Armed with a carving knife and wearing a balaclava and other gear to disguise his identity, IT technician and computer-game enthusiast Wayne Smith
True Detective December 2014
Armed with a carving knife and wearing a balaclava and other gear to disguise his identity, IT technician and computer-game enthusiast Wayne Smith from Birkenhead was on a deadly mission to murder his estranged wife’s lover when he set off from a friend’s home in Tranmere for West Kirby on the Wirral one dark night in December 2013. He wanted police to believe that he was playing the war game Necromunda at the time.
British success at the 2012 Olympics and this year’s Winter Games and other international events has made stars of many Team GB competitors. And from football to cricket, rugby to motor racing, Britain’s sporting heroes have never enjoyed so much adulation. Imagine, then, what the reaction would be if one of our contemporary sporting icons was to suffer the same dreadful fate as Scottish-born Sonja McCaskie. Undoubtedly, it would be front-page news on all titles and websites for days if not weeks and, no doubt, be swiftly followed up with pullout tributes. The shocking events of Olympic Skier Beheaded And Mutilated certainly made headlines in Britain and the US in 1963 but were then largely forgotten, along with the victim. Today, the murder is rarely, if ever, mentioned. How times have changed…
Were he still alive, Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout movement, would, surely, have been appalled by his great-grandson Gerard Baden-Clay’s awful crime, an unhappily married Australian businessman and serial-philanderer, had once jokingly asked a prospective employee whether she would be interested in killing his wife Allison, a former beauty queen and mother of his three children. That, of course, was never going to happen. But when Mrs. Baden-Clay had supposedly gone missing, police were very interested in hearing such anecdotes. More intriguing to investigators, though, were the scratches that had suddenly appeared on Gerard’s face. Shaving cuts, he claimed, as his illustrious ancestor turned in his grave…. Enjoy the read!
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