You have probably noticed from the front cover or from the look and feel that this month’s issue is even bigger and bett…
True Detective March 2007
You have probably noticed from the front cover or from the look and feel that this month’s issue is even bigger and better than usual. That’s because it comes with a FREE four-page pull-out detailing 30 years of US executions. From Gary Gilmore in 1977 to Angel Nieves Diaz in December 2006, we present a complete listing of all US executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Texas is way out in front over the period with 379 executions, all by lethal injection. Other states, however, have used more “traditional” methods such as the gas chamber, hanging and the electric chair, and – in the famous case of Gary Gilmore, which opened the floodgates – firing squad. It all makes grim but fascinating reading – and is a story that has no end…
It is quite remarkable, when you come to think about it, that to this day only one professional footballer has been murdered in England. He was Tommy Ball, the pin-up star of Aston Villa and the David Beckham of his day. So just why was he gunned down in the garden of his home in Perry Barr? His story is followed by a catalogue of other famous cases from the Midlands, including the crime committed in Wolverhampton that led to a change in the law.
When a relative asked sisters Linda and Charlotte Mulhall to kill for her they took the woman at her word. While Charlotte cut the victim’s throat with a Stanley knife Linda hit him continuously with a hammer. Then they spent several hours cutting up his body with a bread knife and dumped bits of him in Dublin’s Royal Canal.