On the 20th of October 2007 in Ohio, 16 year old Daniel Petric stole his fathers gun. Petric then walked up behind his parents, Mark and Susan Petric, who were relaxing on the sofa and said, “Would you close your eyes, I have a surprise for you”. After shooting both parents, he attempted to make it look like a murder suicide. However, his sister Heidi, her husband and a friend returned home and witnessed it. Mark survived.
The motive was that Mark took away his Halo 3 xbox 360 game.
Daniel became obsessed with the Halo series after spending time with a friend, when he contractedstaphylococcus he became more housebound and snuck out to by the game, his family refused to allow violent video games in the home. Susan reportedly caught him playing it and told mark, he then put it in the safe with his gun.
It’s claimed Daniel spent 18 hours playing it. Even when he attempted to escape the crime scene, he took Halo with him.
In 2008, Daniel Petric was sentenced to serve 23 years before eligible for parole
Anyway here is an itemised list of the reasons why I’m loving Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries so much:
Miss Fisher is obviously a badass but also she’s not young! She’s Of A Certain Age and she still lands the absolute hottest dudes. The hottest dudes. The hottest dudes
It’s the Carousing Good Guy trope but a lady!
Her lady-loving doctor friend Mac wears the most wonderful suits and she is amazing and I want to kiss her
What kind of a name is Phrynie. It’s absurd
Super old-school anti-procedural. Like Jonathan Creek but without all the British cringiness. Like Star Trek but instead of space stuff it’s murders and instead of space it’s set in Australia.
I didn’t even know Australia had a ‘20s until I watched this show. Upon closer study, it seems plausible
Miss Fisher is absolutely ruthless, clever, dangerous, insightful, and willing to go to any length to solve her case - including playing any number of fanciful parts, scaling large buildings, getting herself nearly poisoned to death, and otherwise putting herself in physical and emotional danger - and she does all this without having to sacrifice her love of pretty things. She scales those buildings in beautiful hand-tooled Italian heels. She is always impeccably, gorgeously dressed, and doesn’t ever change that about herself, even when she starts being taken more seriously by the police force or when she is doing serious detective work like interviewing wicked murderers or hunting for the man who killed her sister. Miss Fisher is only ever entirely herself.
She adopts strays like no one’s business.
There’s something very appealing about the story of a woman who has seen terrible, gruesome things, decided afterwards to dedicate her life entirely to pleasure, and then (almost despite herself) ended up becoming a philanthropist and a den mother and a doer-of-good. I have seen this story many many many (many, many) times from a male perspective, but not so often from a female viewpoint, and Miss Fisher does it without ever begrudging what she’s become. She’s infinitely more graceful than every other good-guy-against-his-better-judgment story I’ve watched or read.