Murder Most Foul No. 57

Murder Most Foul No. 57

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A popular and very successful crime writer wrote recently about a squad of cops in the US known as "closers"

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A popular and very successful crime writer wrote recently about a squad of cops in the US known as "closers." In effect they are a cold case squad charged with bringing old, unsolved cases to a conclusion, and in the process no doubt bringing some measure of comfort to the victim’s friends and relatives as well. In November 1990, 13-year-old Crystal "Crickette" Surrell was murdered on her way to school. Fourteen years passed. Then in June 2004 two men were brought to trial for Crystal’s murder following an anonymous tip. Neither of the defendants testified. They told their lawyers that they didn’t believe there was enough hard evidence to convict them after such a long lapse in time. Nine days later they were proved wrong…

Shooting a dog might seem unlikely to make headlines, but the shot Frank Cole said he fired at one near Ayers Rock 25 years ago reverberated around the world 24 years later, stirring fresh controvesy about a mystery that has never gone away. The dog in his sights, said the 78-year-old retired Melbourne lorry driver, had a baby in its jaws – tiny Azaria Chamberlain.

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