Master Detective April 2012

Master Detective April 2012

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Over the last two months Master Detective has focused on the crimes and execution of Barbara Graham

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Over the last two months Master Detective has focused on the crimes and execution of Barbara Graham. Bizarrely, while she was confined in the women’s prison at Coroner, California, and San Quentin, she was permitted to correspond with a writer for a Los Angeles newspaper. He had covered Barbara’s trial and worked closely with her counsel. This month we present some of those often poignant death cell letters.

Curious Stories Of Murder this month looks back at two notorious crimes in which jealousy lay at their heart. But that was not the only remarkable parallel. Read The Manchester Shootings and you’ll see what we mean.

“I know this is going to sound crazy,” said teenaged Stephanie Pistey in an exclusive TV interview, “but I believe that I’m a vampire and part-werewolf.”

MOTHER AND DAUGHTERS DIE IN A NIGHT OF HORRORS
“You can forgive someone who stole your car. I think forgiving the essence of evil is not appropriate”

THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
More fascinating material from MD’s crime archives

MD FORUM: THE CARDIFF “HONOUR” MURDERS
Joan and Akhtar found themselves in love but his parents were determined to keep them apart at any cost

EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
Astonishing cases from the near Continent, including 30 Years For Love- Triangle Skydiver

VIEWPOINT
More of your views

HOW AN 18-YEAR-OLD SAVED HIMSELF FROM THE GALLOWS
plus NO REPRIEVE FOR THE LONDON SHOP KILLER
Two high-profile cases that show the anomalies and inconsistencies in the Homicide Act (1957)

WHY EXECUTION WAS A COSTLY AFFAIR
No one worried about the death sentence on Paul Rhoades – what bothered them was the cost of killing him

THE MANCHESTER SHOOTINGS
The latest in the series Curious Stories Of Murder

ONE LIFE OF CRIME: BARBARA GRAHAM’S LETTERS FROM DEATH ROW
“When I came here there were four of us condemned people here in this wing. By the time you receive this there will be one, me”

“I AM A VAMPIRE”
Another case that raises questions in the US about the causes of extreme behaviour among teenagers who appear to find it difficult to disengage media images from reality…