Some crimes are premeditated – meticulously planned with getaway routes scouted, evidence carefully removed and alibis a…
Master Detective March 2007
Some crimes are premeditated – meticulously planned with getaway routes scouted, evidence carefully removed and alibis already in place. Typically they’re committed in pursuit of material gain. Mostly they involve the victims in material loss but are not fatal. Far more dangerous, though, are those crimes committed on the spur of the moment, when logic goes out of the window and pure emotion takes over – whether that emotion be passion, hatred, frustration or simply boredom.
Case in point, this issue: the sad, needless death of June Cook in what has come to be known as the “Red Mini Murder”. No one could accuse Kim Newell and her accomplices of meticulous planning; in fact their lack of foresight is breathtaking. It could be called a crime of passion, but in reality it was a crime of monumental stupidity.
That’s also true of the Chatham barracks killing in this month’s MD Forum. For James Tooth, the red mist descended and signalled death – first, for a hapless young drummer boy, and then for Tooth himself.
Boredom can be a killer too – witness the tale of two poor little rich kids and how they terrorised the city of Atlanta. Note, also, the chilling similarities to the much more famous case of Leopold and Loeb, just a few years earlier.
n On the inside back cover of this issue you’ll find news of a new sister publication to MD: the True Detective Spring Special, otherwise known as 20 Blood-Chilling Murder Cases. We’re very excited about this new magazine, which goes on sale in March, and would love to hear your views on what other new publications you’d like to see from us. Don’t hold back – write to Viewpoint. And meanwhile…
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