The Man Behind The Clydach Massacre
(True Detective January 2022)
He was found guilty twice of the horrific alcohol-fuelled slaughter of a mum, her two girls and the woman’s bed-ridden mother, in the victims’ own home. Yet many have cast doubt on the conviction of David Morris – and, despite his death in August, have vowed to continue the fight to clear his name... It was hard to say which was the most shocking: the murder of a family of four, or the arrest of two policemen on suspicion of involvement. But there were many twists and turns to come in the seven-year legal marathon that followed. The saga began at 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 24th, 1999, when firemen were called to a semi-detached… more »
Brothers In Blood – Horror Crime That Shocked Jersey
(True Crime December 2021)
Brothers Roderick, 22, and Mark Newall, 21, handsome young fellows with blond hair, blue eyes and striking looks, had flown in from London especially for the occasion. Here, at the Sea Crest Hotel restaurant in Jersey, the boys and their parents, Nicholas and Elizabeth, enjoyed a seemingly happy family reunion. It was the night of October 10th, 1987. Mark paid the bill for dinner and the family returned to their luxury bungalow at Clos de l’Atlantique in the smart seaside village of St. Brelade. There, in the early hours of October 11th, Roderick bludgeoned Nicholas and Elizabeth Newall to death. The brothers wrapped the bodies in polythene sheeting and transported them, probably in a van… more »
Horror In The House Of Gucci
(Master Detective December 2021)
At 50 Patrizia Reggiani was still beautiful, but she had a problem. The Italian authorities believed she was responsible for the murder of her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci, 46, the fashion empire heir gunned down by a hit-man as he arrived at his Milan office on Monday, March 27th, 1995. Three years after the shooting the alleged hit-man and his getaway driver were awaiting trial, together with a hotel night porter and Giuseppina “Pina” Auriemma, 52, a Naples clairvoyant who had been Patrizia’s confidante and formerly had a Gucci shop franchise. For more than a year Pina had refused to testify against Patrizia Reggiani, but in March 1998 she changed her mind. She decided to talk… more »
“He’s Another Ted Bundy. He Could Charm A Victim To Her Death...”
(Murder Most Foul No. 121)
“He will present a grave danger of taking another human life. This man is bright, well read, and capable of fooling all but the very best psychiatrists and social workers. He’s another Ted Bundy. He could charm a victim to her death. I consider Edwin Snelgrove to be the most dangerous defendant I have ever dealt with. I believe that whenever he is released, even at the end of his maximum 20-year sentence, he will be capable of the most appalling acts on women...” When Mary Renard regained consciousness on that hot August night in 1987 the stranger who had choked her into oblivion in the living-room of her New Jersey apartment was now straddling… more »
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