Clearly in that campaign, they never heard of freedom of speech.
Freedom of speech? What a quaint little concept. I wonder what backwater Shadow came up with an idea like that.
(Clearly in Jamaica, police can see invisible spells being cast.)
Ironically enough, I probably would be inclined to say that Jamaican cops would
be more likely to believe that someone threatening you followed almost immediately by your partner having a heart attack could be something supernatural at work. Granted, it's not Haiti where the stereotype is of a Voodoo priest on every corner, but it's probably not quite as calcified in its thinking concerning the possibility of the occult.
I can buy "I want to rule the family through fear," but if they want that then they need a stronger stance, I think.
The worst part is, if you're growing up in a family of sociopaths, and your stance is basically constantly threatening to kill anyone who crosses you, you're eventually going to piss off enough people that they're going to start plotting with each other to remove you. So in that sense, you're not really securing your power-base as much as you're destabilizing it.
It's like, even if someone like Benedict, master warrior and unstoppable killing machine, decided to deliberately intimidate the crap out of everyone, there'd eventually come a time when someone like Caine or Corwin would drop a net on his head, have Fiona use magic to put him to sleep, and then have Gérard bludgeon him to death with a tree. Or something.
He's actually much more effective being crazy efficient, yet being incredibly understated about the fact that he could kill every one of his siblings if he wanted to. Benedict doesn't threaten. He simply exists
Amberites might like vague, veiled threats, but openly coming out and saying "I'm totally going to kill you" isn't just incredibly gauche, it's also strategically flawed.
I wonder how many people fit into an average Amberite's Monkeysphere...
On average? Just about one, probably.