True Detective this month – as you have probably already noticed on the front cover – is even bigger and better than usu…
True Detective July 2007
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True Detective this month – as you have probably already noticed on the front cover – is even bigger and better than usual with a FREE eight-page pull-out-and-keep centre section. The bonus pages form the first part of an occasional series entitled Crime Collection and during the coming months will feature incredible cases from TD’s extensive archives. This month’s supplement features the crimes of Jack Abbott.
Articulate and handsome, Abbott was no ordinary street thug. He was a pupil of world-famous US author Norman Mailer who regarded him as a highly talented writer. Unfortunately, Abbott did not stick to writing…
At 1.30 on April 20th, 1934, young Helen Priestly was sent to buy a loaf of bread 100 yards from her Aberdeen home. At 5 a.m. the following morning a neighbour found her body; her legs protruding from a flour sack in a recess on the ground floor of the tenement block in which she lived in Urquhart Road. Who killed Helen and why? Could a woman have inflicted the injuries found on the victim’s body? It would have been a first if one did. The judge’s summing-up left the jury in no doubt of his opinion, yet throughout the trial the defendant remained an inscrutable, silent enigma, showing emotion only when sentence was passed.
When it came to a game of chance, few gamblers were more reckless than William Webster. The wily old Scot had a professional fraudster’s way with a deck of cards or the roll of a dice. Once he had even lost a wife in a game of chance. But if he lost his latest gamble he would be heading for the gallows…