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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
fate!!!! 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 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, 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 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
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
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
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).