By Joyce Nance
Nobody used to be imagined to get harm. yet in March 1996, the theft of a Hollywood Video shop went horribly fallacious, finishing in a hail of gunfire and the worst mass homicide within the background of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This booklet is predicated at the actual tale of 3 ex-cons who met during the New Mexico group Corrections early unlock software. One was once passionate about videos and weapons, one other used to be hopelessly in love, and the 3rd double-crossed them both.
Initially, all was hoping for a brand new and higher lifestyles, yet during this sleek tragedy, the ex-cons' self-destructive impulses finally ended in their doom and that in their blameless sufferers. a complete urban was once left to mourn.
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But even if that theory is accepted, the bottle of blood is still baffling. Why would Kelly’s killers drain some of his blood and leave it in a bottle in a wombat hole? Was it intended to have been spread somewhere else to confuse investigators or remove the Guthries from suspicion? Was it to mock up a body-less suicide scene or to be drizzled somewhere after some time had passed to pretend Kelly was still alive? Maybe the bottle of blood had been part of a crime scene clean-up, although it’s hard to imagine a method of murder that is bloody but results in only 80 millilitres of blood leaving the body.
About a decade before the Sunnybank heist, Kelly had worked with Guthrie in a tree-lopping business. And police believed just days after the heist Ian Guthrie moved north to Queensland to hang out with Kelly. Ian described Kelly as a ‘great bloke’. There was less love for Kelly emanating from police headquarters. As far as Queensland detectives were concerned they had a prime suspect brazenly playing victim and a two-million-dollar hole in their credibility as guardians of law and order. One of the puzzles they had to solve in addition to catching the culprits was ascertaining where the millions had gone.
Guthrie jumped back into the ute’s cabin to drive away and police fired two shots of chemical reagent through the windscreen. Officers tackled Guthrie but he fought back and violently resisted arrest. The arresting police noticed him trying to grab at something inside his trousers. They were later shocked to find a magnum pistol in his waistband and bullets in his pockets. The officers took offence at Guthrie’s apparent willingness to have a shootout with police in order to escape arrest and expressed their disappointment with his attitude.