True Crime Spring Special 2018

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WHY EXECUTION WAS A COSTLY AFFAIR
No one worried about the death sentence passed on Paul Rhoades – what bothered them was the cost of killing him

DID FAILED SEX LEAD TO MURDER?
Found guilty of manslaughter, Joseph Martin was jailed for six years. But the Old Bailey had not seen the last of him…

NEW YORK MURDER SHOCKER: “YOU ENDED YOUR LIFE THE DAY YOU ENDED MARY’S”
A young wife and mother spent the last few minutes of her life fighting like a tigress trying to stop the brute who raped, slashed and strangled her during a bloody frenzy

THE DARING LIFE OF HIGHWAYMAN THOMAS BOULTER
Fed up with being in debt and the unprofitable grocery trade, Thomas Boulter decided to turn highwayman. And he proved to be very good at it…

PADDOCK WOOD MURDER OF THE SECRETS GIRL
A young woman was watching her boyfriend play cricket in the Kent village of Paddock Wood. She grew bored with the game and decided to go and pick some wild flowers, but never returned

CASE HISTORY OF A CHAINSAW KILLER
The torso of a successful chiropractor’s wife was hauled out of the Mississippi River by fishermen

BRITISH OLYMPIC SKIER BEHEADED AND MUTILATED
She was brutally strangled, raped and decapitated in her own apartment

TERROR IN WARTIME LONDON: THE BLACKOUT RIPPER
Under cover of darkness he murdered – and then he mutilated the corpses…

A CURIOUS CASE FROM CORK: ALL A QUESTION OF TIME
When the police officer began describing the killer that they were looking for he noticed the twitch that crossed the face of the young man with the victim’s cousin

LAST WOMAN HANGED IN PRAGUE
The story of eight-time killer Olga Hepnarova

THE MAN WHO RAN TO THE GALLOWS
From Hull, a woman was strangled with a black silk stocking

SINS OF THE FATHER
Four members of one Australian family were murdered. The prime suspect disappeared and is still wanted for questioning by police, 27 years later

“I COULDN’T STOP KILLING PEOPLE”
After being given a new identity, Marion Pruett went on a killing rampage

DEADLY TO-DO LIST: KILL KATHIE, KILL KATHIE, KILL KATHIE!
A university lecturer launched a brutal homicidal attack on his wife, stabbing her 69 times

“MY WIFE BEGGED ME TO KILLER HER”
Was she really as ill as her husband claimed? And did she really want to die?

“I HAD TO STAB HER TO SHUT HER UP”
High on drugs, she stabbed her flatmate in the back

MURDER BY STARVATION
The London killing that changed the law

“I’M A CELEBRITY…AND I’VE KILLED BY BOYFRIEND”
One of the most popular faces in German cinema of the 50s and 60s is convicted of manslaughter

AUDREY’S KILLER “OBSESSED BY HIS MOTHER’S NUDITY”
In a holiday resort in Brittany, a drug abuser waited in ambush for his prey

MURDER ON A CRUISE TO PARADISE
The reunited childhood sweethearts appeared to have a perfect second chance at happiness – but on a romantic cruise something went wrong and birthday celebrations ended brutally…