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True Detective August 2001
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Gwendoline Sweeney was found dead in the cellar of a blitzed house in Liverpool with a stick protruding from her body and bruises on her neck. It looked like a clear case of murder. Yet Gwendoline liked sex. In fact she could never get too much of it, and as a result she had developed a reputation as being "available". Furthermore, at a resulting murder trial defence counsel argued that because of her known sexual perversions she had inserted the stick in her own body before suffering an accident that caused her horrific injuries.
However, the jury and the Home Office decided it was clear case of murder with no mitigating circumstances. But what really happened in that cellar in 1943? This intriguing story is in our Murder, Mystery & Suspense series.
Mary Bateman’s career as a fortune-teller combined with witchcraft was a disaster. Like many before her she failed to see her own destiny never mind anyone else’s. And she wasn’t much good as a thief either. Then this girl from Thirsk discovered her true vocation as a schemer – with disastrous consequences.
The daughter of a builder from Cleepthorpes, Lincolnshire, Jane Andrews was a formal royal aide and a jeweller’s shop assistant in London. She made headlines in 1995 when she put the Duchess of York’s jewellery in an unlocked suitcase and it was stolen by a baggage-handler at New York’s JFK Airport. Nicknamed "Lady Jane" because of her posh accent and some time imperious manner, she made the national headlines again this year when she was convicted of murdering the man she loved.
FERGIE’S LADY JANE GETS LIFE FOR MURDER
TORTURE VICTIM’S OWN STORY
William Warbrick’s Strange Experiences:
THE EXECUTION OF HERBERT BENNETT – THE YARMOUTH BEACH KILLER
Tough On Kids:
CARD GAME OF DEATH
"BOOM! YOU’RE DEAD!"
Murder, Mystery & Suspense
THE UNNATURAL DEFENCE
MARTYR OR COP-KILLER?
RULES ARE FULES
TRUE DETECTIVE DIARY
An Intriguing Look At Crimes From The Month Of August
GREAT DOCTOR – SHAME ABOUT HIS CREDENTIALS
Blackguards, Tyrants And Rogues Part 3:
THE SAGA OF MARY BATEMAN THE YORKSHIRE WITCH