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  • Meet Michelle…The Black Widow Of Adelaide
    (True Crime February 2020)

    Michelle Burgess and just-released petty criminal, drug-addict and would-be assassin, David Key pulled up outside Carolyn Matthews’ home at Nambucca Avenue, a block behind Adelaide’s beach, at 5.45 p.m. Key did a U-turn in the Corolla and braked. “They got out of the car and walked towards Carolyn as she came out of the front door with some recycling,” said author Derek Pedley. “Key asked her, ‘Are you Carolyn Matthews?’ and showed her the murder contract. He pointed to the picture and said, ‘Is this you?’ How bizarre is that?” “Michelle strikes Carolyn across the face and pushes her back into her house. They back Carolyn into her tiny kitchen, all the while arguing about… more »

  • Why Ruth Chopped Up Her Friends
    (Master Detective February 2020)

    One day in 1931, Arthur V. Anderson, a baggage-man at the South Pacific station in Los Angeles, became curious about a couple of trunks in the baggage-room. The trunks had arrived a while before from Phoenix, Arizona, and it was evident from the aroma rising from them that something was not well inside.  Anderson wasn’t looking for murder evidence. He was looking for illegal shipments of venison into the state. Blood dripped from the big black trunk onto the station platform. Anderson looked. Anderson sniffed. Anderson stuck around and waited. Around noon a copper-haired young woman and a red-haired young man in a college sweater and corduroys walked into the baggage-room. The young woman handed… more »

  • The Eyeball Killer
    (True Detective February 2020)

    Pathologist Dr. Elizabeth Peacock studied the body stretched out on a blue plastic trolley in the morgue. The body wore only a bloodstained T-shirt, and there was more blood on its face. The notes on the case said she was a hooker. Mary Ann Pratt, 33, had worked nights in the notorious Star Motel area in Oak Cliff, Dallas, where as many as 40 prostitutes charged up to $50 for a “flatbed” – jargon for straight sex. She had been found dead by a bunch of kids, lying face down in the street in a nearby residential neighbourhood, on December 13th, 1990. Among Dr. Peacock’s audience at this post-mortem was Dallas homicide detective John Westphalen,… more »

  • Serial Killer Used His Garden As A Crematorium
    (Murder Most Foul No. 114)

    Thirteen-year-old Erich Baumeister’s garden was like paradise for the other kids in the neighbourhood. There were 18 acres of grass and rough woodland, open space and dense bushes, and since none of it was very well cared for, there was no fear of offending Mr. and Mrs. Baumeister. You couldn’t offend the Baumeisters by tramping about in their garden anyway. Their huge mansion on the million-dollar-plus estate at Westfield, Indianapolis, was a tip. All the rubbish in the state seemed to be piled up there. Erich’s pal and neighbour Kevin Dennison dived behind a clump of bushes into a clearing. “Look what I’ve found!” he shouted, emerging from the other side of the bushes. What… more »


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