True Detective October 2011

True Detective October 2011

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His father left him one of the best livings in the region, but René Pons had a dislike for farm work and a distinct weakness for women

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His father left him one of the best livings in the region, but René Pons had a dislike for farm work and a distinct weakness for women. Only one thing stood in the way of his sexual paradise – his tough, determined mother…

Part one of our incredible new series Grisly Tales Of The Guillotine, for it is 30 years ago this month that France ended capital punishment. True Detective is marking that anniversary with a series on crimes that led directly to the guillotine, an instrument of execution that served France for nearly 200 years.

On July 1st this year Vietnam switched from firing squad to lethal injection, which is in step with many regions in China that have also adopted lethal injection as a means of despatching their criminals. Meanwhile, a Danish company with a factory in Kansas has said it will force wholesalers to sign a contract preventing them from selling Pentobarbital to US prisons for executions. The states which use the chemical will probably already have bought in stockpiles, but they may have to turn to Asia for future supplies of either Pentobarbital or Thiopental.

The skull of elderly murder victim Charlotte Doyle had to be reassembled, much like a 3-D jigsaw. That unenviable task fell to a humble detective in County Wexford in 1961 when he made forensic history using tweezers and a microscope.

No one really knows how the stresses of war can affect an individual. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will result in nightmares and hang-ups for many soldiers. In 1949 something certainly changed Howard Unruh into a killing machine, and one of the worst spree-killers of all time. He is also this month’s America’s Most Evil.

•TD’s Crime Photos/Prize Competition
•Farmer Mercilessly Executed Four Victims Peter Linden
•Your Letters/More of your views
•Classic Irish Murder Cases: From County Wexford: The Truth Of Widow Doyle’s Skull
•Part 1 Of A New Series – Grisly Tales Of The Guillotine: •The Man Who Burned His Mother To Death
•Execution USA
•Questions & Answers: Case History Of a Chainsaw Killer
•Readers’ Jury
•Take A Break: Crossword
•Under The Spotlight: Without A Trace
•Cardiff Classic: Two Gangsters Sent To The Gallows
•Murder At The Pub Part 9: Terrible Death At The Leathern Bottle
•America’s Most Evil: Fantasy Of Death
•Crime Observer