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True Crime May 1996
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Sometimes those who revel in wickedness repent. Perhaps they are few and far between, but they do vindicate the death penalty abolitionists. There are also those who pretend to repent, envious perhaps of the welcome lavished upon those who sincerely intend to mend their ways and make amends. But there are those who fully intend to take advantage of any means they can to continue in their evil ways. Michael Godwin Sloan was such a man. A rapist and murderer without a conscience, he found himself delivered into the hands of a judicial system that was easy to manipulate to his own advantage. Somewhere along the line the affairs of men took a wrong turn that would take a miracle to put right. Did the miracle take place?
Ambition appears as a motive in two cases this month. A church minister bent on advancing himself socially realised that his adoring spouse had neither the manners nor the money to be an asset to him. He had already set his sights on a woman more in keeping with his aspirations when he murdered his wife, but as you will see, despite the fact that he was above suspicion, in the end he advanced no higher than the steps to the gallows.
In the second case, it was the ambition to get back with his first wife that motivated a killer. He married with the intention of killing for the insurance money – and again he might have got away with it if he’d had the sense to keep quiet about what he was doing. But his first wife would have nothing more to do with him…
Part 3 in the series Hanged At Barlinnie
"I HEARD A LOUD THUD"
…plus. "HE SAID HE’S GOING TO KILL ME"
THE LIE ABOUT LIE-DETECTORS
DOES GOD APPROVE OF THE ELECTRIC CHAIR?
BRIGHTON "WIFE IN THE BOX" MURDER
Passion That Destorys – Final Part
SCOTTISH MINISTER STRANGLED HIS WIFE – THEN PREACHED A SERMON
THE FLOATING DEATH TRAP
"LET’S GET THIS ROPE PARTY OVER WITH!"
OVER THE EDGE
DEATH AND DISMEMBERMENT AT CADER IDRIS
DANCE OF DEATH