Master Detective February 2010

Master Detective February 2010

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The so-called Washington Sniper, John Allen Muhammad, was put to death by lethal injection in Virginia in November 2009.

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The so-called Washington Sniper, John Allen Muhammad, was put to death by lethal injection in Virginia in November 2009. And though his was one of the highest-profile American executions in many a year, it remains a mystery why he set out on a killing spree that left at least 12 dead. A mystery, that is, to everyone except his ex-wife Mildred. She claims she knows precisely what his motive was.

The second of our new series of Last Executions, focuses on Carlisle Prison. In the condemned cell there, Joseph Wilson would admit that he’d long fancied his prospective mother-in-law – but what made him do what he did to her on New Year’s Day, 1892?

We have two astonishing cases from a fascinating era in 20th-century America this month. Among the things they have in common is the ascent to power – in our Master Detectives story, it’s corruption that fuels the rise of Judge McElroy. Meanwhile, in One Life Of Crime, it’s sheer business acumen that puts Russell Scott in high society. There’s another, shocking, parallel between their cases – but you’ll have to read the stories to find out what!

WIFE KILLED BENEATH THE WAVES
Not one, but two cases of suspicious death while scuba-diving

THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
Headline news! Newly unearthed material from MD’s archives

THE BREAKFAST KILLER
Part 2 of the series – Last Executions: Was sex the motive in this Haverigg murder?

MD FORUM: RITUAL KILLING IN KNOTTY ASH?
Maureen’s killing remains unsolved – but was it a cult sacrifice?

“WHY MY SNIPER HUSBAND MURDERED TWELVE”
The Washington Sniper’s ex-wife has a fantastic story to tell

VIEWPOINT plus COMPETITION

EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
More cases from the near Continent, including “MUM WAS SLICED UP FOR THE FRIDGE”

THE MASTER DETECTIVES PART 5: THE JUDGE’S DAUGHTER
“She was the best friend we ever had,” said the kidnappers of their victim. But the judge’s daughter had one more surprise in store

“I SLEPT WITH SARAH’S CORPSE”
A Manchester pub landlady’s liking for her customers went too far – and murder was the result

A STORY OF IRISH BETRAYAL PART 8
The drama surrounding Dr. Patrick Cronin, a fervent supporter of freedom for Ireland

ONE LIFE OF CRIME: THE FABULOUS RUSSELL SCOTT
He was a multi-millionaire by the time he was 26 – so why would he turn to murder?