Master Detective August 2013

Master Detective August 2013

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William Murfitt was a man to be envied. He was a wealthy, enterprising farmer with 1,000 acres near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk…

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William Murfitt was a man to be envied. He was a wealthy, enterprising farmer with 1,000 acres near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, sending his produce to Covent Garden in his own trucks and employing more than 100 men at harvest time. But nobody envied Murfitt one May day in 1938 when he died suddenly. However, his death proved to be just the beginning. It would take another 66 years until the case was finally cracked by an author and retired journalist who had a personal interest in the case.

This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the last use of the death penalty in Scotland. We recall the case and a witness statement from the time adds a new insight into events at Craiginches Prison, Aberdeen, on that fateful day in 1963
But what else lies inside Master Detective August?

PREACHER WILLIS WAS A CHILD RAPIST
How the internet brought justice to a teenager after 14 long years

UNSOLVED MURDERS OF THE 1960s PART 9: BONDAGE, SPIES AND DOUBLE-MURDER IN LONDON
Were the victims picked by a serial killer preying on gay men or was there a more sinister link to a spy at the Admiralty?

VIEWPOINT plus COMPETITION
More of your views and a chance to win a superb new book

"MY WIFE IS STABBING ME…PLEASE HELP”
Paul Byrne feared for his life but Tanya was his responsibility and would remain his wife “until death do us part…”

THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
Headline material from MD’s extensive crime archives

THE LAST MAN HANGED IN SCOTLAND
MD marks the 50th anniversary of the last execution in Scotland

"I WATACHED A MAN HANGED"
” The remarkable account of the last hanging in Scotland as witnessed by by the then junior alderman on Aberdeen Town Council

EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
More cases from the near Continent including, “A Date For Death”

MD FORUM: KILLER NAMED BY VICTIM’S GHOST
After 18 years the killer’s conviction meant closure not only for the victim’s family but also for the restless spirit of the victim herself

ONE LIFE OF CRIME: BODY PARTS FOR HOLLYWOOD STARTS
“I want your vital organs,” the killer told his horrified victim who was handcuffed to a radiator in a dingy basement

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"LADY CHANDLER" – A MURDERESS IS UNMASKED
The latest in the series Curious Stories Of Murder

MD FORUM 2: THE SHOCKING SECRET OF MINNIE’S HATBOX
She was the only woman executed in New Zealand – what had she done?