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Master Detective May 1998
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When asked why he had applied to become a hangman John Ellis simply replied, "I don’t know." If you think that seems a wholly inappropriate answer, then you’re right, it was, but Ellis jog the job and he went on to become one of Britain’s best known hangmen involved in over 200 executions, although during his initial interview he refrained from revealing the fact that he couldn’t bring himself to kill a chicken. As a lad he had run away from home after his father made him work in the family’s barber shop in Rochdale. But at the age of 22, while employed in a textile machinery workshop, he knew where his future lay – to the dismay of his family. His first job was an assistant to William Billington at a double execution in Newcastle Prison in December, 1901. The legend was in the making…
The second new series this month sees the start of some exciting cases from South Africa, and we begin with the Foster gang, possibly the greatest bandit saga Africa has ever known.
Part 1 In An Important New Series:
THE ROCHDALE BARBER WHO BECAME BRITAIN’S NUMBER ONE HANGMAN
Classic Irish Murder Cases – Part 8:
A CRUEL BETRAYAL OF TRUST
"WHEN THEY KILLED MY DAUGHTER THEY KILLED A PART OF ME"
Another Heartrending Case
Part 1 Of A New Series:
SOUTH AFRICA’S GREATEST BANDIT SAGA – THE FOSTER GANG
THE OLDHAM WAKES WEEK MURDER
Killer Hanged On His Wedding Day
WHAT WAS THE SECRET OF THE BURNING HAYSTACK
Masterful Stories of Murder
After Eight Years On Death Row…
SADISTIC KILLER IS PUT TO DEATH
An Unforgettable Crime Classic:
DOUBLE MURDER IN SLEGLOK’S BASEMENT & THE CABINET-MAKER IN THE COAL BIN!