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Master Detective March 2010
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Master Detective is 60 years old this month! March 1950 saw the first editions of both this magazine and True Detective on sale in British newsagents. It’s an excuse for a little nostalgia and it’s an opportunity for one lucky reader to claim a £500 reward. But most of all it’s business as usual – another month’s worth of the world’s very best true crime stories.
Case in point: the latest story in our “Last Executions” series. This one focuses on the last man hanged at Exeter Prison and raises significant doubts as to whether the hanged man really was guilty. Read A Killing On Christmas Eve, decide for yourself – and let us know your verdict by writing to MD Viewpoint.
The shadow of the gallows dominates another remarkable story in this issue: “As she slumped to the ground he ripped open her blouse, tore her bra away and continued stabbing. ‘I hate you! I love you! I want to die!’ And with that he slashed Sybil’s throat.” That it was murder there was no doubt. But would they hang a man with no legs?
By the way, MD carries on celebrating next month with a special free pull-out section. Don’t miss it!
Meanwhile, here’s to the next 60 years!
Enjoy the read!
“I can’t explain my actions,” Michelle explained. “Please kill me or lock me up for ever”
WOULD THEY HANG A MAN WITH NO LEGS?
It would surely be seen as barbaric to execute someone with no legs in Britain in the 1950s. Wouldn’t it?
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
More cases from the near Continent, including “When A Married Mum Takes A Lover”
VIEWPOINT plus COMPETITION
MD FORUM: SECRET OF NORTH TYNE WOOD
A murder committed by a Scotsman in Northumberland in the 1920s
THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
Newly unearthed material from Master Detective’s crime archives
ONE LIFE OF CRIME: “JUST CALL ME KILLER” – THE TRIGGER BURKE STORY
He hated the cops, he hated church, he hated school. In fact he hated just about everyone…
A STORY OF IRISH BETRAYAL PART 9
The drama surrounding Dr. Patrick Cronin, a fervent supporter of freedom for Ireland
POLICEMAN WHO KILLED TO STOP THE WEDDING
He was paralysed by indecision. And events seemed as if they had taken on a life of their own
THE MASTER DETECTIVES PART 6: HORRORS OF THE THIRD DEGREE
Hours of continuously whacking the suspects left the detectives arm-weary – and they still hadn’t learned the whereabouts of the victim!
A KILLING ON CHRISTMAS EVE
Part 3 of the series Last Executions: Falmouth’s Tobacconist Shop Murder