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Patricia Bradley Mystery Question

This week I’m starting off with a Mystery Photo. Can you tell what this is? Leave your answer in the comment section along with the answer to the Mystery Question.

But first last week’s Mystery Question: Which answer did I make up?

It’s the year 1915 and a farmhand sits on death row for killing a farmer and his wife after stealing $200. At the trial, one of the first firearm experts to testify about ballistic identification had sworn a gun belonging to the farmhand had an abnormal scratch in the barrel, the same scratch that could be found on the bullets removed from the victims.

In addition to the expert witness testimony, the farmhand had confessed to the murder after being held at the local jail for 2 days without food or water. He was convicted and sentenced to death. What happened to overturn his conviction?

What happened to overturn his conviction?

  1. Someone else confessed to the murders.
  2. The expert was not an expert and had made up his testimony.
  3. The brother-in-law of the murderer confessed he had been forced to plant the gun in question in the farmhand’s quarters.
  4. The warden at Sing Sing where the farmhand awaited execution became convinced of his innocence and worked to get him released.

And the answer is…# 3. Can you believe an expert made up his testimony? And not in just this trial but several others.

And now for this week’s Mystery Question. I’m pulling from the archives again. It’s 1965 and a physician left his hospital, picked up his son from a nursery school near his home, then drove to a family friend’s house to pick her up for lunch. When the friend was unable to keep the luncheon appointment, he drove home to his apartment and found his wife lying on the utility floor. She had been shot repeatedly. He immediately called a neighbor, another medical doctor, who pronounced the wife dead. Which of the following statements is true of this case?
  1. The husband was arrested and convicted, but on appeal, he was released until the new trial, and he fled to Uganda where he became the personal physician to Idi Amin, the country’s dictator.
  2. When the murder weapon was identified as a Walther PPK, the doctor, a gun collector, claimed he didn’t own that type gun until evidence proved otherwise. He then changed his story and said it had been stolen.
  3. When asked why he didn’t examine his wife’s body, the doctor claimed he didn’t need to because he could tell from lividity that she was dead (Lividity=blood pooling at lowest extremities in a corpse). But the other doctor said when she examined the body, lividity had not occurred.
  4. Time of death was determined to be at 11:36 am. The doctor claimed that he was at his friend’s house at that time, but the friend said he was mistaken. She had strep throat and she had a dose of medicine due at 11:30 which she took on time. At the trial, she stated it was a good half hour after she took her medicine before the doctor arrived.

Okay, Super Sleuths, which statement did I make up? Leave your answer in the comments section to be entered in a drawing for a book from my library!