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Latest Articles

  • Life Behind Bars For The Schoolboy Poisoner
    (True Crime July 2022)

    In boyhood Graham Young developed an unhealthy interest in toxicology and Nazism – and friends and family paid the price. Broadmoor failed to rehabilitate him and the workplace provided the opportunity for further poisonings... By the age of 14, Young was also making explosives in his garden shed, and still doodling the swastika and skull and crossbones on bits of paper. There were other tell-tale signs. He had a cruel sense of humour, delighting in causing embarrassment or accidents. And he had at last found another hero to stand alongside Adolf Hitler. It was a not a political figure, nor even a military one, but the Victorian poisoner William Palmer, who had claimed some 14… more »

  • Arsenic Was Alabama Nurse’s “Medicine”
    (Master Detective July 2022)

    “God has forgiven me for all I have done. I have forgiven everybody – and I hope everybody has forgiven me.” As the guards made a final check of the straps and electrodes she spoke once more. This time, her voice was loud enough for everyone present to hear her words: “I think these straps are too tight.” They were the last words Earle Dennison uttered. As the first white woman to be executed in Alabama, Earle Dennison had made history. Former colleagues said she had been good at her job, unflappable in the operating theatre, always ready to hand surgeons the instruments they needed even before they asked for them. But that was all… more »

  • Did Barbara Murder One Husband…Or Two?
    (Murder Most Foul No. 124)

    The tape recording was played for the jury, and a year after his death 40-year-old high school baseball coach Russ Stager was heard voicing his suspicions about his wife Barbara. “The first husband, I don’t really know what happened. According to his parents, there was some foul play involved. He is supposed to have accidentally shot himself in their bedroom with a pistol. She was there when it happened and my question is, did her husband, Larry Ford, accidentally shoot himself? “I really hope that I’m just being paranoid about all the stuff that’s going on, but I wonder. This is Russ Stager and this is January twenty-ninth, 1988, ten minutes to two.” Russ Stager… more »

  • From “Boy Next Door” Killer To Hollywood Ripper
    (True Detective July 2022)

    Hollywood. It’s the Los Angeles neighbourhood synonymous with the film industry, stardom and glamour. It’s also where serial killer Michael Gargiulo gained his notoriety. In 2021, years after the murders of Hollywood-based fashion student Ashley Ellerin and Maria Bruno, and the attempted murder of Michelle Murphy, 46-year-old Gargiulo was sentenced to death. What turned this native of Glenview, Illinois, into a killer? The scene that confronted Ashley's flatmate was horrific. Ashley lay in a carpeted hallway drenched in blood, a gaping wound to her neck so deep that only her spinal cord prevented her head from being severed. There were 47 stab wounds to her chest, stomach and back, some six inches deep, and one… more »

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