A killer who claimed he was possessed by the spirit of notorious Prohibition-era gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond…
Master Detective September 2017
A killer who claimed he was possessed by the spirit of notorious Prohibition-era gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond makes an appearance in a classic British crime story this month. Victor Terry was up on a murder charge at Lewes Assizes following a fatal bank raid at a branch of Lloyds in November 1960. But would the jury buy Terry’s claim of not guilty on the grounds of diminished responsibility?
A strange case from late-19th-century Belfast, requested by a reader, makes an appearance in this issue. “You will be charged with being drunk and disorderly in a public place,” the police sergeant had informed Elizabeth James. Truth was, she’d been viciously attacked.
ICE-CREAM LADY CUT UP AND BURIED HER MEN IN CEMENT
Her ice-creams were the toast of Vienna but Estibaliz Carranza was hiding a deadly secret
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MURDER IN YOUR VILLAGE: “A GOOD SON TO A BAD MOTHER”
Did Copythorne mum Mary Penny provoke her son into killing her?
PAUL DONNELLEY’S MURDER MONTH
More Murder Months
EUROPEAN CRIME REPORT
“Brit From Chatham Beat French Jogger To Death,” “A Corpse For His Birthday Present”
MD’s CRIME QUIZ
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THE WORTHING BANK ROBBERY MURDER
A deadly robbery at the Lloyds branch called for swift action from Scotland Yard’s finest
US EXECUTIONS – THE FORGOTTEN DECADE: MYSTERY OF THE WEEKEND MASSACRE
Grover Lucas claimed his family had been wiped out in a car accident. But something just didn’t add up
THIRTY YEARS AGO IN CRIME
More headline-making material from MD’s crime archives
THEY CAME TO WATCH THE HANGING: “I KISSED HER AND DREW THE BLADE…THEN THE BLOOD CAME”
What drove Louis Bordier to cruelly murder his “wife”?
MD FORUM: BELFAST’S SHOCKING SHORE ROAD MURDER
What had happened to Elizabeth James? Until the post-mortem no one realised she’d been murdered
WHO KILLED THE EIGHT-DAY BRIDE?
Mystery death of newlywed Canadian Christina Kettlewell
SCOTLAND’S CLASSIC CASES: THE NYLON STOCKING MURDER MYSTERY
Did Rita Davidson know her stocking was going to be used to kill the postmistress?
TRAGIC BEAUTY WHO LOVED A BEAST
Traci Vaillancourt’s life had gone horribly wrong. Then she teamed up with drug addict Troy Walker