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All the articles were all about murder cases. Well, except (for) one: an article about ...

Do I need the "for"? Why or why not?

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Both are correct, you can search except in Longman Dictionary.

Another reference:

OALD's entry:

except: (also except for) used before you mention the only thing or person about which a statement is not true

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