Should there be a limit on the number of years a case can lie cold before a prosecution is brought?
Master Detective November 2014
Should there be a limit on the number of years a case can lie cold before a prosecution is brought? Or should the perpetrator always know that, even if they think they’ve got away with a crime, there’s always a chance that justice will eventually catch up with them? In the extraordinary case of Carolyn Krizan-Wilson, such questions were being asked in Texas as a 1985 killing finally reached the courtroom.
Infanticide is nothing new, as our chronicle of the 16 women who were sentenced to death in England in the last century, only to be later reprieved, grimly demonstrates. All the cases were headline news at the time and, despite the passing years, the crimes remain shocking today.
Playing the part of Inspector Derrick made Horst Tappert a much-loved household name across Europe. But, as MD reports this month, viewers now have a different perspective on the late, silver-haired sleuth.
SALFORD’S BODY-IN-A-SUITCASE MURDER
Rania Alayed disappeared just a month after she filed for divorce from her “violent” and “controlling” husband…
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
“Kindly Cop…With A Bloodstained Past” and “Antoine’s Horrific Christmas Parcel”…
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MD FORUM: DID KILLER PUT HIS WIFE IN A WOODCHIPPER?
The gruesome killing of Connecticut woman Helle Crafts which inspired the classic Cohn brothers film Fargo…
16 MURDEROUS WOMEN WHO ESCAPED THE NOOSE
Hidden stories of the 16 women sentenced to death in England whose lives were later spared
THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
More headline-making material from MD’s extensive crime archives
SIX MONTHS IN JAIL FOR KILLING HER HUSBAND
The tale of Carolyn Krizan-Wilson, a grandmother from Texas with alleged dementia, locked up nearly three decades after the killing…
CURIOUS STORIES OF MURDER: WHO KILLED THE HOLLYWOOD DOCTOR’S WIFE?
Suicide or murder? The mysterious death of Doris Schwuchow Dazey – “the other Thelma Todd”– and the court case that enthralled 30s America…
MURDER IN THE BACK-STREETS OF BRISTOL
The dying girl scribbled the name of her killer on an envelope. Had they been secretly wed?
ONE LIFE OF CRIME: NO HAPPY ENDING FOR THE “HANDSOME GUY” BANDIT
Steven Milam, the silicone-masked bank robber whose career reads like a Hollywood movie…
JAILBREAK PART 14: NO BARS COULD HOLD SUCH EVIL
Kenneth Williams escaped the death penalty in Arkansas for murder. A month later he was back in court charged with two more murders…