Nora’s Revenge Cost Her Dear
(Master Detective September 2022)
Nora Parham was furious. She had every right to be, too. Her live-in lover, a policeman named Ketchell Trapp, had just beaten her up with a stick, not for the first time that week. Now he was coming back at her, stick raised again, a mouth full of threats. “I had a petrol iron in my hand with a pan of petrol,” Nora said. “He came into the bedroom and hit me on the head with his stick. He took aim again. I threw the petrol over him. He grabbed the petrol pan from me and as I was fleeing through the back door he hit me with the pan. “I ran round outside and… more »
54 Victims On His List – His Wife was Just the First
(True Detective September 2022)
Clad only in nightclothes, Gail lay across the bed. Blood seeped from a hole in her forehead and dripped down onto her negligee. More blood had spattered onto the sheets and bedside table, where Gail’s reading glasses lay beside an open book. Momentarily stunned, the two officers stood motionless over the victim. Then one of them rushed out to his car and radioed headquarters while the other checked the victim for a pulse. There was none. Lieutenant Marc Hedgpeth and Sergeant Chester Barry quickly arrived. After checking the scene they reported a homicide and requested a coroner and crime lab technicians. When the medical examiner began his preliminary examination he noted that the bullet hole… more »
Mary: “Sawing Him Up Was The Hard Part”
(Murder Most Foul No. 125)
“My temper got the best of me. I picked up a claw hammer which was in the kitchen and struck him in the head with it. He fell to the floor. I just could not call the police and turn myself in. The only way I could handle the body was the way I did it.” She had placed the tablecloth under the body and got out a hacksaw. “I’m sure he was dead when I started to saw into him because he made no movements,” she explained. “I was completely numb at the time, like a dead person myself. “Sawing him up was the hard part. It was the most terrible experience any human… more »
Meet The Wicked Sisters Of Le Mans
(True Crime August 2022)
“I somehow sensed that they were about to attack us. Then as Mademoiselle Lancelin flung herself at me I jumped first and literally scratched her eyes out. Then Léa jumped on Madame Lancelin and scratched at her eyes in the same way. They crouched, begging for mercy, but I rushed down to the kitchen to fetch a hammer and a knife. “With these two instruments my sister and I fell upon our mistresses. We struck at the heads with the hammer, hacked at the bodies and legs with the knife – and also lashed out with a pewter pot, which was on a small table on the landing. “We exchanged one instrument for another several… more »
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