The various testimonies suggest that if Haden killed himself he was shot in the ‘wrong’ place.
1. Dr Deederer testified that the gunshot entrance wound was between Haden’s right eye and right ear and slightly above the direct line. This refers to the area of the right temple.
2. Ballistics defence witness Albert Hamilton testified that the bullet’s entrance wound was on the right-hand side of Haden’s head in the area in which the skull is the thinnest, which is the temple area.
3. Haden had previously talked to others about committing suicide. He had mentioned that the best place to shoot oneself – to be sure of instant death and not serious incapacitation – was to shoot oneself above and slightly behind the right ear.
4. Bill testified that Haden had never talked to him about suicide. This is probably correct. The occasions when Haden talked about suicide were specific: when a depressed friend seemed to be contemplating suicide and when a writer friend was attempting to kill off a character. Life was looking up when Haden first met Bill so there was little need for such a subject to be raised. Still, it is possible that they did talk about death and the associated subject of suicide during one of their February/March talks or on the night of Bill’s return. If they did, it would appear that Haden didn’t mention the best location for a successful suicide shot.
This is the most incriminating piece of evidence against Bill.
Is there any reason why Haden would have shot himself in the ‘wrong’ place? With a long barrel gun, the further forward the gun was held, the easier the shot (see post 8). And the temple is a comfortable place to hold a gun. Nonetheless, this remains the most incriminating piece of evidence against Bill.