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    At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, Annual Awards
    Forensic Science 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.
    Mr. Opus left a note to this effect, indicating his despondency.

    As he fell past the ninth floor, Mr. Opus' life was interrupted by a shotgun
    blast passing through a window. The blast 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 Mr. Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way
    he had planned.

    "Ordinarily," Dr. Mills continued, "A person, 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." However, 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 had been arguing vigorously and the
    old man was threatening his wife 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."

    The old man and his wife were both adamant in saying that they thought the
    shotgun was unloaded. The old man said it was a long-standing habit 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, if the gun really had been accidentally loaded.

    The continuing investigation turned up a witness who had seen 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. 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 at some time on the near future. Since the loader of the
    gun was aware of this, he (the son) therefore could be deemed guilty of the
    murder even though he didn't actually pull the trigger.

    The case now became one of murder on the part of the son for the death of
    Mr. Ronald Opus.

    However, further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald
    Opus. Ronald had become increasingly despondent over the apparent 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)
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    Always entertaining - HOWEVER . . .

    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/opus.htm

    and

    http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/r/ronaldopus.htm

    or do a Google search at

    http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...&q=Ronald+Opus

    This has roamed the internet since 1994 when Dr. Mills told the story in an attempt at humor. He made the whole thing up.

    (Sorry, I had to be a party pooper. Things are a little slow at work today.)

    Still a fun read though.

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    I thought that was familiar....
    When I used to be somebody (I'm center top)

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    The story gets much more complicated than that! Here's the rest of what you need to know about the case.


    Many, many years ago
    When Ronald Opus was twenty three
    He got married to a widow
    Pretty as could be.

    This widow had a grown up daughter
    With flowing hair of red,
    The old man fell in love with her
    And soon the two were wed.

    This made the old man Ronald's son in law
    And changed his very life.
    Now his daughter was his mother,
    For she was his father's wife.



    To complicate the matters worse
    Although it brought him joy,
    He soon became the father
    Of a bouncing baby boy.



    His little baby then became
    A brother-in-law to the old man,
    And so became Ronald's uncle,
    Though it made his very sad.

    For if he was his uncle,
    Then that also made him brother
    To the widow's grown up daughter,
    Who of course was his step-mother.

    Father's wife then had a son
    Who kept them on the run,
    And he became Ronald's grandson
    For he was his daughter's son.



    Ron's wife is now his mother's mother
    And it makes him blue.
    Because although she is his wife,
    She's now his grandma too.

    If his wife is his grandmother,
    Then he is her grandchild.
    And every time he thinks of it
    It simply drives him wild.

    For now he has become
    The strangest case you ever saw,
    As the husband of his grandmother,
    He is his own grandpa!

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    Sounds like some of our Kentucky families.
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    I'm soooooo confused!!

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    I think the old man is guilty of a double homicide, because he killed both his son and father!

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    Anytime there is the following line in an email: "this is a true story" you should automatically go to www.snopes.com and get the real-deal on what happened.

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    I'm sorry, I find it hard to believe that anybody could read this story and for one second believe it is true. All of the circumstances as described could never happen in a million years.

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    I agree Sheriff, but didn't say I believed it. Too darned old to start believing anything I read, and half of what I see. Just thought it was a funny thing to post to get reactions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum440
    I agree Sheriff, but didn't say I believed it. Too darned old to start believing anything I read, and half of what I see. Just thought it was a funny thing to post to get reactions.
    Ohh, I know. I didn't for one second think you believed it.

 

 

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