John Wayne Thomson is “the reason why the death penalty is still relevant,”
Master Detective January 2016
John Wayne Thomson is “the reason why the death penalty is still relevant,” according to American lawyer Robert Bulloch, who convinced a jury in California that the triple-killer should indeed be sentenced to death rather than spend his life in prison. Make up your own mind over the sexual-psychopath-turned-slayer’s fate in Sentenced To Die. Three notorious French killers meanwhile will almost certainly be spending the rest of their lives behind bars – despite appeals in the European courts. See Why These Killers Will Never Be Released. Britain, of course, no longer executes its murderers but “The Heaviest Man I Ever Hanged,” the latest in our series of William Warbrick’s stories, brings those days back into sharp focus.
WHO MURDERED MARTIN’S PARENTS?
A Newcastle couple were found brutally murdered. But were intruders – or their own son – to blame?
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SENTENCED TO DIE
Sexual-psychopath-turned-murderer John Wayne Thomson – the prisoner who wouldn’t be rehabilitated
PAUL DONNELLEY’S MURDER MONTH
More Murder Months on pages 23, 35, 46 and 49
THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
More headline-making material from MD’s crime archives
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
“Why These Three Killers Will Never Be Released” and “Horror Of Burning Girl In The Forest”
MD’s CRIME QUIZ
Test your knowledge of crime in our fun quiz
MD FORUM 1: WARTIME LONDON AND LIONEL’S DIG FOR VICTORY
When a mother and daughter vanished during the Blitz, neighbours were suspicious. Had they really moved to Scotland?
WHO KILLED THE BRISTOL BANK MANAGER?
A bank became a horror scene when a visitor turned killer
ONE LIFE OF CRIME: PICTURE GALLERY OF MURDER
Killer Mickey Feener posted photos of his victims in his car. But where were all the bodies?
SCOTLAND’S CLASSIC CASES: DUNDEE MYSTERY OF ELMGROVE HOUSE
Spinster Jean Milne was murdered in her mansion. But who was the killer?
THE POWER OF LIFE & DEATH: DID A SWINDLER MAKE A FOOL OF LORD DARLING?
Horatio Bottomley and his battle with Britain’s most famous judge
THE WILLIAM WARBRICK STORIES – PART 10: “THE HEAVIEST MAN I EVER HANGED”
William Warbrick recalls an overweight killer trawlerman
MD FORUM 2: THE FIRST SOLO TRAIN ROBBER
The story of daredevil robber Oliver Curtis Perry
LORI’S MURDER SOLVED AFTER 30 YEARS
How DNA testing helped crack a decades-old murder case