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#1 mjodrey OFFLINE  

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Posted February 13, 2011 - 10:23 AM

Do you like to read a good murder mystery? Not even CSI or 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 of murdering 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.

This is a true story from Associated Press.
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Posted February 13, 2011 - 10:32 AM

What are the chances of that happening? Thanks for the story.

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Posted February 13, 2011 - 10:39 AM

That would make for an awesome episode of CSI. It is amazing how some things have a way of working out on their own LOL

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Posted February 13, 2011 - 11:00 AM

That is an amazing story.

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Posted February 13, 2011 - 11:14 AM

That's quite a story. Like you said, Maynard... a twist of fate!

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Posted February 13, 2011 - 11:53 AM

I can attest, TRUTH is stranger than fiction. Thanks Maynard.

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Posted February 13, 2011 - 01:26 PM

I have been doing further study on this,I now find out that it may actually not be true,despite what it said.

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Posted February 13, 2011 - 02:30 PM

Still, it's a good one to try to wrap your head around.

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Posted February 13, 2011 - 05:24 PM

Yes it certainly is.

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Posted February 13, 2011 - 09:20 PM

If ronald opus had lived then he would have been guilty of attempted murder . The person pulling the trigger is still guilty of reckless endangerment. Not a lawyer. My youngest brother was beaten to death. Some intelligent soul had the good sense not to loan the gun.

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Posted February 14, 2011 - 07:13 AM

Mjodrey , I did find this this post useful. Our own lives need purpose even if others piss it away. Happy Valentines Day!!!

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Posted February 14, 2011 - 04:44 PM

Aw I cant pass this up. If a red-green tractor ever became the object of an inheritance dispute the judge would have a few options. There might be enough parts left over to hand out as door prizes at reading of settlement decree. :rofl: :rofl: :bigrofl:

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Posted February 19, 2011 - 07:40 PM

Sorry for the outburst. The young " not a lady" instigator was a real ingrate. No justification was given nor non alleged. Many years have gone by since. The original post was truly Rod Serling quality material. Life since is a whole lot more complicated..




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