Maybe it’s true you can’t libel the dead, but you still hold their lives in your hands when you choose to include them as characters, and they can still complicate the choices you face when it comes to both crafting your story and doing it ethically. Was that guy really a villain (or saint)? Would he really have said that? And why does it matter? We’ll look at some sources of research and learn a few tricks and techniques you can use in your writing so you can still tell the same story without breaking faith with the dead.