By John Marlowe
This hugely illustrated actual crime booklet promises the scoop at the most up-to-date advancements in homicide and mayhem - in complete color. that includes Anders Breivik (the Norwegian spree killer), Stephen Griffiths (The Crossbow Cannibal), Russell Williams, Robert Pickton, Phillip Garrido, Serhiy Tkach, John Thomas, Jerry Brudos, Josef Fritzl, Gary Heidnik, Katherine Knight, Ed Kemper, Jack Unterweger etc. excellent bedtime studying from the darkish part of existence - grisly yet attention-grabbing. writer John Marlowe focuses on concise, but particular case-by-case examinations from the area of maximum human behaviour. the following, he provides a delicately selected cross-section of wicked smooth criminals.
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First within the Kurt Wallander sequence. It was once a senselessly violent crime: on a chilly evening in a distant Swedish farmhouse an aged farmer is bludgeoned to dying, and his spouse is left to die with a noose round her neck. And as though this didn’t current adequate difficulties for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the death woman’s final observe is overseas, leaving the police the single tangible clue they have–and within the technique, the fit that can inflame Sweden’s already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.
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Less than a month later, on 21 May, a Friday, Suzanne Blamires also vanished from the streets of Bradford. The mystery behind the disappearance of this 36-year-old sex trade worker would last only a weekend. We know that Blamires accompanied Griffiths to his flat, most likely willingly. We also know that she tried to leave. The same security cameras that had been installed in Griffiths’ apartment building by concerned management captured her sudden and swift end. Grainy footage shows Blamires fleeing Griffiths’ flat with the PhD student in pursuit.
He was not alone – several of the girl’s friends had also witnessed the abduction – and yet no one was able to provide the licence plate number of the car that sped away. The girl, Jaycee Dugard, soon found herself living in sheds, tents and under tarpaulins in the backyard of a house in Contra Costa County. The property belonged to Phillip’s mother, who was then suffering from dementia. Eventually, the old woman would be shipped off to a chronic care hospital. Jaycee, of course, remained on the property, where she would be subjected to 18 years of sexual abuse at Phillip’s hands.
In trouble When Griffiths was still very young, his parents split up. He moved with his mother, sister and brother to the nearby city of Wakefield. There he attended the exclusive and expensive Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, the alma mater of serial killer John George Haigh, ‘The Acid Bath Murderer’. He was a diligent student, but outside school Griffiths was often in trouble with the law. In his early teens he was caught stealing from a garage. At the age of 17, he slashed a supermarket manager with a knife when he was stopped for shoplifting.