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Michael O'Connor, Veronica's brother-in-lawMichael Dale O’Connor was born to Lewis and Meredith O’Connor on February 12, 1969. He was the oldest of three children. His brother George was the middle child and sister Sasha is the youngest. They were a close family, and the boys were best friends. They grew up in an upper middle class family, and their parents worked hard to provide well for their three children.

During Michael’s elementary and middle school years, he was a good student and maintained an A-B average. He was involved in sports and especially liked basketball, which he excelled at. He was popular with his classmates unlike his brother George, who was shy and not very outgoing. Michael felt he had to protect his little brother from bullies. He fought George’s battles and usually wound up in detention for fighting.

During Michael’s high school years, things changed. He didn’t have to fight George’s battles anymore. George made his own friends, and even though the brothers remained close, they had their own lives. Michael graduated high school in 1987 and applied to several colleges and was accepted but decided to see the world instead. He joined the Air Force and worked as a medic.

Michael loved his life as an Air Force medic. He enjoyed traveling to different places and hanging with his friends. It was during his second tour of duty that he decided to buckle down and get a college degree. He took classes through the CCAF and earned an AAS degree in Allied Health.

In 1997, after 10 years of service, Michael was injured on duty and given a medical discharge. He returned home and decided to use the medical skills and training he'd obtained in the military to further his education, first earning a bachelor's degree at Ole Miss, and then completing the University of Mississippi Medical Center Anesthesiology Program in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2004, Michael moved to Miami, Florida, to pursue a one year Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Program at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

While there, he met Veronica Smith in 2005. For Michael, it was love at first sight. Veronica introduced him to her daughter Haley, and they became instant friends. After dating for a while, he decided to take Veronica home to meet his parents in Oxford, Mississippi. His plans were to ask her to marry him after the visit. He was very excited about the trip and phoned his brother George and asked him to come home to meet Veronica.

Upon meeting, George and Veronica had a strong connection. They hid their relationship for a while but finally decided to tell Michael the truth that they had fallen in love. Michael was heartbroken and angry at his brother for stealing the woman he loves. He has never quite forgiven him.

Over the years, Michael dated several women but never found anyone that he loved more than Veronica. He has remained single and in his heart he hoped someday to win her back.

After Michael’s one-year fellowship in Miami ended, he applied for and accepted a job at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.

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Well, well, well. What have we here? So he's an expert in anesthesia? Interesting. Such a knowledge would sure come in handy. And, need I say, this chap does have a motive. Does he like mints as well? :-)

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Micheal has a medical background, if the murderer did manage to slip something into Veronica's drink Micheal would have the know how and more than likely the means to kill her. Micheal has a motive for wanting Veronica dead, such as a mentality...

Micheal has a medical background, if the murderer did manage to slip something into Veronica's drink Micheal would have the know how and more than likely the means to kill her. Micheal has a motive for wanting Veronica dead, such as a mentality of "If I can't have her, No One Can!" This is a plausable theory and has reason for a motive.

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  1.    Verne Coventry

Yes, he has a motive and the know-how, I totally agree. But look what is necessary on the night of V's death as well:
Let's grant M. the knowledge, that he knew about the Girl Scout Ball and V. would be alone for some time. So M. decides this as...

Yes, he has a motive and the know-how, I totally agree. But look what is necessary on the night of V's death as well:
Let's grant M. the knowledge, that he knew about the Girl Scout Ball and V. would be alone for some time. So M. decides this as th best time to strike and prepares. On the night M. is sneeking around the premises around 7 pm observing the goings on. M. couldn't have known that V. was going out drinking, thus couldn't have known if she would return before husband and daughter. And yet he goes inside and presumably hides and waits and/or laces the decanter with drugs/pills in the hope of killing her later? V. returns about 2 hours later. She goes upstairs, lays down and takes the drink, falls asleep, M. comes out of closet and finishes her off with a carrier bag before leaving unseen. How did he know she would take a drink? M. would be taking an awfully high risk going through with his plans, even if he did come prepared to stage a suicide.

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Another question is why wait 6 years before one strikes? If he did have the mentality "If I can't have her, no one can" would he actually wait that long and would he be so cool and controlled as to stage a suicide? I mean, this guy surely would...

Another question is why wait 6 years before one strikes? If he did have the mentality "If I can't have her, no one can" would he actually wait that long and would he be so cool and controlled as to stage a suicide? I mean, this guy surely would be pretty emotional about the whole affair. Granted, his jealousy may have increased over the years. And there seems to be an increase of violence starting with IM texts posted to car wheels slashed, etc. I find this 1995 study from Paul E. Mullen in the Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry to be instructive on the topic of morbid jealousy in relation to violence: http://www.hkjpsych.com/journal_file/9501_P18-24.pdf

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Michael did have a motive.....but I can't blame Veronica and George because they can't help who they fall in love with.

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  1.    Hayli Johnna

Thats why this case is so frustrating, lol - seems they all have a motive. Although, not equally "strong" in my opinion. TDA has a good point though.. why wait ages to do something about it? But maybe he waited for an opportunity for himself to...

Thats why this case is so frustrating, lol - seems they all have a motive. Although, not equally "strong" in my opinion. TDA has a good point though.. why wait ages to do something about it? But maybe he waited for an opportunity for himself to not stand out as a suspect. He definitely doesn't seem so to me, now with her being sued by a man who lost his wife 'cause of her. Still though, thats a long time for him to be holding a grudge!

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  1.    Hayli Johnna

A motive is not enough. Most suspects in these cases have some kind of motive, not unlike Agatha Christie stories. We not only have to look at the minor details, but we must also try and find out the "big picture". If we just have single puzzle...

A motive is not enough. Most suspects in these cases have some kind of motive, not unlike Agatha Christie stories. We not only have to look at the minor details, but we must also try and find out the "big picture". If we just have single puzzle pieces ( a motive here, a curious exclamation in an interview there, some fingerprint found elsewhere, etc.) but cannot plausibly piece them together and at the same time dismiss a whole load of other information to suit our ideas or prime suspects, we wont get very far, probably end up in a tangled mess or worse - blame somebody who is innocent...

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