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  • Slow Death Of Killing Pair’s Final Victim
    (Master Detective March 2018)

    On the Monday after, just before 1 p.m., barman George Koch unlocked the front door of the Nineteen Bar on West 15th Street in Minneapolis. He unlatched the side door and busied himself around the bar. A tall, greying man walked in. He wore glasses and carried a briefcase. “A beer,” the newcomer said. “My name is Trowbridge, Harold Trowbridge,” he explained. He was divisional sales manager of a printing company and wanted to show a new city directory for Minneapolis. The door opened again and a tall young man wearing a black leather jacket strode in and took a seat at the bar next to Trowbridge. “Draw me a brew,” he said. As Koch… more »

  • Evil Farm Hand Executed Four Victims
    (True Detective March 2018)

    Despite attracting huge publicity, and being featured on shows such as BBC’s Crimewatch, both double-murders – millionaire farmer Richard Thomas, 58, and his sister Helen, 54, in their Scoveston Park home near Milford Haven, and four years later marketing manager Peter Dixon and his wife Gwenda, whose blasted bodies were discovered in a cliff-edge hideaway on one of Pembrokeshire’s lonely rural paths – remained unsolved for years. Then, in 2006, Dyfed-Powys Police re-examined the evidence using modern techniques, in a final attempt to solve the crime. They had plenty of time to build their case, because John Cooper, the man they suspected, and finally identified as the killer, was at that time doing 16 years… more »

  • A Flame-Thrower In The Classroom
    (Murder Most Foul No. 107)

    Anna Langohr, games teacher at the Katholische Volksschule (Catholic Elementary School) in Cologne, turned away from her class of nine-year-old girls ineffectually doing star jumps in the playground. There was a man walking towards her. She recognised him at once as Willi Walter Seifert, 43, a local man she would not choose to socialise with. Seifert, a former police officer, had some kind of tank strapped across his back, like the ones scuba divers wear. He was carrying some form of rod or lance in his arms. “Can I help you?” Anna asked. Without reply, Seifert ignited the home-made flame-thrower and blasted it at the girls. Anna did her best to place herself between the… more »

  • Why Did He Set Fire To The Doctor?
    (True Crime February 2018)

    Just three days after the murder, Jason Smith, 36, was arrested while watching television at his home in nearby Levittown, Bucks County, where he lived with his girlfriend and her child. They also impounded his pick-up to search for any evidence linking him to the crime. When confronted by arresting officers, Smith blurted out: “She was alive when I left her” – before he’d been told that Melissa was dead. Although her mobile had been damaged in the fire, a check of her records showed her making a call to Smith on the day of her murder, presumably to arrange a time to meet him at her home. Smith was taken back to headquarters where… more »

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