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True Crime

True Crime

True Crime 2nd Edition

In True Crime, we investigate some of the most iconic crimes in recent history, from O. J. Simpson's 'Trial of the Century', to the monstrous actions of Edmund Kemper and Charles Manson. Featuring a host of genuine evidence, including official police documentation and unbelievable images, True Crime gives you an insight into the minds of some of history's most notorious killers. Featuring: The Death House - Take a look inside Sing Sing prison’s Death House and the electric chair dubbed ‘Old Sparky’. From the archives - Delve into the past and investigate some of history's most infamous criminals, from Ned Kelly to Charles Manson. Criminal profiles - Discover the truth behind the criminal cases that shocked the world. Iconic images - View incredible photos charting some of the most notorious crimes of the last century.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd

in this issue

1 min
life in the time of ned kelly

Rise of the squattocracy Squatters took unoccupied Crown land for grazing livestock. After provisions allowing leased squatting from 1836, they became a wealthy and important ‘squattocracy’, able to influence authorities into ignoring their killing of Aboriginals occupying ‘their’ land. Ned Kelly admitted stealing 280 horses from James Whitty, a prominent squatter in Victoria. Gold fever In 1823, the government concealed the discovery of Australia’s gold, fearing destabilisation. With the secret out by January 1851, prospectors flocked to Victoria, causing turmoil that shaped immigration policy in favour of Europeans. Victoria’s population grew sevenfold, but by the late-1860s, gold production slumped because of the difficulty of mining at ever-greater depths. Outback outlaws The Victorian gold rush caused an epidemic of outlaw bushrangers to rob goldfields and banks for wealth that was easily transported and converted into cash.…

1 min
missing millions

Most of the Brinks Mat robbery loot was never recovered. In simple terms the £26 million haul of 1983 would probably be worth about four times as much today, but the thieves would have lost a lot of its potential value in the laundering process. They are rumoured to have invested much of the resulting money in drugsmuggling operations, in buying an oil well in Kansas, and in swathes of property on the Costa del Sol and in London’s Docklands. Most of these “investments” would have increased in value over the decades, making untold millions. And what about the gold itself? Three tonnes of bullion can go a long way on the open market. It has been suggested that any gold jewellery made after 1983 might well have a little of the…

4 min
seung-hui cho

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (known as “VA Tech”, for short) is as large as a medium-sized town, housing over 30,000 students and 1,300 lecturers. With such a big population it’s hardly surprising that serious crimes occasionally disturb the otherwise tranquil academic atmosphere. So VA Tech has its own dedicated police force – and it was this that was called out at 7:15 am on Monday 16 April 2007, when shots were heard from the West Ambler Johnson Hall of Residence. They found two victims: Ryan Christopher Clark, aged 22, and Emily J Hilscher, aged 18. Clark was already dead and Hilscher was dying, both from gunshot wounds. It appeared that Hilscher had been attacked first – in her room – and Clark, who lived next door, was shot as…

1 min
calling the electrician

Sing Sing had five executioners between 1890 and 1963, officially titled State Electricians. Edwin Davis, John Hurlburt, Robert Elliott, Joseph Francel and Dow Hover executed 614 inmates in New York alone. State Electricians had to be qualified electricians with no criminal record and good character references. The electricians earned $150 for single executions. Multiples paid $50 per additional inmate. A private contractor, New York’s executioner could also work for other states and usually did. Elliott, credited with 387 executions during his career, was employed by New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. On 6 January 1927, Elliott performed a triple electrocution in Massachusetts, then visited Sing Sing for another triple execution the same day.…

1 min
this is how bad men die

1 LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS The first high-voltage shock is designed to almost instantly destroy the brain and central nervous system functions. The inmate is thought to be rendered unconscious in 1/240th of a second, which is less time than in which they can feel the pain. 2 MUSCLE PARALYSIS Electrocution causes complete paralysis due to every muscle contracting and staying contracted while the current is flowing. This makes heartbeat and respiration impossible. The second shock cycle is administered to ensure heartbeat does not resume. 3 BLOOD, SWEAT AND WORSE Physical reactions include burning of the scalp and calf, heaving chest, gurgles, foaming at the mouth, bloody sweat, burning skin, shattering of the eye lens and release of urine and/or faeces. After electrocution, the body typically turns a bright red colour. 4 FEEL THEM FRY There’s debate about…

4 min
aileen wuornos

Just 12 days before Christmas 1989, a body was found outside Ormond Beach, Florida, wrapped in an old carpet. The police identified the victim as Richard Mallory, a 51-year-old electrician with a previous conviction for rape. The autopsy showed that he had been shot four times with a .22 calibre handgun. Over the next 12 months, five more victims were discovered in different locations but in almost identical circumstances: a 43-year-old construction worker, David Spears, shot six times with a .22 handgun; rodeo worker Charles Carskaddon, aged 40, with nine bullets in him; a 50-year-old truck driver called Troy Burress was killed by two .22 calibre bullets; a 56-year-old child abuse investigator, Charles Humphreys, was found shot six times in the torso and once in the head; and finally, on 19…