Father And Son Sentenced To Death For Bank Bomb Plot
(True Detective July 2021)
The story of the bomb at the bank was told to a court in Salem, Oregon, in December 2010, when a businessman father and his son were accused of plotting to blow up and rob the bank because they were short of cash. Bruce Turnidge, 59, and his son Joshua, 34, faced an 18-count criminal indictment accusing them of constructing and planting an explosive device that killed Oregon State Police Senior Trooper and munitions expert William Hakim, Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant, and wounding Police Chief Scott Russell, whose leg was amputated, and bank assistant manager Laurie Perkett. Laurie watched the officers at work on the bomb from inside the lobby. She saw Hakim, who… more »
Madman Went To London To Kill The Queen
(True Crime June 2021)
When Ronald Dixon set out from Heaton, Newcastle, to make his way to London he had one object in mind. That was to break into Buckingham Palace, kill the Queen, and take her place on the throne. For Dixon had convinced himself that he was the true king of England. “I am King Ron,” he told the startled investigators who arrested him in the nick of time. “And I want the place that is rightfully mine.” Dixon had never made a great secret of his madness to the rest of the world. When he was 21 a psychiatrist examined him and reported mental problems. A year later, after a frenzied middle-of-the-night hammer attack on his… more »
Alice’s Head Was All But Severed
(Master Detective June 2021)
Mrs. Skinner was worried. The young couple who lived next door weren’t answering. She’d been trying to make sure they were up, because they were supposed be leaving for Worcester on the 10.40 a.m. train. More to the point, the two were due to be evicted today, so they had no choice about leaving the house. Nevertheless, every time Mrs. Skinner knocked on the front door, there was silence. Eventually, she and some other neighbours decided to force the issue. Using a poker, they broke into the house to see what was going on. Downstairs was empty. Literally – the single room didn’t even contain furniture. Upstairs, however, they found a truly shocking scene. Two… more »
Bundy: Don’t Fall For This Killer
(Murder Most Foul No. 120)
Bundy told the reporters “I’m the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet.” He told them he received no gratification from causing pain, that what really fascinated him was the hunt, the adventure of seeking out his victims. And, to a degree, possessing them physically as one would possess a potted plant, a painting, or a Porsche. Owning, as it were, this individual. He was not insane, just incredibly cunning, with lust for power over others driving him. But there were signs that towards the end he began to realise that the monster within him was out of control. He wanted help, but it was too late for that. Too many young women… more »
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