Destined For The Gas Chamber
(Master Detective April 2018)
Although Odom was not familiar with Joplin, he knew he couldn’t waste any time in getting out of the residential area before his victim’s screams attracted attention. He drove rapidly towards the north-west edge of town, which was a desolate area of abandoned lead and zinc mines, with huge mounds of gravel and rock, overgrown with thick, tangled underbrush and weeds. As he raced down the little-used concrete road to the mines. Odom spotted a dirt road which disappeared into the timber and undergrowth. He drove as far as he could and then turned into the brush. He stopped the car in a thicket and turned towards the horrified child. He shoved her out of… more »
Confessions Of A Serial Killer
(True Detective April 2018)
The New Britain Police Department (NBPD) was approached by an inmate called Jonathan Mills. Here was a man who knew about killing. He had killed three people – a woman and two children – in Guilford, Connecticut, in 2000 in a drug-fuelled robbery that had gone wrong. His victims were Kitty Kleinkauf, Kyle Redway, four, and Rachael Crum, six. And two months earlier, Mills had strangled his neighbour, Mindy Leigh, 20, in a fit of rage. Mills was serving life without parole. Mills told police that fellow-inmate William Devin “Hillbilly” Howell, 47, had confessed to him the details of a killing spree in 2003 in which he had killed seven people. “‘Hillbilly’ had wanted to… more »
Bungle That Paved The Way For A Girl's Frenzied Death
(True Crime March 2018)
On July 23rd, 2013, Alemany launched a 19-hour crime spree of frenzied violence during which he attacked three women, including Amy Lord. At around 6 a.m., he first attacked a 23-year-old woman as she made her way to work as a cashier in Dunkin’ Donuts. He hit her in the face and dragged her into a park where he told her: “I’m not robbing you – I’m going to kill you.” But when he turned his back for an instant she fled. She told police that Alemany called after her: “Oh my God. I’m so f….d up. I’m sorry.” By the time she was able to call for help, Alemany was already on the hunt… 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 »
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