Psycho Murderer or Just Psycho?

Status: But...but...but

Aaron Echolls killed Lilly Kane.

Or did he?

When Logan was arrested a second time for the murder of Felix Toombs, he was placed in a cell with two prisoners. One of them was his father. It wasn't the happiest of family reunions.

Aaron took the opportunity to tell his estranged son his side of the story. He admitted sleeping with Lilly. He admitted following her home the day she died. He admitted arguing with her. But according to Aaron, Duncan came across them. Aaron says he must have heard everything because he was furious, out of his mind, ranting and raving. Aaron doesn't know what happened next. He got out of there.

As for the little matter of trying to kill Veronica, he admitted that too, saying he just snapped.

Aaron continues a campaign to throw doubt on his guilt by naming Duncan Kane — referring to his history of violence and his being wanted for kidnapping — as the true culprit on national television. Duncan isn't around to defend himself. Mud sticks. What else might stick to Duncan's name depends on what the jury makes of Duncan's hair being found on the newly unearthed murder weapon — Aaron's Oscar — where is it mixed with Lilly's blood. So how did that happen? Has it been buried a few feet from where Lilly's body was found for all this time? Or has the theft of the Cliff's keys to the Echolls storage locker and Kendall's trip to Duncan's shower drain played a part?

So. Let's review, shall we?

Unlike the evidence of his attack on Veronica, there is no hard evidence that Aaron killed Lilly. Veronica's account of Lilly's murder is her own speculation. Any actual evidence of the murder was compromised by the Kanes' cover-up. There was videotaped evidence that Aaron and Lilly had an affair, and we know he tried to recover those tapes, in the course of which he attempted to murder Veronica. The closest he came to admitting he killed Lilly was when he said:

"You know, Lilly never told me where the tapes were hidden either. I-I kinda think there's a cautionary tale in that, Veronica. Something like I'm not going to let a 17-year-old piece of ass ruin my life!"

But now the tapes are gone, and Aaron has the gall to suggest in his appeal to the public that they never existed.

Logan didn't believe him, even if there was a part of him that wanted to. Aaron reckoned a jury wouldn't either. But the more he chips away at Duncan, the better his chances, for the man is a movie star and an actor — you never know if a jury will believe him.

Question is: do you?

Mystery Summary as of 2.19 "Nevermind the Buttocks"

All summaries: 2.22 2.21 2.20 2.19 2.15 2.06

Clues for Psycho Murderer or Just Psycho?

  • 2.06 "Rat Saw God"
  • Aaron was unexpectedly transferred from County to the cell at the sheriff's department.
  • Lamb puts Logan and Aaron in a cell together with a third man. Who is the third man (as opposed to what is The Third Man, the answer being a masterpiece in the film noir genre)? Is he called Harry Lime by any chance?
  • Coincidence or design? If Lamb is at all competent, he must know the weakness of the case against Aaron regarding Lilly's murder. Has he set this up in the hopes that Aaron will confess? Aaron's not stupid. Did he recognize the set-up and play his part accordingly?
  • Does Aaron know about Duncan's epilepsy? If not, how was he able to so accurately describe Duncan in the sort of rage he experienced when he vandalized his car in 1.21 "A Trip to the Dentist"?
  • 2.10 "One Angry Veronica"
  • The Aaron/Lilly sex tapes have been destroyed by Logan. Keith believes this will help Aaron. Logan and the thief, Leo D'Amato, believe it won't, as people who have seen the tapes can give the evidence of their contents.
  • 2.15 "The Quick and the Wed"
  • Aaron again puts forward the argument that Duncan was responsible for Lilly's death, this time on television. His charge may have more weight now that Duncan is branded a kidnapper and not in a position to defend himself.
  • Aaron's lawyers have been asking for the tapes, and the prosecution's failure to present them is used to cast doubt on their existence.
  • Aaron asks Kendall Casablancas, who wants him to invest in Phoenix Land Trust, for a favor, which involves her visiting the hotel suite in which Duncan used to live and where Logan is living. What he asks is unknown.
  • Kendall visits the hotel suite. She enters Duncan's shower and appears to remove a hair from the drain.
  • 2.16 "The Rapes of Graff"
  • Someone has arranged the theft of Cliff's briefcase which contains files on cases of a drunken assault, lewd conduct, a fraud, a divorce and the murder case against Logan. Given Aaron's interest in obtaining evidence against Duncan in the Lilly Kane case, has Aaron cast his net any wider?
  • Also stolen from Cliff were keys, including the key to "their storage locker" containing everything that wasn't in the Logan Echolls files. Is this an Echolls storage locker? If so, wouldn't Aaron already have access?
  • 2.19 "Nevermind the Buttocks"
  • The questions Aaron's lawyer puts to Veronica indicate that Aaron is going to deny ever having had sex with Lilly.
  • Aaron's lawyer wants to know if Veronica is in touch with Duncan.
  • Aaron's Oscar statue has been unearthed at the Kane estate, a few feet from where Lilly was found, as a result of work by the new owners to move the pool. It has Lilly's blood and Duncan's hair on it.
  • Keith states that the Oscar is the murder weapon, it only having been assumed that it was the glass ashtray, because there seemed to be no other reason for it to have been thrown into the pool.
  • 2.20 "Look Who's Stalking"
  • According to Logan, the man who paid the hooker to steal Cliff's briefcase looks just like the man with whom Aaron was sharing a cell.
  • 2.21 "Happy Go Lucky"
  • Aaron's story at trial is that he was flattered by the attention Lilly gave him and that they fooled around but never had sex. He broke it off the day she died, but she stormed out, stealing his Oscar. He followed her to the Kane residence to retrieve it. He failed to do so as she screamed and threw an ashtray at him. Aaron left when Duncan arrived. He describes Duncan as crazed.
  • Aaron's story at trial with regard to Veronica is that she is attracted to celebrity and seeks to emulate Lilly. She found the tapes and offered them to Aaron in exchange for sex. He and Veronica drove away from the Kane party together, but she crashed the car. The nearby homeowner assisted them and they waited on the porch for a tow truck. Keith arrived and, seeing Veronica in a compromising position, attacked Aaron. Keith's attack on Aaron's lawyer in the courtroom appears to substantiate the implication that Keith is volatile when it comes to his daughter.
  • Aaron's lawyer knows of Veronica's STD diagnosis and is allowed to introduce that information to support Aaron's defense that she is promiscuous. It is not known how he has this information.
  • A newspaper reports "Test result errors rampant in SATs, effects immense."
  • The homeowner supported Aaron's story, but he has not been questioned by the prosecution and has not responded to a subpoena. He has disappeared.
  • The defense position on the tapes is that they did not show Lilly and Aaron having sex. It is claimed that Veronica manipulated one boyfriend, Leo, to give them to another boyfriend, Logan, to destroy them, thus deflecting blame from a third boyfriend, Duncan.
  • Aaron advises Logan to lie and not disclose what he saw on the tapes to protect himself against charges for destroying State's evidence.
  • Aaron's lawyer has knowledge of the incident when Veronica and Duncan broke into the Manning residence. It is not known how he has this information.
  • Aaron's lawyer has knowledge of Leo's disciplinary record. It is not known how he has this information.
  • By appearances, the rich, powerful, and corrupt Leonard Lobo is on very good terms with at least one of the members of Neptune's judiciary.
  • Logan testifies to what was on the tapes. He confirms that he has been granted immunity from prosecution for destroying State's evidence, a felony, in return for his testimony.
  • Aaron is acquitted of all charges.
  • 2.22 "Not Pictured"
  • Aaron admits to Veronica that he killed Lilly with the ashtray.
  • Aaron meets Kendall at the Grand Neptune Hotel for a night of sex and relaxation.
  • While Kendall is in the shower, Clarence Wiedman creeps up behind Aaron and executes him with two bullets into the brain.
  • Clarence acted on the instructions of Duncan, who is in Australia with his daughter.