True Detective October 2020


Chacey Poynter had big ideas about how murder could improve her life – by ending her husband’s life. But big ideas are worth nothing if they’re not carried out properly, and that’s where Chacey Poynter fell down. She couldn’t get her story straight, and in the end almost fell over herself to provide incriminating information about herself and her accomplice to the police. For a horrifying but fascinating study in how not to pull off the perfect crime, see this issue’s “Sex, Lies, Money – And Murder”.

Remember the BBC TV series “The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin”, starring Leonard Rossiter? It made such an impression on one viewer that he took it as his inspiration to commit murder. He was Robert Healey, a 38-year-old driving instructor, and he had two problems. One was his nagging wife, the other his 13-year-old stepdaughter, with whom he was sexually infatuated. Both had become impediments in his life, and he wanted to be rid of them. Divorce would be one solution, but he had another idea – he’d kill them and then fake his own death, just like Reggie Perrin on TV. Did he succeed? Find out in Stockport’s “Reggie Perrin” Murders in this issue.

We’ve an intriguing new series for you starting this month: “Wandsworth’s Days Of Hanging”. Over the coming months you’ll read capsule case histories of the 134 men and one woman who were executed on the south London prison’s gallows. We start with a full-length report on the first of them, one Thomas Smithers…

Highlights this issue include:

* Sex, Lies, Money – And Murder

* Crimes That Made The Headlines: Stockport’s “Reggie Perrin” Murders

* America’s Most Evil: Horror Of The “Crybaby” Slayer

* NEW SERIES: Wandsworth’s Days Of Hanging, Part 1

* Hanged In Australia: Why Such Sympathy For Queensland Killer?

* Questions & Answers: The Murder That Won’t Go Away

* Mystery Of The Woman In Thirteen Pieces

* “I Can’t Remember Killing Her”

* Bleach Can’t Wipe Out The Stain Of Vanessa’s Murder

* Execution USA

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