She had faced troubles in the past but in recent years Julianne McCrery seemed to have pulled herself together and had even published a self-help book
Murder Most Foul No. 85
She had faced troubles in the past but in recent years Julianne McCrery seemed to have pulled herself together and had even published a self-help book. However, a noted criminologist described the time as more a cry for help. The book, the professor said, read like a memoir, cataloguing her failures in romance, finance and parenting. “There is a tremendous amount of anger in it,” the professor noted, “much of it directed at her son who had been ill and had trouble sleeping and had emotional outbursts which Julianne simply couldn’t handle.” Sadly, he was soon proved to be right.
Australian farmhand John Trevor Kelly knew he was well liked by his boss Eric Sommerlad. He shared the boss’s secrets, drank with him and was treated just like one of the family. But Kelly pushed his luck too far when he suggested he should also share the boss’s sister – and used an axe to try to get his lustful way. Turn to page 10 for Axe-Killer Last To Hang In New South Wales and an execution carried out at Long Bay Gaol “with the precision of the post office clock and the casual aloofness with which a rabbit is hit on the back of the head.”
Another case had its terrible beginnings in December 1967 when prosperous US businessman Robert Bowman abducted, raped and murdered 14-year-old schoolgirl Eileen Adams in his fruit cellar. But with little physical evidence and no technology to aid them the police were unable to press charges. Consequently, the investigation slowly ran out of steam and Bowman drifted off into the sunset. Is that it, you might ask? Well, no, not quite. But see for yourself by turning to page 16 and a Family’s 40-Year Wait For Justice.
Finally, see page 15 for a new – if not entirely unique – slant on the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 and enter our competition at the same time.
* “Goodnight, Sleep Tight” Mom Smothers Son
* Leeds Lyons Waitress Strangled
* From Australia: Axe-Killer Last To Hang In New South Wales
* Family’s 40-Year Wait For Justice
* From Preston: Murdered As She Wrote About Their Rows
* The Full Story Behind Sing Sing’s Murderous Breakout
* Death In Sing Sing
* Slain By The Sheriff’s Son
* Opinion Your views
* Manchester Tragedy: “The Gate Of Death”
* Canada’s Deadly Donnellys 46 Sixteen-Year-Old Mother-Killer Executed
* Who Kidnapped and Killed Little Pamela? 55 From Scotland: Hanging Of The Village Half-Wit
* The Death Plot At Big Bog Dam
* Murder Mystery: Who Killed Florence Brown?