He was a professional thief, what the Rochdale police call a scroat, a petty crook who will steal anything.
True Detective December 2001
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He was a professional thief, what the Rochdale police call a scroat, a petty crook who will steal anything. As the jury delivered their verdicts the full horror of his crimes overwhelmed them and several wept openly. And in sentencing him to life for murder plus a lengthy total for rape, robbery, grevious bodily harm and indecent assault. Mr. Justice Sachs told him that he "reached new levels of depravity. You have subjected wholly innocent and defenceless women to abuse and violence on a scale which is totally intolerable to decent people. This is the most horrific story this court has heard."
What changed Michael Hardacre from a small-time crook into a killer whoso brutality appalled those hardened to cruelty?
A disturbing trend is becoming apparent on America’s Death Rows. This is the Kill Me Killers, men so intent on dying but who lack the courage to commit suicide. Instead, they get the state to help them out. We highlight the extraordinary lengths some of them will go to achieve their goal. Take double-killer Daniel Colwell who has vowed to end his days in Georgia’s execution chamber. "I’m going to scheme to get what I want…It could be you or your family, jurors, so why take the risk? Give me what I want or I’m going to kill again."
Another killer who feels the same way is Brandon Wilson. A chill ran through the courtroom in California when he announced: "I’ve explained my position to you here. You people represent the society I wish to destroy. You should do everything in your power to rid the world of me. I killed so that you could execute me." Wilson got the sentence he wanted, but this beggars the question: how mentally competent should a man be to be executed?
THE ROCHDALE RIPPER
The Shocking Story Of Michael Hardacre
Murder, Mystery & Suspense:
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE GALLOWS
CEMENTING HER RELATIONSHIP
Memorable Cases From The North East:
THE DAY DEATH DOCKED
WHATS WRONG HERE?
Great TD Quiz
More Stories From Death Row
THE SLEEPING ATTORNEY
CUTTING IT FINE
William Warbrick’s Strange Experiences:
1896, THE BUSIEST YEAR OF MY CAREER
TRUE DETECTIVE DIARY
An Intriguing Look At Crimes From The Month Of December
DEADLY SHOP TALK
KILL ME KILLERS
THE DEADLY CONFESSION
Blackguards, Tyrants & Rogues Part 7:
WILLIAM ROUPELL – MP AND SWINDLER
HUNTER ON THE TRACKS