Why Jack Put His Head In The Noose
(Master Detective August 2016)
“He was detached and fantastically condescending…much worse than the guards. Jack manipulated the whole prison. Remember, he was a pimp. Pimps manipulate. They control people – the hookers and the customers.” So said an ex-convict who had been in Stein Prison, Austria, with Johann "Jack" Unterweger – who was imprisoned for the sadistic 1976 murder of an 18-year-old girl. Unterweger used his life sentence to educate himself, reading voraciously and seeming to channel the pain and anger of his childhood into writing instead of violence. His work was critically acclaimed, and he appeared to have undergone a miraculous metamorphosis. His raw and powerful autobiography Purgatory, or the Journey to Prison – Report of a Guilty… more »
How Sex in Prison Led To “Shawshank” Killers’ Escape
(True Detective August 2016)
The two convicts, both of them doing life for brutal murders, winked knowingly at the prison’s sewing instructor, Joyce Mitchell. “We’re going to do a breakout,” they said. “We need your help to get some tools.” Richard Matt and David Sweat had been softening up Joyce for some time. Her job was to teach convicts how to use sewing machines. Now 51-year-old Joyce, married with a family, was herself learning something that wasn’t on the prison curriculum. Despite his viciousness, Richard Matt possessed a certain cunning charm, especially on the rare occasions in prison when there were women around. He had worked his powers of persuasion on Joyce Mitchell and befriended her. In turn, she… more »
Serial Killer Targeted Redheads – But Did He Kill O.J.’s Ex?
(True Crime July 2016)
Three months after his acquittal O.J. Simpson had claimed that his wife and Ron Goldman had been slain by "The Casanova Killer" – Glen Rogers – who provided details about the crime and suggested that he had been hired by O. J. Simpson to steal a pair of diamond earrings and, if necessary, to murder Nicole. There was no doubt that Rogers was a man who could have committed such a savage murder – he had already done so… The run-down motel in Tampa, Florida, was not the sort of place that pays too much attention to finesse or decorum. The maid servicing the ground-floor rooms that Tuesday morning in November 1995 ignored the “Do… more »
Life For The Milkshake Murderess
(Murder Most Foul No.100)
“My husband is not well,” Nancy Kissel, 41, emailed a friend. “I need to take care of something. Sorry – I will be in touch soon.” But her husband Robert, a wealthy American banker, was not merely unwell, a Hong Kong court was told on June 8th, 2005. According to the prosecutors, on November 2nd, 2003, his wife spiked his strawberry milkshake with sedatives while he watched an American football match on TV. Then she used a lead statuette to bludgeon him to death, attacking him so violently that the ornament’s base was distorted. Each of the five blows to his head drove skull fragments deep enough into his brain to kill him. The next… more »
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