A woman was found dead in her house. She lay slumped on her desk, holding a gun in her hand. A cassette tape recorder was on her table. The police on entering the house saw the cassette recorder and pressed the play button. They heard a message "I can't go on like this, I don't want to live." then came the sound of a gunshot
The Police immediately deduced that it was a murder not a suicide. Why?

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    – Ted
    Jan 3, 2020 at 21:22
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    – Tonkleton
    Jan 3, 2020 at 23:19
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  • $\begingroup$ Looks good, updated my vote. $\endgroup$
    – Tonkleton
    Jan 5, 2020 at 3:01

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they didn't need to rewind the tape before playing it,

which means

someone (presumably not the deceased) must have rewound it before the police arrived.

To be pedantic, however,

this doesn't actually mean it must have been a murder. The deceased could have taped the message, rewound the tape herself, and then shot herself. I guess the police didn't think of that.

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    $\begingroup$ It's perfect. However, I can't accept it until 12 minutes have lapsed. $\endgroup$ Jan 3, 2020 at 16:23

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