True Detective December 2016

True Detective December 2016


Barbara Graham, dubbed “Bloody Babs” by the press, was just 31 when she was executed in the gas chamber


Barbara Graham, dubbed “Bloody Babs” by the press, was just 31 when she was executed in the gas chamber of San Quentin Prison in June 1955. Three years later, actress Susan Hayward won an Academy Award for her highly sympathetic portrayal of Barbara in the film I Want To Live. That, of course, was a fictionalised account which was dismissed by some at the time as “propaganda” for those opposing the death penalty. The real story of how Barbara ended up on Death Row – convicted of the brutal murder of Mabel Monahan – is explored in a special two-part report in the True Detective Winter Special 2016, out now. The magazine also covers Barbara’s Letter’s From Death Row, in which we present a series of frank and fascinating death cell letters written by the convicted killer to journalist Stuart Palmer over the last year of her life. Don’t miss it.

Our Commonwealth Of Killing series ends this month with Gallows For the Singapore Sex-Killers, looking at the horrifying tale of depraved spirit medium Adrian Lim and his female accomplices Hoe Hong and Catherine Choo. The case caused a sensation in the early 80s, and it’s easy to see why.

Under The Spotlight, brings us right up to date with a comprehensive guide to executions in the Commonwealth and its territories, compiled by our ace researcher Matthew Spicer.

Enjoy the read – and let us know what you think!

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  • Barbara’s Letters From Death Row
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