Elegant, studious, quietly spoken Jean-Claude Romand was a brilliant doctor, medical researcher and pillar of the local community. He worked on secret projects at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, and was on the verge of a breakthrough
Master Detective August 2008
Elegant, studious, quietly spoken Jean-Claude Romand was a brilliant doctor, medical researcher and pillar of the local community. He worked on secret projects at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, and was on the verge of a breakthrough cure for cancer. At least, that was what his wife, family and friends believed. But for 17 years “Dr.” Romand had hoodwinked everyone. In reality he wasn’t a doctor at all. He was a slouch who did nothing with his life except cheat, lie, steal and, in the end, murder five people. See page 6 for the full, incredible story of his extraordinary masquerade.
This issue we have a new feature entitled Murder Month, written by author, historian and crime expert Paul Donnelley, which focuses on notable crimes that took place in this month in years gone by. You’ll find Paul’s case reports throughout this issue – and we would be delighted to hear what you think of them.
HORROR ON THE FIRST DATE
While Kate planned how to retreat politely from the date, he made sure the scissors and carving knife were to hand
ONE LIFE OF CRIME: THE “GENTLE” DOCTOR WHO NEVER WAS
When he suddenly faced exposure after 17 years of duplicity he simply became a cold-blooded murderer
PART 1 OF A NEW SERIES: DENHAM…BRITAIN’S MURDER VILLAGE
The village nestles in the Thames Valley and is known for its celebrity residents. But few know it is also infamous as a village of death…
MURDER BY THE BOOK
What he learned in the classroom helped him outwit his pursuers, which is why it took so long to catch him
MANCHESTER’S SETTEE MURDER: WHAT’S YOUR VERDICT?
Study the evidence, scrutinise the confession and give credence to the defence plea – then you decide guilty or not guilty?
WANDSWORTH’S DAYS OF HANGING PART 4
The true stories behind the south London prison’s 135 executions
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
Cases include “Department Of Child Terror” and “Stabbed 82 Times With A Kitchen Knife”
UNSOLVED MURDERS PART 5: THE AMMAN VALLEY TRAGEDY
The grisly murder of the South Wales shopkeeper went unpunished largely because the evidence seemed as scant as the police investigation
THE ANGEL OF DEATH
Chicago gangsters were no strangers to murder and mayhem, but it was a girl with a taste for danger and a talent for chaos they called
MD FORUM: LIFE BEHIND BARS FOR BRITISH BUSINESSMAN
Despite support from the UK Government, Krishna Maharaj has been denied clemency