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I the cause

Here, in a sudden reversal, Victor indicts himself, recognizing his responsibility for the consequences of a scientific experiment over which he exerted no intellectual or moral control. And yet, since he has neither evidence to offer nor can even place himself within Switzerland when the crime was committed, he is effectually without any responsibility in the eyes of society. Also, of course, he does not truly know that the Creature was William's murderer and thus has, in any objective sense, nothing to offer but supposition that would be inadmissible in a judicial proceeding.