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Quiz about A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away

A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away Trivia Quiz


Throughout history, people on trial have come up with a number of ingenious defences and escapes from justice. This quiz looks at some of them. Enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by Quiz_Beagle. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Quiz_Beagle
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
316,759
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
2190
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
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Question 1 of 10
1. A mythical person who appears in many defences is the 'BHS'. Diane Downs, who shot her three children in an unsuccessful attempt to hold on to her married lover, is probably the most famous to invoke the BHS defence. What does BHS stand for in this case? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In 1990, in a California triple murder trial, Christopher Box and Manuel Flores blamed each other for the murder of three people, in a classic TODDI defence. What does this stand for? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In the 2009 Academy Award winning film, 'Milk', Josh Brolin played this assassin, Dan White. During White's trial, a reporter coined a neat phrase that has remained ever since. It could perhaps be summed up as 'a little cake did it and ran away'. What was the neat phrase? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 1908 a wealthy lady in Glasgow was battered to death and a small brooch was stolen. The police fixed on a German Jew called Oscar Slater as the murderer. Despite numerous discrepancies, gaps and just plain lies in the case, Oscar Slater was convicted, sentenced to death, and within two days of being executed, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. After eighteen and a half years he was initially released on licence and finally cleared in 1928. Which knighted crime fiction author helped to resolve this elementary case where someone else did it and ran away? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Even before he became Premier, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was accused in the media of being 'Macavity'. Were someone to plead a 'Macavity Defence', what would be the thrust of their argument? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Has this ever been used as a successful defence? "I did it, but I was asleep at the time".


Question 7 of 10
7. Which lady claimed that "A canis lupus dingo did it and ran away"? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which 'big boy who did it and ran away' killed his mother, wife and three children before running away for nearly 18 years, only being captured after a forensic artist showed a clay bust, showing what was believed he could look like, on 'America's Most Wanted'? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Has the 'Evil Twin' defence - which could be paraphrased as 'my evil twin did it and ran away' ever worked?


Question 10 of 10
10. Which case in 1971 might be described as 'a big boy did it and jumped away'? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. A mythical person who appears in many defences is the 'BHS'. Diane Downs, who shot her three children in an unsuccessful attempt to hold on to her married lover, is probably the most famous to invoke the BHS defence. What does BHS stand for in this case?

Answer: Bushy-Haired Stranger

This is probably the nearest a defence comes to the Quiz title. Diane Downs claimed that she had been held up by a 'bushy-haired stranger', who shot her children after she refused to give him the car keys. One of Downs' surviving children testified against her and Downs was sentenced to life plus 50 years.

In 2008, Downs was refused parole, but could reapply again in 2010. Sam Sheppard also used the 'BHS' defence.
2. In 1990, in a California triple murder trial, Christopher Box and Manuel Flores blamed each other for the murder of three people, in a classic TODDI defence. What does this stand for?

Answer: The Other Dude Did It

A TODDI defence can often confuse the jury, as it often comes down to whose word to believe. A variation is the 'SODDI' defence, or 'Some Other Dude Did It'. No honour among thieves or murderers.
3. In the 2009 Academy Award winning film, 'Milk', Josh Brolin played this assassin, Dan White. During White's trial, a reporter coined a neat phrase that has remained ever since. It could perhaps be summed up as 'a little cake did it and ran away'. What was the neat phrase?

Answer: The Twinkie defence

It is a widely held misapprehension that White "got off on 'the Twinkie defence'". In actual fact, Twinkies were not mentioned at all during the case, and White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter because of diminished capacity, of which increased consumption of junk food *may* have been a *symptom*, but not the cause.
4. In 1908 a wealthy lady in Glasgow was battered to death and a small brooch was stolen. The police fixed on a German Jew called Oscar Slater as the murderer. Despite numerous discrepancies, gaps and just plain lies in the case, Oscar Slater was convicted, sentenced to death, and within two days of being executed, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. After eighteen and a half years he was initially released on licence and finally cleared in 1928. Which knighted crime fiction author helped to resolve this elementary case where someone else did it and ran away?

Answer: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle declared that "The whole case will, in my opinion, remain immortal in the classics of crime as the supreme example of official incompetence and obstinacy." He even wrote a book 'The Case of Oscar Slater'. However, when Oscar Slater was released and awarded six thousand pounds compensation, he obstinately refused to reimburse Conan Doyle with the thousand pounds that he had laid out in legal fees. How would Sherlock Holmes have dealt with such ingratitude?
5. Even before he became Premier, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was accused in the media of being 'Macavity'. Were someone to plead a 'Macavity Defence', what would be the thrust of their argument?

Answer: They weren't there.

From the great poet T.S. Eliot's 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats', Gordon Brown's refusal to stand up and talk about controversial issues of the day led him to be described as Macavity as far back as when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2005. The British journalist Iain Dale even wrote a spoof on his blog:
"Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
For he's a grudge in human form, a monster of depravity.
He won't support tuition fees; he won't back Tony Blair.
And as for foundation hospitals - well, Macavity's not there!"

Compare this with the T.S. Eliot original:
"Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
For he's a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.
You may meet him in a by-street, you may see him in the square -
But when a crime's discovered, then Macavity's not there!"
6. Has this ever been used as a successful defence? "I did it, but I was asleep at the time".

Answer: Yes

Sleepwalking has been used as an acceptable defence in many cases dating back over a century. In the UK at least, there are two types: Insane automatism, which will result in a verdict of 'not guilty by reason of insanity' and non-insane automatism, which will result in an acquittal.

However, if the person was sleepwalking because they were drunk at the time, they are ruled not to be acting under automatism.
7. Which lady claimed that "A canis lupus dingo did it and ran away"?

Answer: Lindy Chamberlain

In 1980, baby Azaria Chamberlain disappeared during a camping trip with her parents (Lindy and Michael) at Ayers Rock. Lindy Chamberlain claimed that a dingo (canis lupus dingo is the taxonomy classification) had taken her baby. She was not believed, and imprisoned for life, later being exonerated of all charges and receiving compensation from the Australian government, even though the case remained officially unsolved. Meryl Streep played Lindy Chamberlain in the movie 'A Cry in the Dark' and Erin Horsburgh was a young lady who claimed in 2005 to be Azaria Chamberlain, although her claims were discounted.
8. Which 'big boy who did it and ran away' killed his mother, wife and three children before running away for nearly 18 years, only being captured after a forensic artist showed a clay bust, showing what was believed he could look like, on 'America's Most Wanted'?

Answer: John List

Accountant John List shot his whole family in 1971 in New Jersey before running away and starting a new life with a new wife in Virginia. He was recaptured after forensic artist Frank Bender sculpted an eerily accurate clay bust for 'America's Most Wanted' and he was turned in by a neighbour. Sentenced to five terms of life imprisonment. John List died in prison of natural causes in 2008.

The wrong answers are all American serial killers.
9. Has the 'Evil Twin' defence - which could be paraphrased as 'my evil twin did it and ran away' ever worked?

Answer: Yes

Although not a murder case, it would have resulted in the death penalty for drugs charges had the High Court judge in Malaysia in 2009 been able to decide which of the identical twins R. Sathis Raj and Sabarish Raj been guilty. Recent research has revealed, however, that monozygotic (identical) twins may have DNA differences.
10. Which case in 1971 might be described as 'a big boy did it and jumped away'?

Answer: D B Cooper

In 1971 a passenger named as Dan Cooper boarded a 727 flying from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. He handed a note to a stewardess and asked for 200,000 dollars and two parachute rigs, or he would detonate a bomb. After landing at Seattle, his demands were met.

He then released all the passengers and the aircraft and four crew took off for Mexico City. But somewhere in Washington, Dan (through a press mistake, now 'D B') presumably jumped - never to be seen again. His identity remains a mystery, and only 5,880 dollars (mouldy bills found on the banks of the Columbia river) were found of the ransom money.

The FBI believe that D B Cooper did not survive the jump, although over a thousand suspects, including murderer John List, have been investigated. 'D B Cooper', whoever he was, remains an iconic figure to skydivers.

The wrong answers were all charged with major robberies.
Source: Author Quiz_Beagle

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