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  • Murderous Butler Left A Trail Of Bodies
    (Master Detective June 2019)

    Admissions of murder do not come more startling than that made by one-time butler to the aristocracy Roy Archibald Hall. In his memoirs he wrote, describing the death of his first victim: “I shot him in the head and for a moment he just stood there, staring. I thought, ‘I’ve missed the bastard.’ "But then, slowly, a trickle of blood appeared at the left corner of his mouth. It trickled delicately down his chin. And then he fell. Walking over to him, I shot him in the chest. "‘See! See what you’ve made me do. You stupid, stupid, greedy bastard.’ "I shot him again. His eyes were still open. ‘It’s all right for you, your… more »

  • Why Denise Married Her Husband’s Killer
    (True Detective June 2019)

    “We’re going on a duck hunt!” Brian Winchester, 30, turned to Denise Merrell Williams, 30, and smiled. Denise’s husband Mike, 31, a real estate appraiser from Tallahassee, Florida, had agreed to go hunting on Lake Seminole. It was December 16th, 2000. Brian wanted to drown Jerry Michael “Mike” Williams, his best friend, by shoving him in the water – but when Mike struggled to get out of his jacket and waders, Brian panicked. “He started to yell and I didn’t know how to get out of that situation,” Brian said. “I had my gun in the boat, and so I loaded my gun and I just made one or two circles around and I ended… more »

  • Meet Simone – The She-Devil Of Slaughterhouse Lane
    (Murder Most Foul No. 112)

    It began for the police as a routine “missing person” report. The two daughters and the two sisters of Bernard Hettier went to the local gendarmerie in Nancy, eastern France, to report his disappearance. A bored gendarme took down the details. Hettier had last been seen alive leaving a post office in the suburbs of Nancy, a few minutes before noon on June 22nd, 1986. Then he had vanished. The case was low-priority but Hettier’s distraught relatives continued to pester the police, and an investigation was set in motion. It was destined to become the most expensive and long-lasting missing-person inquiry in the history of French criminal investigation. Bernard Hettier’s background was quickly established. He… more »

  • British Serial Killer Hanged In Singapore
    (True Crime May 2019)

    They called him the “Tourist From Hell.” Armed with a murder kit that included a hammer, butcher’s knives and a stun-gun. With this horrific arsenal on-the-run John Scripps dispatched his unsuspecting tourist victims with cold-blooded brutality. Scripps was a loser almost from the start. He was born in Hertford in 1959, and his parents moved to London when he was very young. His lorry-driver father subsequently committed suicide, something that must have made a great impact on the boy, who was nine at the time. At 14 Scripps disappeared in France from a cadet training camp to wander the country, stealing for his daily needs. A year later he appeared in juvenile court for burglary… more »


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