Last year I wrote about the mysterious attacks that had been made on the home of an 85-year old man who lived in Euclid, a suburb of Cleveland. Over a year or more, the man’s house had been pelted several times a week, and the police were baffled as to who was doing it and how and why.
In my post, I looked at the difficulty of constructing a long-range egg-launcher.
It is not easy to use eggs as high velocity projectiles because the shell is so thin. While potato launchers are easy to build and operate (they are a popular activity in middle and high school physics classes), launching an egg is something else altogether. I am not sure how you can fire an egg so hard as to go for a block or two without it shattering within the launcher itself. In order to keep the force on the egg small enough to avoid shattering the shell, the eggs would need a small acceleration, which requires long acceleration times to get the desired speed, coupled with a very soft driver of the egg. What kind of device would that require?
Given the accuracy of the aim, my guess is that the eggs are not being fired from a couple of blocks away but instead are coming from the back yard of one of the houses that are directly opposite the targeted house, using a large catapult-type launcher, like a long piece of rubber tubing mounted between two supports, with a soft pocket which holds the egg. The eggs are then fired over the roof of the culprit’s house to the target house. If I were police, I would check the backs and roofs of the houses that are opposite since there are likely to be traces of eggs that went awry during the period when the egger was perfecting his or her aim. that commenters also weighed in on the issue.
Commenters also weighed in with various suggestions with one of them bwells having a particularly careful analysis..
But now comes a report that police have finally cracked the case and arrested a 30-year old man named Jason Kozan who had been a former neighbor. The attacks had ceased when Kozan moved away and police had obtained a warrant to search his former home and apparently found evidence that led to the arrest. The report says that Kozan lived at 20971 Wilmore Avenue which is almost directly across the street and slightly to the west from the egged house, which make sense since it was the front of the house that had been egged.
If Kozan is the culprit I hope the police let us know how he did it. I also want to know why he went to all that trouble. After all, he is not a kid. What did he have against his elderly neighbor that he went to so much trouble to make him miserable?