Master Detective February 2015

Master Detective February 2015

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Spendthrift Alabama mum Marie Hilley had become bored with her 24-year marriage…

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Who knows what anyone is really capable of doing? It’s a perplexing question. And two stories in this month’s MD demonstrate how easily so-called normal people – whatever that may mean – can become killers. Spendthrift Alabama mum Marie Hilley had become bored with her 24-year marriage when she decided to make her humdrum life a little more eventful. A few weeks later, in May 1975, her husband Frank began to feel dreadfully ill… The roller-coaster ride that followed truly beggars belief.

In a similar but far more brutal vein is the still-unfolding tale of the self-confessed serial killer Inessa Tarverdiyeva. For decades she was a conscientious nursery school teacher leading a blameless life in Staropol. Yet this once-caring professional morphed into a merciless bandit. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

MURDER OF A BEAUTY QUEEN
Monica Spear and Henry Berry were touring Venezuela with their daughter. It was a trip that was all about reconciliation but merciless carjackers turned it into a bloody tragedy…

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EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
“I Was Born To Kill! – Nursery School Teacher” and “Botched Hold-Up Ended In Catastrophe”…

ONE LIFE OF CRIME: MARIE WAS A WIFE, MOTHER AND HUSBAND KILLER
Marie Hilley murdered her husband and tried to kill her daughter. Then when the heat was on she disappeared – and a second extraordinary life got under way…

CURIOUS STORIES OF MURDER: DEADLY SECRET OF THE GARDEN GNOMES
For years Charles Lewis had wanted a lily pond in the garden of the Kent home he shared with his wife and adopted daughter. But dark thoughts gripped his mind…

THE LAST PUBLIC EXECUTION AT SLIGO
“Everyone’s been murdered,” a neighbour cried out as the bodies of three people were discovered at the Irish town’s grocery shop. The Ballymote Slasher had done his worst…

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

WHO MURDERED THE MASTER DETECTIVE?
Detective Joseph Petrosino waged a war against the Mafia and Camorra in New York. But when he took the fight to Italy a killer was waiting…

WHEN CHEWING GUM SOLVED A 35-YEAR-OLD MURDER
Drifter Gary Raub had got away with the murder of an elderly woman in the 1970s. Years later his taste for chewing gum finally got him unstuck…

JAILBREAK PART 17: TERROR ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
Tucker prison was known as the Alcatraz of Arkansas. But in the season of goodwill four inmates were determined to blast their way to freedom…

MD FORUM: HOW A CHESHIRE MURDER WAS SOLVED IN PARKHURST PRISON
Jane Taylor disappeared after going for a bike ride. The case went cold but then the killer dropped a vital clue…