How do you commit the perfect crime? So many offences have come dangerously close to being perfect, it is frightening. Actually, there are many unsolved crimes that by virtue of the fact that the perpetrator has not been apprehended, it was a perfect crime. But let’s talk about the perfect crime, the perfect murder. How does someone commit a murder that no one knows about? Would it have to appear to be an accident? Accidents happen all the time. To garner the most out of committing such a crime, it would be important that there be a suspicion of murder but no proof, no witnesses, no accomplices. Nothing to tie the murder to the murderer.
– A woman shoots an intruder (husband, oops
– Normal teetotaler develops drinking problem (has witnesses) due to stress – wife problems. Accidentally runs down and kills co-worker while intoxicated, who just happens to be sleeping with wife. Accused didn’t know? Swears off drink.
Are these perfect crimes? No. The accused may get off but they still go to court. It is still known that they did the crime; they are just able to prove extenuating circumstances.
The perfect crime would perplex the investigator. No cause of death would be found perhaps, but the victim would be dead.
– frighten someone with a weak heart to death
– Tricking the victim into eating something they are allergic to – peanuts
Killing a stranger would be too easy. It would have to be someone you know. Someone whose death would allow you to benefit in some way. So, our character list includes, a victim who has something to offer. Revenge is not a good enough motive because it is not profitable. If you are going to seek revenge you want the victim alive and aware of what you have done, legally. They must have no recourse. Destroying someone is so much more satisfying than murder. So, to commit a murder there must be a profit. Something to make it worthwhile. Working on the premise you have a victim in mind, you need a method. Motive lies with the victim. You can’t choose a victim without a reason hence the motive.
– Poison – traceable
– Blunt instrument – messy
– gun/knife – messy
– Electrocution – requires some rudimentary understanding of electricity
Then you need an investigator who is not easily fooled. It is so much more satisfying to have a worthy adversary. And of course, we must not forget the murderer. There must be no witnesses or chance of witnesses, no accomplices, no one to become a loose end. No dates waiting to be picked up, no one who swears the victim had a pattern and would never deviate from it. Now it starts to get interesting.
Let us choose a hypothetical victim say, an elderly uncle who is very wealthy. As the only living relative you would stand to inherit the works. So, it becomes profitable. Unless the uncle really dislikes you and plans to leave everything to an animal shelter. No. You have always had a relatively good relationship with the uncle. Perhaps not close, but you do believe you are in his Will. Do you take the risk that you are not? No. we will work on the assumption that you are in the Will. He has even mentioned it once or twice.
Ok. Now we have a victim and a motive. A profitable one. But you are not destitute. You are not in a position of great need. Too great a need places too many stresses on the enterprise and will lead to mistakes. One mistake could be one too many. No, you are preparing for the future. Besides, it could make an arresting challenge. Pun intended. A little humour helps to ease the stress. After all this is a very serious subject. Preparing for one’s future should never be taken lightly.
Are there stairs in your uncle’s home? A loose tread could cause a fatal fall. If you set it up in advance, you probably would be far away from the accident. Of course, there is no challenge in an accident. No. It must appear to be murder by someone unknown. A burglar? Too clichéd. A disgruntled ex-employee? Possible. But no-one should be named. That entails someone else becoming involved. Too dangerous. Too many players. How about a single shot from a distance, late at night? Very possible. Can you shoot a gun? You would be a suspect. And it is so messy. Would you want to live in a house with a blood stain on the rug? Of course, you would be rich enough to replace the rug.
When the investigators approach you, and they will, you are a relative, you must be shocked. Watch your reactions, these people are trained observers. Don’t weep too much and certainly do not beat your chest, or pull your hair out. Acknowledge the situation, tear up, choke up a little, not too much, and definitely sit down. Shake your head slightly. It would help to practice this scene, but never with an audience. It should not appear to be studied.
Of course, you still have to work out how you plan to execute this deed. Planning is everything. Just be sure not to write anything down. A written record really would be dumb. Take your time and plan, plan, plan.
Oh, and one more thing. While you were trying to work out the Most Efficient Means of dispatching your uncle, he succumbed to a massive heart-attack. His funeral is next Thursday and the animal shelter wishes to acknowledge your uncle’s incredible generosity by giving you a puppy. The licensing fee is $15.00. Payable by cash or credit card. Have a nice day.