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Manner of Death After 33 Years

11 Aug

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Recently, James Brady died. He had received a serious head wound during John Hinckley’s failed assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. That was 1981. Now, over three-decades after that event, Brady’s recent death has been deemed a homicide. At Hinckley’s hand.

His death could result in murder charges against Hinckley. After 33 years? How is that possible?

There are five manners of death: natural, accidental, suicidal, homicidal, and undetermined—-the waste basket into which deaths that can’t be confidently attributed to one of the other four categories. The Virginia ME determined that the gunshot to the head that Brady received began a cascade of medical issues that ultimately led to his death and thus he was the victim of a homicide. This might seem odd but it’s really not all that uncommon. Whether prosecutors will file charges and take on such a difficult to prove case remains to be seen.

I blogged on this very subject back on 5-5-11.

For a more detailed discussion of the cause and manner of death check out my book Howdunnit: Forensics.

 

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One response to “Manner of Death After 33 Years

  1. Peter DiChellis

    August 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Interesting, I hadn’t heard this. Something similar is coming in Michael Connelly’s new Harry Bosch novel, slated for November: Bosch catches a cold case in which the victim dies from complications ten years after a shooting. Sounds like a tough mystery to solve, with all the clues, witnesses, etc. a decade removed from the investigation.

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