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  • Killer Baby-Sitter Murdered Five Children
    (True Crime April 2018)

    On January 4th, 1982, 77-year-old Wilburn Swindle had been found lying face-down on his living-room floor in the town of Perry. And, said Deputy Hugh Poppell, of Taylor County sheriff’s office, “His pants pockets had been pulled wrong side out.” According to local gossip, Wilburn Swindle had a lot of money lying around – and apparently the killer had believed these stories, for the ground all around the house had been dug up. And even some of the ground under it. Christine Falling had been hired by Wilburn Swindle the day before he was killed, and there was no record of her being released by him, or of her notifying him, or anyone else, that… more »

  • Destined For The Gas Chamber
    (Master Detective April 2018)

    Although Odom was not familiar with Joplin, he knew he couldn’t waste any time in getting out of the residential area before his victim’s screams attracted attention. He drove rapidly towards the north-west edge of town, which was a desolate area of abandoned lead and zinc mines, with huge mounds of gravel and rock, overgrown with thick, tangled underbrush and weeds. As he raced down the little-used concrete road to the mines. Odom spotted a dirt road which disappeared into the timber and undergrowth. He drove as far as he could and then turned into the brush. He stopped the car in a thicket and turned towards the horrified child. He shoved her out of… more »

  • Confessions Of A Serial Killer
    (True Detective April 2018)

    The New Britain Police Department (NBPD) was approached by an inmate called Jonathan Mills. Here was a man who knew about killing. He had killed three people – a woman and two children – in Guilford, Connecticut, in 2000 in a drug-fuelled robbery that had gone wrong. His victims were Kitty Kleinkauf, Kyle Redway, four, and Rachael Crum, six. And two months earlier, Mills had strangled his neighbour, Mindy Leigh, 20, in a fit of rage. Mills was serving life without parole. Mills told police that fellow-inmate William Devin “Hillbilly” Howell, 47, had confessed to him the details of a killing spree in 2003 in which he had killed seven people. “‘Hillbilly’ had wanted to… more »

  • A Flame-Thrower In The Classroom
    (Murder Most Foul No. 107)

    Anna Langohr, games teacher at the Katholische Volksschule (Catholic Elementary School) in Cologne, turned away from her class of nine-year-old girls ineffectually doing star jumps in the playground. There was a man walking towards her. She recognised him at once as Willi Walter Seifert, 43, a local man she would not choose to socialise with. Seifert, a former police officer, had some kind of tank strapped across his back, like the ones scuba divers wear. He was carrying some form of rod or lance in his arms. “Can I help you?” Anna asked. Without reply, Seifert ignited the home-made flame-thrower and blasted it at the girls. Anna did her best to place herself between the… more »

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