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  1. Freet

    Freet IncGamers Member

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    Interesting e-mail

    I got this e-mail today and thought it interesting enough to share.

    Enjoy :)

    At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science,
    Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the
    legal complications of a very bizarre death.

    Here is the unbelievable twist of fate that he shared:

    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 had left a note to that effect, stating his
    despondency. As he fell past the ninth floor, his
    fall was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing
    through a window. He was killed 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."
    The fact 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,
    but 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 of his
    to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun. He
    had no intention of murdering her.

    Therefore, the killing of Mr. Opus appeared to be
    an accident; that is, assuming the gun had been
    loaded accidentally.

    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 turned out 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 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. zelfmoordis

    zelfmoordis IncGamers Member

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    Welcome to the twiligt zone..

    On a side note: I don't believe it's true :drool:

    :wave:
     
  3. Freemason

    Freemason Banned

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    You sicken me, getting better e-mail than I get. :lol:

    Just goes to show you that when it's your time to die, it doesn't matter how much you fight it, you WILL die.
     
  4. Yavanna

    Yavanna IncGamers Member

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    I've heard this before. Also heard it was an urban legend.
     
  5. Nastie_Bowie

    Nastie_Bowie Banned

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    Touche, Dummie!

    :lol:

    Good one, Freet.
     
  6. snowieken

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    Whatever, I think he should still be charged with attempted murder, because...

    Oh. Wait.

    Never mind.
     
  7. AeroJonesy

    AeroJonesy IncGamers Member

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    I've heard that one before as well, but it was a long time ago and I couldn't quite remember the story. True or not, it sure gives you something to think about! :)
     
  8. Freemason

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    You can check it out. There are a couple of sites that know whether or not these tales are true.
     
  9. th5418

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    Hahaha, ZING! Things never come out as expected.
     
  10. AeroJonesy

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  11. TheAmoeba

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    hehe,
    The scene described in the email was the first scene (well, at the beginning of) the movie Magnolia. What a great movie...
    The Amoeba
     
  12. {KOW}Spazed

    {KOW}Spazed Banned

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    This was posted WAAAAYYY back when Rplusplus, BAWW, and PF were still here and posting regularly. IIRC it was made up by a law teacher to explain something to his class.



    EDIT: Damn my sister calling me down for a non-existant dinner!

    {KOW}Spazed
     
  13. DurfBarian

    DurfBarian IncGamers Member

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    Yes, Ronald Opus was his own grandpa.
     
  14. Starfishied

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    Very interesting. Sounds too good to be true with the coincidences.
     

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