September 05, 2016
The investigator's theory was that the man, while in Hamilton, opened his Macbook Pro laptop, and used the internet to log-in remotely to an Acer-brand PC back at the Kerikeri home, which was connected, perhaps wirelessly, to a nearby Brother inkjet printer. Once logged in, the man caused a print command to be sent to the printer.The investigator suggested that when the printer started pulling the sheet of paper in, it set off a Heath-Robinsonian chain of events: the paper was sellotaped to a piece of string, which was attached to a switch. When the string pulled the switch, it completed a circuit that included a 12-volt battery and a length of high-resistance wire like the ones that glow inside your toaster. The wire was wrapped around the heads of a few matches, so when it got hot the matches ignited and set fire to additional flammable material nearby, and then the fire took hold through the entire mansion, with the assistance of some sort of accelerant such as petrol, which had been poured about the place.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu Sep 8 07:39:21 2016 (+rSRq)
Posted by: J Greely at Thu Sep 8 12:12:34 2016 (ZlYZd)
Also: J. Greely wins the thread and with it a year's supply of ampersands.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Sep 8 18:42:05 2016 (1zM3A)
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Fri Sep 9 09:12:54 2016 (nskfY)
Posted by: J Greely at Sun Sep 11 01:09:41 2016 (ZlYZd)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Sep 11 11:15:28 2016 (+rSRq)
Sadly, I'm fresh out of Ampersands, but here's a box of tissues instead, which he may have use for.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Sep 11 14:08:31 2016 (KicmI)
Posted by: Mauser at Tue Sep 13 03:25:45 2016 (5Ktpu)
Posted by: J Greely at Tue Sep 13 12:09:37 2016 (ZlYZd)
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