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A Murder Mystery

snookiessnookie Posts: 359
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Lighten and Brighten
For those who have served on jury...this one is something to
> think
> about...Just when you think you have heard everything!!
>
> Do you like to read a good murder mystery?
>
> Not even Law and Order would attempt to capture this mess.
> This is an
> unbelievable twist of fate!!!!
>
> At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science,
> (AAFS)President Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience
> with the legal
> complications of a bizarre death. Here is the story:
>
> On March 23, 1994....... the medical examiner viewed the
> body of Ronald
> Opus, and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the
> head. Mr.
> Opus had jumped from the top of a ten-story building
> intending to commit
> suicide..
>
> He left a note to the effect indicating his despondency. As
> he fell
> past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun
> blast passing
> through a window, which killed him instantly.
>
> Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety
> net had
> been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect
> some building
> workers and that Ronald Opus would not have been able to
> complete his suicide
> the way he had planned.
>
> The room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast
> emanated, was occupied
> by an elderly man and his wife. They were arguing vigorously
> and he was
> threatening her with a shotgun! The man was so upset that
> when he pulled
> the trigger, he completely missed his wife, and the pellets
> went through
> the window, striking Mr. Opus.
>
> When one intends to kill subject 'A' but kills subject 'B'
> in the attempt,
> one is guilty of the murder of subject 'B.'
>
> When confronted with the murder charge, the old man and his
> wife were
> both adamant, and both said that they thought the shotgun
> was not loaded.
> The old man said it was a long-standing habit to threaten
> his wife with the
> unloaded shotgun. He had no intention to murder her.
> Therefore the killing
> of Mr. Opus appeared to be an accident; that is, assuming
> the gun had
> been accidentally loaded.
>
> The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the
> old couple's
> son loading the shotgun about six weeks prior to the fatal
> accident..
> It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son's
> financial support
> and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the
> shotgun
> threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his
> father would
> shoot his mother.
>
> Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty
> of the
> murder even though he didn't actually pull the trigger. The
> case now becomes
> one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald
> Opus.
>
> Now comes the exquisite twist... Further investigation
> revealed that the
> son was, in fact, Ronald Opus. He had become increasingly
> despondent over
> the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother's murder.
>
> This led him to jump off the ten-story building on March
> 23rd, only to be
> killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story
> window.
>
> The son, Ronald Opus, had actually murdered himself. So the
> medical examiner
> closed the case as a suicide.
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