I recently murdered a guard outside Riften because he mentioned my furry ears. As a Khajit assassin, I only have a certain amount of tolerance to racist riff raff.

I slit his throat, drank his mead, then proceded to do the T-bag.

I was especially careful to make sure no one saw me, but alas, a bounty appeared on my head. I looked around and saw nothing but a horse standing there, all innocent like. I proceded to make dog food out of it, but at this point it was too late and the bounty remained.

Now this begs the question, did the horse act as a witness and somehow manage to alert Riften about my acts of justice, or did someone else see me?

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    Yes... Its because of your "wolf-like" features... hint hint
    – Coomie
    Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 11:26
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    I remember this funny quote from an interview with Todd Howard before the game released where he talked about this bug in which the chickens were reporting crimes to the guards. That was fixed, but it would be funny if this was another similar bug left over...
    – OrioN
    Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 17:59
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    @OrioN Mudcrabs report crimes. Not even joking. Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 19:42
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    In the yogscast playthrough, in one of the early videos they get a bounty for killing a chicken that was immediately removed as it was the only witness to its own death. (brain bender I know)
    – Ken
    Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 20:06
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    @KortPleco I wish the game was realistic enough that the witness had to make it to a guard or within earshot of one before a crime could be reported. That would make this a lot more interesting, could also add in the possibility of corrupt citizens accepting a bribe and you not losing all your stolen gear. Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 20:37

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This has happened to me on more than a couple of occasions.

For this answer I decided to test this. I rode up to Riften, hopped off my horse, crouched down saved and shot a guard. And I got a bounty. So I loaded, shot my horse and then shot the guard and did not get a bounty.

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    And then you accidently saved. Right?
    – GmNoob
    Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 19:37
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    @GmNoob Of Course... accidentally... Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 19:43
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    If only I could upvote that last sentence more times. Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 8:41

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