Is there ever a good explanation as to why Cobb’s innocence can’t be explained by the actual evidence???
Okay let’s start off with the fact that surely a hotel like this has cctv in (if not the hallways) the main lobby, reception desk, elevators etc... Therefore, Mal and Dom would be seen arriving at different times. Mal earlier to stage the scene and then Cobb with his flowers. Which in itself does not show much but there it makes the time frame completely implausible. The man arrives looking perfectly happy, with a gift for his wife on their anniversary. Within two minutes of Cobb entering the room, Mal jumps off.
Now this is nowhere enough time for them to have this massive fight that completely destroys the hotel room and for him to forcibly push her out of a window. Also seeing as he was completely content coming into the hotel this extremely abrupt change of mood seems dubious.
I mean like this is the scene:
You’re really trying to tell me they got into an argument, it then got heated enough that they threw down chairs, lamps, opened draws, messed up plants, knocked over some shelves and smashed champagne flutes within this time frame?? Absolutely not.
Secondly, witnesses. When Cobb arrives we see a maid pass him just as he is about to enter the room.
Surely the staff would be interviewed and this maid in particular would be able to confirm the time he entered his room, especially in relation with when Mal jumped (assuming they could fix a pretty accurate time from Cobb/other witnesses). Perhaps she may even be able to say she didn’t hear a fight but heard Cobb screaming/pleading with his wife pretty much a minute after he enters the room.
Furthermore, this is a hotel. There are adjoining rooms on either side. Perhaps they could confirm that the sounds of crashing and banging whilst Mal was doing her thing was before Cobb returned to the hotel and was completely unaccompanied by any shouting/arguing (or perhaps just Mal’s voice). They could also presumably hear Cobb shouting to Mal.
Let’s take a quick look at that dialogue. I’m going to try to ignore the first parts where they use a more conversational type tone which may not be very well heard by anyone nearby. But here are some notable things that Cobb says a bit more loudly.
*Slightly louder, sterner tone* Now just step back inside. Come on. Step back inside.
*Shouting* Mal, goddamnit don’t do this!
James and Phillipa are waiting for us! They’re waiting for us!
Mal listen to me, sweetheart!
Look at me! Mal! No! Jesus Christ!
Which sounds a lot more like someone trying to convince someone not to jump rather than someone pushing someone off a ledge. Due to the fact they’re having this conversation across two buildings, shouting into the open air on what seems to be a relatively quiet night, it seems incredibly likely to me that someone, either in the neighbouring rooms or on the street below, would have heard and been able to distinguish some of it or even just the general tone.
Additionally, as we can see off to the left there are lots of what appears to be apartments(?), many with lights on. Perhaps they might have heard/seen something as the couple communicated loud enough to be heard across the gap between the two buildings.
Thus leading me to perhaps the most frustrating point of all; the fact that Mal jumped from another goddamn building. Her fingerprints would be in the room, on the ledge, etc. Also how did she even get into this room? Did she book it under an alias? Did she break in? Did she ask one of her many psychiatrist friends to book it for her? Even if she managed to sneak past cctv and not been seen leaving/entering the building we definitely have that her fingerprints place her there. However, surely there would be footage to go alongside that and forgoing that, witnesses. She’s a strikingly beautiful woman in a dress and heels, I find it hard to believe no one would have noticed her.
-No defensive wounds (unless she did harm herself but there’s no visible on her face and arms).
-Dom shows no signs of being in a fight, he looks completely unrumpled in his neat suit. His fingerprints are not all over where they had the supposed fight.
-No fibres from Dom’s clothes under her fingernails, you would presume if someone tried to throw you out a window you would try to grab onto them.
-From how the body is positioned you can tell how it fell (I’m thinking of the many dummies thrown off the building in Dexter). Surely, this would show she 1) jumped from the other ledge and 2) fell out forward in a very certain way which would be conducive with jumping.
-Surely crime scene investigators would be able to confirm it at least plausible that the scene was staged. I personally can’t make any sense of the supposed narrative. How did those three chairs get knocked over??
-WHAT SANE PERSON GETS THEMSELVES DECLARED SANE BY THREE SEPERATE PSYCHIATRISTS??? not suspicious at all, no, nothing to see here.
-If I wanted to set up my husband for my murder, I too would tell my lawyer I fear for my life and he has threated to kill me. At this point this makes it seem comically like a set up.
-Also the fact that Cobb’s statement would be completely backed up by all the evidence.
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