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Thread: A Good Murder Mystery

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    A Good Murder Mystery

    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 10-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 6 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 for 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 10 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.





    A true story from Associated Press.
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    They always say, "Life is stranger than fiction." I guess this is one of those occasions.

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    funny, but not true.
    Dr. Don Harper Mills did tell the story to illustrate a point. He didnt think anyone would quote him and believe it.
    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/opus.asp
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    On the internet, we will believe ANYTHING!!!!!

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    What is it that the child said to his father: "If it is on the internet, it is true."
    Almost anything is believable these days.
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    i believe. that was some story .

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    i just don't know what to think!
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    Ditter......... I do believe that this one is going to be hard to top !!!!

    thanks for all your stories...I do enjoy them as do the friends to whom I send them.

    thanks again

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    One wonders if mum and dad read the letter first...

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    interesting for sure ... well some people can spin a yarn for sure ! LOL
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    I love stuff like this that are true!!
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    still a cool twist of mystery, true or not.......

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    It's still a good story!!!

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    Interesting story.

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    I just love the things you share with us. I can tell by your photo that you are mischievous, quick-witted and lively. You just have that look. And your sense of humor is wonderful. I'm so glad you're among us and giving us such unique and enjoyable items...Thank you most sincerely
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    Quote Originally Posted by llong0233 View Post
    I just love the things you share with us. I can tell by your photo that you are mischievous, quick-witted and lively. You just have that look. And your sense of humor is wonderful. I'm so glad you're among us and giving us such unique and enjoyable items...Thank you most sincerely
    Ditto for me. So what if its not true, its a great thought provoking story!! Any way from what I've read Snopes isn't always the truth bearer!!!
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    Wow, It was his time wasn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjsylvstr View Post
    Ditter......... I do believe that this one is going to be hard to top !!!!

    thanks for all your stories...I do enjoy them as do the friends to whom I send them.

    thanks again
    Same for me. I just wish I could figure out how to email them to others. margee

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    there is a pretty clever story!

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