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    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-storey 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 s! ome 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.

    In 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 m! urder of subject "B."

    When confronted with the murder charge, t he 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-storey
    building on March 23rd, only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing through
    the ninth story window. The son had actually murdered himself so the medical
    examiner closed the case as a suicide.

    (A true story from Associated Press, Reported by Kurt Westervelt)

  • #2
    ROFL that shit is funny as


    • #3
      Karma's a bitch
      Originally posted by vk6hgr
      My Hyosung couldn't do that speed if it was dropped in from orbit.


      • #4

        some ppl you just can't take anywhere
        1, Always look good
        2, Always know what you're doing
        3, In failure of step 2 refer to step one


        • #5
          HAHAHAH love it!!



          • #6
            [size=24]URBAN MYTH!!!!


            • #7
              HAHAHAH love it!!

              hahahaha SHOES!!

              that guy WAS a tool!
              I was raised on the Dairy....Bitch


              • #8
                as nice a storey as it makes, im with melkor!

                I'm the noob you all pwn!


                • #9
                  I know it is a myth but you just gotta laugh some times.