New York Times Magazine presents a murder mystery. This one is real, not a fictional case.
As Michael Sokolove reports in the article, the pillars of the New Jersey establishment scene, John and Joyce Sheridan, are now dead. They were lots closer to the political bigs like Chris Christie than the typical six degrees of separation.
Law enforcement ruled it a murder/suicide. He had hesitant wounds, which tend to point to suicide. She had defensive wounds, which are typical in a murder. Since she was stabbed in the face multiple times, it seems a crime of passion. Because of an injury, she had been on pain pills.
Their 4 sons disagree. They have been pushing back in a number of ways. This article is just one of them. More than 300 comments from readers provide plenty of perspective on this conflict.
For example, one reader notes that the sons may have no idea what went on in that marriage. It could have been a real-life play out of the film "45 Years." It isn't until days before a British couple's 45th wedding anniversary that the wife learns she had been essentially the fill-in for the lover her husband had lost in an accident.
Was something odd like that the platform for the Sheridan marriage? Did that kind of discovery happen very late in the marriage?
Another speculation from readers is that the husband became enraged by the pill-taking. The pattern of the stabbing signals fierce emotion.
A concrete reader suggestion is that the sons hire their own top-drawer private investigator experienced in murders. That could provide different kinds of dots to connect. Perhaps the powerful father had stepped on the wrong toes.
However, the sons' digging around might turn up darkness that will wound them and their own families for life. On national television, the wife of David Messerschmitt pleaded for information about the person who stabbed him to death. Her husband has been a lawyer in DLA Piper. Soon enough she got the information. The killer was a woman posing as a male who had been hired for paid gay sex.
Law enforcement, because of the Sheridans' political ties, might have not revealed some ugly background. In trying to restore the legacy of John Sheridan, the sons may worsen his reputation.