It’s 50 years since the great soul singer Sam Cooke met his sudden end in a motel in LA
Master Detective December 2014
The name of Al Capone instantly springs to people’s minds when they’re asked about crime in 1920s Chicago. But what about Silas Jayne? Silas who? Think again. Silas ran Capone a very close second as a big-time criminal in that bloody era of killing and beyond. He confined his activities to the middle and upper-class suburbs but carved a brutal arc through the city’s history.
Alec Wilkinson was an unhappy newlywed in 1950s Yorkshire. The problem was that his mother-in-law was living just two doors away and her lewd ways were too much for him to bear. A shocking case with historic significance in the record of British capital punishment.
Finally, it’s 50 years since the great soul singer Sam Cooke met his sudden end in a motel in LA. A puzzling conclusion to a life that promised so much and which, half a century on, still attracts conspiracy theorists.
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