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True DetectiveMurders Of the Batman Maniac
It was set up to be a fun night out. The aficionados had been waiting for a year for this – the midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises, the latest Batman movie. They filed into the Century 16 multiplex cinema in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, laughing and chatting.
Some were dressed in Batman costumes. Some brought the kids, even the babies. Not much happens in Aurora, so this counted as a star event.
As the film rolled, no one noticed a young man arriving through a side entrance. He jammed open an emergency exit that led to the car park, then went back to his car to fetch his weapons. He had come to the screening not to watch the movie, but to kill everyone in the audience.
This was not fantasy. This was for real.
In the darkness no one would have paid any attention to James Holmes. If they had done so they would probably have noticed at once his wild, staring eyes. They would have seen he was dressed as The Joker, the nemesis of Batman, in black armour, complete with gasmask and a helmet over his dyed red hair.
They wouldn’t have had much time to notice he was armed to the teeth. For he was already spraying bullets at the startled audience.
Then suddenly there was blood all over the place. Everyone started screaming. Read the full report of this shocking crime in True Detective January – out now more »
True CrimeThe Dark Age Killer
Beniamino Evangelista’s body was slumped in his chair before his desk. His severed head lay on the floor by his feet. Ellis Vincent ran from the house to phone the police. His call was logged at 10.41 and he was asked to remain at the scene until officers arrived.
They made their way up the staircase, side-stepping bloody footprints indicating a trail to further horror. Fox pushed open the door of the main bedroom.
The contractor’s wife and infant son lay on the bed. The woman’s severed head lay nearby and one of her arms was lacerated at the shoulder as if a hasty amputation had been attempted. Eighteen-month-old Mario Evangelista lay across his mother’s other arm. He also had been decapitated.
Stepping gingerly around pools of blood, the detectives went to the adjoining room which contained twin beds. On one lay six-year-old Matilda Evangelista, on the other her younger sister Jenny, aged three. Both had been butchered, their heads cut cleanly from their bodies.
On the floor, near the door leading to the upper veranda, lay eight-year-old Angelina. One of her arms displayed a deep cut at the shoulder. A yawning gash in her neck showed that the killer had also meant to behead her.
County Medical Examiner Dr. Paul Klebba arrived and viewed the mutilated bodies. He tentatively placed the time of the slaughter between midnight and 3 a.m. The killer, he said, had used a heavy weapon with a cutting edge more than a foot in length – possibly a cavalry sabre, machete or scimitar…You can read the entire extraordinary story in True Crime December – out now... more »
Master DetectiveThe Breaking Bad Murder
“Oh yes,” said Jason Hart jauntily. “And I wouldn’t go in the garage if I were you. You won’t like what’s in there.”
It was a strange comment, and housemate Dean Settle assumed he was probably referring to a cache of stolen goods or drugs. By midnight, however, curiosity got the better of him and he decided to take a look while everyone in the house was asleep.
It was a close and humid night, silence punctuated by the cries and calls of nocturnal creatures in the woods. Tiptoeing downstairs, he made his way to a broken-down garage on the far side of the yard.
The door creaked as his torch picked out a puddle of water on the floor and the outline of a large red plastic bin with a blanket draped over it. Lifting the blanket, he peered inside the bin and almost dropped the torch, his stomach heaving.
Regan Jolley’s naked body had been partly dissolved by acid, but her face showed signs of a beating and her neck had bruises as if she’d been strangled…
So noxious were the vapours from the hydrofluoric acid in the bin and the fumes from the meth lab that five members of the hazard crew who later entered with police and SWAT teams suffered breathing problems.
There was evidence that Jason had tried to clean up the murder scene. Regan’s clothes were found in a bucket of water and bleach next to a bathtub, and gravel between the house and the garage showed he’d stuffed her body in the bin before dragging it across the yard...Read the full report in Master Detective December – on sale nowmore »
Murder Most Foul11 Victims For The “Teenage Bonnie And Clyde”
Sheriff Merle Karnopp approached the house, firing nine tear gas shells as he advanced. The posse covered him with rifles, machine-guns and shotguns. Then a patrol sergeant kicked open the door of a small detached washroom at the rear. Inside lay 70-year-old August Meyer. He had been shot through the head with a .410-gauge shotgun, and dragged from the house to the washroom.
The house itself had been ransacked. A .22-calibre rifle was missing, and Starkweather’s and Caril’s fingerprints were found on the furniture. There was no sign of a struggle, which suggested that Meyer had been shot down in cold blood.
The killing laid to rest any lingering doubts the police may have had that Starkweather had indeed murdered the Bartletts, and Sheriff Karnopp summed-up everyone’s thoughts when he said: “Starkweather is the man we want. Meyer is his fourth victim.”
He was only half correct. August Meyer was Charlie Starkweather’s sixth victim. Two more bodies had yet to be discovered. Two days before, 17-year-old Robert Jensen set out at 8 p.m. on a date with his attractive 16-year-old classmate Carol King. Jensen was driving a 1950 blue Ford. Early the following morning, their alarmed parents reported to the police that the youngsters had not returned home.
A few hours later, their bodies were found in an old storm cellar half a mile from Meyer’s farmhouse. They had died from .22 bullet wounds in the head. Carol was almost naked, and she had been raped and sodomised.
Fear and revulsion filled the community in the 25 miles between Lincoln and Bennet. People could hardly believe that two teenagers could perpetrate such horrific acts. Read this remarkable account of their systematic slaughter in Murder Most Foul 98… more »
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