Rather, the culprit here is a variety of interlocking factors.
New research has found the culprit for those who pop awake in the middle of the night for no apparent reason.
Then, Jack Bauer, my Hero, nabs the culprit entirely on his own, just as our Founding Fathers hoped.
1670s, from Anglo-French cul prit, contraction of Culpable: prest (d'averrer nostre bille) "guilty, ready (to prove our case)," words used by prosecutor in opening a trial. It seems the abbreviation cul. prit was mistaken in English for an address to the defendant.