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Murder in the Desert

This is a story about three people (A, B and C) crossing a desert. A hated C and decided to kill him - he poisoned the water in his sack (only C had water). B also wanted to kill C (not knowing that the water of C had been already poisoned) and so B made a hole into the sack of C and the water spilt out. A few days later C died of thirst.
Who was the murderer - A or B?

73 comments:

Hari said...

A few days later C died of thirst.
So it must be B

Ólafur said...

A is the murderer because even if B had not done anything C would have died.

Anonymous said...

B since c died of thirst

Babu vincent said...

B

Hemu said...

B

Anonymous said...

Exactly

Anonymous said...

Both A & B are murderer hypothetically, but there is no evidence for "A". So main Culprit is "B".

Anonymous said...

Both A & B are murderer hypothetically, but there is no evidence for "A". So main Culprit is "B".

JaredM said...

I'd say A is the murderer! I don't know that B really committed murder he simply evened the playing field. A and B have no water themselves. Only A was actively 'killing' C directly. Even if it failed. I'm not sure I'm really just thinking out loud.

Secret Squïrrel said...

A is only guilty of attempted murder. His actions did not cause C death so he is not the murderer.

B's action directly caused C's death. It doesn't matter that he would have died anyway, if he had drunk the water. B is the murderer.

I want to know why A and B didn't die of thirst too.

Anonymous said...

The answer I think is A.
C died of "thirst a few days later" which means he didn't drink the water at all.
This could be voluntary - B after leaking the water could've had a drink and gotten poisoned. After seeing B get poisoned, C would've thrown the water away.

Anonymous said...

Schrodinger's cat

A.R said...

B only

Anonymous said...

of the two choices B is the murderer but truly thirst is the murderer

Anonymous said...

:)

Anonymous said...

Hypothetical quest..........

Anonymous said...

Between 3 of them only c had water.B was not aware of poisoning of water by A. So he may have drank the water and dies of poisoning. A is guilty of mudering B and not C as C didnot drink poisoned water and preferred to travel without drinking water and finally dies of thirst.So B was responsible for death of C as he had made a hole.

Anonymous said...

no its not that easy, its no one because he died of THIRST so its not a murder... you get it?

mac_eden said...

Both did for not giving him some of their water when he ran out of his

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank some of the posters for their analytics. Here's my take, for what it's worth.

Either A is the murderer of B and B the murderer of C, or A is the murderer of both B and C.

B surely would have take one last drink before he punched a hole in the sack.

If the poison acted more quickly than the water drained, C would have thrown the water away.

This would make A the murderer of both, First he poisoned B, then C was forced by A's actions to throw the water away and die.

If the water drained before the poison killed B, then B killed C, and A killed B.

BTW, a day later A was rescued. As he stepped into the open air of freedom, he was promptly killed by a stampede of Camel. Serves him right.

rfenders said...

I feel like A would be the murderer just because if C drank the water, he would've died instantly .. If anything, B prolonged C's life by disabling him of drinking the poisoned water!

And also in any sense, C would have eventually died of thirst after running out of water anyway ..

Darby McDermott said...

I think that B is the murderer because regardless of whether or not A poisoned C's water so that C would have died if B didn't drain the water, the cause of death was thirst. B's action caused poison to not be C's cause of death, so B is the murderer.

Darby McDermott

InvincibleApurva said...

B B-)

Anonymous said...

Easily B. Even if C drank the poisned water before B emptied it, it says C died of thirst so it must have benn B because B emptied the water and A did nothing to cause him to be thirsty.

Walsh said...

Between 3 of them only c had water.B was not aware of poisoning of water by A. So he may have drank the water and dies of poisoning. A is guilty of mudering B and not C as C didnot drink poisoned water and preferred to travel without drinking water and finally dies of thirst.So B was responsible for death of C as he had made a hole.

Anonymous said...

Can a person be guilty of murder, if the means of death is thirst?

Anonymous said...

C knew the risks when he decided to cross the desert. If he believed he could reach the other side, he is innocent. If he didn't believe, then he walked into it to commit suicide. A and B are not guilty.

Anonymous said...

B was responsible for death of C as he had made a hole.

Anonymous said...

C is responsible for the death of C.

Anyone with the only sack of water crossing a desert with only two other people that allows one to poison it and the other to put a whole in it was to stupid to live.

Alex Dumpfree said...

Yes right , This would make A the murderer of both, First he poisoned B, then C was forced by A's actions to throw the water away and die.

sheshu said...

B was the murderer

allale said...

A,B,C suicided

Anonymous said...

How is this Shroedinger's Cat?

Anonymous said...

neither of them were the murderer.
C died of natural causes. as well, A and B would both be dead long before C, since neither of them had any water to begin with. technically, none of this is murder.

Areli Espinoza said...

B because he emptied the C's sack of water.

Anonymous said...

no one killed him he died of thirst

Anonymous said...

What did C do to make A and B hate him?
Thats my question.

ditriaenglish said...

none, C died of thirst. it means that his death was accidental.

Anonymous said...

We have decided that no one murdered C, he could not have been killed by A--he did not drink the poisoned water. B did not murder him, he actually in inadvertently saved his life even for a short time. Thirst caused his demise.

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Snow said...


Suppose that B knew that A poisoned the water, and to save C's life, B, told C "the water is poisoned." C emptied the sack, and crossed the desert, and died of thirst in the end. Is B the murderer? What is the difference between this one and the original question? B's intention?

Snow said...

Suppose B knew that A poisoned the water, to save C's life, B made a hole. And C died of thirst. Is B the murderer?

missymccoskey said...

A and B are both murderers in their hearts. This depends on whose perspective we are viewing. Police, no one since he died of thirst. Lawyer...B drained the water, thereby causing C's death. Lawyer..A, since B saved C from poisoning, draining the water saved him...A caused it all. God...A and B since He looks at the heart. C's mom...C's fault...I told him not to hang around with those thugs.

AA said...

B because even though A poisoned the water, C didn't drink the water.

AA said...

B because even though A poisoned the water, C didn't drink the water.

Anonymous said...

all i know is i feel bad for this C guy. And how does A have poison but no water?

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Apurva Desai said...

The Important thing is Reason..

C died bcz of Thirst so thirst is the reason of death and who wants to make him thirsty??
i. e. "B" so he is the murderer..

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Trick question. As C died of THIRST, neither A nor B killed him. This question doesn't quite make sense though because how did C die of thirst before A and B did?

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