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Latest Articles

  • How Ruth Became The Last To Hang
    (Master Detective June 2022)

    She hated loving David Blakely, and loved hating him. Theirs was a magnetic attraction that was fated to end in catastrophe The jury retired to deliberate. Few observers expected it would take them long to reach a verdict, but none expected it in the short time of 14 minutes, and the jury made no recommendation for mercy. She never flinched as the judge moved slowly through the ritual of donning the black cap, sentencing her to be hanged on the morning of Wednesday, July 13th, 1955... Earlier she had issued a statement in response to requests from reporters. “Only a woman could really understand my state of mind on the night I shot David,” she… more »

  • Will We Soon Know The Truth About Muriel’s Murder?
    (True Detective June 2022)

    The brothers had wanted to kidnap the glamorous wife of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch – hoping to hold her for a £1m ransom. Instead, they snatched the wife of a fellow-Australian newspaper executive, hoping for a lucrative pay-off. It was an ordeal she would not survive... “Local rumour was, in two other cases, that the victim was fed to the pigs. There is a similar rumour around this case. But there was, in the two earlier cases, forensic evidence: no body, but forensic evidence. The point here is that there is no evidence of Mrs. McKay being fed to the pigs. “Although the probability is that Mrs. McKay is dead, she may not have been… more »

  • Shot Dead In Church – Ex-Wife Who Unearthed Child Porn
    (Murder Most Foul No. 124)

    She was a community stalwart whose life had been devoted to music and the church in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. So when popular Darlene Sitler was brutally gunned down by her ex-husband in front of the congregation in December 2012, the community was left horror-struck... As Pastor Evon Lloyd opened her Bible to read from Corinthians, the shrouded figure strode forward, pulled out a gun, levelled it at 53-year-old choir director and organist Darlene, and fired four shots. She fell into the organ pit, blood spurting from multiple wounds, and for a few moments no one in the stunned congregation moved. In the shocked silence that followed, the shooter walked back the way he’d come in, waving… more »

  • Snuff Movie Fan Became A Chainsaw Killer
    (True Crime May 2022)

    Police seized hundreds of DVDs and videos, some showing dismemberment, from the home of wannabe film producer Edward Simmons. The suspicion was that he’d produced a real-life murder – but there wasn’t even a body as evidence... Thirty-four-year-old Simmons went ballistic when his girlfriend told him she had been raped by his best pal, Alex Brown. When he calmed down he began to plot a horrific revenge. Revenge was a word that had a special meaning for Simmons. For he had a lurid obsession with horror films and snuff movies. He had written his own horror movie script and had amassed a collection of sick films showing bodies being dismembered... more »

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