A horrific double-murder at the Cameo cinema in Liverpool sparked what was, in 1949, the biggest murder investigation in Britain.
True Detective July 2015
A horrific double-murder at the Cameo cinema in Liverpool sparked what was, in 1949, the biggest murder investigation in Britain. With the cinema manager and his assistant brutally slain for less than £50 in takings, police were under pressure to find the perpetrator. Before long, George Kelly (right), a local small-time crook who would always protest his innocence of the crime, had been convicted of murder and was executed. His supposed accomplice, Charles Connolly, was convicted of robbery, having pleaded guilty to avoid Kelly’s fate, and spent a miserable and undeserved decade behind bars. “Kelly richly deserved to hang,” trumpeted the Daily Express at the time, following the convicted killer’s execution, “and the world is the better for his removal.” However, the press, public and prosecutors had been fooled. For both Kelly and Connolly had been fitted up by the police, in one of the greatest miscarriages of justice ever perpetrated in Britain. And it would be nearly half a century before the truth would begin to emerge. Don’t miss the extraordinary When They Hanged An Innocent Man.
When millionaire car dealer Ron Viinci was found dead at the hands of his long-term girlfriend Catherine Pileggi in 2011, friends were shocked. Ron had lived the American dream and his life had been cut short just a couple of weeks after he’d moved into a swanky Fort Lauderdale mansion. But when the case came to trial Catherine’s defence argued that she had killed Ron after decades of physical, sexual and verbal abuse. “I Closed My Eyes And Pulled The Trigger,” on page four, gives a full account of the case – let us know what your verdict would have been.
Kind, cheerful, delightful. These were all adjectives used to describe American grandmother Nannie Doss. Butter, surely, wouldn’t melt in her mouth. How wrong they all were…For the bubbly persona hid a wicked streak which, somehow, she was able to conceal from the authorities across the States for nearly three decades. Her victims included four husbands and probably half a dozen others, including two of her own children. Don’t miss The Cruel Crimes Of Arsenic Annie.
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* Questions & Answers: When They Hanged An Innocent Man
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* America’s Most Evil: The Cruel Crimes Of Arsenic Annie
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