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True Detective September 2000
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The thorny issue of capital punishment in England and the United States is tackled in True Detective this month. Matthew Spicer discusses the inconsistencies of some of the more controversial cases which fell under the Homicide Act of 1957, and speeded up the abolition of the death penalty in this country, while Execution Update covers the 54 men and women executed in America since the turn of the year, including Gary Graham.
Graham fought like hell in the last few seconds of life. He was handcuffed then tethered to the stretcher before being put to death by lethal injection. Did he commit the murder in the Texas car park for which he was put to death? He maintained his innocence right to the last breath, and it was this insistence that brought his case into the limelight. As you red in our report, of the 135 executions which have taken place in Texas since George Bush became governor, Graham’s case is probably the most controversial. However, it is the death penalty in America that is on trial. At the time Gary Graham was being led into the death chamber only 66 per cent of Americans were in favour of capital punishment, whereas six years ago 80 per cent were in favour. Could the death penalty in the US finally be on its way out?
What does a chief executive of a top Wall Street bank earning $4 million a year and one of America’s top porn stars have in common, apart from a steamy two year love affair? Accusations of insider trading, of course! You have to read their incredible case.
SEXUAL FAVOURS AND INSIDER TRADING
WHY THE HANGING HAD TO STOP
THE COURT OF DRAMA
THE GRIM DISCOVERY AT STONE CROFT COTTAGE
THE CHILLING CHARADE OF "BILLY LIAR"
A DATE WITH THE HANGMAN
KEEN-EYED COP CAUGHT COUSIN’S KILLERS
Murders In Uniform:
A CRIME OF AFFECTION
HE TOLD HIT-MAN: "DO THE WIFE, LOVER AND THE OLD MAN, BUT DON’T HARM THE KID"
Classic Irish Murder Cases:
HOW ANNIE HANLY BOOKED A DATE WITH THE HANGMAN
BLACK MAGIC QUEEN
POISON FOR MY LOVE