Back in the 1880s – then as now – Kingston Hill, bordering Richmond Park, was one of London’s most desirable residential districts…
Master Detective March 2009
Back in the 1880s – then as now – Kingston Hill, bordering Richmond Park, was one of London’s most desirable residential districts. On the moonless night of September 22nd, 1881, the staff at one of its mansions was woken by the sound of gunshots. Sprawled on the house’s front steps was Police Constable Frederick Atkins. He had been shot three times by a would-be burglar. See page 34 for the Victorian cop-killing that baffled the whole of the Metropolitan Police.
“Yes, she’s dead,” John Gardiner told Strathclyde Police after his wife Margaret went missing. “I didn’t murder her. It was an accident.” Apparently, she lost her balance during an argument and fell down concrete steps by the back door of their house in Dunbartonshire, hitting her head. The back of her head, he told police, “caved in like an eggshell.” Unsurprisingly, the police didn’t believe him. Would you? See page 6 for this modern shocker from Scotland.
Mention Le Mans today and everyone thinks of motor racing. But some 75 years ago the town was the talk of France for another reason altogether.
“I’LL ALWAYS REGRET KILLING JULIE”
Murder – the only way the lovers could be together
WHERE DID HE PUT MARGARET?
A modern Scottish shocker
GALLOWS FOR THE NORTH SHIELDS STRANGLER
If it wasn’t for nosy parkers one killer from the north-east might have got away with murder
NOOSE FOR A CRIPPLED WIFE
Cheryl couldn’t see a thing. Suddenly she was handcuffed and a rope slipped around her neck
VIEWPOINT plus COMPETITION
ONE LIFE OF CRIME: MY LIFE OF PERVERSION AND MURDER
“It would be the pleasure of all pleasures to hear my own blood gushing into the basket when my head is cut off”
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
More modern cases from the near Continent
PART 3: FLORENCE MAYBRICK – MY FIFTEEN LOST YEARS
In the shadow of death
UNSOLVED MURDERS PART 12: MURDER ON KINGSTON HILL
A Victorian cop-killing mystery
WANDSWORTH’S DAYS OF HANGING PART 11
The true stories behind the south London prison’s 135 executions
COUPLES WHO KILL PART 8: THE MAIDS OF HORROR
A sensational double-murder in Le Mans that shocked the French nation
AL CAPONE ON THE SPOT
Part 6 of our series written in 1931 by a Chicago newspaperman
MD FORUM: THE NAZI SPIES, THE DAGGER AND THE CHIEF CONSTABLE
Update and remarkable pictures from reader Donald MacPhee