Dissect the Suspects
Caesar: Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights:
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
—Shakespeare,Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene II
As we walked toward the campus apartments, Phil rambled. “I think we can start with the assumption that Laura was murdered. We’ll know for sure after the autopsy later today. But if we hadn’t actively looked for contrary evidence, the presumption of suicide would have prevailed. Once the body was buried, it would be difficult to prove anything. Questioning our assumptions has changed our entire frame. It pays to be a contrarian.”
I joined the thought process. “One way to develop a flexible frame is to ...