The shocking crimes of sadistic Canadian landscape gardener Bruce McArthur, plus, the full-length account of the life and crimes of John Donald Merrett
Master Detective May 2019
In the history of British crime, there are few more colourful characters than the violent, womanising, hard-drinking, heavily-built, bearded fraudster and murderer John Donald Merrett, aka Ronald Chesney. His lifelong, roller-coaster of a criminal career reached its climax in mid-50s Ealing, west London, and ended abruptly in a German wood, following a Europe-wide manhunt. Read Bloodbath At The Home For Gentlefolk for the full, extraordinary story.
Ealing features again in our account of the curious 1943 slaying of mother and daughter Gladys and Shirley Brewer, brutally attacked in their home in Grove Place. See Gladys’s Killing Was Triggered By Gaslight.
Finally, be sure to visit Belfast for Unsolved Murders Of The 1950s…it’s a real puzzler.
SMILING SERIAL KILLER PLANTED GARDENS WITH VICTIMS’ BODY PARTS
The shocking crimes of sadistic Canadian landscape gardener Bruce McArthur
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
Cases include: “He Killed His Wife – Then He Killed His Lawyer,” “Revenge Of The Sexy Lover,” “Student Ate His Girlfriend”
PAUL DONNELLEY’S MURDER MONTH
More Murder Months
VIEWPOINT plus COMPETITION
More of your letters and a chance to win a book
MD FORUM: BLOODBATH AT THE HOME FOR GENTLEFOLK
The full-length account of the life and crimes of John Donald Merrett
US EXECUTIONS – THE FORGOTTEN DECADE:
THE STRANGLER AND THE BODY IN THE BASEMENT
Teenage victim Lillian Mojica had been bludgeoned, raped and strangled – then set alight by her killer
THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
More headline-making material from MD’s crime archives
GLADYS’S KILLING WAS TRIGGERED BY GASLIGHT
Wartime murder of a mother and daughter
MURDER IN YOUR VILLAGE:
GRUESOME SECRET OF NORTH TYNE WOOD
A post-mortem showed Stanley Dalton had been shot in the head at close range as he rode his motorcycle. But who was the killer?
UNSOLVED MURDERS OF THE 1950s:
BELFAST MYSTERY OF THE MURDERED TIMEKEEPER
Had victim Samuel Stranix had an argument with a Belfast Harbour worker about the man’s hours?
SCOTLAND’S CLASSIC CASES:
MACABRE MURDER OF THE FIFE OFFICE BOY
Apprentice clerk Michael Brown had picked up the workers’ wages but never made it back to the office…