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    MO - William Van Note, 67, & Sharon Dickson, 59, slain, Sunrise Beach, 2 Oct 2010

    I was surprised not to see a thread about this on here. This is a REALLY strange case.

    The golden years were shaping up nicely for accountant William Van Note.

    The 67-year-old retiree had several boats and a waterfront vacation home at central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. He could jet off to a winter getaway on Florida's Gulf coast, and had plenty of money in the bank after a career preparing taxes and renting out downtown office space in Liberty, a country town 15 miles north of Kansas City.

    And soon, after 20 years together, he and longtime companion Sharon Dickson were going to wed, hoping that the union would be a new start after previous failed marriages.

    They never got the chance. In October 2010, an intruder shot the couple in their lake home, killing Dickson and leaving Van Note critically wounded with a gunshot wound to the head. He died four days later, after his daughter told doctors that he would prefer to die rather than be kept alive by medical intervention.

    What happened next set the stage for a unique legal case: Van Note's daughter, Susan, was accused by prosecutors of pulling the trigger and forging her father's signature on the document doctors relied on to end his medical treatment. The case, which essentially accuses her of "death by forgery," has captivated the small Missouri community since her September arrest. Legal experts say it's a case with little, if any, precedent.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/m...death-17356073

    Her bond was set at 1 million dollars cash and she is now out of jail.

    http://www.kctv5.com/story/19750184/...e-free-on-bail

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    I had to see WHAT "death by forgery" was. At first I was thinking maybe she did it to ease him out of his pain; that perhaps they had talked about this and he just never got around to doing the paperwork, but after reading this, and finding the neighbors said they weren't surprised, I've changed my mind. How sad.

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    is her name Susan or Liz? the linked article above calls her Liz throughout but her mugshot says Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyL View Post
    is her name Susan or Liz? the linked article above calls her Liz throughout but her mugshot says Susan
    I was super confused when I first read the article too. Her name is Susan Elizabeth Van Note and she goes by Liz.

    Here's an article with some pictures and video--

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...6M-estate.html

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    It seems rather strange that they're not focusing on finding the intruder who shot her father. That crime almost seems to be forgotten.

    Another issue not discussed is her father's condition after the shooting. Was he in a coma, did he have irreversible brain damage? Would he have died anyway without having life support removed?

    I'm not defending the daughter's actions, but it seems they're not focusing on the real crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty P View Post
    It seems rather strange that they're not focusing on finding the intruder who shot her father. That crime almost seems to be forgotten.
    Another issue not discussed is her father's condition after the shooting. Was he in a coma, did he have irreversible brain damage? Would he have died anyway without having life support removed?

    I'm not defending the daughter's actions, but it seems they're not focusing on the real crime.
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    It says they're accusing her of pulling the trigger, and then forging the document to stop life support. Why not just charge wher with murder?
    Van Note's daughter, Susan, was accused by prosecutors of pulling the trigger and forging her father's signature on the document doctors relied on to end his medical treatment.<SNIP>
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    Photos of victims and accused daughter.

    Daughter Murdered Dad with Fake Document to Remove Life Support: Authorities

    http://www.people.com/people/article...636342,00.html

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    I was wondering why they hadn't charged her for the murder of the GF but saw this in the OP article:

    She has pleaded not guilty, and if convicted could face a lengthy jail sentence or the death penalty. She has not been charged in the death of her father's girlfriend; prosecutors say they are pursuing the cases separately.

    Friends of both victims and the suspect describe a troubled father-daughter relationship weakened by the divorce of Susan Van Note's parents three decades ago. The couple had two children, but William Van Note's only son and namesake died as a teenager. They are now buried next to each other.
    I imagine his upcoming marriage had a lot to do with this also...she wouldn't inherit as much....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confusion View Post
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    It says they're accusing her of pulling the trigger, and then forging the document to stop life support. Why not just charge her with murder?
    She is being charged with murder, first-degree. From the article in the OP--

    Susan Elizabeth Van Note, who goes by Liz, is a 44-year-old attorney who specializes in end-of-life issues, and advertised herself for offering "compassionate representation of clients." She's jailed on a $1 million cash bond, facing charges of felony forgery and first-degree murder.
    Also, two other people are being charged with second degree murder in the case. They're accused of acting as witnesses to the forgery.

    http://www.kansascity.com/2012/09/10...ers-death.html

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    That is a really bizarre crime. It almost looks like something out of a movie.




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    http://www.kansascity.com/news/state...le2228512.html

    A Missouri lawyer accused of killing her father and his girlfriend and later forging documents to become personal representative of her father’s estate has been ordered to remain in jail until she repays part of money from the estate that she spent on herself...

    The estate had an estimated value of $1.6 million, according to court records. Van Note’s powers as personal representative were suspended on Sept. 17, 2012, after she was charged with her father’s murder...

    Van Note’s criminal trial is scheduled to begin February 17 in Laclede County.



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