When true crime and news producers seek to obfuscate the identity of an individual, they often resort to generic placeholders such as “a local woman we’ll call ‘Becky.'” However, I believe that this is a missed opportunity for creativity and engagement. Rather than relying on uninspired pseudonyms, TV producers could create more vivid characters. For example, instead of “Bill was having an affair with a local cashier we’ll call ‘Elusive Goblin'”. Let’s mix it up!