Master Detective March 2012

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The controversial murder cases in the early 1950s led to the UK Homicide Act of 1957

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The controversial murder cases in the early 1950s led to the UK Homicide Act of 1957. But anomalies and inconsistencies highlighted its shortcomings and in the end the Act – designed to prop up capital punishment by making it more acceptable – served only to hasten its abolition.

Edith Muhr expected to meet her husband for lunch after a country walk that day in September 2009. But she never reached the restaurant. Instead, Edith was kidnapped, tortured and made to undergo appalling suffering before finally being killed.

“Why do they torture me so?” said a tearful Barbara Graham. “I was ready to die at 10 o’clock!” For this month’s instalment of One Life Of Crime.

“I WANT MY HUSBAND MURDERED”
Who could have predicted that their marriage would have ended in a short and potentially fatal way?

MD FORUM: DOMINOES AND DEATH AT THE HOUR GLASS A request from a reader in High Wycombe regarding a murder in his local pub

EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT Another shocker from the near Continent:
Farmer Cut Up Woman While She Was Still Alive

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BOTCHED EXECUTIONS
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WHEN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BECAME A LOTTERY – AND HANGING HAD TO STOP The high-profile murder cases that led to the Homicide Act (1957)

WOULD THEY ESCAPE THE NOOSE?
The controversial case of George Jones and Henry Mitchell
THE MURDER THAT SAW AN END TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT A ground-breaking case from Seaton, Cumberland

MISS KEETON’S STRANGE STORIES OF MURDER The latest in the series Curious Stories Of Murder

WHO WAS THE REAL SHERLOCK HOLMES?
We attempt to put together all the pieces of the jigsaw which make up one of the most famous characters in the world of crime

ONE LIFE OF CRIME: BARBARA GRAHAM PART 2 – “WHY DID THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN TO ME?”
“They’ll pay for it one day, one way or another. All the rats, all the liars, all the ones who want me dead will pay!”

“FATAL ATTRACTION” DIVA GETS EVEN
It was just like the film – a spurned woman turns on her ex-lover

COLT SHOOTS STEPFATHER
The incredible story of a 15-year-old who got two 12-year-olds to kill for him!

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