While Dade University students, Brandon Fox and Jessica Taylor, make love in the car, it catches fire. She's found dead next to it, he's badly wounded and found in a ditch a few yards further. A saboteur had cut the break fluid. Eric finds fingerprints of car thief and mechanic Andrew Hillman, Brandon's rival for Jessica. Carbon monoxide levels imply a double suicide attempt. Jessica was deep in debt with Keith Reynolds's company. A vision of Eric's late mentor, Tim Speedle, leads to the discovery of the tube and rug used to murder them, with loan-shark Gary Hardwick's fingerprints. Tim's credit card was reactivated two weeks earlier. Then a shot eliminates a suspect. Written by
Did You Know?
Calleigh mentions that minute of angle is "the amount the path of the bullet was altered by the wind." This is not a correct definition. Minute of angle (MOA) is a unit of measurement. Its true meaning is 1/60 of 1 degree, which equates to 1.047 inches at 100yds. Shooters use MOA as a measurement for things like bullet drop or what she is describing, called wind drift. Wind drift could be measured in MOA but is not defined as MOA.
Saying that there was a 5MOA drift, would only work if the distance of the shot was known because the MOA is based on the range. 5MOA at 100yds would be approximately 5 inches, while 5MOA at 500 yards would be approximately 25 inches. So at the point in the investigation they would not be able to ascertain how much wind drift there was, or how to measure it in MOA. They could only tell that there was wind drift, but they do not have all the parts of the equation to work out the amount because a 20MPH wind would only push a .30 caliber bullet 1.5 inches at 100 yards, which would only be 1.5MOA.
In order for there to be a 5MOA wind drift to the flight path of the bullet the shooter would have needed to be 310 from his target, with a full value 20MPH wind. If the wind was quartering, the distance would be closer to 425 yards.
When they are on the boat, Calleigh and Eric mention that the boat would have been 100 yards off the campus, meaning that the equation that they use is impossible, unless the wind was closer to 95MPH, which would be the only way to get a 5" (or 5MOA) wind drift at 100 yards with a .30 caliber round. See more
La Wally, Act I: aria: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
Music by Alfredo Catalani
Libretto by Luigi Illica
Performed by Miriam Gauci
and The BRT Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by Alexander Rahbari
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q See more