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Visual Investigative Analysis

The following screens show an example of how to chart using VIA.

Events:

1. On April 1st, Mr. and Mrs. Owens leased a building to conduct a retail clothing business in Macon, Georgia.

2. On April 4th, Mr. And Mrs. Owens obtained an insurance policy for contents and general liability for $100,000 and $500,000 respectively. Mr. Owens met the insurance agent again on May 2nd.

3. On April 6th, Mr. and Mrs. Owens opened the U-Name It Clothing Store and continued operations through May 15th.

4. On April 8th, a Macon City Revenue Officer, Clemons noticed the U-Name It Clothing Store opened for business and inquired if the business license had been obtained. Two days later Clemons cited Mr. and Mrs. Owens for not having a license. Three days later Mr. and Mrs. Owens obtained a business license.

5. On May 1st, Mr. and Mrs. Owens meet with their nephew, Ricket to discuss plans to blow up the U-Name It Clothing Store. Mr. Owens offered $10,000 to Ricket to do the job.

6. On May 2nd, Ricket told Petro of Mr. and Mrs. Owen's offer and offered Petro $5,000 to help him blow up the store.

7. On May 13th, Mr. and Mrs. Owens and Ricket went to the Filler Up Gas Station and filled up a 20 gallon drum with gasoline. They then went to the U-Name It Clothing Store and left it there.

8. On May 14th, Mrs. Owens went to the Trixter Motel on St. Simons Island.

9. On May 15th at approximately 10:00 AM, Mr. Owens and his son, Owens, Jr., were at the store with a rental truck moving items out of the store. At about 3:00 PM, Mr. Owens is driven to the Trixter Motel on St. Simons Island by his son, Owens, Jr. Owens, Jr. then returned to Macon at about 6:00 PM.

10 At 8:00 PM Owens, Jr. called Ricket to tell him that his father was at the beach. At the same time, Petro arrived at Ricket's residence.

11 At 9:00 PM, Ricket and Petro went to the U-Name It Clothing Store and poured the gas around the store then left to dump the drum. At about 10:00 PM, Ricket and Petro returned to the store where Ricket dropped off Petro and drove around the corner to a meeting place. Petro went to the back door of the U-Name It clothing Store and devised a fuse. After Petro lit the fuse he started to walk away and the U-Name It Clothing Store and the rest of the city block blew up killing Petro. Hearing the explosion, Ricket returned to the area of the U-Name It Clothing Store and could not find Petro. Ricket then returned home.

Events Charted using VIA:

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