What Would You Do?

Patricia Bradley Mystery Question

A friend and I drove to nearby Tupelo, Mississippi, yesterday, and on the way, we talked about the lottery. You know, the one that’s now $541,900,000.00. (Thank you, Edward, for pointing out I didn’t have enough zeros. No one has ever asked me to balance their checkbook)

And as thoughts sometimes do, one hit me upside the head.

If I won the lottery, what would I do with it?

Oh. Wow. I mean, can you imagine suddenly having a half billion dollars drop into your bank account? I have two questions.

  1. Once you set up trusts for your family and tithed on the money, what would you do with the rest?
  2. Could half a billion dollars be too much?
Now for last week’s Mystery Question: A man’s house caught fire and he began unloading his most important belongings out a window and carried them to his car. A week later he was arrested for arson. Why?
  1. When asked if he’d bought any type of accelerant in the past month he said no, but a hardware store receipt found in a part of the house that didn’t burn showed he’d purchased a gallon can of paint thinner just days before the fire.
  2. A nine-year-old boy who lived in the neighborhood told his father he had seen the man pouring something from a can around the house and then throw a match on it. They reported it to the police.
  3. When the police checked his pacemaker, it showed no high heart rates that would indicate strenuous activity during the time in question.
  4. The fire marshal found copper clips and nails at the source of the fire and deduced that he had used a lemon, copper clips, nails, wire, and tissue paper to start a fire next to the cotton curtains.

And the answer is…#3. I wondered if it would be legal to use his pacemaker data to convict him of a crime. This is what a judge ruled this past July:

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – A judge says data from the pacemaker of a man accused of setting his Ohio house on fire in 2016 can be presented as evidence at his trial.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal News (http://bit.ly/2vawZWl ) reports the judge ruled Tuesday in Ross Compton’s case. The 59-year-old Middletown man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated arson and insurance fraud charges.

Police say Compton described packing belongings when he saw the fire, throwing them out of a window and carrying them to his car. Investigators say a cardiologist reviewed Compton’s cardiac device and concluded his medical condition made the actions he described “highly improbable.”

Ross’s attorney had argued that the data should be thrown out because searching the device violated Compton’s constitutional rights.

But the judge says the individual data is no more private than other things. By ASSOCIATED PRESS

So there you have it.

Now for this week’s Mystery Question: Below are four outrageous scenarios. Which is false.
  1. A longtime employee for a state court system accidentally butt-dialed a Post reporter – yukking it up about how he barely showed up to work while pocketing a $166,000-plus salary.
  2. A man claimed he could not walk more than 15 feet – and that he needed support to help him carry his shopping and help outside because he was likely to stumble and fall. He pocketed disability benefits until he was filmed dancing with a dance troupe.
  3. A man who claimed he needed round-the-clock care was caught donning frocks, high heels, and wigs and miming to songs by Tina Turner and Diana Ross
  4. After her husband died, a wife continued to collect his Social Security check for ten years. Her death was the only reason it was discovered.

Okay Super Sleuths, what’s the fake scenario? Leave your answer in the comments to be entered in a drawing for this month’s drawing for a copy of Justice Buried when it’s released.