Michael Hanline Is Innocent – After 36 Years
(Master Detective November 2016)
Michael Hanline sunk his teeth into a bacon cheeseburger topped with cheese, stabbed a forkful of fries, and sat back contemplatively for a moment with a can of Coke. “So this is what real meat tastes like,” he sighed. “I’ve been dreaming about it for thirty-six years. Those commercials weren’t lying.” It’s November 2015 and he’s sitting in a burger bar in Ventura County, California, with his wife Sandee and umpteen reporters, cameras and members of the California Innocence Project. His claim to fame is tragic. At 69 years old, he’s the longest-serving inmate California has ever wrongfully convicted, and on this momentous day he’s tasting freedom as well as beef. Now Sandee hauls out… more »
(True Detective November 2016)
Wade Frankum decided to kill some time on that Saturday afternoon by sitting in the Coffee Pot in the Plaza, a typical late-70s arcade. He drank his coffee at a constant rate of one cup every 15 minutes. Two teenage girls were sitting in the booth next to him. They were chatting loudly as young girls do, their conversation peppered with giggles and laughs. From time to time, they glanced at the expressionless man in the booth across from them. Frankum checked his watch now and then. He was on a schedule. At 3.30 p.m., he asked for his bill. After he had collected his change, Frankum stood up. He pulled a machete from his… more »
The Saturday Night Slayer
(True Crime October 2016)
It is September 1973, and the Top Rank nightclub in Swansea is packed. In the middle of the dance floor, bopping to Marc Bolan, are 16-year-old Geraldine Hughes and her best mate Pauline Floyd. Coloured spotlights, miniskirts, vodka and lime, loons, feather haircuts and crippling knee-high platform boots are “in.” No one in Swansea, or the world for that matter, has heard of the words “serial killer” or “sexual predator.” even though there was just such a killer here tonight, hidden among the dancers, with his shoulder-length hair and sideburns, indistinguishable from all the other would-be male suitors. Tonight he will kill again, twice. Perhaps he has already picked them out, bubbly Geraldine with her… more »
Diane The She-Devil
(Murder Most Foul No. 101)
According to the prosecutor, shortly after midnight 16-year-old Adrianne sneaked out of her home while her parents were asleep. David Graham picked her up in Diane Zamora’s hatchback car. With Adrianne and Graham in the front and Diane hidden in the back, they drove to a secluded area near the lake and parked. Adrianne started undressing. Before the first button was undone Diane jumped up like an unleashed spring and lashed out at Adrianne for seducing her fiancé. The two girls began pulling each other’s hair and screaming curses with David in the middle. Diane slammed a barbell over the younger girl’s head. Blood gushed. The prosecutor played an excerpt from Graham’s taped confession: “Adrianne… more »
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