Thread: To Tell the Truth?
05-10-2006, 04:01 PM #1Ring 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[move]"Our day WILL come!! I just hope I LIVE long enough to see it!"[/move]
05-10-2006, 04:21 PM #2Prophet 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.
05-10-2006, 04:39 PM #3Jersey 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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