A Perfect Murder

Man hanging on branch

DURHAM, N.C. — A jury convicted novelist Michael Peterson Friday of bludgeoning his wife of five years in the stairwell of their Durham mansion.

Peterson says his wife fell down the stairs. Coincidentally, another female friend of Peterson’s was found dead at the bottom of a staicase in 1985 . . .

I was just saying to a friend the other day that I’ve always thought a good way to murder someone and get away with it would be to go hiking at, say, the Grand Canyon, and push the person off the side of the trail (his response: “My mother-in-law doesn’t hike.”) because it would be very hard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the fall was not accidental.

Caveat: Don’t overdo it!

You can’t have everyone who goes hiking with you fall off a cliff . . .

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