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July 17 Police: Florida man’s murder was really elaborate suicide by balloon

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida – At 71, Alan Abrahamson began taking morning walks, explaining that he hopes to lose weight from a recent cruise.

On the morning of January 25, he left his $ 900,000 home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for a walk and was captured by a camera in his private country club at 5:53 am. The camera was filmed at 6:30. the sound of a shot. Abrahamson was dead.

It was supposed to be a murder, but there were no signs of a struggle, no weapons, no shells. The Palm Beach Post reports that there was only one unusual clue at the scene: a very thin streak of blood that ran from a wound in his heart to his shoulder.

But when the police accessed Abrahamson’s email, they discovered something else: he bought two weather balloons, even though none of the people they interviewed thought they were interested in weather balloons, weather or aerial photography.

His internet history revealed more secrets: he emailed the sales clerk four times asking about things like takeoff altitude; his Google Maps story showed that on 23 January he visited an industrial store, where police learned that he had bought a 40 cubic foot helium tank; Internet searches for suicide dated 2009.

The Washington Post reports that one search query in February 2017 read, “Can you commit suicide with a gunshot wound without a weapon?”

What the police described as “contrived” but “plausible” took shape: that Abrahamson attached a pistol to a balloon, ran a rope from the trigger to a finger and shot himself, while the balloon carried away the weapon and rope by tracing a bloody line across his sweatshirt.

Using a simulator, they determined that the balloon could carry a cannon north of the Bahamas and into the Atlantic. By early March, they had closed the case, ruled a suicide.

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