Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Perfect Murder?

Chanda Turner
I've been a fan of detective novels since I was a kid. From Encyclopedia Brown to P.D. James, there is nothing better than a good crime read, and the "perfect murder" is the bread and butter of the genre.


In most crime fiction, no bad deed goes unpunished. Even the most carefully planned murder always goes awry once the Columbo like character arrives on the scene. However, the perfect murder may be easier to commit than you think. Forget about destroying the evidence or planning the deed to the smallest detail. One sure way to commit the perfect murder is to rely on good old-fashioned police and medical examiner incompetence. 


Take the case of Chanda Turner. This may be an example of the perfect murder. I heard about Ms. Turner on National Public Radio. In July 2000, Ms. Turner was found dead with a gunshot wound to her chest at the house she shared with her boyfriend. When the police arrived, the boyfriend told them that he found Chanda slumped over the back steps, a suicide victim. Despite evidence that some kind of struggle had occurred in the house, the police and medical examiner believed the boyfriend's story and no autopsy was performed! Case closed. The perfect murder?


Well, Ms. Turner's parents didn't believe the story. So they took matters into their own hands. After 10 years of hard work, without the help of any governmental agency, the Turner's were finally able to have Chanda's body exhumed and an autopsy performed. The result: Chanda died as a result of homicide. Big surprise. I won't go into the details since this story is far from over. It's best you listen yourself.

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