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  • How The Suffolk Strangler Became A Killing Machine
    (True Detective December 2017)

    He was almost the perfect model of a self-effacing suburbanite when he and his partner moved into a flat in an Edwardian terrace in London Road, Ipswich. Steve Wright looked like a quiet, unassuming middle-aged man, who cleaned his car more regularly than most, loved his golf and enjoyed a visit to the pub. To his fellow-golfers at Seckford Golf Club near Ipswich he was “the most boring bloke in the world.” But none of them guessed at his turbulent past, problems with depression, debts and gambling, or the sinister sexually oriented netherworld he inhabited. The “boring” tag hid a secret life of domestic violence, cross-dressing, petty theft, failed suicide attempts and an obsession with… more »

  • Secret Life Of Manchester's Body-In-A-Suitcase Murderer
    (True Crime November 2017)

    The gruesome nature of the murder was indisputable but the incompetent disposal of the body was puzzling. Taking the suitcase containing Yang Liu’s remains through the autumn mists on the moors of the Peak District, east of Manchester, to an isolated and inaccessible spot to burn them might have hidden the crime for some time. As it was, attempting to incinerate them in a lay-by on a busy road meant the victim’s name was known within days of the last time he was seen alive... Police were alerted on October 10th, 2016, when passing walkers noticed smouldering vegetation surrounding a suitcase on the remote lay-by at Tintwistle, Derbyshire, on the A628 Woodhead Pass, between Glossop… more »

  • Peter Kürten – My Life Of Perversion And Murder
    (Murder Most Foul No. 106)

    At Kürten's trial Dr. Wehner, the young defence lawyer, told the court, “Kürten is a riddle to me.” Some murderers killed only men, others killed only women. “But Kürten killed men, women, children and animals – he killed everything he found!” “And he was at the same time a very clever man and quite a nice one,” the defence medical witness Professor Sioli interjected, to laughter in court. Earlier, Kürten had told the jury that he confessed to his wife because “there comes a time in the life of every criminal when he can go no further. And that spiritual collapse is what I experienced.” Seeking the death penalty, in his final speech the prosecutor… more »

  • Andrea Drowned Her Children One By One
    (Master Detective November 2017)

    Andrea Yates, a 36-year-old former nurse, had killed her children about an hour after her husband Russell left for work as a computer engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Center. He told the police that for the past two years his wife had been treated for post-natal depression, and some days he had to make frequent checks that she was all right. In June 1999 she had attempted suicide by taking an overdose of her father’s medication for Alzheimer’s disease, and she had received treatment at a psychiatric hospital. Her depression had begun after the birth of her fourth child, and she had responded well to medication. “It took a while, but she snapped out… more »

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