When Liz read the letter she started shaking and then broke down in tears. The note was from a recovering alcoholic who …
Master Detective June 2007
When Liz read the letter she started shaking and then broke down in tears. The note was from a recovering alcoholic who wanted to apologise for raping her at a party 21 years earlier! Liz felt as if a wound had split open and started to bleed all over again. “As he raped me I remember thinking this is what it feels like to die. I’m going to die here and no one’s going to find me.” One woman’s terrifying ordeal at the hands of a sexual predator begins on this page.
Blood dripped from the knife in the hand of the man as he leapt from a train at Three Bridges station in Sussex and hurried along the platform towards the exit. The body of the woman he had attacked was slumped in death on the compartment seat, her throat cut and the carriage floor awash with her blood. “We had both been drinking and dancing and were pretty well oiled-up,” the killer said. “It was a mad frenzy. Is she dead? If she is dead I am satisfied. If not, I am not satisfied. She was a good girl, but she wronged me. If any of you had been treated the way she treated me, you would have done the same as I did. But I’m afraid I have done more than I ought to have done this time.” Were those the words of a rational man, a sane man, or a cold-blooded killer?
Louise Woodward. Remember her? In 1997 she was the British au pair charged with the first-degree murder of baby Matthew Eappen in Boston, Massachusetts. Now, however, Louise may finally be cleared because the doctor whose “conclusive” evidence helped to convict her has had a change of mind.
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