In 1996, a powerful storm tore through a Canadian drive-in theatre, destroying a screen. Some witnesses recall it was during a screening of 'Twister,' which includes a scene where a drive-in is destroyed by a twister. The short documentary "Twisted' looks at how memories can be distorted over time. Read the rest
The story of Ronald Opus started out life as a hypothetical problem raised in a dinner speech at a meeting the American Academy of Forensic Sciences by its then-president President Don Harper Mills. However, the (amazing) resurfaced on the Internet seven years later as an urban legend, and became a particularly virulent example of the form. The Ronald Opus story is now a feature in some law-schools, in which students are asked to evaluate the culpability of the various parties. Below is the whole story, collected by Snopes from a 1996 email (split for length). I'd love to see your thoughts on liability and culpability in the comments.
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For those of you who were unable to attend the awards dinner during the annual [American Academy of Forensic Sciences] meeting in San Diego, you missed a tall tale on complex forensics presented by AAFS President Don Harper Mills in his opening remarks. The following is a recount of Dr. Mills' story:
On March 23 the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died from a gunshot wound of the head caused by a shotgun. Investigation to that point had revealed that the decedent had jumped from the top of a ten story building with the intent to commit suicide. (He left a note indicating his despondency.) As he passed the 9th floor on the way down, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast through a window, killing him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the decedent was aware that a safety net had been erected at the 8th floor level to protect some window washers, and that the decedent would not have been able to complete his intent to commit suicide because of this.