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Breaking Down Peter Hastings’ Story on Pretty Little Liars: Why We Don’t Buy It

On the last few episodes of Pretty Little Liars, Peter Hastings has relinquished a bunch of new information. With so many new clues, we need to break down Mr. Hastings’ story about Melissa, Alison, and a whole bunch of money.

In Season 2, Episode 20: “CTRL: A,” Peter told Spencer (Troian Bellisario) that he was not being blackmailed by Alison (Sasha Pieterse) in order to keep Jason’s (Drew Van Acker) family relations a secret, despite the fact that Ali had a stash of unexplained cash.

On last night’s episode (Season 2, Episode 22: “Father Knows Best”), Melissa’s (Torrey DeVitto) claim that Mr. Hastings seemed “relieved” as soon as Alison was reported missing prompted Spencer to be even more suspicious of her father’s involvement with Ali.

Spencer found a receipt for $15,000 in cash from right around the time Ali disappeared in her father's desk. When she confronted him about it he had a complicated explanation. He claims that Melissa confessed to him about the threatening, angry texts she was sending to Ali (this fits with Melissa’s story as well). So when Ali went missing, Mr. Hastings realized that Melissa would automatically look like a prime suspect, thanks to her harassment of Ali.

He claims that he paid a private investigator $15,000 in cash to try to find Alison or more evidence about what happened to her, which is why he had a folder filled with cut-out photos of Ali.

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We take issue with several aspects of his story. For one thing, an investigator does not need a dozen photos of someone in order to track them. Why so many? Why did some of them appear to be cut out of other photos haphazardly? And if Mr. Hastings gave these photos to an investigator, then realized that Ali was dead, why would he still be holding on to them?

Also, it seems suspiciously coincidental that Alison had a secret stash of $15,000, and Mr. Hastings paid this P.I. exactly $15,000.

Finally, why wasn’t Melissa considered a prime suspect? Just because Mr. Hastings had a P.I. doesn’t mean he could erase Melissa’s threats and texts from Ali’s phone. Don’t modern detective departments have the kind of techno experts who can find texts from lost phones anyway, based on the phone number?

We wish we believed everything Mr. Hastings, or any Hastings other than Spencer, says. Unfortunately, we have a feeling both he and Melissa are about to get caught lying.

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