Master Detective December 2014

Master Detective December 2014

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It’s 50 years since the great soul singer Sam Cooke met his sudden end in a motel in LA

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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.

TRAGEDY OF THE LINDA COONEY SHOOTINGS
Nineteen years after killing her husband, Linda Cooney fired the same weapon at one of her devoted sons…

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

HORROR AT THE HAIRDRESSERS
Twenty-year-old Hollie Gazzard dumped her boyfriend – and ended up paying the heaviest price…

EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
“Vengeance! Can The Dead Return To Kill?” and “Get Out Of Jail Card For A French Killer”…

THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
More headline-making material from MD’s extensive crime archives

WHY ALEC MURDERED HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW
Newly-wedded Alec Wilkinson had been written off as a wimp by his mouthy mother-in-law. And she lived just two doors away…

ONE LIFE OF CRIME: CHICAGO’S SUBURBAN GANGSTER
Silas Jayne and his deadly feud with his brother George…

JAILBREAK PART 15: “SHOW ME THE JAIL I CAN’T CRASH”
State penitentiaries, reform schools, town jails – Edward Sickles had broken out of them all. But the authorities had a cunning plan…

WHY A DAUGHTER WENT SHOPPING FOR A MINCER
Martha Walker, the axe murderess from America who inflicted the ultimate betrayal on her mother…

MD FORUM: THE BUTLIN’S BEAUTY QUEEN MURDER
Yvonne Blower and Billy McDonald were teenage sweethearts. But the romance was fatally doomed. In fact, before long both were in the morgue…

THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF SAM COOKE
Sam Cooke is widely regarded as one of the best ever soul singers. Fifty years on from his sudden death, it’s time to reassess the case.