Friday, 13 September 2019

Blood Will Tell



The young woman’s name was Liz. She was 17 years old, blonde, and petitely built. People told her that she was pretty and that she looked even younger than her years. Liz had a steady boyfriend, but on the evening of Saturday, June 7, 1987, they got into an argument at a pub in the Wigston town center. Liz then stormed out, saying that she was going to walk to her home in nearby Oadby, just over a mile and a half away. It was almost midnight when she started along the road leading to the A6, the main artery between the two towns. Walking would take her about 25 minutes, but Liz wasn’t keen on the long slog, and so she decided to hitch a ride. She’d just stuck out her thumb when a blue Fiat pulled up beside her and a man leaned across the front seat. “Where are you off to, m’duck?” he asked, using an affectionate form of address that was common in Leicestershire.

Normally, Liz would have been wary of accepting a ride from a lone man. But she was still fuming over the row with her boyfriend and probably not thinking straight. Besides, the man looked ordinary enough. She figured him to be around thirty, tall, with an athletic build that was just beginning to turn flabby. He had a head of blondish-brown hair that receded from his forehead and a neatly-trimmed beard and moustache. His face was open, with sleepy eyes and full lips that made him look almost boyish. And he had a pleasant smile. It was the smile that won her over. “I’m going to Oadby,” she said. “Can you help?”

“That’s on my way,” the man said. “Get in.”

And so Liz got into the car, pulled the seatbelt across her chest and settled in for the short drive. “You’re not a rapist, are you?” she asked with a nervous giggle. To this, the man only chuckled. He then asked her name. “Liz,” she said. He didn’t offer his in return, and Liz didn’t see much point in asking. She figured that she’d spend no more than a few minutes in the car before he dropped her off.

But they’d covered barely a half-mile when Liz began to have second thoughts about accepting the ride. The man, who had been so friendly when he’d stopped for her, had fallen silent. Now he stared blankly at the road in front of him, his jaw clenched. By the yellow light of the overhead streetlamps, she noticed his tense grip on the steering wheel. Suddenly, inexplicably, she felt afraid. “Where do you live?” she asked him nervously.

“What?”

“You said Oadby was on your way. Do you live in …?”

“No,” he interrupted, speaking in a dead, flat tone. Up ahead was a sign indicating the turn he’d have to take to drop her off. He was driving too fast. He was going to miss it.
“That’s the turning,” Liz prompted. In response, the man put his foot down and they sped past, leaving the junction behind them.

Now Liz was panicking. “I want to get out,” she told the driver, first with a feeble attempt at assertiveness, then with a desperate plea. “Let me out!” But the man wasn’t listening. He kept his foot firmly pressed to the Fiat’s accelerator pedal, taking them away from the A6, away from the lights of Oadby, away from safety. Ahead of them was a dark expanse of country lane that seemed to stretch into oblivion. 

“Stop the car,” Liz wailed. “Let me out!” It was as though her abductor hadn’t heard. His hands remained firmly on the wheel, his eyes on the road, his foot to the floor. “Please,” Liz implored. She might as well have been talking to herself. Desperate, she considered the crazy notion of flipping the door open and throwing herself from the vehicle. But they were going too fast. The fall would probably kill her. She was trapped, trapped and in deep trouble. She knew instinctively that if she allowed this strange man to drive her any further into the night, she was going to be hurt, probably raped, maybe even killed.

And so Liz made a decision. She decided not to be a victim. Reaching across, she got a grip on the steering wheel and gave it a hard twist to the left. The effect was dramatic. The Fiat veered sharply, dangerously across the tarmac. Caught by surprise, the driver was powerless to stop it. He stepped hard on the brake, simultaneously letting out a scream that was part surprise, part terror. “We’re going to crash!” he bawled as they slid dangerously toward the shoulder in a banshee screech of rubber and metal. Liz braced herself for the coming collision, eyes fixed in horror on the dark shapes of vegetation rushing toward her. Then the brakes locked, throwing her hard against the door as the car spun and shuddered to a halt just inches from the road’s edge.

For one brief moment, everything was silent, broken only by the ticking of the car’s stressed engine block. Then Liz was crying, her panic giving way to a curious mix of fear and relief. She had survived the crash. Now she was stuck out here in the middle of nowhere with a man who was probably a psychopath, a man who likely meant to harm her.

Except that the near accident seemed to have snapped the menace right out of Liz’s abductor. Before, he’d seemed focused on delivering her to some remote location, to do whatever it was he intended. Now, he seemed confused as to what he should do next. He sounded almost like a spoiled child as he whined, “I thought this was what you wanted. I thought you wanted it.” Then he added, as though it excused everything, “I’ve had a drink or two, you know.”

“I can drive if you’ve been drinking,” Liz sobbed, but the man had already twisted the key, sparking the ignition into life.

“I haven’t hurt you yet, have I?” he said, placing a hand on her knee.
If that was meant to reassure her, it had the opposite effect. Liz recoiled from his touch as a fresh wave of panic hit her. The innocuous word “yet” suddenly seemed like the most dangerous utterance in the world. “I haven’t hurt you yet,” he’d said. Did that mean that he still meant to harm her?

The question was answered when the man threw the car into gear and made a three-point turn in the road. Moments later, they were driving in silence, heading back towards Oadby. At the intersection with the A6, she asked to be let out, and he pulled the car to the side of the road, reached across her and levered the passenger door open. That put his face just inches from hers.

“Give us a kiss then,” he demanded, but Liz was already on the move, squirming from his grasp, landing butt-first on the tarmac but immediately bouncing to her feet and sprinting away. As she ran, she could hear him shouting after her, “I bet you’ll never accept a lift again!” He was one-hundred-percent correct on that score.

In the days following her abduction, Liz thought several times about going to the police. Eventually, she decided against it. What was she going to tell them? That she’d been foolish enough to get into a car with a stranger and that he’d scared her by driving too fast? No, that wouldn’t do. It would only make her look stupid.

In fact, Liz decided to keep the entire episode to herself, not even telling her family or her boyfriend. It was only later that she found out how lucky she’d been. The man who’d picked her up was a monster, a sex-crazed psychopath who had already raped and murdered two 15-year-old schoolgirls.


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Monday, 12 August 2019

Deadly Women Volume 7


20 classic true crime cases of women who kill, including;

Sharee Miller: Plain-looking and dumpy, Sharee nonetheless had a hold on the men in her life. She could get them to do anything for her. Even commit murder.

Rachel Wade: The battle was over a man who was hardly worth the trouble. It would end with one young woman dead and the other in prison for a very long time.

Stella Nickell: A case of product tampering leaves two people dead. But who slipped cyanide into the Excedrin pills. Could it be someone connected to one of the victims?

 Kimberly McCarthy: Once she’d been an honor student but a meth addition had turned Kimberly into a killer, targeting the elderly to feed her habit.

Maggie Young: A military wife fears for her children’s immortal souls in the godless modern world. Her solution to the problem? Horrific, multiple murder.

Corrine Sykes: A young African American maid is accused of killing her wealthy, white employer and ends up in the electric chair. But was Corrine Sykes really guilty?

Eva Coo: Eva was convinced that her clever murder-for-profit scheme could not fail. One small detail would prove her undoing.

Michele Kalina: Michelle had warned her family never to open a certain closet in the home. When 19-year-old Elizabeth broke that rule, a dreadful secret was revealed.



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Saturday, 13 July 2019

Murder Most Vile Volume 26



 18 classic true crime cases from around the world, including;


Kill or be Killed: The victim had been stabbed 193 times and the killer’s identity was not in doubt. She was, however, claiming self-defense.

Blood Money: It was a seemingly uncrackable case, with no trace evidence and a solid alibi for the prime suspect. Dogged police work would unlock the puzzle.

Unfriended: A social media spat turns ugly and escalates into threats and accusations. Soon it will spill over into the real world. With deadly consequences.

Trust No One: When Toni met Harold through a Christian dating site she thought she had found her ideal man. But when something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

Grosse Pointe Bob: Why give up half your fortune in a divorce when $20,000 to a mentally challenged hitman frees you of all marital obligations?

Motive and Opportunity: When a custody battle turns bitter, an estranged husband recruits his mother and father to help him carry out a truly horrendous crime.

Million Dollar Murder: A billionaire Swiss banker with plenty of enemies is found shot to death, wearing a latex S & M outfit. Who killed him and why?

Bad Intentions: A young woman vanishes from a suburban street in broad daylight. What happened to her is the stuff of nightmares.



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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Killer Kids Volume 4



 22 shocking true stories of kids who kill, including;


Joshua Davies: An extremely callous young man, Davis battered his 15-year-old girlfriend to death on a dare.

Esmie Tseng Overachiever Esmie is fed-up with her mother’s unrealistic demands. The answer to her problem is in the knife drawer.
Andrew Wurst: His classmates called him ‘Satan.’ Andrew Wurst was determined to live up to that billing.

Pierre Folliot: Everyone in the village called Pierre an “angel.” He turned out to be the Angel of Death.

Daniel Petric: His parents took away his favorite video game and Daniel is far from happy about it. Now the game is for real and so are the bullets.

John Odgren: A horror-obsessed nerd arrives at school armed with a knife. Somebody has to die today and he doesn’t care who.

Keith Randulich: A truly horrific murder with an incredibly bizarre motive. But what really turned Keith Randulich into a killer?

Jared Michael Padgett: Deeply religious, fervently patriotic, secretly psychotic. Gun nut Jared is about to explode.



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Monday, 13 May 2019

Dead Man Walking Volume 3



Some killers get away with murder. Others pay the ultimate price.

50 American killers who were put to death for their horrendous deeds, including;

Lois Nadean Smith: Known as ‘Mean Nadean’ Smith kicked, beat, and stabbed her son’s ex-girlfriend to death, laughing as she did it.

Donald Jones: Bludgeoned and stabbed his grandmother to death, blaming the murder on drugs.

Pedro Muniz: Dragged a 19-year-old student from a path and raped her, then beat her to death with a chunk of wood.

Paul Powell: Stabbed his teenaged neighbor to death for rejecting him and for having a black boyfriend.

Earle Dennison: Heartless killer who poisoned her two-year-old niece in order to cash in on an insurance policy.

William Kemmler: The first man to die in the electric chair. The execution was badly bungled, with the body bursting into flames.

Scott Allen Hain: Kidnapped and brutalized a young couple, then locked them in the trunk of their car and set the vehicle alight, burning them alive.

Gary Graham: Graham was just 17 years old when he carried out a seven-day rampage of robbery, rape and murder. Ninteen people were attacked and one died, sending Graham to death row.

James Filiaggi: Angered by his ex-wife’s decision to divorce him, Filiaggi tracked her down, chased her into a neighbor’s house and shot her in front of startled onlookers.

John Thanos: An incredibly callous killer, Thanos taunted the families of his three teenaged victims at his execution.

Plus 40 more riveting true crime cases. Click here to get your copy now


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Saturday, 13 April 2019

Murder Most Vile Volume 25



 18 classic true crime cases from around the world, including;


Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die: He had fantasized about this for a long time. Now here she was, a pretty teenager walking along a dark street. Alone.

Pretty Awful: They say beauty is skin deep. Nowhere did that ring truer than with Susan Grund – liar, adulterer, abuser of children, cold-hearted killer.

Dead Man’s Hand: A psycho is on the loose, marking his kills with playing cards. Will the police catch him before he takes another life?

A Message in Blood: It looked like an easy case to solve. The victim had even written her killer’s name in blood. But what if the clues point elsewhere?

Scene of the Crime: A young mother is found bludgeoned to death in her home. The obvious suspect is her husband but he claims he’s innocent. Brilliant detective work will prove him a liar.

The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly: A good wife, a cheating husband, and a spurned mistress collide in this dark tale of deceit, sexual obsession and murder.

Sad but True: Ronald was upper-crust, a wartime pilot living off a family allowance. He was also dangerously insane, with a predilection for throttling prostitutes.

Empty Words: A respected scientist dies in what looks like a case of accidental poisoning. But what if this wasn’t an accident? What if it was murder?



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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Deadly Women Volume 6


18 classic true crime cases of women who kill, including;

Amber Hilberling: A woman pushes her husband to his death from a 25th floor window. She claims it was an accident. You decide.

Anu Singh: All of Anu Singh’s friends knew that she was about to murder her boyfriend. None of them did a thing to stop it.

Adelaide Bartlett: Edwin Bartlett was dead, the victim of apparent chloroform poisoning. But who administered the toxin, his wife or her lover, the local vicar?

Clara Harris: When Clara discovered that her husband was cheating, she decided to confront him head on – at 40 m.p.h., driving a Mercedes Benz.

Laurie Dann: Poisoned cookies, guns and firebombs. The day Laurie Dann finally flipped.

Adriana Vasco: A respectable married couple is found shot to death in their car beside a California highway. The investigation into their deaths will turn up some dirty little secrets.

Barbara Opel: When Jerry Heimann is found dead, the police suspect his former employee, Barbara Opel. Except Barb didn’t do the killing herself. She hired a group of teenagers to do the dirty work.

Deanna Laney: The disturbing tale of a Bible-obsessed woman who murdered her four sons in order to “gain favor with God.”

Plus 10 more horrific true murder cases. Scroll up to grab a copy of Deadly Women Volume 6.



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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

50 American Serial Killers You've Probably Never Heard Of Vol. 7


At any given time there are between 30 and 50 serial killers roaming the streets of America. These are their stories.


50 terrifying true crime cases, including;


Cesar Barone: Embarked on a killing spree in order to emulate his hero, Ted Bundy. Caught after he boasted about his misdeeds.

Steven Catlin: A financially-motivated serial killer who used the rare toxin Paraquat to murder his mother and two of his wives.

Bobby Jack Fowler: A nomadic killer, Fowler wandered the country, killing wherever he stopped. He has been linked to over 50 murders.

Debra Sue Tuggle: Obsessed with sex, Tuggle frequently fell pregnant. When she couldn’t be bothered with an abortion, she suffocated the baby instead.

Bernard Giles: A happily married family man who enjoyed picking up young hitchhikers to rape and strangle.

Boone Helm: An outlaw of the Old West, Boone had a taste for cannibalism and would sometimes kill and eat his saddle partners.

Paul Rowles: Obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Rowles started hunting and attacking women who looked like her. Few survived the encounter.

Darren Vann: Used online sex sites to lure prostitutes to cheap hotels where he raped and strangled them.

Buddy Earl Justus: Kept us a regular work routine during the week. Over the weekends he'd go on road trips, trawling for victims.

Cory Morris: Young killer who murdered five prostitutes in his trailer, leaving their bodies to rot on the premises.



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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Murder Most Vile Volume 24



 18 classic true crime cases from around the world, including;


Final Deployment: A naval officer falls gravely ill while on maneuvers in the Mediterranean. The reason for his mysterious illness almost defies belief.

For I Have Killed: Decades after a beauty queen is murdered, detectives finally piece together the identity of her killer, a man no one would have suspected.

Madman at the Mall: It was a typically bustling Saturday afternoon at the Strathfield Mall. Then a man entered… carrying an assault rifle.

Copycat Jack: The year was 1888 and London was being terrorized by a knife-wielding madman. Now a mutilated body has been found hundreds of miles away. Has the Ripper shifted his killing ground?

A Monster in Our Midst: A shopping cart stands near the garbage chute, dripping blood onto the paving. What’s inside those neatly packed bags?

Bad Rabbi: Meet Fred Neulander, a rabbi with a rather liberal take on living one’s life by the Ten Commandments.

I Love You to Death: The victim stood over 6-foot tall; the suspect was a petite 4-foot-11. Was it really possible that she’d hacked and beaten him to death?

Motive Unknown: A senseless double homicide leaves NYPD detectives baffled. They know who the killer is. They just don’t understand why he did it.



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