Life imitates fiction in a way.
I heard the following news story last night on the BBC radio news.
A man was murdered.
He had made a tape to accuse his murderers if that in fact did happen to him.
The murdered man, a lawyer named Rodrigo Rosenberg, is putting all the blame of his death on Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom.
(See more below in Huffington Post article).
That scenario reminded me of a movie I have on VHS tape (recently available on DVD).
In the movie, the main character is basically dead as he solves the crime of who killed him.
There are three movie versions.
Synopsis: This famous film-noir murder mystery features an inventive twist: the victim as "detective," desperately trying to solve his own murder. An accountant on vacation in San Francisco gets a dose of... This famous film-noir murder mystery features an inventive twist: the victim as "detective," desperately trying to solve his own murder. An accountant on vacation in San Francisco gets a dose of lethal, slow-acting poison. He then begins a desperate search for the individual responsible for his impending demise. Irresistible plot given remakes in 1969 as COLOR ME DEAD, and in 1988 starring Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid.
The original starred: Edmond O'Brien, Luther Adler, Pamela Britton, Neville Brand.
This is a clip from the Dennis Quaid version:
LINK to Huffington Post and full article referenced below.
GUATEMALA CITY - A lawyer slain by gunmen over the weekend appears in a video tape that emerged Monday alleging that if anything happened to him it would be at the behest of Rodrigo Rosenberg.
Colom's spokesman, Fernando Barrillas, issued a statement saying the government "categorically rejects any accusations made in tapes and statements being distributed to some news media."
"This reveals the intention of creating a political crisis around a case that should be investigated and processed by the courts," the statement posted on the government's Web site said.
Lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg was shot to death by unidentified assailants while riding his bicycle Sunday, the newspaper El Periodico de Guatemala said.
In the video distributed to local media, Rosenberg says: "If you are watching this message, it is because I was assassinated by President Alvaro Colom with help from Gustavo Alejos," the president's private secretary.
Video 1 of 2 (in Spanish):