It sounds like a case fit for a TV movie. A wife falls to her death from
a New Jersey cliff, where she and her husband reportedly were visiting
to discuss the hardships of their marriage. She didn't survive that
meeting with her husband. The cause of her death is still in question
more than 20 years after it occurred.
For some, the matter is settled. Prosecutors successfully won a murder
conviction for the New Jersey husband 16 years after the death of his
wife. The defendant hasn't accepted his fate of a life sentence in
prison. He's appealing his conviction and finding support from scientists
who've studied the case.
At least one scientist, a physicist, has looked at the evidence in the
case and suggested that it conflicts with the fact that the husband in
the case was convicted. His theory is that the victim's body was not
far enough from the cliff. If she had been pushed, the body would have
landed in a different location.
Juries might have a hard time believing that the husband in this New Jersey
murder case is innocent. Why? He confesses that he wasn't the greatest
husband. When asked, he admits that he'd had 20 affairs during his
marriage. Being an unlikeable person, however, doesn't mean a defendant
is guilty of a crime. He insists that his wife stumbled and fell from
On appeal, perhaps it will take the science behind the case to mitigate
the dislike that a judge and/or jury would feel toward the defendant because
of his infidelity. The defendant may have never thought that his extramarital
activity would play a role in his potential life-long lockup.
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Source: NJ.com, "In TV interview, experts dispute evidence that N.J. man pushed wife off
Palisades cliffs," S.P. Sullivan, April 10, 2013