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US Man Kills Woman With A Cannon

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posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 09:15 PM
I first heard this mentioned on Coast to Coast AM. So here is what i have found.

(Reuters) - Authorities arrested a 39-year-old man suspected of killing his girlfriend on Tuesday by shooting a homemade cannon into a room of their remote California trailer home.

Richard Dale Fox, who was treated for wounds he suffered in the blast, was booked on suspicion of detonating an explosive device in a manner resulting in death, said San Diego Sheriff's Department homicide Sergeant David Martinez.

The bizarre blast and death occurred just north of the California town of Potrero, which is across the border from Tecate, Mexico, and less than 40 miles inland from San Diego.

Authorities declined to comment on the nature of the homemade cannon or the projectile it fired, but Martinez said Fox used explosive powder from fireworks to ignite the contraption.

Moral of the story, If your going to build a cannon, call an expert and practice proper safety. I think This man desrves a bonified Darwin Award.

edit on 7/3/12 by usmc0311 because: added photo.

posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 09:18 PM
link about killing someone old school!

posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 09:27 PM

shooting a homemade cannon into a room of their remote California trailer home.

Those homemade cannons are definitely the best kind.
That's the kind of weapon you don't want to be cheap and cut corners with.


posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 09:29 PM
Old school? Thats friggin medieval!


what the heck was the MOTIVE??

posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 09:36 PM
i am sorry for the death of the lady... but LOL death by home made cannon is just wow


posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 09:47 PM
I was going to say..."They still make those"

But it's not the medieval kind. It's homemade.

Must have been fighting over yard space.

edit on 7-3-2012 by Manhater because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 10:15 PM
First he did not shoot her with the cannon.
The cannon blew up and one of the pieces of the tube hit her and may not have ever been a real cannon or one made to fire.

I have seen many a decorative cannons out there that were never made to fire or made for blank fire only

Many have warnings with them when you buy them but many times the 2 or 3 owner never get those warning instructions.

I make black-powder cannons and all of mine are proof tested in a safe test pit with a mix if black power and smokeless powder to over 5 times what could be loaded in black powder only before i will sign off on one.

edit on 7-3-2012 by ANNED because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 10:19 PM
very sad,but on the flip side.

turned a cannon in to a pipe bomb.

see kids do do meth.

never comes out right.

posted on Mar, 7 2012 @ 11:13 PM
reply to post by ANNED

So this was some kind of bizarre accident I take it? Either way, he's going to jail for awhile. If it was an accident I feel sorry for him. He's got to bear the guilt of killing his girlfriend.

posted on Mar, 8 2012 @ 10:00 AM
reply to post by usmc0311

Wow a cannon, I guess we'll be seeing this on 1000 ways to die!

Seriously though it is a very sad story for the girls family.


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