Master Detective January 2008

Master Detective January 2008

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The crime passionel – “that most Gallic of get-out-of-jail cards” – is under fire as never before. It’s a defence agains…

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The crime passionel – “that most Gallic of get-out-of-jail cards” – is under fire as never before. It’s a defence against murder charges that is, as far as we know, unique to France. It suggests that killing without premeditation – in the heat of the moment – can be a crime from which it’s possible to walk free.

As you’ll see on page 29, the subject has been thrust into the spotlight by the unexpected early release of a French rock star who killed his movie-star lover. The killer of beautiful Marie Trintignant now looks set to resume his career. Can this be just?

No, say campaigners who point out that one woman dies every three days in France as a result of domestic violence.

Can there be any justification for keeping what has been called “a charter for wife-murder?” Should we have something similar here in Britain? We’re keen to know your views, so don’t be backward in e-mailing or writing to us.

WORLD’S END KILLER FOUND “NOT GUILTY”

It looked as though the families of two murdered girls would at last see justice done – but a legal technicality has denied them closure.

A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE ORTON

He was London’s theatrical master of black comedy. But his colourful life ended in a brutal punchline.

“HAVE THE GUNS AT SIX, ONE OF THEM POST OFFICES HAS GOT TO GO UP”

Was it an IRA bomb plot? The start of a Communist uprising? Or was it simply an armed robbery that turned to murder?

THE PRIEST WHO BECAME A DETECTIVE

Why had his housekeeper walked out? Soon he was snooping round looking for clues…

EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT

Battle Of The Mobile Phone; Nobody Wanted Alexis – So They Drowned Him; Who Put Cyanide In Emilie’s Cough Mixture?; “Crime Passionel? It’s A Charter For Wife-Murder”.

ONE LIFE OF CRIME: THE DUTCH SCHULTZ I KNEW

To the authorities he was one of America’s most wanted. But to her he was a husband, lover…and the father of her children

MURDER BY GASLIGHT

Why did the killer turn the gas up and down? Would the answer save him from the gallows?

HORROR OF THE HEADLESS CORPSE AT IVER STATION

She’d been an attractive blonde, but her body had taken the most horrific battering…

MD FORUM: THE WIGAN RAILWAY MURDER

How a brave detective died in a raid on a railway depot