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True Crime October 2020
CASES FROM BRITAIN…
MAJOR BRITISH MURDER CASES: DEATH IN THE LINE OF DUTY
It began with a man presenting himself at a police station to confess to his crimes. It would end with two police officers dead and their fellow-officers honoured for their bravery
ASK TC: DID LYDIA BRING HER BABY TO BE SLAUGHTERED?
She was in her mid-20s but had the mental age of a 13-year-old. Someone had to hang for the death of her baby – would it be her or the father?
MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE?: THREE HANGED IN TWO DAYS – BUT WERE THEY ALL GUILTY?
Two men were to be hanged for the killing of an elderly shopkeeper. But had the authorities got the right men?
FROM THE USA…
MURDERED IN THE MANOR
Lois Colley moved in New York State’s high-society circles and seemed to be well-loved by all around her. So how did she come to be savagely beaten to death with a fire extinguisher in her own home?
GANGLAND CONFIDENTIAL: THE MOB KINGPIN AND THE CORRUPT COP
This month we look back in time to the beginnings of New York’s gangland more than 100 years ago – an era when it was hard to tell the difference between the criminals and the law-keepers…
DONNA WAS A TRANSGENDER SERIAL KILLER
When is a serial killer not a serial killer? The unusual case of Donna/Douglas Perry raises many moral questions. But nothing can change the fact that at least three women died unlawful, terrible deaths
AND FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD…
AUSTRALIA’S ASTONISHING “PYJAMA GIRL” MYSTERY
Who was the mystery woman whose decaying body was found, clad only in scraps of silk pyjamas, blocking a roadside culvert in Albury, New South Wales, in September 1934? There was no shortage of evidence – but it would be years before a convincing identification could be made…
MURDER THE FRENCH WAY: THE ANNIVERSARY MURDER AND THE ENIGMA OF THE CORDED CORPSE
Although Germaine’s killer had weighted her corpse with 40 pounds of iron, it was not enough to keep it at the bottom of the lake. And the killer’s motive was stranger than anyone could have imagined…
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