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True DetectiveThe Horror Of Edmund Kemper
On Monday, January 8th, 1973, Kemper bought a .22 Ruger automatic and couldn’t wait to use it. That night he went seeking hitch-hikers on the University of California’s Santa Cruz campus. Eighteen-year-old Cynthia Schall had just finished babysitting and needed to get to an evening class at the Cabrillo Community College in Santa Cruz where she was a second-year student.
Showing her his gun shortly after she got in the car, drove her to a deserted area and talked her into getting into his boot. He told her he wanted to take her to see his mother to talk some more, but he didn’t want the neighbours to see him drive up with her.
Whether Cynthia believed him or not, she had little choice. He was the one with the gun, so she got into the boot. As soon as she had curled up there on her side he shot her in the head and she died instantly.
“Her eyes didn’t even shut," he was to recall. “Nothing flexed or moved. It amazed me so much because one second she’s animated and the next second she’s not, and there was absolutely nothing in between, just a noise and absolute, absolute stillness."
His mother had gone out for the evening, and he carried his victim’s 11-stone body into the apartment, hiding it in a cupboard. When his mother had left for work the next morning he retrieved the corpse, abused it sexually and then dissected it in the bathroom, keeping the head in his bedroom before burying it in the back garden beneath his bedroom window. “I talked to it," he later told the police. “I said affectionate things like you would say to a girlfriend or wife."Read the full brutal tale in True Detective November – out now more »
True CrimeThe Krays: Inside The Evil Empire
In the mid-1960s Ronnie’s violence was unbridled. Innocent remarks would upset him, and his anger was something to behold.
One night in a Fulham Road club a friend of the twins, an old boxer called Joe, tried to borrow a fiver from Ronnie, saying, “With all that weight you’ve put on, Ron, you look as if you could afford it."
Ronnie didn’t smile. He had one of his young boys with him and this made him doubly sensitive about his weight. They left soon afterwards, heading for dinner at the Cambridge Rooms. The car had reached the Kingston bypass when the brooding Ronnie told the driver to return to the club. Joe was still drinking at the bar.
“I want a word with you in private," said Ronnie.
“What about, Ron?" asked Joe innocently.
“You’ll see," he was told.
He followed Ronnie into the washroom. Once the door had closed Ronnie took out his favourite knife. Joe made no attempt to defend himself. When it was over Ronnie washed his hands and straightened his tie before walking through a by now silent bar and resuming his journey to the Cambridge Rooms.
When the washroom door was opened Joe was found on the floor. His face was ripped apart, but he was still conscious. Surgeons at the nearby St. Stephen’s Hospital used more than 70 stitches, and Joe was henceforth known as “Tramlines." The police encountered the familiar wall of silence. Nobody talked... Read the full case report in True Crime October – out now… more »
Master DetectiveThirty-five Victims For The Laughing Killer
It was a peaceful Sunday afternoon, and there were 500 visitors on the Port Arthur Historical Site when Martin Bryant, carrying his large blue bag and video camera, entered The Broad Arrow Café. The old colonial prison was a popular tourist stop, 60 miles south of Hobart. Here he joined a queue, purchased his lunch and chatted to one or two customers.
After finishing his meal he unzipped the bag and produced the AR15 semi-automatic rifle and shot Moh Yee Willing Ng, 48, in the neck, killing him instantly. Swinging the rifle around at hip level he shot Soo Leng Chung, Ng’s companion, through the head.
Asked later why he chose this site for his massacre, he explained: “It must be the most violent place in Australia. It seemed the right place.”
He began shooting methodically, laughing crazily. It took some time for visitors to realise what was happening.
“He just shot them down where they were sitting,” said a visitor from Adelaide. “Some of them were running away up the hill, and he shot them too.”
A woman from Melbourne told how she dived under a table. “I just lay there and all I could hear was the gun firing and people screaming. Afterwards there were people just sitting there in their chairs where they’d been eating – dead.” Read the full report in Master Detective October – on sale nowmore »
Murder Most FoulFrance’s Notorious Bluebeard – The Original And Still The Worst
The small ad in the personal column of a Paris daily paper was both intriguing and appealing. It said: “Widower with two children, aged 43, with a comfortable income, affectionate, serious and moving in good society, desires to meet widow with a view to matrimony.”
Replies were to be sent to Monsieur Fremyet at the Villa Ermitage, Gambais, a village 30 miles outside Paris.
Célestine Buisson, a 40-year-old widow received a reply, inviting her to meet "M. Fremyet." Regular meetings after that led to a passionate love affair.
On August 19th, 1917, having got his hands on all Célestine Buisson’s savings, Landru chloroformed her in the villa at Gambais, then strangled her, cut up her body and burnt it in his kitchen furnace.
She was now no more than an entry in Landru’s written records, for he was a meticulous man and punctiliously collated all his crimes and details of his victims in his record books. From these we know that Célestine was one of his 11 murdered victims, 10 of them women, out of the 283 he was thought to have seduced.
There may have been many more. By the time he met Célestine, Landru had already wooed and despatched half a dozen widows…Read this remarkable account of his systematic slaughter in Murder Most Foul 97… more »
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