In the 1980s, cases of consumer terrorism had reached a peak. You may have heard about the Tylenol murders in America. Seven people lost their lives when they consumed tablets from bottles purchased in chemists and supermarkets. They had no way of knowing the pills they swallowed were randomly laced with potassium cyanide. A few years later, the United Kingdom had its own scare when lethal contaminants were hidden in everyday products.Read More
After a shooting on a small holding that left one man dead and two injured, Albert Dryden was arrested and taken into custody (Part 2 of 2).Read More
On a smallholding in the North-East of England, a three-year planning dispute between a former steelworker and the local council was streamed-live to millions of homes across Britain. The confrontation, which left one man dead and two injured, would result in a police siege against a gunman who had amassed an armoury of weapons that included a cannon that was ready to be mounted to the front of a car (Part 1 of 2).Read More
On October 28, 1986, after a total of nine and a half hours of deliberation, the jury had to decide if Jeremy Bamber was guilty of killing his family, blaming the murders on his sister in order to inherit his families estate. (Part 3 of 3)Read More
Fourteen months after five members of the Bamber family had lost their lives, Jeremy Bamber was pleading not guilty to their murders at Chelmsford Crown Court during the start of October 1986. (Part 2 of 3)Read More
PC Michael West was hoping for a quiet night operating the switchboard for Chelmsford Police Station, until he received a hurried call in the early hours of August 7, 1985. (Part 1 of 3)Read More
One month before the trial was due to take place at the Old Bailey on May 2, 1978, Joyce McKinney and Keith May, now daily fixtures in the tabloids, disappeared.Read More
The now 21-year-old Kirk Anderson was standing outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ewell, Surrey on September 14, 1977. He was getting on with his day but had no idea he was being watched by the woman he had broken off a relationship with in his late teens. (Part 1 of 2)Read More
As more punches were thrown Christopher struggled but it was no use. He was now on the ground and felt something around his neck. He heard an engine slowly getting louder. It was the sound of the sit-on lawnmower.
In a moment of realisation, he knew he was either going to be strangled to death or mutilated.Read More
The following excerpt was found in Gregory Davis' leather-bound dairy in 2003: "Quit job tomorrow. Get Mick killed. Get Stuart to withdraw cash every day. When all gone, kill him. Repeat Mick plan ad infinitum all over country and world in Las Vegas and swanky bars."Read More
Around 9 am on Monday, October 28, 2002, police officers were called to a warehouse on the Huyton Industrial Estate in Brickfields, Merseyside.Read More
Just before sunset on Saturday, June 18, 1988, a local patrol car slowed as it travelled eastbound along the M50 motorway. Walking along the hard shoulder was a young girl carrying a baby. The officer pulled in and asked if the girl was alright. Eleven-year-old Georgina explained that she was looking for her older sister, Marie. Their car had broken down a little way up the road and Marie had left to use the emergency phone some time ago — but she had not come back.Read More
The Rooney Family lived on a travellers site in Drinsey Nook, Lincolnshire. They splashed out on plastic surgery, driving top of the range BMW cars, while wearing expensive Rolex watches and designer outfits. They enjoyed luxury holidays to Mexico, Barbados, Egypt and Australia. An aerial shot of the land where they lived, pictured green fields surrounding a collection of single-story red brick homes with a few dilapidated caravans nearby.
The reasons the Rooneys were able to enjoy the extravagancies they did, lived in those caravans.Read More
In a school in Pontypridd, Wales, Christopher May sat peacefully playing a piano — oblivious to the firefighters around him. He continued to play as the flames circled, flames from the fire he had started. The arson was just one in a string of offences, this former butcher, would commit before being arrested for murder.Read More
Anne Fitzpatrick, a market stall holder, lived with her Yorkshire terrier on Church Lane in Moston, Manchester. On the evening of May 30, 1983, at 11:30 pm, the 29-year-old dressed in her pyjamas, secured the front door of her flat, and got into bed. She switched off her bedside light and drifted off to sleep.
Anne was abruptly woken in the early hours of the morning by her dog barking loudly. In the darkness, she saw the outline of someone standing in the doorway of her bedroom.Read More
You drop the kids off at school at nine in the morning. The next six hours of their day are spent in the care of trustworthy professionals. The majority of the time they are safe, in the hands of their tutors. It’s a rare occasion, when the friendly teacher isn't the honourable person they appear to be.Read More
After receiving a 999 call in the early hours of Thursday, July 7, 2016, two police officers from the Avon and Somerset constabulary arrived at a property on Wells Road in Bristol. The caller confessed that he had killed someone.Read More
In the American embassy, the telephone rang. Special agent Jaclyn Zappacosta picked it up. The call marked the end of a decade of crimes so bizarre, that if they were translated into a book of fiction, it would be deemed too outlandish to publish.Read More
Overlooking an estuary, the small village of Bosham, West Sussex sits on the South coast of England. Located a few miles south from the built-up village centre, a sizeable six-bedroom property called ‘Hove To’ on Smugger’s Lane lies off the beaten track affording a view of a natural inlet of Chichester Harbour.
On December 30, 2013, a woman was found dead in one of the downstairs bedrooms.Read More