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    FedjeViking is offline Ring of Fame
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    To Tell the Truth?

    This is cool...but be sure to read the stuff in the link provided at the bottom.
    And you wonder how stories get started? It's a wierd world,
    but you have to watch what you read (or believe). :lol:

    For you scientists & CSI fans:

    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
    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.

    "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, 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, 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)

    It's not true, read....Snopes Report
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    Prophet Guest

    Re: To Tell the Truth?

    I believe none of what I hear and half of what I see. I just can't decide which half of what I see that I believe. The logical conclusion is that I believe nothing of what I see and hear. Maybe I can rely on smell.

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    Ltrey33 is offline Jersey Retired
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    Re: To Tell the Truth?

    Man, you can get people to believe ANYTHING on the internet.

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