Felix Vail, recently identified as “America’s Oldest Serial Killer.” He is now revealed to have killed three partners in the period from 1962 to 1984, and he may yet have further crimes to come to light
True Detective October 2019
It wasn’t our intention – but by chance this month’s True Detective spotlights not one but two notable cases that took place on the Channel Island of Jersey. The first, which is now forgotten by most but caused a sensation in the press at the time, is that of the man they came to call “The Beast Of Jersey.” His was a reign of terror that began as far back as 1957 and continued into the 1970s, in the course of which he attacked and raped a succession of victims who will never forget his cruelty – or the bizarre mask he used to terrorise them. Read Crimes That Made The Headlines – Behind The Mask Of The Beast Of Jersey, for the full story.
We reveal the events that led up to the final hanging on the island of Jersey – 60 years ago this month. The law at that time provided safeguards requiring a unanimous vote of 24 jurors before a death penalty could be handed down – but in this case the 24 jurors had no hesitation…
Another long-term operator is Felix Vail, recently identified as “America’s Oldest Serial Killer.” He is now revealed to have killed three partners in the period from 1962 to 1984, and he may yet have further crimes to come to light.
Finally, a tongue-in-cheek warning: if you’re at all squeamish, you may prefer not to see some of the astonishing photos from early-20th-century France in our feature on the return of the guillotine.
Holly Was Snatched, Raped And Murdered – In Broad Daylight
Your Letters – More of your views
Crimes That Made The Headlines:
Behind The Mask Of The Beast Of Jersey
America’s Most Evil:
The Man Who Kept Losing His Wives
Hanged In Australia:
Schoolbell Tolled For Pupil’s Murder
How This Boy Became The Last Man To Hang
Under The Spotlight:
Return Of Madame La Guillotine Horrific Killing That Put Two Women In Solitary
Hanged At Liverpool – Part 10
Questions & Answers:
Bristol’s Enduring Mystery Murder Of Miss O’Leary
Crime Photos plus competition