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True DetectiveWho Ordered The Hit On Model Christine?
Head-turningly beautiful, former model Christine Demeter, 33, was forever attracting admiring glances. But the look in the eyes of the man secretly watching her on July 18th, 1973, was purely professional. He was concealed by shrubs outside her home in the upmarket Toronto suburb of Mississauga, and he had a job to do. He was there to kill her...
It was around 8 p.m., and Christine’s husband Peter had left in her oyster-coloured Mercedes a few minutes earlier, taking visiting friends to the massive Yorkdale Shopping Centre 22 miles away.
From his hiding place the hit-man saw Christine leave the house and walk to an already open door of the double garage.
As Christine stepped into the garage beside the Cadillac, the killer took a few swift, silent strides, to club her from behind. The blow crushed the back of her skull, toppling her face-first to the floor as her blood fountained before her.
Six further blows followed, and then no more movement was to be seen. From the house came the sound of the TV. The Demeters’ three-year-old daughter was watching it in the living-room.
Around 9.45 p.m., Peter Demeter, 40, returned in the Mercedes with his friends, having promised them cakes and coffee in the lounge to conclude their day. As the car’s headlights illuminated the closed garage door, he activated the remote control in his hand.
“Oh my God!” he cried as the lights revealed the body on the floor. Jumping out of the car, one of his friends ran forward, only to be stopped by the still-expanding pool of blood and the sight of Christine’s shattered head.Inside True Detective April you can discover the details of the whole bloody business… more »
True CrimeDid Mormon Bishop Murder For Love?
Michele MacNeill lay face down in her bath. She was wearing a black T-shirt, bandages swathed her head, and her skin looked greenish in the cold brown water. Bursting into the bathroom, her little daughter shouted: “Mommy! We’re home! Are you feeling better? Can we have burgers for lunch?”
She was still screaming when her father pounded upstairs to see what was happening. As soon as he saw his wife, he shouted at the terrified child: “Go and get the neighbours! Tell them to call for help!”
When paramedics arrived, they found him pacing round the room scolding his dead wife for having the cosmetic surgery that had caused her collapse, and railing against God for letting her die. He even offered one paramedic $10,000 to keep trying to resuscitate her when she was clearly dead. The medic knew Martin MacNeill was a doctor, and thought it was very odd behaviour.
Michele’s death shocked the affluent gated Mormon community of Pleasant Grove, 35 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah. The MacNeills had seemed a picture-perfect family with their large house, marble floors, original artworks, and imported European furniture.
Fifty-two-year-old Martin was medical director of a prestigious centre for people with cognitive disorders, a qualified lawyer, and a bishop in the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Michele, 50, was both bright and beautiful, a former Miss California who played the violin, enjoyed acting, and worked for the local church.
To all appearances, they were a big happy family – they had eight children: three of their own, four girls adopted from the Ukraine, and one little granddaughter they were raising as their own. But it was a thin façade, and in the fall-out from Michele’s death, it would crumble spectacularly over the next six years…Read the full startling report about the end of an almost perfect life, and an almost perfect murder in True Crime April – out now! more »
Master Detective“I’ll See You In Hell,” Vowed The Horned Man
An “evil psycho” who would end up murdering someone – that was how a nun at a Maine, New England, juvenile detention centre described 13-year-old Roy Gutfinski.
He had been sent to the centre after his arrest for carrying a knife, and far from disputing the nun’s description, Gutfinski considered it a compliment. Moreover, he did his best to live up to it.
In 2000, at the age of 16 he collected a seven-year sentence for a Satanic bloodletting carried out with a girlfriend. They slit open a young boy’s back, licking his blood and kissing. The wound required 32 stitches, Gutfinski telling the police he was a Satan-worshipping vampire.
While serving his sentence he changed his name to Caius Domitius Veiovis. The first two names were in honour of the notorious Roman emperors Caligula and Nero. Veiovis was an ancient demi-god, but there was nothing godly about his young American namesake who later had silicon horns implanted in his forehead. And between the bumps created by the implants, Veiovis displayed a 666 tattoo – the Biblical number of the Beast.
He may have thought it looked good, but his unforgettable appearance did him no favours when he was subsequently arrested and charged with three murders, three kidnappings, and witness intimidation. You can read the full case report in Master Detective April – out now… more »
Murder Most FoulHow Many Victims For The Serial Killer Who Enjoyed Killing?
Samantha Koenig, 18 (pictured top), loved her job as a barista in the Common Grounds coffee kiosk. Sited in the centre of Anchorage, Alaska, it was a refuge for anyone seeking solace from the bitter arctic winds of America’s most northern state capital. Her ever-ready smile would have warmed the heart of many of her customers. She’d only been there for a month and was happy and contented, said her friends and family.
On Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, with the temperature averaging minus seven degrees Celsius during the day, Sammy – as she was known to her friends – had very few customers. She would therefore have probably greeted Israel Keyes (pictured) even more warmly than usual, savouring at last a sprinkling of conversation and company.
Little did she know what Keyes had in mind for her.
Keyes killed Samantha less than a day later after stealing her debit card from a vehicle she shared at the home where she lived with her father. Torturing her to get the PIN, he then scratched it into the card so he wouldn’t forget.
Samantha’s ice-covered body was found in a lake north of Anchorage in April (pictured). After killing her, Keyes used her phone to send text messages to try and leave a false trail. He then flew to Texas and returned on February 17th.
Keyes then used Sammy’s phone again to send text messages demanding a ransom be paid to the bank account linked to the debit card.
Travelling extensively, he made withdrawals from cashpoints in Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas before he was finally arrested in Lufkin, Texas. He was charged with kidnapping resulting in Sammy’s death.
After his arrest, the police soon discovered there was yet more to the tale of Israel Keyes. Information he let slip slowly and deliberately began to link him to seven more murders in three other states…Read the rest of the incredible story of Israel Keyes' career in killing in Murder Most Foul 94 - out now!... more »
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