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Very bizarre death......

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mudhog, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Very bizarre death......

    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 complicationsof a bizarre
    death. Here is the story:

    On March 23, 1994 the medical examiner viewed the body
    of Ronald Opus and concluded that he had 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
    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.

    "Ordinarily," Dr Mills continued, "Someone who sets
    out to commit suicide and ultimately succeeds, even
    though the mechanism might not be what he intended, is
    still defined as committing suicide." That Mr. Opus
    was shot on the way to certain death, but probably
    would not have been successful because of the safety
    net, caused the medical examiner to feel that he had a
    homicide on his hands.

    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 had actually murdered himself ...... so the
    medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.

    A true story from Associated Press, Reported by Kurt
    Westervelt
     
  2. sled_dog

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    that is beyond insane and would make a good law and order episode though wouldn't be much in the trial department.
     
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  4. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif dang. good story. true or not. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  6. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    better go rent the movie Magnolia Shannon....It's got all of em in there.... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  7. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    meh, snopes is full of crap. chit, they say there are no 'gators in the NYC sewer system!!!!

    j
     
  8. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    i didn't say it was true just thought it was a good story there are way to many coincidences for it to be true /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Ture or not, it was a good read /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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