Hanging Britain’s Notorious Acid Bath Killer
(Master Detective August 2019)
Mrs. Olive Henrietta Helen Olivia Durand-Deacon, 69, a plump, wealthy widow, had occupied room 115 at the Onslow Court Hotel, Queen’s Gate, Kensington, for some six years. Sharing that same London hotel was John George Haigh, who had occupied room 404 for almost five years. He was 39, well-spoken, with a neat moustache. A small, fastidious man with twinkling eyes, he appeared to be a gentleman of impeccable breeding, so none of the other residents cared to probe as to his source of income or single status. On Monday February 14th, 1949, the lady was dining at the hotel with her friend, Mrs. Birkin, who was assistant secretary to the Francis Bacon Society. Mrs. Durand-Deacon… more »
The Sickest Torture Slayer Ever?
(Murder Most Foul No. 112)
Cynthia Vigil ran naked and blood-spattered down the road, her long brown hair matted with dirt, semen and human faeces. “Help me, please help me!” she cried hysterically, as she approached the entrance of a mobile home in Elephant Butte, New Mexico. To her great relief the door was open. She bounded over and rushed inside, slamming the door behind her. The trailer’s occupant, who was watching television, was startled to see that not only was Cynthia naked but a five-foot chain dangled from a metal collar padlocked round her neck. The resident promptly called the police. It was the hot afternoon of March 22nd, 1999, and 22-year-old Cynthia Vigil couldn’t talk to anyone for nearly two… more »
Serial Killer’s Decade-Long Sex Rampage
(True Detective August 2019)
The string of bodies attributed to Ronald Dominique began appearing in 1997. “After we picked him up at the Bunkhouse we’d only been talking to him for a very short time when he started telling us everything,” said Sheriff Larpenter. “I don’t know what prompted it. Maybe he just wanted to clear his conscience. “He told us he killed his victims because he didn’t want to get caught and jailed again. It was a case of dead men don’t talk. But I think he discovered somewhere along the way to killing about 23 of them that it was not just because of that. I think he discovered he liked it.” When news spread of his… more »
Sex, Lies And A Wife's Revenge
(True Crime July 2019)
In the small town of Campbell, Kentucky, Bob and Amy Bosley were like royalty. They ran a million-dollar roofing business and had sports cars, horses, their own plane and a 50-foot luxury boat. They also planned to build a castle-like dream home in their 35-acre estate. They had two sons, Trevor, nine, and Morgan, six, and were both active volunteers in the community, helping others less fortunate than themselves. They were noted for their good nature as well as their money, but all that suddenly changed with a dramatic phone call around 5 a.m. on May 17th, 2005. “Someone is breaking into my house!” Amy Bosley frantically told an emergency services dispatcher. “What can I… more »
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