By Wayne Howell

ISBN-10: 1743465297

ISBN-13: 9781743465295

The courts have made up their minds, now it is your turn.

Most humans have used ridiculous excuses to prevent punishment, but if it involves vintage excuses one workforce of individuals leaves all others for dead—killers.

Killer Excuses is a courtroom-drama selection of one of the most notable defences attempted in Australian manslaughter and homicide trials—excuses like:

'I was once attempting to exorcise a demon.'

'I'm a chauvinist and he or she ignored her wifely duties.'

'I proposal he was once a deer.'

'Her nagging made me snap.'

'We have been simply having sex...in the sea.'

The circumstances during this e-book are 'whydunits'. whereas 'whodunits' specialize in catching criminals, 'whydunits' problem juries and judges to appreciate why humans kill, and to come to a decision what our society is ready to forgive.

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Joan would soon wake up, freed of her devils. Life would go on. It was only on the third day after the exorcism attempt that a local pastor was called in and a doctor and the police were notified. When police arrived—gagging on the stench of the decomposing body pervading the farmyard—Vollmer said he was ‘on a high type of thing, because I was so very excited about the prospects of the return of my wife’. The police caution—about having the right to silence, etc. —had, he said, ‘no meaning to me because I strongly and firmly believed that my wife was going to reappear any time.

Joan would soon wake up, freed of her devils. Life would go on. It was only on the third day after the exorcism attempt that a local pastor was called in and a doctor and the police were notified. When police arrived—gagging on the stench of the decomposing body pervading the farmyard—Vollmer said he was ‘on a high type of thing, because I was so very excited about the prospects of the return of my wife’. The police caution—about having the right to silence, etc. —had, he said, ‘no meaning to me because I strongly and firmly believed that my wife was going to reappear any time.

They were in perfect with the Lord’s command [sic]’. Nuske’s mother, Kathleen Nuske, told the jury she had asked her son to join the exorcism of Mrs Vollmer because she believed he had a ‘discernment of evil’. She said she had asked her son after her friend Leanne Reichenbach phoned to say they had reached a ‘stalemate’ in their battle to deliver Mrs Vollmer of demons. Mrs Nuske said she thought Matthew could communicate with ‘the Lord’ and might have ‘some answers’. Asked about Mrs Vollmer’s calling out of ‘22, pisspot’ upon seeing Nuske, Mrs Nuske said that when her son was younger she believed he drank too much alcohol.

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