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    Now Who Killed Jonbenét?
    (True Crime March 2017)

    On December 26th, 1996, Patsy Ramsey called the emergency number 911 to report that her daughter JonBenét had been kidnapped from the family home in Boulder, Colorado. Detectives arrived, read the ransom note, made a cursory search of the house and left. Several hours after the 911 call, Patsy’s husband John decided to search the basement. Curiously, this had not occurred to the detectives. Mr. Ramsey later recalled: “As I was walking through the basement I opened the door to a side room and knew immediately I’d found her because there was a white blanket. Her eyes were closed, but yet I’d found her.” The child had been strangled with a nylon garrotte and she… more »

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    Oxford's Wind In The Willows Murder
    (Master Detective March 2017)

    They faced each other across the threshold of Adrian Greenwood’s four-storey Oxford home. Within the oak-lined vestibule stood this 42-year-old, slightly-built, antiquarian book-dealer. Facing him that chilly spring evening of April 6th, 2016, was the gargantuan 25-stone figure of Michael Danaher, 50 and unemployed, who said he had arranged to call to discuss the purchase of some books. The body of Adrian Greenwood was found the next morning by his cleaner. He had been stabbed 16 times and had a broken arm, possibly the result of being stamped upon. The most valuable item stolen from his home on the night he was killed was a £50,000 first edition of The Wind in the Willows, later… more »

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    Women Jailed For Murdering Love Rival
    (True Detective March 2017)

    Sarah Williams was an obsessive she-devil. She said so herself. She stabbed her love rival 41 times in an “orgy of violence.” It was a killing described by a judge as “planned and rehearsed down to the finest detail.” The problem for sex-mad Sarah was that her lover, an ex-fireman, had gone off with this other woman. She was distraught, because they had revelled in their physical love together. Text messages and explicit photographs of herself in the nude that she sent to the former fireman revealed the intensity of the pair’s affair. The ex-fireman had met Sadie Hartley, a brilliant career woman, in the mid-2000s. Like him, Sadie was divorced. She was living in… more »

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    Orgy Of Rape And Murder – While On Probation
    (Murder Most Foul No. 103)

    Jerry Active probably wasn’t even thinking about the future in any shape or form when he strode out of Anchorage Prison. For the moment all that mattered was that he was free! And Active lived only for the moment. It was time to celebrate. He needed to buy some drugs and get drunk. First, though, that meant getting some money. His pockets were empty. Strolling along at a leisurely pace, he made his way to Mountain View, an Anchorage district peopled by south-east Asian immigrants. He had been out of jail for exactly 12 hours when, that evening, he broke into a ground-floor flat which was home to an extended family of Cambodian immigrants. In… more »

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