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True Crime June 2021
CASES FROM BRITAIN…
MAJOR BRITISH MURDER CASES: MADMAN WENT TO LONDON TO KILL THE QUEEN
Ronald Dixon told police he thought he was King Ron, and his rightful place was on the throne. Arrested and temporarily sectioned, he ended up back in the north-east. But his thoughts of murder clearly hadn’t gone away…
MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE?:
CONVICTION OVERTURNED – BUT TOO LATE TO SAVE GEORGE FROM THE GALLOWS
A double-murder at Liverpool’s Cameo Cinema netted the killer just £50 – and six months later the investigation had got nowhere. When an anonymous tip-off put small-time crook George Kelly in the frame a dreadful chapter in British justice got underway
THE DEFENCE RESTS, PART SEVEN
After defending George Joseph Smith at the Old Bailey murder trial, the celebrated advocate Sir Edward Marshall Hall argued that hypnotic suggestion was the key to the sensational Brides in the Bath case
ASK TC: DEADLY WIN ON THE FOOTBALL POOLS
Workaholic Yorkshireman Eli Myers had won a small fortune with his syndicate – but that was where his good luck ran out…
EAST END MYSTERY OF THE FRONT DOOR KEY
London watchmaker Percy Busby was brutally murdered in his own home. Investigators believed that robbery was the motive, but with a key left in the front door could they be certain that the suspect with the cash was the killer?
FROM THE USA…
AMERICA’S MOST MURDEROUS FAMILY
The Blairs of Kansas City are infamous in the US – with good reason. Terry Blair, a rapist and serial killer who murdered for the first time at the age of 21, is perhaps the best known…
GANGLAND CONFIDENTIAL: LONGSHOREMAN WHO FOUGHT THE MOB
Meet Pietro “Pete” Panto, the Italian-American union activist who led the fight against the Mafia-run International Longshoremen’s Association
AND FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD…
MURDER THE FRENCH WAY: MARIE-LOUISE’S TERRIBLE SECRETS
She was a published author, writing under the pen-name Hera Mirtel, and making up stories came easily to her. When investigators accused Marie-Louise Bessarabo of killing her husband and hiding his body in a trunk, she claimed their version of events was pure fiction. So was the body really that of M. Bessarabo?
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