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True CrimeLethal Injection For Torture Killer Suzanne
In an orgy of violence, Suzanne Basso, her son and some of their friends beat her mentally handicapped “boyfriend” to death for his insurance money. This year she became yet another woman to be executed in America’s most active death-penalty state...
Suzanne Basso smiled wanly at two friends watching through the window as she stretched out on the Texas execution table. The warden asked her: “Do you have any last words?”
“No, sir,” Suzanne replied meekly.
After the lethal injection she began to snore. The snoring became less audible. Eventually it stopped.
Eleven minutes after the drug was administered Suzanne was pronounced dead. The serpentine, hell-raising life that catapulted her into becoming the 14th woman to be executed in the USA since the restoration of capital punishment in 1976 was over.
Sex, brutality, and pure fantasy – these were the component parts of the dysfunctional life of a woman who mercilessly beat her mentally handicapped boyfriend to death. The post-mortem revealed that he had at least 17 cuts to his head, 28 cuts and cigarette burns on his back, bruises all over his body, a severe skull fracture, a fractured neck bone, 14 broken ribs and two dislocated vertebrae.
“It was just horrible, horrible, horrible,” said prosecutor Colleen Barnett. “When you talk about the death penalty, what the death penalty was made for, it was for a case like this...” – Read True Crime May - out now…
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Master DetectiveThe Weekend Murderer
He has been behind bars for 30 years now, but the horror of Milton Johnson’s killing spree in the summer of 1983 hasn’t been forgotten. Released early from a prison sentence for rape and torture prior to the slayings, he left many dead – and countless other lives shattered...
“A stone-cold killing machine,” was how one prosecutor described him. The media called him “The Weekend Murderer,” while for two horrific months the Illinois town of Joliet and its neighbouring communities were terrorised by a series of weekend slayings.
The first was discovered on Saturday, June 25th, 1983, when arson investigators found the bodies of two sisters in the remains of a burned-out house in Joliet. Both had been shot prior to being burned, and the murder weapon had been powerful enough to drive bullets right through each body.
On the following Saturday, July 2nd, one bullet killed a 33-year-old businessman and a 19-year-old housewife, whose bodies were found in a field near Joliet. There was little evidence, apart from the bullet, found badly deformed after passing through one skull into the next.
For the police, a murder with no evidence was frustrating enough. What was of more concern was that this was the district’s second double-killing in seven days.
On the third Saturday following the discovery of the two bodies in the burned-out house, a 32-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, both from Lemont, Illinois, were parked on a farm road a little east of Joliet. It was about midnight on Saturday, July 16th, when suddenly two men approached the car and there was a rapid volley of shots…

More were to die that night – Read the full report in Master Detective May – out now! more »
True DetectiveWhy Morgan Had Her Husband Murdered
It’s late afternoon when Kevin sits down to sign some invoices, and picks up his Snapple. He takes a few mouthfuls, but there’s a nasty after-taste, and he pushes it aside. He thinks it must be past its sell-by date.
A few minutes later, he feels dizzy and slightly woozy and lays his head on the desk. But nausea overwhelms him, and he reaches for the metal waste bin. He’s bending over retching when Stephen creeps up behind and strikes him on the back of the head with a shovel.
The blow is so hard the shovel breaks, but it’s still not enough to kill him, and Kevin tries to sit up. Stephen seizes another shovel and crashes it down on the swooning, bloodied man. Again, the shovel splinters.
Papers are flying everywhere, and still Kevin refuses to die, though his skull is a pulp and there are broken shards of tool embedded in the bone.
Stephen feels his pulse. It’s still beating, though faintly, and Stephen wheels round for a third shovel to finish the job. He can’t believe Kevin is still alive.
He raises the tool above the quivering man and brings it down with all the force he can muster. He tells himself he’s doing it for Morgan and their life together. This time the body is still, and next to it lies a third broken shovel.
Amazingly, the couple swap mobile messages throughout the entire operation, providing a detailed narrative of Kevin’s death:
Morgan: You’d better not chicken out. I love you. You going to chicken out? Are you ready to do it?
Stephen: Everything’s okay. I told him I left his Snapple on his desk.
Morgan: Make sure you shake it?
Stephen: He’s had it. Just waiting for him to bend over. I have shovel in my hand ha-ha.
Morgan: You backing out?
Stephen: Oh, okay. Well actually now I’ve hit him once. Oh, it seems it didn’t work. I’m going to hit him again. It’s done. Get up here now.
Morgan: Seriously? Did it happen? Is he dead?
Stephen: Dead serious.
Morgan: Pulse?
Stephen: You kidding?

Read the complete case report in the new issue of True Detective May – out now! more »
Murder Most FoulCleveland’s Torso Murders
It began on September 5th, 1934, when a 21-year-old carpenter strolling along Euclid Beach on the shore of Lake Erie found the lower half of a female torso, severed at the waist. The thighs were still attached but the lower legs had been cut off at the knees. The woman had been dead for about six months, and in the water for three to four months.
Next day another shoreline stroller 30 miles away found the top half of the torso, minus the head and the arms.
Cleveland was a city infested with crime, and The Flats and Kingsbury Run formed its evil epicentre. It was here on September 23rd – a little more than two weeks after the discovery of the Lady in the Lake – that two schoolboys were scampering along a weed-covered slope known as Jackass Hill. They decided to race each other to the gully 60 feet below.
The older boy – he was 16 – won, so he was first to see what he shouted out was “a dead man with no head down there.” They called the police.
What they had found was the remains of a young white male, naked except for a pair of black socks. The body was both headless and emasculated. The victim was lanky, five feet 11, and had been dead only two or three days.
The police began searching the area. One called to another: “You find the head?”
“No," his companion replied. “I’ve found another body.”
This second body, that of a shorter, older man of about 45, who had also been decapitated and emasculated, was completely naked and more decomposed. This man had been dead for two or three weeks. His skin was unusually reddish and tough like leather, caused by the application of a preservative. The advanced decomposition of the body prevented fingerprinting.
A little farther away the officers discovered the genitalia of both victims. The head of the first man was buried just below the surface of the ground, and 75 feet away from it the second head was similarly buried.
The two bodies had been neatly laid out, arranged with arms tucked at the sides and legs and heels together. There was no blood on the ground, giving rise to the idea that the killer had washed the bodies carefully before leaving them in Kingsbury Run.
In the wider search area detectives found some bloodstained clothing that fitted the older victim. There was also a rusty bucket containing used motor oil that contained traces of blood and hair. Detectives theorised that the killer intended to burn the bodies but had been interrupted.
The head of the younger man had been cleanly and skilfully removed between the third and fourth cervical vertebrae, with a large, heavy, very sharp knife. The absence of blood in the heart and the retracted muscles in the neck led to the astonishing conclusion that the act of decapitation itself had been the cause of death....
It was thought the older man had died in the same way, but experts were not so certain...Do not miss this issue – Murder Most Foul 92... more »
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