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True CrimeHow Schoolfriends Became Three-Time Killers
The pair’s deadly friendship began in the playground. It ended 30 years, three murders and numerous rapes later when John Duffy told a jury that David Mulcahy was his accomplice...
The prosecuting QC told the court that Mulcahy and Duffy had abducted, gagged and bound their 15 victims, one acting as a lookout while the other raped and then reversing their roles. They would toss a coin to decide who would rape their next victim first.
Mulcahy was “the instigator and prime mover in the murders, the one for whom the sexual abuse had become insufficient to satisfy,” said the prosecutor. “The lust for the exercise of power over life and death had become an added thrill...
“There was the desire to dominate and exercise complete power over the victims. Under those circumstances it is only a comparatively small step to the ultimate exercise of power: to kill the victims. It is clear that each man had complete confidence and trust in the other. A unique but wicked bond existed between the two men and sustained them.”
Describing the pair in their youth, the prosecutor said that Mulcahy was strong, outgoing, and liked to be the centre of attention. In contrast, Duffy was small, quiet and withdrawn. Their pranks included frightening homosexuals and courting couples on Hampstead Heath. “They would jump out at them wearing Hallowe’en masks. This behaviour may have been understandable from teenagers," said the QC, "but they were in their twenties.”Read the complete report in True Crime September - out now... more »
Master DetectiveThe Horror Of The Dracula Killer
I had to do it,” Richard Chase told a fellow jail-inmate. “I have blood poisoning and I need blood. I thought about it for several weeks and decided I was tired of hunting and killing animals so I could drink their blood. I decided I would kill humans for their blood.”
“The Sacramento Vampire,” as he became known, had begun his spate of killings on January 23rd, 1978, when he saw 22-year-old Teresa Wallin walk across her lawn and disappear into her house on Tioga Way. Moments later he followed her in through the front door.
She was about to come out again, carrying a bag of rubbish, when he confronted her in the hallway. On seeing his gun, she raised her right arm to ward off his shots. His first bullet drilled through her hand and into the left side of her head. The second went through her forearm, struck her forehead and ended up in her neck.
As she collapsed, Chase fired another shot into the right side of her head.
Then he hauled her to the master bedroom, where he pulled down her pants and pushed up her sweater and bra. He went to the kitchen and returned with a carving knife.
Teresa was still alive, but probably unconscious, when he sliced her open from her chest to her navel, pulled out her intestines and cut out her kidneys. After thrusting the knife through her heart, he stabbed her repeatedly in her left nipple, smeared her blood over his face, and licked it off his fingers.
Next, having pulled her left leg out of her pants, he spread her legs wide apart and smeared her blood over her inner thighs. Then he got an empty yogurt container from the rubbish bin, filled it with her blood and drank it.
The next day her 27-year-old killer read newspaper reports of her murder and kept them. His first taste of human blood had made him yearn for more victims, and their deaths were not long coming…Follow the bloody trail in Master Detective September– out now! more »
True DetectiveCumberland Killers Were Last To Hang
Alan West lay at the foot of the stairs near the front door. He and the stair carpet were heavily bloodstained, and a quick check told Police Constable Clarke that the laundry worker had been dead since the early hours of April 7th, 1964. He radioed for assistance, and by four o’clock King’s Avenue, a cul-de-sac in the Workington suburb of Seaton, was teeming with officers led by Detective Inspector Leslie Gibson.
There was blood on West’s stairs from top to bottom, Gibson noted. In the living-room doorway he found a length of metal tubing encased in rubber and half-wrapped in a pair of pyjama trousers.
The Carlisle pathologist Dr. J.S. Faulds arrived as dawn was breaking. He had the body removed for an autopsy, and found that Alan West had suffered multiple head injuries and had died from a stab wound in the heart.
By now Gibson’s clues consisted of the cosh and a fingerprint which wasn’t West’s, and had been found on a door. A search of the house and garden had failed to find the murder weapon.
Then at 1.30 p.m. a raincoat which did not belong to West was found in his bedroom. In one of the pockets there was a key-wallet containing a key and a medallion inscribed “G.O. Evans, July, 1961.” There was also a scrap of paper with the name Norma O’Brien and an address scribbled on it.
Miss O’Brien turned out to be a 17-year-old Liverpool factory worker. Shown the medallion, she said she had seen it hanging from the neck of Gwynne Evans, a man she had met at her sister’s home in 1963. She had gone out with him once or twice, and she said he was known as “Sandy.” He lodged with a friend, Peter Allen, at 2 Clarendon Street, Preston.
Meanwhile in Ormskirk, 18 miles south of Preston, the police had found an abandoned car. Its Preston owner, James Cook, had reported it stolen, and it bore the fingerprints of two dairymen known to the police. They were Peter Anthony Allen, 21, and Gwynne Owen Evans, 24…Read the full case – and see the cases that escaped the noose – in True Detective August...
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Murder Most FoulBride Pushed Her Husband Off A Cliff
Attractive Jordan Linn Graham, 22, was having second thoughts about her marriage to 25-year-old Cody Lee Johnson. She texted a friend on July 7th, 2012, to let her know she was going to tell her husband about her reservations.
“Oh, well, I’m about to talk to him,” Jordan said.
“I’ll pray for you guys,” the friend replied.
Jordan wrote back, “But dead serious – if you don’t hear from me at all again tonight, something happened.”
Jordan and Cody argued until they were tired of arguing, then they decided to go for a hike through the Loop Trail area of the Glacier National Park in Montana – they were newly-weds remember and were meant to be enjoying themselves.
It was around 9 p.m. when they arrived at the park in their Audi. The twilight made the vast expanse of mountains and gorges a magical place.
As they climbed the peaks and took in the breathtaking views of the wilderness, their pleasure was tainted by the argument that never seemed to stop – you know how it works – the same points regurgitated over and over again, nothing ever being resolved, until you both stop from sheer exhaustion and the need to get on with other things.
As they neared the crest of a peak, Cody grabbed Jordan’s arms. According to Jordan, she pushed his arm away then pushed him with both hands in the back. Jordan wouldn’t have seen the look on his face – surprise, fear and horror...
For Cody stumbled over the edge of the peak and began to fly face-downwards into the deep canyon. He would have been conscious perhaps for about half that time.
When the body was finally found Medical Examiner Gary Dale determined that Cody Johnson had died of blunt force trauma – he’d bounced off a rock outcrop about 200 metres down and landed face down in water. His ribs were crushed, his heart had torn open, he had a seven-inch skull fracture and his right eye socket had collapsed.
The honeymoon was over…but what happened next? The answer is inside Murder Most Foul 93…in newsagents and online now....
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