Master Detective February 2007

Master Detective February 2007

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What sort of man would kill his own children? The "family annihilators" are not what you would expect – they don’t dr…

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What sort of man would kill his own children? The "family annihilators" are not what you would expect – they don’t drink or take drugs. They are devoted fathers and good providers. But they cannot accept loss – and their revenge is the cruellest of all, as our lead story illustrates.

This issue contains several examples of classic crime pathology – the spoilt child who can’t accept having his wishes denied, the alcoholic/drug addict seething with resentment and fear, the terrorist who wants to make the world aware of his cause through an act of unspeakable destruction, the simpleton who is at the mercy of his sexually aggressive urges. These people exist in droves, yet how many actually act on their impulses? And how does it affect the people around them – not just their victims, but the people who they are close to? It is the details of each particular case which make unique reading – the back story, the place, the era in which the crime took place – and this issue is full of these stories.

It is 40 years since the last man was hanged in Australia and Master Detective has researched the case of Ronald Ryan for our readers. The protest to save Ryan from the gallows was so vehement that the government regarded it as too difficult politically to ever resort to the death penalty again. Within 20 years, capital punishment had been abolished federally and in all state and territory jurisdictions.

European Crime Report brings a variety of cases to keep you abreast of current stories across the continent – this issue is packed with interesting information which will keep you reading for hours.

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