated.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • But I warn you, if you don’t tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist—I really believe he is Antichrist—I will have nothing more to do with you and you are no longer my friend, no longer my ’faithful slave,’ as you call yourself!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They kept the negroes stirred up with tales of cruelty perpetrated by the whites and, in a section long famed for the affectionate relations between slaves and slave owners, hate and suspicion began to grow.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Count One: That on or about the fifteenth day of November, 1959, one Richard Eugene Hickock did unlawfully, feloniously, willfully and with deliberation and premeditation, and while being engaged in the perpetration of a felony, kill and take the life of Herbert W. Clutter.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • For an instant the mother stood, like a statue of despair, looking wildly down at the unseemly object, which had so lately nestled in her bosom and smiled in her face; and then she raised her eyes and countenance toward heaven, as if calling on God to curse the perpetrator of the foul deed.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I went from victim to perpetrator to witness to revolutionary.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • No wonder the artist retired within or behind his handiwork after having perpetrated this country.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Should he ignore his father’s testament, or allow the perpetration of a crime!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So that, though close to the turnpike-road, crimes might be perpetrated there unseen at mid-day.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Attempted coups and killings were perpetrated by both sides.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • And his old fellow before him perpetrating frauds, old Methusalem Bloom, the robbing bagman, that poisoned himself with the prussic acid after he swamping the country with his baubles and his penny diamonds.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I don’t understand what happened to Belle Reve but you don’t know how ridiculous you are being when you suggest that my sister or I or anyone of our family could have perpetrated a swindle on anyone else.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
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