True Detective November 2006

True Detective November 2006

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There’s a notable emphasis on the intricacies of detection in this month’s True Detective. Among the usual mix of cases …

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There’s a notable emphasis on the intricacies of detection in this month’s True Detective. Among the usual mix of cases in this issue – old and new, British and worldwide – are two fascinating accounts of baffling American cases where our account comes right from the horse’s mouth, as it were – or from the investigating officer.

In a case that spans from Newcastle to the American mid-west and back, you can read the inside story by Roy H. Wolfe, a former sheriff from South Bend, Indiana, of how persistent detective work and a liberal dose of luck brought two callous young killers to justice. As you’ll see, even the judge at their trial had a personal stake in this case. But how does the fictional detective Charlie Chan fit in?

Likewise, we have an authentic account by Washington chief of detectives R.A. Allingham of the “dogged” detective work that led – over a period of months, during which distances were paced out and suspects repeatedly questioned – to a killer whose motive nobody could have suspected.

Both these cases date from the first half of the 20th century. But the sheer wicked ingenuity of those who are driven to take another’s life continues to shock, even to the present day. Take, for instance, our lead story. What’s clear is that a woman decided to kill her boy friend and set about researching her methods with care and patience.

What’s still not clear, however, is how much help she had and who her accomplices were. Presumably they are still at large; the police operation to track them down continues. We’ll keep you updated.