Revenge Of The Sausage King
(True Detective May 2021)
On June 21st, 2000, the inspectors went to a committee meeting at their government offices. Jean Hillery and her federal colleague Tom Quadros, 52, outlined the case against Alexander. “We have been to this factory on several occasions,” she told the meeting. “Mr. Alexander is a very upset and angry man.” The committee agreed that Alexander should at once be served with a notification ordering him to stop selling meat, after which they would seek a court order to close down his sausage factory. Four inspectors were detailed to go to the factory. With Jean Hillery and Tom Quadros were Bill Shaline, 57, and Earl Willis, 51. They arrived shortly after midday, when most of… more »
Womb Raider – Why Lisa Had To Pay For Her Crime With Her Life
(True Crime April 2021)
Lisa Montgomery’s grip on reality was increasingly fragile and her ex-husband used this to threaten a custody battle for the children. She’d been sterilised after the birth of her fourth baby, but fantasised repeatedly that she was pregnant again. On December 16th, 2004, at the age of 36, she drove from her home in Kansas to the tiny farming town of Skidmore in Missouri to meet Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a woman she’d got to know online through their shared love of rat terrier dogs. Having discovered Bobbie Jo was eight months pregnant, Lisa told her she too was expecting, and the women chatted online about their impending births. But in other emails to her, Lisa… more »
38 Years In Prison – For A Crime He Didn’t Commit
(Master Detective April 2021)
The fire crews did everything they could to save the two-storey apartment house on Maple Street in downtown Jackson, Michigan, on July 12th, 1982. But, at more than 100 years old, it hadn’t been built to modern fire safety standards. So it wasn’t long before the flames left it a smouldering wreck. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the only thing destroyed that summer night. Dennis Hall died, too, a resident of the block.And, thanks to the lies of a so-called “witness,” so did Walter Forbes’s freedom. But Walter was no ordinary young man. Even in 1982, he possessed extraordinary amounts of patience, stolid fortitude and self-belief. For the next 38 years, as he languished in jail for… more »
What Drove Tammy Jo’s Cannibal Killer?
(Murder Most Foul No. 119)
It was September 11th, 2014, the 13th anniversary of 9/11, when police knocked on the door of Tammy Jo Blanton’s apartment. That anniversary, recalling the tragic occasion in 2001 when terrorists destroyed New York’s twin towers, is commemorated across the States, and Tammy, a true patriot, always lit a memorial candle every year in memory of those who died. Tammy didn’t answer the police knock on her door that day. Instead it was opened after a long delay by her boyfriend, Joseph Oberhansley, 36. He seemed distracted, his darting eyes looking beyond the officers, as if he hardly saw them. The cops recognised Oberhansley at once. He had form – he had already done time… more »
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