If you are a gun person and you have ever shot anything at close range with a shotgun you know what happens, to find no blood splatter in Mr. Mullins boat indicates to me he was not shot in his boat. There are three basic types of shotguns, pump, automatic, and double/single barrel breech loading, the first two eject shotgun shells when fired the third does not, all are fairly heavy and the "usual" firing position for a shotgun is held to your shoulder with one hand on the barrel or slide and the other on the trigger, it would be somewhat difficult to shoot yourself in the head with any one of the three types of shotguns, especially on a rolling boat. The only way to shoot yourself in the head with a shotgun would be to hold the barrel pointing at your head with say your left hand and pull the trigger with your right thumb, if your are right handed. I have a pump shotgun and it is 24 inches from the end of the barrel to the trigger, it is possible to do, but you might also break your thumb from the shotgun retort. I was aware of a suicide in Panama City Fl where the man went to a public park sat on a bench, took off his right shoe and sock, pulled a single barreled 20 gauge shotgun from a duffel bag, held the shotgun to his heart and pulled the trigger with his big toe, in the autopsy report there was massive damage to the heart and his big toe was broken and the skin was torn away from the top of the toe. Did Mr. Pat Mullins have shoes on or off when his body was found, was there any indication that any of the toes or his thumbs might be broken and/or damaged from the retort (kick) of the shotgun blast?
The Manatee County Sheriff detective seems to be a little to quick on the draw with his determination of the "suicide by shotgun and mafia style body tied to an anchor dumped in the water" routine. Sooooo the Manatee County Sheriff would have you believe that Mr. Pat Mullins wanted to kill himself and he wanted to basically blow his head off with a shotgun blast although he did not own a shotgun and there is no record that he even purchased shotgun shells and somehow he does all this on his very small boat out on the Braden River but when the boat is found there is no blood splatter, no shotgun and no discharged shotgun shells and his body is found tied to an anchor in the water, what the hell, read on.
MANATEE -- The wife of a 52-year-old Palmetto High School media specialist found shot to death Feb. 6 is challenging the investigation conducted by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Jill Mullins has hired an attorney and will attempt to find more answers surrounding the death of her husband, Pat Mullins. The mysterious death was so bereft of clues medical examiners could not determine whether it was a homicide or suicide. Jill Mullins said she believes her husband's killer is at large.
Her push for answers began after the University of Florida agreed to reconstruct the skull of her late husband in an attempt to learn exactly how he died. The reconstruction confirmed the Manatee County Medical Examiner's autopsy finding Feb. 6, the day after Mullins' badly decomposed body was found in the water near Emerson Point. Mullins died from a shotgun blast to the head, said Manatee County Medical Examiner Dr. Russell Vega.
Mullins never returned home from a Jan. 27 motor-testing boat trip on the Braden River near his home in East Manatee. His boat, which investigators say revealed no evidence of foul play, was found a few days later. His body was found Feb. 5 knotted in front to the anchor by heavy anchor rope. The shotgun has not been found, authorities said. Currents moved the body a great distance, investigators say. An extensive investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office showed Mullins did not own a shotgun, his wife said. Detectives also found no recent purchases of ammunition, Jill Mullins said. No family or friends came forward to say they loaned Mullins a shotgun, said family friend Samantha Jackson. Authorities also found no medical or financial issues or anything that might have led to a suicide, family members said. "The shotgun is a huge problem for me," Mullins said. "Pat didn't have a shotgun. I just don't see it, no way." She believes her husband was killed at close range by a shotgun blast after he saw someone do something illegal.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com