Friday, May 11

Suspense & Thriller!! A real story of Sucide!!!

Do you like to read a good murder mystery? Not even Law and Order
would attempt to capture this mess. This is an unbelievable twist of
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 to the effect indicating his despondency. As he fell last 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
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)