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Latest Articles

  • In Denial: Tracie And The Truth About "Road Rage Killing"
    (True Crime October 2023)

    Finally, Tracie Andrews stepped into the glass-screened dock in Court Nine at Birmingham Crown Court on July 1st, 1997, to plead not guilty to murder of her partner Lee Harvey. Smartly dressed, her long blonde hair carefully waved, the 27-year-old listened impassively to Mr. David Crigman QC, prosecuting, as he made his opening speech to the jury. He said that her story of a road rage attack was complete fiction. She had been able to give the police such a detailed account because she had been involved in a similar incident previously, and had used the circumstances of that – and the face of a man she had seen briefly in a pub – to… more »

  • The Stepmother From Hell
    (Master Detective October 2023)

    Eleven-year-old Gannon Stauch was reported missing from his home in El Paso, Colorado, by his stepmother Letecia Stauch on January 27th, 2020. For weeks, nothing was heard about the young boy, even though a whole ream of law organisations, not to mention hundreds of local volunteers, were turning the country upside-down to find him. In fact, it soon became the biggest search in the history of El Paso County. But it would be nearly two months before young Gannon was found, 1,400 miles away in Florida. Tragically, he wasn’t alive. His body had been discovered by construction workers carrying out routine repairs and inspection work on an overpass. But how had he got there? more »

  • The Secret of Cannibal Vlad’s Kangaroo Meat
    (Murder Most Foul No. 129)

    Dismembering a human body isn’t as easy as it looks. In fact, dismembering any body, even something like a cow or a pig that’s been killed for human consumption, takes skill. There’s a reason professional butchers take years to train. So not surprisingly Vladimir Nikolayevic Nikolayev struggled at first. By the time he’d removed the head and limbs, he was tired and hungry. But with nothing in the fridge, he was at a loss. Not for long, though. “All of a sudden it struck me,” he said, “and I thought I would try him. I cut off a piece of meat from his thigh and boiled it. I tried it, didn’t like it, so I… more »

  • How Do You Shoot Yourself In The Head – Twice?
    (True Detective October 2023)

    “My wife is shot.” Calls to 911 don’t tend to be dull, and this one was about as dramatic as it could get. The caller was 37-year-old Jason Crawford. It was May 2nd, 2017, and he wanted help at his home in Cullman, Alabama. “My wife is shot, please send police straight away,” he said. When the nearest units arrived, they found 32-year-old Tiffiney Crawford slumped over the steering wheel of the family SUV. She was holding a gun in her left hand. Jason told them that she kept the gun in the driver’s-side door for protection, and when one of the officers leaned in to check her pulse, the small pink gun fell out… more »

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