Imagine your embarassment. You’re parked in a your car in a quiet side street and are engaged in a lover’s embrance with your partner.
True Detective August 1998
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Imagine your embarassment. You’re parked in a your car in a quiet side street and are engaged in a lover’s embrance with your partner. The windows are steamed up due to your exertions and the cold February weather outside the vehicle. Suddenly torch beams criss-cross the interior – torches being held by police officers. The game is up; you’ve been caught well and truly with your pants down! This has happended to countless courting couples over the years including 36-year-old schoolteacher and mother of four Mary Letourneau. The problem being was her partner in passion in her case was a schoolboy. Furthemore, in August last year she had been convicted of the rape of a child, the 14-year-old boy that she had been caught in the car with. He was both legally her victim and the father of her infant daughter. Since then Mary has been portrayed as everything from evil seductress to a mentally ill middle-aged woman in desperate need of help. Now she is pregnant again by the same boy – quite likely conceiving on the night she was arrested in her parked car – just a month after her release from prison, and after promising the court she would "never do anything like this again…"
It is a case that has rocked America…
Staying in a feminine vein, twice-widowed housekeeper Hilda Green undoubtedly murdered Scunthorpe schoolgirl Joan Mason, but the burning question is why? Was it resentment over losing her cleaning job, or was she simply insane at the time of the murder as her counsel maintained? No clear motive was suggested other than the murder was committed during an argument. However, the jury felt she was not only sane but also a brutal killer and made no recommendation to mercy when they found her guilty. Would facing a date with the hangman induce Hilda Green to reveal her grim secret?