Pretty Little Liars Deaths: Rosewood’s Dearly Departed
For an ABC Family show about four teenagers in small town Pennsylvania, Pretty Little Liarssure does have a high body count. What started with one murder (Alison’s) has grown into many, many more — so many, in fact, it can be hard to keep track. But we’re here to help you out! Here’s a handy little murder guide to who has been whacked so far in Rosewood.
Who: The Liars’ emotionally manipulative BFF, Alison was murdered prior to the show’s start, forcing a year-long estrangement between Spencer, Emily, Hanna, and Aria. We were hesitant to put Ali on here because, according to Mrs. Grunwald, Ali isn’t really dead. But, until we see Ali alive and kicking, we’re still counting her amongst the deceased. After all, the police have now found and identified her body not once, but twice.
How: Ali was found with a blow to the head (allegedly a shovel), but died from suffocation as evidenced by the dirt in her lungs.
Why: Motive unknown.
When: Ali disappeared one year before the events of the pilot, but her body was discovered (the first time) in the pilot episode, buried behind the DiLaurentis house.
Who: Aforementioned stalker-boyfriend of Maya, Lyndon moved to town shortly after Maya’s death posing as her cousin, Nate St. Germain. Emily grows closer to him because of what she sees as shared misery over Maya’s death.
How: In the Season 3 finale, Lyndon kidnaps Paige and plans to kill her in front of Emily. Emily manages to escape and lead Lyndon up a nearby lighthouse where she stabs him.
Who: Detective Wilden was the douchebag detective who had been investigating Ali’s murder since the PLL pilot. He also regularly harassed the Liars (once as The Queen of Hearts), and was somehow allied with Melissa, Jenna, and Shana. Melissa claims the girls were afraid of him.
How: Wilden was shot by the Rosewood lake and later found in or near his police cruiser