I was thinking of ending my story with one, where the police set up a sting to catch the villain in the act, so to speak. But there is one thing about sting operations and the legal system, that I am having trouble understanding. When you set up a villain to commit a crime in order to trap him, you can only prosecute him for the current crime, and there will still be no evidence to charge him on the past ones, is that right? Like for example, in the movie The Departed... SPOILER Costello and his gang are busted in a sting operation at the end, when the police catch him in the act of a drug meet, and stop it. However, it seems that the only thing they can charge the gang with is attempting to deal drugs, since they stopped them in the process. All of those murders, that Costello's gang committed before, including that of the police captain, who the cops were so anxious to get justice for. Yet in the end, they settle for drug transaction charges. So I feel that I want to make an ending like that work, but how do you have the reader be satisfied if the villain is going down for being caught for a lesser crime, where as still getting away with all the heinous crimes, he committed previously? Unless the law dictates that you can legally link the villain to his past crimes, based on the current one? I mean the term caught red handed, has some legal precedence to it, or does it really not? Thanks for the input. I really appreciate it.