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Maybe this is an urban legend- but if so, very imaginative!!
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 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.
"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 the 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, (Reported by Kurt Westervelt)*
wow thats amazing well done Bingalau,would be nice to see a link supporting this is true..?
... not true
charmingman. No idea if it's true or not, It was sent to me in an e-mail and I stuck it in my drafts folder to read again later, then forgot about it until just now. I liked it and thought others would too. Someone on here will no doubt let us know though. This site is like a fountain of knowledge. Everybody seems to know a little about something and all the little bits add up to a big (Thingy??????)
PurplePenny. How could you go and spoil a good story like that so soon? Funnily enough I've got that site in my favourites and never thought of checking up on it.
and as Penny says, there's not a word of truth in it.
Shame that. They do say fact is stranger than fiction, just not in this case.
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