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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 story building intending to commit suicide. He left a note to that 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 descender was aware that a safety net had been installed just below at 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, "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." 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, whence 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. They both said they thought the shotgun was unloaded. Thed
old man said it was his 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, 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. 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.
This one needs an introduction, so you won't be lost at the beginning. This man was in an accident at work, so he filled
out an insurance claim. The insurance company contacted him and asked for more information. This was his response:
"I am writing in response to your request for additional information, for block number 3 of the accident reporting form.
I put 'poor planning' as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully and I trust the
following detail will be sufficient. I am an amateur radio operator and on the day of the accident, I was working alone on
the top section of my new 80-foot tower. When I had completed my work, I discovered that I had, over the course of several
trips up the tower, brought up about 300 pounds of tools and spare hardware. Rather than carry the now unneeded tools and
material down by hand, I decided to lower the items down in a small barrel by using the pulley attached to the gin pole at
the top of the tower. Securing the rope at ground level, I went to the top of the tower and loaded the tools and material
into the barrel. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow decent of the 300
pounds of tools."
"You will note in block number 11 of the accident reporting form that I weigh only 155 pounds. Due to my surprise of being
jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded
at a rather rapid rate of speed up the side of the tower. In the vicinity of the 40-foot level, I met the barrel coming down.
This explains my fractured skull and broken collarbone. Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until
the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately, by this time, I had regained my presence
of mind and was able to hold onto the rope in spite of my pain. At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of tools
hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel."
"Devoid of the weight of the tools, the barrel now weighed approximately 20 pounds. I refer you again to my weight in block
number 11. As you might imagine, I began a rapid descent down the side of the tower. In the vicinity of the 40-foot level,
I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, and the lacerations of my legs and lower body. The
encounter with the barrel slowed me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell onto the pile of tools and, fortunately, only
three vertebrae were cracked. I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay there on the tools, in pain, unable to stand and
watching the empty barrel 80 feet above me, I again lost my presence of mind. I let go of the rope..."
Ever wonder about how exorcisms work or why the Catholics are the leading experts on the subject? well we
can't tell you for sure why it's the Catholics that are the experts on the subject, but me and Kelli have found a couple of
excellent links on how it's done. In the first link (the links will be provided below if your interested in peeking
at them for yourself) I found the sound effects alone would be quite effective for driving anything out of an environment
of any sort but nonetheless it was an interesting source of information. The second link, was done by some students,
as it explains on the page but it explain in a well put together manner the excercise of performing an exorcism. Please
though if you are considering an exorcism, take every precautiion of safety provided in the rules and related explanations.
Exorcisms are not to be taken lightly, the act is to be taken very seriously.. And if you or someone you know is in need of
an exorcism, consult your local church first and they will be able to assist you in the proper fashion.
Want to share and discuss your opinions as to why the Catholics are the leading experts on exorcism related matters?
We would love to hear what you have to say on the subject.
(Other exorcism and demonology related links will be posted in our related links page. )
Exorcism information link 1
Exorcism information link 2