“She Dared Me To Cut Her Throat – So I Did”
(True Detective January 2019)
Lilly King woke up in the middle of the night and screamed. A man had crept into her bed alongside her. She heard his voice coming like a whisper through the deep layers of darkness. She heard him say, “Give me three minutes’ start and I won’t cut your throat!” Lilly screamed again and again. Then slowly, through the abject terror she was living, she realised that the man had gone, as silently as he came. She pulled the bedclothes up to her chin and shuddered uncontrollably. She had gone to bed just after midnight that night – it was Christmas night in fact – with her friend Elsie, just to keep Elsie company. Now,… more »
Axeman Slays His Own Family
(True Crime December 2018)
On January 27th, 2015, the Van Breda family were securely gated in their home on the De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate, near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Armed guards patrolled the vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields around the golf course by the winding Blaauwklippen River. Martin Christo van Breda, 54, managing director of the high-end Australian real estate franchising firm, Engel & Völkers, his wife Teresa Jacoba van Breda, 55, their sons Rudi, 22, Henri, 20, and their youngest daughter Marli, 16, had all turned in for the night. The wealthy “master franchisor” and his sons had been watching the 1982 science fiction film Star Trek II: The Wrath of… more »
When A Pastor Lost Patience – Three Dead At Thanksgiving
(Master Detective December 2018)
Pastor Christopher Gattis and his Texas-born wife Jeanett, both 58, lived in a delightful, chocolate-box clapperboard home in Chester, Chesterfield County, Virginia. For two days, the atmosphere had been tense in the Gattis household. Christopher Gattis, who was director of youth services at the nearby Grace Lutheran Church, was frustrated by the presence of his stepdaughter Candice “Candy” Lau Kunze, 30, and her boyfriend Andrew E. Buthorn, 36, who had come to stay “for a few days” and then “a few days more.” And that had been weeks ago. This – plus the differences, gripes and strains found in every family – had bubbled to the surface, coming to a head two days before Thanksgiving… more »
Handcuffed And Hogtied...Victim In The Monster’s Torture Chamber
(Murder Most Foul No.110)
Inside the home of James D. Worley in Delta, south-west of Toledo, police found handguns, a shock collar, handcuffs, ropes and tape. But their next find was much more worrying. In a historic Dutch barn close to the house, known as the north barn, they found a secret room which was described as “like something from a Stephen King novel.” Equipped with restraints to prevent escape or movement, it was nothing short of a torture chamber. When Worley, 57, was brought to a Fulton County Court trial in March 2018, prosecutor Scott A. Haselman began dramatically by pointing at him. “That man sitting right there kidnapped, murdered, and buried Sierah Joughin,” he said. Haselman said… more »
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