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He never received the knighthood that his astonishing work in the field of forensic science deserved but one of Britain’s greatest pathologists, Professor Keith Simpson, has finally been honoured by the City of Westminster with a London plaque. Now that it has been unveiled at Professor Simpson’s former home in Weymouth Street, Marylebone, it seems a fitting time to revisit some of his best-known cases.
The handyman at the Woodbine Inn had gone missing and when Harry’s crushed body was found the questions began – where did he die, why had the date of his birth been altered and who stood to benefit from his demise? A macabre re-enactment of the murder using Harry’s decomposing, broken corpse was just another bizarre twist in a case that put a woman in the electric chair at Sing Sing...
STRANGLER HAD LOVER’S CORPSE IN PASSENGER SEAT
Their relationship was already under strain when jealousy reared its ugly head...
CALL GIRL...TV STAR...MURDER VICTIM
US reality TV show Cathouse made Brooke a star – but she was unable to escape the clutches of the underworld...
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MD FORUM: THE PRINCE OF PATHOLOGISTS
Keith Simpson was the Home Office’s supreme “doctor-detective” who sent many a murderer to the gallows during his distinguished career
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
More cases from the near Continent, including “Axe Murder Dad’s Horrific Secret”
WHY THE WOMEN BOUGHT ARSENIC
Was Alice guilty or did a rumour send her to the gallows?
PART 4 OF DRAMA IN THE DEATH HOUSE: EVA COO AND THE HAUNTED HOUSE MURDER
Eva’s big plan would make her rich – but there had to be murder
THE FIRST DEATH HOUSE DEMONSTRATION IN SING SING’S HISTORY
When their appeal failed three hardened bandits started an ill-fated mutiny...
THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
More headline material from MD’s crime archives
MD FORUM 2: AINTREE’S OLD CURIOSITY SHOP MURDER – AND A CURIOUS LINK TO Z-CARS
A reader asks about an 80-year-old shopkeeper’s murder
CSI SPECIAL: CLUE OF THE BIG BURGER BUN
The forensics team brought their skills to bear on an unusual task during their murder inquiry: examining burger buns