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I don’t think she moved into his house, it says “their house.” I think she was trapped there by him her whole life.

Regarding the pension, what could she do? Report his death?

[–] Lipsy 5 points Edited

Regarding the pension, what could she do? Report his death?

Well, yeah LOL. At least according to the letter of the law, anws.

I don't know the relevant provisions of U.K. criminal law, but, in most or all (i'm pretty sure it's all) U.S. jurisdictions, the failure to "promptly"/"immediately" report, to a law-enforcement or coroner's office, a witnessed or suspected death by anything other than natural causes—either by a sole witness ("witnessed") or by the owner of any property on which any identifiably human remains are left ("suspected"... if there is possibly human tissue or bone in your backyard, you could potentially be prosecuted for not turning it in)—is a felony offense.

The statutes defining this crime whose text I've actually read do not define "promptly" or "immediately" as any specific period of time—which, together with the felony status, almost certainly means that this crime was only intended to be charged as an add-on to actual murder, manslaughter, or negligent homicide; i.e., to charge an EXTRA felony count for hiding, and/or for pretending ignorance of, a body after (intentionally or unintentionally) killing someone.

I mean like
There ARE default statutes of limitations—felony charges have to be filed within X years, misdemeanor charges within Y years (where Y < X)—for all crimes whose limitations period isn't otherwise specified, so teeeeeeeechnically that period applies to this crime... but, if the default period applies, then that just deepens the mystery of why somebody made a point of inserting adverbs like "promptly" or "immediately" whose entire literal meaning is "faster than default"🤷🏽‍♀️. All told, if you're provably innocent (of killing someone, or of gross negligence if the death was an accident) and you really DID freak the fuck out and forget to call the law, nobody's coming to throw you behind bars for it.

Still, this goes without saying because like duhh, but... even if you.are as innocent as a newborn, if you're like "nahh not today, I don't feel like telling the law about those suspiciously humanoid bones my dog dug up / I'll just let the gun range maintenance dudes find my friend I accidentally shot dead, next time they mow the grass or pull weeds", that's an awfully good way to get IDd as a 'person of interest', and politely asked could you please stop by the sheriff's to answer A Few Questions for us at your first convenience, and... etc etc, but of course some long-ass shadows will have been cast over your innocence, actual or not.

Kinda random, but, the U.S. Internal Revenue Code actually specifies, in these exact explicit words, that "revenues or proceeds from illicit activity" are taxable income.

This is the same kind of law—obviously never meant to be used by itself (if the government finds out that you're running a criminal enterprise, the lawman who bangs on your door isn't gonna be the tax man!). It's an add-on, sentence-aggravating additional charge—or, in cases like Al Capone's where omertà holds everybody back from giving enough testimony for murder, racketeering, etc., it can be the one charge that still gets a conviction and lets the feds get their man (a role also played in the U.S. by two other crimes with insanely expansive/inclusive definitions, "mail fraud" and, especially now in the internet age, "wire fraud").