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Case #192837465 Suicide or Murder
It has been brought to my attention that my precinct was picked to save a big case, that had about 9 or 10 deaths that was involved around one person. My boss came to me and ask me to pick anyone to help solve these cases. So I assigned each person with a case and the case that I chose, was the one about the death of Ophelia, which was said that she drowned. I need to prove and make sure that she did drowned and also were there any witnesses at the scene that could have help stop her from drowning. There was probably not much evidence because she died in the lake and if there was any kind of fingerprints or anything on her it was washed away. In the file it said that she fell off a tree branch into the water. I need to find out like if someone tried shaking the tree to make her fall or was she pushed into the water. But another thing that I need to find out is where there people around the lake that could have tried to do something to save her or even get someone to go help. First I need to find out that if she did kill herself, what was the reason for her to kill herself, like was she having problems with family, life struggles, or even man problems. From what I see that she could be mad about the death of her father or even about the situation with her and Hamlet. Ophelia had been going through a lot lately, starting with Hamlet changing and acting crazy and probably was upset with Hamlet hitting and pushing her around. I looked into finding anyone that knew here, that is still around to find out more about her and what is going on in her life that would have made her want to kill herself. In the case file it states that the investigator that looked into her death at the time said that there was no witnesses to be found at the scene or anyone that would come clean about seeing her kill herself. I went to find the person that had this case to find out what he can tell me about the death of Ophelia. He said that they really did not go deep into this case, they declared it as a suicide and closed it. They did find the branch that she fell off. I used the branch as part of my evidence. What I looked for on it was to see if there were any signs of it being cut or did it just snap and fall. There was no signs of it beings cut and this was probably my only evidence I would be able to find and use. But Since there was no witnesses I had to put everything together for the reasoning that might kill herself. I found she was going through a lot at the time first it started off with the death of her father. Her father was a very close person to her in her life. Also when she found out that Hamlet which could possible be her true love was being sent of to England and the thought that she might not never see him again. She possibly felt that she had no one left in her life and that her life could possibly means nothing anymore. From what it looks like that Ophelia just need to breathe and went into a tree and fell in the lake. When she fell in the lake she just decided that there was no reason for her to try to save herself and died.
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Tags: death , Hamlet , love , Ophelia
Tragedien af det danske Kongerige
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March 6, 2014

I’ve been debating with myself for a while as to whether or not I’m gonna include the bloody end of the Danish kingdom in my museum. I usually like to put things in here that are somewhat unknown, but lately I’m thinking that this could be too good of an opportunity to pass up. I’ve been reading in the news that the Danes believe that keeping the ill-fated sword and cup in their possession is what keeps all the ghosts haunting their castle, so they’re going to auction them off. I’ve had a friend offer to help me bid on them, and it could be a major exhibit to further put my museum out there for everyone to experience. I’m just gonna have to look into other artifacts that I could use in addition to the sword and the cup. The main story of this event that happened goes like this:

            “The King of Denmark has been murdered, and his ghost haunts the castle still. His wife married her brother in law after her husband was killed. The poor prince, Hamlet, is slowly being driven insane. Perhaps it’s because of grief, maybe there’s different reasons; it’s unclear exactly what the cause is. There was a play performed, which is still performed to this day, and it was greatly upsetting to the King, and it seems to have been a breaking point as all the murders happen soon thereafter. Hamlet soon kills Polonius, a councillor to the King. Hamlet’s lover, Ophelia, was Polonius’s daughter. Driven mad by the fact that her lover killed her father, she commits suicide. By this point, the King has devised a plan to kill Hamlet. Hamlet and Laertes, Ophelia’s brother, will compete in a fencing match, in which Laertes will have a sharp sword edged in poison. If that doesn’t work, the King will have a glass of poisoned wine that he will offer Hamlet a drink from. During the match, Hamlet was cut by Laertes with the poisoned sword. Hamlet got the sword from him and cut him with it as well. During this, the Queen had taken a drink of the poisoned wine, and she then dies. Laertes ends up confessing to the whole ordeal, and Hamlet is infuriated. He stabs the king and then forces him to drink of the poison as well. The king then dies. By this point, the poison has worked its way through Laertes, and he dies from it as well. Hamlet knows he is about to die, and so he tells his friend Horatio (who was a witness to all these events and is the main source of knowledge about the whole story) to live and let everyone know what happened. Hamlet finally dies. The kingdom is shattered, so Norway sweeps in for an easy victory.”

It’s a little bit confusing to keep up with everything, so I’ll probably just highlight the event around whatever artifacts I manage to obtain.

March 10, 2014

Well, my friend and I went to the auction yesterday for the sword and the cup. There was a major competitor for us, and it got a little expensive, but we finally won! A battle well fought. Although I might have to up security as well… but I digress. It’s worth it. Now I need to obtain more pieces to help fill out the exhibit. I’ll have to think about what else I’d like to feature.

March 13, 2014

I found a painting of Queen Gertrude’s remarriage to her brother-in-law, the new king, Claudius. It was a portrait they commissioned of them together standing at the altar.It was at another museum I had gone to for a conference. I might try to buy it off of them, or I might just see if they’ll lend it out for awhile. It wasn’t on display, just sitting in the archives, so maybe they’ll be more inclined to get rid of it. At this other museum, they brought an interesting fact to my attention. They had a wall full of news articles about the Holocaust instead of pictures and artifacts. I think this might be a good idea to show all of the other happenings to see how they were covered in that time period. After all, there were no artifacts to be had from King Hamlet or Polonius’ death. Also, I’ve read articles about Hamlet and Ophelia’s insanity during my studies of this historic event. And what better way to show Fortinbras’ threats and eventual capture of the kingdom? I think it could be a very interesting way to present this information.

March 15, 2014

I’ve killed two birds with one stone. Well, maybe not one stone, but at the same time. As I was finding all of my news articles, I received a call from the museum I had visited telling me that they’d gladly lend me the painting of Gertrude and Claudius for as long as I needed, since they currently have no use for it. I also saw two other interesting mentions of other things that could be useful in my exhibit. I saw mentions of a love letter between Hamlet and Ophelia, and of a legend passed through the Danes of King Hamlet haunting the castle. I’m sure I can find the legend online, and I can mount it on a ghostly background to emphasize the eeriness. I’m probably going to have to settle for a replica of the original love letter as well. So, I suppose that’s what I’ll spend my time on tonight.

March 18, 2014

I had told a close cousin of mine that I was working on this exhibit, and she said she had been to a production of the play that was supposedly the same play performed for Hamlet during the time all of these going ons were occurring, and she bought the film of it. She offered to let me use it as a showing for my exhibit. I might just put it on a projector and keep it on a loop showing in the exhibit hall. I’ve also been searching for something to portray Ophelia’s death, and I found a beautiful portrait by John Everett Millais that I want to buy and put up. I’m in negotiations with the owner at this time, but it seems to be going in my favor.

March 20, 2014

Well, I was able to procure the portrait of Ophelia’s death yesterday. I’ve been putting up the artifacts as I get them, so the exhibit hall is now complete, and I’ll be opening it up next week. I’m giving it a little time to make sure that everything is put up to my satisfaction. I’ve also given some thought as to what I’m going to do next to top this exhibit. I think I might dedicate a large section to Edgar Allan Poe’s life. Of course, I’m also a fan of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s life and writings. Who knows what I’ll get into next?
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Case #4 A Day at the Park
While sitting in my office going over files, I came across an interesting case that is being appealed. According to the file, a man by the name of Peter was in jail for murdering another man named, Jerry. Before he was convicted, Peter was on trial trying to explain the weird and unbelievable events that took place that day. He stated that he was in the park on a bench reading a book on a Sunday. A strange, weary man approached him, and started a deep conversation with him. Peter said at first he was comfortable, not minding Jerry's company, but then he grew very uncomfortable as their conversation progressed. Jerry asked Peter personal and obscene questions about his life. Then he shared personal information about his life, including the fact that he has not bonded with anybody or anything. He continued by telling a disturbing story about poisoning his landlady's dog. Peter said that while Jerry told the degrading story, he disregarded Peter's perplexed facial expressions of disgust and awe. Jerry then sat close, proceeded to tickle him, and then demanded forcefully that he get off the bench. After Peter refused Jerry wanted to fight, he stated. So, Jerry grew angry and tossed him a knife, charged at him, and then impaled himself on the knife. Jerry thanked him and told him to run while he died. After, Peter told how he had went to the police for help, and after telling the events, he was arrested on the spot, because he didn't realize he told them he was holding the knife, even though Jerry threw his body on it. What shocked me was that the evidence confirmed that they were complete strangers.

After finishing up the file, I realized that Peter could be telling the truth and proven innocent, due to the fact that Jerry had signs of a mental illness, which could make him dangerous. First, he started a random conversation with a stranger in a park. He had nonchalant feelings and emotions to Peter's reactions; he also had sexual comments about Peter and his wife sex life, because they didn't conceive a boy, and made jokes about trying to kill a dog. Jerry told a revolting story about trying to kill his landlady's dog, and disregarded Peter's reactions. He also invaded Peter's space. He showed a sign of a rare neurological symptom called witzelsucht, which caused him to make puns, or tell inappropriate jokes or pointless stories in socially inappropriate situations, like the park. People with this do not understand that their behavior is unnatural, therefore are nonresponsive to others' reactions. He also showed signs of borderline personality disorder. A person with this disorder can form an intense personal attachment with someone only to quickly dissolve it over a fight. He started a conversation with Peter, and became aggressive, pushed him, then tried to fight. People with this disorder often commit self mutilation and suicidal gestures, which would prove Peter's story about Jerry driving his body into the knife true. People with this disorder, also are unstable in several areas, including interpersonal relationships, behavior, mood, and self-image. Jerry's action has showed that he has many of these symptoms and can most likely be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I feel that he was a lonely man due to the fact that the only people he knew had passed, and with his problem not being able to form a relationship with somebody, it affected the way he could confide in Peter, somebody that made him feel comfortable, for the first time.
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