True Detective February 2009

True Detective February 2009

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You may never have been there but should you ever find yourself in the Buckinghamshire village of Turville you might find it strangely familiar

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You may never have been there but should you ever find yourself in the Buckinghamshire village of Turville you might find it strangely familiar. Why? Because it was the setting for TV’s The Vicar Of Dibley, it’s a location in the Midsomer Murders series and even the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang featured the nearby windmill. But back in the early 1940s when there was no such thing as TV this picturesque village was the setting for a real-life drama that is still remembered today.

Half a century ago Britain was a slowly improving place to live – by now TV was developing fast, long-playing records were the rage, dining out and drinking in clubs were chic rather than commonplace and drug abuse was hardly an issue. Even Prime Minister Harold Macmillan told us that “You’ve never had it so good.” But in the 1950s Britain still hanged people, including women. And one of those women was Ruth Ellis. That single hanging changed the climate of public opinion against judicial executions forever. Why Ruth Ellis Was Hanged is this month’s Notable British Trial.

He lived in a solitary world, watching Manga pornography and reading fantasy comics. The only person who gave him any time was his grandfather and when he died Tsutomu Miyazaki’s violent tendencies finally took over. Our report on the Japanese cannibal killer executed in Tokyo in June 2008.

Our incredible case from Florida has all the ingredients of a crime thriller including a suspicious death, a suicide and a murder trial. Didn’t we say it was incredible?

* TD’s Crime Photos/ Prize Competition
* Lethal Injection For The Pathologist’s Wife?
* Your Letters
* Murder In The Village Part 3: Murder At The Bull And Butcher
* Under The Spotlight: Death Of An Unlikely Spy
* Notable British Trials Part
* Why Ruth Ellis Was Hanged
* Bondage Killer Was Ambulanceman
* Part 7: The World’s Worst Killers
* William Calcraft’s Last Execution
* Japanese Cannibal Killer Executed In Tokyo
* Execution USA
* Crime Observer
* From Nottingham To Tyburn: The Incredible Life Of A Baronet’s Son
* Readers’ Jury
* Fatal Affairs Part 16: Come Be My Victim
* Questions & Answers: France’s Jack The Ripper