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  • Did Bethany's Killers Practise Torture On Barbie Doll?
    (Master Detective June 2017)

    “My best friend’s dead in the flat,” Kayleigh Woods, 23, told emergency services. It was a little after 7 p.m. on February 3rd, 2016 – a freezing cold night in Stratford-on-Avon. Kayleigh had waited more than 12 hours before calling the police. When officers arrived at the ground-floor flat in leafy Hertford Road, they found Bethany Hill, 20, dead on the bathroom floor. An attempt had been made by someone to clear up the blood around the flat but it had proved too much. Three days after Bethany had been killed, officers visited a relative of Kayleigh’s. They found some boxes that months earlier Kayleigh had asked her relative to store for her. Inside one… more »

  • Author In The Cesspit
    (True Detective June 2017)

    Concerned at how quickly life can be snatched from us, Helen rushed to change her will in Stewart’s favour. “If anything, God forbid, happens to me, the one thing I want to make sure is that Ian and the boys have the security of this house,” she told a friend. “She signed her own death warrant in doing that,” the friend said. Prosecutor Stuart Trimmer described how Stewart had played “the long game” in his desire to get his hands on Helen’s wealth. For several months, Stewart fed Helen the drug Zopiclone, possibly by mixing it with her scrambled egg. As a hypnotic, the drug produces a strong sedative effect, leading to a sense of… more »

  • Lethal Vet "Put Down" Human Victims With Strychnine
    (Murder Most Foul No.104)

    Born on his parents’ farm in Randolph County, Arkansas, in 1872, John Kizer grew up among the animals and liked them, with one exception. He hated dogs, perhaps because he was bitten by one when he was a child. By the time he was 15 he thought nothing of sitting up all night with a sick sow, but he’d kick any dog that crossed his path. At 25 he decided to become a vet. No qualifications were needed at that time – the Arkansas authorities required none until 1915, and even then anyone with two years’ practice received a licence without examination. In 1917 he married Mrs. Birdie Brooks, a widow with three grown-up children… more »

  • 12 Die In Cumbria Massacre
    (True Crime May 2017)

    Derrick Bird’s life was in a mess. The self-employed taxi driver hadn’t paid any tax for years. He had hidden £60,000 in a secret bank account and he was convinced the Inland Revenue were about to have him clapped into jail. On top of all that, he wasn’t on the best of terms with his fellow-cabbies. Friends and acquaintances were beginning to make it very clear to him that he had a personal hygiene issue. Even his cab wasn’t clean, they said. Bird – Birdy to his buddies – lived alone in a shabby terraced house in Rowrah, Cumbria, where for those who knew him he was a quiet, popular man. But those who knew… more »

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