How Mollie’s Murder Became A Political Football
(True Detective November 2021)
The police retrieved CCTV footage from a homeowner who had a camera installed outside his home. It showed a black Chevrolet Malibu with distinctive chrome mirrors and door handles driving back and forth in the area where Mollie was jogging. This car driver, the detectives speculated, could be the killer, making his last-minute reconnaissance before seizing his prey. The car belonged to Cristhian Rivera, 24, who lived and worked in the rural area around Brooklyn, Iowa. He had arrived illegally from Mexico when he was 17 and had lived in the area for some years, working at several farms before taking a job at a dairy farm. On August 21st, 2018, Rivera took them to… more »
Terror Of The Nazi Nail-Bomber
(True Crime October 2021)
How London’s black, Asian and gay communities were targeted by a heartless criminal determined to start a race war across the country. Like the rest of us, the Old Bailey jury were well aware of the horror wreaked by David Copeland. They knew his DIY nail-bombs had killed three people and gravely injured scores more. And when he stood in the dock before them on Monday, June 5th, 2000, they were to learn a lot more about him. Most chillingly, they were to hear of the evil from cyberspace, the new threat to us all. They were to be told how Copeland had turned to the internet for his lessons in slaughter. Denying three charges… more »
Christina Was Battered To Death In The Shop She Managed
(Master Detective October 2021)
Waiting to meet his sweetheart, a ship’s steward named Eaves paced slowly up and down Oldhall Street, Liverpool on the evening of December 10th, 1913. As he was passing a shop, a shutter from the door fell on him, denting his bowler hat. The shop seemed shut, but in a moment or two a youth emerged to pick up the shutter. Eaves, annoyed, pointed out what had happened. The boy returned inside the shop, then came out again with a young man in a grey suit who expressed his regrets. They discussed the damage to the bowler, whereupon the young man paid him two shillings in compensation. Eaves, still waiting for his girl, presently saw… 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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