In 1922 William and Helen Harkness were accused of the murder of a teenage girl. What came out at their trial above all else was the story of a desperate
Master Detective May 2009
In 1922 William and Helen Harkness were accused of the murder of a teenage girl. What came out at their trial above all else was the story of a desperate man’s attempt to protect his wife. “In my heart I know I am not a murderer,” Willie said. “But I would swing twice over rather than see my wife go to the scaffold with me.” Did he succeed?
For two hours one Wednesday afternoon she methodically dispatched her five children, using two knives she’d bought from the local supermarket. In court she announced: “I want to find out why I did it.” Read the full story.
Anne Stout cooked her husband Bill his favourite dinner then led him to the bedroom of their house. They made love and lay in the comfort of each other’s arms. But the following day Bill was dead. He had been shot in the head as he lay in his own bed. See inside for Steak, Sex…Then Murder.
The designer of the curious-looking building in Chicago seemed a trifle odd. He was. He liked killing people. What’s more he was almost certainly America’s first serial killer – and he’s the subject of this month’s One Life Of Crime.
“I’M GOING TO BE FAMOUS”
Boasted the killer who wanted to be the second Jack the Ripper…
STEAK, SEX…THEN MURDER
When Bill Stout was found dead in bed in 2007 it seemed the fling he’d had two years previously had finally come home to roost
COUPLES WHO KILL PART 10: DID WILLIE SAVE NELLIE?
William and Helen Harkness were accused of the murder of a teenage girl. What came out of the trial was the story of a desperate man’s attempt to protect his wife
PART 4: FLORENCE MAYBRICK – MY FIFTEEN LOST YEARS
The evils of the silent system
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
More cases from the near Continent, including “How Mum Killed Her Five Kids”
MD FORUM: HOW ARTHUR WAS FITTED UP FOR MURDER
An interesting letter from a reader closely involved with New Zealand’s most famous murder case
AL CAPONE ON THE SPOT
Final part of the series written at a time when Capone was still a force to be reckoned with
BETTY’S VEAL AND ARSENIC PIE
She put a little “extra” in her pie to play a trick on James, but the joke had deadly consequences
ONE LIFE OF CRIME: THE MAN WHO LIKED KILLING PEOPLE
How many victims for America’s first serial killer?
WHO MURDERED ANNIE McSHAN?
One man was found not guilty while another was pardoned after a year. Someone, it seems, got away with murder